Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 Key Ways Automotive Careers Have Changed in the Past Few Years

Are you interested in auto technician training or auto sales college? Before you settle on a course of study, take the time to familiarize yourself with some emerging industry trends.

Compact used cars are appreciating

As most graduates of auto sales college will have learned, tradition has it that a used car should decrease in value by an average of 15% per year. But according to some figures from 2011, five-year old small cars like the Honda Civic and Ford Focus actually increased in value between 2010 and 2011.

There are several reasons for this change, which may be of interest to those considering automotive careers. The decline of the North American car industry has affected the used car market, which in the past was partly fed by the surplus of North American-made stock. Also, the Japanese tsunami has led to an increase in prices of Japanese cars, leading some consumers who would have otherwise opted for a new car to seek a used alternative.

Takeaway: You may have gone to auto sales college to learn how to sell SUVs. But more and more of today's car buyers are looking for fuel efficiency. Many consumers are trying to trade in their larger vehicles for more efficient models, and finding that they have to sell at a loss.

Introduction of public charging stations: electrification of transportation

As major car companies bring out electric and hybrid cars, and as power companies install public charging stations to accommodate them, issues arise for graduates of auto technician training, who may not, for instance, have encountered a lithium-ion battery pack as they were pursuing their schooling.

This trend towards electrification may actually present an opportunity for students of auto technician training with the foresight to specialize in electric vehicle repair - a field that is expected to continue growing.

Some graduates of auto technician training are using their skills to convert gas-powered vehicles to electricity.

Some schools that specialize in automotive careers are also treating this new trend as an opportunity, for instance, by specializing in teaching low-carbon vehicle development and maintenance.

Takeaway: If you are interested in this kind of green niche work, look for auto technician training that offers training in electric and hybrid vehicle systems. Although electric vehicles are expected to require less frequent maintenance than conventional vehicles. mechanics can charge more for this kind of work.

Auto careers of the future will require more training

In the past, when one in seven working Americans were employed in some aspect of the automotive industry, people could go straight from high school to a career on the factory or sales floor. But today, automotive careers are beginning to require more training. More and more, industry aspirants will need to seek out auto technician training or auto sales college to increase their chances of finding and keeping a good job.

Good luck choosing from the rapidly evolving choice of automotive careers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Car Fires and Auto Liability

Car fires occur in just over two percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in the United States. It is estimated that there are three hundred and ten deaths annually due to car fires that result from collisions. The main cause for these deaths is rear end crashes. These types of crashes make up about forty six percent of the fatalities, or about one hundred and forty three deaths. On top of the deaths, there are numerous other types of injuries that result from car fires. (Statistics courtesy of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration)

While many automotive manufacturers have updated their safety standards to address this issue, and to further help prevent car fires following a crash, not all manufacturers have done so. This is because there are no specific regulations that require fuel tanks or fuel systems to be located in a specific area, and manufacturers are often allowed to simply post a safety warning on the vehicle rather than implement any changes.

Add to this mix the possibility of a fuel leak following a collision, and you greatly increase the chances of a car fire. Fuel leaks are often the cause of a tank design defect. This defect can be the result of the tank being located in an area that can fold in to puncture the tank, a tank that is improperly welded, or a tank that is not adequately protected. On top of a tank defect, fuel lines can also be defective and lead to a fuel fed car fire. Poor construction, improper fuel line location, and designs that allow electric fuel pumps to continue to pump fuel through the lines following a collision all increase the chances of a fuel leak.

Car fires substantially increase the potential for serious injuries to vehicle occupants. Crashes that are quite severe, or fatal, in nature experience seventy to eighty percent more fatalities when fire is involved, as opposed to other types of fatal collisions. Nonfatal collisions also become much more serious when fire is involved. Vehicle occupants have a three to four times higher chance of experiencing a serious injury when there is a car fire. Moderately severe crash victims double their chance of serious injury in a crash that involves fire.

Car fires are not only extremely dangerous for obvious reasons, but also because they exert a great deal more force on the vehicle and the passengers. This can be attributed for the following reasons:

• For crashes that resulted in deaths, those that also involved a car fire were thirty percent more likely to happen in areas with higher speed limits. Crashes that occur at higher speeds have more force.

• For all reported crashes, those that involved car fires were two and half to five times more apt to have very high damage levels.

• For all deadly crashes, those that also had car fires were seventy to ninety percent more likely to be singular crashes that did not involve other vehicles. These crashes were with stationary objects, which resulted in more severe impact.

Impact and collision direction also plays a very large role in car fires. Front end crashes make up about sixty to seventy percent of all fires resulting from collisions. These crashes may be fatal or non-fatal. Rear end crashes account for lesser numbers overall, however they are three times more likely to be fatal. This is most likely due to the location of the fuel tank.

Automotive manufacturers must stay ahead of these dangers and understand all possible risks of a fuel system, in order to avoid car fires following a collision. This is done by adding safety measures to substantially lower the risk of fire, and make various types of collisions more survivable. Automotive manufacturers who fail to make the proper changes may be held liable for their negligence should injury or death result from an accident involving their product.

Because the rules that govern automotive manufacturers relating to the issue of fuel tank placement, or fuel tank and line safety vary, manufacturers are given a bit of leeway to make necessary changes themselves. As previously stated, some fail to make any changes at all. In fact, intentionally not correcting vehicle fire safety issues and not issuing recalls promptly has led to a high number of lawsuits. These suits have allowed juries to award high settlements for victims, as well as hefty fines as means of punishment for companies. One of the best known cases of car fire dangers that went ignored was the case of Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company in 1981. This case centered on a 1972 Ford Pinto that caught fire from a rear end collision. The jury found Ford liable for damages and issued substantial punitive damages. Ford appealed the decision, however the court found that the company knew about the issue and could have corrected it for a minimal cost. It was determined that Ford chose not to address the issue as a means to save money thus putting public safety in danger. This "conscious disregard" resulted in many serious consequences for Ford.

Not all cases are as blatant as the case of the Ford Pinto. That being said, any time a collision has resulted in a car fire it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in product liability. These attorneys have in depth knowledge of such issues, and know exactly how to investigate your case to determine if the fire was due to unnecessary dangers, or defective products on the part of the manufacturer. In many cases your attorney will request your vehicle be preserved as evidence, and will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene.

It is important that you seek professional assistance promptly and document any and all injuries resulting from the accident. In the event that you have lost a loved one due to a car fire, your attorney may be able to file a wrongful death suit on your behalf. Compensation can be awarded for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages. Do not risk your future, or the future of your family. Personal injury attorneys will work hard on your side to help you recoup some of what you have lost.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How To Find All The Parts You Need For Your Vehicle At Discount Prices

Many of us are do it yourselfers when it comes to working on our cars and the reason many of us do it is to save money on the cost of labor and high priced parts that repair chops charge. I know when I was a teenager my brother and I were working on our old muscle cars all the time. Those were the days when you could work on a car with a wrench and a screwdriver if you had to!

Now cars have gotten a little more complicated but finding discount auto parts is easier than ever thanks to the internet. There are so many sources from which to find parts that it doesn't matter what type of vehicle you have you will probably be able to find the parts you need at a good price. From online parts houses to eBay the internet has definitely made parts shopping a lot easier and a lot cheaper.

You will find millions of parts for any make and model online. It may take a little searching if you truly have something rare but in most cases you can simply put in the type of car and the part you are looking for in a search box and get multiple pages of results from your favorite search engine. You will be able to find anything from tail light covers to entire engines and everything in between and all at prices far below that of your local auto parts store.

With the internet finding replacement parts and aftermarket items for almost any vehicle has been made easy. Just for curiosity I typed in GTX Pistol Grip shifter which is what came on one of my favorite Chrysler muscle cars and there were numerous choices. So you can see that it really doesn't matter how rare the part you will probably be able to find it online. Just remember that the rarer the part the more you can expect to pay, you will find great bargains on normal cars but the price for parts on rare cars will be determined by the market.

In most cases even the recyclers online will offer guarantees and warranties so you don't have to be afraid to order online. Just be sure they have a good reputation for quality service and product delivery by checking them out with the BBB both online and off and you will be assured of a good experience.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Auto Magazine Redesigns Itself To Bring In More Readers

It is not a secret that to actually bring in more customers to your product, you should first be able to know what kind of competition you do have and what kind of thing are you really offering. That way, you can specifically pinpoint what would you be offering and where you should target the product.

It seems like this kind of technique is being put into action by Car and Driver magazine. In previous years, Car and Driver magazine was mainly targeting the automotive enthusiasts audience. However, today, they are redesigning the magazine so as to bring in not only that specific audience but a broader range of readers.

This week, you would now find the new December issue and the new kind of design that this automotive magazine has. In fact, editors from the magazine do say that this redesign of theirs is actually one of the very first in twenty years. However, the changes just do not end where the magazine ends. You see, even the Car and Driver magazine website has been redesigned. You see, you now can find a buyers' guide. Advertisers can also put in and announce their wares and products. Visitors to the website can also select and do their research on vehicles that they are interested in.

