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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.

LATEST NEWS

April 16, 2014

Vogue Tyre opens 17th Custom Center

Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. announced it has opened its 17th Custom Center location at Penske Cadillac Buick-GMC in Torrance, Calif., the largest Cadillac dealer on the west coast.

Tags: Greg Hathcock, Penske Cadillac Buick GMC, Vogue Custom Centers, Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co.

ContiTech 2014 belt catalog now available
April 14, 2014

ContiTech 2014 belt catalog now available

CRP Automotive has published its 2014 ContiTech Belts & Belt Kits Catalog, a 432-page applications guide that includes timing belts, serpentine belts, elast belts, silent and tough grip belts, as well as several different timing belt kit offerings.

Tags: ContiTech Belts & Belt Kits Catalog, CRP Automotive, Serpentine Belts, Timing Belts

Brityrex 2014 seminars cover TPMS, tire labeling
April 14, 2014

Brityrex 2014 seminars cover TPMS, tire labeling

Singex-ECI, organizers of Brityrex International 2014 taking place Oct. 7-9 at EventCity in Manchester, England, announced that they will play host to a series of Tyre Talk seminars covering key business issues affecting tire retailers, wholesalers and fast-fit service providers.

Tags: Brityrex International, NTDA, Paul Farrant, Singex-ECI, Stefan Hay

Rotary Lift s redesigned website makes it easier for visitors to find the correct lifts for their
April 11, 2014

Redesigned website showcases Rotary Lifts

Rotary Lift has redesigned its website to showcase more videos, images and product information to improve the user experience.

Tags: Lifts, Rotary Lift, Website

April 10, 2014

Ford to maintain battery warranties

Ford Motor Co. announced it will maintain it pro-rated battery warranty and family pricing structures for its Motorcraft batteries. The company says the after parts industry as a whole is moving in the opposite direction.

Tags: batteries, Ford Motor Co., Motorcraft

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USEFUL ARTICLES

Big O Tires takes a “holistic” business approach for its members, which includes a
April 16, 2014

Advantages of joining a program group  

Many of the 30,000 independent tire dealers in the United States have aligned themselves with either program groups or associate dealer programs. The former are often run by tire dealers, the latter by tire manufacturers.

Tags: Big O Tires LLC, Conrad's Tire Service Inc., Independent Tire Dealers Group, K&M Tire Inc., Program groups, Tire Centers LLC, Tire Factory LLC, Tire Pros

Eighty-five percent of automotive aftermarket purchases begin with consumers doing research online.
April 15, 2014

Bring your ‘AA’ game: UHP buyers walk in more than ready for you  

I conducted a survey this week, a 1-to-10 marketing survey, to better understand the ultra-high performance tire and wheel buyer. I spoke with management and frontline sales staff at one of Southern California’s leading UHP retailers.

Tags: 2014 Performance Handbook, Counter intelligence, Custom wheels, Sales, UHP tires, Wayne Williams

About 40% of business at Alpio Barbara’s California dealership is UHP. He advises getting the
April 15, 2014

Shopping for UHP service equipment? Three dealers share some tips  

Driver expectations for a firmer, sportier and more responsive feel are helping to boost sales of ultra-high performance tires. But maximizing opportunities to profit from consumer demand for shorter sidewalls requires investments in equipment for servicing UHP tire and wheel assemblies.

Tags: 2014 Performance Handbook, Alpio Barbara, Jim Enger, Tripp Lee, UHP tire service

Figure 1: Exploded view of the tire pressure sensor.
March 28, 2014

‘Train’ replaced sensors on F-150 pickups  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on 2009-13 Ford F-150 pickups monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. The sensors transmit radio frequency signals to the Smart Junction Box (SJB) approximately every 60 seconds when the vehicle speed exceeds 20 mph (32 km/h). If the vehicle is stationary for more than 30 minutes, the sensor will enter into a “sleep mode” and stop transmitting.

Tags: Ford F-150, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

At your tire dealership, the hardest thing to change is your mind
March 28, 2014

At your tire dealership, the hardest thing to change is your mind  

We all know there is a difference between changing your mind and making a change. Usually it’s easy to change your mind after you discover new or additional information about a subject or matter.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Sales training, Wayne Williams

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