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Luxury, mass market vehicle sales diverge

Auto Service World

While new vehicle sales have seen growth in the first quarter of 2024, there is a more nuanced story happening at the segment level. And it’s cause for concern for a leading industry observer. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants has found significant … The post Luxury, mass market vehicle sales diverge appeared first on Auto Service World.

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TOOLS 2024 | Rev Up Your Marketing With the Video Advantage

Shop Marketing Pros

TOOLS 2024 | Rev Up Your Marketing With the Video Advantage TOOLS Conference May 30 - June 1, 2024 Register Now Incorporating video into your marketing strategy doesn’t have to be that hard. Class topics include: Understanding the difference between long and short video formats Which video platforms are important for shop owners Knowing the content your audience will engage with How to track your video performance Register for this engaging and impactful class today!

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Why Choosing a New Driveshaft Assembly is the Right Choice

Brake & Front End

Drive shafts are a very precision balanced and weighted component because they rotate at very high speeds and torque values to turn the wheels. A worn drive shaft can cause problems that affect the drivability of the vehicle and will create symptoms that alert the driver of potential issues that need to be addressed. THE TWO MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS ARE: 1.

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1970 Dodge HEMI Challenger R/T Is a Museum-Grade Gem, Costs a Fortune

autoevolution

Produced from 1970 to 1974, the first-generation Dodge Challenger was the shortest-lived Mopar of the golden era. It also spent only two years on the muscle car market because Chrysler discontinued its high-compression big-block engines in 1971. Despite all this, the Challenger is one of the most iconic performance rigs of the early 1970s. ( continue reading.

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New Vast-Auto satellite warehouse announced

Auto Service World

Oakville, Ontario is the new home for a satellite warehouse from Vast-Auto Distribution. In an announcement about the expansion last week, the company said the added facility — west of Toronto and the fifth in Ontario — is part of … The post New Vast-Auto satellite warehouse announced appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How Benchmarking Improves Fleet Maintenance Costs

Automotive Fleet

Fleets can drive efficiencies and improve operating costs by capturing detailed expenses on every unit and comparing them to technician and job hours. The Gothic Landscape fleet is on that quest.

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Oil Changes: Safeguarding Your Engine’s Well-Being

Louisville Automotive Shop

Oil changes are more than just routine maintenance; they are crucial for the health and longevity of your engine. Let’s explore why oil changes are essential for safeguarding your engine’s well-being: Vital Lubrication Engine oil reduces friction between moving parts and prevents excessive wear. Proper lubrication maintains engine performance and prevents premature component failure.

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Training, training and more training at Worldpac STX

Auto Service World

Thousands of automotive aftermarket professionals gathered in Nashville for training of all kinds The post Training, training and more training at Worldpac STX appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Fleet Forward Port of Los Angeles: How to Navigate ZEV Rebates

Automotive Fleet

On June 12, join Lisa McGhee of Tom's Truck Center and Maria Neve of Inspiration Mobility for a discussion on how rebates and incentives can defray the cost of zero-emissions vehicles, before the incentives expire.

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BEV sales at auction nearly twice as high as 2023 figures

Auto Remarketing

The number of battery-electric vehicles sold at auction through April is nearly double the amount sold in the first four months of 2023, and prices for EVs have declined at a faster rate than the overall market. That’s according to respective wholesale car market analyses by the National Auto Auction Association and Cox Automotive. NAAA’s AuctionNet data shows there have been 32,200 BEV sales at auction year-to-date through April, which is a 93% increase.

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Archimedes 3D Printed Engine Will Send the Neutron Rocket Into Space at Least 20 Times

autoevolution

Ever since SpaceX made reusability the most desirable trait of a spacefaring operation, all the companies working in this industry have shifted their attention toward making hardware that can fly to space more than once. And that includes a crew called Rocket Lab. Officially a launch service provider, ( continue reading.

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Can the aftermarket handle returns like Amazon?

Auto Service World

The returns process for Amazon is a significant draw for customers. Automotive aftermarket suppliers and distributors selling directly to customers are trying to offer a better experience to ensure they’re the first call, not the digital retail giant. A panel … The post Can the aftermarket handle returns like Amazon? appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How I Saved My Customer $1,300 on Four Bridgestone Tires

Tire Review Magazine

Last fall, one of my customers, Jennifer Lorenzo, noticed that the tread on her BMW X5’s tires didn’t seem to grip the road very well when it rained. Since she lives in the northeast and winter was approaching, she wanted to take care of the tires quickly. When I quoted Jennifer a price for four new Bridgestone tires, she couldn’t believe it. “I know tires are expensive, but to spend more than $1,600 seemed outrageous,” she said.

