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  • Jim Wilder

    GM Veteran Bob Sanford Shares Lessons Learned, Future Outlook 
    This year, ACDelco is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Like many notable brands in the aftermarket today, it all started with humble origins and a group of visionary entrepreneurs.

  • Sargent Auto & Diesel Repair, Grain Valley, Mo. - Serving Diesel, Gasoline Vehicles in Rural Towns

    While diesel is the most important niche for the business, it also is known for being spotless and approachable.

    “One of the biggest compliments we get is how clean our shop is and how friendly and inviting we are. When women come in they say they don’t feel intimidated. We make customers feel welcome and comfortable as soon as they walk through the door,” Russ said.
  • Many shops today replace rotors and claim it is more economical to do so than it is to machine rotors, but the fact is that you’ll still get certain cars in for which new rotors are extremely costly or unavailable.
  • Photo Tech: Inspecting Brakes that Have Never Been Replaced
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:29 AM
    Many vehicles driven in Rust-Belt areas have problems with corrosion and degraded brake-system operation caused by that corrosion. When a vehicle with 112,000 miles comes into your shop for a brake inspection and you are told by its owner that the brakes have never been serviced in any way, shape or form, you immediately assume that you will find problems. Now think of Murphy’s Law in reverse.
  • Technically Speaking: Brake-Lathe Maintenance
    Monday, October 24, 2016 2:05 PM
    Many shops today replace rotors and claim it is more economical to do so than it is to machine rotors, but the fact is that you’ll still get certain cars in for which new rotors are extremely costly or unavailable.
  • Muffler & Pipe Advice: Backpressure or Heat
    Monday, October 24, 2016 8:55 AM
    My computer spell check tells me that backpressure should be spelled as two words – back pressure. But my editor tells me that my spell check is wrong and to keep at as I always have. Regardless of how you spell it, “backpressure” is necessary in an exhaust system.
  • Technically Speaking®: Friction Concerns Answered
    Monday, October 17, 2016 3:24 PM
    There are many brake-service myths and beliefs in the automotive aftermarket. It seems that almost everyone has an opinion and believes that their opinion is the correct way to do things. In this Technically Speaking® I reached out to the experts who work in brake manufacturing technical centers.
  • Regulation Update: Understanding the Regulatory Environment
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:38 AM
    There are two driving forces outside of our industry that have had the greatest effect on the direction it has taken the past 40 plus years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) have both influenced the development of cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles from the gas guzzlers of the ’60s and ’70s to today’s highly technical powertrains.
  • Management Matters: Already Feeling the Winter Doldrums?
    Monday, October 24, 2016 2:28 PM
    Here in the great state of Wisconsin, we already have snow and we’re changing oil in our snow blowers, checking the shovel inventory and buying the bags of salt. And, the winter race is on!
  • Management Matters: Too Small To Worry? Hardly!
    Monday, October 17, 2016 3:40 PM
    The attorney across the desk said we had three options when my grandfather died:
    1. Figure out how much money we owed for the shops, auto inventory and the rest in estate taxes and write a check. It wasn’t happening, there was not enough money.
  • Management Matters: Making Money On Performance
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:45 PM

    This month we learn how to make money with high-performance services. After all, high-performance work is enjoyable as a rule, and we sure all like the vehicles. However, we can’t operate as charities for very long and keep our businesses afloat.

  • Tech Tip: Exceptional Customer Service
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:53 AM
    When it comes to providing a great experience for our customers, most shop owners understand the basic needs to smile, have a great attitude, provide a clean environment with coffee and Wi-Fi and clean bathrooms.
  • Exhaust Source Sponsor Products
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:41 AM
    Exhaust & Emission Controls - Exhaust-System Components (Mufflers, pipes, flex pipes, manifolds, headers, heat risers, exhaust coatings, etc.)
  • Catalog and Product Showcase
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:22 AM
    Catalog and Products showcased by the finest companies in the auto aftermarket industry!
  • Product Update
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:58 AM
    Keep up to date with the best products in the industry!


Undercar Digest serves automotive-repair facilities involved in undercar services that include brake, exhaust and chassis diagnostics and repairs. It also covers a variety of other repairs including drivability. In addition to shops, our readers include manufacturers, warehouse distributors and parts stores that serve them.
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