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News   August 12, 2010   by Auto Service World

Arizona Parts Professional Wins Activant Story Contest

“Can of Beep,” the hilarious tale of a well-intentioned auto parts consumer, was selected by users of the popular social media network as winner of the Activant “Best Auto Parts Counter Story” contest.
The story’s submitter, Jody Logan of Penny Pincher Auto Parts, Phoenix, Ariz., will receive a free Apple iPad tablet computer from Activant Solutions Inc.
The Activant contest encouraged parts professionals to submit their favourite auto parts selling stories. Three finalists, selected from among nearly 100 entries, were augmented and presented on Activant’s YouTube channel for a two-week voting period.
“Can of Beep,” which describes a motorist’s efforts to repair a broken horn, garnered more than 50% of the nearly 4,000 votes. “Heated Hose,” featuring a consumer who actually needed a replacement heater hose, was second, and “Smoking Noise,” which recounted a customer’s imprecise description of a vehicle malfunction, finished third. “Heated Hose” was submitted by Brian Fillion of Vasco Inc., Richmond, Va., and Lee Greene of Greene’s Auto Parts, Winder, Ga., submitted “Smoking Noise.”
The three stories are available for viewing at
“The contest was phenomenally successful in finding the fun and humour in the lives of the thousands of skilled parts professionals who serve the motoring public each day,” said Paul Salsgiver, executive vice president, Activant Solutions. “Activant electronic catalogues play a vital role in helping many of these professionals quickly find the right replacement part, even in cases when the customer has very little information about the part.”
Activant will continue the fun with a “Best Auto Parts Counter Story of the Month” series beginning in September. To subscribe to this series, please visit

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