"Csaba and his team are viewed as the leading authorities about all things automotive, and their independent expertise is respected by consumers. Enthusiasts like to be knowledgeable about the newest models, how they are designed and how they drive. People who are getting ready to make one of their biggest purchases want advice in order to make a solid decision, and they value the third-party, unbiased tests and reviews from Car and Driver editors. Hachette invests millions of dollars in this area - more than any other automotive magazine brand - and now we can monetize this investment by serving a greatly expanded new audience through our various digital media," says Jack Klinger. Klinger is the president as well as the CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media in the US. This company is behind the changes in the Car and Driver magazine's website.

If you are in the market though for vehicle add-ons like APC lights, Bestop Jeep tops, or Bosal exhausts, the magazine has yet to announce if they would be including such products in their magazine or on their website.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thailand's Automotive Industry Recovers and Prepares for Export Growth

Thailand is ASEAN's Automotive Hub, with the largest vehicle assembling capacity and the highest quality parts manufacturing capability of any nation in the region.

Rebounding from last year's flood crisis, Thailand's hard-hit automotive industry including auto parts and accessories sees potential growth in the export market through increased production and innovation.

Manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet have been rapid in their recovery, which is ultimately improving investment and demands from the global economy.

Innovation and New Product Development

As there has been speedy growth, new products are being launched by car-makers with attention towards Eco-friendly or hybrid cars in support of Thailand to be an Eco-car production powerhouse. The top 5 companies taking part in this initiative are Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Current popular hybrid or Eco-cars are:

• Nissan March
• Honda Brio
• Suzuki Swift
• New Honda Jazz hybrid

Also just recently this year, Mitsubishi launched its first and new global compact car - the Mirage with were exported to Japan in July this year and then to the ASEAN, European and other markets successively.


There are approximately 1,800 automotive parts suppliers in Thailand, of which about 700 are available as OEMs.

For exports, the auto-parts industry is a bit tricky and difficult. Many automotive manufacturers in Thailand already have exclusive contracts with their customers and cannot produce for their competitors also. Also small manufacturers cannot cope with large and specialized orders.

However, the Thai Department of Trade, just this year hosted the Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2012 (TAPA 2012) trade fair featuring auto parts & components (OEM/REM), auto accessories, petroleum /lubricants/maintenance products, tools & machines and even vehicles focused on promoting items to buyers and importers from around the world.

Some of the major products and services that were on displays included:

• Fuel injection pumps
• Transmissions
• Injection nozzles
• Anti-lock braking systems
• Electronic systems to support mold and die technology
• Research & development Centers
• ECUs, sonar and central locking systems

Some Statistics

At the beginning of 2012 (between January to March), Thailand's automotive industry produced close to 191,000 auto units of which 47% were exported to Japan, ASEAN, US and European markets. Of the automobiles, the majority of the cars produced were double cab pickups followed by passenger cards. The SUVs were the least produced and exported this year so far.

In regards to the OEM auto-parts, the exports valued up to over US 36.6 million Dollars in January.

Looking at the trend since 2005 and expected export till 2015, sales have been progressively increasing, except for 2009 and 2011 due to economical and flood crisis during those years.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hubcaps and Wheels: Easy and Economical Ways to Customize Your BMW

Automobiles are essentially built to serve a purpose, to facilitate transport from one point to another. They are machines manufactured solely to perform their function. However, for most people, a car is more than just a machine but a work of art as well. Consider a BMW, with its solid engineering, sleek lines and exceptional quality and you will see a marriage of art and technology. A BMW commands respect in the automotive world. Renowned for its innovative engineering and technology, a BMW is made to perform. There is a reason why a BMW is called the "Ultimate Driving Machine". It is because the BMW experience elevates driving to the level of pure pleasure.

Yet, there is more to the BMW than its legendary engineering, responsiveness, precision and agility. A good look at any BMW and anyone can understand why these vehicles have captured the hearts and minds of many car lovers through the years. A BMW's design is classic and timeless, with clean, sleek lines and distinct details. BMW is always forward-looking in its designs. It has established a standard, which other carmakers follow. Because of the BMW's excellent design quality, it has earned a special place in the hearts of car lovers all over the world.

Car lovers also enhance the looks, elegance and functionality of their BMW's by customizing their vehicles. Car customization is a good way for the car owner to express his individuality and personality through his car. However, creating a completely new look for a BMW or any car can be very expensive. There are a many customization parts and accessories available. The possibilities are endless as to what appearance your BMW can take. It is only limited by the imagination. Body kits, spoilers, wings, decals, bumpers and other accessories are commonly used to customize a car.

However, an easy and economical way to customize a BMW without spending too much is by installing a new set of BMW wheels or BMW hubcaps. BMW wheels, like all BMW Parts, are engineered according to the highest standards. Nevertheless, these factory wheels are similar to thousands of other BMW wheels. Thus, you can introduce a sharper and sportier image to your BMW by installing a new set of good-looking Hubcaps. They are easy to find in the auto parts market and there are dozens of design options. Hubcaps and wheels are common auto products available in auto parts stores.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Used Parts From the Salvage Yard - Should I or Shouldn't I?

Let's face it; the cost of everything in our daily lives is going up, including car parts. The days of cheap and quick fixes are long gone in an automotive world dominated by electronics and computers. What used to be a $50 fix just 20 years ago can cost hundreds of dollars now. So when it's time to have the car fixed one of the questions many consumers find themselves asking is whether or not they should buy used parts from a salvage yard.

On the positive side, parts from a yard can usually be had at a price averaging half what a new part costs. Also, in an attempt to compete with new parts stores and other salvage yards, a large percentage of modern used parts sellers have gone the extra mile to be the best in their area. That includes pre-stripping cars and warehousing parts, computerizing inventory, and even linking up electronically with other yards around the nation. While the old pick-and-pull salvage yards still exist, their numbers are shrinking. That's good to the extent that it usually means higher quality parts for the buyer.

If you're looking for body parts like bumpers and doors, the salvage junk yard is an excellent place to go. Non-mechanical body parts are really "what-you-see-is-what-you-get"; there aren't usually many failure issues with them. If you're purchasing mechanical parts, or those directly linked to car safety, be very cautious about using salvage part yards. As an example, it's probably not a good idea to buy used parts for your braking system. Water pumps and radiators also deserve caution.

Finally, if you're restoring an old classic, a salvage junk yard may be the only place you'll be able to find parts. In this case you don't much have a choice. But if you're mechanically inclined enough to do a complete restoration, you probably also possess the knowledge and skill to make sure any used parts you buy are up to the task. At the end of the day, the yard can be a gold mine if you know what you're looking for.

Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Get the Best Deals on Your Auto Repair

It's just a normal Thursday afternoon. You're driving down the freeway and suddenly you're engines making a noise you've never heard before. As you pull over to the side of the road a quarter-mile later, smoke starts coming out from underneath your hood. It's obvious that you won't be able to drive to a mechanic. If you've got Triple A, you can get your vehicle towed for free. If not, then you've got to hire a tow truck, costing you upwards of $150 before you even get to the mechanics shop. Automotive problems strike when you least expect them, but if you know a few tricks, you'll be prepared to weather the storm.

The first thing to do is take your vehicle to a reputable mechanic for an estimate. If you don't know one, you should probably take it to a dealership that sells your type of car. While you are waiting for the tow truck to get there, use that time to call around and ask a few different mechanics about your problem. Explain what happened and ask them what they would charge to diagnose your vehicle. Most places will offer a flat fee for doing a diagnosis, but if the problem is really bad, an hourly rate might be quoted. Use your best judgment and have the tow truck driver take your car to the shop that sounded the most reasonable and honest. I usually lean toward dealerships for this step because they often know the most about your type of car, but if you are paying out-of-pocket to have your vehicle towed, it may be more prudent to tow your vehicle directly to an independent shop and have a dealership review their estimate at a later date.

Once you've gotten an estimate, you can see the list of auto parts required to fix your vehicle. It could be a short list of just a few parts or it could be very long; anything from brake rotors to radiators to alternators. If you got the estimate from a dealership, the list of necessary parts should be complete. If the estimate came from an independent mechanic, have it reviewed by a dealership or another mechanic to make sure there aren't any problems or oversights on labor charges. It is important to pay attention to the mechanics thoughts on the labor; some may try to bid fewer hours to gain your business. If they do this, get their estimate in writing so you can hold them to it.

Once you are confident that the estimate is accurate and complete, you can begin to order your auto parts. Why would you want to order the parts and not get them through the mechanic? To avoid high convenience charges on the parts, that's why! With the proliferation of the internet, it has become much cheaper and faster to order your auto parts online than purchase them directly from a mechanic.

