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April 24, 2018

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Auto Industry

Customers expect shops to communicate using today's methods

Auto service businesses need to immerse themselves in technology as a way to improve their bottom line and their profits, according to Chris Cloutier, co-owner of Golden Rule Auto Care and founder of autoflow, a digital shop management provider in Rowlett, Texas.

How to bolster your used tire inventory

Is your local economy still struggling? Do you have customers seeking used tires that you don't offer? In this week's episode, automotive service pro Pam provides some options for dealers to increase their used tire inventory.

Auto Industry

Most valuable tool: Ability to educate, sell

By not investing in shop equipment to use as a safety and sales tool to present and educate the customer it is flat out leaving money on the table.

Commercial Tire Industry

Surge in business is a boon for commercial vehicle industry

LAS VEGAS — The commercial vehicle industry is enjoying a surge in business as the U.S. economy grows, construction projects increase and consumers buy more merchandise.

Automotive Service

ACA, NRF among 100+ trade groups protesting proposed tariffs

BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association and National Retail Federation are among more than 100 trade groups that are asking Congress to intervene in President Trump's plan to levy 25-percent tariffs against some 1,200 products imported from China.

Automotive Service

ACA urges expanding digital copyright repair exemption

WASHINGTON — Expanding the consumer exemption for auto repair under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a necessity for auto repair professionals, the Auto Care Association told the U.S. Copyright Office during an April 10 hearing on the DMCA.

Automotive Service

AAA urges drivers to 'B-E-T' on vehicle inspections

ORLANDO, Fla. — Heading into the summer travel season, AAA Inc. is urging owners of vehicles 10 years old and older to take precautions against breaking down by focusing on the three most common causes of car trouble — batteries, engine and tires.

Automotive Service

Icahn's payoff from Federal-Mogul could increase in 2019

DETROIT — Investor Carl Icahn will pocket $800 million in cash and $4.6 billion worth of Tenneco Inc. stock in the deal announced last week to sell his privately owned parts and aftermarket supplier, Federal-Mogul L.L.C.

Goodyear ending supply ties to ATD

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Goodyear is ending its direct supply relationship with American Tire Distributors Inc., prompting ATD to pursue "innovative initiatives" to be unveiled later that will demonstrate the wholesaler's commitment to its customers.

Factory Fixes

Ground lugs may illuminate Kia's ABS/ESC light

Some 2006-07 Kia Sedona minivans built before March 8, 2006, may turn on the ABS/ESC warning lamp and log trouble codes such as C2402 or U0001 in the ABS module.

Dan Marinucci

Wireless transmitter eases electrical diagnosis

A small, wireless transmitter may simplify electrical diagnosis in your service department. Here's why this method may become a more-common test technique.

New Products

S.U.R.&R. offers line of oil spill cleaners

Hunter introduces RX14 Scissor Lift

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