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.


October 15, 2014

Akebono: U.S. production adds quality control

Akebono Brake Corp. says it will continue to manufacture its entire ultra-premium ceramic disc brake pad line in the U.S., a strategy which provides exclusive control of its production processes.

Tags: Akebono Brake Corp., Ken Selinger, Made in America

Lisle Corp.’s Low Profile Seat Creeper features an adjustable cushioned backrest. 
October 8, 2014

Lisle offers Low Profile Seat Creeper

Lisle Corp.’s Low Profile Seat Creeper features an adjustable cushioned backrest.

Tags: Creeper, Lisle Corp.

Wagner Lighting offers TruView PLUS lamps
October 8, 2014

Wagner Lighting offers TruView PLUS lamps

The Wagner Lighting brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts has introduced its latest replacement lighting solution for automotive, marine, powersport and other applications: new Wagner TruView PLUS LED miniature lamps.

Tags: Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Mini lamps, Replacement lamps

Rotary Lift says new features make its SM series four-post lifts more capable for
October 7, 2014

Rotary Lift updates light-duty four-post lifts

Rotary Lift has updated its SM series of 14,000-pound capacity four-post lifts to provide greater productivity and durability through a higher rise height, improved drive-on ramps and a powder-coated hammer-tone paint finish.

Tags: Rotary Lift, Rotary Lift Shockwave

Entrepreneur Bill Sauer, founder of Identifix, has retired after 52 years in the automotive
October 6, 2014

Identifix founder, Bill Sauer, retires

Bill Sauer, Identifix founder, has retired after 52 years in the automotive industry.

Tags: Bill Sauer, Identifix, Identifix Direct-Hit

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More than 3,800 people from over 78 countries attended the fifth annual Latin American &
October 13, 2014

A conversation with Gustavo Lima  

MTD had the opportunity to ask a number of wide-ranging questions of Gustavo Lima. Lima has 38 years of international tire industry experience. He is currently the CEO of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, the Latin Auto Parts Expo and the newly announced North American Tire & Retread Expo that will be held in New Orleans next April. He’s also the CEO of Oriente Triangle Tire Latin America, a distributor of tires for Latin America based in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Gustavo Lima, North American Tire and Retread Expo, Trade show

TIA’s Matt White says the association will be offering new training programs in 2015.
October 13, 2014

5 years and counting: Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo  

The fifth annual Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo in Panama City, Panama, attracted roughly 3,800 qualified participants and 233 exhibitors from over 78 countries, according to show organizers.

Tags: Caribbean Tyre Expo, Matt White, Pirelli Pneus Ltd., TIA, Tire Industry Association

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show
October 13, 2014

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show  

With Europe’s largest tire show well and truly over for another two years, event organizer Messe Essen has revealed that over the four days of the exhibition around 20,000 people came through the doors as visitors. This attendance figure is marginally higher than the previous figures in 2012, therefore setting a new record for the show.

Tags: John Stone, Reifen Essen, Trade show

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires
October 13, 2014

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained healthy in July. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.4% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.7% increase in June and a 1.3% increase in May.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

Dave Crawford plans to use his franchise experience to build a strong dealer support program and
October 13, 2014

‘We feel like we got our number one draft pick’  

Industry veteran Dave Crawford has taken on a new role as chief executive officer of The Hybrid Shop LLC (THS). In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations and management, Crawford will focus on expanding the THS network of franchise locations servicing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). THS founder and former CEO Matt Curry will continue to oversee the company’s evolution in his new position as chief visionary officer.

Tags: Dave Crawford, The Hybrid Shop

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