Motor Age

The council attributes a portion of the overall increase in National Car Care Month interest to the recent harsh winter weather and the need to address postponed service and repairs.
Car Care Council
During 2014, The Marx Group will celebrate 30 years of creativity, expertise and passion as the aftermarket’s leading marketing communications agency.
Marx Group
Now through April 30, Automotive Service Association members are eligible to obtain full access to Mopar’s TechAuthority Online for $120 for an entire year. 
ASA Mopar
The museum offers CORSA performance exhaust systems, air intake kits for C4, C5 and C6 Corvettes in its store.    
Courtesy Auto Service and Tire in Tacoma, Wash., is committed to taking care of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military service members: active-duty, veterans, reserves, retirees and their families.  
Courtesy Auto Service
By using the GOLO OBD interface with any of the newly released LAUNCH Android-based Scan Tool tablets, the shop owner or technician will now have the ability to perform remote vehicle diagnostics on customer’s OBDII vehicles.  
This big brake kit represents the ultimate brake system upgrade with stiffer calipers, larger rotors, higher friction pads, braided stainless steel lines and all of the necessary mounting hardware and brackets to complete the job.  
New research from Google into the purchasing behavior of retail tire customers shows a marked increase in online tire purchases.   
ATP Automotive cabin air filters are now available for 2015 Audi A4, A5, Q5, Allroad, S4 and RS5 vehicles as well as Volkswagen CC, Eos, Golf, Jetta AF and Beetle models.   
ATP Automotive
The first two winners of the Champion Spark Plug brand’s annual $125,000 “Search for a Champion” motorsports sponsorship contest added to their growing lists of honors by posting impressive victories in key early-season national dra


Military vehicles need service too. The Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Penn., is one of the Army’s body shops, and where the Armed Service takes its vehicles and equipment for repairs.
Owner Bill “Woody” Hinchcliffe’s Navy service set a course for his shop, Hawk Frame & Axle, to conquering heavy-duty vehicle repairs.
More than one million members of the military are slated to enter civilian ranks in the next several years, and they are proving themselves to be terrific additions to the industry.
The Jeep was first introduced for military use, but has undergone continuous reinvention to become a loved civilian vehicle.
ABRN contributor Alfred Thomas tells the story of how his automotive know-how paid off in rank during his time in the military.
Flint Mobile has added invoicing, coupons, Apple Passbook support and other enhancements to its no-card-reader mobile payment app.
Flint Mobile
Sign up for Meguiar’s Ultimate Sweepstakes online to win a trip to SEMA 2014, along with weekly product prizes and retailer gift cards.
Nagy’s Collision Specialists owners Ron and Dan Nagy have opened Nagy’s Power Sports in Wadsworth, Ohio.
The Ford Collision Parts Truckload Program added 38 new parts and reduced prices by 11 percent to help deliver high-quality, cost-effective repairs.
The AASP-MN legislative proposal which would have prohibited insurers from requiring shops to utilize specific vendors was not given a hearing in the legislative session.

Aftermarket Business

Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc. hosted 248 people during its annual national sales conference in Rochester, N.Y., March 14 – 15, 2014.
Hahn Automotive Warehouse
Today the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) officially announced it has changed its name to the Auto Care Association.
Auto Care Association
Brake Parts Inc. announced the 20-year anniversary of its business partnership with Uni-Select Canada. In 1994, Uni-Select  changed to the Raybestos brand.
Brake Parts Inc.
The Automotive Distribution Network is expanding the Parts Plus brand into Puerto Rico. UniPiezas, a group of jobbers on the island, are now flying the Parts Plus banner.
Automotive Distribution Network
Thomas C. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genuine Parts Company, said that sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, were $3.6 billion, up 13% compared to $3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013. 
Genuine Parts Company
Standard Motor Products formed a joint venture with Gwo Yng Enterprise Co. Ltd., and announced the acquisition of assets of Annex Manufacturing, a privately held company, for approximately $11.5 million.
Standard Motor Products
The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship program website,, received a record-setting 607 completed applications from students seeking the 2014-2015 awards.
Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, GAAS
Full service automotive aftermarket suppliers are optimistic and have a positive outlook for 2014, according to responses to the first quarter 2014 “Aftermarket Supplier Barometer” survey conducted by AASA.
Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, AASA
Late last year, Timken joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of more than 130 companies across the United States with a shared objective to hire 100,000 armed forces veterans by the end of 2020.
The Pep Boys- Manny, Moe & Jack will be featuring new apparel and accessories lines in stores nationwide by early May.
The Pep Boys