When all your parts arrive, you can take them to a mechanic to have them installed. This is the last part of the process, and while the ultimate goal is to have your vehicle fixed correctly by a knowledgeable mechanic, you should have also saved some money on towing, parts and labor by following these simple steps.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Want to Refurbish Your Vehicle For Enhanced Performance? - Pursue Aftermarket Auto Parts

Not happy with the performance or the look of your automobile? Bought at whooping prices but yet not satisfied? Then aftermarket is the answer for you!! Many people all across the world procure expensive cars, bikes and other automobile and with the passage of time feel the need of bringing about some innovative changes in their vehicles. It is at this point of time that aftermarket concept comes into action.

The market is in reality a big business, which is fast catching the attention of people all over the globe. The after market auto parts is a rich source of automobile parts that are manufactured by company(s), which not the OEM of the car bought.

These parts can be as small as a radiator, steering or as complicated as the engine superchargers, exhaust systems, fuel injection systems and more!!! These custom-designed parts catapult your regular looking automobile into a vehicle that you may have seen in your dreams. These parts are usually obtained and added to the car or truck only at the dealership or after the vehicle left the dealership. On design and function grounds, aftermarket parts are analogous to the stock automotive parts and primarily used to replace a spoiled original automotive part. So the main motto is to bring about a noticeable change in your vehicle and add style to it too.

A roaring commerce in America and Europe, people in Asian countries are also gradually accepting the notion of buying and installing aftermarket automotive parts. Now the foremost query for all the automobile enthusiasts, is to where to procure these parts from? So, the answer is as simple; be internet savoir-faire. Search for outlets selling these auto parts and visit the premises later. There is no restraint on the extent until which you can boost the performance or add to the look of your vehicle. Get set and go for nearby market vending loads of aftermarket auto parts and revamp your automobile to last limits of your desires.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Indian Auto Parts Manufacturers Wary Of Investing After Recession

The Indian automobile industry after a couple of years of slump is now witnessing an unprecedented growth, all in a span of two years. In 2008, amid recession, the automobile manufacturers had to cut down production, adopt cost-cutting measures, lower costs and do lay-offs in order to cope with the decline in automobile sales. Post recession, around mid-2009, the industry started witnessing growth and this year it is back on track and is growing with a huge demand for automobiles from the domestic as well as international markets.

The automobile sector in India accounts for 4 per cent of the GDP and is growing four times as fast as the economy. This growth has also led to the flourishing of ancillary industries like steel. Several countries are also making inroads into the country and be a part of the growth opportunities that this sector currently offers. Media reports suggest that Chinese companies like Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation has already entered the Indian market with its part acquisition and stake holding in General Motors Indian concern. Another Chinese automobile manufacturer "Foton" is also studying the feasibility of entering the Indian market.

Media reports also suggest that the growing automobile sector in India is now faced with a new hurdle - that is of shortage of automobile parts. More demand and less supply, which has put the automobile companies in for another challenge. How to meet the existing demand? The companies are in a dilemma on whether to use the current supply of automobile parts to deliver existing demand of vehicles or use these parts to manufacture new models. The product life that has reduced over the years has also made the task difficult for automobile companies and they now have to focus on new launches to beat the competition in the market.

Any how, the wait for any new vehicle is getting longer due to the shortage of automobile parts manufactured by Indian suppliers. Companies are unable to cope with the rise in demand and the vehicle delivery has been a long wait to the customer ranging from one month to six months and even to one year in some cases.

The reason automobile companies put for this is that they are not getting enough supply from Indian automobile parts manufacturers and hence the production has to be slowed down. According to experts from the industry, the parts manufacturers have invested half of what they should invest to meet the demand from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and they are not ready to invest more in technology and increase the existing capacity of parts production.

On the other hand, the automobile parts manufacturers have a different story to tell. They are apprehensive in investing after being caught off guard in the aftermath of global meltdown in 2008 during which they suffered losses due to decline in sales. They are also vocal of not getting any intimation from automobile companies to decrease the production of automobile parts due to decline in sales.

The current situation has led to an increase in import of automobile parts from Chinese companies, which is now growing at a much faster rate than the exports of automobile components from the India, which is again is not a very good news for the domestic industry.

Possible solution to the current problem is that the parts manufacturers in India need to build their inventory and meet the rise in demand of the OEMs, they need to invest more in technology and infrastructure but at the same time the automobile companies need to ensure that they apprise the parts manufacturers of any decline in sales in advance so that parts manufacturers can reduce the production and sell the existing stock. These companies also need to ensure that earlier payment for parts is made so that the money can be used as investment in new technology and meeting the rise in demand.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Help the Environment With Auto Body Repairs

We all live, breathe, eat, sleep, and enjoy our lives on the planet earth. Even though we do so much here and depend so greatly on our earth we continue to harm it by harming the environment. There are many things that we can do to help the environment and keep it clean for a long time. Things like not wasting water, recycling, not cutting down trees, not polluting the earth and getting auto body repairs. Yep, you heard right! You should get auto body repairs versus replacements parts or new vehicles to help the environment. Helping the environment is easy, find out how you can do your part by getting auto body repairs!

You are probably surprised that auto body repairs help the environment. Well, they do. Auto body repairs involve using the existing materials on the vehicle and repairing them. With means there is less trash to go to the dump. Whereas with auto body replacement there is a lot of waste going to the dump from the old part being thrown away and the packaging that the new parts come in. Also most auto body shops recycle what materials they do have to discard, which is a big help and keeps a lot of build up at the dumps. In case you don't know there are many auto body repairs that can be completed on all vehicles. Some of these repairs include paint touch up, auto body repair, bumper repair, windshield repair, wheel rim repair, paintless dent removal and more. Also another plus with auto body repairs is that they can be completed quickly, usually within two to six hours. The best part is that they are affordable for most people and auto body shops will work with insurance companies. Make sure that you choose an auto body shop who is part of the "Go Green" campaign and that it is doing their part to help the environment.

Also, if you are thinking of getting a new vehicle because your current vehicle has a few damaged areas, you should reconsider. With so many different auto body repairs that can be completed there is no reason to just give up on it and get a new vehicle. Many times old vehicles end up in the dump if no one will buy them. So many cars go to the junk yard and the dump too soon. So, getting auto body repairs will keep less vehicles from being sent the dump too soon and filling it up. Also remember that new cars cost a lot of money. Auto body repairs can cost you some money out of your wallet, but not nearly as much as buying a new vehicle.

So, join everyone else with the "Go Green" campaign and do your part to help the environment! Doing something as simple as getting auto body repair instead of replacement. You will not only be helping the environment but you will be saving money and get your vehicle looking great for less!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gear Up With The Works: GMC Parts

Got troubles looking for the right parts? GMC Parts as well as car accessories of different kinds can be acquired through GM Service and Parts Operation. In the course of its circulation, GMC Parts, sold under the GM brand, as well as the GM Performance Parts brand and GM Goodwrench, has earned a substantial following among consumers that has ensured the stability of GM's place on top of the chain. If you've never gone for any brand other than GMC Parts for your car's replacement parts, you may find yourself familiar with these names since these are the brands that supply GMC dealerships and distributors as well on a worldwide scale. Incidentally, ACDelco is another GMC brand of auto parts.

At one time or another, when other automotive companies were being forced to close their doors or sell their businesses on the market left and right, General Motors Corporation, or GM, had continued, and still does, to be the leading automaker in the world. Since it was established in 1931, GMC has grown and evolved into a corporation that now has manufacturing plants to be found in over 33 countries. Following in the heels of this thought, it is not hard to believe that General Motors even grew to be the largest company across all states of the U.S. at one point in history. The GM Corporation locates its head offices in Detroit, Michigan. Among the countries GMC operates in is China, under the banner of "Shanghai GM."

The motivation behind its campaign there is to build and promote more than a nodding familiarity with Chinese consumer markets. Efforts along this line have obviously been successful, considering that GMC currently ranks as the second largest automaker in mainland China. Arrangements such as these have allowed favorable cultural as well as business relations to exist between the said U.S. company and its Chinese counterpart. This has, in addition, enabled business proposals safeguarding Chinese interests to get one foot in the door, a business strategy that economists say would be followed by China's entry into the U.S. market in much the same way that the Japanese and Korean automotive companies of Toyota and Kia had done, respectively. But GMC is not worried, reports have said. People key to the success and achievements of GM in the automotive industry, especially in areas of vehicles running on alternative automotive technology, are confident of the company's staying power in the playing field.

With a number of competitors trying to gain in on GMC, it is indeed a wonder that the company has continued to consistently be on top of the game, always staying a step or two ahead of the rest. Having several years of expertise and experience under its belt has made GM a force to be reckoned with. And this is true for its products, namely for its engines and GMC parts. GMC parts are recognized for many things in the market, chief among them is for quality performance for car parts. It's a fact that with GMC parts or auto replacement pieces, your car won't be in the DL (disabled list) for too long.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Have Discount Auto Parts and Dollars Store Stocks Run Their Course?

During the 2008-2009 US recession folks were amazed how well a few retail sectors had done when all the other companies were tanking. How is it possible that auto parts retail chain stocks were not crushed as all the other retail stocks were in the proverbial toilet? Now it has always been said in the automotive industry that during hard economic times, folks do not go out to buy new cars and therefore they are forced to keep their old cars and fix them up.

