Lift and Wheel Service on Display at NADA Expo and ATD Show

The Rotary and Chief booth at the NADA Expo and ATD Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center may resemble a trip to Paris more than a trip to a trade conference, thanks to the brands’ new augmented reality (AR) art gallery installation.

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The Importance of ALI to the Lift Industry

ALI stands for Automotive Lift Institute. It was formed in 1945 by nine U.S. lift manufacturers who agreed to work together for the common good in order to develop a new trade association. ALI formed out of the concerns over the availability of raw materials used to produce automotive lifts, since many of these materials were on allocation by the government. As a result companies were beginning to use repurposed materials of questionable integrity for the manufacturing of lifts. This lead to concerns by ALI about the quality of the lifts being produced and the safety of lift operators. The focus of ALI today is still the quality of lifts and safety of the operators, which is the foundation of their mission.

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Leasing vs. Buying: The Advantages Depend on Your Fleet Size

iStock-528439804.jpgTo buy or not to buy. That is the question.

Well, that’s the question for fleet owners and managers when it comes to their new trucks. It’s not a new question either. Fleet managers have wrestled with this for decades. It’s a hard question to answer, because the answer fluctuates for many fleet owners as new technologies and new services are introduced.

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5 Questions (and Answers) for 2018

2018 will definitely bring about change. But what exactly can we look forward to? Still no flying cars like we were promised or hover boards for that matter. Thanks a lot Marty Mcfly!  However, we had a few questions burning at our souls, so we tried our best to answer them. 

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Top 5 Blogs of 2017

We understand that all blogs are not created equal and some have more information that pertains to your shop than others. For us, it stings a little, because we want all of them to be just as informative as the next, but that's just not the case. So as chosen by you, our customers, here at the top 5 blogs for 2017!

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Hybrids and EV Sales Are Electric. Is Your Shop Prepared?

When it comes to traditional combustible engines, there are about 2,000 parts that are tasked with performing a job in a harsh environment that strains even the best-engineered systems. The daily heat, pressure and strain on those parts are brutal. Eventually, something is bound to fail. And that means those 2,000 parts are 2,000 potential repair jobs for your shop.

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Big Data Could be a Big Problem for Repair Shops

When it comes to competition, you’ve always looked down the street at the nearest independent shops. Of course, service departments at dealerships are technically competitors, too. But after a warranty expires on a vehicle, car owners can be separated into two categories: those who continue to go to the dealership for service and those who become customers of independent shops. You and the shops down the street have always competed for that second kind of customer.

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SEMA Show: 2017 Rewind

The days that follow a special event are difficult to handle because we know it will be a full year before we get to experience it again. Some really tough days are December 26th, the day after your birthday and the Monday after the SEMA Show. Though we can’t make Christmas or your birthday come sooner, we can help you with your SEMA withdrawals. Whether you were lucky enough to make it the show or you drew the short straw and had to stay back, here is a quick Rotary rundown.

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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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