Service Bays Are Shifting
Since 1999 the total number of service bays has increased slightly. The most important change has been the distribution of these service bays. Here are the winners and losers: Dealerships, general repair and Service stations have decreased bays by 49 and 57 percent respectively while independent specialists and domestic specialist have increased service bays by 22% and 42%. Tires stores have increased by 11%.
BMW expands recall to 1.6 million vehicles worldwide over fire risk
FRANKFURT, Germany – Automaker BMW says it is expanding a recall to cover 1.6 million vehicles worldwide due to possible fluid leaks that could result in a fire.
BMW said Tuesday that in some diesel vehicles, coolant could leak from the exhaust gas recirculation module, part of the emissions reduction system. The leaks could combine with soot at high temperatures and lead to a fire.
The Munich-based company had already decided to recall 480,000 vehicles in Asia and Europe after fires were reported in South Korea. No injuries were reported. Further examination led to an expansion of the maintenance action.
The recall covers some vehicles made between 2010 and 2017; a company statement said that customers with affected cars would be contacted. Some 54,700 vehicles are affected in the U.S and Canada.
Volvo invests in mobile electric car charging startup FreeWire
"Volvo is dipping its toes into electric vehicle infrastructure with an investment in FreeWire, a manufacturer of mobile rapid charging systems for electric vehicles. The investment comes as Volvo ramps up its electrification effort.
Earlier this year, the Swedish automaker, who is now backed by China's Geely, announced that it aims for 50% of sales to be "fully electric" by 2025.
It's one of the most aggressive electrification plans from a legacy automaker.
Today, they announced their investment in the San Francisco-based company through their Volvo Cars Tech Fund earlier today."
Walmart Pairs with Advance Auto Parts
Walmart announced a 2019 partnership with Advance Auto Parts to create a specialty auto parts store on Walmart.com.
The partnership will bring home delivery and same-day pickup in both Walmart and Advance stores.
The venture will sell common auto parts and accessories, including tires, lube and battery services, online and in its 2,500 Walmart Auto Care Centers nationwide.
Walmart said the deal will complement its current selection of auto parts and accessories, including tires, lube, and battery services, that are sold online and in its 2,500 Walmart Auto Care Centers nationwide.
Advanced Auto Parts Owns WorldPac
Auto Repair Shop Survey 2018
Survey indicates more improvement in the auto repair do-it-for-me (DIFM) sector. Over 80% of repair shops responded that year over year business was up or the same.
Volvo Opens U.S. Factory, Grows 30% In 2018, Will Launch 5 Electric Cars
Volvo opens its first U.S. factory with 150,000 a year capacity. 2018 sales growth year-to-date has been 30% in the U.S. and 14% globally.
Volvo will launch five pure electric cars in little over a year from now that will compete mostly with Tesla.
Volvo should debut its Polestar 2 pure electric car in Geneva in March 2019, a few months ahead of production start.
EV production will start in China, but move in stages to Sweden, Belgium and South Carolina over the following 1-2-3 years.
The Worst Of The 2007 Crisis Is Finally Passing
Good news for the auto repair industry. Car counts are finally returning to pre-recession levels. The 2007 recession and the cash for clunkers (remember that fiasco) drove car counts down for aftermarket repairers over the last 3 years. The bottom of the trough was 2017. The industry is now on an upswing.
Technician Wages On The Rise
Since 2015, technician wages have been on the rise. The average tech in 2015 was earning 17.03. In 2016 (latest figures available) the average technician is now at 18.50 per hour.
2018 IRSS Training
The 15th annual Independent Repair Shop Summit was hosted by Ramac Industries on the weekend of Oct 6-7. A big shout out to over 100 of the best Volvo techs and shops who attended. We would also like to thank our great instructors who made this event a great learning experience. We look forward to more training seminars next year. Here are some of the attendees comments:
BOSCH Wiper Blade - Get Ready For The Rainy Season
Purchase 50 BOSCH wiper blades and get a free wall mounted wiper rack and 10 Free Blades.
Purchase 100 BOSCH wiper blades and get a free rolling wiper rack and 20 Free Blades.
For every 10 sets of AKEBONO brake pads you purchase between now and Nov 30, 2018, you will earn an AKEBONO wall clock. Just think how cool this clock will look in your waiting room.
TPMS Tool Promotion
Buy 16 Universal TPMS Sensors and get a free TPMS scan tool.
Black Friday Starts Earlier And Lasts Longer
Check out all the current promotions available. From AKEBONO clocks to Free TPMS tools. To top it all off we have a Black Friday Coupon worth $50 off your next $500 or more order.
New Chat Feature
If you are like most of our partners, you need information and you need it now. We now have a live chat feature on our new website. Great for getting live stock checks, brands or fitment information.
New Website Just Launched
The new website allows you to decode VINs, check for open recalls, create your own personalized kits, night drop envelopes, reminder postcards, service label stickers, and much more.
It is extremely mobile friendly.
Check Out The RamacEZ Button
Are you tired of getting the wrong parts? Do you spend too much time looking up parts? There is a better way to go, check out our new EZ Button. Its your Virtual Parts Manager . With a single click you can have all the parts for any BMW, MINI, SAAB or VOLVO looked up for you. This includes dealer parts as well as non-stocked items.