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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking march 2012 $4.95 without sponsors their would be no atlantic racing see page 56 recyclers reach out see page 14 marine atlantic rate increases panned see page 22 the myths and realities of hybrid vehicles think you had the skinny on hybrid vehicles think again all about collecting die-cast cars etc see page 62 win prizes a brand new tomtom xl 350 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 69 and 70 owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc publications mail sales agreement number 40062985

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let s hear from you have something you want to tell us maybe a comment suggestion or even some criticism then please contact us we d love to hear from you and we ll respond to you as well call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 auto volumeeleven · issue 2 · march · 2 0 1 2 atlantic the myths and realities of hybrid vehicles page 6 trucking the myths and realities of hybrid vehicles ­ writer jay lerue unlocks the truth and plugs you into these cars of the future green with envy our editor introduces a column that answers your environmental questions auto painter aaron hebb is taking it to the next level rookie auto body painter hebb offers a modest take on grand achievements recyclers are keenly interested in hybrid and electric cars ed macdonald says recycling hybrid car parts are opening up challenges for his industry understanding credit card fees and charges credit cards for your carwash business no problem no really big buses idle-free for our kids existing fleets can save big bucks by following this ridiculously simple idea atlantic road report rounds up all the news to drive home to the ups and downs of warranties and assurances on lifts when it comes to warranties michael d ellis says that common sense goes a long way cows don t celebrate christmas ellen voie tips her hat to the workers toiling away while you enjoyed your turkey how about creating brake safety month make sure your brakes don t take a back seat to safety a little retention budget goes a long way gavin brown asks you to look carefully at your investment priorities don t tread on me jay lerue asks you to consider the case for and against retreads are you the weakest link in the supply chain ellen voie returns to offer her important views on the nature of collaboration amongst stakeholders roads less travelled the ins and outs and ups and downs of ice roads and their histories sponsors without them there would be no motor racing cast away popular with collectors for years die cast cars are becoming more popular than ever win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests march 2012 n autoatlantic.com page 8 advertising directory page 68 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com client services manager susan regan sue@autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing ltd advocateprinting.com auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 10 page 14 page 18 page 28 page 32 page 34 page 38 page 40 page 42 page 44 page 46 page 53 page 56 page 62 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 69 page 70 3

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letter from the editor batteries not included t by carter hammett he airwaves have been buzzing recently with the story of an ottawa man fighting with the board of the condo where he lives seems the poor guy wanted to something good for the environment and purchased an electric car however the board s president has informed resident mike nemat that the outlet he uses to charge the car will be disconnected because it s unfair for other residents who all share the electric bill to be coughing up money for charges to his car furthermore they want him to pony up $3,000 for an individual meter at his outlet nemat s rebuttal is that his chevy volt costs less than a dollar per night but the board s position is that it shouldn t pay for fuelling electric cars since it doesn t pay to put fuel into other cars ironically condo guidelines state that nemat can use a block heater for a conventional car which requires similar power levels at no cost welcome to the wonderful crazy and confusing world of green vehicles our theme this issue the subject is divisive and seems to provoke as many arguments in the for column as they do on the against side that s because many people don t understand the workings of green vehicles what they cost represent or benefit residents in nemat s condo state they have nothing against electric cars they just don t want to pay for it that said ottawa is moving forward with a huge investment in green auto research to the tune of $11.5-million indeed the why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012 mcmaster automotive resource centre marc will be located at mcmaster university and is expected to open by the end of this year the total cost is expected to top $26 million with the university committing $9.5 million as part of its mission to create a go-to centre for canadian vehicle research and development the initiative is expected to unite stakeholders and researchers from government industry and the university to collaborate on testing and developing a range of green technology including powertrains batteries and lightweight materials that will break ground in the introduction of cleaner and greener technology and result in greater fuel efficiency and alternatives to fossil fuels the centre will be housed in 70,000 square feet of amazing space at the careport centre at mcmaster innovation park in hamilton according to the web site several projects are to be colocated there including an electric vehicle research and development centre a research site devoted to pioneering hybrid technologies and a partnership working on developing automotive industry materials the centre reflects an exciting time to be involved with green technologies and we at auto and trucking atlantic are committed to driving that news home regular contributor jay lerue sheds light on some of the myths and realities swirling around hybrid vehicles with up to an estimated 800,000 hybrid vehicles expected to be on us highways alone by next year it s time to pay close attention to developments in this area but what happens when these vehicles run their course the question opens up interesting responses about recycling possibilities dismantling and reselling component parts especially batteries lastly beginning this issue a new column by yours truly will attempt to bring you the latest developments in research and innovation from the green technology world and dissect its relevance to the aftermarket world we d love to hear feedback and suggestions for this feature as we try to bring you news that matters there can be no debating the excitbrookside road truro ns ing times that lie ahead in the field of green technology the phone 902 897-0252 impact can be stratified across fax 902 897-2854 the entire motor sector touching on virtually every stakevancehanesautoparts.com holder from research to retail daily shipping anywhere to recycling even community colleges will feel the impact and new fields of study and apprenticeships will open up creating opportunities for maintenance installation testing and other technical requirements if only those poor condominium owners in ottawa realized that they might be running out to buy some new hybrids themselves.

