DENVER, Colo. – The Automotive Aftermarket division of Gates Corp. has introduced a new interactive Accessory Belt Drive System (ABDS) display and sales support materials.
According to the Car Care Council, one in five vehicles on the road today needs a new belt. Due to advancements in belt construction and rubber compounds, it is difficult to detect when a belt is worn past its service life and needs to be replaced. To assist distribution channel partners and automotive service providers with educating consumers on the importance of their vehicle’s accessory belt drive system and the benefits of proper maintenance, Gates has created this sales tool and visual aid.
“With the success of our recent Timing Belt display and the need for increased serpentine belt inspection and replacement in the marketplace, we have created an ABDS display to promote the importance of inspecting and replacing belts, tensioners, and pulleys when needed,” said Dave Miller, Gates aftermarket VP of marketing. “Our campaign focuses on a ‘system’ approach to diagnosing belt wear issues, and the display is a great way for our customers to show consumers exactly why these parts are important to optimum engine and accessory drive performance.”
The display, which is 12 inches wide, 27 inches high and 6 inches deep, can be placed on a countertop or mounted to a wall and features a drive system replica including a serpentine belt, crank pulley, automatic belt tensioner, idler pulley, water pump/fan pulley, alternator/alternator decoupler pulley and power steering pulley. The North American display is bilingual and includes English and Spanish sales aids, while the Canadian version is in English and French.
In addition to the display, the ABDS display kit includes drive system diagnostic tools for professional technicians and sales aids to capture consumer attention. Each kit is shipped with everything needed to educate consumers and show them the value of a complete system repair and includes:
•Laser Alignment Tool – Confirms proper alignment of belt drive system.
•Belt Wear Gauges & Instruction Cards – Used to determine wear of serpentine belts.
•Customer Waiting Area Poster – Captures consumer attention in and encourages request for belt inspection.
•Consumer Brochure – Explains how the belt, tensioner, and pulleys work together as a team to ensure system is operating at peak efficiency.
•Counter Mat – Illustrates system approach showing the functions of individual components and symptoms of worn belts, tensioners and pulleys.
•Belt Stick Sample – Visual aid to help consumers understand when a belt is ready for replacement.
•Belt & Tensioner Rebates – Three $20 consumer rebates off the purchase of a Gates Micro-V AT belt and DriveAlign tensioner.
The part number for the ABDS Display Kit is No. 91046 and can be ordered through participating distribution channel partners. To learn more about the Gates ABDS display, visit http://www.Gates.com/ABDSDisplay or contact your Gates sales representative.