Dealerships turning to veterans to ease shortage of techniciansMon, 21, Nov 2016
Nissan to offer maintenance alerts in foray into connected carsTue, 29, Nov 2016
Dealerships battle fast-growing consolidation of body-shop businessMon, 21, Nov 2016
A fine-tuned Google alert will provide a chronicle of dealers who are selling their body shops to, or entering into partnerships with, independent chains and consolidators. So why shouldn't franchised dealerships just give up on collision repair? For one thing, it's a $35 billion-a-year business in the United States.
That thing got a Hemi? If not, refer to Bulletin No. 23-053-16Mon, 28, Nov 2016
Volvo tests 'concierge' for 90 seriesSat, 26, Nov 2016
Age of U.S. vehicles rises again as quality improvesMon, 28, Nov 2016
'Alt-OE' controversy, lack of common definition hamper automakersMon, 21, Nov 2016
"Alt-OE" is the most common label applied to supposedly genuine, new factory parts sold by distributors other than automakers through their franchised dealerships. Auto insurers and other advocates say alt-OE parts, used mostly by independent body shops, can provide high-quality collision repairs at a lower cost.
Average age of vehicles on road hits 11.6 yearsTue, 22, Nov 2016
Shop talkMon, 21, Nov 2016
Focus on accessoriesMon, 21, Nov 2016
JLR design standards aim to remove walls between service, salesMon, 21, Nov 2016
Accessories sales face roadblocksMon, 21, Nov 2016
Galpin Auto Sports' success shows that accessories sales can be a big source of profit and aid to vehicle purchases for dealerships and automakers. A new study by the consulting firm Carlisle & Co. of Concord, Mass., reports that 91 percent of dealerships say they are "actively involved" in selling accessories, up from 84 percent in 2007.