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Q2 sees increase in delayed maintenance: IMR
June 23, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The coronavirus pandemic seems to have interrupted a trend toward more timely vehicle maintenance in the United States. According to Illinois-based data company IMR Inc., 20.1% of those surveyed postponed needed vehicle service in Q2 of 2020. It’s the first

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Marketing primer: How to attract new customers
June 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

All of your good qualities will go unnoticed until people are coming through the doors to check you out.

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Search terms for common DIY jobs exploding, U.K. research finds
June 8, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Research in the United Kingdom shows how car maintenance search queries have increased significantly since lockdown restrictions began. Using Google search trend data, U.K. car rental company AMT found that web searches on how to tackle issues with car brakes,

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Sirius XM Canada partners with Car Media 2.0
May 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

SiriusXM and Car Media 2.0 have partnered up for the first time to ensure SiriusXM radios are activated by Car Media 2.0 representatives at participating dealerships across the country, providing additional value for pre-owned car buyers. Car Media 2.0 offers

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Fountain Tire launches financing solution for customers
May 28, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Fountain Tire has launched an online financing solution that provides its Canadian customers with access to 0% interest financing plans. The move is part of Fountain Tire’s goal to provide flexible payment options, particularly during these challenging times. “At Fountain

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Crossover Year: EVs may equal ICE vehicles by 2038
May 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  42% Percentage of Canadian jobs at high risk of becoming automated. Some 36% of jobs are at low risk, less vulnerable to automation. 1% of jobs could become fully automated. Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship   2038 Approximately

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Report finds driver confusion over vehicle data
May 20, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  Nearly three-quarters of Canadian consumers believe they should own the data their vehicles produce, according to a survey commissioned by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA). Some 74% of 2,061 survey respondents believe they’re the rightful owners of

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Collapse in kilometres driven a worry for the aftermarket: DesRosiers
May 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The significant drop in kilometres driven is among the biggest concerns for the Canadian aftermarket, say analysts at DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC). In their most recent report on the impact of the current public health emergency on the automotive industry,

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IHS Markit lowers estimates for global vehicle sales, production
May 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

IHS Markit has revised its forecasts for global light vehicle sales and production as the impact COVID-19 impact has depressed demand even further than originally expected. According to new analysis, global light vehicle sales are now forecast to be 69.6

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Kukui launches text message program for shops
April 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Kukui is offering shops free access to its new text messaging program until June 30. Shops that sign up will be able to use the new Text Connect Platform for free. Designed to help shops employ new ways to stay in

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Millennial automotive purchase intent on the rise
April 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The global automotive industry is currently facing serious economic headwinds and declining sales, leaving industry players wondering if millennials – who currently make up one-third of the world’s population – will drive the industry forward or break from past generations

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Covid-19 impact is felt at dealerships: DesRosiers
April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Canadian new-vehicle sales numbers dropped dramatically in the second half of March, according to recent data from DesRosier Automotive Consultants. Auto sales dropped 48% for the month, as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic started to be felt. “New light