News Briefs 6/11/19

• A fourth Craftsman Auto Care shop has opened. The facility is in Merrifield, VA. It’s owned by Matt Curry, who founded The Hybrid Shop franchise.

KYB Americas Corp. has introduced the KYB Training Hub, which is made up of short, individual modules with technical and sales training for parts professionals and service pros. The interactive, self-paced training platform is designed to supplement KYB’s in-person training.

• The Car Care Council this month issued an advisory reminding consumers that, if their vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, the problem needs to be fixed now rather than ignored. Click here to view the press release.

Bridgestone Americas launched a new consumer ad campaign for its Firestone tire brand during the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The “Try ‘Em Yourself” initiative — which encompasses both TV and digital creative — features the 90-day “Buy & Try Guarantee” and showcases consumer reactions captured while testing the newest offerings in the Firestone tire line.

Fix Auto USA has introduced its first two franchise locations in Minnesota, Fix Auto Brooklyn Park and Fix Auto Maple Grove. Minnesota becomes Fix Auto’s 10th state, following closely on the heels of its entry into Idaho in May with Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls.

asTech has announced a deal to offer vehicle diagnostic and calibration services to the Fix Auto network in the United States. With this partnership, Fix Auto USA franchise locations will be able to use asTech as an approved vendor for vehicle electronics diagnostic and calibration services for pre-repair and post-repair conditions.

• A recent update to Mitchell Cloud Estimating integrates OEM repair procedures and service information directly within an estimate, according to San Diego-based Mitchell International. The Integrated Repair Procedures feature automatically searches for and displays relevant OEM repair procedures during the creation of estimates and repair plans.

• The TechForce Foundation, in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), has awarded three collision repair students with scholarships funded through a TechForce Foundation FutureTech Success Grant. Each winner received $2,000 that can be used to continue their education in the collision repair industry.

Back To Story List• A fourth Craftsman Auto Care shop has opened. The facility is in Merrifield, VA. It’s owned by Matt Curry, who founded The Hybrid Shop franchise.

KYB Americas Corp. has introduced the KYB Training Hub, which is made up of short, individual modules with technical and sales training for parts professionals and service pros. The interactive, self-paced training platform is designed to supplement KYB’s in-person training.

• The Car Care Council this month issued an advisory reminding consumers that, if their vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, the problem needs to be fixed now rather than ignored. Click here to view the press release.

Bridgestone Americas launched a new consumer ad campaign for its Firestone tire brand during the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. The “Try ‘Em Yourself” initiative — which encompasses both TV and digital creative — features the 90-day “Buy & Try Guarantee” and showcases consumer reactions captured while testing the newest offerings in the Firestone tire line.

Fix Auto USA has introduced its first two franchise locations in Minnesota, Fix Auto Brooklyn Park and Fix Auto Maple Grove. Minnesota becomes Fix Auto’s 10th state, following closely on the heels of its entry into Idaho in May with Fix Auto Coeur d’Alene and Fix Auto Post Falls.

asTech has announced a deal to offer vehicle diagnostic and calibration services to the Fix Auto network in the United States. With this partnership, Fix Auto USA franchise locations will be able to use asTech as an approved vendor for vehicle electronics diagnostic and calibration services for pre-repair and post-repair conditions.

• A recent update to Mitchell Cloud Estimating integrates OEM repair procedures and service information directly within an estimate, according to San Diego-based Mitchell International. The Integrated Repair Procedures feature automatically searches for and displays relevant OEM repair procedures during the creation of estimates and repair plans.

• The TechForce Foundation, in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), has awarded three collision repair students with scholarships funded through a TechForce Foundation FutureTech Success Grant. Each winner received $2,000 that can be used to continue their education in the collision repair industry.