It thus, stands to reason that discount auto parts are a natural and perhaps somewhat recession proof. That does not mean they are going to break any speed records rather merely that they can survive without taking the huge hit in sales. Still, is this a reason for the stock to jump 350%? No, the answer is no, instead they just should not go down like the others. So, why the flight to these so-called recession proof, really recession resistant, stocks?

The next interesting and perhaps also predictable recession resistant stock is that of the Dollar Store type businesses. Still during this last recession the stock prices rose on some of these companies by 200%, and yet Wal-Mart, which is an extremely well-run company, was flat, stock price actually down a little in fact, so one has to ask why?

With this in mind one would have to say that these stocks have run their course and it's time for anyone who rode them up, to take their profit now and get into more solid companies with a long-term mind set. Consider all this.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Buying Auto and Cars Parts Online

Buying auto and cars parts online had become a regular feature now for all auto owners. The purchase of car parts and truck parts on the net not only saves time but also gives you opportunities to compare the specifications and prices of a great number of manufacturers. With the conventional auto spares dealers, you would be forced to choose only from the particular brands that they had stored, which could sometimes be even a single one. This would deny you any opportunity to verify the features of different manufacturers and their rates. Buying auto parts online allows you to conduct as wide a search as you wish.

Purchasing car parts online

When you browse the Internet, you come across websites offering various brands of car parts. They have detailed lists of the various car parts, their specifications, and rates, apart from details like warranties, shipping terms, etc. Some of them deal with a single brand or with some select brands / manufacturers. A few of them offer products of several manufacturers. With such sites, you would be able to compare a wide range of products, feature wise and price wise. This allows you to save a fair amount of money on the purchase of car parts.

Truck parts available online

Truck parts for all types of light pickup trucks are presented online by specialized Internet marketers. You would be able to choose from small tail lamps to large engines from these online dealers just by the click of a mouse. From light trucks to pickups to all automobiles are covered by these auto dealers including power equipments for trucks. You would be able to hunt for real bargains with these online dealers.

Used auto parts supplies

Many online auto dealers also specialize in the supply of used auto parts. It is always difficult to get the car parts or truck parts for models that had been modified or shelved by the manufacturers. The original manufacturers and their authorized dealers would stop stocking the auto parts for such vehicles. The online auto dealers are able to obtain spare parts for these vehicles also at reasonable prices.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

How to Start a Successful Auto Parts Business

The automotive part business is poised to increase in the coming years, at least in the U.S. This can be attributed to the better than expected sales of light vehicles in the country. Because car dealers are increasing their inventories, it is but normal to see a swarm of auto parts centers being set up here and there. With the continued national demand for car parts, you may be wise to think of starting your own small car service business.

The Steps for Success

First, assess the market. Enumerate any new and old vehicle dealers in your area. Also include independent car repair centers and other regional car maintenance facilities. Car clubs and groups of people that collect special cars need to be considered as well. Furthermore, bear in mind that a small percentage of the city you're working in is capable of the do-it-yourself approach to car maintenance and servicing. This information gives you an idea of how big your market is - the bigger the market, the bigger the chance of profit.

Second, know your competitors. Just like in any type of business scout the number of shops you are competing against. The greater is the number the tighter the competition becomes. Include all car part suppliers from national to local level. Even the special car part shops like those that sell performance parts for racing cars still need to be noted. You also have to verify if your competitors have special price guarantees and if suppliers offer sales incentives and manufacturer warranties.

If you'll find out that there's less competition in specialty car part shops, identify that niche and focus down that line. If not, you can still continue selling general parts but have a dedicated area for selling a few specialty parts as well. You can lure potential specialty car part buyers by visiting them at popular racing events, club meeting and other highly publicized occasions. This way you can introduce yourself and advertise some performance parts available in your shop.

Next, learn how to market. It is pretty basic for most start-ups to set up their own website. By doing so, you are making your online presence more felt to online consumers. Just make sure you leave your contact details and address so that public will know where your shop is located. You should also offer free delivery to those who shop in bulk online. Marketing also involves developing a stable customer list. Keep in touch with loyal customers, inform them about your perks and post targeted ads at key areas for fresh customers to see. It may also be sensible to consider investing in print advertisements through your local publications.

It may also be a wise idea to hand over a small survey form to your clients. This survey should include naming auto parts that they want you to sell. You can offer small discounts and other gifts if they return the form. Furthermore, do not underestimate the power of referrals. BPO companies often use this incentive program to lure more people to join them. If your loyal customer refers a friend to buy a part at your shop, offer some form of incentive to the former.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Auto Repair - Choosing the Right Automotive Replacement Parts for Your Vehicle

For most laymen, having a vehicle repaired involves several elements of risk. Are you getting a fair deal? Could there be a cheaper solution? Is your car going to be okay? Acquiring a little bit of basic knowledge before taking your car in for repair can help to put these kinds of questions at ease. From obtaining an estimate to getting the best automotive replacement parts, here are a few tips to help you get the most from your car repair.

1. Understanding Automotive Replacement Parts - OEM vs. Aftermarket

O.E.M. stands for Original Equipment Manufactured, and refers to vehicle parts that are made by a car manufacturer itself. I.e., Toyota OEM parts are made by Toyota, and so on. You may also hear the terms O.E.S. and OE; which mean Original Equipment Supplied and Original Equipment, respectively. While many times the terms OEM and OES are interchangeable, OE is a term more generally referring to any original equipment on the car. Some of OE car parts and components are not actually made by the car manufacturer, but are purchased and assembled by the automakers.

After Market auto parts are bought and added to a vehicle at the dealership or after the vehicle left the dealership, and are not made by car manufacturers. Aftermarket parts are most often used as automotive replacement parts, but can also function as specialty add-ons to increase both look and performance.

Original Equipment is often times more durable as compared to stock parts, but can come with a substantial markup to cover the labor and shipping costs of the manufacturer. However, there are many auto shops that offer affordable, yet well-made 'to automotive standard' parts such as To assess which type of automotive replacement part will be the best for your repair, consult with the mechanic after initial inspection. Knowing the type and degree of damage to a part can help to determine a clear discourse.

2. Receiving an Estimate

Below are four tips to help you get the most for your money:

o If you know the types of repairs needed, make a list before you arrive. The repair shop can then inspect your car and estimate repairs more efficiently.

o Make sure you obtain a written or verbal estimate for repairs; the final bill cannot exceed more than 5% of the original estimate, as required by law.

o Always ask to see the damaged or worn part and ask that it be returned to you in the box of the new replacement part at the time you sign the work order. After inspection, have the repair garage dispose of parts as needed or retain for further inspection.

o Request quotes from several sources, including your dealer. While replacement parts from your dealership will usually be a bit more expensive, it helps to receive a quote from as many sources as possible to avoid getting duped by the 'low ball bid.' Some repair shops under bid to get you in the door, only to add on unneeded services later.

3. A word about new vehicles

In a few unfortunate cases, a new vehicle that seemed to have driven off the lot in good condition ends up needing repair. If the dealership is not as helpful as they should be, you can contact the manufacturer of the vehicle. Major manufacturers have a customer help line that will connect you with a representative who can help to get the needed parts and repairs done quickly. Because most dealerships are independently owned, it's difficult to assess which will be responsive and which will not. Contacting a manufacturer's representative will help you get the leverage you need to resolve the problem promptly.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What Does it Take to Find the Best Auto Body Schools to Meet Your Goals?

Deciding to be an auto body technician generally means that you have an genuine interest in rebuilding and repairing cars. Being an auto technician means that one is trained and becomes skilled in the area of repairing damaged cars that has been wrecked or in an accident and usually are not in drivable condition.

Auto technicians are also mechanics that will not only have the skills of repairing a car to like new condition, but they are capable of keeping up the maintenance on a car that can keep the car in good running order. The upkeep and routine maintenance of any car will kept that car in the best optimum shape. This is another area of skill training that an auto technician is trained in depending on the focus of their goals.

Today, there are very different style and type vehicles out there and every time a vehicle is damage it provides the auto technician with the challenge of refurbishing it back to it original condition. This is where the training and specialized skills that the technician learns about the repairing and replacement of auto parts is key.

Specialized training in this area teaches the technician all of the ins and outs of a vehicle, so that any vehicle can be mastered. When learning at the auto body school, the future auto body technician will have to ability to not only learn in a classroom setting, but they will have the opportunity to have hands on training outside the classroom.

Technical or trade schools may vary in their length of training, but most schools usually offer training that will last for either a six month program or a year program. In order to determine which school will be best suited to meet your need, you must look at which school will give you the training that will meet your long term goals and two is to determine if that school will be able to meet your personal needs. In terms of scheduling, time of classes and length of the program.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Getting Auto Parts Fitted by ASE-Certified Mechanics

Despite their size and apparent ruggedness, cars are actually fairly delicate pieces of machinery. If a part or two is installed by an inexperienced or inept hand, it's almost certain that the car will perform poorly afterwards. That's why many car owners have trouble looking for reliable mechanics, often depending on trial and error. If, however, your car repairs are done by a mechanic who has certification from the ASE, you won't be having that problem anytime soon.

