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DISTRIBUTORS – MAKE MORE MONEY WITH ADVANCED MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

If you are looking to expand your options to customers, take a look at Advanced Measurement Systems. Our latest innovation in Laser Measuring Systems - the SPECTRETM - is generating leads all over North America. Our team is looking for a few good distributors! Our national marketing campaign yields leads in need of more information and follow up. We have several solid territories in need of reputable and experienced distributors or sales representatives.

Bill Mitchusson, Sales Manager for AMS is excited about this opportunity. “As Distributors get to know AMS, they like what they see. We love having so many experienced distributors help us get this new technology out there. We still have a limited number of protected territories available.”

 

SPECTRETM is a cordless Bluetooth green laser measuring system that can actually certify your measurement accuracy! SPECTRETM is the first battery-operated laser... Read More

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Karen Cover Mar 24    Article


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Iran is the new automotive frontier

The emerging automotive sector in Iran, along with easing of international sanctions, can offer new opportunities for suppliers, according to Steve Ganster, director at Solidiance Asia Pacific. Ganster discussed the Iranian automotive market with members of the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).

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Karen Cover Mar 24    Article


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Amazon’s Alexa, colonoscopies and aftermarket marketing

Men hate bad news. It’s probably the primary reason we die younger than women. In general, we don’t take care of ourselves like we should, lament the time and the cost of preventative procedures, and fear the results of necessary procedures that, in our opinion, are simply best left to chance.

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Share Your Photos, Win Great Prizes

As editors of Motor Age, ABRN and Aftermarket Business World, our Commitment to Training is ramping up. Now is your opportunity to show us your commitment to your profession, your customers and your training for an opportunity at great prizes!

It’s easy to show off how you represent yourself. You could win and earn up to $100 in free Motor Age Training products in our “Represent Yourself” contest.*

To enter, post in the Auto Pro Network a photo, blog or video of you representing yourself as an automotive professional and tag it 'Represent Yourself' in the tag section at the bottom of the posting page. Additionally, you must complete this form to be entered in the contest.  

 

The Automotive Group staff of Motor Age, ABRN and Aftermarket Business World will choose three winners for great prizes. You have from June 1 through Aug. 5 to post your photo, blog or video.* So how can you... Read More

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Karen Cover Mar 24    Article


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Polyvance plastic repair course approved for I-CAR credit hours

Plastic repair is gaining in importance as more body shops are realizing its impact on gross profit margin and cycle time. Shops wanting to improve their plastic repair capabilities have few places to turn to for training on the many facets of the art such as plastic identification, dent removal, repair processes, refinishing, and retexturing.

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Industry veteran launches holistic approach to fixing collision repair business weaknesses

After more than three decades in the collision repair industry, Mark Olson has seen – and often helped develop – a variety of solutions to the problems faced by collision repair operations. But Olson, who recently launched Vehicle Collision Experts, LLC (VECO Experts), said he’s come to a new realization about what’s been lacking in the industry.

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Three Diagnostics Technicians & Trainers have an Illuminating Discussion on their Craft

Join this recorded 'LIVE' session with Bob Heipp, Peter Landry and Matt Fanslow, as we tackle the value of training and why networking is so critical at these events. LISTEN HERE.

Bob, Peter and Matt were straight up and expressed their feeling on engaging with your peers and instructors, developing relationships from around the country, and the sheer admiration that they have for technicians that continue to learn and grow within the industry.

Invest in understanding how these three professional technicians look at the industry, especially the commitment to perpetual training and for creating a better and sustaining aftermarket.

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Peter Meier Mar 23    Article

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Motor Age How2 #11 - Performing Relative Compression Without An Amp Clamp

Don't have a high amp clamp for your scope? No problem - you can still perform a relative compression test using this method. Pete explores the possibilities in this edition of How2.

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Peter Meier Mar 23    Article

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Motor Age How2 #12 - Introducing the Low Amp Clamp

How2 shifts gears in this episode, moving on to the cousin of the high amp clamp we've been playing with - the low amp clamp! This tool overs a lot of versatility and can be used for a number of different tests. We'll start off on how the tool works and how to set it up to monitor an ignition current pattern, looking at the uniformity among the cylinders.

There is also a "glitch" noticed - I think I know what it is, but you Snap-on guys need to confirm it for me!

Are you a professional tech and want to learn more? Attend NACE Automechanika for NO COST mechanical repair training!! Register at http://www.motorage.com/register17 and use the special promo code of PMYT2017.

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Big Investment in “Driver Lounge” Brings Top Shelf Amenities to the Customer Experience

Chris Monroe from Monroe Tire & Service in Shelby, NC is a second-generation business owner with an equal mix of tire and automotive service for 30 years. He is passionate about our industry and the future as technology changes the landscape. LISTEN HERE.

Chris feels that industry change paves the way for many opportunities that we are slowly uncorking. He is an active participant in improving our industry image and training through networking and mentoring.

Chris purchased the building next door in 2015 and remodeled it into a state of the art  "Drivers Lounge". See the show notes for a special 360 tour. (Click on link above)

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Karen Cover Mar 17    Article


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Standard Motor Products to award $10,000 during scholarship contest

Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced the start of its Standard Blue Streak® “Stronger Than Ever” Automotive Scholarship Contest. Running through June 30, 2017, the inaugural contest will present two up-and-coming students with a $5,000 scholarship each. Additionally, 10 students will receive a subscription to Standard® Pro Training’s On-Demand program. For more information, watch the promotional video on youtube.com/StandardBrandParts.

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How a dedicated and loyal team stepped up to make a difference.

I'm so grateful to Jerry Holcom, owner of S & S Service in Kansas City, MO,  for sharing his life's experiences and challenges. There is a bit of deep emotion here when you hear Jerry talk about his issues and the positive outcomes as a result of a team pulling together to make a difference.  LISTEN HERE.

Jerry talks openly about life’s lessons in this very powerful episode. This English major turned technician and shop owner, shares his most important business experiences, his challenges along the way and how grateful he is to his team. A self-professed micro manager that runs a dog friendly shop used a Tandy computer in the 80’s to track his business; needless to say he was an early adopter! Jerry, an ASE Master Tech, has been recognized for his accomplishes by top industry organizations.; see the show notes page for a summary. Listen.

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