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Lacombe Auto Service: Our 2019 Shop of the Year
July 30, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen When we choose the CARS magazine Shop of the Year, we’re looking for businesses that have had some significant change over the last 12 months. We didn’t expect to find shop owners that have engineered a total

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When cars start phoning the shops themselves
July 30, 2019 by Jacob Stoller

In the fourth in a series of seven articles sponsored by Chevron, reporter Jacob Stoller examines the intersection of predictive analytics and telematics. By Jacob Stoller Breakdowns often occur at the worst possible moment, causing untold disruption for driver and

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Chevron Knowledge Centre: When cars start phoning the shops themselves
July 30, 2019 by Jacob Stoller

The connected vehicle that can initiate a service call from the road is now a reality, but barriers must be overcome before independent shops can get into the game.

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KYB relaunches “Feeling is Believing” promo
July 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

KYB’s popular “Feeling is Believing” consumer rebate promotion is back, running through to the end of September. The promotion offers motorists a rebate up to $100 when they choose to maintain their vehicle with KYB products. For 2019, KYB is

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Hybrids in the repair bay: Putting safety first
July 29, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen If your future includes servicing and maintaining hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles, you need to start getting ready for it now. And step one is making sure you have the knowledge to keep you safe when you

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Volvo informs owners about risk of engine fires
July 29, 2019 by Renee Montague

Volvo will be contacting over 507,000 Volvo owners letting them know their vehicles is being recalled due to a risk of engine fire. No injuries nor accidents have been linked to the fault yet, but Volvo said its own investigations

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ZF Aftermarket is turning your pictures into art
July 26, 2019 by Renee Montague

ZF Aftermarket is accepting pictures of automotive aftermarket professionals using ZF branded products to be included in a mosaic photo wall and to win prizes. ZF Aftermarket will showcase the mosaic photo wall comprised of hundreds of photos at the

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U.S. capitol has highest check-engine repair bills, study finds
July 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia had the highest check-engine repair bills in the U.S. in 2018, according to a report from diagnostics data company CarMD Corporation. The company’s latest state ranking of check engine light-related car

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Master Mechanic to focus on growth under new ownership
July 23, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Janssen The new president of the Ontario-based Master Mechanic repair shop franchise says he brings a background in franchising that will help the company grow in the coming years. Todd Wylie joined the company earlier this year, shortly

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Three-day Powerstroke engine training coming to Surrey in September
July 23, 2019 by Allan Janssen

B.C. Diesel and California-based ATSS Training are expecting another sell-out weekend of training in September for a special three-day Ford Powerstroke Diesel Training Event in Vancouver, B.C. Instructor Mike Cleary, an eight-time award winning Ford Motor Company certified senior master

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ASA chart examines U.S. tech salaries
July 18, 2019 by Renee Montague

The difficulty of attracting skilled workers to the far north likely plays a big role in Alaska having the best-compensated automotive technicians in the union. According to recently released figures from the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the average

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Car giveaway is shop’s thank you to community
July 18, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A shop owner in Vernon, B.C. plans to give away a 2006 Mazda 3 to a deserving individual in his community. Kevin Crawford, owner of Kiwi Auto, says the donation is a token of his appreciation to the community for