Archive | May 2014

California Senate Holds Hearing On Consumer Vehicle Information Legislation

Senate Bill 994 fails to pass committee The California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 994, the Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act. In last month’s AutoInc., we discussed the details of the legislation and that the bill was premature. The Senate Transportation Committee moved forward with a […]

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Get Ready for Aluminum – Is your shop repair-ready?

With Ford’s introduction of the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150, aluminum has become this year’s collision repair industry buzzword. Not just for high-end imports anymore, aluminum is going mainstream, and a growing number of shops are gearing up so that they are repair-ready. Repairing collision-damaged aluminum vehicles requires different procedures, techniques and equipment than are necessary to […]

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Why You Must Be in Detroit July 30-Aug. 2

NACE | CARS 2014: Bigger, Better than Ever Bigger and better than ever: That’s NACE | CARS 2014! First-rate training, show-floor demos, exclusive tours and the leading OE and aftermarket corporations in the industry under one roof – with your true peers at your side to discuss it all. To say this is an “opportunity” […]

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What Would You Do? – May 2014

Every shop owner runs into ‘situations.’ How they handle them is important … do you agree with these fellow ASA members? Dilemma: This situation comes from Gary Chambers of Super Rupair, an independent Subaru repair shop in Boulder, Colo. A customer brought in her Subaru, complaining that her headlights and taillights kept burning out. At […]

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Craigslist ‘Deal’

With no vehicle history whatsoever, a clunker gets revived I recently had a customer begin our conversation with seven terrifying words: “I got this great deal on Craigslist!” I cringed a bit. How do you react to this situation? So many scenarios ran through my mind that it was hard to decide which nightmare I […]

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Generationally Speaking
May 2014

See what makes us different … and the same! In this month’s Generationally Speaking department, meet Gary Keyes, owner of E&M Motors, Stuart, Fla., and Preston Pollen, technician. Keyes is a general director on ASA’s board of directors. Gary Keyes, Baby Boomer What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that still sticks […]

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Chrysler ZF 8HP Service Slants

A different kind of transmission requires a different type of service. If you are used to working on high-end import vehicles such as BMW, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar or Rolls-Royce, you’ve no doubt come across a version of the ZF Friedrichshafen AG-engineered 8HP transmission. However, for us Chrysler guys, this transmission is all new. Available in […]

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Members Advantage – May 2014

Put the ASA Marketplace to Work for You! Save on the Products, Services You’re Already Using Save $25 on Weekly Rentals or Get a Free Weekend Day! Avis offers rental discount coupons, for business or personal use, to ASA members, along with a worldwide discount that locks in the best available rate. The coupon discounts […]

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