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With a track record of more than 50 years carrying a huge inventory of auto paint, equipment and related accessories, as well as every mechanical part imaginable, O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is spreading throughout the country and expanding its network of stores at a phenomenal rate. In 2008, O’Reilly completed the biggest acquisition in the company’s history with the purchase of CSK Auto. This and past acquisitions have made O’Reilly one of the top three auto parts chains in the country.
Scott Sharpe is the regional parts director for Asbury Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S., headquartered in Duluth, GA. Asbury is the parent company that manages the Crown Automotive Group, with some ten dealerships in North Carolina and another ten elsewhere, and seven dealerships within Texas’ David McDavid Auto Group, based in Irving, TX, but having other locations in Plano, Houston, Austin, and Frisco.  Sharpe works for a company that oversees some 80 dealerships throughout the United States, and personally directs the parts operations of all of the David McDavid stores as well as the Crown Automotive stores in North Carolina. It’s an enormous job, managing parts for the seven David McDavid dealerships carrying a total of $5.1 million in parts, but he’s a seasoned professional with more than three decades of overall experience in the industry.

The median six-month auto insurance rate in Texas has decreased more than 14 percent since the beginning of 2009 to reach $744.00, according to InsuranceRates .com(TM).

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 15:00

Oklahoma Tax Commission Allows EV Tax Credit

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has ruled that all GEM electric vehicle models are now eligible for the Qualified Electric Motor Vehicle Property Income Tax Credit. The October 7, 2009 qualification letter  issued to Global Electric Motorcars validates the availability of the 50% of vehicle cost income tax credit for GEM car buyers.

There will be a Grand Opening (by invitation) of the newest Auto Masters Collision Facility in Victoria, Texas on Sept. 19.

Wednesday, 02 September 2009 15:48

Sept 26 - TIAA annual picnic in San Antonio, TX

The Texas Independent Automotive Association is having its annual picnic 1-8 p.m. Sept. 26, 2009 at Eisenhower Park in San Antonio.  The event provides members, families and guests a chance to recreate, socialize, network, and proceeds support the chapter’s shop training reimbursement and college-level automotive scholarship programs.

Thursday, 20 August 2009 08:25

Texas annual tax holidays Aug. 21, 22 & 23

The TIAA is reminding its members and our readers that Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 21, 22 and 23 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:22

TIAA Austin Chapter awards Scholarship$

The Texas Independent Automotive Association Austin Chapter awarded two automotive scholarships during its monthly meeting Aug. 13, 2009 at Antonio's Tex Mex Restaurant in Round Rock, Texas.

Monday, 10 August 2009 17:16

Lemon Law Now in Effect in Arkansas

Arkansas has a new "Lemon Law," passed by the General Assembly in the 2009 session, which went into effect July 31. In Arkansas, if a consumer purchases a vehicle that has repeated, substantial problems that impair its use and cannot be fixed, that vehicle is considered a "lemon," and the consumer could be entitled to a replacement or refund, The law was amended this year to cover more vehicles.

Wednesday, 05 August 2009 09:27

TIAA August and Future Events

TEXAS AUTOMOTIVE SUMMIT 2010:

The Texas Automotive Summit is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the San Marcos Convention Center.  It's a great event for Automotive seminars, networking and vendor interaction.  More information will be forthcoming about the event, hotel accomodations and registration for TIAA & ASA members, non members, and vendors. Be sure to set aside this date and plan to attend.