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News Briefs 10/9/13

• The CAA South Central Ontario auto club plans to sell its 13 car care center locations across southern Ontario. All shops will remain open as the group actively seeks bids.

• Wheel-service equipment manufacturer Hennessy Industries has launched a line of auto lifts under its BaseLine by Coats brand.

MaddenCo’s Tire Dealer System now includes Carfax QuickVIN, which allows users to retrieve the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of vehicles by entering the license plate information.

Innova Electronics Corp., a developer of automotive diagnostic tools and equipment, has added unlimited access to AutoCheck vehicle history reports from Experian Automotive to its RepairSolutions web-based service.

AudaExplore is now a corporate member of the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

MACS Worldwide, working with Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), can now provide technicians with a variety of training courses that can be viewed online at or purchased on DVD.

• Virginia has selected Argo, Electude USA’s automotive e-­learning system, for the state’s high school automotive curriculum.

ASA-Midwest now offers student memberships. This free offering is available to students enrolled in high school, vo-tech or college automotive technology programs in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas or Oklahoma.

MAACO has acquired the Canadian master franchisor rights from Gary Dohring, who is retiring. MAACO Canada has 26 locations. MAACO plans to grow the brand in Canada, and has set a goal of doubling the current unit count in three years.

• Germany’s DEKRA, which bills itself as the world’s largest automotive testing organization, is entering the Asia-Pacific region by acquiring a majority stake in VTNZ, said to be the leading automotive testing service provider in New Zealand.

ASA Automotive Systems is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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