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Diagnostic Portal A New Resouce For Our Members

Introducing ASBN's Diagnostic Portal Are you in the market for a new scan tool? Do you feel your options may be too limited? Well, to get you started in the right direction,...


Permatex Discontued Trounce

Permatex has discontinued their Trounce hand cleaner. How dare they!!


Is Your WHMIS Up To Date?

WorkSafe BC (http://www.worksafebc.com/) has started their shop visits for 2014 and one item they are focusing on is our WHMIS training. If our shop is fair example of others, this item...


ASBN Blogs

Shopping for a Scanner
The Tool Room
If you're in the market for a new scanner, read this first.   Over the years I had been hearing the stories of shops having multiple scanners, ...
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STUPID Mistakes that will make you feel better as a tech. (Long Post)
The Tech Center
Dumb Tech Stories from a Ford blog site many years ago. Names were removed to protect the guilty:   I had one tech remove the top nut from a ta...
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Obama moves to Reduce Use of Ethanol
Industry Issues
My thanks to Raymond Massenberg, the Automotive Coordinator at AAA Michigan, for finding this article "White House Moves to Reduce Use of Ethanol" and...
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News Headlines

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Greenwood's Blog

National Survey Still Shows Under-Achievement

Our national semi-annual survey across Canada as of December 31, 2013 is still showing that the average shop in Canada is only billing 1.4 hours per R/O. This number should be a minimum of 2.0 to 2.5 billed hours per R/O for a shop working on basic consumer vehicles. This clearly shows the work the AUTOCARE industry is missing. Do some basic math. The minimum shortage of billed hours is .6 when you are trying to achieve the minimum 2.0 target.

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Some Industry Trends to Consider

They say the “Trend is Your Friend”. In running a shop business, I truly believe that. So what are some upcoming trends that WILL affect your business over the next 10 years?

Consider these trend lines:


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Vehicle Complexity at its Highest Level Ever

We talk a lot about vehicle technology and how it has developed. This is one of the reasons why a minimum of 100 hours of technical training are required per year now for a technician just to keep level with vehicle knowledge and why management requires 6 to 8 days of business training per year. It is a true Profession today. The Trade days are long gone; almost the equivalent to an Engineering Degree required moving forward.

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" Built To Meet Or Exceed OE Specs."

You’ve seen or heard this statement many times by many product manufacturers but, here’s the shocker:

Real Stories From The Lighter Side

Quite a few years ago, I was managing the Speedy Muffler in Kelowna when a young couple came in to have the car checked out.

She was the new owner an


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When draining a radiator with an old brass drain cock

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