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The risk of not double checking vehicles before customer pick up

Auto Service World

Automotive repair shops should have a checklist of items to go over before handing the keys back to the customer. Failure to do so can result in an unhappy customer who may not return to your shop, warned two industry … The post The risk of not double checking vehicles before customer pick up appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Considering Hybrid and Electrical Mechanic Training? See Why Prices Are Going Down

Automotive Training Centre

The automotive industry is witnessing a monumental shift towards sustainability, with electric vehicles (EVs) at the forefront of this transformation. As interest in EVs continues to surge, one factor that has significantly contributed to their increased accessibility is the decreasing cost of ownership. This trend impacts consumers and presents a burgeoning opportunity for those considering a career in hybrid and electric vehicle mechanics.

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How big the gap is between truck and car preferences

Auto Service World

Canadian vehicle preferences continued to trend toward light trucks over passenger cars in 2023. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported that the light truck segment outperformed passenger cars, with overall truck share breaking the 85 per cent mark for the first time. … The post How big the gap is between truck and car preferences appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Federated Upgrades Car Care Center Program

Brake & Front End

Federated Auto Parts announced it added several enhancements to its Federated Car Care program designed to help its Car Care Center customers improve and grow their businesses. The enhanced Federated Car Care program features updated signage, marketing support, image-enhancing tools, wearables, business management assistance and other information to help with day-to-day shop operations, according to Federated.

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Performing DVIs

AutoShopOwner

Concerning DVIs. A customer once told me, “I went to the shop for an oil change, and they came out with a list for thousands of dollar's worth of work. All I wanted was a damn oil change.” Has anybody else experienced this?

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New Hyundai/Kia Air Skirt Helps to Maximize EV Range

Brake & Front End

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation unveiled Active Air Skirt (AAS) technology that minimizes the aerodynamic resistance generated during high-speed driving, effectively improving the driving range and stability of EVs, the companies said. AAS is a technology that controls the flow of air entering through the lower part of the bumper and effectively controls the turbulence generated around the vehicle’s wheels by operating variably according to the vehicle speed during high-speed driving.

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Valvoline Inc. Opens Its 1000th Franchise Location

Tomorrow's Technician

Valvoline Inc. has opened its 1000th franchise-operated location under its Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Great Canadian Oil Change brands. The new store, operated by Quality Automotive Services, LLC (QAS), marks a notable achievement for the company. Valvoline President and CEO Lori Flees expressed pride in reaching this milestone, acknowledging the role played by franchise partners and the Valvoline team in driving growth.

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Chevron Introduces New Rykon Formula to Grease Product Line

Tomorrow's Technician

Chevron announced the introduction of Rykon, a new overbased calcium sulfonate complex grease, to its recently refreshed line of products. Chevron says Rykon answers the call for a high-performance grease that increases uptime and helps enhance durability for the next generation of equipment. With its formulation, Rykon will round out Chevron’s grease offering with a grease formulated for heavy-duty and extreme pressure applications.

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Performing a Corner Check

Brake & Front End

CC: Vehicle inspections are part of our everyday routine. Our customers rely on us to make sure their cars are safe and enjoyable to drive, but they don’t know them as well as we do. They may not recognize problems that develop slowly with age and mileage. The safety of a vehicle relies on the condition of the suspension, steering and drivetrain to ensure not only the tires remain in constant contact with the road, but that the proper alignment angles are maintained during the full range o

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Honda’s Cumulative EV Sales Tick Past the 1 Million Mark

Tomorrow's Technician

Last year, Honda said sales of its electrified models grew more than three-fold to set an all-time sales record with CR-V and Accord hybrid trims combining for 293,640 units – representing over one-quarter of total Honda brand sales. Cumulative sales of Honda electrified vehicles now top the one million mark, as Honda prepares to begin sales this year of the Honda Prologue, the brand’s first all-electric SUV.

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One-of-None Plymouth Superbird With 4-Spd Overdrive Is a Half-Million-Bucks HEMI Surprise

autoevolution

When it changed the rules of homologation for the 1970 season, NASCAR had no intention of brooding a legend of automotive. For whatever reason, any new model that was to run on the steep banks on the ovals of the superspeedways had to be built in street form in a number twice as high as that of the respective carmaker’s dealers. The mandated minimum production batch would be sorted by VINs, and the list would be the proof NASCAR demanded.

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Turbocharged 6.7L Second Gen Cummins Engine

Tomorrow's Technician

Courtesy of Engine Builder. Engines are inherently cool. That’s not new news to Sean Purdy. He’s been into anything with an engine since he was about 3 years old. From there, it didn’t take long to get into diesels. His diesel passion began with diesel lawn tractors and escalated into diesel trucks after attending his first truck pull. “As soon as I was old enough to get behind the wheel is when it really started,” Purdy admits.

