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  • Hunter Engineering: Seamless Integration
    Hunter Engineering’s Alignment Quick Check® and Quick Tread® are used on all vehicles being serviced at new Plaza Tire locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. Technician Russell Soto performs the checks on a 2012 Ford Fusion at the company’s new shop in Springfield, Mo.
  • Omnicraft: A New Brand on the Street
    There’s a new brand on the street, and don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your shop’s door to inform you about it. Ford Customer Service Division recently introduced Omnicraft, what is described as a high-end aftermarket parts line for non-Ford/Lincoln vehicles that is priced competitively and offers advantageous parts and labor warranties.
  • Undercar Digest: Have it Your Way

    How do you like to receive your information about the automotive aftermarket? It’s a question that comes up constantly when Undercar Digest team members visit with members of the aftermarket, whether they be presidents and CEOs, parts distributors, shop operators or technicians.

    Throughout its more than 40-year history, it’s always been Undercar Digest’s philosophy to provide our readers with the technical, management and news information they request and to deliver it to them in a method they prefer. To steal the slogan from Burger King, we want you, our readers, to “Have it your way.”

  • Specialty Products: Alignments’ ‘Whole Ball of Wax’

    Specialty Products Co. “Pro Alignment Team” members take pride in the fact that they operate a multifaceted company that is designed for purpose of helping alignment technicians with nearly every aspect of their jobs.

    The company is unique, they say, because it designs, develops and tests alignment parts and tools in the USA, and then backs them up with a variety of training and support materials for the technician.
  • Pacesetter - Evolving with the Industry
    From its founding in Southern California in 1972 under the leadership of Woody Harrah, Pacesetter Exhaust has evolved, always meeting the needs of customers involved in performance exhaust and emission controls.
  • Autopart International - 60 years of Serving Shops
    Autopart International (AI) is celebrating its 60th anniversary of providing professional service providers. And while the company has evolved dramatically over the past six decades its team members say they have to tip their hats to founder Steve Patkin for getting it all started.
    Mike Creedon, president of AI; along with Rich Jolivet, vice president of global sourcing and product management; and Ana Garcia, vice president of operations, recently discussed the history and growth of this niche company with Undercar Digest.
  • EZ Tire, Willard, Mo. Shop Owner Knows What He Wants

    Don Erwin is a man of conviction when it comes to business and hobbies. He knows what he wants, even when he’s been told to do otherwise.

    Today he operates a shop in the small town of Willard in Southwest Missouri. Although he is proud of the service he provides, he limits that work to tires, alignment, balancing, brakes and state safety inspections – absolutely nothing else. He’s tried other options but likes it best just how it is.

  • 2017 Buyer’s Guide and Shop Survey

    Welcome to the 2017 Buyer’s Guide and Shop Survey.

    This issue of Undercar Digest is one that shops and suppliers alike keep in reach year-round due to the valuable information dealing with shop trends and buying practices, as well as a comprehensive list of companies that offer product and services.

  • Akebono: Filling The Bill
    Low noise, low dusting and superior stopping ability, along with extended life for rotors are among the reasons why sales of Akebono’s Pro-ACT®, EURO® and Performance® Ultra-Premium aftermarket brake pads continue to grow, according to Ken Selinger, director of aftermarket sales and marketing.
  • Tech Tip: Exceptional Customer Service
    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
    Exhaust & Emission Controls - Exhaust-System Components (Mufflers, pipes, flex pipes, manifolds, headers, heat risers, exhaust coatings, etc.)
  • Catalog and Product Showcase
    Catalog and Products showcased by the finest companies in the auto aftermarket industry!
  • Product Update
    Keep up to date with the best products in the industry!
  • ACDelco Celebrating 100 Years

    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.

  • Comparing Shops in China to those in North America

    China is a country that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades, but to be honest some of us really don’t know much about its automotive aftermarket, and some may even have preconceived notions that aren’t necessarily so.

  • VDO: Authentic OEM
    In the automotive aftermarket product marketing often includes terms such as “OE replacement,” “OE quality” or “OE form and fit.” The literature usually uses these and other phrases to avoid saying that the part isn’t truly the same as the original-equipment part made for the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Badgley's Garage Since 1947
    Badgley’s Garage Since 1947

    By Jim Wilder
    Undercar Digest Editor

    Although a stranger may think of the post World War II era when he enters Badgley’s Garage in Lansing, Mich., the majority of the cars serviced there are less than 10 years old and the shop uses the latest in scan tools and other equipment to diagnose and repair vehicles. However, the shop is also known throughout the area for its skill in repairing classic and antique cars as well.
  • Magic Machines by Shop Professionals
    It's August, which means it's Magic Machines month, celebrating the project vehicles of folks in our industry.
  • Performance Showcase
    Performance Products showcased by the best manufacturers in the industry.
  • Tech Tip - Akebono
    Start Increasing Bay Utilization with Brake Pads that Don't Require Bedding In
  • Tech Tip - Motorcraft
    Remanufactured Motorcraft Alternators Get OE Replacement Regulators
  • Tech Tip - Advance Autoparts Professional
    Having a Tech Support to Ensure You're Ready to Service Your Customer
  • Motorcraft: Looking Forward
    Motorcraft has long been the go-to parts solution for repairs on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury. Repair shops rely on Motorcraft quality and OE fit to assure repairs go smoothly, result in high customer satisfaction, and minimize comebacks. Now Motorcraft is offering repair shops even more with expanded product coverage, simplified stocking and parts that are priced right.
  • Tech Tip - Autopart International
    OES vs. Aftermarket Mufflers
  • Tech Tip - Motorcraft
    Motorcraft Brakes: Verifying Slides and Pin Integrity
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