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future technologies the you had the skinny on hybrid v myths and realiti think by jay lerue t wasn t all that long ago when hybrid vehicles were seen as a gamble for the consumer attitudes and technology have certainly changed cars that run on gasoline and electricity are now all the rage and only getting more popular with estimated sales between 600,000 to 800,000 hybrid sales in the united states alone by 2013 let s face it fueling a car only once-or-twice a month is certainly an enticing thought but for all their benefits there is still much debate over the benefits of buying hybrid let s look at some of the more common myths associated with hybrid vehicles in hopes of dispelling any negative attitudes toward these modern energy-efficient albeit more expensive cars and cut a clear path to the truths about them to facilitate this i d like to introduce david giles of nscc akerley s automotive program he knows plenty about hybrids and their surrounding myths including i 1 hybrids have to be plugged in all the time this was false right up until this year the word electric evokes images of having to plug something in this is not how you charge the hybrid vehicle this is done by an innovative system called regenerative braking that simply means that when you apply your brakes in a hybrid car you re recharging the car s batteries an interesting side note is that this feature is a borrowed concept from locomotive technology in january of this year 2012 toyota is planning to introduce the prius plug in this car s total all electric range is 23 km has an expected total range of 764 km and a maximum electric-only speed of 100 km/h the lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in 180 minutes at 120 volts or in 90 minutes at 240 volts according to toyota the prius plug-in is expected to be rated at 112 mpg 2 hybrid batteries require expensive replacement 6 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012

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ies ofthink again says our writer hybrid vehicles vehicles this myth alone could keep someone from considering a hybrid but the fact is that these worries are unfounded by keeping the charge between 40-and-60 percent never fully charged yet never fully drained car makers have greatly extended the longevity of nickel metal hydride batteries 3 people only buy hybrids to save on gas while reducing your gas expenses is a good reason to get a hybrid it s not the only reason people buy them in fact a common complaint by critics is that hybrids are far more expensive to buy in the first place among the reasons why people buy them is to minimize their impact on the environment to help reduce the world s addiction to oil and to earn technology bragging rights hybrids are powerful cars because the electric motors produce maximum torque from 0 rpm for the most part people like to use the electric motors for low speed driving and gasoline for the faster driving 4 hybrids are too expensive to buy rechargeable batteries electric motors and sophisticated computer controls do add to the cost of producing a hybrid car however as production numbers increase economies of scale are expected to reduce those costs toyota for example plans to offer hybrid versions of all its most popular models and thus cut the incremental cost of hybrids in half 5 hybrids involved in accidents pose a threat to first responders now that hundreds more hybrid cars are on our roads each day some critics have wondered if public safety agencies should be concerned about all those highvoltage battery packs zipping along at freeway speeds the answer is yes and no a first responder is often in a mad race to save the lives of accident victims in that rush the responder has to make dozens of rapid technical decisions about how to safely remove the passengers from the vehicle adding the complication of unfamiliar hybrid technology can slow things down so it s the worry about potential dangers primarily when and where to cut power rather than the system itself that can cause a problem turns out that a good amount of training and in case of fire lots of water should be most of what a first responder needs upon arriving at an accident involving a hybrid firefighters have coped with advancing automotive technologies for years and they will skillfully deal with hybrid cars and it s with this particular myth in mind that i consulted david giles head of automotive training at nova scotia community college nscc akerley campus akerly has the most advanced hybrid training program east of ontario it s not a fire fighter s responsibility to know which vehicles involved in accidents are hybrid vehicles says giles they tend to treat all vehicles in accidents the same way firstly they will cut the battery terminals to cut all electrical connectivity in the car he says there are many redundant systems that will also eliminate all electricity throughout the car to prevent injuries i mean okay if the batteries themselves are cut open you can get into a hazardous situation there but generally dousing the car with lots of water will kill the oxygen to the car and it will die out anyway he says there is an on board safety feature that will assist in this as well if the sensors detect any ac alternating current power they themselves will shut down the system it s virtually impossible to get electrocuted from a hybrid vehicle but what about changes upgrades to technologies etc apparently hybrid technology is ever-changing to meet the needs of consumers honda is using more engine management technology with their hybrids toyota for their part has upgraded their horsepower to offer better competition in their prius model says giles it s really interesting that people who buy hybrids really do expect that they are buying a car that is unlike any car they ve ever owned or driven they really want something phenomenal where hybrids are concerned he says but really aside from the power train the cars themselves are fundamentally the same as a conventional vehicle car manufacturers are now working toward making buying a hybrid more of an `experience he says where people are looking for something different manufacturers are adding things like navigation systems self-parking systems blackberry connections and usb ports people want hybrids to be fun entertaining and to give them a wow factor etc but they still want the hybrid to represent what it has always meant to the public such as power and fuel conservation when asked if he had any predictions for the future of hybrid vehicles giles says i think you re going to see hybrid cars become very interesting in design certainly you will probably see the body designs and even interiors become more space age or futuristic interiors will probably become more aircraft-like again where people are expecting something different something really radical with hybrids car companies are probably going to start catering to this you can t deny the buying public what it wants to spend its money on so there you have it the myths and facts about hybrids even a hint of their future the gasoline combustion engine concept is over a century old but is not yet outmoded they re still very much in production the bottom line is that you are free to decide for yourself if you are ready for a hybrid vehicle and the whole hybrid experience if the answer is yes the future awaits you march 2012 n autoatlantic.com 7