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EVs Depreciate Faster Than ICE-Powered Luxury Cars: Report

autoevolution

Last year, we learned that the all-electric Audi e-tron GT started having a rough time in the used car market. Its posher half-sibling, the Porsche Taycan, was also heading onto the same path. Now, the data couldn't be clearer: EV prices entered an accelerated downtrend. Unlike Tesla&#039. ( continue reading.

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Decoding Brake Pull Issues

Tomorrow's Technician

Brake pull problems can be scary for drivers to experience and challenging for technicians to eliminate. How can you properly diagnose what’s going on when your customer says the car is pulling to one side under braking? First, adopt a systematic diagnostic procedure that will not only save time, money and parts but also ensures customer satisfaction.

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The Sequoia Is a Gorgeous Tiny Home That Has It All, Even a Home Office and Dining Room

autoevolution

The tiny living movement is often associated with sacrifices and compromises, but tiny house designs have evolved considerably in the last few years, and if you are willing to dish out some extra money, your micro dwelling can look and feel as luxurious as a traditional home. Sequoia, the latest custom model crafted by Summit Tiny Homes, is proof of that.

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Unlocking Your Dealership’s Hidden Revenue: The Power of Warranty Reimbursements

AutoSuccess

For as long as there have been franchised auto dealers, the battle over factory reimbursements for warranty work has raged on. It’s a crucial revenue stream, yet dealerships often receive only a fraction of what they are owed. However, the law is clear: auto dealers are entitled to reimbursement by automakers for warranty work at their retail rate.

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Android Auto Weather App Gets Huge Update, Can Run Side-By-Side With Google Maps

autoevolution

No matter what General Motors wants you to think, Android Auto and CarPlay have become more compelling than ever for everybody in the automotive space. Carmakers are more committed than ever to sup. ( continue reading.

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Why cheap brake jobs aren’t necessarily better for the customer

Tire Review Magazine

I love appetizers. Mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, chicken fingers, little mini tacos…you name it, I will devour it. Appetizers are meant to be an inexpensive starter from restaurants to prepare you for something more expensive and filling, like a meal. Some shops treat services like brake jobs as “appetizers,” – meaning they’re quick, low-cost jobs to draw customers in.

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2026 Chevrolet Volt Comes Back From the Nether to CGI-Salute GM's New PHEV Strategy

autoevolution

Last year, General Motors kept its lead across the US automotive market with 2.6 million deliveries. It was a comfortable one – Toyota sold a little over 2.24 million units and Ford almost two million. However, very few of these autos were full EVs. Obviously, GM isn&#. ( continue reading.

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Why cheap brake jobs aren’t necessarily better for the customer

Tire Review Magazine

I love appetizers. Mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, chicken fingers, little mini tacos…you name it, I will devour it. Appetizers are meant to be an inexpensive starter from restaurants to prepare you for something more expensive and filling, like a meal. Some shops treat services like brake jobs as “appetizers,” – meaning they’re quick, low-cost jobs to draw customers in.

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TCT's Newest Teardrop Balances Cost and Capability To Give Americans What They Need

autoevolution

Why are teardrop campers so sought-after? Mainly, it's because they give the outdoor lover the basics they need to live out in the wild. Well, one family-owned crew, TC Teardrops, is now taking orders for their newest addition to the family, the Adventure Edition, and we need to be up to date with this one, folks. Ladies and gents and lovers of the greater outdoors in all its splendor, lend me your eyes for the next few minutes so t. ( continue reading.

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Lexus tops J.D. Power 2024 Vehicle Dependability Survey, but overall dependability slips

Autoblog: Repairs

Filed under: Lexus , Car Buying , Auto Repair , Maintenance , Ownership , Infotainment Continue reading Lexus tops J.D. Power 2024 Vehicle Dependability Survey, but overall dependability slips Lexus tops J.D. Power 2024 Vehicle Dependability Survey, but overall dependability slips originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 8 Feb 2024 16:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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1970 Plymouth Road Runner Parked for Decades Gets Unexpected Second Chance

autoevolution

As a classic car enthusiast, I get excited whenever I see old rigs being rescued out of barns and junkyards. But not all of them become restored gems. Some are too far gone relative to their values as Concours-ready vehicles and end up as parts cars. It's sad, but it's how the cookie crumbles. ( continue reading.

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The most expensive vehicles to buy parts for in 2024

Autoblog: Maintainence

Filed under: Car Buying , Used Car Buying , Maintenance Continue reading The most expensive vehicles to buy parts for in 2024 The most expensive vehicles to buy parts for in 2024 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 8 Feb 2024 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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1 of 1817: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Anniversary Emerges With Strong Restoration Appetite

autoevolution

Pontiac picked the perfect way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Trans Am. Launched in 1969, the Trans Am was already the best-selling model in the Firebird series, and the changes introduced by Pontiac in 1979 propelled it to new heights. The Tenth Anniversary model, wearing the platinum paint with two-tone charcoal, was an instant hit. The car was available wit. ( continue reading.

