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FOCUS THIS WEEK: Repair Outlets Changing Brands for Foreign Vehicles

 “Service Stations and Garages for which foreign vehicles comprise 40% to 75% of their business (higher foreign-percentage outlets are classified by Lang Marketing as Foreign Specialists) purchase different brands of key products over one-third of the time for foreign vehicles versus brands they use to repair domestic cars and light trucks.” “This is an acceleration […]

Every 863 Years!

This year’s July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays.  This apparently happens once every 823 years.       Use this unique event to plan a sales promotion event.  Plan now to differentiate your business from the competition.   Calendar for July 2011 July   2011 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat       […]

America’s New Frugality Means Keeping Cars Longer and More Repairs for DIY and DIFM Consumers

The FINANCIAL — Today’s cost-conscious Americans have decided to keep cars longer than they have in the past, which means more repairs and maintenance for do-it-yourself (DIY) or do-it-for-me (DIFM) consumers, according automotive aftermarket market research by The NPD Group, a market research company.         According to NPD’s 2011 Aftermarket Outlook Survey, […]

IRS Releases Draft Form 8941 for Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a draft version of Form 8941 on Sept. 7. The form is available for small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to use in calculating the small business health care tax credit when filing next year’s tax returns. Small businesses can claim the tax credit as part of the general business […]

What does the health care bill mean to me?

The health-care overhaul will change the way millions of Americans get health insurance and require nearly everyone to have health insurance or face penalties.  A number of factors – including income, age, location and family size – will determine how it specifically impacts your life.  The Washington Post has a very useful tool that estimates what it […]

EPA Announces New List of Acceptable Substitutes for Air Conditioning and Propellants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice expanding the list of acceptable substitutes for ozone depleting substances under their Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). The substitutes are for use in several different sectors including bus and passenger train air conditioning. The majority of the acceptability decisions find substitutes acceptable as alternatives to the […]

“Consumer Reports” Study Reinforces Need for Right to Repair Act

Higher Level of Satisfaction with Independent Repair Shops than New Car Dealerships BETHESDA, MD – May 12, 2010 – According to the June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, more Americans (74 percent) are very satisfied with independent repair shops for vehicle repairs than new car dealers (59 percent). To ensure that car owners can continue […]

Tax Credit Helps Small Employers Provide Health Insurance Coverage

IR-2010-38 Many small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that provide health insurance coverage to their employees now qualify for a special tax credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service.   Included in the health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, approved by Congress and signed by President Obama on March 23, the […]

Health Reform Implementation Timeline

The Kaiser Family Foundation has developed a timeline for the implemetation of the various aspects of the healthcare reform legislation.   You can go to this link to read the Implementation Timeline.