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AAPEX & SEMA Shows Boast Huge Attendance

November 13th, 2011

AAPEX and SEMA are the two largest automotive industry events each year. They were held this year in Las Vegas from October 1st through November 3rd. We attended this year and can verify first hand that there were plenty of participants / exhibitors as well as attendees. The figures aren’t in just yet, but last year, over 51,000 people attended the AAPEX show. The AAPEX trade show was held at the Sands EXPO Center, while SEMA was held at the Convention Center. There were many cool cars with plenty of beautiful models to attract attention. Word is that someone managed to make off with one of the exhibit cars on display. We can’t imagine how that was possible. Exhibitors at both shows represented a wide variety of automotive industry heavy weights, in many different areas, such as; automotive lighting, wheels and tires, brakes, chemicals and waxes, suspension, engine components, exhaust, and of course, our particular area of expertise, automotive shop equipment. Most of our suppliers were there – BendPak / Ranger, BelAire, Waterloo, American Forge & Foundry, John Dow, RTI, Dannmar, Clore Automotive, and many others. These manufacturers represent products such as Car Lifts, floor jacks, air compressors, tool boxes and many other categories. If you weren’t able to make it this year, perhaps we’ll see you there next year.

SEMA / AAPEX Show in Las Vegas

Major Automakers Jumping Into China Market

May 18th, 2011

The major auto makers from Asia, Europe and US are all currently manufacturing cars specifically for the Chinese market. They are introducing many new cars that cater to the more affordable market. The auto makers want a foothold in this potentially huge market so much that they are willing to take sacrifice intellectual property rights.
These car makers are willing to make these concessions because they see huge potential for this market in the future and are partnering up with some large Chinese companies to produce affordable, low frills cars that meet Chinese consumers needs for a low budget car that offer a basic, entry level car. China consumers are beginning to prosper more than they ever have in the past and are reaping the rewards of a more capitalist society. One of the first things they purchase once they have the funds is an automobile. A car means some degree of independence and the ability to travel for employment or for recreational purposes is becoming more prominent throughout the more populated areas of this growing country.
This could lead to a potentially large increase in the sales of automotive equipment in this large market, such as Car Lifts, Floor Jacks, engine hoists and tire changers.
General Motors is jumping into the market with an affordable vehicle. So are VW, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and most other manufacturers. These cars will not be sold in other countries, at least for now. The Chinese Government has imposed strict rules that require these outside auto makers to follow onerous guidelines in order to be able to sell in the country. This means no proprietary technology. They must share their technology with their Chinese counterparts.
With over a billion in population, one major side effect could be large traffic jams that are prominent in other major cities throughout the USA and other developed nations.

BendPak / Ranger Price Increase Scheduled For April 1st

March 9th, 2011

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Customers who are on the market for Tire Changers, Spray Wash Cabinets, Floor Jacks and Automotive Lifts should review models on our web site before April 1st. BendPak / Ranger, one of our primary manufacturers we distribute have a price increase coming on April 1st.
Some of the most popular and best models will be going up anywhere from 3 to 5 percent. BendPak / Ranger has a wide variety of products. They are best known for their truck and car lifts from their BendPak lineup. But they are also well known for all kinds of other auto shop equipment from their Ranger line of products. They manufacture everything from brake lathes, engine hoists, bearing presses, transmission jacks, wheel balancers and much, much more.
They also manufacture the best exhaust tube benders under their BendPak label.
You’ve seen the headlines in the news. Commodity prices, such as steel, copper, and aluminum costs are rising rapidly. Freight carriers are increasing their fees due to the rising costs of fuel. So now is the time to shop for the best deals you will find for 2011. Most likely, we will never see these prices again. If you were considering a purchase for any time this year, this is the time.


