Around the Industry

March 1, 2018
The latest news around the industry covers many topics including accidents, legislation, partnerships, scholarships, winners and more. See what's been happening around the industry.
A kitten has a new name and a new home after being rescued during an oil change at a Midlothian, Texas, Kwik Kar, NBC DFW reported.

Jessica Renae noticed the kitten meowing and took it to the Kwik Kar crew for help. In a Facebook post, Renae said the team at Kwik Kar worked for more than two hours to get the kitten out of the engine compartment. Once the little guy was free, a woman that was at the Kwik Kar at the time decided to adopt the kitten. She even named him Bumper, NBC DFW reported.

Renae told NBC DFW the Kwik Kar team spent another two hours putting her car back together and did not charge her anything. Back to Top

AOCA, NOLN Announce Collaboration Partnership

The Automotive Oil Change Association is excited to officially announce a partnership with NOLN to collaborate together for the advancement of the oil and lube industry. For over 30 years, our two entities have worked side by side to help operators run, improve and expand their businesses.

Moving forward, NOLN will act as AOCA's sole trade media partner to distribute resources and information through its monthly magazine, weekly enewsletters and online at As the leading voice for the industry, AOCA is dedicated to providing its members with the business tools, resources and education to professionally and successfully deliver convenient automotive oil changes and other preventive maintenance services, and our partnership with NOLN allows us to do just that.

The association is thrilled to form this exclusive partnership with NOLN and encourages all AOCA members to support NOLN's efforts to advance not only the AOCA, but the industry as a whole. Each edition of NOLN will be the source of information for the latest association news, events and happenings. This partnership with NOLN is just one of the many exciting changes happening within AOCA. Back to Top

Mississippi Havoline xpress lube Gives Away Car

Havoline xpress lube in Tupelo, Mississippi, showed their customers how much they appreciated them last holiday season. On December, 23, 2017, Havoline xpress lube gave away a 2017 Chevy Cruze to Allison Neal.

It was Havoline xpress lube's way of saying "Thank you" to their customers for supporting their locally-owned full-service car care center. Havoline xpress lube is celebrating 24 years in Tupelo.

Havoline xpress lube Tupelo owner, Randy Groover, and Allison Neal, winner of a new 2017 Chevy Cruze.
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Hundreds of Automotive Scholarships to be Awarded: Apply by March 31

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is now accepting applications for automotive scholarships at its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website at: The application deadline is March 31, 2018.

Interested candidates can view a wide array of scholarship opportunities, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, available from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and more than 30 industry organizations. Hundreds of scholarships are available for students enrolled in four-year and two-year colleges as well as ASE/NATEF certified automotive, collision and heavy-duty post-secondary schools.

By completing a single application online, students can be considered for multiple scholarships for the 2018-19 school year.

A full list of scholarships is featured on the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central home page with links to pages outlining each organization's scholarship details, eligibility requirements and awards. To apply for as many scholarships as possible, applicants should read the individual pages thoroughly to ensure they include the proper information required by each organization.

"Every completed scholarship application is reviewed by all the organizations where the candidate meets the qualifications. Last year, more than 50 students received multiple awards from one application," said Pete Kornafel, MAAP, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation scholarship committee. "We are pleased to be able to offer so many scholarship opportunities for the 2018-19 school year and encourage interested students to apply today."

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and available automotive scholarships, visit and: Back to Top

Take 5 Partners With Basketball Programs

As part of its entrance into the Austin, Texas, marketplace, Take 5 Oil Change has partnered with the Austin Spurs, a member of the NBA G League, to build awareness, drive traffic and engage with the community. Continuing through this season, Take 5 Oil Change has courtside signage, is recognized in-game at every substitution and whenever the Austin Spurs win and score 100 points or more, and has tickets for fan giveaways. Also, Take 5 Oil Change provides fans coupons for fan giveaways at select games, and is featured on the Austin Spurs social media and digital platforms.

Take 5 Oil Change is also partnering with the University of Oklahoma to share the Take 5 story with the Sooner Nation. They have joined the OU men's and women's basketball programs for in-game activation and branding, contests and couponing.

"Take 5 Oil Change is all about delivering high-quality service, fast and efficiently, so the partnership with the University of Oklahoma basketball and football programs are a great way to build our brand awareness throughout Oklahoma," said Summer Nunn, vice president of Marketing for Take 5 Oil Change.

"From fast breaks on the court to the world's fastest oil change, we're excited to be associated with the Austin Spurs and share the Take 5 Oil Change story with their fans," Nunn said. Back to Top

Tech U, Tech Head Winners Announced

ITW Professional Automotive Products recently announced the 2017 Tech U, Tech Head grand prize winners.
Donatto De Leon with Oil Well in New York, NJ was the winner of the $10,000 grand prize. Donatto sold 2,047 fuel system cleaning services in 2017, which equates to 16.4 percent of their total car count that purchased a fuel system cleaning service.