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Summer Radiator Care: Top Tips For Keeping Your Engine Cool

Scotty's Automotive Services

As the temperatures rise in the summer months, ensure your car’s radiator is well-maintained to prevent overheating and maintain optimal performance. Here are some essential tips to help your radiator function efficiently during the hot summer days: Check Coolant Levels Regularly Before the summer heat sets in, check your coolant levels and ensure they are topped up to the correct level.

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Electrify America Won't Repair DC Chargers Affected by Repeat Vandalism

autoevolution

First, it was street lights. Now, it's all about EV charging cables. Thieves or people who simply hold a big grudge against battery-electric cars are actively sabotaging the move to a less polluting way of moving around. That's happening despite the fact that the average US passenger vehicle on the road has never been older. Electrify America isn't going to put up with it.

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From the Magazine: Vehicle average age will keep growing

Auto Service World

How driving behaviour has changed and the impact for the aftermarket The post <span style=color:#ff0000>From the Magazine:</span> Vehicle average age will keep growing appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Forty-one percent of drivers got a flat tire the last 12 months

Tire Review Magazine

Hankook Tire ’s latest Gauge Index recently found that 41% of drivers have experienced a flat tire or tire blowout in the last 12 months. Another 29% have discovered a puncture or leak. The Gauge Index found that one-third (32%) of drivers who experienced a flat tire in the last year said the primary cause was a nail, which was the No. 1 culprit. Here’s what else the data said: Over a quarter (28%) of drivers opted to change the flat tire themselves.

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TROUBLESHOOTING PERFORMANCE ISSUES: Chemicals May Provide the Cure

Mighty Auto Parts

The post TROUBLESHOOTING PERFORMANCE ISSUES: Chemicals May Provide the Cure appeared first on Mighty Auto Parts. Pinpointing the reason for a crank but no-start, extended cranking, rough idle or misfire symptoms can be a challenge that can consume a lot of diagnostic time to resolve the complaint. Often the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) will be illuminated and a PO300 random misfire code may be stored in memory.

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Tesla Cybertruck Gets Rusty Wrap, Looks Like a Barn Find

autoevolution

The year is 2074, and barn-find hunter Joe discovers a Tesla Cybertruck in a shed. The hauler is covered in surface rust, and Joe is blown away by the fact that the EV is still in one piece after 50 years. It's a very likely scenario, assuming we're still around in 2074 (global warming is no joke). But it's still. ( continue reading.

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Dealer wait times increase but doesn’t impact satisfaction

Auto Service World

Customer distrust of dealer ability with complex repairs grows, says new study from J.D. Power The post Dealer wait times increase but doesn’t impact satisfaction appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Used EV selection increases, prices decline

Auto Remarketing

Affordability and availability of used electric vehicles is improving, and in some cases, so are sales. Over 4% of Carvana’s sales in the first quarter were battery-electric vehicles, more than doubling their share of sales from Q1 2023, according to a study released Wednesday by the online used-car retailer. Specifically, BEVs represented 4.3% of Carvana’s sales in Q1, up from 1.8% a year earlier.

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Unlocking the Potential of Shop Retention in Parts Departments

AutoSuccess

In bustling parts departments, where every day is a balancing act between managing inventory and fulfilling orders, the idea of committing resources to customer marketing, specifically retention efforts, often gets shelved in favor of more immediate tasks. For many parts departments, it’s a common refrain: “We’re too busy for marketing!

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U.S. to Deploy Thousands of Autonomous Anti-Armor Suicide Drones Against Potential Enemies

autoevolution

Having seen what devastating effects the clever use of drones can have on enemy plans over in Ukraine, the U.S. military is now convinced this is the way to go should things go south and require American interference abroad, or some defense at home. So in the summer of last year the Department of Defense announced something called the Replicator initiative.

