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U.S. average age continues its rise

Auto Service World

Vehicles south of the border are continuing to get older. New data puts the number at 12.6 years, up two months from 2023. That’s a generally slower pace of growth compared to recent years and more normalized growth, S&P Global … The post U.S. average age continues its rise appeared first on Auto Service World.

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The Future of Auto Detailing: What to Know about Connected Car Wash Systems

Automotive Training Centre

The auto detailing industry has seen many exciting advancements in recent years. The rise of connected car wash systems represents a significant leap forward, promising to revolutionize how vehicles are cleaned and maintained. Understanding these technological advancements is crucial for prospective students considering auto detailing training. Let’s explore what connected car wash systems are, their technology, their impact on the auto detailing industry, and what that can mean for aspiring au

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ServiceAgent AI vs. ChatGPT

Solera

Why Specialized AI Matters for Auto Dealerships Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing how businesses interact with customers, offering unparalleled efficiency and a seamless experience. In the automotive industry, ServiceAgent AI, a specialized conversational AI solution, is leading the way in helping service centers better serve their clients.

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Real-World Towing Test Reconfirms That Tesla's Cybertruck Isn't a Workhorse

autoevolution

It's not the first nor the last time this electric vehicle will be subjected to towing tests. Owners like showing off what their pricey pickup trucks can or, in this case, cannot do. But don't fall into detractors' traps. The Cybertruck is a bit more than meets the eye. Tesla's first-ever battery-powered pickup truck looks like nothing else on the road today.

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Can heads-up displays help against distracted driving?

Auto Service World

In response to distracted driving contributing to a quarter of all road accidents, with young drivers particularly prone to using technology while on the move, experts are turning to Heads-Up Display (HUD) technology as a potential remedy. According to a … The post Can heads-up displays help against distracted driving? appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Want to Become a Mechanic? Make Your Job Applications Stand Out

Automotive Training Centre

Are you passionate about cars and dreaming of a mechanic career? The demand for skilled mechanics remains high as the automotive industry evolves with technology advancements and market changes. However, to secure a position in this competitive field when you become a mechanic , it’s essential to make your job application stand out. At Automotive Training Centre, we’re committed to equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

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Executive Spotlight with Bill Wittenmyer of DealerOn

AutoSuccess

In the AutoSuccess Executive Spotlight, host Brian Ankney interviews Bill Wittenmyer from DealerOn , discussing the current challenges and strategies for car dealerships. Dealerships are struggling with staffing and performance due to a significant portion of salespeople and managers being new to the industry post-COVID. This lack of experience affects their ability to negotiate and manage effectively.

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Why the forecast for global EV sales is declining

Auto Service World

While growth is expected in electric vehicle sales, it won’t be at the same pace seen in recent years, new research suggested. ABI Research reported that global EV sales are projected to grow by 21 per cent in 2024 and … The post Why the forecast for global EV sales is declining appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How organizers of the first T.I.R.E. Summit plan to bridge technology with tire industry needs

Tire Review Magazine

I don’t care if you’ve been in the tire industry for 40 years or 40 days – a lot has changed since you got started. Recently, some of the biggest changes are happening on the technology side: AI, smartphones and sophisticated software have never had such a presence on the shop floor. There’s too much to wrap your head around to successfully keep the evolutions in the industry straight.

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Executive Spotlight with Ryan Maher of BizzyCar

AutoSuccess

In the latest episode of the AutoSuccess Executive Spotlight, host Brian Ankney sits down with Ryan Maher from BizzyCar to discuss the pressing issue of warranty recalls in the automotive industry and how BizzyCar is revolutionizing the recall process for dealerships. Ryan highlights the immense scale of warranty recalls in the United States, with over 70 million vehicles affected.

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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Looks Like a Rare HEMI Gem, but There's a Catch

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When it comes to 1970 Dodge Challengers, there's no denying that the HEMI version is the most desirable. Chrysler's most potent mill from the golden era, the mighty 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8, found its way into only a few hundred Challengers that year. Specifically, wh. ( continue reading.

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How average age is expanding aftermarket sweet spot

Auto Service World

With average age rapidly growing, the types of vehicles that the aftermarket is servicing are expanding just as quickly. What was once considered anything in the six-12-year-old range has now expanded to well beyond that, explained Todd Campau, aftermarket practice … The post How average age is expanding aftermarket sweet spot appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Used-car sales beat year-ago figures, but slow down after tax season

Auto Remarketing

Used-car retail sales in April were ahead of prior-year figures, but the market was challenged, given the end of tax season and the hurdles of low supply, affordability and high interest rates. And that’s to be expected, says Cox Automotive. The company said in a Data Point report last week that independent and franchised dealers combined to sell 1.45 million used vehicles last month, which beat April 2023 by 4.8% but was a 7.0% month-over-month decrease.

