March/April 2015

Our Affiliates – March/April 2015

To give our affiliates an opportunity to showcase their activities and promote membership, each quarter in AutoInc. we will be profiling different affiliates. ASA-Arizona ASA-Michigan ASA-Northwest ASA-Pennsylvania If you are a prospective member in these affiliated areas, be sure to read up on all of the great opportunities available to you in your backyard. Remember: […]

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EPA Proposes New Smog Standards

Public hearings set for proposed NAAQ ground-level ozone standards. On Nov. 25, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new regulations designed to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAAQ) for ground-level ozone. According to the EPA, the proposed updates will “improve public health protection, particularly for children, the elderly, and people of […]

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Smart Shop Layout Can Produce More Revenue

To have a meaningful discussion regarding how a shop should be layed out, let’s get one thing established: The purpose of a shop is to provide the best possible setting for producing revenue. The numbers I am about to mention are all made up, but we gotta start somewhere. Let’s assume an average billed hour […]

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Waterborne Paint: What’s New

An update from some of the leading paint companies on the latest technology and innovations. Cars are changing. So is the paint that covers them. What’s new? For the answer to that question, AutoInc. reached out to the paint companies and to ASA-member shops that specialize in collision repair. And it zeroed in on waterborne […]

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Secret to Long-Lasting Success in the Automotive Service and Repair Industry

Discover what separates shops that have staying power from those that fall by the wayside. It was a cold and windy October day in 1908 when Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Mich. Not long after that, those Model Ts could be seen rolling down dusty roads all across […]

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Generationally Speaking – March/April 2015

See what makes us different … and the same! In this issue of “Generationally Speaking,” we feature Mark A. Clark and Keegan Niccum, service advisers for Chumbley’s Auto Care in Indianaola, Iowa. Chumbley’s Auto Care is owned by Tim Davison. Mark A. ClarkBaby Boomer What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that […]

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Revelation: The Answers Aren’t in the Numbers

Our obsession with “the numbers” in business exploded in the 1960s, when the new “science” of decision theory crossed paths with low-cost computer power. Business scholars began the stampede toward a new “law:” given enough numbers, anyone can run anything. Quickly, business became more about math than about understanding of emotion, behavior and relationships in […]

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How to Save Money and Increase Profits

(Hint: It starts with the ASA Marketplace.) ASA.bizunite.com Why Use the Marketplace? The ASA Marketplace provides convenient, one-stop shopping for ASA’s entire member benefits portfolio. Along with some of ASA’s most popular savings through AutoZone, VANTIV, Meadowbrook Insurance and other merchants, through our partnership with BizUnite we are able to expand our offerings to include even […]

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Bob Parra Builds on Success

Building on a strong legacy, Bob Parra positions his shops for greatness. That Bob Parra is a successful shop owner, no one can deny. But how did he get to be successful? How has he been able to take the legacy his dad left him and build that into two shops? And, the itch to […]

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What Would You Do?

Every shop owner runs into ‘situations.’ How they handle them is important … do you agree with these fellow ASA members? Dilemma: This shop owner had just hired a new apprentice technician. The technician was supposed to change the automatic transmission oil in a 2-year-old Honda that only had 30,000 miles on it. After the […]

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Unfixable Dodge Magnum

For the most effective diagnostics, don’t just rely on the codes to troubleshoot. Actual testing will give you a bird’s-eye view. Last issue, we talked about a problem created by technician error and made worse by hanging parts without knowing whether they would fix the concern. This time, I’m going to demonstrate another case study […]

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ASA Working on Your Behalf

It’s been a busy legislative season in the nation’s capitol and around the country. Here are some news items about legislation moving through state legislatures in North Carolina and New Jersey. Be sure to visit ASA’s legislative website, www.TakingTheHill.com, for more news. And sign up for ASA’s free legislative alerts while you’re there! ASA Calls […]

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