Quick Hits …
(A few short items to get us started this week)
• The Automotive Lift Institute will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020.
• Ziegler Tire is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company has about two dozen auto repair, tire and wheel shops in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
• Cincinnati-based Tire Discounters, one of the largest independent tire and automotive service retailers in the United States, now has over 125 locations across six states. The milestone 125th shop is in Fishers, IN.
• Registration is now open for the Midwest Auto Care Alliance’s Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, which will take place March 5-8 in Overland Park, KS. For more information about the event, or to register, visit visionkc.com.
AAPEX 2020 To Include New Repair Shop HQ Feature
Event organizers have announced a series of service professional-oriented changes to the annual AAPEX trade show. Starting in 2020, the Tool & Equipment section, the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section and Mobility Garage will move to a new offering on Level 1 of the Sands Expo called Repair Shop HQ. The space also will include a new Tire & Tire Accessory section and a four-bay shop that will be built on the show floor.
According to show planners, Repair Shop HQ is aimed at attracting more technicians to AAPEX, which will take place Nov. 3-5 in Las Vegas.
Additional changes in store for 2020 include a more expansive training program — including alternative fuel vehicle technology offerings and live training on a variety of undercar and underhood topics — as well as a new robotics and warehouse equipment and logistics section.
Valvoline Reports 10% Same-Store Sales Growth For Quick Lubes Unit
For the fiscal fourth quarter ending Sept. 30, 2019, Valvoline Inc. reported approximately $222 million in sales from its Quick Lubes segment — an increase of 22.7% compared to the same period a year ago. Same-store sales rose 10.0% system-wide, with company-owned shops up 9.5% and franchised shops up 10.4%.
Management attributed the same-store sales growth to an increase in transactions tied to customer acquisition and retention programs, as well as an increase in average ticket, attributable to premium mix, pricing and a rise in revenue from non-oil-change services.
It’s worth noting that about 3 points of the same-store sales growth came from price increases implemented near the beginning of the fiscal year. Management is not planning any major pricing moves at the store level in fiscal 2020, according to comments made by CEO Sam Mitchell during Valvoline’s Nov. 7 earnings conference call.
It’s also worth pointing out that the Quick Lubes business posted record full-year same-store sales growth of 10.1%, which exceeded management’s expectations and represented the 13th consecutive year of same-store sales increases for the Quick Lubes segment.
For the fiscal fourth quarter, segment operating income increased 14.3% to $48 million and adjusted EBITDA grew 13.7% to $58 million.
NETWORK GROWTH … The Quick Lubes business ended the quarter with 1,385 total company-owned and franchised shops — a net increase of 33 shops for the quarter and 143 shops on a year-over-year basis. The year-over-year increase in shops includes 57 company-owned locations (29 acquired and 28 newly opened shops) and 86 franchised locations (31 of which came from the Oil Changers acquisition in Canada).
The 33 new shops added during the fiscal fourth quarter included the first four company-owned locations in Canada as part of a previously announced acquisition of an independent system in Alberta.
“For fiscal 2020, we expect the strong growth in Quick Lubes to continue,” Mitchell told analysts on the call. “We expect to add about 100 stores to the system next year. Of those, we have plans for nearly 35 new ground-up stores as we leverage the development talent we’ve added to our team. With the team and pipeline we have in place, we are well on our way to moving our target up to nearly 50 newly built stores per year over the next few years.
“Our franchisees should add between 30 and 40 stores,” he said. “New acquisitions are also expected to contribute to meaningful store growth.”
LOOKING AHEAD … Management is calling for fiscal 2020 Quick Lubes same-store sales to increase between 6% and 8%.
“Our focus on operations — along with the new stores we’re adding and the ones we’ve added over the past two years — will combine to fuel an anticipated low- to mid-teens growth in segment EBITDA,” Mitchell said on the call. “We continue to invest in our model, including new technology to further build transparency and trust with our customers.
“In 2020, we will be focused on rolling out and further penetrating our company-store markets with our breakthrough new app … . We’re also investing in new capabilities to service more vehicles and expanding our marketing programs to target owners of luxury cars and SUVs and light-duty trucks. We expect these new offerings to help grow our customer base.”
