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The Real Cost of an Auto Lift

When it’s time to buy a new auto lift, remember this truth: You won’t find the cost on the price tag. Not the whole cost, anyway. If you’ve ever owned a lift – or any other piece of equipment – you know there are other expenses associated with that ownership,...

Why Faster Is Better for Technicians, Shops and Customers

Faster service can make the shop and the technician more money, while also making customers happier. Of all the shop tools available, a vehicle lift offers the greatest opportunity for increasing service speed to improve service bay productivity and profitability....

NADA Show 2018: A crystal ball into the future of fixed ops

There was a ton of big news from this year’s NADA Show. Much of it revolved around autonomous cars and vehicle technology. As Wes Lutz, this year’s NADA chairman, put it: “The automobile is the most exciting platform for innovation in the next 100 years”. Of course,...

Lift and Wheel Service on Display at NADA Expo and ATD Show

The Rotary and Chief booth at the NADA Expo and ATD Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center may resemble a trip to Paris more than a trip to a trade conference, thanks to the brands’ new augmented reality (AR) art gallery installation. The Vehicle Service Group (VSG)...

Top 5 Blogs of 2017

We understand that all blogs are not created equal and some have more information that pertains to your shop than others. For us, it stings a little, because we want all of them to be just as informative as the next, but that’s just not the case. So as chosen by...

Big Data Could be a Big Problem for Repair Shops

When it comes to competition, you’ve always looked down the street at the nearest independent shops. Of course, service departments at dealerships are technically competitors, too. But after a warranty expires on a vehicle, car owners can be separated into two...

Opportunity on the Rise for Service Departments

Earlier this year, we wrote about what older cars could mean for independent shops. With the average age of vehicles on the road at an all-time high, dealerships have a great opportunity to grow their service departments as used cars flood the market. In fact, the...

2017 APTA Guide

Christmas, Thanksgiving and your birthday are big events but they happen every year. That means you are never more than some 365 days away. However, events like the Summer Olympics, solar eclipses and the American Public Transportation Association Expo are fewer and...
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