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Jobber_News   Feature Vehicle Technology

Smarter Cars, Smarter You
September 18, 2015 by Andrew Ross

How connected are you? Depending on how you look at it, the connected car – made possible by the coming together of dozens of technologies – will be either the bane of the independent aftermarket’s existence, a foe created by

Jobber_News   Feature Jobbers & WDsVehicle Technology

C-11A vs. PC-11B What You Need To Know
September 18, 2015 by Jobber News

The upcoming PC-11 category will be split between backwards-compatible and new, lower-viscosity lubricants ­– and it’s a major step forward for the marketplace. The decision to split the upcoming PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil category is a crucial one, driven by

Feature Jobbers & WDsVehicle Technology

Lighting and Wiper Technology High-Tech Advancement Boosts Sales Options
September 18, 2015 by Steve Pawlett

Drivers make numerous critical decisions every day. More often than not, these decisions are made in split seconds, so it’s paramount that both vehicle lighting and wiper blades are in peak operating condition, providing drivers a clear view at all

Feature Business ManagementJobbers & WDsVehicle Technology

Ride Control How Proper Staff Training Can Benefit Your Bottom Line
September 18, 2015 by Andrew Brooks

Ride control is a simple idea, but there are a couple of major misconceptions that are holding back sales, limiting service levels, and even endangering lives. Most drivers, and even many technicians, view ride control as shocks and struts, but

Jobber_News   Feature Tire & WheelVehicle Technology

TPMS Service, Education Offer Profit Potential
September 18, 2015 by Tom Venetis

Tires, wheels and TPMS don’t seem like a big part of a jobber’s regular line of profit-making products, yet these items can become a lucrative profit centre if jobbers become a service operation’s first choice not only for the products,

Jobber_News   Feature Jobbers & WDsVehicle Technology

Embracing Change
September 18, 2015 by Steve Pawlett

My first job was delivering parts for a jobber in Toronto’s west end when I was just 16. Back then (the mid-’70s), gas was 50 cents a gallon and eight-track tapes were all the rage. I remember driving down obscure

CARS_Magazine   Feature Auto Repair & ServiceVehicle Technology

Get out of the rain
September 13, 2015 by Jeff Taylor

Automatic wiper systems are a surprisingly complex technology that accomplish a deceptively simple task.

CARS_Magazine   Feature Auto Repair & ServiceBusiness Management

Staying visible
August 7, 2015 by Allan Janssen

At 100 km-h, a vehicle travels more than 27.75 meters a second. A lot can happen in 27.75 meters… which is why visibility items like wipers and lights should be a key concern for every driver. There are tremendous benefits

Jobber_News   Feature

Demand for Quality Brake Parts Continues To Grow
August 1, 2015 by Steve Pawlett

With customers hanging onto their vehicles longer, most are much more receptive to investing a little more for aftermarket parts that will give them good performance, increased safety, and a longer life. With the price point between first-line and second-line

Jobber_News   Feature

Import Applications And You: OE Platform Changes Put Pressure On Jobbers
August 1, 2015 by Steve Pawlett

Maintaining adequate warehouse space has been an ongoing challenge for jobbers for more than a decade, given the continued onslaught of new parts from OEMs as they strive to make their vehicles lighter and more fuel-efficient. And tough as it’s

Jobber_News   Feature

Cool Looks Heat Up
August 1, 2015 by Martha Uniake Breen

Cool custom looks for cars have always been one of the more interesting niche markets for jobbers, and an excellent opportunity to differentiate you from the competition. But lately, the demand for consumers personalizing their vehicles is hotter than ever.

CARS_Magazine   Feature Auto Repair & ServiceBusiness Management

Finding the right spot
July 28, 2015 by Allan Janssen

Looking to open a new shop? The right location will make the difference between years of struggling and instant sustainability.