Opportunity on the Rise for Service Departments

Earlier this year, we wrote about what older cars could mean for independent shops. With the average age of vehicles on the road at an all-time high, dealerships have a great opportunity to grow their service departments as used cars flood the market. In fact, the National Automobile Dealers Association's latest statistical profile reports that in 2016, dealerships wrote more than 315 million repair orders—a number that has steadily grown from 2014 to 2016.

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This Blog was Made for Walking: A Guide to the 2017 SEMA Show

SEMA’s just around the corner. In fact, it’s almost time to start packing. We want you to have the best time possible, so we’ve made a list of things to do before you jump onto a plane to Vegas. Follow these guidelines to get your trip started on the right foot. Or left. It doesn’t matter, because you’re going to be using both of your feet quite a bit while you’re there.

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Product Spotlight: Baysaver 3D R1080

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “How can my shop be more productive?” Let’s assume the obvious; your shop is full of Rotary Lifts that run flawlessly and that your techs are the best at what they do. What can you do to increase your shop’s productivity and ultimately profits? Answer, wheel service, specifically alignments. With Rotary’s new Baysaver 3D R1080 Wheel Alignment System, productivity for your shop increases, space doesn’t.

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Steel Your Nerves: Future Tire Prices Could Rise

For more than a century, Pittsburgh provided the majority of our nation’s steel. Many people still think of the city as a steel powerhouse, but those folks probably haven’t been to Pittsburgh in the last few decades. Today, the smelters and mills that once lined the city’s riverfronts have been replaced with vast entertainment complexes and sports facilities. Education, Healthcare and Finance are all now bigger than steel.

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2017 APTA Guide

Christmas, Thanksgiving and your birthday are big events but they happen every year. That means you are never more than some 365 days away. However, events like the Summer Olympics, solar eclipses and the American Public Transportation Association Expo are fewer and farther between, making them worth the trip.

The APTA Expo takes place every 3 years and is the public transit industries largest show. With more than 800 global exhibitors there is plenty to see and do. So the big question, “Are you going?” And the answer should be, “Yes!”

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3 Reasons to Embrace Wheel Service

Most shop owners and techs in the auto repair world know a bit about wheel and tire repair. They see it as a service they can offer their customers who are coming in for other issues. Most view wheel service as a necessity, but not for making money, rather to appease customers who want a one stop shop for general maintenance. What they may not realize is there are many benefits to offering a full line of wheel service in their shops. Here’s why:

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Force Behind the Lift: Stefanie Conner

Pop quiz; How many lift models and variations does Rotary offer? Know the answer? If you do, then you are true blue Rotary fan. Being the leader in the lift industry we’ve got a lot of product and a lot of options for those products.  So, when you order a perfect two post, four post, smart lift or any other lift we offer, making sure everything arrives correctly is handled by our exclusive order management team. They receive orders from all over the world and coordinate between our customers and the manufacturing floor. This team makes sure you get your lift(s) in a timely manner. Think of them as your “lift liaisons.”  

Today we talk with Stefanie Conner, one of our talented Order Management Coordinators. She and the rest of her team work tirelessly, pouring over every detail to ensure you get the lift you need. 

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Don’t let Old Man Winter knock out your fleet.

Pack up the beach balls. Put away your lawn mower. Say ‘goodbye’ to your patio. Because here comes Old Man Winter.

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5 tips for recruiting heavy duty mechanics

Staffing is a pain point for many businesses across a variety of industries, but it’s particularly challenging in the heavy duty repair business. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the industry will average 7,500 job openings annually through 2022. That’s a lot of positions to fill. If you’ve been tasked with hiring quality heavy duty mechanics, you may already be seeing the widening gap between the number of positions that need to be filled and the number of people in line for them. So how do you make the most of the pool that is available? Follow these tips for recruiting the best heavy duty mechanics.

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5 Ways to Reduce Auto Lift Downtime

When something is as low maintenance as an auto lift, you don’t really notice when it’s operating correctly. That’s just what it does. Until it doesn’t.

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