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DAVID KUSHMA: EDITOR'S LETTER

Good fixed ops ideas abound, but service techs' angst is worrisome

Fixed Ops Journal Editor Dave Kushma juxtaposes two trends: Savvy dealers who are increasingly relying on parts and accessories to shore up profits, and a potentially ruinous tide of discontent among service technicians.

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