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Is Your Service Department Ready for a Technical Tsunami?


The ser­vice depart­ments and the col­li­sion repair shops that sup­port deal­er­ships are being flooded with a tsunami of sophis­ti­cated new tech­nolo­gies and cutting-edge vehi­cle advance­ments…

For exam­ple, vehi­cles are becom­ing lighter using new mate­ri­als. Elec­tron­ics are now embed­ded in auto­mo­tive sys­tems. If your deal­er­ship is not train­ing on new tech­nolo­gies, you’re falling behind. Your GM and Ser­vice Depart­ment Team are encour­aged to lis­ten to a short pod­cast from I-CAR’s Direc­tor of Indus­try Tech­ni­cal Rela­tions, Jason Bar­ta­nen.

Get briefed on a com­pre­hen­sive list of new tech­nol­ogy and mate­ri­als com­ing in the next year or sooner…


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Apple iPad SIM Card Unchains 70% of New Users to Swap Data Plans

Situation: Built-in universal cellular “Subscriber Identity Module”(SIM) Card in new iPad allows users to use multiple carriers.

New SIM Card removes the power and control by carriers.

While empowering users, the SIM Card will enable carriers to attract user-subscribers from competitors.

iPhone may be the next Apple platform to allow users to access multiple providers.

Significance: This SIM card will enable dealers and automotive industry users to make more effective use of their iPads--and soon iPhones-- by being able to switch to other carriers to gain more and better reception depending on where there are in the dealership or market areas to gain the best reception for that particular location.

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How Close Are Electric Vehicle Batteries to Being Cheaper and Longer Range?

Guess how much the battery pack in the Tesla Model S costs? $30,000!!! Building a smaller, lighter and cheaper battery for Tesla’s upcoming lower-cost sedan has been at the heart of its $5 billion “Gigafactory” in Reno, Nev....………

It’s going to take a few model years to see the price drop substantially for Tesla, Nissan, and other electric vehicle makers. Here are some of the latest developments in electric vehicle batteries……….…............

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Watch AutoMatch USA & Get Know About Marcus Lemonis

Why keep track of Marcus? 

Three reasons:  Marcus Lemonis, Growing Market for Pre-Owned luxury cars, & AutoMatch

Why find out what Marcus doing?  He is rapidly becoming the most influential investor-entrepreneur in the country.  If you are not watching and eating up his program on CNBC in and around “Shark Tank” then start there.  Search for many of his past programs on YouTube and the Internet.  You will be inspired and charged.

One of the many small companies that Marcus elected to invest in was a used car operation in Chicago that was going nowhere if not out business.  In short order, Marcus turned the company around. Another reason we should pay attention is that he started his successful career at AutoNation and went on to make millions at Camper World. His money, management acumen, and vision transformed a no-where used car dealer operation into a successful national chain called AutoMatch USA.

Buy Inc Magazine and study this article from the September issue.

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Kelly CooperDirector of Sales and ServiceTenPoint Complete - 12/31/1969

Formerly, Cooper was a member of the TenPoint Insurance Solutions team with prior experience as an account executive with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where she represented the claim and legal solutions of the CSC Financial Service Group. Here she was continuously recognized for exceeding her sales goals and uncovering new revenue opportunities with both existing and new clients.

“As we’ve experienced remarkable growth opportunities, we knew we needed to bring on additional resources”, states Michael Sturgis, partner at TenPoint Complete. “With the addition of an industry veteran like Kelly, TenPoint is poised to continue our expansion while maintaining our personal touch with our customers. We are extremely excited about having Kelly back on our team.” “TenPoint is a well-respected company in the repairer and automotive claims market”, said Kelly Cooper.
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