GAINSVILLE, Va. (May 24, 2013) — Curry's Auto Service Inc., a growing tire and auto service dealership in Virginia and Maryland, has partnered with Automotive Research & Design L.L.C. (AR&D) of Port Angeles, Wash., to form The Hybrid Shop (THS), a joint venture "fractional franchise" that aims to give auto service dealers the ability to specialize in servicing hybrid vehicles.
The program is designed to provide participating dealers with multiple new revenue streams, THS said, including hybrid battery conditioning and rebuilding; motor-generator testing, diagnosis and replacement; power inverter and control system testing; DC-DC converter testing; and other hybrid vehicle-specific maintenance services.
"The people that establish themselves first as the experts in this market are going to win the market," said Matt Curry, president and CEO of Curry's Auto, and co-founder of THS along with his wife Judy and Mark Quarto and his wife Chris. Mr. Quarto, a founder of AR&D, is its chief technology officer and inventor of the Battery Discharger Unit.