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Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

THE automotive service and repair industry has experienced a downturn caused by COVID-19 that is worse than that of the retail sector and almost as deep as that facing hospitality, according to survey data from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.   However, Australian workshops … Continue reading

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NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

AS PART of national COVID-19 relief measures, the New Zealand Transport Agency is allowing vehicle owners a reprieve on mandatory Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) checks until October 10, but the NZ Motor Transport Association warns this could result in years of havoc for both … Continue reading

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Latest automotive refrigerant survey from RRA

SINCE 2013, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia has worked with VASA member workshops to conduct regular surveys of which refrigerants are installed in vehicles that are having air-conditioning work done at metropolitan and regional locations around the country. The study records how many vehicles are charged with … Continue reading

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Free auto-AC webinars for night owls: June 2-4

A SERIES of free online webinars about automotive air-conditioning system diagnosis, variable displacement compressors and the future of refrigerants will be delivered in early June by Michael Ingvardsen, who is president of VASA’s continental counterpart MACSPartners Europe and technical training manager at Nissens Automotive. The … Continue reading

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Autocare Brisbane postponed to October

In response to continued escalation of the COVID-19 health crisis, the AAAA has postponed Autocare 2020 to 30-31 October 2020. It will still be held a the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Further information about Autocare 2020 will be shared … Continue reading

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VASA Wire & Gas convention rescheduled to 2021

In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s VASA Wire & Gas convention has been rescheduled to take place from Friday 30 July to Sunday 1 August 2021.Thanks to the incredible commitment and support of our world-class trainers and speakers, as well … Continue reading

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Wire & Gas early bird tickets on sale now

Heavily discounted early bird Wire & Gas tickets are now on sale, from $885 inc GST for VASA members. Compared with the regular non-member ticket price of $1085, the VASA member early bird discount is valued higher than the $199 … Continue reading

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Wire & Gas training topics announced

A BROAD range of training topics, seminars and panel sessions will provide Wire & Gas 2020 attendees with an arsenal of new knowledge and skills to help them navigate the rapid technological change and hot competition facing the automotive repair … Continue reading

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VASA VP Brett Meads to speak at Autocare 2020

VASA Vice-President Brett Meads will address the 2020 Autocare convention in Brisbane with a presentation about how the proliferation of hybrid and electric vehicles is causing a convergence of automotive technologies, providing well-prepared repairers with opportunities not seen since we turned our backs on carburettors. … Continue reading

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MACS Worldwide CEO Andy Fiffick, diesel expert Clinton Brett confirmed for Wire & Gas 2020

WIRE & GAS 2020 is developing into a truly world-class event, with Andy Fiffick (CEO and Chairman of VASA’s North American counterpart MACS Worldwide) announced as the event’s third confirmed overseas expert speaker. Andy has embraced the service of electric and hybrid vehicles at the … Continue reading

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