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our environment green with envy by carter hammett introducing a new column in ata that focuses on green vehicles and clean living hen it comes to attitudes about standardand-environment a l ly friend ly cars,theyoung uns are definitely in it for the green fuelled in part by a shaky economy emerging technology and a global redefinition of ethics and priorities generation y consumers voted hybrid gasoline-electric cars cars first with 59 in a recent survey conducted by cbs news traditional vehicles running on gas were still preferred by only 37 of survey recipients an interesting outcome of the survey indicated that about 25 of all new ve2012 chevrolet volt our writer is impressed w have high expectations either this is a demographic that expects fuel efficiency as a key component of any vehicle purchase and over half were found to be willing to shell out extra money for it as well clearly green cars are a phenomenon that s here to stay but what exactly does the term green cars mean anyway green is really a term still evolving when applied to cars broadly speaking though vehicles classified as green contribute less harmful contaminants to the environment than cars running on traditional fuels like gas or diesel in recent months the term has also informally been used for california s zeroemission and other low-carbon vehicles the key component to this category is the fact that green vehicles move on alternative fuels and encompass a vast array of terminologies that include hybrid electric battery electric compressed air fuel cell ethanol flexible fuels natural biodiesel hicles sold in 2012 and 40 during the next decade were most likely going to be purchased by a gen y-er and for many if not most it will be their first-ever car purchase thereby making an opportunity for auto manufacturers to try to create incentives for customer loyalty one of those incentives is a vehicle jam-packed with technology including touch screens smart phone apps and even audio system configurations but that s not surprising given that this is the first generation to be born completely into technology unlike us rapidly decaying gen xer s who are probably still on dial up never let it be said that gen y s don t 8 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012 gasohol and ethanol pundits also discuss the concept of fuel economy which includes some traditional vehicles since this is perceived as the most efficient and effective way to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficacy at the end of the day green vehicles are expected to make contributions to energy independence by reducing dependency on oil imports while several vehicles continue to make their way into the market the acknowledged champion so far in green vehicles is the top selling toyota prius a hybrid car with sales of over 2 million units as you read this toyota s newest model reportedly obtains the best city mpg rating of any vehicle without a plug and features a host of audio perks including music streaming via blue tooth one of my faves is the chevy volt the latest installment is forecast to allow california consumers to qualify for a tax rebate which is on top of an existing $7,500 federal tax break the volt includes two energy sources a gas generator that produces electricity which allows drivers to move up to 375 miles on a full tank on top of the 35 gas-free miles offered by a battery green doesn t come cheap in this case though with the volt s pricing starting at a hefty $32,000 and with hot entrants like the 2013 ford fusion hybrid making their way into a relatively small market the competition is expected to get even stiffer the latter vehicle gets an average of 47 mpg in urban environments and also features a deluge of perks all jockeying for space and attention including music and temperature controls the greens have their detractors too of course critics point to the relatively short life span of many green vehicles especially gas-electric hybrids in norway green marketing is tightly controlled despite the criticism some of it warranted green vehicles are in the process of finding their place in an arena driven by environmentally-conscious consumers a market place starving for an opportunity to reduce carbon footprints while meeting fickle purchasing tastes and a need to be perceived as socially responsible these and other elements combine to produce a level of interest that we believe will make interesting reading and so this new column will attempt to respond to some of your questions even as it monitors the latest in green development got a question about soy beans as an energy source we ll look it up for you want to know more about fuel economy make us your go-to people together we ll explore the emerging world of green vehicles and help you make informed decisions so you in turn can dazzle your customers with shared knowledge and make them green with envy.

