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.


December 16, 2014

More buyers were at 2014's AAIW and AAPEX

Buyer attendance at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) in Las Vegas increased in key target buyer categories identified by the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), with independent repair garages posting the largest growth at 12%.

Tags: 2014 AAPEX, Bill Long, Kathleen Schmatz

December 15, 2014

Yea or nay? Lower gas prices = more business

Gas prices are falling at an amazing rate. According to one government agency, they have dropped an average of nearly 28% since June 23, 2014.

Tags: B.O.B., Gas prices

December 15, 2014

Snap-on calculates the missing profit

Snap-on Diagnostics has added a diagnostic calculator feature to its website to help automotive repair technicians and shop owners determine how much profit they could be making by using a Snap-on diagnostic platform, including Verus Pro, Verdict, Modis Ultra, Solus Edge and Ethos Plus.

Tags: Mark Schaefer, Profit improvements, Snap-on Diagnostics

December 15, 2014

SMP expands BWD engine management line

Standard Motor Products Inc. has added 551 new part numbers to its BWD engine management line, covering domestic and import vehicles.

Tags: BWD engine management line, Standard Motor Products Inc.

December 15, 2014

Univ. of Aftermarket adds 100 scholarships

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation will award an additional $100,000 in scholarships in 2015, according to Tim Lee, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. The increase will bring the total amount of scholarships awarded to $230,000.

Tags: Education, Tim Lee, University of the Aftermarket Foundation

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Figure 1: Registering the tire pressure sensor.
December 16, 2014

Optimal service for Kia Optima TPMS  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on a 2011 to 2013 Kia Optima monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. To do this, the system uses a TPMS receiver, four radio frequency (RF) tire pressure sensors, two warning indicators on the instrument cluster, and a data circuit to perform system functions

Tags: Kia Optima, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

A hard look at procrastination
December 16, 2014

A hard look at procrastination  

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is always the first week in November, and it’s a reminder to me that the end of the year is near.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Procrastination, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Nitto covered the SEMA Show in real time at its booth.
December 15, 2014

2014 SEMA Show coverage  

Cab drivers in Las Vegas were told to be ready for 140,000 visitors during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. That estimate proved to be too low.

Tags: 2014 SEMA Show

Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season
December 15, 2014

Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in October. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.8% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.2% increase in September and a 0.1% increase in August.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Your Marketplace

Thanks a bunch!
December 15, 2014

Thanks a bunch!  

We couldn’t put out Modern Tire Dealer month to month without our readers. You are the heart and soul of this magazine.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Discount Tire Co.

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