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August 28, 2018

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Automotive Service

YourMechanic reveals most common car issues by season

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — YourMechanic, a mobile care repair network, analyzed the most frequent service requests or quotes by season and found that the top service requests varies with the weather.

Auto Industry

Postsecondary schools confront tough challenges to train tomorrow's techs

DETROIT—A new report by the TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes careers in automotive tech, paints a grim picture: Colleges and trade schools are turning out far fewer service technicians than the industry needs.

Automotive Service

Tools, equipment top list of investments by repair shops — IMR

WESTMONT, Ill. — When it comes to investing in their shops, most general auto repair business owners put tools and equipment at the top the list of capital expenditures, according to IMR Inc. research.

Auto Industry

New tariffs would cause 'severe economic harm,' ACA CEO says

WASHINGTON — Costs associated with the imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese goods under Section 301 provision "would cause severe economic harm to the U.S. automotive industry and U.S. consumers," ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey testified Aug. 23 in Washington.

Auto Industry

Auto trade groups unite against Trump tariffs

WASHINGTON — The Driving American Jobs Coalition, a group representing many facets of the U.S. auto industry, has formed a new coalition to oppose potential new tariffs on imported automobiles and motor vehicle parts.

Auto Industry

AAPEXedu to highlight trends in automotive aftermarket

LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the education program at this year's Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo have scheduled 18 sessions throughout the show's three-day run covering trends, challenges and opportunities in the automotive aftermarket.

Automotive Service

Women in Auto Care scholarships, tool sets awarded

BETHESDA, Md. — Women in Auto Care has awarded $75,000 in scholarship funds and $25,000 in tool sets to 30 women pursuing a career in the auto care industry.

Automotive Service

Valvoline oil change store network growing steadily

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Valvoline Instant Oil Change network in the U.S. has grown by 27 locations in 17 states in the first half of 2018, including 17 opened by franchisees.

Automotive Service

HEART Certified Auto Care's Brian Moak offering franchising opportunities

EVANSTON, Ill.—Brian Moak has an ambitious vision for HEART Certified Auto Care, one that involves growing his three-location tire and auto care business beyond the Chicago area to as many as 100 locations across country.

Factory Fixes

Acura TSX's brake pedal, steering column vibration caused by brake pads

Some 2004-07 Acura TSX models are prone to producing a pulsation from the brake pedal and/or a vibration through the steering column when the brakes are applied on the open road.

Dan Marinucci

Burden of unknowns weighs on one-price job quote

An adequately detailed repair estimate may be the key to earning more customers' trust and loyalty. However, effectively "qualifying" a job quote is challenging work that is as much art as it is science. Please keep these points in mind.For openers, I have discussed this theme many times in previous columns. But that said, I still get an earful from tire dealers and service shop operators...

New Products

Gearwrench mobile work station offers customizable features

Snap-on redesigns, improves Flank Drive socket set

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