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18 Dec

First Look for 2019

2018 was a hallmark year for LIFTNOW. We hired more sales professionals and engaged with more customers than ever before. We made visits to manufacturers, attended trade shows, and even held our own seminars and events. We also extended our geographical footprint from only NY and parts of CT to the entire Tristate area, including North/Central Jersey, and as far east as Hartford, CT.

2019 is poised to be another groundbreaking year—here’s why:

  1. Dedicated Sales Professionals: Many of the sales professionals we hired have been the last few months, but 2019 will really see us serve you in the way that LIFTNOW is famous for. They’ve been trained well in all product lines and can look out for service (keeping your workplace safe and profitable), shop design and financing options for all shops.
  2. Community Engagement: Look out for the press release in the first week of January, but we’re proud to announce that we’ve help found the New York City Auto Repair Association (NYCARA for short), the first trade association dedicated solely to auto repairers in the New York City area.

Past that, look out for continued engagement with other trade organizations in the area, including AASP (New Jersey), where we’ll have a booth again and give educational seminars, the NETSA show (New England), and other small organizations across the region.

  1. Website Development/Update: We made a few important updates to our website for 2019, including a product catalog, a “Find-a-Sales-Rep” tool, and the ability to fill out credit apps online. It’s never been easier to research and equipment for sale.
  2. New Product Offerings: At SEMA we worked closely with some of the highest quality manufacturers and added some new lines of equipment that match our philosophy of only selling the absolute highest quality, as it’s the way to attract and keep customers. We’ve been keeping it a secret, but here’s who we added:
    1. LSI: Lighting specialists based in Ohio, they’re known for dealership lights and service department lights. They have a good product mix, and many of them are made and shipped out of New York. Many OEMs, including Kia and Mazda, mandate that LSI lighting is used.
    2. Champion: Champion is known for their reciprocating air compressors, which are common in gas stations and small repair shops.
    3. Martins Industries: Canadian company known for inflation cages, tire shelving/racks, tire conveyors and more.
    4. Omer- Parking Lifts: Italian-made lift company with headquarters in Georgia known for high-end parking lifts, from the simplest double stacks, to the most elaborate, completely robotic parking setups.
    5. American Forge & Foundry (AFF): Company known for jacks, presses, vises and more! Industry-leading shipping time and product offerings.

See something you like? See something you hate? Let us know!

2 Dec

SEMA Report 2018

With over 160,000 attendees and 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, SEMA is one of the largest trade shows in the world. We spent 3 full days hitting the trade show hard, looking for new trends so you don’t have to. 

Here’s what happened:

The automotive aftermarket remains strong and steady and has grown 4% since last year, so both new technology and buying was strong at the show. Every year, there is a New Exhibitor tent at SEMA—while it was mostly international companies trying to take a bite out of the United States, there were some new products that were interesting.

SEMA 2018 also saw a record number of exhibitors offer solutions for shop marketing, shop integration to equipment, and more. As we enter phase 2 of the digital age, mobile app compatibility is not a “cool feature”—it’s a necessity. Many of these companies continue to make progress, but none seem ready for mass-market appeal.

There were also a couple of interesting car concepts at SEMA, which seemed stronger than previous years. This included a widebody Tesla Model S, an electric Chevrolet Camaro, a Toyota Corolla hatchback and an open-air Honda 4×4. As usual, there were a ton of exotic sportscars and pick-up trucks showcasing paint jobs, wheels, and more.

There’s also been a “Do-it-Yourself” trend among many consumers who think that they can repair their broken cars with parts from Amazon and videos from YouTube. While that may be the case for certain components, like chemicals (78% of consumers doing it themselves), lighting (69% DIY) and Interior (65% DIY), certain things are still FAR from affected by this newfound trend. Wheels/tires see only 21% of consumers attempting to do it themselves, while Advanced Driver Assist-Systems are at 34%.

Hunter Engineering Company

At the Hunter Booth this year, inspection took center stage with the new Quick Check Drive; in just a few seconds (without a technician), a vehicle’s vital statistics are taken, and can identify repair opportunities faster than any YouTube video. Hunter also debuted the Quick Tread Edge, which is able to seamlessly integrate with Quick Check Drive to take a tire’s tread depth and wear from 6 different locations on each tire instantaneously. As always, Hunter Wheel Balancer had its Hawkeye Elite Wheel Alignment Systems, Tire Changers, and Balancers on display. There are incremental but important changes across the board, including the introduction of the new TC39 Tire Changer.

From our standpoint, we were on a precision mission to fill important gaps in our product offerings to stay true to our value proposition. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for press releases on the new brands that we’re currently adding to our arsenal. Want to learn more about the SEMA show, or get a first look on what we’re picking up? Contact us now to learn more.

ABOUT LiftNow

Liftnow is the New York Tristate's #1 Automotive Equipment distributor. We pride ourselves on the ability to outfit repair shops, body shops and car dealerships with whatever they need to succeed. We have a full-time sales and service team, and also have design, inspection and financing services.

CONTACT US

We are located in Westchester County, NY and also have a satellite office in Brooklyn.

Mailing:
PO Box 972, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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