Category: Automotive

Auto Repair/Servicers to Promote Pre-Storage Services to Classic Car Owners

"If you plan to store a car for an extended period of time you will need to do more than just park it in the garage, says Consumer Reports."

Lower Electric Vehicle Costs Attract Younger Shoppers

"Members of the millennial and Gen Z generations care more than past generations about climate change, but younger Americans have been slow to show that belief in one important way: electric-car buying, reports CNBC."

Mechanics to Attract New Customers Through Payment Plans

"Payment plans for automotive repairs turn new customers into repeat customers, reports Modern Tire Dealer. 'It’s something you want to offer your clients when they don’t have the money,' says Jenny Moran, who handles the auto service payment plans for Mac Wheels and Tires LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah."

Towable Campers Retailers to Upsell to Shoppers

"Whether you’ve been hauling large trailers for years or you’re about to embark on your first family vacation with a small travel trailer, towing isn’t something to be taken lightly, says Consumer Reports."

How to Target Tire Shoppers

"Tire shoppers care more about all-weather grip and treadwear warranty than they do about price, according to a Consumer Reports survey of members who bought tires. Only one in five shoppers specifically looked for the lowest price."

Drivers Give Their Vehicles More Checkups than Their Bodies

While the temperatures may be starting to cool down, things are just starting to heat up between Americans and their cars as the majority admit to having strong feelings of love toward their personal vehicles, according to a new Cars​.com national survey.

Boat Dealers to Target Millennials and Budget-Conscious Consumers

While the price of a personal watercraft (PWC) has historically hovered around $10,000, in recent years companies have begun offering less expensive, basic units to appeal to millennials and budget-conscious consumers.

Why Dealerships Should Promote Leasing Electric Vehicles Instead of Buying

"For most American car shoppers interested in a pure electric vehicle (EV), the technology can present a host of unfamiliar considerations, says Consumer Reports. For that reason, CR believes leasing, rather than buying, makes the most sense."

60% of Vehicles Refinanced Last Year were Pickup Trucks

Trucks are refinanced more than any other personal vehicle type on the road and driving higher monthly refinance savings ($89 on average in 2018 for truck owners versus $77 on average for car owners), according to a new RateGenius report.

Auto Insurance Companies to Promote Direct-to-Consumer, Self-Service Options

The last decade of seemingly non-stop direct-to-consumer advertising and heavy investment into digital self-service technologies have driven roughly one-fourth of auto insurance customers to adopt direct distribution models that bypass agents in favor of do-it-yourself tools. According to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Auto Insurance Study, that transition has helped overall customer satisfaction with auto insurance providers reach its highest level ever.

Used Car Dealers to Promote SUV Selection this Year

Shoppers browsing the used car market right now might be pleasantly surprised by what they find, according to the latest Used Vehicle Report released by the car shopping experts at Edmunds. According to Edmunds analysts, a deluge of lightly used, lower-mileage vehicles are coming off lease and filling used car lots. Edmunds experts also note that these used vehicles reflect the body styles that shoppers want, namely trucks and SUVs, and carry far more standard features than they did five years ago.

Self-Service Makes up 60% of Car Wash Profits

"Up until a few years ago, wand-bay type car wash properties had declined and fallen out of favor with new investors as well as existing owner/operators. Now that the economy and car wash industry are growing again, this may be a good time to revisit the self-service business model, reports Cash Wash Magazine."

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