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Goodbye Mechanics, Hello Geeks

September 12, 2006

mike_jackson.jpgNext time you take your car or truck in for service at the largest U.S auto dealership group be prepared to hand the keys over to a computer geek. Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation Inc., told the Reuters Autos Summit on Tuesday that the increasing complexity of vehicle electronics means that old-style mechanics don’t cut it anymore.

“We used to have mechanics, then we had technicians and now we have geeks who run around with computers,” he said. 

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