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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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Technician vs. Mechanic: The Difference for Automotive Students

Automotive Training Centre

Have you ever wondered whether you would prefer to be addressed as an automotive technician or an auto mechanic after your training? Have you asked if both terms even mean the same thing, and if they don’t, what the difference between them is? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. The terms ‘mechanic’ and ‘technician’ are often used interchangeably in automotive care and repair.

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Understanding Stretch Shrink Belts

Tomorrow's Technician

CC: For some of our older viewers, you may remember a toy called Shrinky Dinks. This was a toy where you would color in on a plastic sheet, and then you would cut it out and put it in the oven and it would shrink. So something that was four inches went down to maybe two inches or the size of a key chain. This same technology is involved in stretch belts.

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Tesla Owner Wears Apple Vision Pro While Driving With FSD Beta Turned On, Police Stop Him

autoevolution

Using a spatial computer capable of impressive things while sitting behind the steering wheel can sound interesting at first, but as soon as you dive into the details… It becomes clear that it should never be attempted, not even when the car can temporarily take over driving. Still, someone did do it. It didn't end well. Apple poured a lot of money, sweat, and probably tears into making the Vision Pro.

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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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JD Power study shows decline in vehicle dependability

Auto Remarketing

Vehicle dependability is slipping, according to the latest research from J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study found vehicle owners are experiencing more problems after three years of ownership, which the research firm said indicates a decline in long-term vehicle dependability. The industry average increased by 4 problems per 100 vehicles year-over-year to 190 PP100, with nearly two-thirds of brands studied showing an increase.

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Tackling key global aftermarket issues

Auto Service World

The automotive aftermarket will soon have its hands full, if not already, when it comes to developing new trading partners, maintaining current relationships and forging new strategies as global demographics shift. Insights on those topics were just some that were … The post Tackling key global aftermarket issues appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Crashes Add Up: Factors that Cost Fleets Money

Automotive Fleet

A look at things you may not have considered that can make fleet crashes cost more than you may expect, including increased hiring costs, an expertise gap, higher insurance premiums, and more.

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5 Ways to Build Trust with Automotive Customers

RepairPal

Customers heavily rely on your auto repair shop to fix their vehicles and provide a reliable and trustworthy service experience. Here are 5 ways that your shop can build trust with automotive customers. The post 5 Ways to Build Trust with Automotive Customers appeared first on RepairPal Shops Blog: Modern Shop Owner.

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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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New inventory is growing but why isn’t it the right inventory?

Auto Service World

New vehicle inventory is normalizing at dealerships — but it doesn’t appear to be the right kind of inventory that will help sales numbers rebound to pre-pandemic levels. While greater chip capacity is allowing for the normalization of vehicle inventory, … The post New inventory is growing but why isn’t it the right inventory? appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Fleet Managers Define Challenges & Goals for 2024

Automotive Fleet

For these seven fleet managers, a common challenge is cost containment in the face of lingering supply issues. That challenge grows in the face of looming regulations and corporate sustainability goals.

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Discover the Advantages of All-Weather Tires

Tire Review Magazine

The tire industry is highly competitive, driving year-round advancements like all-weather tires that offer unmatched benefits for drivers. Dealers can prioritize customer safety by promoting all-weather tires as a valuable option for those who drive in unpredictable climates year-round. Rather than choosing between snow tires and all-season tires, all-weather tires provide a versatile solution, delivering exceptional performance in spring and summer while maintaining superior snow grip and handl

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HEMIs Are Cool? The 1948 Tucker, With a Flat-Six Helicopter Engine, Will Eat Them Alive

autoevolution

Among the piston-abundant landscape of America, few names would spark more interest and controversy than Tucker Corporation. The company’s meteoric passing through the motoring universe was debated for nearly eight decades. The very limited number of automobiles it produced in its three-year existence is one of the greatest legacies of carmaking in America's post-war period.

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Aftermarket expects more growth this year

Auto Service World

The automotive aftermarket is reporting a positive trend in sales growth among retailers, with significant optimism for 2024. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants collaborated with Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario members to unveil insights into the performance of the Canadian automotive aftermarket … The post Aftermarket expects more growth this year appeared first on Auto Service World.

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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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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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Custom Triumph Bonneville Is a Visual Nod to One of Steve McQueen’s Fabled Desert Sleds

autoevolution

Shiro Nakajima has long been building custom marvels under the alias 46Works, operating right near the Yatsugatake mountain range in the quaint Japanese countryside. His talents extend far beyond bike-building, though, and he’ll often indulge in things like vintage car restorations and crafting furniture. Mind you, 46Works wasn’t even the first motorcycle customization outfit that Nakajima-san had established.

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How Canadians are prioritizing their finances

Auto Service World

Canadians are increasingly focusing on financial stability amid rising inflation and economic uncertainty, a recent poll reported. Debt repayment and savings topped the list of priorities, according to the latest CIBC Financial Priorities poll. It found that 13 per cent … The post How Canadians are prioritizing their finances appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Pro Files – Borneman’s Restoration & Customs

Eastwood

A lot of young guys were bitten by the car bug at an early age. For many it’s a hobby, a pastime. But for others, it turns into an obsession. And when you grow up in a family that builds street rods and muscle cars for a living, it’s bound to get into your blood. That’s how it started for Dave Borneman, who cut his teeth on custom cars as a teen working alongside his father.

