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October 23, 2018

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Automotive Service

Tire dealerships continue struggle to find qualified help in shops

AKRON — Few in the automotive aftermarket would argue that finding — and keeping — knowledgeable, reliable auto technicians is becoming increasingly difficult in today's tight job market, but just how difficult is it?

Auto Industry

Walmart, Advance Auto forming online parts ordering partnership

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart Inc. and Advance Auto Parts Inc. are forming a partnership that will lead to an online specialty automotive parts store accessible through

eBay: Online tire sales, services provide growth opportunity

AKRON — With about 80 percent of consumers researching tire purchases online it is important for tire dealerships to sell tires and installation services on the internet.

Health care expert says employers have new options

AKRON — Recent changes in the law governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) give employers new options for providing health care to their workers, according to a speaker at the Tire Business Educates Live Online Conference & Expo.

Auto Industry

Jiffy Lube, Midas top auto firms in Franchise Times' Top 200+ rankings

MINNEAPOLIS — For the second year running, TBC Corp. figures prominently in Franchise Times' Top 200+ ranking of franchise systems, holding down two of the top four spots in the automotive repair category with its Midas International and Big O Tires businesses.

Automotive Service

Midas' Project Spark initiative working with car donation charity

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — TBC Corp.'s Midas International franchise brand is launching a national philanthropic initiative, dubbed "Project Spark, to help families, veterans and first responders get back on the road.

Automotive Service

Hunter Engineering nominated for SEMA Manufacturer of the Year

LAS VEGAS — Hunter Engineering Co. is one of three companies nominated for the Special Equipment Manufacturer Association Manufacturer of the year, SEMA said recently.

Factory Fixes

Ford, Mercury, Lincoln fluid leak may be from transmission

Some 2008-11 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Marquis and Lincoln Town Car models may produce a coolant leak at the upper/left portion of the radiator.

Dan Marinucci

Measure your service department's performance

Capable tire dealers and service shop operators always measure a service department's performance before passing judgment on it. Conclusions based on assumptions or guesswork hurt bosses and employees alike.

New Products

Rotary debuts 2 heavy-duty lifts for mixed fleet service

Hunter enhances connected equipment capabilities

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