News Briefs 8/21/18

• 37 percent of independent repair shops surveyed by IMR Inc. said specialty repair chains are their No.-1 competitor. This was followed by other independent repair shops (33 percent said), new car dealers (26 percent) and “other” (3 percent). It should be noted, however, that 51 percent of independent repair shops surveyed said they have no competitors.

Jiffy Lube International has opened 45 new U.S. service centers since January 2017, with recent openings in Glenpool, OK; Odessa, FL; Dallas, OR; Palmdale, CA; Holly Springs, NC; Alpharetta, GA and Tracy, CA. On average, Jiffy Lube has added between two and three franchisee-owned service centers per month since the beginning of 2017, with plans to increase year-on-year growth projections.

• The National Pronto Association has awarded eight Auto Service Center Scholarships for the 2018-‘19 academic year. The annual program is funded by Pronto and its WD members, and administered by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Sons, daughters and employees of active Pronto Auto Service Centers currently purchasing from Pronto members are eligible for consideration.

• The Car Care Council, in conjunction with AutoNetTV Media, has released a new video to help families get their vehicles “Back to School” ready.

John Bean has updated its website, JohnBean.com.