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2024 State of the Powertrain Industry

The Transmission Digest Annual Survey of Retail Shops has served as benchmark and planning tool for the industry now for the past 38 years. Charts and tables in this study are based on a survey of subscribers that was conducted early this year.  Where differences are obvious, we separate the responses of transmission specialty shops

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ATSG shop management training seminar coming soon

ATSG announced that it will soon be holding a series of management training classes for shops, beginning at the end of January. Jonathan Sherman’s Management Training Curriculum is a total of 10 classes focused on sales, shop management and marketing. Those interested can sign up for each class on an individual basis. The first class

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Think pink: Curtis Price strikes out on his own and has Liberty Transmission and Auto Care stand out from the crowd

In 2018, Curtis Price, at 43 years old, found himself at a crossroads in his career in the transmission industry: unsure whether he could move up in the family business where he had worked for 20 years, or whether he should start his own. At the time he was working at Price’s Transmission in Virginia

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Are you down with CVT?

The continuously variable transmission has its critics, but it’s probably here to stay.

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Shop Boss adds new user interface to its shop management software

Shop Boss, a shop management solution for independent auto repair shops, unveiled a new dynamic user interface (UI). The upgraded interface focuses on multi-device capability for shops that use multiple tech touchpoints. It also has a theme switcher to offer flexibility to users, the company says. “Our newest UI utilizes the latest components of responsive

How seriously should shops take the EV wave?

Automotive repair shops across the country are essential for keeping vehicles of all shapes and sizes, designed for every application under the sun, moving. With the emergence and increasing popularity of electric vehicles, repair shops now have a decision to make: Is it the right time to invest in EV services? Between necessary new tools,

What 105 years of history has taught Camargo Transmission

Camargo Transmission, in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, first opened in 1918, when original owner William Cockrell returned home from World War I. For a company that opened its doors just four years after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot to have weathered not just the Great Recession of 2007-08, but the Great Depression of the 1920s itself,

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2023 Reman Suppliers and Product Matrix listing

Each year, Transmission Digest provides a listing of suppliers of remanufactured transmissions, as well as a product matrix. Both of these can be found in the images below – click on each image for a closer look.

Shop organization: Tools in a tube

Every shop has a special location. Sometimes it’s a shelf, sometimes it’s a drawer. It’s where we keep all the “tools” that come in a tube. They’re usually community property, except for the occasional extra expensive items that reside in a manager’s office. Of course, I’m talking about sealants, anti-seize and thread lockers, the chemical

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Shop profile: DL Transmissions has leveraged a new location into significant success

Location, location, location. It’s commonly cited as a real estate motto, but really, it’s essential for any type of business. Whether it means being in close proximity to as many customers as possible or simply being in a visible or noticeable location, it can be a key to success for a transmission repair shop. After

Shop profile: Colorado Engine has built a name for itself focusing on the whole powertrain

Colorado Engine may have “engine” in the name, but transmissions are also a key component of the business for a shop that deals with the entire powertrain. Started in 1983 as a wholesale warehouse distributor for factory remanufactured engines and transmissions, in 2000 they opened an install center, according to owner George Anderson. “So probably

A long journey to success at New Jersey’s Wholesale Transmissions

“We’ve been family-owned since 1985,” Mike Nader says of his shop, New Jersey’s Wholesale Transmissions. Mike’s father started off as a multi-shop Cottman Transmission franchisee in the ‘80s. But when he passed away, it left his widow Georgette to, as Mike says, “pick up the pieces.” “She didn’t know anything about the transmission business,” Mike

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