On the call, Mitchell also noted that Valvoline’s “Recall Awareness Program” is helping the company win new customers, as well as bolster business with car dealership groups by referring Valvoline Instant Oil Change customers to dealership partners for needed safety recall services. — Marc Vincent
Lube City Takes On Partners In Order To Expand, Transition Ownership
Lube City Corp. (Edmonton, Alberta) — one of the largest Canadian-owned quick-lube operators with 27 shops across Alberta — on Nov. 21 announced a partnership with the Motosel Industrial Group and BDC Capital designed to finance an ownership transition to the second-generation of the Kallis family and to allow Lube City to pursue growth and strategic expansion.
Motosel of Coquitlam, British Columbia, is a manufacturer and distributor of motor oil, lubricants and other petrochemical products, with products available at over 1,000 retail locations across Canada.
According to an announcement from Lube City, the relationship with Motosel allows Lube City to control its oil supply chain and continue to offer customers products that are warranty-approved by all major OEMs.
“This partnership enables our family business to continue to provide the same high-quality service that our customers have relied upon, while enabling us to accelerate and expand our reach beyond our current store footprint,” Jason Kallis, Lube City’s president, said in the aforementioned announcement.
With Motosel’s involvement in the business and a minority equity investment from BDC, Lube City remains one of the few quick-lube chains owned and operated by Canadians, according to Lube City.
Mavis Must Rebrand Stores In Southeast With ‘Discount Tire’ In Name
What is in a name? A whole lot if you ask the two companies that have been battling it out in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Reinalt-Thomas Corp., which does business as Discount Tire, sued Mavis Tire Supply LLC for trademark infringement late last year. The two have reached a settlement, the details of which are confidential, but Mavis is required to rebrand close to 100 stores throughout the Southeast that carried “Discount Tire” in their names. Service Executive reported on the lawsuit earlier this year.
Reinalt-Thomas operates 34 Discount Tire stores in the Atlanta area. Mavis entered the Georgia market after acquiring competitor Kauffman Tire in 2018. Prior to the acquisition, Mavis primarily was concentrated in the Northeast.
According to court documents — specifically the affidavit of Mavis Co-CEO David Sorbaro, Mavis had begun rebranding acquired stores under the unified name of Mavis Discount Tire promptly upon the acquisition. There are 94 rebranded stores in Georgia and Florida, a list of which and specific locations for which were detailed in an appendix to the affidavit.
According to the original complaint filed by Reinalt-Thomas, the transition of Kauffman locations to the name of Mavis Discount Tire confused customers. Reinalt-Thomas claimed trademark infringement and possible dilution, along with unfair competition. It asked the court to stop Mavis from using the term.
Mavis, in its answer to the complaint, denied wrongdoing saying that “discount tire” is a generic term when applied to discount tire products and services.
The two parties did agree to concurrent use of the trademarked name in separate geographic markets. That means that Mavis has a right to use “Discount Tire” in markets in the Northeast. That includes all of New York and New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Sorbaro said in his affidavit that the rebranding will be a lengthy process. In an appendix to his affidavit, the total cost of rebranding will be $2.45 million for 94 stores.
Each rebranded store uses “Mavis Discount Tire” as its primary mark, he stated. The mark appears throughout the exterior and interiors of stores, including on building signs, pole signs, awnings, windows, interior decorations, staff clothing, and products, as well as in catalogs and advertising material.
The rebranded stores do not include an additional 21 stores that Mavis has acquired in Georgia and Florida. Although Mavis had also intended to rebrand these remaining stores under the Mavis Discount Tire brand, Mavis suspended those efforts in response to the court’s July 10 order.
The rebranded stores do require, on average, 345 days to rebrand, with 50 stores requiring more than one year and 18 stores requiring close to 16 months. Mavis will prioritize rebranding in what are primary markets for Reinault-Thomas: Atlanta, Jacksonville and Orlando.
Mavis worked with an expert branding firm and decided upon the name “Mavis Discounted Tire & Brakes.”
