It's as if the world's I.T. department and the largest names in the automotive industry are competing for who can do it better — self-driving vehicles that is. While not many autonomous vehicles have hit the streets yet, US auto dealers anxiously await snippets of stories released every day by companies like Google, Tesla and recently Rolls-Royce. The competition to launch the first production self-driving car has the fervor of a drag race where companies reveal virtual information via tweets, press releases and videos, practically revving their engines to grab your attention. This update combines the latest developer news in conjunction with established content.Read More
It’s only three months into the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the big three manufacturers are already running neck-and-neck in the point standings: Toyota (420), Chevrolet (404) and Ford (368). In the months ahead, thousands of twists and turns will be negotiated by drivers — literally and figuratively — over the course of a long season ending November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Along the way, teams and fans will visit 23 tracks in 20 states as the series works its way through winter, spring, summer and fall.
Near each of those racetracks are auto dealers just itching to capitalize on the impending fanfare, some going full bore into the action while others lamenting about the “what ifs” from afar with forlorn expression. This article is about making the most of the potential opportunities as auto dealerships join the party, sell more units and increase sales opportunities.Read More
According to a report by the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC), Americans are choosing aftermarket parts from independent manufacturers over OEM parts when given the chance. The report, “Competition Drives Real Consumer Savings in Collision Repair,” was released December 2015 using data from the Certified Automotive Parts Association.
The numbers are compelling: Americans saved $363 million using independent parts for the top 100 collision repair parts used by consumers between 2009 and 2014 while the name brand items were 27 percent more expensive on average.Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March of 2014
and has been updated on July 7, 2015 to reflect new information.
Spring and summer are peak times for severe weather and storm damage to cars. The state of Florida experiences the most thunderstorms per year on average, and the southeastern US and southern plains also get a lot of storms in a given year.