Emission Tampering & Diesel Deletes

Legality of Deletes Now to the elephant in the room — the legality of deletes. It’s simple: They aren’t. Removing or tampering with anything related to pollution-control components is a direct violation of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). If you, or the shop doing the work, is caught and prosecuted, the EPA can assess […]

Emissions Inspections Exempt 20-Year-Old Vehicles

On Dec. 1, 2019, North Carolina’s Vehicle inspections requirement began exempting vehicles 20 years old from obtaining a yearly emissions test in the 22 counties in which testing is required. For example, a 1999 model year vehicle is exempt from obtaining an emissions inspection as of Dec. 1, 2019. The following year, a 2000 model […]

AmeriTrust Declares Workers Comp. Dividend

Star Insurance Company (“AmeriTrust”) recently mailed dividend checks representing a 2% return of annual premium to IGONC members participating in this Workers Compensation Insurance Program marketed by the IGO Insurance Agency, Raleigh, NC. The return shows that workplace safety is a solid investment with Star Insurance Company. Every participating member that prevents an injury is […]

Right to Repair 2.0 Headed to 2020 Ballot in Massachusetts

On Dec. 4, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced the collection and submission of 102,000 signatures, which are required for new Right to Repair language to appear on the 2020 ballot. This new language will ensure that real-time diagnostic and repair information transmitted wirelessly will be made available to car owners, who then may […]

Joe Wrench Warning

Joe Wrench Warning I was sitting in class following intently the instructor’s presentation on how to properly lace a motorcycle wheel. I was so excited to finally understand how the process worked. Being the classroom was next to Daytona International Speedway made for some very interesting back ground sounds during the school day. It was […]


For the first time in many years, AAPEX has the opportunity to expand and will add Repair Shop HQ to meet the needs of today’s service professionals. The expansion will take place on Level 1 of the Sands Expo and will include moving the Tool and Equipment section, the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section and […]

Petition Calling on Congress to Guarantee Consumers Access and Control Over Data Generated by Their Own Cars Reaches 15,000 Signatures

New milestone shows that consumers across the country are concerned about the issue and support the Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.™ campaign. A petition created by the national education and advocacy campaign Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.™ reached 15,000 petition signatures on Friday, Nov. 22, marking a significant milestone in the effort to […]

Auto Care Association CEO Applauds Trump Administration, Congress on Reaching USMCA Deal

Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, recently released the following statement regarding the recently announced U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “We applaud the Trump administration and Congress for reaching a deal and moving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) towards ratification. The trilateral agreement will strengthen trade and maintain tariff-free market access to two of our most […]

Emissions Inspections Exempts 20-Year-Old Vehicles Starting Dec. 1

Beginning Dec. 1, North Carolina’s vehicle inspections requirement will exempt vehicles 20 years old from obtaining a yearly emissions test in the 22 counties which emissions testing is required. For example, a 1999 model year vehicle would be exempt from obtaining an emissions inspection starting Dec. 1. The following year a 2000 model year vehicle […]

ASTE Continues to Grow

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina are pleased to announce expanded training opportunities at ASTE 2020. Beginning in 2020 the event will feature 3 full days of technical, management and service advisor training. The addition of Thursday will feature seminars lasting 7 hours which will provide attendees more intense training. ASTE 2019 drew attendees […]