Best Practices https://www.alldata.com/best-practices en SEMA 2019 Tips https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sema-2019-tips <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11 Secrets to a successful SEMA experience </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>One of the biggest trade shows in the automotive industry is right around the corner: SEMA 2019 is taking place November 5 – November 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. With over 3,000 products in the New</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sema-2019-tips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 08 Oct 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3240 at https://www.alldata.com Proper Parts Pricing to Insure Profitability https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/proper-parts-pricing-insure-profitability <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Shops struggle with parts pricing and sometimes ignore the link between parts markup and shop profit margins. Healthy shops often sell parts for more than the “street price.” The concern shop owners face is how much over that retail price they should mark up the parts and how to make the markup process as painless as possible.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/proper-parts-pricing-insure-profitability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3218 at https://www.alldata.com This fourth of July, thank Henry Ford! https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/fourth-july-thank-henry-ford <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Celebrating American Independence means fireworks, family, friends, and apple pie. But these staples would not be nearly as satisfying without the barbeque. Whether you are grilling meat or tofu, it is hard to imagine a more universal day for Americans to break out the briquettes.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/fourth-july-thank-henry-ford" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Sat, 29 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3171 at https://www.alldata.com The mindset shift on OEM repair procedures https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/mindset-shift-oem-repair-procedures <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Two of the biggest challenges facing repairers today: widespread litigation and increasing vehicle complexity. But what if there’s one easy solution to help protect your shop from liability <em>and</em> get a firm grasp on advanced vehicle technologies?</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/mindset-shift-oem-repair-procedures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Thu, 20 Jun 2019 21:35:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3170 at https://www.alldata.com All you need is trust https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/all-you-need-trust <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>The aftermarket automotive repair industry has quite a few misconceptions surrounding it as a whole. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems is the concept of trust – or, rather, the consumers’ lack thereof. As we know, a very high percentage</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/all-you-need-trust" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3167 at https://www.alldata.com Repairer Driven News: Military one solution to collision tech shortage https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/repairer-driven-news-military-one-solution-collision-tech-shortage <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Caliber talent development Senior Vice President Ty Gammill earlier this year described the company’s rationale and playbook for using veterans to fill the collision industry technician shortage.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/repairer-driven-news-military-one-solution-collision-tech-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3165 at https://www.alldata.com Ratchet + Wrench: Conquering Difficult Diagnostics https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/ratchet-wrench-conquering-difficult-diagnostics <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>For premier service and diagnostic solutions, look no further than ALLDATA. ALLDATA, an AutoZone company, provides the repair solutions your shop needs to service any vehicle, and AutoZone provides quality parts delivered fast.&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_57.png" type="image/png; length=7706"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_58.png" type="image/png; length=18930"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_59.png" type="image/png; 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length=2605"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_63.png" type="image/png; length=1668"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_64.png" type="image/png; length=1355"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_65.png" type="image/png; length=3619"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_66.png" type="image/png; length=4958"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_67.png" type="image/png; length=12517"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_68.png" type="image/png; length=2919"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/ratchet-wrench-conquering-difficult-diagnostics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Wed, 01 May 2019 23:34:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3139 at https://www.alldata.com Now Techs Can Save Time with OEM Procedures + Probable Causes, Right at the Vehicle https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/now-techs-can-save-time-oem-procedures-probable-causes-right-vehicle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ALLDATA Diagnostics adds one-touch access for DTCs </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>To help technicians diagnose and fix vehicles even faster, ALLDATA has added a new feature to its ALLDATA Diagnostics<sup style="font-size:6px;">TM</sup> scan tool.&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-file-attachments"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_57.png" type="image/png; length=7706"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_58.png" type="image/png; length=18930"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_59.png" type="image/png; length=11454"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_60.png" type="image/png; length=12152"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_61.png" type="image/png; length=1082"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_62.png" type="image/png; length=2605"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_63.png" type="image/png; length=1668"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_64.png" type="image/png; length=1355"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_65.png" type="image/png; length=3619"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_66.png" type="image/png; length=4958"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_67.png" type="image/png; length=12517"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file"><a href="https://www.alldata.com/sites/main/files/file-attachments/image_68.png" type="image/png; length=2919"><span class="file-icon field-icon-image-png" style="background-image: url('https://www.alldata.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png')"></span>image.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/now-techs-can-save-time-oem-procedures-probable-causes-right-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Mon, 29 Apr 2019 17:44:00 +0000 spencer.aldrich@alldata.com 3135 at https://www.alldata.com VW: Lane-change assist can mean obligations, restrictions tied to bumper cover https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/vw-lane-change-assist-can-mean-obligations-restrictions-tied-bumper-cover <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>A recent Volkswagen Canada presentation demonstrated the importance of referring to&nbsp;OEM repair procedures&nbsp;by highlighting two critical considerations related to some bumper fascias.