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North Richland Hills, Texas—One of ASA’s biggest concerns is getting information on telematics to service and repair shops so they can adapt their business models to the technological changes that are coming, said Donny Seyfer, ASA chairman, during a recent webinar panel presentation, “Telematics...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—A recent SEMA Industry Employment Perspective Study found that 95 percent of companies in the automotive aftermarket industry will need to hire new employees with specific skills in the next five years. The No. 1 problem, according to the study, is that companies don’t know...
Regal Collision in Vallejo was well-represented by its Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein (l.) and its owner Jim Regal at the 2016 NACE|CARS Conference & Expo in Anaheim.
Anaheim, Calif.—The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) held their annual event at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 9-13. It marks the first time the event has been offered west of Las Vegas.
Innova’s database of repair-based diagnostic information is the foundation of the Innova telematics program, Mike Fitzgerald says.
Irvine, Calif.—Innova Electrics Corporation is dialing further into telematics with its recent acquisition of Aftermarket Telematics Technologies (ATT) and its Vehimatics technology. Coupled with the Innova Fleet Management System, the company is tuning the aftermarket into telematic opportunities...
ACDelco was recently honored for catalog data best practices.
NATIONAL Car-O-Liner announced that Automobili Lamborghini has approved Car-O-Liner frame straightening and measuring systems. The approval includes the Car-O-Liner Quick 42 frame alignment system, the Car-O-Tronic Vision2 X3 electronic measuring system, and the EVO anchoring, holding and fixturing...
This 2011 Jeep Wrangler JK, built by Omix-ADA, is equipped with a variety of Rugged Ridge bolt-on aftermarket products.
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Six consecutive years of growth have propelled the aftermarket 4x4 industry to a new sales record of $39.2 billion, an 8-percent increase in retail sales revenue, according to the 2015 SEMA Market Report. “Economic stability and the rising number of new-vehicle sales for the...
AmsoilL DCT Fluid’s built-in oxidation resistance helps prevent sludge formation in vital transmission parts.
Amsoil introduces new synthetic dual-clutch transmission fluid Superior, Wis.—Amsoil has introduced a new synthetic fluid for dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs). Amsoil Synthetic DCT Fluid’s frictional properties protect against shudder and gear clashing to consistently produce fast, smooth shifts....
Cardone was recently honored by Federated Auto Parts with its Sales Representation Award.
NATIONAL Axalta Coating Systems was a supporter of SkillsUSA’s 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky., June 20 - 24. The partnership provided support to the event’s Automotive Refinishing Technology Contest that contributes to SkillsUSA’s mission to improve...
North Richland Hills, Texas—The Automotive Management Institute (AMi), a provider and collaborator of management education for automotive collision and mechanical service repair professionals, announceD the launch of the “next generation of AMi.” It includes six new front office and management...
Detroit—New-vehicle quality improved 6 percent, double the 3 percent rate of improvement in 2015 and the largest increase since 2009, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), released in June. The study, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners...

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