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I'd really like to hear from others what the names of the tradeshow/conventions available to auto repair shops & which are the best ones to attend. We want to start going to some but don't even know the names of them or which are worth the time. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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14 hours ago, Transmission Repair said:

The only trade shows I don't like are the ones with low turn out.  IMHO, you can always learn something from any tradeshow.   I used to go to a lot of technical trade shows when I was young, but as I aged and my career advanced, I went to more sales/management/marketing seminars instead.  I haven't been to a technical trade show in 25 years.

Yes, we are mostly looking to get  management & selling help from them, technical to a lesser degree (specifically ADAS & EVs)

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1 hour ago, Joe Marconi said:

I will name a few that I think are worthwhile attending, but there are many.

  • Vision
  • APEX/SEMA
  • Super Saturday, Mid Atlantic Auto Care Alliance
  • Fly with the Eagles- Elite Worldwide
  • NAPA Summit
  • ASTE- Automotive Service & Technology Expo
  • Ratchet + Wrench conference

Thank you so much for the list, I really appreciate it!

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On 10/27/2022 at 8:08 AM, JChapman said:

Yes, we are mostly looking to get  management & selling help from them, technical to a lesser degree (specifically ADAS & EVs)

I've only been to one national trade show and posted a stand-alone topic on it: 

I'm also in a specific trade association with Valvoline and have been to multiple of their private conferences.  There are two tiers of value:  1) is the specific training and 2) is the networking with others.  I went to an event last week and I've been communicating with a few folks since the show, trading tips and references.   Sometimes, we don't have an after-show connection, but you might have learned a "golden-nugget" tip from a person at lunch.  Gold nuggets are wonderful!    While I do try to share, often, I'm only carrying tarnished pennies.

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