AAPEX 2021 Accepting Session Proposals for AAPEXedu
Proposals are being accepted for the AAPEXedu 2021 program that will include three on-site general education sessions and four pre-event general education webinars that explore the future of the automotive aftermarket. AAPEX 2021 will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas.
SEMA360 Releases Educational Seminar Schedule
Each session will take place in the SEMA360 platform from Nov. 2-6
Women in Auto Care Awards Over $100,000 in Scholarships and Tools
Since 2004, Women in Auto Care have awarded more than $560,000 in scholarships.
Keeping Up with Change
I come from a time in this industry when building a transmission was a simple thing. Of course we didn’t know it then. The problems we faced looked just as big to us way back when as the ones you now face. We were dealing with hydraulic pressure and vacuum with just the slightest bit of electricity thrown in, but even then, that kickdown solenoid that didn’t work could have us scratching our heads for quite a while. Today you have lots of solenoids, sensors, and one or several computers to deal with, and if you’re a rebuilder or a troubleshooter you’d better know how they all work and what to do when they don’t or your shop will lose an awful lot of money.
Education – Never More Critical Than Now
Yesterday I had the privilege of watching a very well-made training video by Bruce “Doc” Ginther (aka Dr. Dyno), a diagnostician and trainer to the auto-care and transmission industries. It had been quite a while since I had taken in any of that type of training, being mostly involved with sales and management these days. I must say, I was quite impressed with the simple explanations of what I always considered to be the most difficult of diagnostic problems – the electrical system.
Where Do We Go from Here?
The start of a new year is a time for reflection on the current state of business and a time to formulate a business plan for the next 12 months. For most shops in our industry the past few years have been difficult, and many have closed, sold out or changed the way they do business. Twenty-some-odd years ago there were about 24,000 transmission shops in the country, and at this point the latest estimates are less than 10,000 shops that do nothing but transmission work. This is consolidation on a grand scale.