Experts To Discuss Auto Technology at AAPEX
Joe Register, director of emerging technologies for the Auto Care Association, will be among the experts on hand during AAPEXedu sessions at this year’s event. Register said, “One of the biggest opportunities is replacement and calibration services for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) devices, such as LIDAR, radar and image processing, which offer new revenue opportunities for progressive repair shops, provided they have the right equipment and properly trained technicians.”
He added, "A real game changer is the possibility of remote diagnosis enabled by vehicle telematics, which has the potential to move the industry from scheduled routine maintenance services, to predictive maintenance based on information obtained from on-board fault detection and isolation (FDI) systems."
More technology discussions will include:
Why Are Parts Sales Under Performing?
Lets talk for a moment about the elephant in the room that nobody is talking about. Simply put, cars do not consume as many parts per capita as they did in the recent past. With the exception of tires, many categories of parts are lasting much longer than in the past. Lets examine some of these parts..
Big Four Face Another Tough Quarter
Stock prices of the big four auto parts retailers get hammered in the second quarter. While the NASDAQ increases 20% year over year, Advance, Autozone Orielly and, NAPA decline an average of 35% off their 12 month high. Here is the analysts take.
If It Moves - Tax It
As self driving cars are gaining traction, lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing a "self-driving" tax. Talk about shooting the chicken in the egg. These cars are not even on the road yet and there are already proposals to tax them. The 2.5 cents per mile tax is meant to replace some of the revenue that has declined from the gas tax as cars have become more fuel efficient.
Supreme Court Decision Delivers Major Victory for Aftermarket
BETHESDA, MD In a major victory for the auto care industry, the Supreme Court upheld the legal precedent of patent exhaustion, which states that a company's right to protect its patent ends when the product is sold to the end user. Information from an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court by the Auto Care Association was used by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in reversing the Federal Circuit decision that would have been damaging to the manufacture and sales of aftermarket parts.
The case, Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., involved the ability of Lexmark to restrict purchasers from reusing their printer cartridges or providing the used cartridges to anyone other than Lexmark. The Federal Circuit case determined patent holders can retain rights after sale as long as the restrictions on use are clearly communicated.
Self Driving Update
Where Rosie Once Riveted, Cars Will Now Drive Themselves
Date: August 21, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where Rosie the Riveter helped produce a shiny B-24 Liberator bomber every hour more than seven decades ago.
Driverless cars — some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals — will race at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour around a 2.5-mile loop that includes a triple-decker overpass, a 700-foot tunnel and a decommissioned federal highway. The test track, known as the American Center for Mobility, is under construction on the grounds of the former Willow Run factory that was a critical cog in Detroit’s famed Arsenal of Democracy during World War II.
The facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is one of 10 test beds around the country the U.S. has designated as official sites for validating driverless technology. Automakers, suppliers and technology companies will share the $110 million facility to accelerate the arrival of autonomous cars. Eventually, the 500-acre center will feature fake suburban neighborhoods, rural country roads and urban streets with robot pedestrians darting into traffic. The test track will include a full-size freeway interchange with looping on and off ramps.
Volvo Vows Voltage
Volvo lays down the gauntlet to compete with Tesla in the EV market.
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.
The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history
Tesla Expands Service Network
Tesla is opening 100 new service centers to support the 500,000 new model 3s expected to hit the road in the next three years. They have also hired 1,400 new technicians and have 350 mobile service vans available for roadside customer care. Tesla is looking to revolutionize after sales service - read more...
MANN Filter Spring-Summer Newsletter
Check out the latest edition of the MANN Filter newsletter. In this issue there are product updates, industry news, tech tips, industry insights as well as some informative industry statistics.
Technician Shortfall Predicted
Ford and GM estimate they'll need 15,000 new technicians for their dealerships within the U.S. over the next five years, but the predicted technician shortfall is over 25,000, according to Mark Davis, auto automotive programs manager at Seminole State College of Florida. Other predictions cite the eminent retirement of technicians over the age of 60 and predict the shortfall to be over 100,000.
Why The Predicted Technician Shortage Never Happened (Yet)
Publications have been forecasting an impending technician shortage for some time now. Citing statistics of the severe reduction in vocational programs specializing in auto repair at the high school and junior college level. As an example, the Unified School District (LAUSD) with 660,000 students in K-12 eliminated 90% of shop classes back in 2013. Other California school districts have followed suit.
Strange But True -- Really?
Yep, Flying Car - Gotta Have One!
You have to love technologies coming together for what we all really want. Yep, its a flying car. Admit it, you always wanted one. Ever since it entered your imagination watching "The Jetsons". Well here is a picture of that soon to be reality...
Tip For Shop Owners
How many of your customers are driving cars without a spare tire? As the EPA gas mileage standards continue to rise, many manufacturers have eliminated the spare tire or the spare is optional in favor of run-flat tires. Many manufacturers include an inflator and sealant. How many consumers are ill-informed and do not even realize until it is too late that they do not have a spare or how to use the inflator.
Take the time during your inspections to fully inform your customers as to what they should do in the case of a blow out. Here is a list from AAA of cars without spare tires.
What Repair Shop Owners Need To Learn From Their Local Dentist
You fix cars, they fix teeth. You want your customers to come in at regular intervals, dentists want their patients to come in for regular checkups, xrays and teeth cleaning. Both cost money and are inconvient. The major difference is that the denist actually makes their customers bleed (sometimes). Other than that, the challenges are similar in both industries with respect to filling the appointment calendar.
Experts Predict Car Ownership Decline - Soon
"By 2022, 2023, the majority of transportation in urban cities with temperate weather will be on demand, shared and likely autonomous." says Aarjav Trivedi, chief executive of Ridecell, a San Francisco company that provides the back-end software for car sharing.
UBER Shake Up Continues
Its been a rough month at UBER. First with the firing of self driving car wizard Anthony Levandowski followed next by CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down - not a great way to begin the summer driving season. If you haven't been following UBER's turbulent 2017, here is a great time line for you to catch up.
Viral Growth Hacking
Its the new buzzword for growing your business on line. Interestingly, it doesn't involve google adwords, seo, or even traditional social media. Simply put, its about providing an online value added experience for your visitors. Here is an example for a repair shop...
Top 5 Ways To Find Technicians
We talked with shop owners across the country and asked them for tips on how they have been finding (and hiring) technicians. We grouped their answers into five major categories some of these strategies may work for you.