What's the ASE?

In the same way that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets a high standard for manufacturers and companies to meet, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) sets the bar for the automotive service industry. The organization's mission is to "improve the quality of vehicle repair and service," and they do this by giving certification to properly trained and qualified professionals.

Don't underestimate the testing administered by the ASE for certification. It's a very stringent procedure, and the entire process of preparing for that test isn't unlike the SAT for high school seniors. It's a very big thing in the automotive service industry, and having that ASE certification is definitely a major credential for any mechanic. ASE is a name that has long been associated with high standards and excellence, and the organization goes to great lengths to protect that reputation.

What's In It for You?

Were it not for the ASE, it's very likely that the automotive service industry would've gone topsy-turvy. The ASE provided some semblance of structure and standards by which mechanics have to abide. Consequently, you get better and more consistent service as a customer, even when you decide to transfer mechanics.

A mechanic that has earned ASE certification has proven himself (or herself) capable of handling most of the tasks involved in repairing and maintaining a car. Only competent and skilled mechanics are able to pass the ASE testing and certification procedure. Thus, when you're presented with ASE certification, you know that you'll be getting your money's worth in terms of service.

Who's Qualified, Who's Not?

Because of the prestige and value attached to certification from the ASE, few mechanics hide the fact that they've earned their own badge. You can easily spot certified mechanics walking around, sporting their ASE patches on their clothes or coveralls. Establishments that offer auto repair also prominently advertise the fact that they have ASE-certified mechanics, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding them.

You should try as much as possible to get your car serviced at auto shops that employ only ASE-certified mechanics. Such shops do exist, and their high employment requirements are as good a guarantee you can get for excellent service and competent staff. You also get the assurance that whatever job you'd like done will be accomplished correctly the first time around. However, expect to pay more at those shops because their rates are invariably higher than those at uncertified establishments. If you don't want to compromise quality, though, paying for mechanics certified by the ASE will definitely be worth the extra cash.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cheap Auto Parts - Cheap Car Parts - Discount Parts - Used Parts - How Can I Know What I'm Getting?

Cheap auto parts? How cheap is too cheap? Don't waste your money on poor quality parts; I've learned from experience. Sometimes they might get you by for awhile, but why spend a few dollars less for something that might last only a month or a year and leave you stranded somewhere? Then you get to buy it again; now you've paid twice as much for something that lasted much less than a quality part. (You know what I mean, don't you?)

What should you look for? Quality that is affordable, from a reputable supplier with a good reputation, and a good guarantee.

Should you buy new, used, or rebuilt? Should you buy locally or online? The same rules still apply. Common parts like starters, alternators, and water pumps, can be rebuilt and last a long time for less money than new ones. Sometimes junkyard parts come with a guarantee (of sorts) and a low price that makes them worthwhile, as long as you realize they were "used" by somebody, and are already partly worn-out. You get what you pay for -- sometimes -- and sometimes not. What's the suppliers reputation? What's the guarantee? Will they give it to you in writing, with a receipt?

When I was a teenager (in the 60's,) I used to dream of someday having my own car. I found an old copy of a popular automotive catalog with little black & white pictures, and wore it out looking at all the cool parts I would buy someday. Well, a few years later, my dream came true. I found a 1959 MG, black with red leather interior and wire wheels; very good condition, for only $600! I borrowed some money from my dad, and drove it home.

Still had the old catalog, and ordered a couple things to "fix her up". Good quality at a price I could afford. (That's what I liked.) Then once, I got a part that was supposed to fit all cars (but not MG's, I guess), and they quickly refunded my money. (That's what I mean.) Now even today, I still trust them for supplying quality parts at reasonable prices. (That's what I appreciate.) I still order from them for my 'Vette, my truck, and motorhome.

Today, there are thousands of companies selling millions of auto parts. Some expensive, some cheap, and some "good quality at reasonable prices". I believe in supporting your local auto parts stores, and the same rules still apply. But sometimes, it's fun to look at all the great online catalogs. If you choose to order online, you can't inspect every part you order, and you can't take it apart to see how it's made. This is when you have to rely on the reputation of the supplier, their promise of good quality, and their "no-hassle" refund policy if you're not satisfied for any reason.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Effectively Purchasing Online Auto Parts

The automotive parts industry is one of the many retailers that are moving transactions online, recognizing the Internet as one of their primary ways to market auto parts online to a national and international audience. This is a guide to finding and purchasing online auto parts and accessories safely and effectively.

Finding a Creditable Company

The online auto parts industry is competitive, and there are many online storefronts to choose from. The first step to finding the best online auto parts is determining the credibility and integrity of the company. Look for contact information on the Web site, and check if there are any reports about the company in the Better Business Bureau. Browse through the Web site to make sure that they have a wide range of auto parts and accessories. Run a WHOIS report on the domain name to see when the domain was created. More information is usually available for domains that have been around longer. Check and see what other people have said about the companies in online reviews. Search for the company name on search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. Contact the company directly with any questions you have before you decide to make a purchase.

Protect your Privacy

Once you have found a Web site that you feel is credible, you need to make sure the checkout page is secure. If the checkout page is not encrypted with a SSL (Secure Socket Layer), do not enter your credit card or any confidential information. Look in the address bar and locate the protocol at the beginning of the URL. If the protocol reads (https://), that means it is a secure page. Also look for the SSL Certificate; it should be published on the checkout page. Click on the SSL Certificate for more information on the issuer of the SSL. Companies such as GoDaddy, VeriSign, SiteSafe, DigiCert and GeoTrust are some of the most popular. When you enter your credit card or bank account information into a Web page, that data is transferred from your Internet browser to the company's Web server, and then usually stored into their database. Without SSL encryption, the data can be intercepted by another party during the transfer. So for your protection, it is worth taking the time to investigate a Web site before purchasing auto parts online or entering any important information.

Know Exactly What you are Getting

Make sure you know exactly how much the total amount of the transaction is before entering your payment information. Check to see if the merchant offers any warranties for its auto parts online; is the warranty a cash refund or store credit? If the warranties aren't posted on the Web site, contact the company to find out before making a purchase. Once you have purchased the product, make sure that you save and print all receipts, so you have proof of purchase if the product is faulty or there is a shipping problem. It is rare, but sometimes the wrong product is packaged, or the shipment is sent to the wrong address. Keeping all receipts is a must when purchasing online auto parts.

Following these precautions will help you find and purchase online auto parts. Hopefully these insights will give you more confidence finding the right online auto parts Web site and protecting your privacy when purchasing online. The Internet is a very useful tool, and we are fortunate for the growth of e-commerce Web sites and improved security to make it easier for us to shop for online auto parts and accessories.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Drive Away With Savings on Your Automotive Parts and Maintenance

Purchasing a vehicle is a major financial step. In order to enjoy the return on your investment, you need to perform maintenance on your car or truck. However, you can save a lot of money on your next oil change or set of tires if you know where to look and what to do. If you take your time and shop around, you can save up to 50% off your next automotive project.

Spending Money on Maintenance Can Save You Money

Studies show that most major auto repairs are directly related to lack of maintenance. Consider that most oil changes cost as little as 30 dollars, but a new motor will cost you thousands. Most auto makers will provide a checklist of things on your vehicle that need maintenance on a monthly of yearly schedule. Performing these small tasks can leave your vehicle running like new for years to come.

Join a Car Care Club

The cost of vehicle repairs can vary from shop to shop. Many repair shops now offer car care clubs for loyal customers. They might offer your tenth oil change free or a huge discount on your fourth set of new tires. These clubs can save you a lot of money over the years. When you are in search of this type of offer, look for a shop that has been in business for a long time. It is no fun to get to the goal and find the business is no longer open. You should also look for quality workmanship; never sacrifice service just to get a discount.

Do It Yourself

Even if you have no automotive experience, there are many things you can do yourself. Buy a manual for your vehicle that provides step by step instructions. Most auto repair costs are high because of labor costs. You will find that in most cases, the parts required are only a fraction of the cost. Rather than paying an automotive shop fifty dollars to change a light bulb, you can buy the part for just a few dollars and do it yourself. However, you need to make sure that any task you decide to take on will not void your existing warranty.

Buy Online

If you need automotive parts you can often find great prices online. When you are in search of that specialty part, this can also be a great option. There are many large part companies online. You will find that many offer substantial savings over your local parts supply store. Cutting out the middle man can save you a lot of money on auto parts. Consider that every time an auto part changes hands, the price is marked up a little more. Order directly from the distributor and save yourself up to 50%.