Donatto completed the Tech U Training and applied what he learned to help him consistently educate his customers that cleaning the fuel system is just as important as changing the oil.

The rest of the Top 10 Tech U, Tech Head winners and prizes were: 2. Nadeem Sinnokrot; Jiffy Lube; Leesburg, Virginia; $2,000 3. Jeremy Richardson; Speed Lube; Decatur, Illinois; $1,500 4. Jorge Lacayo; Jiffy Lube; Gaithersburg, Maryland; $1,000 5. Doug Brown; Jiffy Lube; Elk Grove, California; $900 6. Davinder Singh; Jiffy Lube; Burke, Virginia; $800 7. Aaron Thomas; Jiffy Lube; Dumfries, Virginia; $700 8. Michael Huckeba; Jiffy Lube; Oceanside, California; $600 9. Jo Anne Kitts; Jiffy Lube; Vienna, Virginia; $500 10. Myles Payne; Jiffy Lube; Warrenton, Virginia; $400 Back to Top

ASA Opposes Anti-Safety Inspection Legislation in West Virginia, New Hampshire

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Robert Karnes

West Virginia Sen. Robert Karnes, R-11, recently introduced Senate Bill (SB) 90. If enacted, this legislation would repeal West Virginia's vehicle safety inspection program, which requires an annual inspection.

In New Hampshire, Rep. Glen Dickey, R-Hillsborough-05, introduced House Bill (HB) 1328 that would change the annual inspection requirement to a biennial (every two years) requirement.

Those bills are the latest in a recent series of legislation designed to dismantle or weaken a state's safety inspection program. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposes both SB 90 and HB 1328. All interested parties in West Virginia and New Hampshire are encouraged to visit and click "Alerts" to contact their state representatives in opposition to these bills. Back to Top

Woman Getting Oil Change Accidentally Hits Employee

In Toledo, Ohio, WTOL reported that a woman who planned to get her oil changed accidentally hit an employee at the servicing station instead. The incident occurred at 10 Minute Oil Change.

Police said Daniel Monhollen was directing a vehicle, driven by Deloris Hunt, into a bay inside the building, WTOL reported. Monhollen couldn't get out of the way in time and was pinned between the vehicle and garage door. Monhollen was taken to Toledo Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Back to Top

iFLEX at The Car Wash Show 2018: Don't Miss It

Join AOCA at this year's iFLEX that will be held April 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with The Car Wash Show 2018. Whether you're looking to discover new products on the 141,000-plus square-foot trade show floor, network with over 8,000 industry professionals or gain new insights from experts at one of over 70 education sessions, there's something for everyone!

New this year is an exclusive registration discount for AOCA members. You must be a member of AOCA to be eligible for up to $100 off your show registration. To take advantage of this offer contact, AOCA team member Jenna Bailey at [email protected] or 800.230.0702. This year's host hotel is the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and reservation discounts are available on a first come first serve basis.

iFLEX Schedule

Wednesday, April 25: AOCA President's Welcome Reception & Annual Membership Meeting

Join the AOCA for our President's Welcome Reception and Annual Membership Meeting. This event will be a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. Come hear about all the exciting things happening within AOCA and our industry. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. This will be a fun evening you won't want to miss!

Where: House of Blues (inside Mandalay Bay) 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm *This is an AOCA members-only event. Please RSVP to Jenna Bailey, [email protected], or by calling 800.230.0702.

Thursday, April 26: Education Sessions

  • 8-9 am: Tips for Hiring Technicians and Hourly Workers, presented by Claudia St. Jean, Affinity HR Group
  • 9:15-10:15 am: Options in Succession Planning and How to Get the Most Value for Your Business, presented by Paul Richey, Focus Investment Banking, LLC
  • 10:30-11:30 am: Successful Transmission Maintenance Under the New Weights & Measures Regulation, presented by Joanna Johnson, Johnson Policy Associates
  • 12-10 pm: AOCA Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, April 27: Prayer Service & Education Sessions
  • 7-7:45 am: AOCA Morning Prayer Service; join AOCA for a morning of prayer and reflection. Coffee and pastries will be served.
  • 9:45-10:45 am: How to Get Your Profits to Shine on the Quick Lube Side of Your Business, presented by Les Reed, director of Sales, Valvoline
  • 11 am - 12 pm: AOCA Talk Live Panel Discussion, facilitated by David Everett, Service Champ
Don't forget about the many other educational sessions that will be offered at iFLEX that AOCA members have access to. The trade show floor will also be open all three days.

Grow your business, conquer challenges and join the community of industry professionals at the largest car care event in the country. Don't miss this year's iFLEX at The Carwash Show 2018.

For more information or to register for iFLEX at The Car Wash Show 2018, visit:

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