Something for Everyone at NORTHEAST® 2015’s Expanded Demo Area

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ)’s NORTHEAST 2015 Automotive Services Show will feature a wide variety of technical demonstrations in their expanded Demo Area at this year’s 38th annual event. This year’s Demo Area will have a much larger space, located at the heart of the show – the AASP/NJ booth at the center of the show floor. The NORTHEAST 2015 show takes place March 20, 21 and 22, 2015 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ.

One of the most anticipated demos will be Ford’s 2015 F-150 Repair Information, presented by Larry Coan and Gerry Bonnani. These Ford senior service engineers will present examples of the improved repair elements of the new 2015 F-150, including a look at the separately serviceable lower control arm brackets, the inner fender reinforcements that can be replaced more easily, the floor pan, cross member and rocker panel sectioning opportunities, along with the new b-pillar design that can be replaced without disturbing the roof. Other topics covered will be enhanced service information, available training courses and recommended tools and equipment for repairing the 2015 F-150. Another aluminum-focused demo is Not Just Dings and Dents!, which will be presented by Charles Aoun of Miracle Systems. Aoun will host live panel repair demonstrations on both steel and aluminum.

Norton Abrasives will host Adhesives Refinishing Training multiple times during the weekend. Upon successful completion of this course, trainees will be able to identify the various types of plastics and other repair materials such as TPO, SMC, etc. They will also know the differences between urethane, acrylic and epoxy repair materials, along with the various types of seam sealers being used on vehicles today. They will be able to repair all material types properly and according to industry standards such as I-CAR and ASE.

Structural Collision Repair 2015 GM Vehicles, presented by Jim Mickle of GM, discusses repairing and replacing structural components on GM vehicles. It will touch on three important areas to repairing and replacing structural components on a vehicle: Measuring, cutting and welding. Each area relates to the performance of the repair as it will meet specific tolerance and factory guidelines. It is crucial during the repair to validate the three areas to meet specification and customer satisfaction. The seminar will discuss the 2014/2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and aluminum repair procedures for front and rear rails.

Mickle will also host Smart Power Management, an overview of smart power management diagnostics for a variety of different cranking and charging systems. This demo will examine three real-world case studies on the Chevrolet Malibu, GMC Yukon Hybrid and Ford F-150 to provide technicians with exposure to real-world customer cranking and charging concerns.

AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell is excited about the presence and the placement of the demonstrations gaining more attention at the show. “In the past, our demo areas have been wherever we could squeeze them in,” he says. “Moving them to the very center of the show will attract more attention to them, which will spread more information about the important topics that affect our show guests. I’m looking forward to it greatly.”

The 2015 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, featuring special guest Ryan Freidlinghaus of West Coast Customs (courtesy of Platinum Show Sponsor BASF), will be held March 20-22 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Registration is currently open at For more information, visit the website, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show on Facebook, The NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show on YouTube ( or follow the show on Twitter @AASPNJNORTHEAST / #NORTHEAST2015.