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January 2, 2018

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Auto Industry

Shop night — boon or bane?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Niello Audi encourages its service technicians to feed their passion for vehicle maintenance after the workday ends.

Auto Industry

Rising risk from uninsured, flooded cars

DETROIT — As Hurricane Harvey was dumping up to 50 inches of rain on pancake-flat Houston in late August, auto insurers hastily assembled vehicle inspection teams to catalog the damage. But even as thousands of trained inspectors descended on the Bayou City, they realized things weren't going as planned.

Automotive Service

SEMA to launch monthly Industry Indicators Report

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The Specialty Equipment Market Association is launching a monthly "Industry Indicators Report," which will provide a snapshot of the U.S. economy with an emphasis on economic data that affects the automotive aftermarket industry.

Auto Industry

Openbay, eBay to partner on auto parts, accessories

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Online automotive repair marketplace Openbay Corp. will serve as the automotive parts and accessories searchable dashboard for business customers of eBay Motors.

Automotive Service

Auto service gift cards growing in popularity

DETROIT — Auto service might not seem the obvious choice for a holiday gift card, certificate or coupon, but a growing number of dealerships are finding that such promotions build business and enhance customer satisfaction.

Automotive Service

Autel introduces TPMS software updates

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Autel Intelligent Technology Corp. has introduced two software updates for its Autel MaxiTPMS TS608 and TS508.

Commercial Tire Industry

Atlanta Commercial Tire adds alloy wheel polishing

ATLANTA — Atlanta Commercial Tire has upgraded its wheel-service business with the installation of a pair of automated wheel-polishing machines for aluminum wheels from Vehicle Inspection Systems Inc.


Accuride expanding distribution network

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Vehicle component supplier Accuride Corp. is expanding its distribution network early in 2018 by phasing in five North American Distribution Centers that will augment its primary distribution facility in Batavia, Ill.

Factory Fixes

Strut mount replacement may fix Ford, Mercury steering wheel squeak

Owners of 2005-07 Ford Five Hundreds, Ford Freestyles and Mercury Montegos may complain of a squeak or crunch from the front of the vehicle when the steering wheel is rotated during low-speed turning maneuvers.

Dan Marinucci

Positive first impression includes service department

A favorable first impression helps create a receptive selling atmosphere. Clean, bright and organized service bays should contribute to that positive first impression.

New Products

B'laster introduces PB Penetrating Grease

Permatex sponge designed to absorb oils

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