DON'T MISS THE NASTF 2014 FALL GENERAL MEETING, in-person or webcast on www.nastf.org, 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from the AAPEX Service Professional's Program in Las Vegas. Learn more at www.nastf.org/GeneralMeetings.
2015 NASTF BOARD ELECTIONS - October (annually) is Alternate Slate Month and November (annually) is Voting Month. The NASTF Board of Director's Nominating Committee solicited all eligible NASTF Members in July for suggested candidates to fill the five NASTF Director seats open for our 2015-though-2017 term election cycle. The Committee received 29 names for consideration, an encouraging record, signaling an enthusiasm in the industry for NASTF's relevance.
Many, but not all 29, of the NASTF members suggested for nomination met the eligibility requirements, which includes two or more years of NASTF membership and one or more years of committee membership. And the nominating committee was challenged also with balancing nominations into business categories specified in the NASTF Bylaws.
NASTF members with an address in the USA are eligible to submit, by October 26, 2014, an Alternate Slate of candidates. A special member email to those USA members was sent September 27. An email presenting all valid slates of candidates, including the Nominating Committee slate and all alternate slates, if any, will be sent on November 1, 2014, inviting NASTF's USA members to vote. The winning slate will be announced by December 10.
FORD informed NASTF that it intends for key codes for all Fords built for the Canadian market to be available to NASTF VSPs in the USA. The key code for the one Canadian-market Edge cited in NASTF-SIR#603 is described as an anomaly, not the intent.
JAGUAR/LAND ROVER reminds independent technicians that to utilize the full functionality of SDD (Service-Driven Diagnostics), a TOPIx document subscription is required. SDD will then provide repair recommendations and access to technical documents on TOPIx that will not be available unless a document subscription is purchased.
MAZDA models equipped with an immobilizer system will require an understanding of the Mazda system and its service procedure, in advance, if the locksmith or vehicle security technician hopes to be productive with this programming task. The “Immobilizer System-Related Parts Programming Instructions,” are available from the Mazda service information website [www.mazdaserviceinfo.com] but the document is only available for viewing after purchasing a subscription to the site. Note that the instruction document is located under the “Electronic Service Information” tab, not the “PATS and Immobilizer Codes” tab or “Key Code Request” icon where the NASTF VSP would typically enter the site for security products. To locate the instruction document after login and subscription purchase, select any late model vehicle and use the search window for “Immobilizer System-Related Parts Programming Instructions.” NASTF asked Mazda to consider (in their next website upgrade) making the document more obvious to VSPs and, if possible, to provide it after account login but without subscription purchase.
Communications Committee - The Communications Committee met by conference call on September 10 and discussed improvements to this NASTF Newsletter that will assist readers in locating news items most relevant to them more quickly. Readers, too, are invited to submit their suggestions and comments to email@example.com.
If you would like to join the Communications Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF Communications Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Communications.
The next conference call for the Communications Committee is set for Wednesday, December 10, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
Service Information Committee - View SIC information from the NASTF SIC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/SIC. If you would like to join the Service Information Committee, email email@example.com.
Techs having trouble completing jobs because of access to OEM service information and tools continue to post their questions on NASTF's Service Information Request (SIR) on-line response system. To log or file a NASTF SIR, visit www.nastf.org/FileSIR. Review recent SIRs by visiting www.nastf.org/SIRarchive.
The next conference call for the SIC was postponed from its original date and is now set for Wednesday, October 8, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
Education Committee - Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next conference call for the Education Committee was postponed a week and is now set for Wednesday, October 15, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
Collision Repair Committee - View information about CRC on the NASTF Collision Repair Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Collision. Anyone wanting to join the CRC should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the CRC is set for Wednesday, October 22, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
Vehicle Security Committee
- If you would like to join the VSC, email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to visit the NASTF VSC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/VSC
. The next conference call for the VSC is set for Wednesday, November 12, 2014
. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
Equipment & Tool Committee - Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, November 19, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least 5 days in advance.
ON MY MIND
An Editorial by Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director
COUNTING LOCKSMITHS - In my role as Director of Research for the old Automotive Service Industry Association back in the early 1990s, I was intensely involved in counting sales, people and businesses of the automotive industry. I recall going to great lengths to capture all the channels and functions from 3-step to retail, manufacturer to shop and auto parts to upholstery.
I thought I had included every number from our immense and diverse industry but I totally missed counting the automotive locksmith. And there they were, always. How did I ever miss them?
Granted, today's automotive locksmith is transformed from picking trunk locks and mostly mechanical magic to a technical specialist armed with a computer making him easier to pick (no pun intended) out of the crowded locksmith trade. Today he's a technician, perhaps more than a mechanical artist.
Today, 20 years on from my research days, the automotive locksmith stands out to be seen among other technicians, mechanics, engine builders, painters and such. David Lowell, Operations Director for the NASTF VSP Registry, estimates the population of automotive locksmiths in the USA to be about 13,000 people in as many as 10,000 mostly small businesses.
The automotive industry in which NASTF lives is obviously massive in size, particularly since we span the OEM, franchise and independent participants. Locksmiths make us even more so. Please accept my belated recognition that you were here already.
NASTF IS ON THE ROAD
NASTF@AAPEX/SEMA, Las Vegas, NV - Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014, 1-4pm PT (Fall General Meeting)
NASTF@MACS, Orlando, FL - February 5-7, 2015 (Exhibiting)
NASTF@AASP-NJ Northeast, Secaucus, NJ (New York City Metro) - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1-4pm ET (Spring General Meeting)
NASTF@AutoMechanika Chicago - April 25 & 26 (2 NASTF presentation sessions)