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Teresa’s Garage Radio show airs weekly at www.americamatters.us   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, http://amm.streamon.fm/ 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.

Happy Motoring

 

 

 

 

Flat Track Racing, Ladies Style

FLAT TRACK RACING

Coming up, Saturday August 19, 2017 will be Flat Track Racing in Carson City, Nevada being held at Fuji Park. Check out the flyer and mark your calendar for an evening of great racing. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will be interviewing one of the best racers who will be competing in this specific race, so go to Teresa’s Garage Facebook Page and keep checking when the interview will take place during the beginning of August.

This is more than just a race, this is a life style for these racers. Competing in these types of events are not cheap and maintaining all of your equipment can take a chunk out of your wallet. But that is not what drives these ladies, it is the excitement, the commitment, dedication and doing something they are passionate about.

More and more young women are taking to the track and letting their hair fly and their talent shine. A must see event.

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts

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.

Recently I was invited to attend a national conference in Reno, Nevada being hosted by Automotive Parts Associates (APA) consisting of several automotive aftermarket parts companies.

APA is a group of aftermarket companies working together to bring quality and competitive pricing to the consumer when dealing with aftermarket parts in the automotive industry.

I was impressed with the concept of the conference because it was not just about bringing companies together and meeting each other, but to also discuss employee morale, how to maintain good employees, strategies and looking to the future in the automotive industry.

Many of the big players were present at the conference; here is just a small list: KYB, TYC lamps, Loctite, Seymour Paints, Purolator, Valeo, Desno, AC Delco, Delphi and Federal-Mogul, who actually owns many of the aftermarket companies we have come to know and love. Like, Fel-Pro, Wagner Brakes, Anco Blades, Sealed Power, National Oil Seals and Bearings, Champion Spark Plugs, just to name a few.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the folks from Federal-Mogul for almost an hour, and came away with a great understanding of their commitment to the automotive industry, their employees and their products.

In this day and age, finding qualified technicians is becoming more of a challenge by the day. The industry as a whole needs to do more to inspire the young, up and coming employees who want to embrace becoming an automotive technician.

So how can they accomplish this?

This was discussed at the conference with knowledgeable guest speakers focusing on this very topic and how to execute it, to include maintaining your current employees.

I recently learned the high school I attended and graduated from, is thinking about removing Auto Shop from its curriculum. Not because students are failing, but because no one is signing up for the class.

To me, taking Auto Shop is more than just that; it teaches beyond auto repair, it offers teamwork, mathematics, problem solving, computer skills, working with your hands, communications, reading, writing and showing the students how to finish something you start and seeing the end result.

With the future of automobiles leaning towards autonomous cars, engineering and robotic technicians will be in high demand. Tesla’s plants are already in the process of hiring a few thousand with these very skills.

The conference embraced the fact that they need to be proactive in the future rather than wait until it is too late to hop on board. So working together to brainstorm and show off their newest products was a great sight to see.

I did also manage to meet several women from these various companies and discuss their roles within their prospective employers, “Laura, Key Account Manager for Valeo”, Lisa, Sales Manager for Seymour Paints’, Cheri, Marketing Manager for Federal-Mogul; and Carol, Sales and Customer Service Manager for Stempf.

All of these ladies I spoke to expressed their dedication and desire to inspire other women to join them in this industry. We all seemed to agree, women are still a small minority within the automotive industry, but those numbers are climbing. You do not just need to think of yourself as a mechanic, the automotive industry offers other positions, like Engineers, Accounting, and Service Advisers to Specialists.

Sponsorship’s

Many of these companies offer scholarship programs for students, and sponsor contests for all types of automotive enthusiasts: they will offer a sponsorship of cash and prizes to several contest winners, and a year sponsorship for the top winners in each class.

So the next time you are in need of an auto part, make sure you choose a company that stands behind its product and offers quality to the name. When it comes to your automobile, your life depends on it. And if you know someone who would be perfect for this industry, give it a mention and help us to inspire.

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts

2017 Model Year Cars, Gizmos and Gadgets

2017 Model Year Cars, Gizmos and Gadgets (link to the Happy Herald)

The 2017 model year vehicles have already hit the pavement bringing many new gizmos and gadgets. If you have not stepped foot into a dealership in quite some time, you will be amazed at how cars have evolved in such a short amount of time.

Dashboards have become increasingly electronic, with even the least expensive models including sophisticated infotainment systems that can wirelessly stream calls, data, and text messages from mobile phones, with many cars and trucks now offering on-board Internet service. While the fully autonomous drive car is still some distance off into the future, several new vehicles offer advanced safety systems that can auto-brake and/or engage the steering to help prevent collisions with other cars, pedestrians – even animals – at both low and high speeds.

Not only is a vehicle your main source of transportation, manufactures aim to make vehicles safer, more capable, and more entertaining than in years past. Technology changes it seems by each passing day, so what do these 2017 vehicles offer. Let’s check out a few of them.

Last year, Cadillac debuted a new video rearview mirror that replaces the conventional mirrored glass surface with an LED screen that displays a wide-angle rearward view uncluttered by heads or headrests in the back seat. For 2017 its availability expands to both Caddy’s new XT5 crossover SUV and the full-electric Chevrolet Bolt. Other 2017 models with novel approaches to around-car monitoring include the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan with an onboard 360-degree video recorder (anybody paranoid?), and the Ford Super Duty pickup that locates no fewer than seven video cameras around the truck.

