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Teresa’s Garage Radio show airs weekly at   and covers topics on everything Automotive and features special guests. Listeners are encouraged to call in, come in or tune in the Reno, Nevada area at 101.3 FM Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00 PM and 1180 AM. Or you can listen to previous shows right here on Teresa’s Garage website.

If you do not live in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada area you can connect on your Iphone or Computer by clicking this link, for live streaming on America Matters Media Radio Show.

If you want to listen to previously recorded shows, click here Teresa’s Garage Radio Shows . Teresa’s Garage is constantly looking for special guests, people who love cars, own classics, belong to a car club and want to promote your events or just want to talk about your classic, then call toll free 844-790-8255 or locally 775-827-8900. We love hearing from our listeners.

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Challenges in Today’s Gen Y Workforce

Challenges in Today’s Gen Y Workforce

By Teresa Aquila

Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experiencerepairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches abasic auto-repair class for women, host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show author and writer.

Technology and parent rearing are the gears that turn today’s job seekers. Modern day companies are struggling to maintain a workforce in today’s economy. Unlike years past, current day employees have different views and demands on what energizes them to be loyal to their employers. Old employment strategies are out the window with this new Gen Y generation ages 16 to 38 years of age, depending on which study you believe. Our nation’s labor force in the automotive sector is diminishing and being phased out by retirement, with very few coming into the industry on the horizon.

What exactly are companies up against in attracting good sound employees to keep their bottom line in the black? Yesterday’s tactics are in the history books and have very little room on the table today. Maintaining a competitive edge with your competition is the key to success in this day and age.

How does a company transform itself when it comes to new hires? Understanding the Gen Y and Millennial generations is your first step. Before setting out to flood the job market with employment posts, let’s look at what you are up against. If you have dedicated longtime employees that are loyal to the company, hiring this new style of workforce may cause some protest on both sides of the aisle. Why?

The Millennials embrace the job market a bit differently than those employees you hired five or 10 years ago. In the past, employers held the strings with a strong hold on the job market. You would search for a position through newspapers, friends or family, or employment agencies. It was pretty cut and dried, with a description of the job opening, qualifications and a listing of the duties.Seems pretty simple, and it was.

Wearing the Human Resources shoes today takes on a different style. The new generation of employees have demands, not verbally, but socially. Understanding the job market is key to attracting the right candidates.

A study was completed by LinkedIn and Snagajob, online employment websites specializing in the hourly marketplace. The study showed that those surveyed indicated 71 percent of the hourly workforce is under 30 and felt that scheduling flexibility was a key factor. Of those, 59 percent felt that flexibility would result in higher job productivity. More than half said learning new things or accessing professional development opportunities would encourage them to be loyal to their job.

Close to 90 percent of Millennials expressed the value to them of having a reward system during training, and half of them stated that having friends in the workplace would motivate them and increase productivity. Another key factor: they value regular feedback from their employer about their performance, with 33 percent preferring recognition over higher pay.

Investing in new employees is costly to a company’s bottom line. High turnover can slow production and generate a reduction in output to consumers, taking a toll on not only the company but existing employees through overtime.

As an employer, what should you do?

• Develop consistent interview guidelines and questions. [1]

• Understand what your competitors are engaged in and what they offer their employees.

• Make expectations clear and be transparent about the company.

• Outline a recognition program for employees where they can be recognized by supervisors.

• Cultivate a team-building culture, whether inside the workplace or outside of the workplace.

• Empower employees in all positions and allow them to be a part of some decision-making.

• Educating your managers to understand this new style of workforce and to motivate employees.

How did we get to this stage? Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions; the generation is generally marked by an increased use of and familiarity with communications, media and digital technologies. In most parts of the world, their upbringing was marked by an increase in a liberal approach to politics and economics; the effects of this environment are disputed.

The Great Recession has had a major impact on this generation because it caused historically high levels of unemployment among young people, and has led to speculation about possible longterm economic and social damage to this generation.

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Women with Wheelz is coming to Hot August Nights

Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, host of Women with Wheelz Car Show,  is partnering with Hot August Nights in 2018 to bring you a new addition to this year’s event.

Hot August Nights will be hosting Women with Wheelz: a women’s car show, seminar, and car giveaway on August 9, 2018, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Only registered female participants of Hot August Nights will be allowed entry into the women’s only car show. The seminar is free and open to the public.

A sticker will be distributed during registration for the main event and placed on the Hot August Nights window decal to indicate that they are both a female owned vehicle and a Women with Wheelz show participant. The first 50 to register early will receive a gift from Teresa’s Garage Radio Show and Car Chix.

Panelists for the seminar include Teresa Aquila, the host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show: Carrie Willhoff, racer, and owner of Race Chick, and Jeanette DesJardins of

The women will discuss their experiences and passion for the auto industry, which has been a field mostly dominated by men. Their goal is to encourage and energize the next generation to become technicians, racers, and car enthusiasts.

