Regional Coverage

Proudly serving in their 81st-Year of Customer Service… McKay NAPA Auto Parts, with its 21 Central and Mid-West Illinois locations raised another huge benefit amount of funds in 2018, for Make-A-Wish Illinois to take care of local ill children.  McKay, the Family Owned and Operated Corporation...
Pickens Technical College is proud to announce Elmer Hernandez as SkillsUSA National Refinishing Champion for 2018. As a high school senior, he competed against 13 contestants in Colorado’s State Competition, Elmer placed first. This win led to Elmer competing in the National SkillsUSA Refinishing...
San Jose, CA - Oct.  11, 2018: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to help conquer financial barriers to success faced by auto repair shop owners. In this partnership, shops who join both MWACA and...
SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2018) – Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, an annual award created to recognize the philanthropic efforts of individuals within the NASCAR industry. ...
ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – ever heard of it? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. In shop visits around the country I meet a lot of blank gazes when I mention it. But if I asked about features like “blind-side monitoring,” “pedestrian detection,” “adaptive cruise control” or “lane...
Greenlight Automotive’s Subaru SSM-III scan tool screen shows a successful adjustment of the blind spot monitor, using a reflective 3D tripod-mounted target, just one procedure required for ADAS calibration.
Lincoln, Neb., and Wichita, Kan.—The latest vehicles, with complex advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), can be a challenge to repair correctly and safely. Seemingly overnight, nearly every car or light truck is equipped with collision-avoidance devices such as radar and cameras, complicating...
Cable Dahmer Chevrolet Service Director Rich Frost shows how compact the sensor cabinet is of the Hunter Engineering Quick Check Drive system.
Independence, Mo.—Rich Frost, service director of Cable Dahmer Chevrolet, wanted to sell more alignments through courtesy inspections. He had been interested in service drive inspection equipment for several years, but even though each car could be assessed in just a few minutes, for his shop, he...
Kristen Sherrill, a teaching assistant in Fredericktown, is the prize winner of a car from Auto Plaza Group’s Facebook contest.
Mark Easter, a salesperson at Auto Plaza Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Farmington, Mo., and his wife personally gave away a car as a result of a Facebook contest. Easter and his wife received 235 emails from four states, one as far as Idaho. “We started with a Facebook contest. This car was for...
From left: Family-owned Morrison Tire & Service is operated by three generations of Morrisons, including Kevin Morrison, service manager , Joe Sproha, general manager, Paul Morrison, CFO, Gary Morrison, president, Dyllan Franks, service advisor, and cousin, Jim Ludloff, store manager.
Garden Grove, Calif.—After years of averaging 5 percent growth, business suddenly took off for Joe Sproha in 2017. “If you had told me five years ago that we’d see 12 percent growth in one year I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Sproha, who is general manager Morrison Tire & Service in Garden...
From left: Customer service staff at Preedy’s Tire & Automotive includes longtime service advisor and manager Mel Fries, Service Advisor Deidre Steppe, Owner Kelly Wright, and Service Advisor Luke Ensor.
Spokane, Wash.—Preedy’s Tire & Automotive has been around for 55 years in the Inland Northwest, said Kelly Wright, AAM, co-owner with his wife, Carolyn, AAM. And the 9,000-square-foot shop has made its mark in downtown Spokane by serving thousands of customers with tire, alignment, and full-...

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