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Pep Boys has re-launched its dedicated fleet services program. … Meineke Car Care Centers has selected Full Slate as its exclusive partner for online appointment scheduling, following a pilot program at 25 Meineke locations … Chilton’s repair information system for professional technicians (ChiltonPRO), as well as its estimates, work orders and invoices tool (ChiltonEstimating), now offer access to real-time parts pricing and inventory information from WHI Solutions. This gives users with WHI/Nexpart credentials the ability to create estimates using parts prices and have access to a distributor’s inventory. … Identifix’s Direct-Hit online tool is now compatible with Apple iOS (iPads and iPhones) and Android devices. The upgrade includes “pinch to zoom” functionality that allows techs to more easily view detailed documents such as wiring diagrams, system diagrams and component locations. … A recent study from Carfax shows that, in 2011, more than 2.7 million used cars were for sale online with safety recalls that were never fixed. California, Florida and Texas lead the way with the most used cars for sale with open recalls, each with more than 100,000. … Registration is now open for the Equipment & Tool Institute’s Summer Tech Week, which will be held June 12-14 in Dearborn, MI. For more information, visit