An attorney for The Reinault-Thomas did not return a call or email seeking comment. A spokeswoman for Reinault-Thomas said that the terms of the settlement agreement are confidential. Two attorneys for Mavis declined comment.
OK Tire Augments Senior Leadership
Vancouver-based OK Tire Stores has made two additions to its senior leadership team: Dwayne Sawyer as director – commercial business group and Patrick O’Hara as national director – merchandising.
Reporting to COO Michael Rutherford, Sawyer is responsible for leading OK Tire’s business relating to supply chain management. He most recently was director of sales for Kumho Tire Canada. Sawyer’s background also includes time as a regional sales manager and product marketing manager for commercial products at Giti Tire.
O’Hara, who also reports to Rutherford, is responsible for the development and growth of OK Tire’s e-commerce and other non-tire related products. He had been the North American vice president of business development, marketing and public relations for Thibert.
OK Tire is billed as one of the largest independent tire and auto service retailers in Canada, with more than 300 independently owned and operated locations across the country.
RepairPal Partners With F&I Provider
The Dealer Owned Warranty Company (DOWC) — a provider and administrator of finance and insurance (F&I) products and services — has announced a partnership with RepairPal that allows RepairPal Certified Shops to provide covered repairs to all DOWC service contract holders. Vehicle owners with DOWC service contracts are now referred to the RepairPal network for repairs when returning to the selling dealer is not an option. RepairPal has more than 2,500 shops in its network.
ASA Automotive Systems Joins Forces With Openbay
Meridian, ID-based ASA Automotive Systems, a software company focused on independent tire and auto service dealers, has announced an alliance with Openbay, which specializes in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered customer engagement tools for the automotive services industry.
The partnership makes Openbay Otis, an AI-powered virtual service advisor for dealer websites, available to companies running ASA’s TireMaster, TireMaster Enterprise and TireMaster GTX software.
The goal is to help ASA users convert more online customers looking for automotive service by answering questions about their shops, providing real-time service quotes and two-way texting communication, and booking appointments.
“By automating time-consuming tasks of providing quotes, delivering instant and personalized responses to customers, Openbay Otis will help service teams to save time and increase revenue, along with delivering an experience that meets the needs of the modern-day consumer,” Hasan Askari, executive director of enterprise sales at ASA Automotive Systems, said in a Nov. 14 announcement.
Schrader TPMS Solutions Launches Its New Training Brand
Schrader TPMS Solutions has launched its new training brand, Schrader Academy, which encompasses all of Schrader’s TPMS training material and training initiatives. The first new initiative under the Schrader Academy brand is a TPMS E-Training class that’s available on TPMSAcademy.com.
This free course walks service professionals through five modules of basic TPMS knowledge and training, covering topics such as North American TPMS legislation, installation, programming and relearning. Users who complete the course with an 80% or higher receive official certification.
Leadership Changes Atop Mudlick
The direct marketing agency Mudlick Marketing (Kennesaw, GA) has promoted Zenon Olbrys to CEO and announced Mudlick founder Tim Ross as the company’s president. Olbrys joined Mudlick in 2018 as its CFO.
In his new role, Olbrys will focus on strategic direction and new initiatives, including the development of new technology, while Ross will have a “renewed focus on innovation and customer relationships,” according to a Nov. 19 announcement from the company.
In related news, Mudlick has added Nelson Rodenmayer, a direct mail industry veteran, as its senior vice president of sales. Rodenmayer has more than 30 years of advertising and marketing experience, including two decades leading sales and marketing at Valassis Inc.
Driven Brands Buys Automotive Training Institute
Driven Brands has acquired the Automotive Training Institute (ATI), a provider of automotive management coaching and training to independent auto repair and collision repair shop owners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
According to a Nov. 19 ATI announcement, it will continue to operate as ATI with its headquarters in Linthicum, MD. “Members can expect business as usual” but with the addition of access to Driven Brands’ industry resources, ATI stated.
“With Driven Brands as our new partner, ATI is positioned for unbelievable growth,” the announcement reads. “We know the ultimate value of ATI is the relationships and benefits we provide our members. We will never lose sight of that. All of us at ATI are excited and positive about the future with our new partner.
