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Keep Cool When Business Gets Hot

When it’s summertime, the living gets anything but easy in this business. Kids are running through sprinklers in the park, and teenagers are lounging on the couch, but you’re hard at work, sweating it out in a lube shop only partially protected from the sun and heat.


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Summer Is Ending: How Cool Were You?

There are dozens of puns we can make as we approach the end of summer. If you’re a fan of one popular cable TV show, you know that “winter is coming.” (You might have to Google that one.) Or, we might pull out a moldy chestnut from the marketing textbook of buzzwords to ask: “Did you beat the heat?” [Insert groan here] In the autumn and winter months ahead, outdoor laborers in the southeast, southwest and other perpetually warm climates won’t get a break from the heat. If that describes you, the summer risks of dehydration and heat exhaustion
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With History of Innovation, Oil Change Industry Shapes America

The introduction of the first fast oil change stations in the late ’70s and early ’80s marked a revolution in the auto industry. These dedicated service stations could efficiently and affordably change the oil in your vehicle, no matter what make and model, and they freed American drivers from the tethers of dealership service that tended to be more expensive, farther from home and showing no real difference in the quality of services rendered. Obviously, the fast oil change business model caught on, and nationwide chains and independent quick lube stations, alike, soon emerged as America’s primary providers of
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Rotations and Balancers — The Big “Why”

Successful lube shops take pride in exercising best business practices: friendly customer service, fast turnaround times and competitive pricing. These are all essential components that need to be in place for your business to remain profitable in a difficult industry, but is it enough? To stay ahead of the curve, many shops across the country are adding wheel service to their menu of service capabilities, mainly tire rotation and wheel balancing. Tire rotations are crucial to the longevity of any vehicle’s tires. The front tires usually wear faster than the rear tires, so it is important to rotate them
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