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How much EV claims and costs surged

Auto Service World

Canada has witnessed a significant uptick in electric vehicle repairable claims, marking a notable shift in the automotive landscape, a new report has found, presenting opportunities and challenges for the automotive aftermarket. According to the latest Plugged-In: EV Collision Insights … The post How much EV claims and costs surged appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Study shows relevance of dealerships is rising – led by Gen Z

Auto Remarketing

Are traditional car dealerships becoming less relevant in this era of digital disruption? Not according to the latest study conducted by Urban Science and The Harris Poll. The 2024 Urban Science Dealership Transformation Index polled 3,005 U.S. car buyers in three “key dimensions” — dealer relevance, trend resistance and actions — to measure customer perception of dealers.

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Merchants Fleet Launches New Hampshire’s Largest Workplace EV Charging Installation

Automotive Fleet

Merchants Fleet sets precedent for responsible transportation solutions through scalable electric vehicle charging installation.

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Elon Musk Explains the Latest Improvements to Tesla's Full Self-Driving Software

autoevolution

After announcing that the latest version of Tesla Full Self-Driving "will blow your mind," Elon Musk offered a rare update on the development timeline. Musk says that V12.4 has retrained the models for better comfort, while the following builds, already in testing, will focus on edge cases. Tesla Full Self-Driving, now marketed as "Supervised" instead of beta s. ( continue reading.

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From the Magazine: Proactively planning best practices

Auto Service World

This year’s winter season was anything but traditional for much of Canada, impacting shops across the country. But using the weather as an excuse for sluggish sales isn’t an option for long-term success. Here are some things to think about to be better prepared The post <span style=color:#ff0000>From the Magazine:</span> Proactively planning best practices appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Tesla Tells Cybertruck Owner Coolant Leaks Aren't Covered By Warranty After Only 35 Miles

Jalopnik

The hits just keep on coming with the Tesla Cybertruck. Yet another owner has reported having problems mere miles after picking up their brand new, low-resolution electric pickup. Read more.

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2025 BMW i4, 4 Series Feature Updated Engines, Design Details

Automotive Fleet

The worldwide market launch of the 2025 BMW i4 and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be underway in July.

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The $600 Million Question: Why Is Bill Gates Selling His Hydrogen-Powered Megayacht?

autoevolution

To be or not to be (a megayacht owner), that is the real question. Prince Hamlet might have been tormented about life's hardships and the right approach to them, but the biggest question of the day is a $600+ million one: why did the billionaire change his mind about owning a megayacht? Back in 2019, word got out online that Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and one of the world's most &l. ( continue reading.

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New AI system for tire dealers

Auto Service World

Atrium Solutions has introduced a new artificial intelligence technology named Orbit, designed to streamline administrative processes for commercial tire dealers. Dealers in this sector often grapple with the dual burden of managing extensive paperwork and inputting data into multiple systems, … The post New AI system for tire dealers appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Florida Man Whines About His Ruined Reputation After Pulling Gun On Uber Driver

Jalopnik

Police in Milton, Florida arrested a man after he pulled a gun on an Uber driver earlier this week who was dropping his daughter off. Sean Hollonbeck forced the driver out of the car and onto the ground and has since been charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a weapon, WEAR News reports. After… Read more.

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Used Vehicle Wholesale Prices Experience Consistent Decline in April

Automotive Fleet

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index (MUVVI) fell to 198.4, a decline of 14.0% from a year ago.

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This Street-Legal Two-Seater Trike Is No Spyder, but It May Just Be the Deal of the Year

autoevolution

Walking down the street, the moment most people see a Can-Am Spyder, we just can't help but stare a little. Well, this time around, we'll be taking a look at a trike that may just push the Spyder to the side, if only for some, especially when we consider that Massimo Electric's E-Spider also seats two people and swings a home run with a starting price of just $7,000.

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Spicer adds new CVJ repair kits

Auto Service World

Dana’s new Spicer Select Constant Velocity (CV) joint repair kits are designed to optimize the repair of a vehicle’s drive shaft by replacing the CV joint instead of the entire drive shaft. “Spicer Select CVJ kits are the ideal solution … The post Spicer adds new CVJ repair kits appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Hertz Made A Customer Pay $277 For Gas In His Tesla Rental

Jalopnik

A longtime Hertz customer with President’s Circle status was slapped with an unexpected $277.39 charge after returning the Tesla Model 3 that he rented during a weekend in Los Angeles. The renter was Joshua Lee, who selected the “skip the pump and save time” option on his reservation, so he wouldn’t have to worry… Read more.

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