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Winterize Your Customer's Car

Five quick things to check to make sure your customers aren't stranded this winter. #1 Its all about the tires. Make sure they are appropriate for winter driving conditions. #2 ...

Analyst Forecasts Mass Consolidation Of Auto Dealerships

Last month Adam Jonas, a widely followed auto analyst with Morgan Stanley, predicted the industry's 8,000 plus auto dealers will eventually consolidate and become 10 mega-dealers who operate more as fleet management operators overseeing huge ride-hailing and car-sharing operations. Why the big consolidation you ask?

Legislation

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships: An FLSA Exemption Case Makes its Way Back to the Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will address again whether service advisors are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). In a case involving several procedural twists and turns, the Supreme Court, for the second time, will hear Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro. That case involves five service advisors who were employed by a California Mercedes-Benz dealership. In 2012, the employees sued the dealership, under the FLSA, after it refused to pay them overtime compensation. The employees alleged, among other things, that as a part of their job duties, they were required to upsell customers for additional automobile services, but were not required to actually sell cars or perform auto repairs. They further alleged that they were only paid by commission and were "mandated" to work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at least five days a week.

CAWA Plays a Critical Role in Educating the Public Regarding Their Warranty Rights

In an effort to educate motorists about their warranty rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, CAWA has formed a partnership the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Working together, CAWA, BAR and DMV will educate consumers using social media, motorist education alerts and newsletters and events throughout the state about their rights.

Manufacturer

UBER|Volvo Sign Deal For 24,000 Self Driving Cars

Washington Post Uber swung one of the largest deals for autonomous vehicles Monday, ordering 24,000 vehicles from Volvo — a move that is expected to advance the case for self-driving cars on American streets. Passengers can already hail a ride inside a driverless taxi in a small number of U.S. cities — most prominently Pittsburgh — but not without a human operator inside the vehicle. Monday's deal between Uber and Volvo could set the stage for something entirely new: thousands of autonomous vehicles ­ferrying paying customers to their destinations without a human ­operator, the beginning of a ­multibillion-dollar robot revolution that could dramatically reconfigure how people get from one place to another.

BMW Expands Ridesharing To Chinese Market

Automotive News Europe, November 24 SHANGHAI -- BMW will launch its first permanent car-sharing program in China next month using a fleet of electric i3 models, the company said. The program in Chengdu, southwest China, expands the automaker's ReachNow brand outside of the U.S. where it launched in in 2016. It follows a successful pilot program in Beijing. BMW claims over a million users for its European DriveNow car-sharing service run in partnership with the Sixt car rental company, up from half a million in 2015. It also says the business is now profitable. Launching its wholly-owned ReachNow service in China is one way BMW hopes to grow its business as the Chinese government restricts private car sales to tackle growing congestion and air pollution. "Growth in the future won't come from building and selling cars but from other services," Thiemo Schalk, manager at BMW's Center of Urban Mobility Competence in Berlin, said. "We need to find new solutions not just based on car ownership."

EV Wars TESLA VS Volvo

Game On! Volvo will bring five pure EVs to market 2019-2021. Volvo has four car factories in China, Belgium and Sweden, with a fifth one nearing completion in South Carolina (deliveries begin around July 2018). Perhaps most importantly, Uber chose Volvo over Tesla in partnering for autonomous cars. Uber ordered 24,000 plug-in hybrid Volvo SUVs.

Who's Data Is It Anyway?

Today's vehicles send data from over 200 sensors to the cloud every day. This data records where the car has been, when it was there, how fast it was moving, how much gas was in the tank and even what the ambient temperature was in the cabin. As you can imagine, there is demand for this data. Check out this report from Frost and Sullivan on who wants the data and what they are going to do with it.

Volvo Parent To Launch Polestar

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and its owner Geely Holding today announce they will jointly invest RMB 5 billion (EUR 640 million) to support the initial phase of Polestar’s product, brand and industrial development. The investment highlights the financial muscle and industrial and manufacturing expertise Polestar will have access to, and establishes the fully consolidated Volvo Cars subsidiary as a stand-alone electrified performance car company as it reveals its first production model in Shanghai today.

Delphi Buys Self-Driving Car Startup NuTonomy for $450 Million

NuTonomy is the company who beat UBER to the punch by testing the first self driving robot taxi in Singapore. Founded by some wizards of smart from MIT it has partnered with Lyft and has worked to boost its on-road testing through a partnership with Peugeot in Singapore. Now it has been gobbled up by Delphi.

Partners

AKEBONO BRAKE CORPORATION RECEIVES THIRD IMPORT PRODUCT AWARD

Oct. 31, 2017 The Import Vehicle Community, a segment of the Auto Care Association, today recognized the Akebono EURO® Ultra-Premium brake pads with its “Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product or Product Line” award. The Akebono team, led by Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker, President and CEO, Akebono Brake Corporation, accepted the award at the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

MEYLE Announces Wheel Bearings

MEYLE announces low-wear wheel bearings featuring a specially cured flange, water-repellent high-performance grease and made-to-measure seal. MEYLE offers a comprehensive range of individual parts and full-service kits – including accessories made to OE specifications suitable for all your wheel bearing applications.

Strange But True -- Really?

BMW Made From Recycled Parts Sets EV Distance Record

Built for just $10,000, an old 5 Series BMW completed 1,600kms (994 miles) at the Auto Club Speedway of California this week on a single charge to break the Guinness World record. Take that Tesla!

Geely (Owner Of Volvo) Buys Flying Car Company

Terrafugia, a company created by five MIT graduates, was purchased by Chinese giant Geely, which owns Volvo. Terrafugia has already developed a flying car prototype and plans to have a VTOL aircraft commercially available by 2023.

General News

Economy

There's An App For That - Pay For You New Car

Some of the most notable recent changes to the automotive market include the rise of electric-only vehicles, advancements in autonomous vehicle technology, the growth of rideshare companies and built-in vehicle payment tools that enable motorists to use their wheels to pay for parking or gas. While some of these innovations are on the horizon and others are currently in place, it’s clear the automotive industry is camped in the disruptions fast lane and barreling toward a reinvention without taking a pit stop.

Small Business

Auto Repair Shop Collects Toys For Tots

Chris's Auto Repair in Sioux Falls is helping those in need this holiday season. Chris's Auto will be giving the toys to the Furniture Mission. They will hand them out as they made their deliveries this holiday season.

Tips

Shop Management

Should Your Shop Be Open On Sundays?

Bonnie Knutson, a professor in the School of Hospitality Business in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, says consumers expect "convenience, customized service and control of the experience." Dealerships, including service departments, "should be asking: How can I give time back to my customers?" Knutson says. NADA's 2016 Dealership Workforce Study reported that 23 percent of dealerships in South Atlantic states and 10 percent of dealerships in Pacific states offered full Sunday service last year. In other regions across the country, the rate of such service was no more than 2 percent, the study said.

What you can learn about Appointment Setting From Your Dentist

You think your shop is dependent upon appointments? Imagine if you literally inflicted pain on your customers. Find out some of the strategies Dentists use to keep them coming back for more.

Technical

3 Great Tips For Battery Care

The colder it gets, the more likely your customers will be running into trouble with their batteries. If you are not testing each battery this time of year, you are missing out on the opportunity to save your customers the grief of being stranded out in the cold. Here a three quick things you need to look at