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DID YOU KNOW:
The NEW OSHA fine structure means fines will be raised by 80% later this year. In addition, they will be 6 months retroactive, meaning all current cases left unresolved will be subject to the new increased fines. Plus new regulations coming!
DOL is issuing new rules concerning overtime pay that will impact your managers — salaried employees and your bottom line.
The new world of tire and automotive repair is "Diversification".
The Secrets of REAL Customer Service.
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2016 Tire & Automotive Convention/EXPO is April 21-23, 2016 at the Marriott Westchase in Houston, Texas.
BETTER – STRONGER – TOGETHER!
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The 2016 Tire & Automotive EXPO will offer a large full-exhibit area for tire and auto repair equipment; supplies and services. Interested in exhibiting and/or sponsorships — Please click here for the information and form or call the TTDA Headquarters at 800-844-8748.
It is not often that a business celebrates 75 years in business, but Tony Montalbano, owner of Montalbano Tire & Auto Service, and his family will mark that significant milestone this month. Tony’s father, Joe Montalbano, purchased the gas station in 1941. Angela, Joe’s wife ran the business when Joe served during World War II even though she was only 20 years old. They started selling tires and auto service after WWII.
Tony has always worked at the tire business
after school, on weekends, during the summers,
during high school, and
college. After Tony graduated
from The University of Houston,
Gloria were married.
Tony expanded the retail tire and automotive service.
Joe handled the
and retread business until health forced his retirement in 1984. Montalbano Tire
opened a second location on
Fondren Rd. in Houston, in 1973 and closed the location in 2005.
The Montalbanos have always been very supportive in their local community with
sponsorships for churches and schools.
Brake & Front End Magazine editor Andrew Markel writes, "There is one simple piece of advice I try to live by: ‘Know what you know, and know what you don’t know.’ This simple credo can save you from making mistakes and looking like a complete idiot.
I am often asked for my opinion of a certain brand or application of brake pads, or which I prefer. I always feel awkward when answering these questions."
Reuters via Fortune
The brother of a Texas teenager killed by shrapnel from an exploding Takata air bag said on April 7 that his family never received a recall notice about the defective vehicle safety device.
The brother’s comments came as federal safety regulators called current methods of alerting consumers about vehicle safety recalls inadequate.
Due to falling gas prices, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle in the U.S. has fallen to a six-year low of $8,558, according to AAA’s 2016 Your Driving Costs study. This year, a driver can expect to spend 57 cents for each mile driven, approximately $713 per month, to cover the fixed and variable costs associated with owning and operating a car.
A recently revealed Google patent shows how to make autonomous vehicles detect other cars' turn signals and react to the information. This is the latest in a long series of registrations from the company to make driverless motoring safer, including bus identification and pothole recognition. The tech giant filed for this patent in June 2013, but the US Patent and Trademark Office only published the details in early April 2016.
Car and Driver
The numbers are in and it’s official: 2015 was the auto industry’s best year in history. Automakers sold 17,470,659 cars, light trucks, and SUVs in the U.S. last year, surpassing the record set in 2000 by more than 68,000 units. Between 2001 and 2007, sales had been on a gradual decline, and when the recession hit in 2008, they plunged into the abyss, hitting a low of 10.4 million units in 2009.
Detroit Free Press
The customers came.
At least 325,000 each plunked down $1,000 deposits in less than a week for the less expensive Model 3. But can Tesla build it?
By now the story is familiar. Elon Musk calls the media hordes to Los Angeles or Palo Alto. With a panache worthy of Steve Jobs and P.T. Barnum, Musk stirs a frenzy about another car like no other. Journalists take the bait. The stock price surges, again. Traditional industry leaders shake their heads with a mixture of envy and disbelief.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who hasn’t filed (or even started) your taxes yet? With the April 18 tax filing deadline quickly approaching, here is some last-minute tax advice for you.
By Paul Zukowski
Even the brightest light can become ordinary and easy to ignore. The same goes for the overworked buzzwords and phrases we pepper our speech and correspondence with. Business buzzwords are often colorful, sometimes confusing, and must be used with care so you don't appear to be full of hot air. This is the latest entry in a series that examines business buzzwords, helps readers understand them and offers alternatives.
Modern Tire Dealer
The Tire Industry Association has announced a December 2016 date for its Certified Automotive Tire Service Advanced Instructor Training Class to take place in the Houston area.
The course will be held Dec. 6-9 at San Jacinto College Central in La Porte, Texas.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063