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AI Models Are Eager To Launch Nukes In War Simulations

Jalopnik

The U.S. military is considering the use of AI during warfare but researchers warn this may not be a good idea given AI’s predilection for nuclear war. In a series of international conflict simulations run by American researchers, AIs tended to escalate at random, leading to the deployment of nukes in multiple cases,… Read more.

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1,400-HP Twin-V8 Monster Truck With Radioactive 2,500-HP Jet Gets Stuck in Snow

autoevolution

What’s the point of building the world’s biggest monster truck if you can’t have fun with it because it constantly breaks down? That’s precisely the point – finding out what works and what doesn’t, fixing the mistakes, and doing it all over again. Until a nagging thought emerges: two diesel engines and 1,400 horsepower aren’t enough, so why not put a jet engine under it?

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Here’s how truckload, LTL rates are trending

Auto Service World

For the first quarter of 2024, LTL rates are expected to remain relatively flat with subtle fluctuations while truckload rates will continue hovering near the floor established last year, according to a recent report. For parcel, expect seasonal growth consistent … The post Here’s how truckload, LTL rates are trending appeared first on Auto Service World.

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SMP releases hundreds of new product numbers

Auto Service World

Standard Motor Products announced 208 new part numbers, providing new coverage in 72 distinct product categories and 115 part numbers for 2022-2024 model-year vehicles. The Standard’s Emission Control program introduced Vapor Canister Purge Pumps for popular General Motors SUVs like … The post SMP releases hundreds of new product numbers appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Hyundai, Kia teaming up on fuel cell tech

Auto Service World

Hyundai and Kia Corporation have teamed up with an American materials company to enhance hydrogen fuel cell technology. The automakers and W.L. Gore & Associates announced they would jointly develop advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology for hydrogen fuel cell … The post Hyundai, Kia teaming up on fuel cell tech appeared first on Auto Service World.

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Drivers uncomfortable with automakers sharing their data

Auto Service World

Most drivers would buy a car with less technology to protect their privacy, a study has found. A recent survey report by Kaspersky reported that seven in 10 (72 per cent) of drivers are uncomfortable with automakers sharing their personal … The post Drivers uncomfortable with automakers sharing their data appeared first on Auto Service World.

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How many people quit or were let go from their jobs

Auto Service World

Years of data point to one clear fact about Canadian workers: They are not afraid to quit a job. North American payroll provider Wagepoint released research data that showed employment trends and terminations from nearly 30,600 small businesses across Canada … The post How many people quit or were let go from their jobs appeared first on Auto Service World.

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1970 Chevy Chevelle SS Ditches Factory 396 Unit for Truly Great Modern-Day Big Block V8

autoevolution

The second-generation Chevrolet Chevelle is an iconic American classic, featuring a sculpted body design and high-performance V8 engines. This was a true muscle car, and to this day it remains one of the most sought-after vehicles of its era. On a slightly "negative" note, I’m not sure that the design of the Chevelle is to everyone’s liking.

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One of the Most Beautiful Reverse-Loft Tiny Homes Is a Masterclass in Smart Design

autoevolution

One of the most iconic Baluchon tiny houses, flaunting a fantastic layout, is home to a couple and their two pets (a dog and a cat) and is just as colorful and full of life as it is ingenious. If you're tired of all-white, Scandinavian-style tiny homes with an ultra-clean design, this adorable abode by ( continue reading.

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Cybertruck Owners Flip the Cybertruck Like There's No Tomorrow, Despite No-Resale Clause

autoevolution

Tesla introduced a no-resale clause in the sales contract of the Foundation Series Cybertruck in a bid to discourage people from flipping it. However, this hasn't worked in the past and is not working now, with many Cybertruck owners trying to sell their pickups for a hefty profit. Exotic car sales are usually protected by a no-resale clause in the sales contract to ensure people buying them are doing it for their own benefit, not to. ( continue reading.

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2025 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Puts On the NASCAR Overalls, Digitally Teases From CGI Land

autoevolution

Cadillac is renowned for many outstanding achievements in its illustrious history, but one peak has remained unconquered until now. Even more, the fabled American brand has kept its distance from the greatest motoring happening in America, leaving the other GM division – the one on the opposite end of the corporate hierarchy – to wear the laurels wreath.

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The Orion Spaceship Will Be Armed With Lasers When It Goes to the Moon

autoevolution

Lasers are rapidly becoming the new promised land of space communications. Several times over the past few months, we've learned of different technologies being researched in this field, and their arrival has the potential to change the pace of space missions forever. Even if some of them are named like some sort of doomsday weapon. The first major development in this field came back in the spring of last year when we learned of some. ( continue reading.

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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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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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Canada's Safari Condo Takes a Crack at the Ford Transit and Scores a Campervan Home Run

autoevolution

RVs come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the currently fastest growing trends seems to be camper vans, and Canada's Safari Condo knows this because here we are, staring down the tailpipe of two ravishing Ford Transit models. Folks, if the name Safari Condo sounds familiar, it might be because we've covered this crew's work on several occasions; recently, their "most aerodynamic" &l. ( continue reading.

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Adorable Tiny House Uses an Atypical Layout to Create the Perfect Family Home

autoevolution

As working adults, and even before that, we're constantly being told that bigger is better and, implicitly, that more is preferable. The tiny house movement comes in direct contrast with this, with an emphasis on a much simpler, less cluttered, more sustainable, and ultimately more affordable lifestyle. The tiny house movement has been around for more than two decades, but if we're being honest, it's never been quite as pop. ( continue reading.

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