Archive | June 2014

U.S. House Committee Holds Insurance Data Hearing

Bill Would Limit Authority of FIO The U.S. House of Represent­atives Financial Services Commit­tee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals to Reform Domestic Insurance Policy.” The hearing focused on several important pieces of legislation, but one of particular interest to collision repairers. This is a bill drafted by U.S. Rep. […]

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Fear Factor

What are you afraid of as a business owner? When I started to work on this topic, a wealth of resources opened up, along with an abundance of shop owners who contributed to this article. The evolution was exciting, and I thank everyone. Fear at work is normal. It exists in good times and bad […]

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Members Advantage – June 2014

Put the ASA Marketplace to Work for You! Save on the Products, Services You’re Already Using ASA Members Save an Average of 20% on First Aid and Safety Needs Our program offers value by maximizing productivity and reducing your business costs. To help protect your business and your employees, Cintas delivers: • Single source solution […]

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U.S. Senate EPW Committee Approves Six-Year Transportation Bill

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously approved S. 2322, a bill to reauthorize federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs for the next six years at current funding with adjustments for inflation. Specifically, S. 2322 will maintain the core highway program structure from MAP-21 – including the National Highway Performance Program, […]

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Ohio Senate Bill Extends Registration Requirement to Mechanical Repair Shops

S.B. 232 Will Protect Repair Shops, Consumers Alike In November 2013, state Sen. Joe Uecker (R-14) introduced Ohio Senate Bill 232, a bill to level the playing field for mechanical automotive repair shops. S.B. 232 extends the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle Repair Board (MVRB) to anyone who performs mechanical repairs on motor vehicles, requires […]

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What Your Customers Want … Right Now!

Mechanical shop, collision repair, A/C, muffler, tires … it really doesn’t matter. Today, you need to rethink how you think about your customers. Not just according to who they are anymore – by the demographics – but rather, according to how they think. What they care about most. And to look way beyond the narrow […]

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Scan Tool Review: Volkswagen/Audi

To work on Volkswagen-Audi Gelelschaft (VAG) automobiles, a technician must first understand “measuring blocks.” This is the primary way information is displayed with VW software. This can be difficult for the technician because often the “blocks” are not specifically labeled with anything beyond their block number. Having good service information is critical for any Audi/VW […]

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News Briefs – June 2014

Get involved in ASA leadership Call for Candidates for the National Board of Directors Any regular (shop) member interested in being considered for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) national board of directors should contact the national office and request a “consideration form.” Forms must be completed and received by ASA no later than Monday, Aug. […]

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Marching Forward

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford. What an appropriate quote for us […]

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