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Sako Auto Parts joins Bestbuy
October 16, 2020 by Christine Hogg

Sako Auto Parts has joined Bestbuy as a full member shareholder. Jacob and Sam Yako (formerly of Paste Auto Parts in Toronto, Ontario) are back in the automotive jobber store business with the opening of their new operation in Barrie,

Brian Fulton, former president, Mercedes-Benz Canada, has joined Zanchin Automotive Group
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Former Mercedes exec joins Zanchin
October 16, 2020 by Christine Hogg

Mercedes-Benz Newmarket has now officially joined the expanding dealership family of Zanchin Automotive Group. Under its new ownership, the dealership will be led by former president of Mercedes-Benz Canada, Brian Fulton. Fulton, who will be Managing Partner of the dealership,

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2020 TalkAuto Canada Conference is now virtual
October 16, 2020 by Christine Hogg

The ninth annual TalkAuto Canada Conference will now be held virtually, taking place from Nov. 16 through Nov. 20. Hosted by Canadian Black Book and J.D. Power, in lieu of a one-day live conference, this year’s edition, complete with a

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AAPEX releases speaker line-up
October 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Training sessions at the upcoming Virtual AAPEX Experience will cover a variety of topics, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) diagnostics and calibrations, European diagnostics, lab scope usage and controller area networks (CANs). Organizers of the event — virtual this

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Chris Chesney to explore future vehicle tech in free webinar
October 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Carquest senior trainer Chris Chesney will host a webinar on Tuesday covering new vehicle technology. The free event, organized by the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) is open to industry professionals AT 8 p.m. EST. Chesney will cover the changes

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Online learning is suddenly the norm
October 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The pandemic has pushed automotive learning onto the Internet. Trainers say that is both good and bad.

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ACDelco launches two-month brake promotion
October 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

ACDelco’s Fall Brakeathon promotion is now underway. The promotion, which focuses on ACDelco Professional, Advantage and Genuine GM brake parts, is open to all Canadian repair facilities. By registering and participating, qualifying Canadian repair facilities can earn ACDelco vintage branded

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Auto parts experienced V-shaped recovery throughout 2020: DesRosiers
October 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Analysts at DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. (DAC) say auto parts stores experienced a V-shaped recovery this year, with a decline in business of 27.9% in  April, and a subsequent recovery of 9.6% in June and 7% in July. Automotive parts,

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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2021 to be a virtual event
October 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’21 (HDAW 2021) conference organizers have announced the annual event will be held virtually Jan. 25-28. The virtual conference will feature traditional HDAW opening sessions with the HDAW 2021 co-chairs and a comprehensive conference program that

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Alliance announces virtual Canada Night
October 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Following the cancellation of Canada Night at AAPEX, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. has announced it will host a virtual Canada Night as a part of its 2020 virtual Winter Shareholder Meeting. “Canada Night at AAPEX is always an

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Eye Spy: Suspended Repairs
October 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Be prepared for anything… because you never know what you’ll find when you raise the hood on a vehicle!

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Bosch strikes deal with Broadly for customer communications
October 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Bosch and Broadly have entered into a strategic go-to-market collaboration, uniting Bosch vehicle service with Broadly’s reputation management and customer communications tools. Through the collaboration, U.S. Bosch Car Service shops will now have access to the Broadly platform — which