Automotive Trivia


Friddle:  Which Japanese automaker produces the 4Runner SUV? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Who is the only race car driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: A.J. Foyt Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mel R.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle:  Who is the only race car driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: The original "Bigfoot" 4X4 monster truck was built using what make and model truck? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford F250 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ray R.

Customer Profile – Lee's Under Car Services

The Customer Profile for this blog post focuses on Lee’s Under Car Services of Independence, Missouri. Lee’s is a full-service automotive and truck repair facility, and a JASPER Preferred Installer. Owners Lee and Julie Wilson believe customers should have a reliable place to have their vehicle repaired at a fair price, with quality work. The Wilson’s have been in business for 18 years. Lee started his automotive career as a dealership technician. Wanting more from his chosen career path, he decided to open his own place for car and truck repair. Lee’s Under Car Services has steadily grown since since its inception in 1996. What started as a small two-bay garage with no office, Lee’s now has three service bays with a clean customer waiting room, a parts storage area, and office space for its three employees. Two of Lee’s technicians are ASE-Certified in various areas, including A/C, Suspension, Diagnostics, Engine and Transmission Builders and Automotive Electrical. Lee’s does not believe in fear-selling, or overselling unneeded parts. Instead, he advises customers of the problems found on their vehicle, then he informs them, much like a doctor would, what measures must be taken to ensure proper repair and safety, without selling unnecessary items. Lee’s Under Car Services has been an installer of JASPER remanufactured products since 1996. "Doing the job right the first time saves everyone money," says Wilson. He also promotes a "show the customer" approach by showing them pictures of JASPER’s remanufacturing facilities. "I’ve been to JASPER three times now, and I have taken a lot of pictures of the facility, as well as the units," Wilson added. "The images are uploaded to my office computer and I show them to potential customers so they can see JASPER’s commitment to quality." Lee’s Under Car Services utilizes the business philosophy that cars cannot be fixed without the necessary tools and skills." "Sometimes without the right tool you can get the repair done, but how long is it going to take?" said Wilson. "Time is money so I believe in spending money on the tools to do the job right." "The customer is your advertisement," Lee said. "If a customer is happy they tell everyone. If they aren’t happy, they tell everyone. I believe in personal and honest customer relationships, just like JASPER. "That is what separates JASPER from other companies," he added. "The others want to come in and sell their product based on price; not value. The trust one builds with their customer far outweighs a ‘bargain of the day.’" In the future, Lee would like to find a larger building with two additional bays, and hire the necessary personnel to operate them. But for now, he is holding on to his dream of building his own "perfect shop".

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: The original "Bigfoot" 4X4 monster truck was built using what make and model truck? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which 20th century automaker offered the Ultramatic transmission? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Packard Motor Car Company Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Two-Door Fun at Mid America Motorworks

MAM Show Pictures taken Thursday morning courtesy of our Driver Alan Schwenk. The JASPER Rolling Showcase is taking part in one of the largest Corvette parties in the world. Every September since 1994 Mid America Motorworks celebrates Corvette Funfest at their corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois. Corvette enthusiasts have the opportunity to engage in four days of activities including: Corvette expert seminars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs and entertainment. What else is going on? Last night there was a Corvette Fun Run motoring back scenic area roads and through downtown Effingham. Tonight there's a charity event and tomorrow night the Surf City All Stars will perform at the Funfest Amphitheater. Many years ago, some friends and I attended a Funfest event, needless to say we had an awesome time. So, if you're in the area and you love Corvettes, or just cars in general, stop by and check out the activities. Don't forget to stop by the JASPER Rolling Showcase - tell them Jason sent ya!

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which 20th century automaker offered the Ultramatic transmission? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What does the automotive-related acronym SAE stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Society of Automotive Engineers Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Marj K.

Elite Sales Seminars/New Shop Owner Website

Elite has just launched an all-new website for shop owners.  One of the main features of this new website is the Auto Shop Idea Center – a library of complimentary tips and ideas that will help you overcome challenging sales objections, and increase your shop’s sales, customer satisfaction and customer retention. The Idea Center also offers marketing and shop management tips designed to help shop owners build more successful businesses. Elite will be adding new content to the Auto Shop Idea Center every week to provide shop owners with a consistent flow of new business building information, so if you find these tips helpful, you may want to check back regularly for new complimentary ideas.  Check it out at: www.eliteworldwide.com/auto-shop-ideas. Elite’s new website also provides the opportunity to enroll directly in any of the upcoming JASPER-sponsored High Impact sales seminars, and because you are a valued JASPER customer, you are entitled to an exclusive $100 discount. Here is the latest upcoming JASPER-sponsored seminar: High Impact Sales Seminar - October 24th, Dublin, CA We hope that between the Auto Shop Idea Center and these industry acclaimed seminars, you are able to take your shop’s sales to a new level!

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What does the automotive-related acronym SAE stand for? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What was the largest engine (in cubic inches) that Pontiac offered in the first generation Grand Prix? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 428 cu in Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Scott L.

Labor Day Celebration

We're getting close... it's time for another three-day Labor Day weekend for many Americans, and the unofficial end of summer. Besides being excited about a long weekend, I'm also grateful to work for an amazing company with fellow Associates who care about its growth, direction and success. If you didn't already know, JASPER is owned by its Associates through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Yes, JASPER Associates receive an annual allotment of shares. At our last Annual Shareholder Meeting, we discovered that our share price had sky-rocketed 72% over last year's price. Wow! Our shares are now worth $141.45 a piece! In addition to our 401K, the ESOP is essentially a second retirement plan. It's good to know that retirement can be comfortable. To support and sustain growth, we as Associates are constantly coming up with new ideas (continuous improvements) to drive positive change in our processes and improve the quality of products we provide the marketplace. It's not uncommon to hear Associates thanking one another for their intellectual contributions. So sometime this holiday weekend while celebrating with family and friends, reflect on what makes this country so great, hardworking Americans.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What was the largest engine (in cubic inches) that Pontiac offered in the first generation Grand Prix? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What is the numerical limit on a 2015 Corvette Z06 speedometer? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 220 mph Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner