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Arnold

Arnold Motor Supply Names Johnson President

Eric Johnson has been promoted to managing partner and president of The Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply, a Midwest-based automotive parts chain, following the retirement of former managing partner Dennis Spooner at the end of 2020.  


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Finance

Pandemic Paves the Way for Secondary Financing

Consumer Needs are Obvious in Tough Economy

Thousands of automotive service shops across North America have turned to no-credit finance providers as a way to reach more customers and capture additional sales at the front counter. And now, with the economy in a constant state of uncertainty thanks to COVID-19, shop owners say the service is even more critical.


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Noise

Noise Takes a Toll

How many times has someone told you to take care of your hearing?  Anyone who works in a busy shop is subjected to a range of noises every day....pneumatic wrenches and impact guns, drills, air compressors turning on, vehicle horns, vehicle alarm system screeches, hammers striking metal, etc. Some of these noises, especially repeated exposure to certain noises, can damage your hearing. We all know how important it is to wear eye protection to save your eyeballs from fluids or metal chips, and to wear reinforced work shoes to save our toes from being mashed by heavy objects and gloves to protect our skin from certain chemicals or from handling hot and/or sharp objects,  but many of us tend to ignore ear protection, often assuming that “the noise only lasts for a few seconds, so it won’t matter.”


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Tech

Keeping Up With Change: Continual Research and Education Is Vital

Automotive technicians all have their own individual style and approach to diagnostics and education. But most techs will tell you that if they understand how the system is supposed to work and the components involved, the diagnostic repair journey is usually easier. Automotive technology is constantly changing, it never seems to stop, but keeping up with this constant change is a demanding task.
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Spark

Bosch Introduces EVO Spark Plug

To meet the needs of modern turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines placing high demands on spark plugs, Robert Bosch LLC has introduced the new EVO spark plug. It is engineered to ensure reliable ignition throughout its long service life – even under extreme conditions in modern engines. 


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‘Be a Federated Fan’ Contest Winners Announced

Federated Auto Parts reports Carney Cataldo of Cataldo’s Collision in Dubois, Pa., and Brian Bennington of Bennington’s Auto Service in Canton, Ohio, are the grand prize winners of its “Be a Federated Fan” contest. Both will have the chance to watch the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 from a luxury suite at Richmond Raceway.


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Paycheck Protection Program Will Reopen on Jan. 15

The U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) have announced that lenders with less than $1 billion in assets will be eligible to receive first and second draws in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications starting Friday, Jan. 15.


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SEMA

SEMA Issues Call for Speakers for Upcoming Trade Shows

As part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) initiative to provide live and virtual education to the automotive industry, SEMA is issuing a call for speakers for the SEMA Show, the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and the association’s year-round virtual education program.


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Facepay Partners With Pit Crew CoOp

Facepay, a contactless pay technology, has partnered with Pit Crew CoOp to further encourage growth through established customer reward programs. Users of the 0% fee payment system can now add on a comprehensive rewards card program to encourage referrals and boost customer retention.


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COVID

Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Act Into Law

President Donald Trump has signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides additional relief for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, into law. The act includes an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program.


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