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IGONC Seeks High School Seniors and Shops for 2020-2021 Automotive Apprenticeship Program

September 17th, 2019 by

Raleigh, NC (September 17, 2019) – The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) is seeking current high school seniors interested in pursuing a successful automotive career for participation in the 2020-2021 North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices in the program receive a free education through the North Carolina Community College system while gaining on-the-job

ASTE 2019 Expected to be IGONC’s Largest Show Yet

September 10th, 2019 by

Raleigh, NC (September 10, 2019) – As part of its efforts to help ensure independent automotive service professionals are properly educated in order to safely repair customers’ vehicles, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) will host its 2019 Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) on September 27th through 29th at the Embassy Suites

August DEG Estimating Tips

August 12th, 2019 by

Estimating Tips     All Three Systems: Transfer of Studs, Brackets, Braces – Recent inquiry 14245 indicates that new replacement parts may not come supplied with the appropriate mounting studs, brackets or braces. Replacement labor for these parts is considered NOT INCLUDED unless specifically stated in the part footnote in the database.   CCC: Labor time

NHTSA must do more to hold companies accountable, update 5-star rating program

August 12th, 2019 by

  Consumer Reports recently said that emails and other government documents released publicly for the first time show failures by Tesla regarding its safety claims and the performance of Autopilot, and the documents reveal that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must do more to ensure investigations are transparent, and ensure companies communicate responsibly

Vehicle Data Toolkit

August 11th, 2019 by

Vehicle Data Toolkit   Our industry is under threat. Vehicle manufacturers are trying to take control of vehicle data we need. They’re building cars that can wirelessly transmit data straight back to them — cutting out the automotive aftermarket. Repair and maintenance data is critical to doing our jobs. If vehicle manufacturers succeed in creating

State Legislative Update

August 11th, 2019 by

State Legislative Update California – Assembly Bill 142 | This bill would increase the amount of the manufacturer lead-acid battery fee to $2, and enable the fee to continue indefinitely while providing funds for consumer education. Position: Neutral Status: The bill passed the Assembly as well as the Senate Environmental Quality and Appropriations Committees. Massachusetts –

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit

August 11th, 2019 by

Register Today for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit The Auto Care Legislative Summit, a biennial education and advocacy event in Washington, D.C., is taking place this September in conjunction with Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days. Participants will meet with their members of Congress to educate them on the independent aftermarket and its most

BASF Supports Refinish Training Program at Guilford College in North Carolina

July 19th, 2019 by

BASF announced its support for the automotive refinish training facility at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Greensboro, N.C. BASF supported the efforts to open the 29,000-square-foot training center on Guilford’s campus that continues to host classes each quarter, including R-M and Glasurit certification, buffing, and color matching. With three downdraft prep booths set up

DEG Estimating Tips

July 19th, 2019 by

Audatex: Understanding Overlap – Page 38 of Audatex DBRM explains how overlap is applied. “There are two methods of overlap deduction. They are: Guide Number Order: This method will include an operation on the lowest guide number first and then not count it on any higher guide number. Internal Labor Coding: In this method, labor operations