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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Be a Better Boss, So Your Techs Don’t Look for Another One

The New York Times isn’t exactly the first place you think about when it comes to automotive news. But several months ago, that’s exactly who sounded the warning alarm about the struggles that dealerships are having when it comes to finding and keeping good techs.

One person interviewed for the article estimated that more than 25,000 open tech jobs would go unfilled by 2022. And he called that a conservative estimate. So what’s a dealership to do? Well, keeping a bottle of Tums on hand isn’t a bad idea for starters. But the real key is presenting techs with an offer they can’t refuse.

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“Truck Technology” is not an oxymoron.

In 1956, the Federal Aid Highway Act lays the groundwork for what we know as the Interstate Highway System. Its design and engineering was one of the largest technological breakthroughs ever made. And a lot of people would say it was the one of the last technological breakthroughs made that involved trucking.

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What Ben Franklin can tell you about fleet maintenance.

Ben Franklin was a patriot, a statesman and packed more wisdom into his writings than most Americans before or since. Every shop should have at least one of his quotes framed on the wall.

 “Well done is better than well said.”

 “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

 “It takes many good deeds to build a reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

 But the most important bit of Franklin wisdom for anyone in charge of fleet maintenance is one of his most famous quotes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Five productivity tips to help offset rising parts and labor costs.

A lot of things are looking up. Unfortunately, that’s not as great as it sounds for shop owners, because a couple of those things are the cost of parts and labor.

A recent study shows a 4.7% increase in labor costs and a 1.4% increase in the average cost of parts. Together, that’s a 2.7% increase in overhead for shop owners. As a number, that’s not too big. When your brain sees a number like 2.7%, it often glosses over it. A little voice in the back of your head says: “That number is too small to worry about. Move on to that bigger thing over there.” You need to tell that little voice to hush, because the number is a lot bigger than it sounds.

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3 Reasons Why SEMA Is For You

Being a part of SEMA every year reinforces to us why you should be there too! The opportunity to see new and improved products and network with industry professionals are just a few of the reasons to go to this awesome show! Just in case you aren't sure what the SEMA show is about we figured they say it best.


 "The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets." - www.semashow.com

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Designing Lifts that Last

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As the manufacturer of the World’s most Trusted Lift, and the leader in the lift industry, we take the quality and dependability of our lifts very seriously.  From conception, to engineering, to testing and production launch, the design process for a Rotary lift is focused on delivering a high value product.  At Rotary, we want our lifts to perform to both our customer’s standards, as well as our own. 

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90 Second Know How: Two-Post Cable Adjustment

If you own, work in, or have ever set foot inside an auto repair shop, you undoubtedly have seen a two-post lift. Two-posters are the workhorse of many shops and are an iconic image when you think of auto repair.  Their versatility, efficiency and small foot prints make them ideal for most shops. But, if a lift goes down, productivity is reduced, and money is lost. Keeping your two-post running safely is paramount to your shop’s financial goals.

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Product Spotlight: MACH™ Mobile Column Lifts

Productivity, space savings, versatility, and concern for the environment are key components to consider when investing in a new heavy-duty lift. Rotary, a company known for innovation in the lift industry has set the bar to new heights with the MACH™ Series Mobile Columns lifts. The MACH™ family of lifts is Rotary’s most versatile, from lifting your 70,000lb dump truck to servicing your warehouse forklift, the MACH™ Series have got you covered.

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Break It Down: Helping Customers Understand Auto Repair Estimates

Satisfying your customers is all about trust. But since your customers are unlikely to have the knowledge about vehicle repair that you do, how do you help them understand why a complicated repair is necessary? Here are a few tips to help you break down complicated auto repair estimates.

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