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Biden Plan Could Benefit Aftermarket, Says Association

But Price Tag Could Prove 'Difficult'

The Biden White House’s recently revealed American Jobs Plan will provide “much-needed investment” in infrastructure, says Aaron Lowe, senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Auto Care Association. But obtaining the votes to pass the package will be difficult due to “its significant price tag."


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Cardone Industries Achieves ISO Recertification

Cardone Industries, Inc., a leader in the automotive aftermarket, announced in an email release that its recent achievement of ISO 9001:2015 recertification, which covers the quality process system established at its seven major manufacturing, engineering, core handling and distribution facilities across the U.S. and Mexico.  


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ac

Avoiding Common A/C Service Mistakes

]Attention to Detail Avoids Comebacks and Increases Profits

When it comes to customers and their vehicles, the few things that seem to matter most to them is that the entertainment system is working correctly and their HVAC system is doing its job. Customers rely on their creature comfort amenities to get them from one place to the other. It seems that most customers don’t mind spending the money on these items as they feel they are getting more for their money as opposed to say repairing that leaking water pump or an axle boot that has a split in it. If the radio or the air conditioning stops working for whatever reason they notice it immediately as they will feel “inconvenienced.”


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Arnold

Arnold Motor Supply Names Johnson President

Eric Johnson has been promoted to managing partner and president of The Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply, a Midwest-based automotive parts chain, following the retirement of former managing partner Dennis Spooner at the end of 2020.  


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Finance

Pandemic Paves the Way for Secondary Financing

Consumer Needs are Obvious in Tough Economy

Thousands of automotive service shops across North America have turned to no-credit finance providers as a way to reach more customers and capture additional sales at the front counter. And now, with the economy in a constant state of uncertainty thanks to COVID-19, shop owners say the service is even more critical.


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Noise

Noise Takes a Toll

How many times has someone told you to take care of your hearing?  Anyone who works in a busy shop is subjected to a range of noises every day....pneumatic wrenches and impact guns, drills, air compressors turning on, vehicle horns, vehicle alarm system screeches, hammers striking metal, etc. Some of these noises, especially repeated exposure to certain noises, can damage your hearing. We all know how important it is to wear eye protection to save your eyeballs from fluids or metal chips, and to wear reinforced work shoes to save our toes from being mashed by heavy objects and gloves to protect our skin from certain chemicals or from handling hot and/or sharp objects,  but many of us tend to ignore ear protection, often assuming that “the noise only lasts for a few seconds, so it won’t matter.”


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Tech

Keeping Up With Change: Continual Research and Education Is Vital

Automotive technicians all have their own individual style and approach to diagnostics and education. But most techs will tell you that if they understand how the system is supposed to work and the components involved, the diagnostic repair journey is usually easier. Automotive technology is constantly changing, it never seems to stop, but keeping up with this constant change is a demanding task.
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Spark

Bosch Introduces EVO Spark Plug

To meet the needs of modern turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines placing high demands on spark plugs, Robert Bosch LLC has introduced the new EVO spark plug. It is engineered to ensure reliable ignition throughout its long service life – even under extreme conditions in modern engines. 


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‘Be a Federated Fan’ Contest Winners Announced

Federated Auto Parts reports Carney Cataldo of Cataldo’s Collision in Dubois, Pa., and Brian Bennington of Bennington’s Auto Service in Canton, Ohio, are the grand prize winners of its “Be a Federated Fan” contest. Both will have the chance to watch the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 from a luxury suite at Richmond Raceway.


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