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Auto Dealerships to Promote Vehicle Data Transparency and Updated Tech

More than eight in 10 U.S. vehicle owners and lessees believe car owners should have full access to and control of their vehicle’s data, including maintenance and repair information, according to the results of a survey released today by the Auto Care Association.

Four Repairs Car Owners Need to Make or Face Being Ticketed

Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but be aware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council.

Nearly 60% of Vehicle Service Contract Buyers Enjoy Peace of Mind

Many American drivers who have to pay for unexpected, major car repairs could be at risk of facing costs they cannot afford. Fifty-one percent of consumers reported paying for major vehicle repairs in the last five years, according to a survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted online for Ally Financial by The Harris Poll. Of consumers who reported paying for repairs, four in five (80%) said they spent $500 or more, and nearly three in five (58%) said they spent $1,000 or more. One in three (33%) said they spent $2,000 or more.

Auto Dealers to Tap New Revenue Stream by Offering Subscriptions to Carless Consumers

“According to The Geography of Transport Systems by Jean-Paul Rodrigue, more than 90% of households in the United States own at least one vehicle, and the number of cars sold in America reached a record-breaking 17.6 million in 2016, reports Popular Science. But things have started to change. As local transportation continues to evolve more millennials are opting out of buying their own car in favor of newer, more flexible options like ridesharing service. To combat this migration, some manufacturers allow customers to subscribe to a car on a monthly basis for a fee, much the same way they subscribe to Netflix or Spotify.”

As Temperatures Rise, Auto Repair Shops can Heat up A/C Check Advertising

Imagine being stuck in traffic on a 90-degree day when your vehicle’s air conditioning system malfunctions. With summer heating up, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and have their A/C system checked to make sure it is working properly.

Outdated Technology in Cars is a Deal Breaker for 88% of Consumers

Metova, a world leading provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and IoT Solutions, today announced the results of a survey revealing the sentiment of consumers* regarding “the connected car.” Of note, over half of respondents own a car that connects to the internet, either direct or via phone, while two-thirds would switch to a different entertainment service if that service is readily available in their new vehicle.

Auto Maintenance Centers Can Promote Pre-Travel Check-Ups for the Busy Summer Season

Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

21% of Americans Have Not Started Saving for Retirement

Americans feel under-prepared for the financial realities of retirement, according to new data from Northwestern Mutual. Nearly eight in 10 (78%) Americans are “extremely” or “somewhat” concerned about affording a comfortable retirement while two thirds believe there is some likelihood of outliving retirement savings.

Over 70% of Home and Auto Owners Don’t Have a Plan to Handle Surprise Maintenance Costs

Budgeting for monthly expenses like groceries and utility bills is a no-brainer, but according to a new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Americans aren’t budgeting for essential home or car maintenance. The research found that the majority (80%) of homeowners and (74%) of auto owners don’t have a plan or budget in place and tend to procrastinate or deal with home and car maintenance issues as they arise. In fact, almost half of Americans (48%) have less than $1,000 saved for home maintenance issues or repairs and one in three have no money saved. When it comes to auto maintenance, the majority of Americans (60%) are saving less than $500 and more than one-fourth aren’t setting aside any money at all.

22 Million Americans Included the Internet in Their Vehicle Shopping Process Last Year

“Thanks to the internet, researching a car has never been easier. What used to take days traveling from dealer to dealer now takes minutes as potential purchasers cruise websites and forums to view details on new models, check dealer inventory and pricing, read reviews and even negotiate entire transactions.”

New Car/Truck Shoppers Seek Alternative to Rising Financing Costs

The 21.3% of consumers who plan to freshen up their driveway with a new car this year may experience sticker shock if they’re heading to the dealership for the first time in a few years, according to the car-shopping experts at Edmunds. Thanks to a combination of rising interest rates, longer loan terms and higher average transaction prices, Edmunds experts say, on average, a buyer could pay $6,500 more to purchase a new vehicle than they did five years ago.