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Profitability can be tracked job-by-job with software such as this Mitchell system.
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The e-commerce option
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

As automobiles become more electronic, so too do the shops that service them. Most service centres now use desktop computers to manage their business, and the e-commerce industry has been quick to dev…

Nothing like this in Scotland. V-8 power and pushrods are far from the European technology Boyle encounters at Sportique Motors in Toronto.
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ALAN BOYLE
July 1, 2000 by Rob Tanner

Alan Boyle has worked on them all. He started his career as a mechanic 22 years ago working in a GM dealership in Scotland. After some more time at a British Leyland shop, Boyle emigrated to Canada in…

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Mine your customer database
July 1, 2000 by Allen Jones

When we asked suppliers how you can make money from their shop management, most replied, emphatically, you need to mine your customer database.It makes sense. After all, your current customers are you…

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PartSource acquires Drivers/Auto Village
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Toronto-based parts chain PartSource has purchased the assets of Drivers/Auto Village, an automotive chain in Western Canada.The acquisition includes nine stores located in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoo…

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Why not generic business management software?
July 1, 2000 by Allen Jones

Two million. That’s how many customers Intuit Inc. claims for its small business management software package called QuickBooks. The California company sells it to all manner of businesses. The latest …

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Canadian Internet auto portal Carbiz.com buys U.S. site
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Toronto-based Internet portal Carbiz.com has signed a letter of intent to purchase Columbus, Ohio Net service IndependentDealer.com.IndependentDealer.com is a business to business content portal, wher…

Autolite caries the Nascar-licensed trend to it logical extreme by offering the same plugs used by numerous Nascar teams to enthusiasts.
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News – 01-JUL-00 (July 01, 2000)
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

HIGH-PERFORMANCE PLUGSWhether it’s a big-block step-side or a “slammed” Civic, Canadian shops, urban and rural, do encounter modified or high-performance vehicles. If service on these vehicles involve…

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Ontario auto accessory shops face charges New air tool business launched
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Over twenty shops dealing in burglar alarms, remote starters and car audio have lost an appeal of charges laid under Ontario’s Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act, according to the Hamilton Di…

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An out-of-body computer experience
July 1, 2000 by Rick Cogbill

Now, I’m not much into things of a mystical nature-I leave that to Basil-but a recent close encounter with a ’92 Dodge Caravan left me wondering if gremlins really do exist. It started with a set of k…

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Less Pollution, More Confusion
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

For a politician, the air quality issue is a no-brainer. As a vote-getter, everyone wants a clean environment, and in the case of auto exhaust emissions, the cost to motorists has been kept modest, at…

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Sparking the customer’s attention
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Let’s face it: over the last ten years, vehicles have become much better, both in build quality and technology. And the days when a no-start/hard start condition could be cured with a plug change or p…

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B.C. delivery largest yet for dual-fuel vehicles
July 1, 2000 by CARS Magazine

Ford of Canada has made the largest single delivery of dual-fuel vehicles in North America with a ceremonial presentation of the keys to the first of 117 F-150 pick-up trucks by Bob Roberts, Pacific r…