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With more and more hybrids (Micro hybrids) coming to the market, what could be the added value of the aftermarket shops?

With more and more hybrids (Micro hybrids) coming to the market, what could be the added value of the aftermarket shops? I read the article about the Prius and how difficult it could be to get parts ordered for this. If this trend evolves wouldn’t it drive business towards OE shops? Is there a future for the aftermarket shops?

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Our shop services hybrids and also markets to hybrid car owners. Ninety-five percent of the maintenance service and repair work generated is normal, non-hybrid
powerplant related work. The only recommendation I have is hybrid service training for the technician and a very complete information system such as
Alldata, Mitchell, Motor and the OEM website access when necessary. A pair of protective electrician’s gloves is provided to each technician to be used
when indicated by the training and service information.

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Jim O’Neill – Chino Autotech Inc., Auto Club SoCal AAR
SAE Int’l SoCal Section Board of Governors,
Vice Chair, Service Technology Programs
NASTF Service Information/Communications Committees
Auto Value/Bumper-To-Bumper CSC Nat’l Council
ASE CMAT-L1, CA. Smog Check Technician
AMI AAM Accredited Automotive Manager

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