Blog Tag: “auto technicians”

  • Alliance To Strike It Rich With Their Aftermarket Jackpot

    Get ready Las Vegas, because we’re going all in! The Alliance will be marching 3,000 of the industry’s best shop owners, technicians and warehouse distributors to AAPEX. Are you ready for the swarm of yellow to flood your AAPEX booths? We can’t wait!  READ MORE  
  • The Road To AAPEX Episode 2

    Will a 33-year-old Cadillac EVEN START?

    “A lot of things happened, except when I turned the key.” 

    As a seasoned ASE-certified technician, Babcox Media’s Joe Keene knew that getting a 33-year-old Cadillac Brougham with more than 180,000 miles on it ready for the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, Ohio,… READ MORE  

  • The Road to AAPEX Episode 1

    Will a 33-year-old Cadillac make it to Las Vegas?

    The truth is: We don’t know how this is going to end.

    The 2,500-mile drive from Babcox Media’s headquarters in Akron, Ohio, to Las Vegas, across the iconic Route 66, is enough to test any vehicle. But… READ MORE  

  • A Plan To Solve the Technician Shortage

    I do not believe that anyone who works in the Automotive Service and Repair Industry would argue with the fact that there is a shortage of good technicians in our industry. In fact, nine out of 10 shops that we work with today (of for that matter in our industry) need a good technician and I would also say that for 10% to 20% of those shops, the lack of a good tech is a serious problem causing them to lose customers, profits and sleep. READ MORE  
  • Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has All the Help Gone?

    We’ve known this train has been coming for more than ten years, and it’s finally here. What train am I talking about? The technician and advisor shortage. What was once a pool of talent has become a puddle and a very small one at that. READ MORE  
  • The Changing Reality of Trade with China

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China. That visit was followed by significant changes in the economic relationship between the United States and China with the granting of permanent normal trade relations in 2000. READ MORE  
  • How To Differentiate Your Auto Repair Shop From Your Competition

    I want to take you through a quick visualization exercise. Imagine you are on a trip. You’ve been driving all day. You skipped lunch, it’s now late in the evening, and you’re really hungry. You’re coming up on the exit for Pleasantville, USA, and the next city is over 100 miles away. The time to get food is now. READ MORE  
  • Where are you going, what have you learned?

    What’s the status quo? We’re back to normal, right? Schools have been in-person all year and families have resumed vacation travel. Since AAPEX 2021, I’ve attended two conferences and worked in the office about half the time. READ MORE  
  • ADAS Is Here and Growing … But There Are Headwinds

    I attend many industry events every year, and the most-discussed topics and issues facing the aftermarket over the past two years are: Supply Chain Disruptions, Labor/Talent Recruitment & Retention, EVs & the Electrification of Tomorrow’s Vehicles, and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). READ MORE  
  • What Does AAPEX Have to Do with Right to Repair?

    By Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association

    As I receive the notification in my inbox for a THIRD delay in a decision regarding the Right to Repair court case the automakers filed against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it highlights how important it is for me to share with you what our industry is up against, and what to truly expect in the battle for maintenance and repair data.

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