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SC MEDIA Dec 02    Article

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ACT NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS-GET BEST LASER MEASURING SYSTEM IN BUSINESS!

ACT NOW TO GET A TAX CREDIT AND BEST LASER MEASURING SYSTEM IN COLLISION REPAIR HISTORY! CORDLESS, COMPACT AND ABLE TO CERTIFY ACCURACY OF EVERY SINGLE MEASURE! 

Tax credits for 2016 are coming to an end. We have a great way to impact the bottom line of your shop! Check out the latest innovation from Advanced Measurement System - SPECTRETM - a cordless Bluetooth laser measuring system that can actually certify your measurement accuracy!

Spectre™ is the first battery operated laser measurement system in history, eliminating cables and providing unprecedented versatility. Small, powerful and portable, Spectre™ can be easily used from two-post estimating through blueprinting and repairs.

Call to find out more -423-781-7163 / ams-laser.com.

 

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Peter Meier Dec 02    Article

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ITW #27 - Good news for diesel techs!

In this edition of "In The Workshop", I talk to SMP's Director of Training Ryan Kooiman about their industry exclusive diesel injector products - not reman, but brand new injectors available for models that even the dealers don't have.

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Peter Meier Dec 02    Article

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The Connected Vehicle - The Future Of Transportation (DOT video)

This short video illustrates the many benefits of connected technology.

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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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All Women Collegiate Panel Discusses Their Passion for Automotive Technology

Haley Huddleston, Hallee Murphy and RandiJo Blackman followed their dream and passion to go to college for automotive technology. They never looked back. With internships under their belt they are looking to careers and grad school. Listen Here.

Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS is their school and they share their story and the opportunity they see in the automotive industry and are pursuing it with zeal.

Haley, Hallee and RandiJo have great discussions on millennials, their favorite classes, what was their driving force to get into automotive, ride sharing, autonomous cars, career opportunities, why four-year college programs are the ticket, and their favorite classes.

We talk all the time about technician shortages and becoming engaged with our education system. This interview will help solidify why you need to get involved but even more show you that there is great talent in these programs.

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Dec 01    Article


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Close Out Your Auto Repair Shop’s Financials The Right Way

As we close in on the end of the year, people everywhere are preparing for holiday gatherings, gift giving and donating their time and money to those in need. But as an auto repair shop, collision repair shop or auto parts seller, now is the time to look back over the year and start planning financially for 2017. Read more

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Karen Cover Dec 01    Article


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Parts Distributors, Suppliers That Share Information Can Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

The long-time mantra for the automotive aftermarket distribution industry has been to have “the right parts at the right place at the right time.” This offers a win-win-win situation to parts manufacturers, parts distributors and repair centers. Read more

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Peter Meier Dec 01    Article

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The Trainer #60 - Who Really Makes The Repair Decision?

When you’re caught up in the day-to-day challenge of earning a living, it’s easy to let time get away from you. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years. It becomes all too easy to get up in the morning and do things the way you’ve always done them, isn’t it?

Over that time, things around you – things that impact you – are changing. If you don’t change with them, you’ll find your income slowly dropping. As a technician, that means taking the time to keep with the technology and repair techniques you must continuously master to stay at the top of your profession. As a shop owner, it means taking the time to review your business model and compare its fit to the current market.

Let’s take a look at the big picture. Today, vehicle owners are keeping their cars longer than ever. And with good reason. The overall quality of cars being sold is higher than it’s ever been. Failures are few and far between, with cars lasting 2-3 times longer than they did when I first started driving. The technology and system designs are advancing, as you know, at a remarkable pace. That technology requires investments in the tools and equipment needed to properly service and diagnose them.

And your customers are changing, too. Millenials, Generations X, Y and Z, Baby Boomers – the tags are numerous and the information you need to successfully earn and keep t... Read More

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Nov 30    Article


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FutureTech Success campaign seeks to fuel the pipeline of tomorrow's techs

FutureTech Success is a multi-faceted, industry-wide campaign to fuel the future pipeline of transportation technicians by repositioning the image of the profession, giving middle- and high-school students, parents and influencers the tools to recognize and foster tactile intelligence, and providing scholarships and grants to help students complete their technical education.

There’s a tech shortage in the transportation industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking automotive, trucking, diesel, aftermarket, motorcycle, marine, collision repair...you name it...they're all struggling to find trained, professional technicians.  

Also, the grease-monkey stigma really needs to go, once and for all. Today’s vehicles average 70-100 computers and over 100 million lines of code. Being a professional tech requires an advanced skillset, one that paves the way for an amazing career. People starting as techs often wind their way through all sorts of interesting and successful jobs in the transportation industry. Do we talk about that? No. Should we? Yes.

As an industry and as parents, we need to do more to show young people who love taking things apart, putting them back together, and making things go — that there’s a profession right in their hands.

To learn more about FutureTech Success, click here.

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Sculptor Giuliano Zuccato shares his story inside the Ford Design studio & the 64 Mustang

Sculptor Giuliano Zuccato shares his story inside the Ford Design studio as a member of the team that created the 1964 Ford Mustang.  If you are a 'car' person, you will love this story. Listen Here.

Giuliano Zuccato, one of the original clay sculptors who worked in the Ford Design Studio on the 1964 Mustang, tells an inspiring story of an immigrant who discovered his passion for sculpting as a result of a life threatening illness.

Giuliano brings you inside the design studio, his memories of Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca, and other project leaders, designers and sketch artists.  It was a team effort and you will get a sense of how it all came together.

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SC MEDIA Nov 23    Article

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SEE THE BEST LASER MEASURING SYSTEM IN ACTION-SPECTRE™!

Meet the latest in innovation...SPECTRETM

SPECTRETM is a cordless Bluetooth laser measuring system that can actually certify your measurement accuracy! Spectre™ is the first battery operated laser measurement system in history, eliminating cables and providing unprecedented versatility. Small, powerful and portable, Spectre™ can be easily used from two-post estimating through blueprinting and repairs.

Call us for more info - 423-781-7163 / ams-laser.com.

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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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