After the panel, a car giveaway, courtesy of Allstate and Caliber Collision as part of NABC Recycled Rides, is scheduled for two recipients in need. One car will be donated to a breast cancer survivor chosen by Pinocchio’s Moms on The Run, and another will be to a female veteran. It will take place at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage outside the Grand Sierra Resort.

 Awards will be offered to three Women with Wheelz car participants during the seminar that will be held in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s convention hall. Judging will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

We hope you will join us on August 9, 2018.  To register call 775-356-1956 or for a full list of events go to >>>Hot August Nights events calendar

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Women With Wheelz Partners with Hot August Nights

Women with Wheelz and Hot August Nights have partnered to bring some excitement to the automotive car enthusiest. More information to follow on April 2, 2018. We will update this post as soon as we can let the cat out of the bag. This is very exciting, so please come back after April 2, 2018  to learn more. At that time, we will fill you in on all the exciting news. This is big what we are sharing today, but wait till you see the rest.

Teresa Aquila Just Won’t Quit… Ever!

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Teresa Aquila Just Won’t Quit… Ever!

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Teresa Aquila owns a fleet of 13 classic vehicles, all of which she completely restored herself.

To say that Teresa Aquila takes life by the reins is the understatement of the century, because ever since she can remember, she’s been doing it all without slowing down.

At age 63, Aquila doesn’t have a pause button—only forward, and that’s the way she prefers it. She has been injured on the job as a mechanic, shot as a reserve cop and marginalized by men in the automotive industry at every turn, but she keeps coming back with more fervor and determination than ever before.

As a renowned mechanic, columnist, teacher and the producer of a popular auto repair radio show for women, not to mention a policewoman, Aquila isn’t afraid to take chances and follow her dreams. Her mechanical career has spanned more than four decades, working on everything from Porsches to heavy equipment, including her personal fleet of classic vehicles—all of which she restored herself.

Aquila’s weekly radio show, “Teresa’s Garage Radio Show,” is broadcast on 1180 AM KCKQ every Tuesday at 2 p.m. PST. Her show’s tagline is “Empowering Women One Wheel at a Time,” dedicated to women who dare to be different and desire to become more knowledgeable of car care.

Aquila’s show deals primarily with mechanical repair, but occasionally includes various topics that are related to the collision repair industry.

“We’ve presented topics like how to find a good body shop, the differences between aftermarket and OE parts, the telltale signs of a bad body shop, and recently we interviewed Rocco Avellini, the founder of Wreck Check Centers about how to avoid shoddy collision repairs,” she said. “The show’s overall theme is to educate women about cars and how to repair them, in order to protect them as consumers.”

Aquila’s career in mechanical repair started right after high school graduation, she explained.

“I got a job working on a fleet of ice cream trucks, and I learned a lot by observing their mechanic,” she said. “He taught me about brakes, engines and carburetors, and later how to prep and paint a car. It gave me a good start in the industry, but after that it was a battle, because no one wanted to work with a woman.”

Today, there is the “Me Too” movement, but back when Aquila was working in the automotive repair industry, there seemed to be an “Anybody But You” movement. Her career as a mechanic taught her a lot of valuable lessons, and the main one was “Never quit…ever!”

“I worked for 10 years at a place where I was the only female mechanic and the guys never accepted me,” Aquila said. “They sabotaged my work or gave me ridiculous jobs to do that were demeaning. When they saw that I wasn’t going to quit, they threw all of my tools on the roof and told me that I was taking money out of a man’s pocket.”

Now celebrating her 41st year as a Washoe County reserve sheriff, Aquila serves and protects the community without collecting a paycheck. It’s an arrangement she is happy with, because it allows her to dictate her schedule and participate in a lot of programs that are dear to her heart.

“When I first started, I got the graveyard shift and realized I could not do this,” she said. “So I retained my reserve status and work 30–40 hours weekly now. I receive the same training and was promoted to lieutenant 10 years ago. I’m involved in neighborhood watch efforts, coordinate high-profile events, do public speaking and meet with the community to hear their concerns. It’s a great job and I love it!”

One particular day definitely tested Aquila’s passion for law enforcement—The day she almost lost her life.

“I was at another call, when a report came over the radio that told me that a high-speed chase was coming my way,” she said. “Here comes a vehicle at 120 mph coming right at me. It swerved and missed me by 20 feet, and I can still see the driver with his window cracked and a gun in his right hand. He smiled at me like he was saying ‘You’re dead,’ and then I heard a loud crack. I thought I had blown a tire, but then there was blood everywhere.”

Still in pursuit, Aquila became faint and had to pull over after traveling about eight miles. The chase eventually ended when the perpetrator committed suicide, and later it was discovered that he was wanted on murder and drug charges.

“I was lucky, because when he shot at me, the bullet went through both of our car doors before going through my leg. Six months later, I was back on the job. People thought I was going to quit, but I’m in it for the long run,” she said. When she isn’t chasing bad guys or producing her radio show, Aquila is writing a book about her life and maintaining her fleet of 13 classic vehicles.

