"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."
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.
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.
"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."
"Miles driven in the U.S. have been rising annually, and with more rubber hitting the road, tire sales have benefited, particularly in the e‑commerce channel. Online dollar sales of tires grew by 34% in the 12 months ending December 2018, according to The NPD Group’s Checkout E‑commerce Tracking. The tire category alone outpaced e‑commerce growth for the total market of automotive products, which was up 33% for the year."
"Spring brings blooming flowers, outdoor activities … and the arrival of tree sap. It can drip onto whatever is below, and that can often be your car. Left alone, tree sap can be unsightly at best. At worst, it can damage your car’s paint job and lead to rust, says Consumer Reports."
LendingTree, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, today released its study on auto debt by generation that found those between the ages of 39 and 54 shoulder the biggest load among its users, with nearly 60% of Gen Xers having an auto loan.
Does the generation that grew up with cell phones and connects with friends and celebrities from all over the world still have the need and desire to drive cars? What percentage of youth would rather give up their phone over their car? These questions and more are answered in the new 2018 SEMA Young Accessorizers Report.
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.
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.
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.
"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."