By Levy Joffrion
More Than 5,000 Shops Use Direct-Hit
Identifix reports more than 5,000 automotive repair shops are now using its Direct-Hit line system to diagnose and repair vehicles.
Direct-Hit is a subscription-based online database offering real-world, proven diagnostic and repair information. It was developed from more than 2.5 million Identifix repair hotline calls to the company's 37 ASE master certified technicians. More than 5,000 vehicle problems and fixes are added on a monthly basis.
Identifix is one of the nation's premier sources of online and hotline diagnostic and repair information.
Audi, VW Have New Service Info Sites
From the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) comes word that Audi of America and Volkswagen of America have new service information Web sites. The sites are located at www.ebahn.com/audi and www.ebahn.com/vw.
The new sites replace the "erWin" Web sites and will offer three-day, monthly or annual subscription rates for information access. Each Web site requires a separate subscription. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Access for information from the Audi/VW Technical Literature Ordering Center and for ordering diagnostic tools has not changed.
For more information, visit the NASTF service information matrix at www.nastf.org.
I-CAR Adds Saturday Classes at NACE
For the first time since 2003 at the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), I-CAR will offer training on Saturday in addition to the Wednesday program schedule.
To be offered will be vehicle-specific training programs and newer training programs on aluminum, hybrids and welding. These training programs will be available at $65 per class. Six programs will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 1; two on Saturday, Nov. 4.
NACE 2006 will be Nov. 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Participants may register for the I-CAR training programs as part of their NACE registration by visiting the NACE Web site at www.naceexpo.com or by calling (888) 529-1641 beginning June 6.
NABC Seeks Nominations for PRIDE Awards
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is calling for nominations for its PRIDE Awards program, which annually recognizes members of the collision industry who selflessly give their time, energy and (often) money to causes outside the industry to make their communities better places to live.
Nomination forms are being distributed to members of NABC and all industry segments. Nominations may be made online at the NABC Web site, www.autobodycouncil.org. Also, by calling Janet Chaney, the PRIDE committee chairman, direct at (480) 720-2565 or by calling the NABC office at (888) 667-7433.
The deadline for receiving nominations is Sept. 15. PRIDE award winners will be recognized at the Collision Industry Night of Achievement in Las Vegas during Automotive Week in November.
NAFTC Redoes CAReport
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has unveiled its revised Clean Alternatives Report (CAReport). It provides readers with news on the NAFTC, its National Training Centers and the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industries.
Two editions of the CAReport will be published each year. It is available free from NAFTC, which is headquartered at West Virginia University.
NAFTC also welcomes questions on alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Call (304) 293-7882.
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