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Service Executive Issue #13-19 (Full)

AAA: Average Maintenance, Repair Costs Are Marginally Higher AAA reports that the average annual cost of vehicle ownership has increased to $9,282, or $773.50 a month, mainly because of a 24% rise in finance costs for new car purchases. This marks the highest cost associated with new vehicle ownership since the motoring group began tracking […]

Service Executive Issue #13-19 (Headlines)

AAA: Average Maintenance, Repair Costs Are Marginally Higher AAA Roadside Service Requests Now Possible Using Digital Assistants Study: Dealers Lag Aftermarket Shops In Canadian Auto Service Market Take 5 Expands Via Acquisition In Texas, Wisconsin Icahn Automotive Awards $50,000 In Scholarships VIP Tires Making Renovations To Customer Waiting Spaces Tire Discounters Adds Purchasing VP Virginia […]

Service Executive Issue #12-19 (Headlines)

Leeds West Hires COO Meineke Expanding In North Carolina Meineke Dealers Group Partners With Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists Valvoline Establishes First Company-Owned Shops In Canada Car Repair Startup RepairSmith, Backed By Daimler AG, Launches Diagnostic Network Now Supports Student Memberships Diagnostic Network Announces New Pricing Structure ATI Partners With E3 Solutions To Tackle Technician Engagement […]

Service Executive Issue #12-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • According to the Auto Care Factbook 2020 and IMR Inc., delayed auto maintenance in the United States has reached $24.90 billion. What’s being delayed most are oil changes (11 million cars in need of an oil change), tire changes (nearly 7 million […]

Service Executive Issue #11-19 (Headlines)

CAWA Pursuing Safety Inspections In California Report: Driven Brands May Be Put Up For Sale VIP Tires & Service Announces Senior Management Appointments GB Auto Adds Texas-Based Driver’s Edge Chain Another Strong Quarter For Valvoline’s Quick Lubes Unit Take 5 Expands In Texas Tireweb Marketing Incorporates Openbay’s Otis Discount Tire Extends Partnership With Team Penske […]

Service Executive Issue #11-19 (Full)

CAWA Pursuing Safety Inspections In California CAWA and Auto Care Association representatives met with the chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and his team last week to discuss the feasibility of creating a vehicle safety inspection program in the state. While recognizing that the proposal would be a “heavy lift,” the assembled group […]

Service Executive Issue #10-19 (Full)

Ohio Cheapest Place For ‘Check Engine Light’ Repairs Ohio had the lowest average “Check Engine Light” (CEL) repair cost in 2018 at $354.24 — improving one spot from last year in the latest state ranking from CarMD.com Corp. The next most affordable states for car repairs were … • Maine – $354.38 • Michigan – […]

Service Executive Issue #9-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • AutoNation Inc., the largest U.S. automotive retailer with more than 325 locations coast to coast, plans to recruit and hire more than 500 technicians to fill positions in its service and collision centers. • Tire Business Editorial Director and Vice President/Publisher Dave Zielasko is […]

Service Executive Issue #8-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • A fourth Craftsman Auto Care shop has opened. The facility is in Merrifield, VA. It’s owned by Matt Curry, who founded The Hybrid Shop franchise. • KYB Americas Corp. has introduced the KYB Training Hub, which is made up of short, individual modules with technical […]

Service Executive Issue #7-19 (Full)

Memorial Day: AAA Forecasts Record Holiday Road Trippers Nearly 43 million Americans will get away over Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. And, the long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume since the motoring club began tracking in 2000. Overall, an additional 1.50 million people will travel compared to 2018 — a 3.6% […]

Service Executive Issue #6-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • In Fredricksburg, TX, VP Racing Fuels has opened its first VP Fastlube quick lube center, joining the company’s offering of branded gas stations and convenience stores. Management envisions Fastlube as a coast-to-coast platform. • The Car Care Council has released a video on how drivers […]

Service Executive Issue #5-19 (Full)

Monro Expanding Into California Via Acquisition; Turnaround Continues Monro Inc. (Rochester, NY) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Certified Tire & Service Centers, which has 40 retail locations in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as a distribution center in Riverside. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The […]

Service Executive Issue #4-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • The Auto Care Association and ASE have announced the latest “World Class Technician” award recipients — 45 professional technicians who achieved ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration. Over 2,000 technicians have achieved “World Class Technician” status since […]

Service Executive Issue #3-19 (Full)

Monro Announces Deal To Acquire 12 Shops In Louisiana Monro Inc. (Rochester, NY) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 12 retail shops in Louisiana — a new state for the company. Management anticipates that the shops will add roughly $15 million in annualized sales, representing a sales mix of 35 percent service and 65 […]

Service Executive Issue #2-19 (Full)

NASTF Brings VSP Management In-House For Improved Security Effective Jan. 1, the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board brought the management of the Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) program in-house. The change follows widespread problems with credential sharing and related registry backups. The goal is to significantly raise system security, NASTF executive officer Donny Seyfer said. […]

Service Executive Issue #1-19 (Full)

Quick Hits … (A few short items to get us started this week) • The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects 2018 total U.S. tire shipments to have increased 2.7 percent to 325.20 million units. Replacement passenger tire shipments are expected to have grown 2.5 percent to 209.70 million units, while replacement light-truck tire shipments are […]

Service Executive Issue #9-18 (Headlines)

88% Of Shops Investing To Be More Competitive Michigan Most Affordable State For ‘Check Engine’ Repairs Once Again ASA President Dan Risley Resigns Second-Largest Affiliate Leaves ASA, To Form Independent Association TireHub Begins Operations Bridgestone Ending Its Relationship With ATD ATD Touts New Technology Sears Auto Center/Amazon Tire Installation Program Expands Delticom Examining ‘Options’ For […]