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The 51st annual SEMA ( Specialty Equipment Market Association ) automotive trade show took place from November 1st thru November 4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we were there to review all of the activities. If you’ve never attended it before, you’re missing a lot. Especially if you’re a car enthusiast, car collector, technician or related to the automotive industry in any way. Heck – if you just like looking at cool cars, this is the place to be every year. You simply will not find more equipment, cars and products on display, period.
Attendees measure in the hundreds of thousands every year and vendors and exhibitors number in the tens of thousands. There are many automotive industry celebrity appearances, along with events and shows for every age group, including battle of the builders, and drifting experiences. All the major auto manufacturers are there to show you the latest hot models coming down the pike, and if you’re an auto shop equipment vendor like us, there is a myriad of new product manufacturers for you to view, to provide you with new product ideas to offer.
Scroll down below to view some of the events and vendors we found to be interesting.
The Las Vegas Convention Center consists of numerous buildings of various sizes that can house hundreds of exhibitor booths in each. Plus, there is plenty of outside space where there were many events as well as seen below.
There were all kinds of sports and exotic cars if that’s what you like. More than you would find at any other automotive show nationwide.
There were plenty of classic cars as well, if you like your autos a little older.
And there were even some unique vehicles, such as the hugely popular monster truck – Grave Digger.
This 1951 modified Rolls Royce that was at the Optima Battery booth appeared on Jay Leno’s Garage.
Barrett Jackson auto auction was there displaying numerous old muscle cars, including this classic Chevelle.
The Wet Sounds booth features several pimped out autos, including this 1950 Cadillac named “Nightmare”.
We took the opportunity to say hi to some of the friendly people at the various display booths, including the Maxxis Wheels booth.
And of course, the main reason we were there was to preview some of our top manufacturer’s products. We carry dozens of different auto shop equipment manufacturers, and most of them were exhibiting at booths throughout the compound. And don’t forget, you can find all of these products on our web site. Here are some below –
Tuxedo Distributors is one of our favorite manufacturers. We’ve been carrying their equipment for over 12 years. They manufacturer great equipment lines including LaunchTech USA lifts, iDeal Automotive Products and Tuxedo Products. Plus, they’re some of the finest people in the industry.
Check out this short video clip showing their popular iDeal MSC6K-LP portable single post car lift –
Challenger Lifts is one of the premium names in garage lifts, so it should be no surprise that they would have one of the larger booths at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas. They had many different lifts on display. We chose to highlight the LE10 two post lift, which is their mid-grade model. And just check out the new turf equipment arm option. If you want to raise tractors, ATV’s and other non-traditional vehicles, this optional attachment is a must have for you. Of course, the LE10 is ALI Certified, and boasts the Versymmetric feature, which allows you to position the auto symmetric or asymmetric. The best of both worlds!
Forward Lifts is another great lift manufacturer that is known throughout the world as a leader in quality. Yet they are surprisingly affordable. They offer 2 post and four post lifts, and most models are ALI Certified. Check out some of the two post models in our video below, including the I10 and F10 lifts.
CEMB USA is a major leader in wheel service equipment, including tire changers, wheel balancers and alignment machines. Most models are made proudly in Italy and are known for their premium features and capabilities. Check out the video below for one of their most popular CEMB tire changers, the model SM915.
Check this amazing product out. It’s the ESCO Mini Lift & Move. It offers features and capabilities you won’t find on any other car lift out there. It’s very cool. Plus, it’s manufactured in Europe, for ultimate quality and safety. It’s totally portable,has a 5,000 lb. capacity, is very quick and easy to use, and provides access to a strong majority of most automobiles.
Check out this sneak peak at a brand new 2 post portable lift by MAHA USA . This thing is totally unique. There’s nothing else out there like it on the market. It’s made in Germany and they call it the Finkbeiner lift. It is rated at 6500 lb. capacity and is powered by 12 volts DC, and it includes a 110V AC battery charger. It was made for those auto shops where you can’t, or don’t want to install a permanently mounted car hoist, but you still want the complete under-car access that a two post lift offers. We will have this model up on our web site very soon, so stay tuned.
