BMW plans Mississippi parts center
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - BMW of North America Inc. will build a multimillion-dollar parts distribution center in Senatobia, Miss., 30 miles south of Memphis. The 200,000-square-foot regional center will serve BMW dealers in the Southeast. The parts center will be the company's third in North America. The others - in Mount Olive, N.J., and Ontario, Calif. - are operating near capacity. The Mississippi center is scheduled to open by late 2000.
GRAND BLANC, Mich. - General Motors Service Parts Operations has upgraded its ACDelco engine warranty from 24 months or 24,000 miles to 36 months or 36,000 miles. The new terms cover ACDelco engines installed on or after Feb. 1, 1999. GM has added sheet metal to the front cover, valve cover and oil pan, and says the improvements will save technicians about two hours of labor needed to transfer parts from the old engine during installation of the replacement engine. ACDelco is GM's replacement parts and accessories brand.
BETHESDA, Md. - Members of the Automotive Service Industry Association and the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association will vote April 25 and April 27, respectively, on the proposed merger of the two organizations. The new organization would be called the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. The Automotive Service Industry Association, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., represents companies that make, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. The Bethesda, Md., Automotive Parts and Accessories Association represents retailers, distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives and other companies in the retail automotive aftermarket.
WASHINGTON - Service providers accredited by the Motorist Assurance Program can put the program's logo in their ads. The Motorist Assurance Program uses standards and accreditation to improve the relationship between consumers and service providers. Accredited shops agree to provide consistent recommendations to consumers about repairs or replacements that are needed immediately, as opposed to those that could be postponed for a time.