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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Feb 17    Article


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Aftermarket atwitter over unpredictability of Trump’s global trade policies

As the campaigning and transitioning ends and actual governing begins, executives all along the automotive supply chain are buckling up their seat belts for what could be a bumpy ride under President Donald Trump.

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WHY WONDER, WHEN YOU CAN CERTIFY YOUR MEASURES WITH SPECTRE?

How many times has your scanner needed recalibration? How do you know when it is not accurate? NEVER worry again with cordless SPECTRE - the laser measurement system that can actually certify the accuracy of every measure! ADVANCED MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS (AMS) introduces Industry First - the cordless SPECTRE is a patented, wireless Bluetooth laser measuring system that certifies the accuracy of every measurement.

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Karen Cover Feb 17    Article


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Diamond Standard rolls out latest parts tool

DS PartsPath provides photos and descriptions of all assemly components included in Diamond Standard Full Assembly Step Bumper Systems with OEM reference numbers for comparison and evaluation. In addition, over 1,600 other Diamond Standard parts photos with OEM reference numbers are viewable in the link.

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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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Service Manager Keeps up his ASE Certifications

Gary Sharits, Service Manager of Christian Brothers in Land O Lakes, FL is the winner of the 2016 Repair Pal / ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. LISTEN HERE

Gary has kept up his ASE credentials as Service Manager and credits his technician experience as a sound reason he can lead relationships with his technicians and customers. He shares his humble beginning from a ‘get-ready’ used car lot attendant to where he is today as a service manager.

Sharits brings great insight to technicians and service managers and has a great message to youth wanting to join the industry.

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Karen Cover Feb 16    Article


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Jolt My Car Director invites social media users to "Show Jolt Their Dinky" cars

The world’s first free dashcam app with an integrated accident management platform, Jolt has launched a campaign this month, challenging classic car enthusiasts and ‘petrol heads’ to dig-out their childhood Dinky car collections and showcase them on social media channels. Using the tongue-in-cheek hashtag #ShowJoltYourDinky, fans and followers are invited to reminisce and upload images of their beloved and well-used toy cars to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Instagram for a chance to see their photographs appear on the firm’s website.

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Peter Meier Feb 16    Article

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Motor Age How2 #7 - Performing A Relative Compression Test (featuring the uScope)

As promised, we start looking at how to use the accessories I shared with you last time to perform a variety of diagnostic techniques. In this episode, I use the uScope to perform a relative compression test using the high amp current clamp. I also introduce the idea of using a trigger to capture your pattern.

Learn more about the AES uScope HERE:
http://www.aeswave.com/uScope-Master-Kit-1-channel-automotive-scope-p9273.html

Be sure to let me know what you think of the series in the comments section and share the series with your fellow techs!

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Peter Meier Feb 16    Article

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Women In Auto Care Winter Conference

20 years ago, a half dozen women joined together to form what would become the Car Care Council's Women's Board. The idea of the founding members was to create an organization that would provide networking and mentoring opportunities to the women of the automotive industry, no matter what particular segment that individual was involved in. Today, the organization sports a new name but follows the same mission and holds it's winter conference in conjunction with the annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society's training event and trade show. I was honored to be asked to attend and I'm glad I took the ladies up on that invitation.

Last year at AAPEX, the organization announced a new name - rebranding themselves as Women In Auto Care. And the name fits, as the membership of this amazing group of women covers everything from the independent shop owner and technician to the movers and shakers of our industry at the highest levels, both in the aftermarket and on the OE side. The conference brings everyone together to network and share news, as well as renew old friendships and make new ones. 

It is also an organization that seeks to better the industry as it betters its members. One initiative is a scholarship program that provided $60,000 last year in assistance to women seeking to enter the automotive industry; as techs, business owners, marketers, engineers - didn't ... Read More

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Mitchell_1 Feb 15    Article

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A History of the Motor Vehicle Industry

Over the course of the last 130 years or so, cars, trucks, vans, and all the rest of the motor vehicles you see on the road every day have become a huge part of our lives. Even with all the changes motor vehicles have experienced in terms of technology, design, and safety features in that time, Mitchell 1 has managed to remain a thriving part of it all. Let’s take a look back at a few of the highlights the motor vehicle industry has seen since the first “motorwagens” rolled onto the streets all those years ago, as well as the history of Mitchell1 along the way. 

Humble Beginnings

American industrialist, Henry Ford is often credited with creating what many people consider to be the first automobile back in 1887. While Ford’s design would go down in history as a trailblazing moment for the motor vehicle industry, it was in fact Karl Benz, a German engineer who created the first motorized vehicle. Two years prior to the release of Ford’s design, Benz created the first practical motorcar which he called a “motorwagen.”                                     

These early pioneers paved the way for a slew of copycat companies that would soon follow suit. Brothers Frank and Charles Duryea founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1893 to help meet the growing dem... Read More

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There's much more to running an automotive shop than loving cars

As a kid Tatsu Tsuchida, VP of Operations, Tokyo Automotive, was a natural at pulling things apart and putting them back together. LISTEN HERE.

His father, Akio Tsuchida, started Tokyo Automotive in 1978. For Tatsu it would take the better part of his twenties, from being a ski bum, to living in Japan as an English teacher for him to sow his wild oats, but always knowing that he'd return one day to work in the family shop.

Today Tatsu has learned there's much more to running an automotive shop than loving cars. He learns through his mentor and coaches, that how the bathroom looks, the decor, and how one talks; matter more to the customer than you would ever think. Tatsu is more than honest about his challenges, and often shares with other friendly garages his mistakes (and his triumphs) so that others can benefit. Tatsu says, “Together we learn and earn more.”

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Karen Cover Feb 13    Article


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Northwood University scholarship to honor Jim John, Bob Sundwick

Northwood University and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation have established a new Northwood University Education Leaders Memorial Scholarship in memory of Jim John and Bob Sundwick.

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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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