Use Coupons for Auto Service

You can often find coupons for auto maintenance or repair. Some companies offer an opt-in list that you can join. They will send you coupons by mail or email. You can also look on coupons sites online and find many great coupons. If you live close to major auto chains, this can be a good option.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Experience Excellent Quality and Durability in the Aftermarket Parts and Accessories

Inner Auto has a wide array of Honda Parts from headlights, filters, hoses, belts, condensers, catalytic converters, transmissions, engine parts, Honda Altezza lights, radiators, suspension, chassis parts, interior parts & accessories, and just about everything you might need for your Honda vehicle. Honda is synonymous to innovative technology and social responsibility and so is Inner Auto, which has served its clients for many years with impeccable record of accomplishment. Inner auto gives you the most cost effective Honda car parts for its models like the Accord, Civic, CRV, CRX, Del Sol, Pilot, Odyssey, Insight, Passport, Pilot, S2000, Element and Prelude.

For exterior Honda accessories, you can have splashguards, car cover, front-end cover/bra, side window air deflectors, sunroof wind deflector, and roof rack, wagon cross bars, locking gas cap, wheel locks, engine block heater, and bumper insert.
Interior accessories may include all weather floor mats, center console, carpet mats, cargo liner, cargo net, windshield sunshade, carpet mats, seat covers, seat tray, wood trim kit, ashtray kit.

Only a few car parts manufacturers can match the quality of the Honda Parts offered by Inner Auto. The company boasts of an impressive array of Honda replacement and Honda car parts. Inner Auto offers only the finest in the industry at extremely low prices that beats the automotive industry standard. They have a certified secured online store at Inner Auto Parts and will ship your order right at your doorstep in the soonest possible time. Like Honda, the car manufacturer whose foremost concern is fulfilling the needs of its customers worldwide, Inner Auto is strongly committed to the utmost satisfaction of its customer base.

Asbestos in Automotive Parts

Although asbestos was used in ancient Greek and Roman times, it did not regain popularity until the Industrial Revolution. After this, many different types of industries utilized asbestos for its amazing resistance to heat, flame, chemicals, electricity, and even biodegradation. While many people are aware of the use of asbestos in construction and shipping, you may not know that it once was--and still is--an additive in several different automotive parts.

You may believe that asbestos was banned starting in the 1980s. However, while it was phased out from some industries, it can still be used in several others, including cars. In fact, one study found that importing asbestos-containing brakes has actually increased in the past years. In the automotive industry, car parts must be highly resistant to heat and flame as they are exposed to the hot engine or heated brakes.

There are several different automotive parts that can contain asbestos. First, this material has been found in hoodliners, or the material on the inside of your front hood. Because this area is above the engine, it must be able to sustain high temperatures.

Next, another popular asbestos-containing component is brakes. Brake linings must withstand high amounts of friction-induced heat and pressure, and asbestos is recognized for its ability to do so. Additionally, clutches can also use asbestos additives. Lastly, even small parts such as gaskets, heat seals, and valves may have asbestos.

Sadly, due to the amount of asbestos in car parts, mechanics and other people who work with car parts can suffer from deadly asbestos exposure. Brake pads and clutches, despite their highly resistant abilities, naturally wear down and need replacing. When an automotive professional removes old asbestos brake liners or clutch pads, it can release a cloud of tiny asbestos fibers into the air. From here, inhaling or ingesting the fibers can eventually result in a terrible cancer such as mesothelioma.

If you now have mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, it is natural to be worried and confused. However, you need all the information that you can get about asbestos and mesothelioma so you can quickly and correctly address your needs.

Characteristics of a Good Automotive Repair Mechanic

Knowledgeable on various auto parts.

This is perhaps the most basic characteristic that any auto mechanic should have. Lots of different auto parts are out in the market today. And because we, as car owners, do not necessarily possess the sufficient knowledge when it comes to vehicle parts, we will inevitably depend on the expertise of our mechanic. A simple trick to determine if your chosen car specialist really knows his business is to ask him to differentiate a few parts and gauge whether he is confidently answering your question or is just making his way around.

Diverse background on automotive repair experiences.

Years ago when the makes of our vehicles were much simpler, any mechanic would have been okay. But with today's high-tech and complex vehicles including family sedans, sports and luxury cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks, we need someone who has a diverse background in automotive repair services. Mistakes have no room when it comes to automotive repair as these will only make things even more costly. Choose a mechanic who has certifications of training programs and classes that he has attended. The mechanic's time spent in studying as well as in the actual practice of automotive repair is very advantageous for us car owners.

ASE certified to be an automotive repair professional.

Speaking of certifications, perhaps the most famous and widely recognized one, when it comes to professionals in the automotive industry is the ASE certification. Annually, an estimated 100,000 automotive technicians take ASE certification exams each May and November at over 750 locations.

With an ASE certification, we are assured that our mechanic has good background in all automotive services because an ASE certification requires a minimum of two years work experience in addition to passing a series of examinations that include Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Automatic Transmissions for auto technicians alone. There are separate tests for those who want to be collision repair technicians, engine machinists, parts specialists, and others.

Furthermore, all ASE certifications have expiration dates which requires technicians to re-test every five years to keep up with technology and to remain certified.

Works in a reputable auto center.

Unfortunately, ASE certifications apply only to individuals and not to auto centers. However, an auto center with at least one ASE certified mechanic is allowed to display the ASE sign. Furthermore, an auto center that has 75% ASE certified mechanics among its employees are given the Blue Seal of Excellence from the ASE.

Aside from the ASE recognition, other signs that we should look for an auto center include neat and well-organized facility complete with modern equipment, courteous staff, and good policies (regarding labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, etc.)

Highly recommended by family and friends.

Nothing can attest to the quality service that any auto center and mechanic can give than testimonials of our family members, relatives, and friends. Ask for referrals and recommendations. Local community organizations and business listings are also good sources of information.

Product Sales For Auto Products Likely To Improve With New Driving Patterns

For months, every driver and car owner in the United States and in the rest of the world was suffering from really high gas and fuel prices. Because of this, almost everybody was trying to cut back from using their vehicles and would rather find alternative ways of traveling from one destination to another.

However, it seems like the upward trend of gas and fuel prices has already reached its peak and is now starting to decline. With such a trend going on, many companies who do offer automotive parts and other services are now hoping that the drivers would go back to their usual habits. And in this line, the companies would also be benefiting from such for more drivers on the road would also mean more revenue for companies and businesses who offer auto parts like Audi car parts and auto services like repairs.

The NPD Group, one of the auto industry's leading company on that provides information on consumer and retail, does say that come the following year, businesses who offer auto services like maintenance and repair are much likely to suffer from low income if people do not go back to their normal driving habits. Of course, if a person does not use his vehicle that often and his vehicle only gets a couple in his mileage, then maintenance would also not be done much. However, with frequent use, that is when these businesses that offer car maintenance get in more revenue.

David Portalatin is the director of industry analysis for the NPD Group. And with the changing trends, he does offer, "Spending on vehicle appearance could be a real bright spot in the market in 2007. Companies might consider offering product bundles and/or service packages that cross-promote appearance and maintenance items to make the most of the appearance oriented consumer purchase occasion." However, he also does have a piece of advice for those in the auto business: "Another option could be to ensure when consumers visit a retailer or service outlet for repairs, that they are also cross-sold maintenance products or services to capture more unperformed maintenance."

Auto Parts Finder's Guide in Buying Reliable Car Parts

Every auto parts finder should learn how to search for and purchase reliable, as well as cheap vehicle parts. This is very important since knowing where and how to search for parts ensures that the items purchased are capable of delivering the needed performance that they should provide.

In addition to this, parts finders should also learn to identify automotive part dealers that sell reliable vehicle components at affordable prices. By doing this, the parts finder would have the chance to save a lot of money instead of spending more than what is appropriate. In case you are currently in need of affordable and reliable car parts, just like the other auto parts finder, try to consider some of the useful tips provided in this article.

1. Avoid buying auto parts from junk yards

One of the most common places that parts finder would look when they are in need of several parts for their vehicle, is to go some of the local junk yards and search for parts that are from vehicles brought to the yard for recycling purposes.

This is usually a practice for car owners who have a tight budget, since they would be able to haggle prices of the parts sold. Junk yard owners and operators are usually willing to offer lower prices and this is the reason why this practice has become popular.

However, this practice is not considered safe, since these car parts are stripped from vehicles that are subjected for disposal. This simply means that these parts are not that reliable and the chances of getting low performing as well as malfunctioning parts is high. Due to this, try to avoid buying auto parts from junk yards.

2. Search for auto parts using the internet

Using the Internet to purchase the parts for your car can be a good practice. This is because a lot of reputable sellers maintain their own websites to promote their products as well as to accommodate the needs of the online shopper.

In addition to this, you can easily search for the parts you need by using the internet. Most of the time, you only need to log into the website operated by these sellers and provide the information about the parts that you need such as the model and the exact make of the part that you want to buy.

The good thing is that you might find a website that allows you to choose parts that are in brand new, refurbished or those that are considered factory OEM (original equipment manufacturer). There are also a lot of sites that offer great discounts and facilitate manageable delivery options.