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A Rusty, Modified, Old Toyota Supra With 388,000 Miles Is About To Sell For More Than A New One

Jalopnik

For some the A80-generation Toyota Supra turbo—a non-targa, left-hand drive, manual version, natch —is the holy grail of Radwood-era performance cars. The iconic 2JZ turbocharged inline six engine is known for its ability to make irresponsible power, and that engineered-in stoutness also translates to longevity.… Read more.

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"Vangelina Jolie" Is a Stealthy, Four-Season Tiny Home on Wheels Built for a Fair Price

autoevolution

It's generally a good idea to make your camper van withstand all four seasons. I know it depends on where you live, but isn't the point of having a mobile lifestyle to go out there and explore new places? Today, I'm covering a stealthy, winter-proof camper van. Meet Joey and "Vangelina Jolie," his custom-built 2019 ( continue reading.

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Ford May Kill Park Assist Because No One Uses It

Jalopnik

It’s been 16 years since Ford introduced Active Park Assist , the one-button automatic parallel parking feature that saved drivers across the globe entire minutes of mild embarrassment while parking on crowded streets. Now, though, it seems that halcyon era of mitigated self-consciousness may be coming to an end. Read more.

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Lucid Air Sapphire Drags Nissan Z. Obviously, Someone Wasn't Thinking Straight!

autoevolution

Not long ago, Porsche updated the 2025 Taycan series with subtle design changes and massive upgrades under the skin. Now, there's a third contender for the title of fastest EV sedan. More precisely, the refreshed 2025 Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo look almost the same. Still, ( continue reading.

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Sierra Space’s Awesome New Spaceplane Is Taking The Fight To SpaceX

Jalopnik

The private race to space basically has two main parties right now, there’s the Elon Musk-backed SpaceX , which regularly ferries supplies and satellites around for Nasa , and the Jeff Bezos-funded Blue Origin , which is the space travel agent of choice for the rich and famous. Now, there’s a third private space flight… Read more.

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Restoration Suspended 49 Years Ago: 1964 Chevy Impala Parked in 1975 Needs a Second Chance

autoevolution

The 1964 Impala in these photos was this close to returning to the road in tip-top shape 49 years ago, but the owner had different plans. They left the car in storage, abandoned the project, and forgot the Impala existed. &lt. ( continue reading.

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This 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept Is Your Chance To Bid On Great Automotive History

Jalopnik

It’s extremely rare for the public to get its hands on a concept car. If it’s not brought into production, they’re usually put in storage or kept in a museum — sometimes they’re even destroyed. But every so often, a rare opportunity comes up when a concept car gets listed for sale or goes up for auction, whether that… Read more.

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Nose-Up Dream Chaser Spaceplane Gets the Shakes Ahead of Historic Mission

autoevolution

Back at the beginning of this month NASA and Sierra Space opened the gates of the Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio for the media, in a bid to give everyone interested in the topic a closer look at the Dream Chaser spaceplane. And boy, isn't it an impressive sight? The Dream Chaser is the latest in a series of spacecraft designed by private companies to serve, first and foremost, the needs of the International Space Stat. ( continue reading.

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The Original Mazda Cosmo Is One Of The Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made

Jalopnik

Mazda invited me a few weeks ago to a stunning house in Encino, California to view its new CX-70 SUV , which ended up being just a CX-90 with only two rows of seats. After getting all of the photos and information I needed I started exploring the grounds of the house, as it was truly amazing (and huge, on a three-acre… Read more.

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Land Rover Defender Forgets About Common Sense, Parades Flashy Digital Mods

autoevolution

Land Rover Defenders are mostly known for their off-road prowess, as they can take their occupants to the end of the known world and back – assuming they won't break down along the way. It may no longer have a body-on-frame construction, having chosen the unibody route. Howe. ( continue reading.

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888-HP Pagani Huayra R Evo Has An Indycar-Inspired T-Top Roof That Adds Downforce

Jalopnik

It can be hard to keep up with every release from Pagani , especially as the Italian hypercar brand keeps pumping out new versions of “discontinued” models like the Zonda and Huayra despite the new Utopia being out. But Pagani’s latest track-only special is worth paying attention to. Not only does the new open-top… Read more.

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This 1972 Ford F-250 Sport Custom Delivers a Masculinity Booster Shot, Big-Block V8 Shines

autoevolution

The Ford F-Series is a stalwart of the American road, having etched its place in the hearts and driveways of millions across multiple generations. If these trucks were any more American, they’d be playing the Star-Spangled Banner through their exhaust system. While there is lot to be said about each individual F-Series generation, today we’ll be talking about the fifth-gen model, produced by the Blue Oval from 1967 up. ( continue reading.