“We see this as a significant opportunity that provides ATI with resources, global buying power and industry reach, positioning us to even better serve our members.”
Charlotte-based Driven Brands is the parent company to Carstar, Meineke, Take 5 Oil Change, ABRA, MAACO and Econo Lube N’ Tune shops, as well as 1-800 Radiator locations, to name a few.
Milwaukee Area Technical College Opens
Al Hurvis/Peak Center
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) has opened the Al Hurvis/Peak Transportation Center, a 7,400-square-foot automotive lab dedicated to career awareness and training in the automotive service sector. It includes seven auto repair bays, one analyzer bay, and one wash and detailing bay.
The center also serves as the home for MATC’s new “RevUp” program, which allows the college to expand training for highly skilled technicians to fill a variety of jobs in the automotive service industry, as well as to offer high school and middle school outreach events and mentoring designed to raise awareness and interest in automotive careers.
Funds raised through “RevUp” also have expanded the college’s capacity to hire success and skill coaches who work alongside program faculty to support students in their career and academic goals.
The new center is designed to offer training opportunities for students of all ages, with special programs to give high school and middle school students exposure to careers in the vehicle service field. According to MATC, the center will be accessible to students from low-income households who do not have access to automotive programs at their high schools.
While MATC covered the cost of the physical facility, programming support is funded by gifts from private businesses, individuals, and a challenge grant from Old World Industries Chairman and co-founder Tom Hurvis for the “RevUp” program.
MATC reported that, as of Oct. 22, donors had pledged $3.23 million to “RevUp” programming — the largest of which came from Hurvis, who gave $1.10 million in seed funding and has matched every subsequent gift and pledge dollar-for-dollar.
“We couldn’t think of a more deserving population than the future leaders of the Greater Milwaukee area,” Hurvis said. “My father (Al) spent many years mentoring his employees in the automotive industry. Partnering with MATC on this endeavor will help many future generations of students and young adults better themselves. I am excited about the variety of programs this new transportation center will open up for the MATC community.”
Harbor Freight Awards High School Automotive Teachers
Five public high school automotive teachers are among the 18 winners in this year’s “Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence” competition — the highest number of automotive winners in the program’s three-year history. The winning automotive teachers each received $35,000 for their schools’ skilled trades programs and $15,000 for themselves. The winners are …
• Joel Massarello of Oakland Science & Technical Campus Northwest in Clarkston, MI;
• Baxter Weed of Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls, VT;
• Dennis Johnson of Fallbrook High School in Fallbrook, CA;
• David Lilly of Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, NH;
• Ken Cox of Redwood High School in Visalia, CA.
“Harbor Freight Tools for Schools” is a program of The Smidt Foundation, established by Harbor Freight Tools founder Eric Smidt to advance skilled trades education in public high schools across the United States.
Harbor Freight Tools is a major supporter of the program. For more information, visit us at harborfreighttoolsforschools.org.
Lincoln Tech Recognizes Icahn Automotive For ‘Race To 2026’
Icahn Automotive — parent company to vehicle service providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, to name a few — has received the “Chief Executive Officer and President’s Pride in Partnership Award” from the Lincoln Technical Institute (Lincoln Tech).
The award recognizes Icahn Automotive’s “Race to 2026” program, which invests in and supports future automotive technicians through scholarships, partnerships with schools, and continuing education opportunities in an effort to fill the projected automotive technician gap.
The initiative — which distributed $50,000 in scholarships for automotive trade school students in 2019 — launched in February with branded classrooms and student events at technical training schools across the United States, including Lincoln Tech campuses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
53 Techs Honored At ASE Meeting
ASE recognized 53 automotive professionals at its fall board of governors meeting Nov. 13 in Phoenix. Those honored were top scorers on ASE’s certification tests.
More than 50 OEM and aftermarket companies sponsored individual technician recognition awards in the auto, truck, collision, bus, parts and service categories, along with awards for instructors. Click here to see a list of this year’s award winners.
2019 ASA ‘Top 10 Websites’ Winners
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and AutoInc. have announced this year’s “Top 10 Websites” winners. The program honors shop owner members who have websites that proactively promote their businesses using cost-effective digital marketing. The 2019 winners are ..
