News Briefs 1/27/20

Snap-on Inc. has launched a Training Solutions YouTube channel for professional service technicians. The company has added all of its Training Solutions videos to this dedicated channel. Topics include basic setup and navigation, the vehicle identification process, scanner codes, OBD-II, functional tests, and more.

SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

• A new on-site oil change company has debuted in Northern Utah called Oil Dash. It’s targeting both fleet vehicles as well as individual consumers. For more information, visit

• The first Valvoline Instant Oil Change location in Alabama has opened. The franchised quick lube is located in Brewton, which is just north of the Florida Panhandle. Metrolube Companies is the franchisee.

• VIP Tires & Service’s 59 stores across New England have raised and donated more than $97,300 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The funds were raised during the company’s annual holiday “Season of Wishes” campaign. Since 2007, VIP has raised over $582,100 for Make-A-Wish through its annual fundraising efforts.

Discount Tire’s “Let’s Get You Taken Care Of” campaign, which debuted in 2019, recently launched a second ad series featuring a new jingle performed by the pop band Walk Off the Earth. And, Discount Tire is sponsoring the band’s 24-date U.S. tour, which kicks off Feb. 12.

• UAP’s NAPA AUTOPRO scholarships program is returning for a fourth consecutive year. NAPA AUTOPRO plans to offer 20 scholarships, valued at CDN$1,000 each, to inspire and financially support aspiring technicians. Last year, 11 automotive technician students were awarded scholarships.

• The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota raised more than $14,000 to support its Automotive Education Fund at the 18th annual Race for Automotive Education held Jan. 14-16 in Burnsville, MN. The money will fund scholarships for automotive students enrolled in ASE-accredited auto service and collision repair programs at Minnesota’s technical colleges.

• ZF Aftermarket has announced its technical training webinar schedule for the first half of 2020. All webinars are ASE-certified and hosted by ZF’s technical training team. For more information, visit

• Tech Tire Repairs has debuted “Izzy,” its new digital trainer. Tech’s new training videos featuring Izzy are posted on its YouTube channel. Izzy provides viewers with the processes and tools needed to repair various types of tires using Tech products.

• The VAST system from MAM Software now integrates with CrowdTwist, which operates a customer loyalty platform that allows businesses to unlock unique insights and incremental value through omnichannel engagement.

TireHub, the national tire distribution platform cofounded by Bridgestone and Goodyear, is using Omnitracs to standardize routing across its logistics centers. This comes as TireHub plans this year to expand beyond its current base of 71 U.S. logistics centers.