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An identity from which to contest and defend      Our parts and service industry faces severe challenges contained within the inherent opportunities emerging. Rapid changes in the economy coupled with the challenges of new technology are daunting even when confronted on a level playing field. Add...
Service Repair Leadership Forum addresses this year’s key topics      During the last six months or so, a handful of key topics of paramount importance have emerged within this changing industry. Every major automotive industry association is now addressing these major topics with public discussion...
Industry focus intensifies to ensure aftermarket access to telematics and advanced, vehicle technology On April 22, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) held what it termed a landmark meeting, the AASA Telematics Technical Solutions Meeting, in order to facilitate discussions...
Associations seek common-ground collaboration with vehicle manufacturers regarding telematics The Auto Care Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equalty (CARE) continue attempts to inform and educate legislators about the impact of vehicle telematics on the auto care industry. Recently...
A career path for technicians “Building the Road to Great Technicians,” was the featured topic at the NASTF Spring 2016 general meeting in early March at the outset of the ASA Midwest Vision show in Overland Park, Kan. “The aftermarket has a lot of education available, but it is time to plan how we...
Independent roots and tested traditions overcome destabilization and downturns Everybody knows. Volatile financial markets, resulting stock market dips and drops, and oil prices falling to the bottom of the barrel are dramatic factors that shake confidence and raise uncertainty.  However, it is...
AAPEX to partner with ASA      The Automotive Service Association (ASA) recently announced a strategic partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), a division of the...
Shortage of incoming, trained technicians needs to be addressed      An increasing shortage of skilled labor has been an increasing problem in this industry for at least a decade.  Despite warnings and industry efforts to address it, recruiting efforts and training has, in many areas of the country...
Tailwinds, headwinds, but what about the cross-winds?      A growing vehicle parc added to a $250 billion industry opportunity, with an estimated growth rate around 3 percent over the next three years, is plenty with which to work.       Tailwinds include a continuing aging of the fleet, alleged...
Vehicle cybersecurity and industry access While the industry continues to promote and support methods and means for a secure gateway for remote access to vehicles for diagnostic and maintenance repair applications, recent reports of hackers successfully gaining access and control of vehicles...

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Parts & People

Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.

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