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  • Finally some good economic news; aftermarket fundamentals are solid

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday December 11, 2013
    This week brought some of the best economic news we’ve had in a long time, and it’s reason to celebrate as we head into a new year. The government reported the lowest national unemployment rate in five years at 7 percent. This was followed by the news...
  • Got good first-aid training?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 9, 2013
    Too often, vehicle shops do not instruct their workers in first aid - emergency care provided for injury or sudden illness before emergency medical treatment is available. A workplace first-aid program ought to be part of a comprehensive safety and...
  • Technician shortage affects many industries; aftermarket must do its part

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday December 4, 2013
    Back in October, VehicleServicePros presented an “Industry Insights” video interview in which Nick Pinchuk, Snap-on’s president and CEO, explained what his company is doing to correct the technician shortage and he urged other aftermarket...
  • Greater ignition hazards during refueling with ULSD

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 2, 2013
    Are you aware that there are greater static electricity ignition hazards associated with use of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) than earlier diesel formulations with higher sulfur content? USLD has an increased ability to store a static charge that...
  • Scan tool webinar: straight answers to technicians’ questions

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday November 27, 2013
    If you’ve been on the fence about investing in scan tools, this week’s webinar, “Learn What Scan Tool Is Right For Your Shop” presented by VehicleServicePros is a must. The hour-long webinar can be downloaded on the VehicleServicePros...
  • There is no good way to manage people

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 25, 2013
    Everyone brings their own personal baggage with them to work. People make poor choices, act rashly and defend their own comfort zones. People have agendas all their own that often have nothing to do with the work agenda that managers are...
  • One-of-a-kind 1936 Cadillac

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 18, 2013
    Cummins , now a multinational Fortune 500 company that operates and serves customers around the globe, was founded in Columbus, Ind., in 1919 as Cummins Engine Company by Clessie Lyle Cummins - a self-taught mechanic and inventor. His company was among...
  • A big thank you

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 11, 2013
    Here in the USA, today, November 11, is the official observance of Veterans Day. This annual special day is intended to honor and thank all American military veterans for their service to the U.S., particularly living veterans. For those of you...
  • You call this a truck brake plant?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 4, 2013
    On an exclusive press trip to Europe, courtesy of Meritor, I had a change to tour its truck brake plant in Cwmbran, United Kingdom. Cwmbran is a city with a small population in the region of Torfaen, Wales. The plant has been producing brakes since...
  • Facebook introduces customer reviews; social media expert sees opportunity

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday October 30, 2013
    Danny Sanchez, an Internet marketing specialist who focuses on the automotive aftermarket, is all pumped up after the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) and can’t wait to head back to Vegas for next week’s SEMA Show. That’s because a lot of new...