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human resources auto painter aaron hebb is taking it to the next level aking it to the next level has become routine for aaron hebb it has become his way of life he has a shining medal a world of travel and a bright future to show for it he also has a story to tell about what it takes to turn an interest into a drive for success.for someone who is just 20 aaron hebb has a remarkably mature attitude towards competing against the best in the world in the skills category of car painting success for me is just being happy and enjoying what i do going into the international car painting competition worldskills he thought of course i would like to win the contest but just being invited to compete is a huge honour and already a success for me aaron working away doing what he does best t what canadians should know about skilled trades i would like everyone to know that a skilled trade as a career choice is an amazing one says aaron i d also like everyone to know how much devotion and time it takes to become a skilled trades person having traveled and competed in canada and other parts of the world aaron is well aware that there will be many shortages across the world in many skilled trades and employers are looking for the next generation of technicians with new skills based around new technology the makings of a champion in all honesty i did not know a whole lot about the skills canada competitions before i got involved i had seen posters up around our school advertising for them but did not know that i would be able to the car painting competition dealt with the logistics and helped me train and pushed me to push myself hebb is also grateful for the many industry people who have given their support giving him advice and references that help him get the tools resources and extra training he needed ultimately i also have a big support system behind me through my family both my mother and father support me 100 and would be there for me any minute of any day while aaron s parents have always been supportive of his choice to pursue a skilled trade it was a real eye opener for them when aaron s father volunteered to be chaperone for team nova scotia and then witnessed his son winning the national competition it takes skills in my category the most important skills are mostly technical skills it normally comes down to minor details so you need to have an eye for everything problem solving is also very important you cannot control everything so if something does go wrong or you make a small mistake you need to be able to fix it sometimes in a split second these split second decisions can mean the difference between placing first and second it takes practice work learn practice compete hebb has been dedicated about making sure i am where i need to be for the worldskills competitions in london the intensity of his training has risen along with his skill level as he progressed for the nationals i spent a few nights training with randy outside of school hours for worldskills i spent over a year preparing through training and work and taking product courses sellars set him up with additional product training offered by manufacturers on colour tinting and the latest paint guns aaron estimates that product training accounted for a total of about 20 of his training time aaron also used the provincial and national competitions to practice his skills in a bustling competitive environment he even got a taste of international competitions being invited by skills australia to after worldskills hebb felt i have gained many skills that have improved my abilities as an automotive painter i have also gained confidence in my abilities and the knowledge of how to present myself to the industry i look forward to where i can take my career and am willing to take risks to do so i have learned a lot about myself through competing self confidence presentation skills problem solving and many other things i have learned if you are willing to work hard anything is possible 10 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012 reach the level of competition that i am at my teacher and mentor randy sellars is the reason i started competing he suggested that i compete at the provincial level and explained how the contests work without his support i probably would not be where i am today he donated a lot of his time to me meeting me at the school after hours during the week as well as on weekends to help me train randy was always just a phone call away with answers and advice todd foss the canadian expert for

