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Aaron Patterson, operations and sales at Gaither Tool Company, Inc. in Jacksonville, Ill. demonstrates the company’s new Winntec Wheel Assist at the SEMA Show. The equipment allows a technician to remove and replace heavy tire/wheel assemblies from and onto a vehicle without physical strain, according to the company. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Bob Vrooman (l.), GM wholesale specialist for Colorado and Wyoming, and John Elway Dealerships’ Parts Director Allen Billings collaborated during GM’s MyPriceLink test pilot program.
Grand Blanc, Mich.—General Motors recently adopted MyPriceLink (MPL), a real-time wholesale collision parts pricing program powered by OEConnection (OEC). As of Dec. 1, 2015, the collision repair industry nationwide will no longer see static suggested list pricing for GM collision parts, that...
A packed classroom at the Automotive Training Expo with attendees from throughout the Northwest, California, Alaska, and Canada.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2016 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) will once again provide auto repair shop owners, managers, service advisors, technicians, parts personnel, and automotive instructors more than 60 training seminars, March 18-20. The annual event will be at the DoubleTree Hotel across from...
Three generations at family-owned Modesti’s Car Care Center, from r., founder John Modesti; his granddaughter, Melanie, part-time service advisor; and her father, Nick, general manager, say they are constantly trying new strategies and technologies to make the customer experience better.
Culver City, Calif.—John Modesti, president of Modesti’s Car Care Center, has been a car guy since he was 15 years old and purchased his first vehicle, a used Model A Ford stored in a garage “in boxes” for $25. “Getting it running took a while but the hands-on and hard-knocks education I got was...
The team at Wayne & Dave’s Automotive, from l., Tom Hiniker, service writer; Wayne Newman, co-owner and office manager; Shannon Bower receptionist; Chris Brewer, service manager; and Dave Gibson, co-owner and lead technician, is proud of winning Best Auto Repair in Antelope Valley for seven years.
Lancaster, Calif.—Long before Wayne Newman and Dave Gibson — who between them have 87 years of experience in general repair, diagnosis, heavy lines, fabrication, custom, and electrical repair — opened Wayne & Dave’s Automotive in 1988, they knew the value of proper management practices. “Before...
The Escope Pro from ATS is an 8-channel lab scope with extensive software that provides detailed repair data.
There is little doubt in the minds of shop owners that in order to service and repair today’s vehicles it is imperative to have the proper tools and equipment for technicians. As vehicle systems become more complex, added technology mandates that tooling, especially diagnostic tools, are a...
Jan 25-29 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2016, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 28-31 * Winter Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest, Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 28-31 * Portland International Auto Show, Oregon...
Co-Owners Mike Zerr and George VanArnam say the past two years of ownership have put them nearly halfway to paying off the owner-carry loan signed to buy the business. With steady car counts and room to grow, they are striving to reach the $1 million mark next year.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Before stepping into co-ownership with his partner, George VanArnam, Mike Zerr was the lead service advisor at Auto Tech Plaza on Platte Avenue for 10 years. He opened and closed the shop, developed trust between its repeat customers, earned new business through marketing,...
The drivers featured during the 2015 NHRA Breakfast were, from l., Leah Pritchett, Alexis DeJoria, the legendary Shirley Muldowney, Courtney Force and Erica Enders. Bob Frey, former driver and NHRA announcer, moderated the panel discussion.
Ladies of the NHRA celebrated during SEMA Show Breakfast Las Vegas—The 2015 NHRA Breakfast at the SEMA Show celebrated the success of women in drag racing. The 2015 drivers featured during the NHRA Breakfast were Erica Enders, Courtney Force, Alexis DeJoria, Leah Pritchett and the legendary Shirley...
Brad Diez says diversification — his shop does restoration and boat and jet-ski repair in addition to collision repair — helped his business weather the recession.
Santee, Calif.—Brad Diez said even in the depths of the recession, when he was contemplating potentially significant changes to his life and business, he held on to one constant. “I made a conscious decision early in my career to always do top-quality work, and not do lesser-quality just to get...

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