The new ADS 325 and ADS 625 scan tools from Bosch Automotive Service Solutions feature full diagnostic capabilities including system scans, data stream, special tests, bi-directional controls, and repair information.
Tenneco Inc. has added 24 part numbers for 13 domestic and 44 import applications to its Monroe Quick-Strut line of premium replacement strut assemblies.
Ford Motor Co. has added 136 part numbers to its Omnicraft brand of coated brake rotors and drums for non-Ford/Lincoln vehicle repairs.
Versatile Credit Inc. has added the EasyPay Finance option to its list of platform offerings. The "second look" option focuses on offering financing solutions to the automotive market.
Our recent discussions with dealers leave us with a view that sell-out trends improved in May versus the prior year’s period, re-accelerating from year-over-year contractions early in the year. While always somewhat subjective, we note commentary from installers was at the highest level since October 2017. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers reported they saw unit sales volumes up nearly 2% relative to the previous year’s period.
With the recent combination of private equity-owned Mavis Tire Supply Corp. and Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers (Express Oil Change LLC), it’s a good time for tire dealers to understand how private equity plays the acquisition game differently than strategic acquirers like Monro Inc.
Tire dealerships on the 2018 Modern Tire Dealer 100 have found a way to battle online tire sales, shrinking tire margins and a tight labor market: by investing in brick-and-mortar locations.
New HexChex Multi-Size loose wheel nut indicators from Ken-Tool Corp. are designed to offer very wide application coverage in four SKUs, dramatically cutting inventory costs.
American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has launched a $1 million ad campaign highlighting the work of its Tire Pros franchisees. The message is hassle-free customer service.
Auto Profit Masters LLC (APM) has introduced a cloud-based shop management system called Shop 4D that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to run repair shops.
Mitchell International Inc. and General Motors Corp. have jointly launched the enrollment portal for the GM Collison Repair Network. As of Aug. 8, 2018, any collision repair facility in the U.S. may apply for inclusion in the network.
Ateq TPMS Tools and Jeff Buckley, owner of My Father’s Shop, are collaborating on Facebook to give away two tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) tools to high schools, technical centers or colleges during their “Back to School” giveaway. Ateq and Buckley will each donate a VT36 TPMS tool to two winners.
Continental AG is offering end-to-end cyber security and over-the-air software update solutions from Argus Cyber Security (Argus) and Elektrobit (EB) pre-integrated into its connected vehicle electronics products including telematics units, infotainment systems, gateways and more.
Gaither Tool Co. Inc. is bringing a mobile tire servicing platform designed as a single compact unit that does not require a generator to the North American market.
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has expanded its overall vehicle coverage for TPMS sensor applications with a VDO Redi-Sensor TPMS sensor (part no. SE10003A).