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SC MEDIA Feb 02    Article

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PAY LESS & NEVER WORRY AGAIN ABOUT YOUR MEASUREMENTS WITH AMS!

ADVANCED MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS is the collision repair industry's leading innovator, specializing in laser measurement systems. Our systems can even certify the accuracy of every measure! 

Now YOU choose which model works best for your shop! From our established best in the industry, ECLIPSE,™ (seen on GRAVEYARD CARZ), with red laser smart targets, 3D Graphics and 32’ range to our new  - SPECTRE™ -  with a first - certified measurement results! As seen on MOTORHEAD GARAGESPECTRE™ has 3D graphics, passive targets, and features a cordless, single line green laser scanner, Bluetooth compatibility, and an extended 40 foot range. 

Why pay more for less? Both systems offer self-calibration 4X/second, measurement certification, and list prices lower than the competition. 423-781-7163 / WWW.AMS-LASER.COM

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Podcast: Lessons I Learned When I Sold My Shop

Three former shop owners tell their story on selling their business. LISTEN HERE.
 
With Margie van Lierop, Formerly of Beach Cities Garage in Laguna Hills, CA; Scott ‘Gonzo’ Weaver formerly of Superior Auto Electric, Tulsa, OK (You also know Scott from Gonzo’s Tool Box) and Dave Winters formerly of Swedish Automotive in Seattle, WA, share their experience.
 
Among the talking points, confidentiality, transparent and normalized profit and loss statement, valuation, business broker, asset values, being a landlord and eventual tax liability, among others.

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Find A Blue Print For Finding Success If You Are Going To Open An Automotive Repair Shop

There is some secret Sause shared here including the most important question you need to answer, setting up your spending plan, how important location is and the need to know the demographics of that local community. Is the income level such that money can be spent on vehicle service and maintenance?  LISTEN HERE.
 
We talk financial, (knowing your numbers) debt, cash flow. All very important parts of a CEO’s responsibility. Many great technicians, who are unemployable, strive to start their own business because they want to do things their way. Most find out that it is not an easy task. There are responsibilities beyond financial and cash flow like, marketing, the tax man, HR laws and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
 
This panel does a great job of explaining the challenges you’ll need to deal with so you can find your successes sooner rather than later. It is a slow process, but success shouldn’t take years to achieve.

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Podcast: Finding The Right Business Coach

This round-table of successful service professionals credits a business coach or consultant for their success. This Town Hall Academy panel is in agreement on the steps you must weigh when considering hiring a business coach or consultant. LISTEN HERE.
 
Be prepared to put your pride on the shelf and learn how to grow your business to new heights. The coach will work with you to identify your problems with profitability, productivity, training, marketing, pricing labor and parts among others.
 
You will learn how to spot problem areas and find ways to fix them on your own. Business coaches/consultants help business owners develop skills to become self-reliant. And accountability to your goals is the secret sauce. 

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PODCAST: Discussion from Three Aftermarket Technicians and a Tech Who Left the Industry

As usual, these guys brought their opinionated selves to the interview, yet spoke from the heart about topics they are passionate about. Some no holds barred discussion points. There are times where there is no sugar coating and that is good to embrace all sides of an issue. LISTEN HERE.
 
Matt Fanslow, Bob Heipp, Peter Landry and Tom Myers openly discuss some very hot and touchy subjects that affect all aftermarketer’s.
 
Just a few of the topics we discussed, shops charging for diagnostic time, opinions on social media, a discussion on augmented reality. They discuss that techs need to help the business owner make money, and therefore owners should share in the wealth. We talk about shop owners training their top and best-vested technicians and also talk pay and benefits.

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Jan 11    Article


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BMW combines with John Deere to grow global farm, construction vehicle marketplace

BMW is more closely associated with cars, motorcycles and the back stretch at Nürburgring than a farmer’s back forty – but BMW’s Designworks subsidiary is collaborating with John Deere to reap the latest in vehicle engineering innovations and apply them to Deere’s lines of agricultural and construction equipment. Learn more.

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Jan 11    Article


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2018 Federated-KOI Cavalcade of Customs features service tech, body shop training

The annual KOI Auto Parts-Federated Cavalcade of Customs has become one of the nation’s top training expos for professional service technicians. Scheduled for Jan. 5-7 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, it is the 58th annual Cavalcade show. Read more.

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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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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Jan 11    Article


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Bosch, ASA partner for advanced collision & diagnostic training webinar series

ASA and Bosch will collaborate on a new diagnostics training series in 2018, covering major repair topics facing collision and mechanical shops. The series will cover diagnostic tool selection, pre/post scanning, module reprogramming, advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) recalibration and more. Learn the details here.

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Peter Meier

Peter Meier Jan 10    Article

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December Winner!

Congratulations to Pedro L. Rivera Negron, owner of Check Engine Service in Puerto Rico! He's our December ASE Question of the Month winner!

Pedro's name was drawn at random from the list of everyone who entered our January contest, and he'll be awarded a collectible diecast from our sponsor, Federated Auto Parts.

You could be our next winner. Just take the January test and then click on the link to enter your name for our next drawing. It really is that simple, and who knows - you may learn something in the process!

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Karen Cover Jan 10    Article


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The driving force of clean hands

Certain substances in the automotive industry can build up in the body and become hazardous to our health.

Click here to learn more.

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