• Carmine’s Import Service of Kernersville, NC
• Connie & Dick’s Service Center of Claremont, CA
• Dynamic Automotive of Frederick, MD
• Fix-it With Fred of Canton, OH
• Greg’s Champion Auto of Mankato, MN
• Nealey Auto Service of Edgewater, MD
• Network Automotive of Gilbert, AZ
• Sparks Car Care of Federal Way, WA
• Sparks Computerized Car Care of Muncie, IN
• West Automotive Group of Escondido, CA
The following shops received “honorable mention” recognition for their web efforts this year …
• Croce’s Transmission Specialist of Norwalk, CT
• Kirkwood Auto Center of Wilmington, DE
• Quality Collision Services of Greenville, MI
• Wayside Garage of Seaside, CA
• Webster’s Import Service of Greensboro, NC
Tire Industry Association Rolls Out Introductory Tire Service Programs
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has added a new “Intro to Automotive Tire Service” (ATS) program to its online university. The program is designed for industry professionals who do not service tires but need introductory training into the tools, procedures, and guidelines necessary for servicing passenger and light-truck tire and wheel assemblies. “Intro to ATS” is composed of the following modules …
• Passenger & Light-Truck Tires
• Passenger & Light-Truck Rims, Wheels & Hubs
• Passenger & Light-Truck Tire Service
“We’ve noticed an educational gap in the industry where promises made at the sales counter cannot be fulfilled in the shop,” said Kevin Rohlwing, TIA’s senior vice president of training. “’Intro to ATS’ bridges that gap so sales and office personnel have the same foundational training as technicians, which ultimately will result in better customer service and increased productivity.”
“Intro to ATS” is only available for TIA members via the association’s online university for $50 a year per location with an unlimited subscription. Licensing agreements are available for companies with their own online learning platforms.
TIA also has added a new “Intro to Commercial Tire Service” (CTS) program to its online university. Similar to “Intro to ATS,” the CTS program is designed for industry professionals who do not service tires but need introductory training into the tools, procedures, and guidelines needed to service medium truck, earthmover, farm and industrial tire and wheel assemblies.
“Intro to CTS” also is available only through TIA’s online university. It is composed of the following modules …
• Truck Tires
• Single- & Multi-Piece Rims
• Truck Tire Service
• Off-Road Tires
• Off-Road Wheels & Rims
• Off-Road Service.
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Lift Institute Elects Chairman
Jeff Kritzer of BendPak was elected chairman of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 4 in Las Vegas. Also at the meeting, long-time ALI administrative manager Heather Almeida was appointed board secretary and treasurer.
Allan Pavlick of Stertil-Koni and Gary DiAngelo of Total Automotive Lifting Solutions were elected to three-year terms. They join the following returning board members …
• Past Chairman: Stet Schanze of the Gray Manufacturing Company
• Associate Class Representative: Buck Gasner of DEKRA North America
• Doug Brown of the Vehicle Service Group
• Stan Poweska of PKS Lifts
• ALI President Bob O’Gorman.
The ALI board of directors includes representatives of vehicle lift manufacturer members as well as a representative elected by the ALI Associate Class. ALI Associate Class membership is available to North American lift service organizations with at least one ALI Certified Lift Inspector on staff.
Driven Brands Acquires Auto Glass Operation
Driven Brands has acquired the Quebec-based Clairus Group, a vertically integrated auto glass distribution, replacement, and claims management company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The move adds 240 physical service locations, more than 330 mobile locations, 22 distribution centers and a claims management platform to Driven Brands’ portfolio.
Marquee brands include Uniglass, Vitro Plus, Go Glass and Docteur du Pare-Brise on the service side, PH Vitres d’Autos on the distribution side, and Conversense on the claims management side.
According to a Nov. 18 announcement from Driven Brands, Clairus will form a newly created glass vertical for the Charlotte-based organization. Additionally, Driven Brands plans to aggressively grow in the auto glass market, the announcement states.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Clairus Group into the Driven Brands family. It’s a terrific platform offering great sought-after expertise,” Jonathan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Driven Brands, said in the announcement. “We are excited to add and invest in a new vertical in order to expand our family of brands and generate more growth not only in this market but in the rest of North America.”