New Trends In Auto Shop Equipment For 2011

December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year! would like to thank all of you who made 2010 a huge success for us. Our customers are the best because they are loyal, smart shoppers who know a good deal, and who appreciate a company that is honest with them.
For 2011, we plan on more of the same. Great products at great prices along with great service. No need to make things complicated. Business is really simple if you let it be.
Trends in the automotive equipment industry for 2011 will be something interesting to look at. Technology is always improving. Expect more of the larger rims with low profile tires. They just seem to keep getting larger every year. This causes every tire shop to have to purchase a new Tire Changer every other year to be able to handle these new wheels.
Nitrogen tire fillers are also all the rage now. People are always looking for ways to save money on gas.
AC Service Machines will need to be upgraded to SAE-J-2788 compliant requirements. Alignment machines will trend toward wireless models using the latest, state of the art, bluetooth technology. Automotive Lift manufacturers will attempt to come out with new, innovative types of lifts that meet individual specific niche needs. Lift manufacturers will also trend toward getting their two and four post Automotive Lifts ALI Certified, as it has proven to be a highly desired trait in lifts. Scissor alignment racks are also gaining in popularity because shop owners want an alignment rack that doesn’t take up a lot of floor space. Floor jacks will also be specialized to fit specific needs. More and more manufacturers are creating low profile jacks to fit under lowered cars. Many are also catering to the aluminum racing jack market, for those who demand a lightweight jack. Air compressors will trend to be more quiet. Rotary screw compressors are the most quiet, but there are manufacturers now who are fabricating shrouds to place over the motor of their reciprocating compressors to make them more quiet. And some are reinventing the wheel by re-designing the motor to make it less noisy.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And automotive shop equipment manufacturers are constantly innovating to make shops more productive. You can’t stop progress.
What innovative ideas do you think will take shape in 2011? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Tire Changer

Ford Decreases Ownership In Mazda

December 30th, 2010

Ford Motor Company is no longer the majority shareholder in Mazda Motors. They recently reduced its ownership in Mazda Motors down from 11 percent to 3 and 1/2 percent.
They did indicate they would remain aligned in a strategic partnership for common interests.
Mazda and Ford both have a relationship with Chinese company, Changan Ford Mazda. There will be changes coming soon in this relationship as well, pending approval from China’s government agencies that oversee the auto industry there.
Both companies see the emerging markets as a lucrative market for them to tap into to expand their base. And China is the largest untapped market of all. China has over a billion consumers who’s status and wealth are increasing as this growing giant economy has already overtaken Japan as one of the largest economies in the world.
Many of our products, including some of our floor jacks, Automotive Lifts, and tool boxes are manufactured in China. They have improved their quality control to the point now of having one of the most productive manufacturing facilities in the world. Most economists predict China will overtake the US to have the largest economy in the world sometime within the next 20 years.
What do you think? Will China have the largest economy in the world in 10 to 20 years? What should we do to keep America on top?

It’s Christmas – Now Is The Time To Give To Those Who Sacrificed

December 25th, 2010

We’ve had another great year thanks to great customers like you. We’ve sold plenty of Automotive Lifts, Floor Jacks, Air Compressors and Tire changers over the past 12 months. We’ve truly been blessed. One way we share our blessings is by donating to our favorite cause – Homes For Our Troops. You’ve heard us talk about it before. You’ve seen links to them on our web site. We won’t stop talking about them until they’re no longer needed.
They fabricate specially adapted homes for injured and disabled veterans returning from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve recently completed construction of their 100th home. They are supported by celebrities like Billy Joel and Phil Mickelson. They are highly rated by major charity watchdog groups. Only 8% of funds raised go toward fundraising and administration. Please take the initiative to help those who have made great sacrifices for the security of our nation. We cannot think of a better cause. Check out the video below.

Homes For Our Troops

US / Korea Free Trade Agreement Finalized

December 19th, 2010

For many years, since the Bush administration, the US has been attempting to close a free trade agreement with South Korea. Many European nations already have trade agreements with Korea, and the US and Korea were having difficulty closing a deal. This led to concerns that the US would be at a considerable competitive disadvantage.
Negotiators were finally able to agree to terms with Korea on November 3rd, and congress will finalize the agreement early next year. This means an increase in opportunity for jobs in the USA, as trade barriers and tariffs will be lifted and sales to Korean consumers will increase. The hope for the Automotive industry is that car sales will increase to Korea, as well as the aftermarket parts market along with automotive equipment, such as Car Lifts, parts washers, floor jacks and air compressors. Korea is one of the leading economies in the world, and their demand would welcome the high quality products that American workers produce. The US labor market is one of the most skilled in the world.
This follows the last significant trade agreement, which was the USA / Columbia Free Trade Agreement. We’ll keep you posted on any future deals.