Gizmos and Gagets

On-board infotainment/connectivity systems are becoming ever more like full-blown mobile computers with large touch-sensitive displays that recognize swipes and hand gestures to initiate commands, just like a tablet computer. In fact, for 2017, Bentley is including a dual-screen system in its very luxurious Bentayga that features removable twin Android tablets, while the Chrysler Pacifica’s entertainment system includes builtin game apps, and Cadillac’s allows users to stream live TV to their back seat of a CT6 sedan via a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. As for Honda, it is letting its pickup buyers bring the party virtually anywhere by turning the truck bed into one enormous audio speaker.

All manufacturers are working hard trying to race to the front of the class bringing with them new and exciting features. So, have they become more concerned about the new gizmos and gadgets, and less about promoting what the vehicle itself has to offer? One begins to wonder where all of this is leading to. It seems years ago, a new car owner was mesmerized by the sleek look of an automobile and cared less about the special features, now I believe car buyers are rushing to dealerships just to see what new on-board toys cars are offering. This includes the foreign car manufacturers as well.

Among the latest safety gear, last year Nissan introduced a new predictive Forward Collision Warning system on the Maxima midsize sedan that that will not only monitor the speed and proximity of the vehicle ahead of it in traffic, but can also keep tabs on the next car or truck in front of it, with auto-braking ready if necessary to avoid or lessen the effects of a possible crash. Availability expands to the redesigned Nissan Armada full-size SUV this fall. Other new safety systems premiering in the Volvo S90 sedan and V90 station wagon include Run- Off Road Mitigation system that helps keep a car from inadvertently running off the side of the road, and an improved City Safety low-speed auto-braking function that helps prevent collisions with other cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, and – for 2017 – large animals like deer and elk that may wander into the vehicle’s path.

So when you are out looking for that next new car, be sure to do your homework and check out all the makes and models in order to make the best choice. Happy Motoring.

Cruisin The Boulevard Tribute To American Graffiti

Crusin The Boulevard link to their website

Crusin The Boulevard Tribute To American Graffiti

Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti will be celebrating our 12th year in 2017.  We would like to say “Thank You” to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, vehicle entrants, and visitors for your past and present support.  It is with your support that we have been able to help our community in so many ways.  Please make sure that you write our 2017 dates on your calendar, May 18, 19, and 20th.  If you plan on registering a vehicle for the event, registration opens on February 6, 2017.  Registration forms can be down loaded on our 2017 Vehicle Registration page under Event Info.

For starters, of course, our very own annual Salute to “American Graffiti” in May includes a cruise down the same streets where the classic American movie was filmed more than 30 years ago. Then there’s the annual Butter & Egg Days Parade in April and our HUGE Veterans Day Parade in November! 

Caprice Peugeot Caster

Caprice Peugeot Caster, events and promotions Director for Professional’s Choice, is coming to Reno, Nevada and is charge of putting to

Caprice Peugeot Caster

gether a national conference for Automotive Parts Associates, which is made up of several after market automotive parts companies. Caprice Peugeot Caster was a recent guest on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show explaining how aftermarket companies work together bringing quality and competitive pricing to the consumer when dealing with aftermarket parts in the automotive industry.

Why APA is the right choice for Independents

 

The aftermarket replacement parts business continues to evolve rapidly and as such, brings with it many challenges for the independent distributor in order to keep up with those changes.  Membership quickly teaches those that join APA the value of belonging to such a Group.

 

APA’s successful approach to serving its members has become a great mix of buying power, marketing support, customer loyalty programs and education. We do the leg work of negotiating favorable pricing with the manufacturers and attain better deals and rebates for our members than they could get on their own.  We are continually monitoring the pulse of the industry and our shareholders’ needs to make sure we’re providing the right product lines at the right price with the right terms.

 

Additionally, we offer customer loyalty programs that include two major sweepstakes events each year.  APA handles all administrative work and offers the promotions to its shareholders at no cost.  The promotions are fresh and exciting and have the history of keeping customers returning to our member distributors for more chances to win.

 

APA administers a highly popular and effective incentive earn back trip that is organized for its shareholders and their customers every other January. This marketing and sales event is also another great perk of membership in APA.  The trip entices customers to buy from our WD’s for earn back rewards towards the trip.  It’s also proven to be a great time for our members to spend quality time with their customers in a fun, relaxing atmosphere to help build those relationships that last a lifetime for all involved. That personal touch is one of the differentiating factors APA brings to its membership and their customers compared to other organizations.

 

Another great value APA brings to its members is education.  Several times a year APA offers opportunities for its members to network amongst themselves as well as with key manufacturers. 

 

Our Annual Shareholders’ and Manufacturers’ Conference, which is held each March, offers educational sessions on the hottest topics affecting our industry. It is also a great networking opportunity to talk business strategy with your peers.  The majority of our Manufacturers are also on hand with beneficial show specials made exclusively for APA members during the one-on-one sessions at the conference.  Millions of dollars in sales occur each year as a result of our Annual Conference.

 

Throughout the remainder of the year, APA continues to offer opportunities for its members to network with each other, the APA staff, and key approved and preferred manufacturers.  Each year we rotate a regional meeting across the country to discuss hot issues pertinent to specific market areas.

 

Additionally, during Industry Week in Las Vegas we treat our members to complimentary group breakfasts and lunch in an informal setting so they can discuss a variety of topics with fellow members and get fueled up for the busy show. Vendor presentations and one-on-one meetings provide excellent opportunities for business enhancements to occur.

 

APA has active committees made up of its members that include a Board of Directors, a Product Committee and an “i-Success” Technology Committee. A robust Data Solutions initiative has brought substantial business intelligence tools to the membership and its supporting vendor community. By supporting these member committees, APA is ensuring that the membership is headed in the right direction for overall business success.

 

APA, which is a not-for-profit group, believes its buying group is strong because we put the members first; treat every member equally, and we maintain a strong foundation for our members so they can build their businesses. We also build strong loyalty with their customers. We are the highest value group for the lowest cost.