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GREENWOOD: The blueprint for investment
August 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Jobbers can help their clients more than they may think when it comes to a shop being properly stocked. The problem, however, is that most shops don’t stock. There are unrealized benefits: eliminating wait times for deliveries, more on-hand products

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Don Hannah, 86, passes away peacefully
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Don Hannah, the aftermarket veteran known for his good humour and generous spirit, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019. He was 86 years old. Hannah, who thrived in the Canadian refinishing industry and served for many years on the

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Centric Parts offering the ‘Ultimate Summer Getaway’
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Selfies will serve as entry forms for Centric Parts’s new promotion built around two of its newest and most advanced brake products, GCX Brake Rotors and PQ PRO Brake Pads. Entitled, ‘Ultimate Summer Getaway,’ the promotion runs through Sept. 30.

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ASA looking for pictures of ‘Best Bay Area’
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Do you have an outstanding “bay area” in your shop? The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched a new contest, calling for pictures of the cleanest, brightest, most streamlined bays in North America. You can submit your entry HERE. It

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May GDP numbers show Canadian economy catching up after weak start
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canada‘s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in May, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. It is the third increase in as many months, thanks to a rebound in manufacturing. The Conference Board of Canada say the news

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Sometimes it’s beyond repair!
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Bruce Silverson of Hilltop Autopro in White Rock, B.C. had to use his diplomatic skills when a customer brought in a 2002 Mazda Protege with a complaint of “spongey brake pedal.” When they lifted the car, they found out there

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Thoma Bravo to acquire J.D. Power
August 2, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Thoma Bravo LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire J.D. Power, a global leader in data analytics and consumer intelligence. The transaction is expected to close by year end. Upon

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July vehicle sales still down, but some brands showing ‘signs of life’
August 2, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Approximately 173,533 light vehicles were sold in Canada during July 2019— a drop of some 1,784 units compared to July 2018’s sales figures. Despite the decline — a common refrain every month this year — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says some

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Demand for diesel vehicles is increasing
August 2, 2019 by Renee Montague

A 23% increase in full-size diesel pickup truck sales over Q1 for 2019 shows demand for diesel vehicles as a clean alternative to gas is increasing according to the Diesel Technology Forum. Diesel holds the largest share of alternative vehicle

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How collaboration will transform your business
August 2, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Internal collaboration can really set your team up for success… but working in concert with your staff takes mutual trust, and commitment to achieving lofty goals.

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Walker emissions control brand launches new website
August 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Walker brand of emissions control products for light and commercial vehicles has launched an enhanced website interface to provide a more comprehensive user experience to its customers. The new site, at www.WalkerExhaust.com, combines Walker’s light vehicle and commercial truck

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OK Tire to open new Newfoundland distribution centre
August 1, 2019 by Allan Janssen

OK Tire has announced plans to upgrade and relocate its Newfoundland distribution centre from the town of Clarenville to Mount Pearl. The move is part of a $100 million-dollar Canada-wide expansion plan over the next five years. “The move to