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K&M Tire Dealer Benefits: Falken Tire’s 2024 Boost Program

Tire Review Magazine

Being a K&M Tire Mr. Tire / Big 3 Tire program dealer is the perfect way for today’s independent tire dealers to maximize their profits while retaining their shop’s unique identity. As a Mr. Tire and Big 3 Tire program dealer, tools like the Falken Boost Program have been specifically designed to make every Falken Tire sale worth a little more for your bottom line.

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Black-on-Red '65 Impala Wagon Flexes Original 409 Big Block, One of Only 82

autoevolution

Classic wagons don't get enough love. It's as if the average American gearhead's obsession with 60s American iron starts and ends with Chargers, Chevelles, and Shelby Cobras. You know, the poster pin-up heroes. But it's easy to forget that wagons sometimes left the factory packing heat in the mid 60s. Take this 1965 Chevy Impala Wagon for example.

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How much auto repair employment has grown

Auto Service World

Employment levels in the auto repair sector are higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to data from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The automotive aftermarket showed robust growth in 2023, with the automotive repair and maintenance sector reaching 121,000 employees by December, surpassing … The post How much auto repair employment has grown appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How used-car prices are faring this month in wholesale, retail markets

Auto Remarketing

Wholesale vehicle prices fell nearly 12% year-over-year in April and have continued modest month-over-month declines in May, according to the latest Kontos Kommentary report from ADESA chief economist Tom Kontos. Overall wholesale values last month came in at $14,559, down 11.7% from the April 2023 average of $16,468, according to the report. Prices were down 0.3% from March, when wholesale values averaged $14,603.

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K&M Tire Dealer Benefits: Falken Tire’s 2024 Boost Program

Tire Review Magazine

Being a K&M Tire Mr. Tire / Big 3 Tire program dealer is the perfect way for today’s independent tire dealers to maximize their profits while retaining their shop’s unique identity. As a Mr. Tire and Big 3 Tire program dealer, tools like the Falken Boost Program have been specifically designed to make every Falken Tire sale worth a little more for your bottom line.

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Rivian Employees Can Activate Big Discounts To Select R1Ts for a Limited Time

autoevolution

Like Rivian's all-electric pickup truck but haven't found the right deal for you? Well, here's another opportunity to get behind the steering wheel of an R1T. The automaker recently allowed its American and Canadian employees to unlock new discounts for the remaining 2023 model-year units. But don't wait too long because the deal supposedly ends on June 1.

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What types of videos should you create for social media?

Auto Service World

There's a case for and against creating do-it-yourself content in your shop. But the bottom line is to be authentic The post What types of videos should you create for social media? appeared first on Auto Service World.

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COMMENTARY: A constituency of one

Auto Remarketing

If you’re like me, you probably have a favorite television show or movie you repeatedly watch over and over and over again. Mine is The West Wing. The writing is phenomenal. The acting is outstanding. And, as you might know, I love politics. An episode titled “Constituency of One” follows deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman after he is dubbed the “101st Senator” because of his success in convincing politicos in Washington to see things his way.

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Expressway Auto Auction Retains TPC Management

Automotive Fleet

The 57-year-old operation plans to build its network and broaden its reach to more new and used car dealers as well as regional and national commercial accounts.

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The 100% Tariff on Chinese EVs Is a Double-Edged Sword, and Americans Will Pay the Price

autoevolution

The recently announced tariffs on Chinese goods, including a 100% tariff on electric vehicles, mark a new phase of what will soon be a full-blown economic war. Many argue that raising tariffs on Chinese EVs won't change much because very few were imported into the US anyway. However, they will cause more problems down the road, including for American carmakers and the Americans.

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E.R.I. Group adds new Winnipeg DC

Auto Service World

The E.R.I. Group announced that it has added a new I.P.W. distribution centre in Winnipeg. The facility is located at 845 Lagimodiere Blvd., Unit 8, in Winnipeg. It officially opened May 13. The company also announced that Jeff Georgeson will … The post E.R.I. Group adds new Winnipeg DC appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Electric Vehicles Are Three Times More Likely To Hit Pedestrians Than Gas Cars

Jalopnik

An analysis of British road traffic accidents in a recent study concluded that battery electric vehicles and hybrids are significantly more likely to strike pedestrians than gas or diesel vehicles. According to data compiled from 32 billion miles of BEV and HEV travel and over 3 trillion miles traveled in gas and… Read more.

