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er Before You Buy Aluminum wheels – Typically, a person might believe

that aluminumwheels aremore about enhancing the aesthet- ics of a vehicle.While true, there are actually functional ben- efits as well. First, obviously they are free from rust and cor- rosion, and in that respect, essentiallymaintenance-free. Sec- ond, their attractive appearance eliminates the desire or need for wheel covers, which allows an easy, clear view for check- ing lug nut tightness, wheel end discharge, mud, debris, etc. Third, because aluminum absorbs and dissipates heat more rapidly than steel, it can alsomean extended brake life. Performance history/testing – Sometimes a person

may feel inclined to go with the latest and greatest when it comes to new components or systems. However, typically there’s greater benefit to consider designs that have been thor- oughly laboratory or field tested in this specific application. Be sure themanufacturer you’reworkingwith has a thorough understanding and experience in yourmarket tomake certain he’s providing the best and most proven designs for your application.Also, if testing documentation is available, ask for copies of the results. In some instances, self-certification

AAA Parking and the Service Companies FormAlliance

Atlanta-basedAAA Parking and The Service Compa-

nies ofMiami have joined forces to offer hotels, resorts and casinos the option of outsourcing the cleaning needs of their parking, housekeeping and public areas. This alliance is the only one of its kind in the hospitality industry. The Service Companies provide housekeeping, stew-

arding and other cleaning services; AAA Parking handles integrated hotel valet and self-parking operations, alongwith doorman and bellmen services. The two firms cite their shared core values, decades of industry experience, financial stability and superior workforce as the reasons behind the strategic alliance. “AAA Parking’s commitment to providing superior

servicematches perfectlywith the business principles ofThe Service Companies,” said RonWilliams, President ofAAA Parking. The company, a subsidiary of Selig Enterprises, provides parking solutions for 200 properties in 16 metro- politan markets across the country. It also operates numer- ous office towers, stadiums, hospitals, convention centers, public parking garages and surface lots, and event facilities.

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by a manufacturer may be fine, but as a matter of prudence, you need to verify the results. Service accessibility – It’s important to remember that a shut-

tle van or bus is a piece of equipment that will always require pre- ventive maintenance and repair. Being able to more easily access primary components, particularly thosewith high duty cycles,will encourage proper, regular service intervals and reduce downtime as well. Purchase locally –With the advent of the Internet, today a

person can literally buy anything through that means. Although pricing may in fact appear better, you are strongly encouraged to buy as local as possible.As noted previously, a shuttle van or bus is a piece of equipment that needs proper care and maintenance. The bestway to accomplish this is to have your vehicle supplier as close as you can. They can provide operator training, parts and technical support that helps you keep the wheels turning.

Sheldon Walle, President and General Manager of ElDorado National - Kansas, can be reached at


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