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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Sep 28    Article


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How mergers and acquisitions are influencing the collision segment

Brad Mewes, who is a shop management consultant and author of the blog, Supplement: Financial Insight for the Automotive Industry Professional as well as an ABRN contributing editor, discusses how mergers and acquisitions are influencing the collision repair segment.

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How strong is your social media strategy?

Many service professionals wonder how valuable and important a great social media presence is to connect with their customer’s digital DNA. Listen here or watch the round table above.

 Learn from early adopters Frank Leutz from Desert Car Care and Greg Buckley from Buckley’s Auto Care. They share their strategies and how-to concepts for creating or improving your social media presence.

 This audio/video interview offers viewpoints on how to get started and many great marketing ideas to grow your business and your digital authority.

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Sep 27    Article


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Service King releases video on Great American Recycled Rides Giveaway

Service King Collision Repair Centers  released a behind-the-scenes look at its record-breaking Recycled RidesTM giveaway earlier this month. The Great American Recycled Rides Giveaway took place in 15 different cities over a single weekend setting the record for the single-largest Recycled Rides event ever conducted by a collision repair operator. 

Service King has officially donated more than 40 vehicles through the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides initiative this year in celebration of the company’s 40th Anniversary. Vehicles involved in The Great American Recycled Rides Giveaway Sept 16-18 were donated to needy families and individuals from the following non-profit organizations: 

  • SafeHaven 
  • Family Promise 
  • Samaritan Inn
  • Voice of Hope 
  • 1 Thing Better Foundation 
  • Helping a Hero 
  • Women With Drive 
  • The Sheepfold
  • Families Forward 
  • Variety The Children’s Charity 
  • Casa Teresa 
  • Bethany Christian Services 
  • A.P.E. 
  • Operation Homefront 
  • Warrior Bonfire Program 
  • Rutherford County Veterans Services 
  • Supportive Services for Veterans Families 
  • Arkansas Freedom Fund 
  • ... Read More

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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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SC MEDIA Sep 23    Article

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SPECTRE™ LASER MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS -INDUSTRY FIRST-CERTIFIED MEASUREMENT RESULTS

SPECTRE™ LASER MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS PROVIDES INDUSTRY FIRST - CERTIFIED MEASUREMENT RESULTS!

Advanced Measurement Systems (AMS) introduces SPECTRETM its patented, wireless Bluetooth laser measuring system featuring the industry’s smallest, most powerful scanner. Evolving from aerospace technology, this is the FIRST Laser Measuring System that can actually CERTIFY your measurements!

Not only is SPECTRE TM the first laser system to certify your measures, but it also boasts the smallest system in the industry – a mere 6" square footprint - saving you shop space.

Simultaneous laser tracking of multiple measurement points provides dynamic accurate 3D measurements. The True Angle dual axis tilt sensor compensates for out of level laser or vehicle positions. SPECTRETM at less than just 6 inches provides measurement capability anywhere with any type lift or frame equipment.

User-friendly software combined with intuitive 3D color frame graphics provide an easy to understand assessment of vehicle damage and instant repair feedback. 3D virtual frame model provides detailed image of vehicle structural... Read More

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Chelsea Frey Sep 23    Article


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Pennzoil releases JOYRIDE Tundra video

The much-anticipated third installment of the Pennzoil JOYRIDE content series, JOYRIDE Tundra has been released.

In this new video, famed precision driver Rhys Millen is tasked with navigating a signature Pennzoil yellow 2016 BMW M6 Coupe through the harsh tundra of Alberta, Canada where temperatures regularly dip below freezing.

JOYRIDE Tundra features Millen’s unmatched maneuvering on uncharted thoroughfares and over the slick, icy plains. The driving in JOYRIDE Tundra is 100 percent real. We’ll let the barrage of snow left in the M6’s wake be the proof.

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Do you know the power and impact of a strong business culture?

Ray Kunz from ACT (Automotive Coaching and Training) brings his experienced outlook in a very insightful interview. LISTEN HERE.

Ray’s experience as a Technician, Service Advisor, Service Manager, General Manager, and Automotive Business Owner is called upon as the discussion high points the importance of a great business culture. He speaks about the value of exit interviews, why attention to key performance indicators drives a strong profit, and the difference in demanding vs. commanding leadership. Listen as Kunz outlines the impact of training vs. termination and its effect on business.

A very discerning interview jammed packed with great wisdom that works for service professionals, however the principles discussed can work for any business.

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Phocas Software Marketing Sep 22    Article

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Metrics you must know and measure in the automotive industry

Almost daily, there are headlines about the evolution of the automobile. From electric vehicles, virtual displays and mobile device integration, it’s clear that competition is fierce and automotive businesses need to keep up or risk being left behind. In this eBook, we explore how business intelligence can help automotive businesses get ahead.

In the modern automotive environment, data is more important that ever. More than 85 percent of business leaders believe data will dramatically change the way they do business, and by 2019, 90 percent of large organizations will hire a Chief Data Officer.

Many automotive industry experts agree that we are in the midst of an information revolution. Business intelligence (BI) tools such as Phocas BI Software, are helping companies turn their data into actionable insights.

So what is BI and how does it work? 

BI gathers data from systems and silos from across your enterprise. It consolidates it and provides a single source of truth for your business.

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Sep 22    Article


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Parts Proliferation Threatens Auto parts Manufacturers, Aftermarket Distributors

Auto parts manufacturers and aftermarket distributors sometimes have an adversarial relationship. Obviously, each side has to negotiate to get the best deal possible, and sometimes when there is a winner in intense negotiations, there also has to be a loser. Read more

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Karen Cover Sep 22    Article


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Why Quality Matters Most in Logistics

Today, aftermarket companies should know better than to compromise on parts quality. Customers expect shops to stand behind the parts they install, and shops expect manufacturers and distributors to stand behind the parts they supply. Read more

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Uncover the value and power of networking as a Service Professional

Gary Keyes from E & M Motors, in Stuart, FL, credits networking as the reason he found the business he wanted to buy. He also recently hired an A-Tech who was looking to move to Florida. The same opportunity happened. Through his networking in ASA he was able to get a lead through an association member. LISTEN HERE.

Gary started out as a tech in a Miami service station. He is an AMi Trustee, and shares his thoughts on succession planning, telematics data, and technician training among others.

 

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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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