Driven Brands is the parent company to Carstar, Meineke, Take 5 Oil Change, ABRA, MAACO and Econo Lube N’ Tune shops, as well as 1-800 Radiator locations, to name a few.
Jefferies LLC was the sole financial advisor to Clairus, which was a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners, in its sale to Driven Brands, which is a Roark Capital Group portfolio company.
The deal marked the 47th overall transaction for Jefferies’ automotive aftermarket team and the team’s 17th transaction involving an automotive service-related business since joining Jefferies in 2015. Further, Clairus is the fourth business sold by Jefferies bankers to Driven Brands, following 1-800 Radiator, Take 5 and Lube Stop.
Nissan, BMW Using CCC Promote For Collision Parts Marketing
Nissan North America and BMW of North America will now use CCC Promote from CCC Information Services to support dealers across the United States in offering promotional parts pricing to collision repairers as estimates are being written within the CCC One platform.
CCC Promote offers OEMs a way to present promotional pricing early in the estimating process when replacement part decisions are being made. Prices can be customized by geography; vehicle make, model or year; or part type. CCC Promote is a component of CCC Parts, the company’s parts e-commerce platform.
CCC works with more than 25,000 collision repair facilities for estimating, parts ordering and shop management functions.
U.S. Light Vehicles In Operation To Grow 6% Over Next 5 Years
The fleet of light vehicles in operation in the United States has hit a record level of more than 278 million and will grow 6% over the next five years, according to IHS Markit. In addition, the average age of light vehicles in the United States has risen to 11.8 years, which the firm attributes to better technology and vehicle quality improvements.
As the average age increases, it impacts the aftermarket “sweet spot” because the population of older vehicles continues to rise. According to IHS Markit, light vehicles 16 years and older will increase by 17% over the next five years, providing more repair opportunities coming from these older vehicles.
People Watching 12/2/19
• Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has added Robert Bagnall to its operations management team. Bagnall will be based out of his home in Wilmington, NC, but will spend as much as 50% of his time traveling to various Tint World franchise locations to assist in specialized training at each store. His main focus will be on sales and operational success.
• Veteran Michelin North America executive Henry Schmitt has joined the boutique investment banking firm Skyway Capital Markets as a managing director. At Tampa-based Skyway Capital, he focuses on the commercial tire market, light manufacturing and other middle-market industrial businesses, assisting companies with mergers and acquisitions, financing growth, and market consolidation on the buy or sell side. Schmitt worked for Michelin for 33 years.
• Roxanne Amiot, auto technology instructor at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport, CT, received the 2019 “SEMA-NACAT Education Award” at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The award, which encourages education in the automotive aftermarket, recognizes instructors who teach automotive-related curricula and who demonstrate positive and innovative use of technology in their classrooms. As part of the award, Amiot will receive a complimentary registration to the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) and $500 toward travel to attend the 2020 NACAT Conference & Expo in Cincinnati.
News Briefs 12/2/19
• Tire Discounters reports that it raised more than $20,600 in support of the Wounded Warrior Project during its “Labor Is On Us” donation drive held Oct. 24-31 at shops in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Customers donated $9,140, with Tire Discounters chipping in the rest by adding a $1.00 donation for every social media share, phone call and appointment booked during the event.
• Pirelli is in the midst of a 44-day campaign, known as “#Below44,” designed to educate consumers about winter tires. The program emphasizes the message that winter tires are for anyone who lives in a place where temperatures regularly drop below 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Click here for more information on the #Below44 campaign.
• Bosch reports that its aftermarket diagnostic scan tools are now certified by FCA U.S. to access the Secure Gateway Module (SGW) on many 2018 and newer FCA vehicles. According to Bosch, the SGW unlock feature for its lineup of ADS 325 and ADS 625 scan tools will be with the ADS 4.0 software update.
• The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) and Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Winter 2020 Technical Conference will take place Jan. 14-15 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside Hotel in Orlando. For more information about the event, or to register, click here.