N.Y. assembly ponders diagnostic information bill
BEDFORD, Texas-A bill has been introduced in the New York state assembly requiring automobile manufacturers to provide service information to motor vehicle owners and independent repairers.
State assemblyman Daryl Towns, D-Brooklyn, is sponsoring New York Assembly Bill 10435-the Motor Vehicle Owner's Right to Repair Act. It is similar to H.R. 2735, a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.
The Bedford-based Automotive Service Association (ASA) has endorsed the state bill, which had rolled up about 35 co-sponsors as of late May. In supporting the New York assembly bill, Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C., representative, called it ``a step in the right direction for independent repairers and motor vehicle owners in New York.''
Federal-Mogul offers guide
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-Federal-Mogul Corp. is offering a comprehensive business-building resource designed to help the owners and managers of automotive service shops increase their share of the chassis repair and alignment market.
The company, marketer of Moog-brand chassis parts, recently introduced its ``Align with Moog'' resource guide offered free to qualified automotive service dealers. It contains an array of technical, management, marketing and merchandising tools that Federal-Mogul said will help businesses enhance the value and visibility of their chassis repair and alignment operations.
The guide will be available through Nov. 1, or while supplies last. For more information, call the company at (800) 851-7052.
AAIA expands its membership rolls
BETHESDA, Md.-The Auto International Association (AIA) recently became an official segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
Following ratification of a board-supported resolution in May, the AIA was dissolved as an independent organization. Its members have been extended full membership status in the Bethesda-based AAIA. The AIA formerly comprised importers, overseas and U.S. manufacturers, trading companies, distributors, jobbers and professional installers and had long promoted global trade in automotive products. The AIA had provided a bridge between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket, according to the AAIA. Former AIA members will now form the auto international segment, one of nine units under the umbrella of AAIA.
Meanwhile, in April, all 58 warehouse distributors (WDs) comprising the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance joined the AAIA. The AAPA industry program group includes All-Pro, Auto Value and Bumper-to-Bumper warehouse distributors, which attained full group membership status in the AAIA.
Alfred L. Gaspar, AAIA president and CEO, said the new relationship with members of the AAPA ``exemplifies the industry's call for collaboration and unification. The influence that Alliance WDs bring to AAIA will strengthen our clout in critical grassroots and national battles to protect and expand the independent aftermarket.''
New AAPEX Web site for show
BETHESDA, Md.-A new, improved Web site has been launched for the upcoming Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Nov. 5-8 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.
By logging onto www.AAPEX-Show.com, trade show visitors can locate a product on the show floor, reserve a hotel room or create a personal itinerary. Arlene Davis, director of trade shows and customer service for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), said the Web site ``acts as a virtual global aftermarket store'' where visitors can search more than 900 product categories and identify potential suppliers by company name or brand.
Other features include a virtual floor plan of the show; a ``My Planner'' feature that allows attendees to develop a personalized hour-by-hour itinerary of events, meetings and seminars; AAPEX information available in six languages; and information and entry forms for exhibitors interested in displaying product or packaging at the show.
The annual AAPEX show features nearly 1,700 exhibitors. It runs concurrently with the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo, also in Las Vegas.
ArvinMeritor Inc., a global supplier of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry, has donated $150,000 to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association for the construction of its $5 million education center on the Northwood University campus in Midland, Mich.
Since the AAIA announced its fund-raising campaign in January 2001, more than $1.5 million has been donated by corporations and foundations. The 25,000-sq.-ft. complex will house Northwood's growing aftermarket program and University of the Aftermarket offices.
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Castrol North America has launched a new program-called BASE (Building Architecture Services)-offering a team of trained professionals to design and build automotive facilities for Castrol customers.
The company said the program uses the latest trends in design services, maximum efficiency, functionality and productivity, as well as customized retail logos and signage proportioned to a client's building. It also offers a comprehensive business intelligence program that includes site selection and various demographic/marketing studies, cost analyses and ongoing support, aid and supervision.