On top of this is that these sellers offer warranties to parts that they are selling and the customer services that they provide are usually impressive. However, you only need to verify that the site you are dealing with is legitimate. One of the best ways to do this is to check if the seller is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

3. Visit some of the local auto parts dealers in your area

You can also search for the needed parts by visiting some of the auto part dealers in your area. Try to ask an employee about the price of the OEM part. Take note of the price and then asking for its price as a refurbished part. Compare the price differences and try to decide which of the existing versions fit into your budget.

If your budget is not limited, you can go with the OEM part. If your budget for buying this part is limited, you can then opt for the refurbished version. A refurbished part is actually a version that is in good like new condition. The only reason why refurbished parts are cheaper compared to the OEM, is that the parts are returned by customers who previously bought the part and then for some reason decided to return it, not necessarily malfunctioning. Any needed repairs would be made to the part, repackaged and sold as refurbished. It's basically like a new used part.

To increase the chance of getting the least expensive part in good condition, shop around. Visit as many auto parts dealers as you can, compare their prices, and purchase the most affordable.

Aftermarket Auto Parts: Boon or Bane?

There's no questioning the popularity of aftermarket auto parts in the US automotive industry. Basically alternate car parts most of which are not made by car manufacturers themselves, aftermarket auto parts compete with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. When an original auto part fails (for instance, your hood strut) and is irreparable, the car owner has the choice - or dilemma - of whether to buy a new part from his car's manufacturer or purchase an aftermarket part. Thus, inevitably, issues of which are more advantageous to car owners, which benefits the industry more, and other related questions and comparisons between OEM and aftermarket parts arise.

With the rise in production of aftermarket auto parts in the past two decades, a non-profit organization called the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) was established in 1987 to test and certify parts used for auto body repairs. Setting rigid standards for aftermarket parts, CAPA's testing process includes an industry-recognized 500-hour salt spray test to indicate rust resistance. Tests on metal composition, screws, chipping and scratching resistance are also conducted. While the founding of CAPA initially boosted the trust in the quality of aftermarket auto parts, many automotive consumers still describe CAPA parts as generally not as good as OEM parts. Furthermore, questions on the credibility of the CAPA certification, despite its supposedly strict standards, still exist.

More often than not, aftermarket auto parts are compared in unfavorable ways to OEM parts. Negative comments/rumors include that these parts never fit, result in increased cycle time due to the extra effort it takes to make them fit, and other quality issues. But the benefits of aftermarket auto parts actually abound. First off, crash tests performed over the years by the critics of aftermarket auto parts have shown that these parts perform no differently than OEM parts. On the issue of hazardousness, it has been found that crash parts, whether aftermarket or OEM, do not affect the safety of a vehicle. Thus, there are no federal safety standards for crash/collision parts, except headlamps and the hinges on the hoods to prevent the hood from going through the windshield in the event of a crash.

When it comes to savings, the consumer wins when it comes to aftermarket auto parts, as such are categorically less expensive than OEM parts. This benefits not only the consumer but the insurance company (which pays for car repairs) and the collision/aftermarket shop owner as well, who is provided with more opportunities to repair when the lower cost of parts keep vehicles from totaling. But the savings work better for older cars. Some aftermarket auto parts can be non-usable for newer car models but are often very useful to older cars. Low cost repairs for older cars with the use of aftermarket parts can be crucial in keeping the vehicle from being totaled. These parts also cause less diminished value concerns for older vehicles.

Fears of warranty mishaps when it comes to aftermarket auto parts can also be thrown in the bin. Warranties on aftermarket auto parts are as good as OEM warranties. When a crash part has to be replaced, any original warranty on that part lapses but the warranty on the rest of the vehicle is unaffected. After a replacement part is installed, a new warranty takes over. Federal law prohibits manufacturer from basing warranties upon the exclusive use of OEM parts.

While both the OEM and aftermarket parts industries continue to develop and smooth out their negativities to gain the favor of the consumers, the competition can only benefit both the purchasers and the industry. As critics have remarked, when there is no competition, the OEM part seller price a part as it would like. But when a product competes with an aftermarket part, it would be priced cheaper than it originally would. It's a two-way process though. If OEM parts were becoming more cost-competitive with aftermarket auto parts, aftermarket parts would have to strive harder to become more quality-competitive with OEM parts. If that believed distance of quality between the two is actually being bridged at present, aftermarket auto parts should still work on gaining the full trust of the public in the fact that they are indeed as good or even better than the original parts.

Affordable Spoilers and Performance Parts

Chevy cars like the Cavalier has a unique tuner-theme body kit, lowered suspension, wheel flares and a functional rear spoiler that gives it a distinct appearance. Bring out the true performance greatness of your Chevy by adding Parts Train's Chevy spoiler or a wing to your car is a great way to a sportier and cooler stance. Body accessory like a Chevy spoiler can make a huge difference on the car's over-all look. It can be universally made, customized or made for a specific type of vehicle.

Universal spoilers fit all car types but other models need a specific kind of spoiler to suit its distinct features and dimensions. Custom made wings can reflect the uniqueness and individuality of the car and the user since he can decide as to what will be the specific style, color and design he desires. Chevy Spoilers like all other car spoilers used to be the property of race and sports cars, which is commonly mounted on the rear side of the vehicle. Other makes and models have them front and back.

Make Parts Train's Chevy spoilers an important part of your Chevy body kit and accessories. As with all other car spoilers, Chevy spoilers are meant to increase "road grip." The vehicle's weight is actually a good way to increase its grip or hold on the road. Increase in weight forces the tire of the vehicle onto the road's surface but can have negative results on the handling and steering of the car. Added weight means added inertia, which needs to be overcome for facility of movement.

Chevy Spoilers (rear spoilers or rear auto wings) as in the Chevy S10 body kit function like airplane wings although it is mounted upside down. Cars with spoilers have greater advantages over others. Chevy Spoilers add up to the car's weight and overcome the difficulty in steering and handling.

With Parts Train's Chevy Spoilers, the car can slide easily and can stick better on the road. Aside from the generated down force, drag is also produced with the spontaneous reaction of the air to resist motion.

Parts train is dedicated to providing you with genuine Chevrolet parts. OEM Chevrolet parts and accessories are at great discount prices. Just browse through for your online parts catalog, which lists millions of genuine parts for Cadillac vehicles.

Parts train is the most complete line up of Chevrolet auto parts and accessories from engines, automotive parts and performance parts to body parts, panels and accessories. Dedicated in giving you the best, Partstrain offers only parts of premium and high resistant quality.

Auto Parts Logo - In-Depth Cost Benefit Analysis for Startups!

Do you really want some fine customers visit your showroom this summer? Do you want to know some surefire techniques to get customers easily?

Auto-dealers can generate a good business if marketed in a good order; undoubtedly there is a heap of promotional maneuvers that can be used efficaciously to generate sales.

Now, you must be thinking what are those promotional maneuvers?

TVC, Print ads, radio, magazines and the list goes on and on...

If you are start up business entrepreneur then you might have a list of marketing strategies (told above) to introduce your automotive business in the market but half of them are disdained due to the cost-cutting factor, after all you have to invest in business as well. You are not a money- making machine!

When things go heavy on the pocket, most business entrepreneur prefer opting for getting an auto parts logo for their business, this is perhaps the best marketing and branding solution for contemporary business owners that is cost-efficient as well.

With such a low cost, an auto repair logo can bring with it loads of benefits that would turn your business into a big brand. Leveraging business with such a small graphical representation is like a magic, it feels great when there is something whose impressions are all over the place to acquaint you with potential customers both online and offline.

There are other promotional materials as well but without an auto parts logo, you won't be able to make the most of them.

Let me tell you how?

You have business brochures, cards and envelopes that are planned to trigger the target market but when there is no corporate identity imprinted on these promotional items then what would be the results.

I know; I have compared a logo with traditional means of marketing because I am very much convinced of the fact that it is so powerful and effective that it could stand next to the anteceding promotional activities.

Auto Parts to Restyle Your Toyota Vehicle

Design is what makes every vehicle unique among the millions of cars and trucks out in the market. This is also one of the decisive factors that affect a person's decision to a buy a particular car, truck, van or SUV make or model. It elicits admiration and passion for cars, allows a car user to reveal his personality and affords him a sense of pride and great driving satisfaction.

For these reasons, car design is very important and this is also one of the reasons why car manufacturers invest a lot in the development of their car designs. Modifying or customizing a vehicle has also become a trend among car enthusiasts nowadays. It gives them a different sense of satisfaction. Cars after all are not only ordinary means of transportation or mere "driving machines"; they become our "home" and our "companion" on the road.

Aside from their unparalleled performance and highly advanced technology, Toyota cars stand out in terms of design as well. Knowing that Toyota standard passenger and luxury cars, vans, trucks, Hybrids and SUVs, not to mention those marketed under the Scion and Lexus marques, are among the best designed vehicles in the automotive industry.