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/vw-lane-change-assist-can-mean-obligations-restrictions-tied-bumper-cover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Thu, 28 Mar 2019 15:39:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 3105 at https://www.alldata.com License and Registration Please https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/license-and-registration-please <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>In my hometown, my barber must have a state-issued license to cut what little hair I have. The person who fixed my home heating system must have several licenses. The pilot of the airliner I recently flew in has lots of licenses and lots of continuing education. Although plumbing is not all it’s cracked up to be, a plumber must have appropriate licensing in many locales.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/license-and-registration-please" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 1 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:04:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2998 at https://www.alldata.com What’s Load Got To Do With It? https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/whats-load-got-do-it <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stress Testing Circuits </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>The trouble code you extracted from that car seems to point you to a bad sensor. You replace the sensor and the code quickly comes back. Hmm, must be a bad module! So that gets replaced as well. No one is more surprised than you when the original code comes back. Well, that leaves the wiring and connectors. You disconnect the harness at the sensor and the module end and check for wiring and connector continuity. Your meter shows zero Ohms resistance. You determine it cannot possibly be the wiring or connectors. Or could it be?</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/whats-load-got-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:30:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2950 at https://www.alldata.com See our award-winning Diagnostics scan tool at ALLDATA Booth #10631/North Hall https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/see-our-award-winning-diagnostics-scan-tool-alldata-booth-10631north-hall <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>SEMA season is upon us, and ALLDATA is celebrating by showcasing its newest product release: the award-winning scan tool solution ALLDATA Diagnostics.&nbsp;Our SEMA booth will feature videos and knowledgeable ALLDATA personnel who will demo this device that turns a tablet into a professional-level scan tool –&nbsp;the only one with the power of ALLDATA built in.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/see-our-award-winning-diagnostics-scan-tool-alldata-booth-10631north-hall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 1 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2941 at https://www.alldata.com Sensor Testing Secrets https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sensor-testing-secrets-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 2 of 2 </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Welcome back to Part 2 of <em>Sensor Testing Secrets</em>. We trust you were able to use some of the tips to better diagnose vehicle electrical issues with temperature and position sensors. Miss Part 1? See the article <a href="/blog-entry-option-3/sensor-testing-secrets">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Testing an Exhaust Oxygen Sensor Circuit</strong></p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sensor-testing-secrets-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:35:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2931 at https://www.alldata.com Get even smarter! I‑CAR offers 13 courses at SEMA https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/get-even-smarter-i-car-offers-13-courses-sema <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>As always, our friends at I-CAR provide the collision industry classes and programs that promote safe collision repair and profitable shops. At SEMA Education Days, I-CAR comes out huge with 13 courses that are structured around individual roles within the industry.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/get-even-smarter-i-car-offers-13-courses-sema" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2942 at https://www.alldata.com SEMA 2018 Tips https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/sema-2018-tips <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 Secrets to a successful SEMA experience </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>One of the biggest trade shows in the automotive industry is right around the corner: SEMA 2018 is taking place October 30– November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/sema-2018-tips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 1 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 04 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2926 at https://www.alldata.com ALLDATA WINS INNOVATION AWARDS FROM PTEN AND NACE https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/alldata-wins-innovation-awards-pten-and-nace <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>ALLDATA was recently recognized for its contributions to innovations in our industry: in August alone, ALLDATA received innovation awards from both PTEN and NACE Automechanika Atlanta.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/alldata-wins-innovation-awards-pten-and-nace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 04 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2927 at https://www.alldata.com Sensor Testing Secrets https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sensor-testing-secrets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 1 of 2 </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>OEM diagnostic procedures will get you accurate results. The manufacturer’s tests are designed for simplicity and are aimed at dealership technicians with special tools and the luxury of working on the same vehicles repeatedly.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/sensor-testing-secrets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 04 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2924 at https://www.alldata.com I-CAR Raises the bar for 2019 https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/i-car-raises-bar-2019 <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>For nearly forty years, I-CAR<sup>®</sup> has provided industry-recognized training solutions for the collision repair inter-industry. And now, they’ve gotten even better.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/i-car-raises-bar-2019" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:27:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2916 at https://www.alldata.com Before they leave for college https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/they-leave-college <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Some of your customers will soon experience their child leaving for college. In many of these cases, these young adults are taking the family car with them.</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-3/they-leave-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 3 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:15:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2911 at https://www.alldata.com Spending time with Aaron Stokes https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/spending-time-aaron-stokes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 Tips on time-management </div> </div> </div> <p>[embed:1]</p> <p>Aaron Stokes is the epitome of the busy and successful entrepreneur. Not only is he the owner and operator of six repair shops and a rental car company, but he is also an active family man and the host of the popular radio show “Fixin’ Cars with Aaron Stokes”</p><p><a href="https://www.alldata.com/blog-entry-option-1/spending-time-aaron-stokes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Entry: Option 1 Tech Tips & Trends blog Best Practices Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0000 Thomas Bianchini 2910 at https://www.alldata.com