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First Brands acquires Lumileds lamps, accessories

Auto Service World

Citing changing market conditions since the merger of Lumileds and Philips, Lumileds announced it has sold its lamps and accessories division to First Brands Group. The move, Lumileds announced in a press release, allows Lumileds to focus on its core … The post First Brands acquires Lumileds lamps, accessories appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Traffic Safety Awareness that Drivers Need to Understand

Auto Service World

Driving is a daily activity for many people, but it comes with inherent risks. Understanding traffic safety is essential for all drivers to reduce the likelihood of accidents and protect themselves and others on the road. Whether you’re a seasoned … The post Traffic Safety Awareness that Drivers Need to Understand appeared first on Auto Service World.

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The changes need to scale EV sales

Auto Service World

The increasing adoption of electric vehicles is met with critical challenges related to outdated infrastructure and stringent environmental regulations. This is leading to growth impediments in the EV market, law firm Troutman Pepper said in a report, Driving Change: Scaling … The post The changes need to scale EV sales appeared first on Auto Service World.

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YPA Spotlight: Navigating growth and opportunities

Auto Service World

Spotlight on Nathaniel Willsie The post YPA Spotlight: Navigating growth and opportunities appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Homemade 1,000-HP Twin-Turbo Scat Pack Drags Demon 170; It's Next Best Thing to Holy Water

autoevolution

What does it take to build a ten-second Challenger that can give a Demon 170 a run for its eye? A dad with wrenching habits, a gearheaded son with blood type ‘HEMI Mopar,‘ and some performance turbo parts. The result is a 1,000-wheel-horsepower Scat Pack Dodge that’s still learning to flex its muscle at the drag strip in around ten seconds or so.

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Irish Startup Reveals an Innovative Hydrogen-Powered E-Bike That You Can Charge at Home

autoevolution

On the road to a greener future, the need for sustainable, eco-friendly solutions is greater than ever. In the mobility sector, a rivalry seems to be shaping up between electric batteries and hydrogen cells. While the use of hydrogen as a greener energy source in the world of two-wheelers is still little explored, this alternative fuel is paving the way for a new era of zero-emission mobility, promising extended range, shorter charging times, and reduced environmental impact. ( continue reading.

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Written-Off 721-Mile 2023 Rivian R1T Sparks Insurance Controversy

autoevolution

Even electric vehicle owners who agreed to have their driving monitored are dealing with insurance premiums that seem to go only one way—up. Apparently, it's not just inflation that's driving these companies to ask for more money. We're stuck in a vicious cycle, one that might remind some of you of the airbag craze. Fret not; there's a way out of all this.

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A Flying Wing With Rotors Is What Sikorsky Is Working on Now

autoevolution

About a year ago the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) introduced to the world the companies that were tasked with working on something called the AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) program. Nothing notable happened on that front since then, until this week one of the participants, Sikorsky, gave us a first look at the insane aircraft it is working on.

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Tesla With the FSD Engaged Almost Drives Into Train. The Owner Has the Videos To Prove It

autoevolution

A Tesla Model 3 with the Full Self-Driving function engaged almost drove into passing trains twice in the past six months. The owner of the compact sedan has the video captured by the onboard camera to prove that he was terribly close to death. Reliable or not, the FSD is supposed to brake when it detects obstacles, be it pedestrians, other cars, or just a simple curb on the side of the road.

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Tesla Now Installs Global LED-Matrix Headlights on Legacy Model 3/Y in Certain Conditions

autoevolution

Tesla installs LED-matrix headlights across its lineup, although the adaptive beam function is not available yet in the US. Owners report that even older models, which shipped with regular headlights, are now retrofitted with LED-matrix headlights, but only in certain conditions. Tesla has been fitting its vehicles with LED-matrix headlights since 2020, although US regulations prevented them from enabling the adaptive beam functions.

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Rivian Offers Big Discounts for the R1S and R1T As It Clears Inventories for 2025 Models

autoevolution

Rivian continues to drop the prices of its vehicles in the inventory in preparation for the 2025 R1S and R1T launch. The latest round of incentives offers big discounts on the most important upgrades concerning drive configurations and battery pack options. This makes the R1T Dual Motor up to $9,000 cheaper, and that is before counting all other incentives offered in earlier rounds.

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This Micro Camper Van Features a Pop-Top Roof and a Stylish, Well-Equipped Living Space

autoevolution

Van life requires some degree of minimalism regardless of what type of mobile home you buy or build. Naturally, the smaller the rig, the more minimalist you'll need to be to enjoy life on the road. Today, I'm checking out an awesome micro camper that packs a surprising number of features, considering its compact size. So, why would someone choose a ( continue reading.

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