Classic Automotive Restoration Tips

November 30th, 2010

Restoring a classic automobile can be an arduous task, and an expensive at that. Before you begin, there are several considerations.
Cost is the most important. We realize there are many folks out there who have an unlimited budget and can restore a real fixer-upper to pristine condition and not blink an eye. But to the rest of us, there are limits to our budget. Do your proper due diligence. Take the time to go over each stage of the restoration to allot the proper budget for each portion, (body, engine, interior, etc…).
Time is also a major consideration. Assuming you are restoring it yourself, you have to sit down and go over each aspect of the renovation and determine how long each stage will take. Then determine if you have sufficient time in your personal life to accomplish this task within a reasonable time frame. Once you have established a time frame, aallow for a little extra time. Little things always pop up to slow you down.
You will also want to determine to what condition you are going to restore it? Is this just a pet project that you want to tinker with, or are you going to take it to shows or competitions? Obviously, the finer the condition you are going to restore your vehicle, the more you need to budget for it.  Likewise, the poorer condition the car is to begin with, the more you will need to spend to restore it.
The most important part of restoring a car is the engine and all the mechanical work. After all, If you can’t drive it, it will never be worth much. So concentrate on the frame and engine components first. Then, the next stage will be body and then interior.
You will need to determine if you are doing a complete restoration, where you restore all the components with original parts, or keeping some components of the vintage vehicle. Once again, your budget will dictate how far you go.
Hopefully, you have a garage that allows you the room to accomplish this task in a comfortable way. Many customers who come to us often will send us pictures of their garage with all of their toys and equipment. Some are truly impressive, all decked out with the best equipment, like Automotive Lifts, tire changers, air compressors and floor jacks. But the truth is, you don’t need to be rich to enjoy your hobby. There are plenty of folks out there at different levels enjoying their favorite craft with renewed vigor and appreciation for the beauty of a classic car.

Automotive Restoration

AAPEX Product Guide

October 29th, 2010

If you’re headed to the AAPEX show in Las Vegas (November 2 – 4th) , you may want to check out their new Product Showcase Guide. For those people attending, it’s a vital resource of information on who will be attending and presenting and a source for information on the wide variety of products that will be on display for all to see. It’s full of information and details about the various manufacturers and products that make up the world of automotive equipment.

As indicated in a previous post, AAPEX is an gathering of automotive equipment manufacturers and industry leaders that meet every year in Las Vegas. It’s an opportunity to network and to see all the latest products in the automotive industry.

Many of the manufacturers that we carry will be there, showing their Auto Lifts, battery chargers, tool boxes, welders, parts washers, floor jacks, auto parts and accessories and all the innovative new cool stuff that everybody wants to see at these kind of events.

Everybody who’s anybody will be there, and now you can get a preview of who, and what will be there with this guide. It’s a huge event every year. New TechShop Magazine Ad

June 5th, 2010 has been around for 14 years now. And in that time frame, we have advertised in a wide variety of media, including on-line and print media. We also have a catalog that we mail out.
The trade publications we advertise in can be categorized into two categories – Professional and home / hobbyist.
Some of the trade magazines we have advertised in the past include – Professional Tool & Equipment News, Old Cars Weekly, Hemmings Motor News, Nuts & Bolts, Auto Trader, Auto Week, Deals On Wheels, Parts Locator, Motor Magazine, Parts Finder and Southern Wheels Magazine.
Our latest trade magazine ad is in TechShop Magazine. It has some of our most popular products listed in the ad, including Automotive Lifts, motorcycle lifts, air compressors, welders, floor jacks and more.
If you don’t get this valuable resource of information for the Auto shop technician, then you can view the ad by clicking on the link below –

View Tech-Shop-Ad