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Happy National Cocoa Day!

Today is one of the sweetest days in the entire year. Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day, an annual holiday that celebrates, well, cocoa.

Just in case you need a little incentive to indulge, besides tasting great, cocoa is good for you, too. The antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is nearly twice as strong as it is in red wine, according to a study conducted at Cornell University. It not only helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, cocoa makes you feel good all over! It enhances the levels of the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin.

Winter is the perfect time to celebrate our love for hot cocoa as there is nothing better than drinking a warm mug of hot chocolate to warm up your body and spirit!

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Seven Favorite Battery Tools!


Battery Terminal Service Kit

This kit includes seven favorite battery tools, housed in a rugged, vinyl-coated fabric pouch.


  • heavy-duty battery terminal puller.
  • 3-way battery post cleaner and reamer.
  • Angled battery nut pliers.
  • 5/16" battery terminal ratchet wrench.
  • Extra long 5/16" terminal ratchet wrench.
  • 10 mm battery terminal ratchet wrench.
  • Side terminal battery brush.

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Winter Car Care Tips #2


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. military forces in Hawaii.

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Chief Makes Your Collision Shop More Productive!


Meridian 3D Mapping

Our top-of-the-line model equipped with all the features to make your shop more productive.

  • Maps every selected structural point on a vehicle every 3 to 5 seconds in real time.
  • The installed inclinometer on our LaserLock Scanner allows the system to be moved from a 2 Post Lift for Blueprinting to a Frame Rack for structural repair in minutes without complicated set-up.
  • Secondary web-enabled monitor to run your estimating system or access your OEM repair procedures so the technician never has to leave the bay.

Aero Plus Floor Dryer to the Rescue!

Aero Floor Dryer

The three-speed Aero Plus Carpet Dryer from NSS® accelerates drying time by as much as 50 percent. While carpet extractors remove most of the moisture they put down during cleaning, carpets may still be too damp for immediate traffic. That’s where the Aero Plus can help!  

  • Adjustable to 3 positions, allowing you to direct the airflow exactly where you want it.
  • 18" L x 19" H x 16.5" W.
  • .5 hp @ 115V (500 watts).
  • Used for carpet, bare floors, upholstered furniture and ceilings.

Heat Your Shop Fast and Burn Less Oil!

140,000 BTU Waste Oil Furnace

  • Heats up to 3,500 square feet and burns approximately 1.0 gallon of used oil per run-time hour.
  • Burns the widest range of fuels, covering those typically generated in dealerships.
  • Twice the heat rise compared to competitors (~120° F) so your shop heats up fast and you burn through less oil throughout the season.
  • Consistent heat with no manual adjustments for labor-free efficient combustion.
  • Integrated air compressor, STEADYFLO fuel metering pump, pre-heater, barometric damper, draft gauge are all required for waste-oil combustion and standard ONLY on EnergyLogic models.
  • UL-listed and EPA-approved.
  • Industry’s best warranty: three-year parts; 10-year heat exchanger warranty (5-year full plus 5-year prorated).

Are you missing battery service opportunities?

Don’t leave your customers with a dead battery.

As auto manufacturers continue to work toward meeting more stringent fuel requirements mandated by the government, your customer’s batteries are paying part of the price. OEM’s are taking every possible load they can off the engine in order to maximize fuel economy. Unlike two to five years ago, alternators are no longer continually charging batteries like they used to. Today’s ECM’s monitor the battery and only use the alternator to charge when needed, allowing the battery to drain and then recharge — adding strain. Another piece of technology that is placing additional stress on vehicle batteries these days are the start/stop systems found in a growing number of vehicles. 

Due to the battery workload realities, it is more important than ever for shops and technicians to check and inform their customers on battery health.

A recent examination of one shop found that 30% of the batteries that came through its service bays were not performing optimally. Proper battery testing is a powerful tool that can help you generate shop revenue while driving customer satisfaction, retention and conversion. 


It's French Toast Day!

Today is your opportunity to enjoy French toast, a delicious and tasty breakfast meal … Hold It Right There!

French toast can be enjoyed for any meal time: breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Try French toast with maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon, whipped cream or fruits. Better yet, use a combination of these.

Make plans to celebrate this special day, eating French toast for AT LEAST one meal today!

bon appétit!

Winter Car Care Tips #1


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Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life.

-Danielle Duckery, Author

Reduce Heavy-Lifting Injuries!

24 Volt Rechargeable Tire and Wheel Lift

  • Heavy lifting accounts for 20% of all workplace injuries. The QSP 24 volt rechargeable mobile tire lift assists technicians by making everyday tasks much easier.
  • The 200 lb. capacity LM-200-R is a powerful tool that can reduce injuries and will be a workhorse in your shop.
  • Designed with an off-center column for better access to lug nuts, balancers and changers.
  • Made in the U.S.A.

If it’s Rusted . . . It’s Busted!


Bolt Buster Heat Induction Tool with Advanced Coil Kit

  • Uses Magnetic Induction to heat metal.
  • Flameless fast acting, Heats ¾" bolt in 30 seconds without flames.
  • Will not burn adjacent parts the way a torch can.

OTC — Technicians Corner . . . When to Reset a Charging System?

Reset a Vehicle’s Charging System Anytime a Battery is Disconnected or Replaced.

Think how complicated and sophisticated a vehicle’s charging system is, and what it needs to accommodate versus just ten years ago. We weren’t charging two or more cell phones while driving down the road, nor was a GPS or laptop computer plugged in, and we certainly weren’t using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in our vehicles. Now we are, and the charging system has to account for that.

Any variances or current spikes can shorten battery life and damage sensitive electronic equipment, and our vehicles today are filled with just that – electronic equipment. It’s why more OEMs are recommending or even requiring a reprogramming after a battery replacement, to ensure everything is functioning to factory spec.

As a battery ages, it’s charged differently. The vehicle and charging system knows that, and without being reset, it will charge a new battery as it charged the old one, which could shorten overall battery life on your customer’s new investment.

You can actually fry a new battery within a year or less by charging it improperly. Think of the return repairs and unhappy customers waiting in line, being told they need another new battery because the system wasn’t reset during the last installation.

It seems the old R&R – remove & replace - will soon be a new R&R – replace and reflash – as the adage of getting a customer’s vehicle back on the road.

Written By Pat Pierce

Champion Air Compressors . .. 4th Quarter Deals!


Duplex 5 hp Advantage Air Compressor

Duplex air compressors are for extra air delivery when you need it without wasted space. Duplex air compressor systems allow your application the flexibility of single operation, alternating between compressors, or duplex operation to meet high air demand.

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JohnDow Fluid Evacuation — Saves Time and Mess!


20 Gallon Fluid Evacuator

Designed to remove used oil and other fluids from any vehicle when conventional draining methods are not practical.

Remove used oil and other “non-flammable” fluids from almost any vehicle using compressed air and an on-board venturi vacuum system.


Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.


SmartWasher — Environmentally Safe Parts Washer!

SW-425 Signature Series SmartWasher

  • No waste hauling or toxic solvents involved!
  • No environmental damage!
  • No health and safety hazards!
  • No liquid hazardous wastes and low or no VOCs!


  • Heavy-Duty HDPE Construction.
  • Electric operated pump (300 gph).
  • Adjustable thermostat (105°-115°F).
  • Toggle switch controls and Onboard diagnostics.
  • Flow control timer.
  • One brush station.
  • ETL (UL/CSA), CE, and NSF Certified.