Auto Service

The competition for automotive service is fierce, from car dealers, large chain store retailers, and mass merchandisers to small repair shops. We’ll keep you current on the latest news and trends in automotive service to grow this important aspect of your business.


Sears is offering big savings on oil changes
November 20, 2014

Sears is offering big savings on oil changes

Back when Sears Holdings Corp. was more of an automotive service force with which to be reckoned, an advertised price from a Sears newspaper ad or flyer was noticed by retailers everywhere.

Tags: B.O.B., Mass merchandisers, Oil changes, Sears Auto Centers

November 20, 2014

41 million travelers to hit road for Thanksgiving

AAA Travel reports nearly 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest number for the holiday season since 2007. This is a 4.2% jump from last year.

Tags: AAA, Gas prices, Holiday Driving

Rotary Lift says a protective coating and end cap prevent wheels from being scratched or dinged as
November 20, 2014

Rotary Lift introduces Wheel Wing tire hangar

Rotary Lift has introduced Wheel Wing tire hangar, a car lift accessory designed to improve ergonomics and boost shop productivity by making it easier to remove wheels for tire rotations and brake and suspension work.

Tags: car lift accessories, Rotary Lift

November 20, 2014

Mitchell 1 creates mobile system for service

Auto repair shops can extend their shop management systems into the driveway and service bays with Mobile ManagerPro, a wireless program that works with any Android tablet and is fully integrated with Mitchell 1's Manager SE.

Tags: Auto service, Mitchell 1, Mitchell 1 Manager SE, Mobile Manager Pro, Wireless technology

Brake Parts Inc. released 100 part numbers for its Raybestos brand s Element3 brake pads.
November 19, 2014

Raybestos adds to Element3 brake pad line

Brake Parts Inc. LLC has added 100 part numbers to the Raybestos brand’s line of Element3 brake pads.

Tags: Brake Parts Inc. Element3EHT Brake Pads, Raybestos brakes

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Figure 1: Removing the tire from the wheel (1 of 2).
November 10, 2014

Honda Fit 2008-2013 TPMS service  

When a tire pressure sensor or control unit is replaced on a 2008-2013 Honda Fit, or a known good wheel is substituted, the ID(s) of all four tires’ sensors must be memorized by the TPMS control unit. After memorizing the sensor ID(s) or doing a tire rotation, the mounting location of sensors 1, 2, 3 and 4 must be determined. See Reset procedures.

Tags: Honda Fit, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

People and process: My father. Myself. My son
November 7, 2014

People and process: My father. Myself. My son  

I’ve written more than 50 articles for Modern Tire Dealer. What an experience it’s been working with the team at MTD and receiving many encouraging notes and emails from the industry.

Tags: Counter intelligence, sales and marketing, Wayne Williams

Employees are the face of your company. Keeping them happy will translate into happy customers. Set
November 7, 2014

Happy employees mean happy customers  

Because excellent sales experiences and high satisfaction levels are the basis for customer retention, it makes sense to hire, train and retain outstanding employees who deliver on your promises.

Tags: Business insight, Richard Morgan, Training

Financial checks and balances
November 7, 2014

Financial checks and balances  

So, you own your own business and things are going pretty well. The economy is trending upward and sales are starting to normalize, even gaining some momentum after a long and painful economic recovery. You are even considering expanding to a new location, increasing inventory or adding new bays. But what if you don’t have the cash to expand? Can you get a loan?

Tags: Balance sheet, Financial checks, Norm Gaither, Twenty Group

Freda Pratt-Boyer, the new president of the Tire Industry Association, has worked in all aspects of
November 7, 2014

Who speaks for dealers in Washington?  

Freda Pratt-Boyer was just out of high school in 1972 and working at a hospital when a friend suggested she apply at Potosi, Mo.-based Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. Her first job in the tire business was computer input clerk.

Tags: 2014 SEMA Show, Freda Pratt-Boyer, SEMA, SEMA Show, TIA, Tire Industry Association

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