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Dealership service departments faring better than sales during Covid: Cox
May 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Touchless services like vehicle pick-up, drop-off, and sanitizing have led to greater consumer confidence in dealership service departments than dealer showrooms, an industry analyst said yesterday. During an Equifax webinar, Cox chief economist Jonathan Smoke said recent numbers from Xtime,

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Sirius XM Canada partners with Car Media 2.0
May 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

SiriusXM and Car Media 2.0 have partnered up for the first time to ensure SiriusXM radios are activated by Car Media 2.0 representatives at participating dealerships across the country, providing additional value for pre-owned car buyers. Car Media 2.0 offers

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Preventive maintenance being deferred during Covid: survey
May 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Independent repair shops in Ontario have reported a significant drop in business in April, according to a DesRosier Automotive Consultants poll. The survey of 100 members of the Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) found that the largest segment of

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Fountain Tire launches financing solution for customers
May 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Fountain Tire has launched an online financing solution that provides its Canadian customers with access to 0% interest financing plans. The move is part of Fountain Tire’s goal to provide flexible payment options, particularly during these challenging times. “At Fountain

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Bestbuy holds virtual AGM
May 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Bestbuy Distributors held its first ever “virtual” annual general meeting on May 21. Shareholders from across Canada logged into the video call featured reports from Bestbuy president Bill Hay, board chairman Douglas Squires, and vice president of finance Mike Palmer.

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Ideal Supply to move trade show online
May 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Listowel, Ont.-based Ideal Supply will hold a virtual trade show June 10 and 11. The online event is being designed to replicate the feel and opportunities of a physical show, from “Reward Bucks” and special pricing, to technical training and

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ATSS to offer Powerstroke Diesel online class June 2
May 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Automotive Technical Support Services (ATSS) is offering an online Ford 6.7 L Powerstroke Diesel class on June 2. The class will be held twice, once at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and again at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Trainer Mike Cleary

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ProDemand update adds lift point quick links
May 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The latest software release of ProDemand auto repair information from Mitchell 1 includes a new Quick Link for tire information and lifting points that combines essential information to help technicians work safely and efficiently. “ProDemand has made proper vehicle lifting

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ALI unveils updated website
May 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  In keeping with its mission to promote the safe design, construction, installation, service, inspection, and use of vehicle lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has updated its website, autolift.org, to provide more resources to lift owners, operators, installers, inspectors

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Exide files for bankruptcy protection, goes on the block
May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Exide Technologies has filed for protection against creditors in preparation for sale. According to the Exide website, the company has announced “a comprehensive strategy to best position its businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific to benefit its employees, customers,

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Platform matches laid off workers with automotive employers
May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has partnered with executive search firm APA Search to match automotive employers with people who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have launched a free platform, based on

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New program communicates Covid-19 safeguards
May 26, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A Toronto marketing company has developed a program that allows businesses to quickly communicate their Covid-19 safeguards to the public. OneLocal created CovidSafe Services as a tool for businesses – including automotive repair shops – to advertise what Covid-19 standards