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As you’re walking into the shop this morning, you come to the chilling realization that you’ve got no work for your techs today. When did this happen? What are you going to do??? If you’ve owned an auto repair shop for any length of time, I guarantee you’ve been in this situation. I’m going to...
Amsoil Inc. is joining Menzies Motorsports.
NATIONAL Amsoil Inc. is joining Menzies Motorsports to reinforce its focus on off-road racing. “This renewed relationship with Menzies Motorsports is part of our strategy to focus on teams, events and racers who demonstrate the quality of our synthetic lubricants while generating the most...
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, June 29, 2018 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley will be resigning effective July 13. Risley has accepted a position with CCC Information Services Inc. in his home state of Illinois. For the past...
Sparks, Md.—Higher fuel prices and tire costs contributed to a marked increase in the total cost of car and truck fleets in 2017, according to the third annual Element Fleet Management Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Index. The index is a study that looks at major cost categories affecting businesses...
“Uncertainty and unfavorable factors appear to be mounting for autos, including a volatile stock market, rising interest rates, rising oil prices and potential trade roadblocks,” says Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive.
Detroit—The new vehicle retail sales pace in April is expected to fall from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 13.5 million units, down 500,000 from April 2017....
Editor’s note: The following is from the blog of Peter Welch, NADA president and CEO, regarding an NADA-commissioned research project that included consumer focus groups and a national survey about the future of personal transportation.   It’s hard to attend an automotive conference these days...
NAPA presents Mevotech with its Sales Leadership Award for 2017.
NATIONAL Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has annouced it will spin off its Magneti Marelli parts business by the end of this year or early next year. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the spinoff will allow the automaker to focus on its core portfolio and strengthen its capital position. “The separation...
Washington D.C.—For the first quarter of the year, gas prices have been expensive. On average, motorists are paying a quarter more than at the same time last year. While pump prices have dipped in recent weeks, this is not a trend consumers should expect to linger. AAA forecasts the national gas...
Bill Garoutte succeeds Chuck Sulkala as the head of NABC.
NATIONAL The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced that Bill Garoutte has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Chuck Sulkala, NABC’s founder and executive director who retired at the end of 2017. In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing...
Alexandria, Va.—The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) released December sales figures for the international nameplate auto industry. Brands sold by United State’s 9,600 international nameplate franchises accounted for 55.1 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. in...

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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.