This next statement is not hype – This is the absolute finest tire changer on the market today – Period. We realize this is a bold statement. But we’re confident it’s true. The Corghi Artiglio Master Code is a leverless, and truly touchless tire changer. Got some really stubborn run-flat tires? No problem. What about those expensive alloy rims with the low profile tires? No problem. Engineered and manufactured in Italy to the finest standards. Check it out below.
Check out the new line of welding helmets from SavePhace below. They have all kinds of different styles and features to choose from, and will add a dash of personality to your welding operations. View them on our web site here.
All in all, it was another banner year at the 2017 SEMA automotive industry trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were many great events and plenty of cool and unique products to view. We hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found a product or two that you are interested in. Remember, we sell, service and install nationwide.
Ford has made quite a stir recently with their new aluminum frame F150 pick-up truck. And why not? It’s an innovative idea that has origins in sound logic. Aluminum is much lighter than steel. It’s actually about half the weight of an equivalent quantity of steel. So if an automobile is manufactured with an aluminum frame, instead of steel, you should see much greater fuel efficiency. While the benefits to an aluminum frame vehicle are quite obvious, many people wonder what are the possible drawbacks.
One company interested in the drawbacks to an aluminum frame vehicle is General Motors. In fact, they recently introduced several commercials that are airing on-line and other locations that delve into the downside of aluminum vs their traditional steel frame Chevrolet Silverado trucks. GM’s argument is that while steel weighs more, it is more durable, tugged and reliable.
Their new commercials featuring former NFL great, and current broadcaster Howie Long points to a study that was conducted showing that when a low speed crash occurs, the time frame and costs involved are exponentially greater on the Ford aluminum body truck. GM hired an independent firm to perform the tests. GM says that repairs took 34 days longer and cost $1700 more because of the complexity of servicing aluminum frame vehicles vs steel. Their argument is that because aluminum repairs require specialized tools and equipment, most auto body shops are not qualified to service aluminum body autos. This leaves you with only one option, the dealership. And then once you do get those repairs done, it is significantly more costly because of the expense of this specialized equipment, materials, along with the training required of the technician, as well as the complexity of these repairs. when you factor in that a typical contractor needs his truck fast, these extra 34 days could cost him much more than $1700 if he’s out of his valued truck for a month. They also mention that it could possibly increase the costs to insure these trucks, because of the higher repair costs.
This debate is sure to go on from here, as technicians from all over are weighing in on this matter. We also hear that GM is actually planning on coming out with an aluminum body truck as well, so if there are so many problems with it, why would they come out with one as well. Perhaps, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? As the government mandates more strict fuel efficiency standards every year, there may be no choice at some point. Yet another example of well intentioned government regulations costing tax payers more dollars.
Another more humorous video shows GM unleashing a Grizzly bear in a room with people, and they have to choose which cage they want to escape to, a steel frame cage, or an aluminum cage. Guess which cage they chose?
Check out one of the videos below –
We informed you right here in this Blog back in September of 2012 that ASE was chosen once again by the movie industry to supply products to the set to help support their filming. In this case, we supplied a Hein Werner transmission jack to the set to aid them in servicing the vehicles that would take part in the film.
The Sony Pictures film is set to premier on February 12, 2014. You may have already seen ads for it on TV. It stars Michael Keaton, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson. If it’s anything like the SciFi original, which was shot back in the 1980’s starring Peter Weller, it will be a great film.
You may remember we helped provide products and equipment to many major Hollywood films in the past, including –
Give us some feedback on the movie whether you like it or not. Just let us know how it is.
Automotive big wigs gather every year for one of the biggest events in industry. Yes the SEMA show in Las Vegas. It takes place at the end of October into the first few days of November every year. On display are all kinds of cool new concept cars, automotive related products as well as informational booths.
