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The 50th annual SEMA ( Specialty Equipment Market Association ) trade show took place from November 1st thru November 4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we were there to document the activities. Being the 50th show, there were many special events and shows as well as exhibitors to see, including the Battle of the Builders show, which showcased the talents and skills of some of the best builders in the country.
There were literally hundreds of thousands of attendees, and tens of thousands of buyers and exhibitors and quite a few industry celebrities as well. Attractions included product demonstrations, informational seminars, sports cars, exotic cars, classic cars and concept vehicles on display, as well as a huge selection of booths with product vendors.
This automotive industry trade show is the absolute largest of it’s kind, and is virtually the who’s who of the automotive equipment and interests industry.
Naturally, there were plenty of cool cars and collector automobiles to look at –
and plenty of other attractions –
Of course, our favorite attractions to view when visiting were the automotive garage tool and equipment manufacturer booths. We got the opportunity to visit with some of our favorite and most popular equipment manufacturers, and some new manufacturers that we will be carrying as well. We also got a sneak peak at some interesting and exciting new products as well.
Check out the BelAire air compressors booth here –
And the folks from Industrial Gold air compressors here –
Both of these air compressor manufacturers we have been carrying for over 15 years. You can’t go wrong with either if you’re looking for a commercial quality air compressor for your auto shop garage. BelAire is the largest name in air compressors, and the are made in the USA. They have a 2 year warranty that covers every component, and they offer full on-site service if you do have any warranty issues anywhere in the USA.
Industrial Gold offers premium compressor features in the Platinum line of machines, including low oil monitor, vibration pads, mag starter and after-cooler, for the most dry air you can get without a refrigerated air drier. They have models ranging from 5 HP up to 30 HP. You can get reciprocating or the super quiet rotary screw models.
We also visited with ESCO automotive equipment. They manufacture some truly unique shop equipment, and are always innovating. They specialize in air jacks, floor jacks, jack stands and tire and wheel service equipment and tools.
We also had a little fun out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We got the opportunity to play with cars. Specifically with NASCAR cars. We got to test drive NASCAR cars at the Richard Petty Driving Experience School. We highly recommend you try it out if you’re ever in Vegas. It’s a blast.
And when you stay at the right hotels, you can even view some incredible cool cars right at the hotel check-in area. In this case, we stayed at the ARIA Hotel, where there was always a line of premium sports and exotic cars waiting outside –
All in all, it was another banner year for the automotive industry at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, and maybe just a little extra special for it’s 50th anniversary.
– Here’s to 50 more years!
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
Social media is a huge marketing tool for any business these days. If you don’t have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other forms of social media, you’re missing out on a potential audience. ASEDeals does have a presence on the above mentioned sources, however we never had a listing on Google Plus, formerly know as Google Places.
Well, now we do. Google plus is the counterpart to Facebook. It has similar features and operates in much the same way. When google saw how popular Facebook became, and how rapidly it grew, they realized the potential there.
Merchants as well as individuals can post a listing there, showing their likes and dislikes, and promoting what’s going on with their day-to-day activities. Followers can learn about their favorite companies, new products, promotions and sales. It’s a win / win situation for everybody.
Automotive Service Equipment jumped on the bandwagon this week by listing a Google Plus page. You can check it out at the following link:
Go ahead and visit us there, and become a follower. You’ll find some interesting posts, as well as customer pictures and testimonials there. That’s our favorite. We love getting feedback from our customers.
If you are familiar with the automotive equipment industry in any way, then you should know who PTEN is. And since you’re a follower of this blog, odds are good that you are a follower of the industry.
PTEN is short for Professional Tool & Equipment News. This is one of the industry’s most popular trade magazines. It is published monthly, and it provides news and insights into the most popular trends of the automotive service equipment industry. It highlights some of the more popular tools as well as brand new tools and innovative new garage equipment that will help technicians be more productive.
If you don’t currently receive this handy periodical, you would be wise to subscribe. If you own or work in a garage, you can get it for free. Just contact them and they will send it to you. You’ll just have to fill out a brief form. It is well worth it.
ASEdeals has appeared in this magazine many times, as advertisers, as well as featured products and distributors. They are currently running their annual On-Line product Guide. It features a wide variety of distributors and manufacturers, and we have several listings in it as well. You can view our listing here –
It’s here! The new 64 page full color catalog from ASEDeals. People have been clamoring for our latest, most up to date catalog. We publish a new one every year. We distribute 10,000 each year. This one has more products than any previous catalog. It’s chock full of the latest car lifts, tire changers battery chargers, tool boxes and so many other products from many of the leading manufacturers. It contains auto lifts by BendPak, Dannmar and Challenger. It contains tire changers from Corghi, Ranger and CEMB. Tool boxes from Waterloo and Ranger. Floor jacks from Hein Werner, AFF, Omega, and Zinko. Air compressors from BelAire, BendPak and CAS. If you can think of a type of automotive shop equipment, odds are, it’s in there. So just give us a call, or email us to request a copy, or you can view a copy of it here. Then, just let us know if you have any questions on any of the products, and we will get you the information you need to make an informed decision on your purchase.
Automotive enthusiasts and gear-heads should already be familiar with the HubGarage.com. They are an on-line community of home hobbyists, professional mechanics, garage and other types of automotive industry related business owners and pretty much anybody interested in cars. If you’re reading this blog, your probably already a member.
We decided it was about to join one of the most popular auto industry online communities. It’s a great vehicle for us to share news with the community about our products and services, industry related news, press releases and news bulletins, and videos.
It’s also a great way to get feedback from customers and to see what you are up to. You can share your thoughts about what we are doing, good or bad, we want to hear about it. It just helps us serve you better. Or maybe you just want to share your photos of your car on the car lift.
If you’re not a member, we encourage you to join as soon as possible. It’s a great resource. So go ahead and dip your toe in the water and join us at the Hub Garage.