October 2014

Congress Continues Review of Vehicle Safety

Safety legislation unlikely in the 113th Congress. The U.S. Congress continues to review vehicle safety concerns stemming from manufacturer recalls. This includes hearings, legislation and investigations. Although this review was intense during the final weeks of the 113th Congress, no legislation was sent to the president for signature. Congress will most certainly revisit this issue […]

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ASA Solicits Top 10 Insurers on ‘Blend Within/Zone Refinish’ Issue

The Automotive Service Association’s board of directors and Collision Division Operations Committee have begun their second initiative as they continue to focus on refinish issues and the issues’ effects on collision repair facilities. ASA’s goal is to educate the industry, bring clearer understanding and – more importantly – resolve the issue relative to refinish times […]

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ASA Shops Can Now Provide Dental, Vision Insurance

ASA Partners with Keystone Insurers Group to Provide Coverage Through an agreement with Keystone Insurers Group, the Automotive Service Association is excited to offer a new member benefits package that will provide ASA member-shops with access to group dental and vision insurance. Shop owners and their employees can immediately take advantage of dental and vision […]

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24th Annual Shop Management Software Guide

About this Year’s Guide Much is new this year about AutoInc.’s 24th annual Shop Management Software Guide. As always, though, the Guide is designed to give readers an overview of the shop management software systems on the market today and the features they offer. What’s new this year is that the Shop Management Software Guide […]

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‘Test, Don’t Guess’ When Lightning Strikes

It’s your best approach to tracking down the problem(s). Problem description: Check electrical system. The battery goes dead after sitting a couple days. “Oh, yeah,” the customer said, “there was a lightning strike in the parking lot where I work that might have affected the van.” Most of the time, when I get in a […]

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Detroit Shop Proof Free Enterprise Still Works

What started in a garage has grown into a world-class facility. An ASA shop in Oak Park, Mich. – Curt’s Service – is proof the free enterprise system still works in America. What started as a technician working out of his garage has become one of this nation’s most advanced automotive repair and service centers. […]

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Congressional Subcommittee Examines Small Business Health Options Program

Members Encourage Program Improvements On Sept. 18, 2014, the U.S. House Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing titled, “An Update on the Small Business Health Options Program: Is It Working for Small Businesses?” The purpose of the hearing was to examine the effectiveness of the Small Business Health Options […]

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Generationally Speaking – October 2014

See what makes us different … and the same! Valley Automotive Repair and Electric in Maple Valley, Wash., has been serving the Maple Valley, Wash., community since 1981. It is family owned and run by Bryan K. Kelley, who purchased the shop in 2004. The shop may be familiar to readers as it was featured […]

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Mitsubishi A/C Compressor Clutch

I took a hotline call the other day that reminded me of an odd problem on some Mitsubishi vehicles that I have seen many times now. Some of the vehicles involved are the Galant (1999 to 2004), Eclipse (2000 to 2011), Lancer (2002 to 2005) and the Outlander equipped with manual air conditioning system (2003 […]

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Put the ASA Marketplace to Work for You!

Save on Products, Services You’re Already Using Save an Average of $150 Per Year ASA members receive special discounted pricing on quality consumer education and staff training in one package, in DVD format. AutoNetTV features an automotive television network with entertaining and educational programming that may be viewed in the waiting areas of service and […]

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Duty vs. Responsibility

Duty, not responsibility, is your greatest source of power at the top. When I talk to CEOs about the gravity of their jobs, many bemoan their burdens and responsibilities. They talk about what they “owe” – to boards, investors, lenders, customers and employees. But that’s a trap, one set by those just mentioned. It ensures […]

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Scan Tool Review: Tools for Mercedes-Benz, smart Car Good Investment

Karl Benz is credited with the invention of the gasoline-powered automobile, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. And Mercedes-Benz (MB) has remained a front-runner in building automobiles for almost a century and a half. Boasting a company slogan of “Das beste oder nichts” (“The best or nothing”), Mercedes-Benz has a rich history of making automobiles replete […]

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