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March 13, 2018

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Auto Industry

The murky world of gray-market parts

WASHINGTON — The world of gray-market goods — items that are technically legal but considered unfair by a manufacturer — is a murky one as auto makers work to stop their dealerships from straying outside official distribution channels for cheaper parts.

Interested in starting your own shop?

Are you a service tech with aspirations of opening your own shop? What should you consider? What resources are available? In this episode, our auto service experts, Pam Oakes and Peter Sudek, share some valuable tips for you wannabe service shop owners.

Government & Law

Trump's tariff proposal divides tire industry, government leaders

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's promise to levy elevated tariffs against all imported steel and aluminum has elicited starkly different responses from various sectors.

Auto Industry

Vehicle drive system maker Dana to merge with U.K.'s GKN

MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Inc. has agreed to combine with the Driveline Division of GKN P.L.C., allowing it to re-incorporate in the United Kingdom as Dana P.L.C.

Auto Industry

Steel tariffs will result in higher auto repair prices — ACA

BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association opposes the elevated import tariffs on steel and aluminum announced March 8 by President Donald Trump, saying they ultimately will result in higher repair prices to be paid for by the American car owner.

Auto Industry

Consumers must know origins of parts they choose

The parts and other products we design, manufacture, specify and install are central to our industry's value proposition. They can also affect the consumer's safety.

Automotive Service

ASA announces instructors for annual meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Automotive Service Association has announced its lineup of industry experts who will lead the instructional sections of its annual business meeting in Orlando May 2-4

Automotive Service

ACA to sponsor trade mission to Chile

BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association is sponsoring a trade mission to Chile Aug. 21-22 as part of its Market Development Cooperator Program award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Factory Fixes

GM's coolant leak may be result of improperly installed hose, clamp

The driver of a 2009-10 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse or GMC Acadia may come into your store with a complaint of a small, but persistent, coolant leak.

Dan Marinucci

Rushing a diagnosis isn't in anyone's interest

Always allow adequate diagnostic time, because rushing the task grossly increases the risk of disappointing a customer.

New Products

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket introduces ATE brake parts line

Rancho rolls out performance suspension kit for Ford F-150

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