REV It UP Nationwide Auto Dealer Technician Contest Attracts 6,000 Entrants; Finals are March 5 at Lexus of Henderson

February 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —


    Mobile Productivity, Inc., (MPi) (www.mpifix.com) a Las Vegas, NV
     based firm that provides profitability tools for auto dealer service
     departments, will be holding the final of "REV It UP", a nationwide
     contest for service technicians at MPi auto dealerships.  REV It Up
     is a series of four races designed to test technicians' skills and
     speed using MPi's state-of-the-art software system, EDGE, for
     their vehicle inspection process.  The competition has been
     extremely successful; 6,000 technicians entered from 320 auto
     dealerships across the nation.  The final race is being held on
     Saturday, March 5, at 11:00 am, at the newly opened Lexus of
     Henderson, a state-of-the-art, LEED certified facility.

    Changes in automotive technology over the past 10 years have
     profoundly changed the way auto dealers now have to work on cars.
     The average technician skills today go far beyond the conventional
     image of the mechanic.  In fact, today there are more computers in a
     typical new car than there were in the first US lunar landing
     module.  Modern vehicles are very sophisticated, computer-driven
     machines requiring technicians who can work with cutting-edge high-
     tech tools.  Today, the auto mechanic is truly a technician, and a
     diagnostic computer is equally important as a wrench.  These skills
     can go unrecognized, which is part of the reason this contest was
     developed, to recognize the skills and hard work of these valuable
     technicians, we all need our cars well cared for.

    One of the positive outcomes of this effort was to demonstrate that
     consistency with vehicle inspections is greatly important to both
     the auto dealership and the consumer.  It reinforces the consumer
     confidence that their vehicle is receiving the most complete
     analysis for both safety and longevity.  In addition, it helps the
     service department management team evaluate their inspection
     processes and ensure that every vehicle is being inspected every
     time with the highest quality.

    Five technician finalists will be tested in a live scenario, using
     their skills to diagnosis a purposely debilitated vehicle using the
     EDGE system.  The national champ will walk away with an 8-lap Rookie
     Experience with Richard Petty Driving Experience, $5,000 in cash and
     an OTC Pegisys(TM) scan tool valued at $5,500.


    Lexus of Henderson
    7736 Eastgate Road
    Henderson, NV 89011
    (Nearest major cross streets are Gibson and Warm Springs)


    Saturday, March 5, 11:00 am


    Mayor Andy A. Hafen will kick off the event
    Les Silver, Chairman & CEO of Mobile Productivity, Inc
    David Boyle, President & COO of Mobile Productivity, Inc.


    Technicians working to fix debilitated vehicles
    Lexus of Henderson Service Department
    High-end Service Bays
    Crowd spectators


    "The first observation that I would make is that the technicians were
     more receptive to the contest than I thought they would be.  They
     are very focused on getting work in and out and something like this
     really takes them out of their comfort zone.  Next, the inspection
     itself took longer than I expected, as they really seemed to put a
     lot of effort into a correct inspection.  The average time spent
     (including entering the information into EDGE) was 17 minutes.
     There was more consistency in the inspection than I thought there
     would be.  For example, only one person missed a left license plate
     bulb that didn't work.  In the meeting that followed as we went over
     all the inspections to score, there was a lot of discussion in what
     constituted a red or yellow concern which seems to have provided us
     with a better inspection since the contest.  Overall, I expect we
     realized the end result of which the contest was brought about for."

    Scott Berner, Service Manager
    Diers Ford Lincoln Mercury | Diers, Inc.
    Fremont, NE


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