Ford changes truckload bumper rule
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co.'s Customer Service Division has eliminated the 72 bumper fascia order requirement on its bulk-purchase truckload program and has switched to a mix-and-match dollar-based ordering system.
Dealers can order a truckload of bumper fascias, radiators and steel bumpers in any quantity and variety to meet Ford's minimum truckload ordering requirement.
A Truckload Program Hotline is available at 800-860-4075.
Internet group hits milestone
BREA, Calif. - The International Automotive Technicians' Network hit a membership milestone last year when it registered its 30,000th active member.
The network, which was created in 1995, is an organization of automotive technicians, repair shop owners and other auto service professionals who use the Internet to discuss issues and problems.
To join, technicians must have four years of full-time experience as an automotive technician or ASE certification. The site is www.iatn.net. Membership is free.
Auctions check contaminates
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Six Manheim auto auctions have begun using a new oil analysis system as part of their vehicle certification program.
The system, called MotorCheck, checks for contaminates such as fuel, water, coolant, carbon and metal fragments in oil, saving service technicians from having to send oil samples to a laboratory for analysis. It is marketed by Global Technovations Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The auctions are in Flat Rock, Mich.; Cincinnati; Fredericksburg, Va.; Manheim, Pa.; and Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.
Repair laws could be changed
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's legislature is considering a measure that would give the state's Department of Motor Vehicles more control over the licensing of auto-repair shops doing business in the state. The legislation would allow the department to refuse or revoke the licenses of shops that do not meet more stringent standards. In addition:
Shops would have to have access to reference materials to help personnel estimate the cost of repairs and insurance.
At least one employee in each shop would have to complete an auto-body repair course before a full-service license could be granted.
Two classes of licenses would be created.
Fines would be increased from a maximum of $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000.
The legislation passed the Senate 30-5 in late December and was sent to the New Jersey Assembly, which had passed a previous version of the bill. The assembly's next vote is Jan. 29. If passed and signed into law by the governor, it would take effect in 2002.