One such informational feature was The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift inspector Certification program. This program aims to teach industry technicians and other professionals the points of inspecting automotive lifts. Auto lifts are required to be inspected at least once a year according to ANSI lift standards. This is the first program of it’s kind that addresses this need. Prior to this, there was no program to reference as a standard. Of course, there could be no better candidate to choose to run a program of this nature, since ALI is the authority on all things pertaining to vehicle lifts.
The program goes through critical aspects of lift inspection, including operational functions, maintenance, as well as repair. It will go over all types of features relating to lifts, like electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, structural and mechanical features. There has been a lack of certified lift inspectors, so this could not have come at a better time. Most inspections have been performed by technicians who may not be qualified to assess the condition of the lift. This program assures that technicians will be qualified in the future to inspect any vehicle lift. ALI will also issue a directory which will list all of the certified technicians.
If you haven’t been inspecting your lifts on a frequent basis, now is the time to start. Check in with ALI to locate a qualified inspector near you.
Have you ever heard an electric car driving down the street? Chances are you haven’t. And that’s the problem. They’re just too darn quiet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined these vehicles to be too quiet, and therefore a hazard to pedestrians. The theory is, if you are walking down the street, and you step off of the sidewalk to cross the road, you won’t hear this thing coming, because they are so super quiet. While we agree these electric and hybrid vehicles are too quiet, we question why pedestrians can’t use their eyes before crossing the road.
The NHTSA wants these vehicles to meet minimum sound standards so that pedestrians can hear them approaching on them. Of particular concern is the visually impaired pedestrians. Many hybrids do utilize carbon burning fuel powered engines at least some of the time, but when they are running on electric only, the same concerns apply.
Lawmakers and regulators are mainly concerned about noise at low speeds. Their concern is for when the automobiles are traveling at low speeds, perhaps 20 MPH or less. The thought is that on busy city streets is where most pedestrian vs car accidents occur. You typically don’t see pedestrians get hit by autos on major highways. Plus, these vehicle begin to make sufficient noise at higher speeds.
If a pedestrian can sense the presence of an auto, they will be better able to detect, and avoid them. Just how these sounds would be produced, and what kind of sound has yet to be determined. But we suspect auto manufacturers will come up with some innovative ideas.
Personally, we would love to hear a car make the roar of a lion. That would be cool. How ’bout you? What kind of noise would you like to hear a car make?
In an effort to go green, and to help ween American drivers off of middle east oil, Government regulators have required many areas of the country to supply 10 percent ethanol in fuel for several years now. In the early years, this caused problems in engines because they were not manufactured to withstand this fuel. Gaskets and seals could not hold up to the chemical characteristics of it. The treatment forms acids that corrodes rubber, plastics and some metals. Particularly in older vehicles and in small engines that are typically found on lawn mowers, motor boat engines, chain saws, generators and other home yard maintenance appliances. Manufactures of these engines have adapted their engines over the years to allow them to hold up better. Still, performance and reliability has suffered because of this fuel additive.
More recently, the feds in the EPA decided it was a good idea to increase the percent of Ethanol to gasoline mixture to 15%. Some argue this idea may seem wise to government bureaucrats, however it is not practical in the real world application. The EPA itself acknowledges that the fuel will be harmful to engines. Given this acknowledgement, it perplexes many in the industry that they would proceed with this mandate.
Many industry leaders including organisations such as SEMA and others are sponsoring efforts to halt this harmful requirement. They claim that not only are there economic side effects from this change, but there are negative environmental effects as well. Their hopes are that lawmakers will reconsider this new RFS (“Renewable Fuel Standard”). These critics argue that while these Biofuels may be a good idea in theory the marketplace dictates otherwise. This fuel would ruin millions of automobile and small engines. As it stands right now, the only requirement the EPA has come up with is to mandate labeling at the pumps indicating that this fuel will be harmful to many engines. We will keep you posted.
