LIVERPOOL, N.Y.-Fay's Inc. said it will nearly double the size of its Wheels Discount Auto Supply Stores division by purchasing 26 National Auto Supply Stores and four Whitlock auto-supply stores. No purchase price was disclosed for the 30 stores, all owned by New Jersey-based WSR Corp.
The new stores will operate under the Wheels banner and all current employees will be retained, according to Warren D. Wolfson, Fay's senior vice president, though stores located close to present Wheels stores may be closed.
The National Auto Supply stores are mostly in Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, Buffalo and suburban New York City. The four Whitlock stores are in Erie and Kingston, Pa.
In addition to 35 Wheels stores, Fay's operates 259 drug stores in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and 29 Paper Cutter stores in New York.
Texas proposes techs be emissions certified
BETHESDA, Md.-Texas may require certification for technicians and repair shops performing emissions-related repairs.
The Bethesda-based Automotive Parts & Accessories Association reported the proposal would require consumers who fail the in-use emissions inspection to have their cars repaired by certified techs at certified shops in order to obtain a waiver from high repair costs.
The APAA said shops would have to acquire equipment the state specifies necessary to perform emissions-related repairs, and techs would be tested. Other states may follow Texas' lead, it predicted.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has opened an in-house research and information center, where critical data and assessments of the automotive aftermarket will be catalogued and maintained for retrievability by members and staff.
To help resolve customer's auto repair complaints, the Maintenance Awareness Program is developing a dispute resolution program in coordination with the Better Business Bureau's ``Alternate Dispute Resolution'' system. Consumers will be encouraged to re-contact the business that performed the auto repairs.