The California Air Resources Board is proposing to revise its current requirements for the sale and use of aftermarket and re-manufactured catalytic converters. The proposed requirements would extend the period for meeting emissions reductions from 25,000 to 50,000 miles or a period of five years, applicable to all new converters sold, advertised or installed after January 1, 2009.
A bill to ban the sale or installation of "an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” will be considered by the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee on October 2. The bill excludes limited-use “antique motor cars” from its scope, a clear attempt by the bill’s sponsors to divide the automobile hobby in an effort to gain clearer sailing for this restrictive and damaging piece of legislation.
For the first time ever, the spy shooters at Brenda Priddy & Co. spotted a Camaro test mule in the United States. Most of the testing and development is taking place in Australia, Priddy says, and previously they’ve only been able to grab grainy cell phone shots of a Holden-badged mule.
With only five weeks until the SEMA Show, now is the time to register for the 2007 SEMA Show Internship Program. The Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for the participating exhibitors to observe, influence and potentially hire new talent pursuing a career in the specialty-equipment industry. SEMA Show interns are students enrolled in schools or universities that specialize in automotive-related fields of study and seeking a technical or business/management position after graduation.
If you missed today's webinar, "Get Paid: Avoiding Slow/Non-Paying Customers and Collecting Debt," stay tuned for the download next week. Learn how to avoid the hassle of collecting money that's past due with Doug Frymer, as he discusses how to avoid slow or non-paying customers through careful screening, as well as documenting the necessary sales and ordering information needed in court.
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The first in a series of SEMA vehicle technology seminars drew over 50 members of the specialty-equipment industry and several key SEMA staff who came to learn and discuss electronic stability control systems.
The SEMA Show is loaded with innovative resources, merchandising tools, marketing strategies and networking opportunities to help auto dealers create new profit centers with fast-selling accessories in every department: new car, used car, parts, service and F&I. Gain the knowledge and expertise you need to capture your share of the $36.7 billion accessory market at these dealer-exclusive special events.
Business owners, installers, restylers and wheel and tire specialists: gain a quality advantage in your market and register now for the upcoming SEMA Installer Certification exams. Registration has been extended until Friday, September 28, so don't miss the last chance to test, certify and market your skills as an industry-recognized professional.
SEMA membership has reached a record high, with 7,094 companies from throughout the world signed up as members at the close of the 2007 fiscal year. The number represents a 4% increase from the previous year, with the majority of the new members coming from retailers, jobbers and installers.