Among the top quality auto parts available for Toyota car owners are stylish and durable Toyota wheels, Toyota spoiler, Toyota door handle, Toyota front fender, Toyota mirror, and Toyota taillights.

Auto Parts - Top Benefits of Buying Online

Buying an auto part from traditional stores and that at reasonable price can be a tough task. However, online shops for all automotive parts are emerging as one of the latest modes to buy quality auto equipments at unbeatable price. So, if you are looking to buy any auto part browsing some of the best online stores can always be the best and feasible option, as it let you enjoy valuable benefits such as:

1. Easily accessibility: Buying auto parts through online process doesn't require go out by driving your car to shop(s) and burn fuel. Adding to this, in traditional buying mode at times you need not to stand in queues, but with an online shopping process, you get a chance to reach to the market by browsing different online shopping websites sitting at your home.

2. Abundant options: Generally, shopping needs a lot of research before you make any decision, but with an online auto part store you have the opportunity to access the marketplace that is loaded with suppliers. Besides this, it is likely that you may even get exactly what you are looking for and that of desired quality.

3. You shop peacefully: Shopping through traditional stores for auto parts can be a very disturbing experience as salesmen may act aggressively at times. Shopping through online saves you from all the trouble you may face while dealing with a salesman or moving from the store to store.

4. Find realistic information about your dealer: It is very important to understand that if you want a trustworthy supplier then you must not believe in your supplier's impressive talking skills. You must follow up seller's background and the experience they hold in this field. An online shopping platform is equipped with the system that allows you to examine the seller through the feedback of other customers. Many of them have a certification program that says about the sellers who meet specific quality criteria. So, you get plenty of options to check whether the seller you are choosing is actually trustworthy or not.

5. You can go through different reviews: Through different online reviews, you can get a clearer idea about the quality of the auto parts to be chosen or avoided. Different online stores provide the facility to go through the reviews of professionals, as well as know customers' views about the auto part they bought.

6. Online shops are opened every time (24 x 7 x 365): The greatest benefit is that you get or easily access the service anytime as per your convenience. No matter, whether it is day or night, you can buy an auto part anytime when you want. All you need is to have an online connection. So if you are among those who do not want to bind with time then an online automotive parts store is exactly meant and can be a best option for you.

7. Get products from any part of the world: Not too long ago, it was considered to be a big deal to buy products manufactured by some of the leading manufactures located at other parts of the world. Today the story is totally different; you can easily place an order from one part of the world to a seller situated at the other end of the world. It is a grand facility, especially for business people, who place an order in the bulk amount.

8. A chance to save few bucks: With lots of competitors in the market every seller tries to drag your attention with big offers, discount schemes, etc. Certainly, online shopping gives enough chance to get the best deals around and that too within a short time. Moreover, most of the time the delivery of auto parts is done at free of cost or charged very less.

Today an online shopping of auto parts has actually simplified the mode of buying auto equipments. It has redefined the mode of shopping with lots of realistic reviews and helped recognize the reliable and best online sellers. Consequently, if you are seeking easy mode of buying auto parts, go for an online mode and take the advantage of buying different auto parts.

Customizing Your Vintage For a Drag-Racing Advantage - Auto Parts Replacement

Drag racing has profusely seeped into the world's car culture. A sanctioned legal form of racing done on a drag strip, it is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance in the fastest possible time while precisely responsive to specific guide lights and mindful of strict lane regulations depending on the rules agreed for the game.

With its illegal counterpart off the streets, drag racing is perhaps more popular than NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and NFS (Need For Speed). The hype over the drag race has largely drawn car speeding aficionados and a lot of Chevrolet customizing geniuses.

Incidentally, drag race aficionados seem to have a well-bred passion for the antiquities with their considerable interest in vintage and classic cars. Old fashioned and strange as they may appear on the outside, these cars are highly esteemed for their sturdy body built and fit streamlining which is way beyond some of our modern car's durability in time of collisions and bumps.

So structured, a matter of careful exterior paint restoration or redesigning is what it takes, infused with a selective modification of choice modern and hybrid parts to build a customized car with top-fuel speed and reliable aerodynamics that avails of the vehicle's maximum capabilities.

Stock treaded tires are replaced with wide, flat, treadless tires. Called racing slicks, they help speed up your drag car by having a better grip on the track.

Top-fuel racers are cars purposely-built to resemble open-wheel circuit racing vehicles with engines based on second generation Chrysler Hemi 426 "Elephant Engine" made 1964-71 but distinctly fueled by a special mixture of nitromethane and methanol which is popular among racers as "racing alcohol". Although the top fuel engine is built exclusively of aftermarket parts, it retains the basic configuration with two valves per cylinder activated by pushrods from a centrally-placed camshaft.

Additionally, turbo chargers which are basically compressors that force increased oxygen into the cylinders of the internal combustion engine increase the power of your vehicle by blowing air into the combustion chambers, making the fuel burn faster.

Largely of composed of steel and aluminum parts from cylinder heads, crankshaft, and pistons, customized cars of this make offer increased power and optimal shock damping. Corrosion and wear-resistant Teflon is used to coat the piston, preventing galling during high temperature operation.

Notwithstanding, the unique brand of sophistication and racing advantage vintage drag cars acquire after an explorative customization can be capsized without incorporating proper safety equipment into it such as an eye shield, a helmet, fire extinguisher, and possibly a roll cage to protect you in case of a midcourse car turn-over. Also, an upkeep auto air conditioner topped up with the right amount of refrigerant to go through fully functional components such as the Chevrolet AC Condenser and drier helps keep the rider refreshed and safe from heat stress.

Why You Should Shop at O'Reilly's Auto Parts

There are a lot of times when we need a few parts for our car.  Whether we need new windshield wipers, oil for an oil change or something more serious, we usually head down to an auto parts store.  One store to keep in mind is O'Reilly's!  This is a great store for many reasons.  Never shopped there before?  Here are a few reasons to head down there.

Selection:  First of all, their selection of auto parts is great!  They have almost everything you can think of, not to mention the store is always clean and organized which is great if you're looking for something in particular.

Prices:  The prices are great and there are sometimes coupons you can use!  If you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a part, you can spend just a few bucks or less than most competitors for auto parts!

Customer Service:  It's important that stores have great customer service, and at O'Reilly's you can almost guarantee that!  They always have a good sized staff there to help you with a smile on their face.  They also can help you find what you're looking for, help you out if you are having trouble with your car and don't know what part you need, or if you're looking to return an item, not a problem!

There are several great auto parts stores, but if you're looking for some of the best, O'Reilly's is definitely up there!  They are great all around and you can always find just what you're looking for!

Think-Feel and Drive With Subaru Parts

Sound familiar to you? These are the words that make up the slogan campaign of the Japanese auto manufacturer Subaru. Though the company is relatively small in size compared to its other competitors, Subaru generates quite enough of a lucrative profit for it to be recognized as among the leading industry leaders in automotive production. What else is there to expect, after all, from a company that understands the balance created by equal thought and emotion? For those at Subaru, then, constructing a line of products that run from a number of Subaru car parts or auto replacement components to tire pieces must entail high engineering performance that would ensure Subaru parts are not going to give anyone even the littlest bit of trouble, and that the designs should appeal to the tastes as well as whims of present consumers.

Such a distinction carries over to its production of trucks and car components. Think. Feel. Drive. The orientation of the slogan, at first glance, may seem to be conflicting in nature, especially when one considers the words "think" and "feel", with one side advocated by Descartes' "I think, therefore I am" and the other by Rosseau's "I feel, therefore I am." But Subaru serves to adjust the definitions this time by advocating balance between thought and emotion, between idea and sentiment. The slogan has served to capture the core of Subaru's strength as Subaru has focused its marketing and production work in turning out all-wheel drive vehicles that exhibit conventional bodies and that employ turbo-charged engines that are horizontally-opposed. Subaru's success lies mainly in its seamless adaptation to changing consumer needs and demands. In the 2000s, Subaru captured a high percentage of the U.S. market with its production of its SUV line that was smaller and lighter than the other SUVs available at that time. In short, Subaru provided consumers with a choice they didn't have before. What was wrong with the big, heavy cars? The time, back then, was starting to be characterized by a growing number of people buying and learning how to handle a car. Taking this into consideration, Subaru knew that the shifting consumer dynamics was going to affect the market, and that more and more choices had to be available to answer divergent consumer preferences. Subaru's plan, it turns out, was a success.

Still keeping an eye out for outside factors, Subaru switched to refining its line of all wheel drive autos and wagons to avoid turning into another corporate road kill under the wheels of competing Japanese automakers that had already mastered the market and would no doubt have squashed Subaru's initial forays into the niche with crushing force. This attention to the shifting cues of the market and consumer motivations have enabled Subaru to market its products, from its auto parts line or auto replacement parts row to its engines. In the 1990s, Subaru would again make its presence known as it developed rally car makes that employed the much publicized six-cylinder SVX and Impreza. With the interest in rally racing becoming more and more widespread, Subaru, maker of reliable Subaru parts, again found itself at the forefront of another niche.