“I love all of my cars, but I do have a special place in my heart for my 1954 Chevy Bel-Air, because I did all of the bodywork on that one myself. Every one of my vehicles is drivable and I still have [my] very first car—a 1963 Chevy Impala that I bought when I was 18,” she said. Even though her career as a mechanic hit its share of speed bumps along the way, Aquila still believes that women belong in the automotive repair industry.

“I tell young women all the time that it’s still a male-dominated business, but if you stay focused and put your best foot forward in anything you do, you will be successful,” she said. “Don’t ever let anyone dissuade you on your journey, because we’re all on the same road—even though we’re in different cars.”

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What is E15?

Teresa’s article dated August 2013 in the Happy Herald.  Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 28 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.


Here it comes, E15. What is E15? API officials and a wide group of opponents that included auto manufacturers and poultry farmers argued that E15 could cause corrosion and damage to several car components, including engines. Some car makers say drivers could inadvertently void their warranties by pumping it into their gas tanks. AAA, the nation’s largest motoring organization, has called for increased study of the potential dangers to vehicle parts, and says potential dangers particularly exists for vehicles built prior to 2001.The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.

This mixture will harm engine components and seals in these prior years causing premature engine failure. Some stations I have used have the E85 as a separate pump, but as you see from the photo, paying attention at the pumps is something

to consider so that you do not pick the wrong nozzle.

I am also concerned for household items such as lawnmowers and weed eaters just to name a few if this type of fuel is used. Make sure you read your manufacturers owners manual to learn what type of fuel should be used. You do not want a costly mistake. I remember the days when fuel was pretty simple to purchase and I must say, it also was way less than a $1.00 a gallon. With that price, you also received full service. Of course, those days are gone for good, so making sure you keep your automobile running in top shape and avoiding the costly trips to a service shop are always top priority.

One thing I do at the first of every month is to use a good brand of fuel cleaning. It helps to keep the injectors running efficiently.

The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.

Happy Motoring

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Auto Parts, Online Retailers verses Brick and Mortar Stores


Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently, she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.

In its latest step into the auto market, Amazon has struck deals with several of the largest auto parts suppliers in the U.S. to sell their products directly through Amazon, the New York Post reports.

With this new venture, Amazon will put itself in direct competition with major auto parts retailers like, Napa, O’Reilly, Auto Zone and Advanced Auto Parts. Robert Bosch, Federal-Mogul, Dorman Products and Cardone Industries are just a few of the major auto parts manufactures to sell products at Amazon.

The US auto parts business has shown steady growth, and in recent years, the shift has been to e-commerce purchases. The auto parts business has generated over $68 billion just in 2015. While U.S. auto sales grew only one percent per year over the previous decade, sales at the major aftermarket auto parts chains grew seven percent per year. This is largely due to an aging vehicle fleet in the US, which has drummed up business for aftermarket parts sellers.

E-commerce held a larger share of that. E-commerce auto parts sales in the US grew 16% last year to reach $7.4 billion, with Amazon and eBay holding the top two spots in terms of online auto parts sales, according to market research firm Hedges & Company.

I personally am a price shopper and check all possibilities when it comes to not only buying auto parts for customers, but personally as well. Honestly, I have found other online retailers to have better pricing for the same products that Amazon offers with free shipping. The downside is that instead of a one to two day delivery, it took five days to arrive. Faster options were available.

The one caveat is if the customer is in need of the part right now, or can they wait a few days and save several dollars. I purchase from some of the larger brick and mortar stores like Summit Racing, O’Reilly and at times Walmart. I am not a Walmart devoted shopper, but I will purchase items such as engine oil and anti freeze that they offer less expensively than other stores.

Some of your brick and mortar stores are changing the way they do business by offering price matching for places like a local Walmart, but have not yet bowed to doing so with matching Amazon’s pricing.

If Amazon begins to take a huge chunk of the market share in the auto parts business, that soon may change, otherwise they may be left at the curb wondering what happened.

As a mechanic, I like to place my eyes and hands on a part that I am replacing for a customer because there are times where the photo of the part is not completely revealing.

For several years, I have been doing business with a company called 1A Auto and they offer free shipping on all their products, how to videos, great customer service along with amazing prices. They carry name brand products most of the time, must less than Amazon or the local retailers. Out of all the parts I have ordered from 1A Auto, not one has failed or needed to be returned. And prior to placing your order on websites like 1A Auto, you can contact their customer support if you have questions, where that is not the case with Amazon.

The mark up in auto parts varies and some can be as high as 300 percent, so places like Walmart or Amazon where they can either fulfill the product through one of their warehouses or have it shipped direct from the manufacturer can help with the bottom line cutting out the middle man.

Websites like YouTube and several of the aftermarket online auto parts retailers offering how to videos have helped drive the consumer to attempt repairs themselves. Not always with success.

How do online companies compare when it comes to their return policies? I have found the reputable companies to include Amazon have an immediate return acceptance policy along with prepaid return shipping. Something you should research prior to purchasing in case you may need to return the item. So if you are thinking about venturing into purchasing from the e-commerce auto parts websites, do your homework on the part needed.

Happy Motoring.

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