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human resources participate in a mock competition with fellow competitors from new zealand and australia in july 2011 this proved to be the most helpful preparation because participating in a practice competition based on the worldskills competition i was able to learn what my weaknesses are and improve on them it also helped me visualize what the real competition would look and feel like exposure to additional competitions allowed hebb to become aware of the tiny differences that amount to a half point here or there the small things which can spell the difference between medalists and the rest of the field he also found it useful to learn exactly what would be expected of him in london including taping a fine line outline of the tower of london on a hood the event itself far exceeded my expectations the number of competitors the number of spectators the overall size of the competition site as you progress through the levels of competition the overall experience and atmosphere become greater and bigger the intensity of each competitor at the worldskills level creates an atmosphere like no other also i experienced more of london than i had anticipated and loved every minute of it i plan on taking a vacation to london at some point in the next few years the many rewards of competitions the future hebb is excited about the future prospects of the industry when i talk to people who ve been in the industry 30 years i realize how much the technology has changed and i can only imagine that technology will be pushed extremely and in the next 30 it will be more environmentally-friendly on the question of future employment in the industry aaron only sees possibilities you can paint anything really you can meet guys who ve painted for mining companies there are huge auto body shops in europe that handle thousands of cars his personal future is also looking bright the amazing resume he built through competing led to a lot of phone calls from employers regarding new job opportunities i have taken a job as a fulltime painter at bridgewater carstar looking ahead his plans are to continue improving on my skills as an automotive painter and begin studying business as well in the next five years i would like to open my own business the challenges of competitions i enjoy the competition between competitors and being able to showcase myself to spectators judges and employers the hardest part for me is maintaining perfect focus while blocking out all the distractions that include spectators watching having a judge looking over your shoulder or another competitor working beside you or a background noise exceeding expectations going to london for worldskills exceeded all my expectations competing there was the experience of a life time the competition process is organized and well thought-out the competition is in a modular form in which you re given a certain amount of time to complete each module for example in my competition area there were six modules in total two six-hour modules and four three-hour modules what others should know at the paint shop 12 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012

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after meeting other competitors from all over the world a feel i have gotten a sense of how skilled trades are viewed by people in general i feel skilled trades are viewed very similarly in countries all over the world it seems as time passes more and more people are realizing how important skilled trades are and the kind of life you can have through being a skilled trades person based on what he has experienced in the last couple of years of competing aaron has some thoughts to share on investing in training and apprenticeship i would tell employers to be supportive of new students and new employees as apprentices with the right motivation from employers parents and supports students can far exceed any goals they set for themselves employers are going to get their training investment back because training makes you more efficient they are going to get their money back and then some the industry is slowly getting recognition some people still haven t heard about how to go about getting into it the competitions help we need more employers and competitors to show students that it s not just words it s actually doing it not just having someone come in and talk about it staying involved although he will no longer be competing aaron has every intention of staying involved with skills competitions in the future i will be participating as a board member on the skills canada ­ nova scotia board of directors in hopes of being able to help the skills movement continue to grow perhaps in the future i may return as a judge or trainer i d like to help others to do the same thing as i am doing hebb believes the skills canada competitions are showing the general public what skilled trades are all about the first day at the nationals 30,000 people walked by and were able to see that although in high school they always pushed university you can go just as far or further with a diploma in a skilled trade the last word i am extremely happy with how i performed at the competition i put everything i had into competing and i feel my results show how much effort was put into preparing for the competition by myself and all of my supporters trainers and coaches

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at the recycler s yard recyclers are keenly interested in hybrid and electric cars recyclers have a shocking interest in both hybrid and electric vehicles here s why by ed macdonald ome interesting statistics to ponder the first mainstream hybrid to enter the north american market was the honda insight in 2000-over 4000 hybrids were sold in the us alone there have been approximately 1.9 million hybrids sold since 2000 159 the number of hybrid models that are expected to be produced in 2016 there are presently only 32 model lines of hybrid vehicles sold in north america the hybrid vehicle i believe is still in its infancy stage and based on the figures above it is a vehicle that will demand more and more of our attention as dismantlers the first hybrid aptly named semper vivus or always alive in english was developed by a young twenty threeyear old upstart electrical engineer by the name of ferdinand porsche yes the same s one that developed and designed the people s car or volkswagen and a whole raft of other wonderful racing machines and guess what in 2010 there were 206 porsche cayenne hybrid vehicles sold in the us what goes around comes around as they say we now have almost all manufacturers developing and selling hybrids like the nissan leaf toyota has a lineup of hybrids as well as ford honda and the north american built darling of the industry is the chevrolet volt which is quite shocking pun intended in fact all these vehicles are very shocking and accompanying them is a whole new process on the proper handling and dismantling of this product for resale of the component parts this is especially true of the battery which if purchased new would cost several thousand dollars but across the world progressive recyclers are harvesting these batteries and components and selling their guaranteed product for a fraction of the cost of new what do i think of hybrids they are wonderful how do i know i have been atlantic recyclers in action at the food bank 14 autoatlantic.com nmarch 2012

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