• The Go Doctor is Back in Stock!

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    Great News! We have all of the Go Doctor squeegees back in stock and ready to ship. These incredibly popular items had been out of stock from the manufacturer for several weeks, but we just received in a full stocking shipment. You can order yours today by clicking HERE!

  • Interwest Team Member Train at Meguiar’s Headquarters

    When we bring on a new line at Interwest, we make sure that the team gets properly trainied on the products from the field reps and trainers to the inside customer service personnel. Click HERE or on the pic below to see  just a handful of the pics from our training with Meguiar's this past week.

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  • Interwest’s Todd Bergman’s Automotive Window Tinting Tips

    [embed]http://youtu.be/0KNUfjfxjl4[/embed] Interwest Trainer Todd Bergman explains some of his top tips for automotive window tint installation. This short video shows just a few of the tips that are taught at the Interwest training sessions in Chicago, Denver and LA. For more information on these tips or the Interwest training sessions, contact Todd at Todd@InterwestDC.com.

  • Interwest Tools to Begin Carrying Meguiar’s Car Care Products

    Meguiar's Car Care ProductsIt's Official!! After months of working out the details, Interwest is pleased to announce that we are full line distributor for Meguiar's. More details will follow shortly, and you will begin seeing their products at InterwestTools.com.  We can't eben begin to tell you how excited we are to be partnering with such a legendary brand in the automotive industry! View the Meguiar's Car Care Product Page by clicking HERE

  • Interwest Partners with PROSKIN!

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    Are you in the paint protection film, vinyl graphics or vehicle wrap business? If so, you need to check out a brand new product PROSKIN! This product is designed to protect and maintain all brands of paint protection and vinyl products. Check it out at the link below. The team that developed this have been in the ppf game from the very beginning and have designed to protect and preserve both ppf and vinyl products used in graphics and car wraps. They also use it in the rough environmental conditions experienced in Canada. If it works there, it will work for you. http://www.interwesttools.com/c-29-proskin-ppf-car-wrap-protection.aspx

  • Introduction to the Grip-N-Glide Squeegee

    [embed]http://youtu.be/VUv9oR-xZac[/embed] Quick video explaining the product features of the new Grip-N-Glide Squeegee from Pro Tools Now. Experience the modern technology and superior quality of this new squeegee and you will be blown away by the performance compared to traditional Tube-Type squeegees with their slightly rounded over tips. For more details, visit the product page at: http://www.interwesttools.com/c-5-turbo-tube-squeegees.aspx  

  • Interwest Tools Now Accepts Paypal Payment

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    We have some good news for all of you that have been asking. As of this morning, just in time for the holiday shopping season, Interwest Tools is now accepting Paypal payments at www.InterwestTools.com. We hope that you find this additional payment method to be of value.

  • Three Important Things I Learned at the 2014 SEMA Show

    sema_show_logo_1564Well, another SEMA Show is in the books and the week went WAY too fast as they usually do. However, I wanted to share three quick things that I either learned or got re-enforced at this year’s SEMA Show. So with no further delay, here we go! 1) The automotive business is back to pre-recession levels. Although many of us could feel this when we spoke to people or saw it in our sales data from 2014 YTD, there was no doubt once I arrived at SEMA that the auto business is back. I have been attending SEMA for 15 years and this was the largest I had ever seen the show. The previous largest shows had been in the 2005-2007 time frame, and that coincided with very high years for new car sales. Well, new car sales have been climbing the last couple of years and are back to 05-07 numbers. So, as much as we might want to assign the cause of this growth, it comes down to how many new cars are being sold. When the new car business is booming, the automotive aftermarket business follows. 2) The successful shops are looking to add new products and services to their existing business as a way to grow moving forward. One of the biggest trends that I noticed while at SEMA this year was business owners looking to add a parallel offering that complimented their main business. They did not want to go in a complete other direction, but they saw selling products or services to the customers that they already had as the way they wanted to grow in 2015 and beyond. As a result, there were many products at the show designed to be easily added into an existing shop to either improve the shop’s current offering so that an increased price could be charged or add revenue via an additional sale. 

A great example of this was a product called ProSkin that was designed to seal any brand of paint protection film or vinyl wrap. A shop could offer an additional service of sealing the paint protection kit or vehicle wrap and charge a bit more for this service. The shop could also sell an aftercare kit from ProSkin to keep the product looking good for many years to come. So, with the same number of customers coming through the door, a shop would have the ability to increase their revenues in 2015 in two distinct ways. 3) As good as technology might be, there is no substitute for a face to face meeting. In a day of email, texts, FaceTime, Skype, etc, it is easy to overlook the importance of face to face meetings. The beauty of a show like SEMA is that it gives you the opportunity to have real meetings in person. While I value all the things modern technology allows us to do, there is a unquestionable dynamic that exists when people are across the table from each other. It is hard to explain other than to say that I was able to get more accomplished with certain individuals at SEMA in a 60 minute meeting than I would have been able to get done in a month of emails, texts, phone calls, etc. So, whether it is at the next SEMA Show or another industry event, I would encourage you to attend just for the opportunity to have those needed meetings in person. Well, after that week, I have a ton of emails to return and phone calls to make. If you did not make the show this year, I hope to see you at a SEMA Show, The WFCT or another industry event some time in the near future!

  • Check Out Interwest Tools New Industry Lifestyle Piece!

    Interwest Tools is excited to release a new, quarterly industry lifestyle periodical that we think you might really enjoy. You can download a free copy by clicking on the cover below or send us a request to info@InterwestTools.com to receive a printed copy in the mail. We would love your feedback on this first issue and some ideas on areas you would like to see us cover in future editions.   Thanks for checking it out!! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="277"]Interwest Tools Magazine Check out the NEW Interwest Tools Industry Lifestyle piece![/caption]  

  • Sun Safety in Cars

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    For most people, car safety means seatbelts and airbags. But there’s another important way to stay out of harm’s way on the road, and that’s by protecting your skin from the sun. A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’ side of the body. If you’re one of the approximately 208 million licensed drivers in the US, take heed: “The increase in left-sided skin cancers may be from the UV (ultraviolet) exposure we get when driving a car,” said Susan T. Butler, MD, coauthor of the study. Here’s how to protect your skin when you’re in a car:
    • Treat Your Vehicle to Window Film
    The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed. There is, however, a solution. Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility, and is available in all 50 states. If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.
    • Keep Sunscreen in the Car
    A sunscreen should be on hand for quick reapplication during long drives (The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reapplying every two hours). Look for one with an SPF of 15+ and some combination of the following UVA-blocking ingredients: avobenzone, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide.
    • Skip the Sunroof, Skip the Convertible
    Drivers’ heads and necks receive the most UV exposure, so it’s no surprise that Butler’s team found over 82 percent of skin cancers on the patients’ heads or necks. A solid, closed roof is your best bet. If you have a sunroof or a convertible top, wear a hat, preferably a wide-brimmed one (3″ or greater all around). At the very least, be sure to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of the face, neck, and scalp. The second most common area for skin cancers was the arm, so, in addition to applying sunscreen, avoid propping your elbow up on the open window while you drive-keep both arms inside the car, and your hands on the wheel. Long-sleeved shirts are also a great sun-protective option. Keep a hat in the car, along with your sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses, and you’ll have a sun protection travel kit to see you safely to your destination.