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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced a new benefit provider for its members: Federated Insurance, a premier insurer of the automotive service industry.
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Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s third and final Shop Management Workshop, Oct. 9-11 in Nashville. The training is designed for shop management software users who want to learn more advanced capabilities, better methods, shortcuts and new
Mitchell 1
MAM Software Group has been selected by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to provide its next-generation Point-of-Sale (POS) System to replace its existing Goodyear Business Management System (GBMS) software.  
Rotary Lift is expanding its Shockwave™-equipped line of vehicle lifts to include four-post models, providing substantial time savings and improved productivity for quick service technicians. 
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Technology changes so fast, but there are many fundamentals that remain the same.  Electricity behaves the same way in all cases, thank goodness.
Randy Peterson
One of the most difficult things to diagnose in the automotive electronics world is electrical noise. There are more ways to cause noise, and noise is often classified as different things: distortion, interference, jamming, etc. Just to make it easie
Technology changes so fast, but there are many fundamentals that remain the same.  Electricity behaves the same way in all cases, thank goodness.
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If you are looking for a new t-shirt for your summer wardrobe, look to Federated. Every Tuesday through August, Federated will announce 10 winners of NASCAR Sprint Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 t-shirts. 
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Recently, I had a conversation with Bernie Thompson from Automotive Test Solutions were we had a discussion of what it would take to write a program to make just one up-shift. But as you really dig in, there are so many other factors in play. 
The new Makita mobile app is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Regardless of all the unknowns, autonomous vehicles are coming, whether the industry fights them or not.
Krista McNamara
The debate over rental data, the average length of rental and who should pay continued at CIC in Detroit, but the panel of insurers, rental companies and repairers did agree on one thing—the process can only improve with communication.
CIC Insurer-Repairer Relations panel
I-CAR announces its lineup of OEM speakers from Ford, Honda, BMW and General Motors on the I-CAR Main Stage at NACE in Detroit, July 30-Aug. 2. 
I-CAR
Car-O-Liner will present the latest equipment and techniques for vehicle repair at conference sessions and demonstrations on the show floor at  the 2014 NACE/CARS Expo in Detroit, July 30-Aug. 2.
Car-O-Liner
Crashed cars and recycled cars share the limelight- all for a good cause --  at the National Auto Body Council’s booth at NACE/CARS 2014 in Detroit, July 31-August 1.
NABC
Blackstone, a US private equity group, has purchased a majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers, one of the industry’s largest MSOs. 
Service King
Bumper quality problems on non-CAPA certified parts uncovered by Honda reiterate the importance of the association’s 501 bumper standard for safety.
CAPA
Collision Care Auto Body Centers raffled a Mexican vacation to benefit its charity of choice, Louie’s Voice, which helps those with autism.
Collision Care Auto Body
Designed for MSOs and operators looking for high-growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, divesting and operational excellence, CRES at NACE in Detroit on Aug. 1 features a day of education and marketing opportunities.
Bodyshop Revolution Worldwide, which equips shops to increase efficiency and reduce cycle time, launched operations in North America.

Aftermarket Business

Held July 9-11 at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, the show attracted nearly 200 exhibitors and buyers from throughout the region, including Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, the Caribbean Islands and elsewhere. 
John Washbish, Latin Auto Parts Expo
The most fertile ground for aftermarket innovation may be in how we sell, more than in what we sell.
Headquartered in Moscow, Larte Design is entering the American marketplace with its line of SUV customization systems for the Infiniti, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz nameplates.
Alexey Yanovskiy, Larte Design
Grons is responsible for leading the planning and execution of high-impact marketing strategies for Raybestos brand brakes.
Brake Parts Inc
The award was presented July 9 to RockAuto president Jim Taylor along with product manager Ben Sobczak and supply chain manager David Williams.
Auto 7
The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Board of Directors voted to defer its educational event for 2015 in order to revaluate its purpose in the marketplace.
Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, GAAS
Tri Cities Truck Parts of Muscle Shoals, Ala., is the newest company to join the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. 
VIPAR Heavy Duty
Despite continued economic and geopolitical shocks, leading automotive companies are maintaining confidence in a real and sustained economic recovery, according to EY’s ninth Automotive Capital Confidence Barometer.
EY
TRW’s North American (NA) Aftermarket Group has launched a range of Original Equipment (OE) quality brake pad wear sensors to complement its all-makes friction program.
TRW Aftermarket
Advance Auto Parts entered the Dallas market with its first store in Garland, Texas, on July 17.
Advance Auto Parts