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A Work-Around Is Not A Solution For Any Business
Watching this kind of inefficiency and knowing that I’ve tried to help them correct it, is maddening, to say the least.
Automotive Parts Associates Names Gary Martin As Executive Vice President
Automotive Parts Associates Names Gary Martin As Executive Vice President
Public relations and training will be key components of his new position.
National Pronto Association Adds Papco As Newest Member
GRAPEVINE, Texas – National Pronto Association has announced the addition of PAPCO (Pacific-Ocean Auto Parts Co.) to the Pronto membership, effective Jan. 1. PAPCO was founded 15 years ago and is a distributor of Motorcraft, ACDe
O’Reilly Automotive Opens Its 4,000th Store
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – O’Reilly Automotive celebrated the opening of its 4,000th store, located in Tampa, Fla., by hosting a daylong celebration of philanthropy, community and customers, on Saturday, Jan. 19. The community was invited to join
Goodpoint Autoparts Brake Wear Sensors Selected For Federated Co-Man Warehouse Program
Vehicle coverage includes: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Jaguar, Lexus, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen.
DENSO To Invest Nearly $1 Billion In North America Over Next Four Years
In the U.S., DENSO is looking at investing more than $750 million in Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, California and North Carolina.
Federated Partnership With Toys For Tots Deemed A 'Huge Success'
As part of its Toys for Tots partnership, participating Federated members collected donations and toys at their stores and some conducted contests for their customers as a way to thank them for their donations.
Automotive Parts Headquarters Presents Outstanding Supplier Awards
Automotive Parts Headquarters Presents Outstanding Supplier Awards
The employee-owners of APH helped determine recipients of the supplier awards, which were presented by John Bartlett, CEO, and Corey Bartlett, president.
Catalytic Converters Are Big-Ticket Items
Original equipment converters are supposed to last upward of 150,000 miles or more, but may fail sooner for a number of reasons.
Choose The Right Gasket For The Job
Gaskets come in a wide variety of materials and designs, so there is often confusion as to which brand of gasket or which type of gasket is "best" for a given application.
Ignition Wires Are Made To Last
Spark plug wire sets do not have a factory recommended service interval and are usually replaced on an "as needed" basis. Even so, many technicians recommend replacing high-mileage spark plug wire sets for preventive maintenance.
Lighting The Way: LEDs Are Replacing Conventional Bulbs
The problem with conventional incandescent bulbs and halogen headlights is that they use too much current for the light they produce and they give off a lot of waste heat.
Catalytic Converters Keep It Clean
Beginning in 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that a new set of emissions standards known to our industry as On-Board Diagnostics II or "OBD II."
Spectra Premium Launches New Line Of Oxygen Sensors
Spectra Premium, a brand focused on fuel delivery and products engineered to increase overall fuel system efficiency, has introduced a new line of oxygen sensors. The new Spectra Premium Oxygen Sensor line consists of more than 350 new, high-qua
Bar's Leaks Introduces Cooling System Repair
The newest easy-to-use, low-cost vehicle solution from Bar’s Leaks is formulated to offer multiple benefits for engine cooling systems. Bar’s Leaks Cooling System Repair not only stops coolant leaks and antifreeze loss, it also
Eastern Catalytic Expands ECO CARB Line
Eastern Catalytic has added new converters to its ECO CARB Series line with new California Air Resources Board (CARB) exemptions for use as aftermarket replacements. The converters are available in Universal and Direct-fit configurations for OBD II a
An Emphasis On Commercial A Way Of Life For Super Stores
An Emphasis On Commercial A Way Of Life For Super Stores
Each year, Counterman magazine takes a snapshot of the retail stores that serve the automotive aftermarket.
How Are You Going To Stay On Top In Business
Recently, I saw a release from CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) about a driverless car. Yes, you read that correctly. Driverless car!
Make Time For Education
So often, training is available to those who really and truly need it but they won't make the time or effort to show up.
This Kickstarter Is Not A Repair
This idea of crowd-funding a project is so powerful it begs the question, "How can we use this tool to drive innovation in our own industry?"
Succession Planning Is Harder Than It Sounds
Our own business actually had a succession plan, (we owned a five-store chain and one service center) and believe it or not, we did not execute our plan for nine years, until we felt the time was right.

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