Friday, January 1, 2010

Keep Equipment Thoroughly Protected with AMSOIL Synthetic Polymeric Off-Road Grease

Grease-related maintenance on off-road equipment is labor intensive and requires a thorough knowledge of complete equipment lubrication requirements, while neglect or improper greasing can lead to poor equipment performance, unnecessary maintenance expenses and downtime. AMSOIL Dealers armed with a detailed understanding of grease-related suffering points and the benefits of AMSOIL Synthetic Polymeric Off-Road Greasecan successfully address customer concerns and increase grease sales. Click the link above to see a demonstration of Synthetic Polymeric Off-Road Grease’s superior pound-out resistance.

See the January Action News for more information. 

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) Changes Its Operator’s Guides in Regards to Warranty Coverage

Multiple recent operator’s guides for Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Can-Am ATVs, manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), advise customers that it is necessary to use BRP-branded lubricants or risk the loss of warranty coverage, while some guides also state there is “no known equivalent” to the branded BRP lubricant on the market.
AMSOIL confronted BRP and asserted that its warranty language violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a federal law which prohibits manufacturers from requiring the use of a branded service/replacement part unless the branded service/replacement part is provided free of charge or is not intended for use in consumer applications, and emphasized that AMSOIL synthetic lubricants meet or exceed the engine performance requirements for both two- and four-cycle engines used in powersports equipment.

BRP has agreed to modify the language in its operator’s guides to no longer indicate that use of oil other than the BRP-branded product may void the warranty, to clearly identify product recommendations as recommendations rather than requirements and to no longer comment on the availability of equivalents to the BRP brand oil(s).

For more information on this issue:

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) changes its operator’s guides in regards to warranty coverage Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)

AMSOIL Attorney’s Notice to AMSOIL Dealers
AMSOIL Warranty Information

Consumers Pay More Attention to Vehicle Maintenance in 2009

According to The NPD Group, consumers increased their vehicle maintenance behaviors in 2009.  In addition, 30 percent indicated they will perform more vehicle maintenance in 2010 and 64 percent indicated they will perform the same amount of maintenance in 2010.  These findings correlate with industry research that shows an increasing number of people delaying new vehicle purchases and deciding to keep their current vehicles on the road longer.

The following are among the key areas consumers increased their maintenance practices in 2009:
Maintenance Practice20082009
Use a More Premium Oil8%11%
Change Motor Oil More Often12%18%
Change Motor Oil Less Often6%7%
Change Air Filter37%41%
Use a Fuel Additive to Clean/Improve Performance9%11%
Use a Fuel Additive to Improve Gas Mileage7%8%
Change Spark Plugs16%17%
Purchase a Higher Quality Brand of Gasoline3%4%
Check Tire Pressure56%57%

Donaldson and WIX Price Adjustments

Various price adjustments within the Donaldson and WIX filter lines are in effect January 1.  All changes will be effective in the Product Pricing Interface.

NGK Power Cables Discontinued

Effective immediately, NGK Power Cables are no longer available from NGK and have been discontinued.

AMSOIL will continue to sell NGK Spark Plug Wire Sets for domestic and foreign applications.  Manufactured with the finest materials and quality construction for excellent noise suppression and superior conductivity, NGK wires offer exact OEM fit, form and function.  Click the link above for more information.

Tax Information for U.S. Dealers

Commissions are considered income by the IRS code and are reported on a form 1099 Misc. 

• Your 1099 form only reflects commissions earned during the calendar year.  It does not include any deductions or credits from your check.
• You will only receive a 1099 form if your commission checks totaled more than $600 in 2009.
• Your 1099 income is determined by the dates of the commission checks issued to you between January 1 and December 31, 2009.  This will essentially be December 2008 through November 2009 commissions.
• AMSOIL will mail all 1099 forms by January 31, 2010.  Please allow two weeks delivery time before calling for a replacement form.
• AMSOIL is not qualified to provide and does not offer any tax advice.  Please consult a tax advisor.

In the event you feel there is an error on your 1099 form, gather your check stubs and call the accounting department at 715-399-6348.

If you sold your business to another Dealer, or took over for someone else, and you receive a 1099 form made out to you, gather all documentation regarding the date the change took place.  Fax documentation to AMSOIL at 715-395-5332 or e-mail to[email protected].

Account Services Contact Information
Fax:  (715) 395-5332
Direct Phone Line:  (715) 399-6348
E-mail:  [email protected]