By Levy Joffrion
Identifix Celebrating 20 Years
Identifix, a premier source of online and hotline diagnostic and repair information, is celebrating 20 years of servicing independent repair shops.
Incorporated in August 1987, Identifix went live with the repair hotline on Jan. 2, 1988, with four employees. Now it has 41 master technicians with more than 1,000 years of combined experience performing vehicle diagnostics. It receives up to 20,000 calls a month.
Members Can Save with Avis
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced a new member benefit agreement with Avis that allows members convenient access to money-saving coupons on top of special weekend, weekly and monthly rates. Discounts will be available at participating Avis locations.
Using their association ID number, ASA members may access coupons through a link in the Members Only section of the ASA Web site and then present the printed coupon with their next Avis rental to save money. Avis has created a special Web page for ASA members, enhancing the convenience of making reservations, finding rental locations, acquiring maps and driving directions, and other travel tools.
ASE Upgrades Its Web Site
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced an upgrade to the Service Professionals section of its Web site at www.ase.com.
It now features more streamlined navigation, with content organized more intuitively into key interest areas. The new hierarchy-based design facilitates easy access to the newly defined categories of Explore Certification, Register to Test, Prepare to Test, and Other Programs.
The redesign also enables quick access to the increasingly popular myASE service. Using myASE, professionals can view certification status and history online, as well as update their mailing address, view test registrations and review work experience status.
Talk Show for Shops Available
"Showcase," an online talk show for shop owners, debuted in August.
The show is said to provide no-travel networking and peer-based educational opportunities for shop owners.
Host of the program is Gary Gunn, AAM, founder of Automotive Service Leaders. He has led hundreds of conferences for shop owner education and has provided an environment for shop owners' success in business since 1979. He is an Automotive Management Institute instructor.
For more information, contact Gunn at (270) 782-6455 or visit his Web site, www.turnaroundtour.com
I-CAR Releases Collision Industry Survey
A random sample of 4,001 collision repair facilities from all 50 states was selected by an independent information provider. Survey questions focused on crucial information about the collision industry, such as average incomes, benefits, technician turnover, technical training programs, and opportunities in the industry.
A four-page executive summary of the 2007 survey can be downloaded free from the I-CAR Education Foundation Web site in PDF format at www.ed-foundation.org by
clicking on "Forms and Downloads." To request quantities of the printed document for career days, job fairs or other recruiting events, contact the Education Foundation at (888) 722-3787, ext. 282.
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