Most people have a pet charity that they favor. You know, a charity that is your preferred cause that you place more importance on above all others. Well, we here at ASEDeals are no different. If you have followed us over the past 16 years, you would know that over the past 10 years or so, we have latched on to Homes For Our Troops.
Homes For Our Troops is near and dear to our hearts because they construct specially adapted houses for disabled American veterans coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Plus, it is rated as a four star charity from Charity Navigator. They rate charities based on various factors, such as what percentage of their funding goes toward the actual cause vs how much goes toward administrative and marketing causes.
We always ask our customers, readers and followers on Facebook and Linkdin to consider this very worthy cause when deciding on where to donate some funds that they may have available for charitable purposes. Home For Our Troops just recently completed seven new houses this month (December, 2012).
Check out the veterans they recently assisted below –
Scott Township, PA
Noth Tonawanda, NY
Why would an auto maker manufacture a car that they know will never be profitable? Because the state of California is forcing them to. In an effort to have cleaner air and burn less fuel, California lawmakers have had laws in place that require car manufacturers to create vehicles that produce little or no emissions. With prompting from global warming alarmists, these same lawmakers have passed recent legislation that will be even more strict come next year. Every automaker that wants to be able to sell vehicles in California must offer one of these types of autos. The current law in place allowed manufacturers to get by with just offering high mileage vehicles, such as hybrids. But the newly passed legislation goes a significant step further, by requiring them to offer electric vehicles with no emissions. It matters not to legislators that there is little demand for these types of cars. Manufacturers must offer them, or lose the right to sell cars to most populated state in the union. And auto makers don’t want to be shut out of a state that boasts 10% of overall car sales in the USA.
Chrysler has estimated that it’s brand new electric car will lose approximately $9000 on each one it sells. Sounds crazy? Basically, all gas powered car owners are subsidizing a government enforced vehicle for everyone else. Some argue that this is what happens when government buerocrats get involved in dictating what consumers should buy and what manufacturers can make. Capitalists and free market advocates argue that market forces should dictate what is bought and sold, not politicians. But when it comes to the state of California, it is anything but a capitalist market.
According to the Massachusettes Right To Repair Coalition, the voters have spoken. And the result is – They overwhelmingly approve of the right to Repair law voted on by referendum on Question 1 on last Tuesday’s election.
The reason this historic legislation is so significant is that Massachusetts is the first state to pass such legislation. It effectively allows car owners to take their car anywhere for service. Prior to this, auto manufacturers were able to withhold important repair and diagnostic information vital to troubleshooting and repairing vehicle troubles. The law makes it illegal for manufacturers to withold this info. Previously, manufacturers only allowed their dealers to have access to this information.
Obviously, there is another beneficiary besides car owners, that is independent auto repair shops. For years, they have lobbied through their coalitions to gain access to this vital information. Our best guess is that this trend will snowball further on down through all the other states, and soon we will see this type of legislation becoming the law of the land throughout the USA. There are efforts underway currently on the national level, as new legislation has been introduced for consideration this next session.
Consumers will be happy because they can expect significant decrease in the costs for repairs, as well as the added convenience to be able to bring their vehicle to the nearest repair shop of their choice.
If you’ve been pondering the purchase of an electric car, but were hesitant due to the lack of infrastructure to charge them and service them, you may be one step closer to getting the proper coverage you need. AAA is now starting to offer roadside assistance for these vehicles. They now have numerous service trucks that will be able to charge these increasingly popular vehicles. They have fast chargers that will be able to charge these cars in a rapid time frame. For now, they are just deploying these trucks in some major metropolitan areas across the country. Pending the popularity of this new pilot program, they may plan to increase the range in which they offer this service. The service trucks contain a lithium Ion battery capable of charging most of these automobiles. Charge times will range from 10 to 15 minutes, which should allow the driver to get up to 15 additional miles to reach home, or a charging station.
What about you? Would this news help convince you to finally give in and get an electric car?