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Top 10 Cash for Clunkers Cars Are Now Your Top 10 Opportunities

In 2009, the Car Allowance ­Rebate System (CARS), or the “Cash for Clunkers,” program incentivized drivers to trade in their gas guzzlers for a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

‘Cash For Clunkers’ Cars Are Now Your Stimulus Package

In 2009, the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or “Cash for Clunkers” incentivized drivers to trade in their gas guzzlers for more efficient vehicles. Most of these 690,114 vehicles are now four years old and have almost 50,000 miles on the odometer. This is a sweet spot you can’t ignore.

Viewpoint: Service Opportunities Point To Bright Future

I recently reviewed an article from a writer that called replacement TPMS sensors a “$150 mechanical monstrosity.” I’m as cheap as the next guy, but a $150 problem for a consumer is a $150 opportunity for a shop. Furthermore, if you have checked replacement sensor prices, it’s not $150 for most popular applications. It really got my blood boiling. Even if a sensor costs $150, it could prevent a slow leak from turning into a new tire and even save a life!

Viewpoint: Selling By The Numbers What Is The Minimum Wear Spec?

Everybody loves a number, especially when it comes to selling something. We often see it in the grocery store when something has 50 percent less sodium or is 25 percent larger. When it comes to brake pads, it can get you in trouble.

Guest Editorial: Buying Counterfeit Scan Tools Goes Way Beyond Just ‘Buyer Beware’

Our business is serious, and we have a high expectation of quality along with a parallel expectation of support for the tool we will depend on. When the counterfeit tool fails, we lose productivity. When the counterfeit tool turns the ECM to a brick, we lose money.

Maintenance Mindset Racks Up Miles And Service Opportunities

How many miles do you think a pampered engine could rack up? Hundreds of thousands? How about millions! Irv Gordon, a Long Island, NY, resident who’s has traveled the U.S. for nearly 50 years, can attest to that. He’s driven the same vehicle, a shiny, red 1966 Volvo P1800, racking up nearly 3 million miles.

Directions: SAE Clears The Air On HFO-1234yf A/C Refrigerant

Honeywell has reported that SAE International has deemed its new low-global-warming-potential mobile air conditioning refrigerant – HFO-1234yf – safe for use in motor vehicles. SAE made the recommendation following an expanded and extensive evaluation.

Stamp Of Approval: Muscle Car Power Depicted In ‘America On The Move’ Series

Raw power has a stamp of its own as seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty recently helped dedicate the “America on the Move: Muscle Cars” Forever stamps.

Street Performer: 60 Years Of Chevrolet’s Iconic Corvette

The new Chevrolet Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of small block engines, combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system.

Consumer Confidence Increases, Back-To-Back Monthly Gains Spell Good News

The Consumer Confidence Index is up and that should spell good news for your import repair business.

Viewpoint: Here Is My List Of What Is “In And Out” This Month

In: Being able to re-flash and calibrate computer modules.
Out: Longer than normal time downloading a file because someone is watching Netflix in the front office.

Directions: Driving Services In The Bays

Oil really can be black gold for automotive repair shops. According to The NPD Group, oil change service is the leading driver of traffic through service bays and represents the greatest opportunity for cross-selling other services.