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After Hours: Andrew Marinelli

Owning and operating your own shop can make it hard to do anything else. Andrew Marinelli of Marinelli Auto Service in Winter Park, Florida, spends his free time mentoring today’s youth at his church. He got in to mentoring youth about eight years ago and has been doing it ever since.“I showed up at church one day, they were asking for mentors and I just felt compelled to help,” Marinelli said.Over the years, Marinelli has seen kids come and go, but he’s made a few lasting relationships with a few young men he still speaks with today.“I still talk to
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Handling Negative Reviews on Social Media

Everyone has an opinion; that has been the status quo since the beginning of time and that’s a fact that will stand the test of time. The difference between now and 100 years ago is everyone has a voice online. Now, when it comes to customers’ opinion of your shop, you hope for the best, but it’s also good to prepare for the worst.Social media levels the playing field when it comes to people voicing their opinions. Everyone can say anything about you, and you’ll want to try and use that to your advantage. But what if someone has
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Look Who's Topping the Franchise 500 Chart this Year

Every year we check out Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” list to see which members of the oil and lube industry top the chart. The process for defining the 37th annual list of the top 500 franchise companies in the U.S. began in July of 2015, when Entrepreneur asked franchisors to participate in the survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut (24 more than last year). Of those, the top 500 made up the Franchise 500 ranking based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.Only franchise
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Mustang Lube and the Ballad of Bernie Sachs

Bernie Sachs wears many hats. Sachs resume includes, lube shop operator, teacher, superintendent artist, avid golfer, father and grandfather. At 76 years old, Sachs still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. Sachs worked in education for 37 years but he always loved working on cars. Today, he’s found a way to combine his passion for art, cars and the game of golf in a rather unconventional way.“I am a detail nut. I love antique cars and I’ve always kept my cars in pristine shape,” Sachs said.When Sachs retired from education after serving as a teacher and
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Throwing it Back to Our Favorite 80s Music Classics

It's no secret, cars and music go hand-in-hand. Let’s take a ride back to the 80s where some of the best music lives. In the next few weeks, we’ll share a new playlist highlighting a different era or a different genre. Call it our ode to the ever so popular #hashtag #TBT. I've put together the whole playlist for you over on Spotify. Click here to check it out: http://ow.ly/Xk8L5  Here's a preview of some of our favorites you'll find on the playlist above: Pop Take On Me – a-ha Call Me – Blondie Take My Breath Away – Berlin Punk
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How to Survive a Blizzard in the Car - Bear Grylls Style

The key to surviving any situation is preparation. If you've ever seen the show, Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel then you know Bear Grylls is the king of this. Being proactive and expecting the worst-case scenario is usually the best route no matter if you’re playing the role of defensive driver or proactive shop owner. With the winter months knocking at our front door and the country expecting higher than average snowfall, it can be a helpful hint to remind your customers to keep a few things in their car in case of an emergency, as well as
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30 Years of NOLN, 2011-2015

We’ve already reflected on almost every year of National Oil & Lube News’ existence. Let’s finish strong with the last five years, 2011-2015.2011Memorable Moments• No. 1 Song of the Year (according to Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100): “Rolling in the Deep,” by Adele• No. 1 Movie of the Year, per box office gross (according to Box Office Mojo): “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson• Super Bowl Champs: Green Bay Packers•World Series Champs: St. Louis Cardinals• NBA Champs: Dallas Mavericks• Occupy Wall Street movement took the streets of New YorkIn 2011,
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30 Years of NOLN, 2011-2015

We’ve already reflected on almost every year of National Oil & Lube News’ existence. Let’s finish strong with the last five years, 2011-2015.2011Memorable Moments• No. 1 Song of the Year (according to Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100): “Rolling in the Deep,” by Adele• No. 1 Movie of the Year, per box office gross (according to Box Office Mojo): “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson• Super Bowl Champs: Green Bay Packers•World Series Champs: St. Louis Cardinals• NBA Champs: Dallas Mavericks• Occupy Wall Street movement took the streets of New YorkIn 2011,
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Being Thankful

Today, Thanksgiving, is all about stepping back away from all the hassle and realize what in your life means the most to you and what you are truly thankful for. Being thankful is something that we all show a little differently but the feelings of love, companionship and gratitude are the same. We at National Oil & Lube News, have so much to be thankful for. Our upcoming 30 year milestone is one but we wouldn't have been able to reach without loyal readers, vendors and industry experts alike. You've helped us keep the fast lube industry informed. In fact, if
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30 Years of NOLN, 2006-2010

We reflected on 20 years worth of National Oil & Lube News (NOLN) in the most recent July, August, September and October issues. We remembered marked moments, past Operator of the Year winners, challenges and triumphs. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane continuing with years 2006-2010.2006Memorable Moments• No. 1 Song of the Year (according to Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100): “Bad Day,” by Daniel Powter• No. 1 Movie of the Year, per box office gross (according to Box Office Mojo): “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly and Jack Davenport• Super Bowl
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A Side of Vegas You May Not Have Seen

If you’re making the trip to Las Vegas for Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), we want you to have the best trip possible. Of course, your primary goal for this trip is business, at least that’s our goal, but don’t forget to take some time off and enjoy the City of Lights while you’re there. If you want to get the lowdown on AAIW specifically check out this. If you want some ideas on things to do that are completely unrelated to the automotive aftermarket or work then keep reading. After the show floor closes, before you make a beeline to the blackjack table,
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Volvo's Autonomous Guarantee

In a futuristic world full of self-driving cars — even if the cars and sensors are guaranteed to be 99.999 percent effective — there will still be accidents here and there. Car manufacturers are trying to get this percentage down as much as possible — one of the main reasons autonomous cars aren’t everywhere already. If neither driver involved in an accident are operating their vehicles, who will be to blame if there is an accident? Volvo answered that question early on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 when the company announced they would take responsibility for all accidents in which
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