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AutoTrader’s top industry trends
January 24, 2024 by Adam Malik

A recent study took a look at Canadian car-buying patterns, evolving preferences, and the resilience of consumers amid economic turbulence. AutoTrader’s Automotive Trends Outlook sheds light on what Canadians are thinking about for their future vehicles and how the industry

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How much payroll taxes are increasing this year
January 24, 2024 by Adam Malik

Canadians will see a decrease in their take-home pay and employers will see a rise in payroll expenses as of January 1. The changes are due to increases in Employment Insurance (EI) and changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP),

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Barriers shop owners face in EV, ADAS prep
January 23, 2024 by Adam Malik

Most shop owners are preparing for the upcoming technological challenges of servicing electric vehicles and those equipped with advanced driver assistance systems — but they certainly expect challenges ahead. Advisory firm Roland Berger partnered with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance

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The budget friendly EVs consumers are looking for
January 23, 2024 by Adam Malik

A recent report found that the Tesla Model 3 is the top choice for car shoppers when looking for an electric vehicle for under $50,000 (all prices in U.S. dollars). This ranking was put together by Cash for Clunkers and

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Hertz unloading EVs for ICE
January 23, 2024 by Adam Malik

High costs of repair are pushing rental giant Hertz to sell off its electric vehicle rental fleet in favour of internal combustion engines for its customers. In all, Hertz plans to sell 20,000 EVs, about a third of its entire

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Alliance adds new field sales manager
January 22, 2024 by Adam Malik

Kendall Schaus has been promoted to field sales manager with the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. The move was effective January 1. In her new role, she will focus on Alliance member sales efforts including national service retail chain accounts and

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Drive fluids for Teslas from Pentosin
January 22, 2024 by Adam Malik

CRP Automotive has introduced its latest Pentosin automotive fluids for use on some of the most popular Tesla models. The program consists of two electrical drive fluids (EDF) designed for Tesla models ranging from model years 2009 to 2021. Pentosin

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Details on what SMP released last year
January 22, 2024 by Adam Malik

Standard Motor Products announced that it released 2,626 new part numbers in 2023. Its December release provided new coverage in 71 product categories and 128 part numbers for 2022-2024 model-year vehicles. Standard’ hybrid and electric vehicle program saw an expansion,

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QualityPro adds wheel hub and bearing assembly coverage
January 22, 2024 by Adam Malik

Alltech Automotive will add 57 SKUs to its QualityPro brand of wheel hub and bearing assemblies in early 2024, providing U.S. coverage for more than 27 million vehicles in operation. Its wheel hubs come presealed and pregreased for integrated advanced

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Why wages will keep going up
January 19, 2024 by Adam Malik

The unemployment rate is currently too low in Canada and affecting many areas of the employment sector, an economist told automotive professionals recently. Thomas Feltmate, senior economist at TD Bank told attendees of the Canadian Black Book Talk Auto 2023

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New partnership to enhance ocean shipping in the aftermarket
January 19, 2024 by Adam Malik

The group representing OE and aftermarket suppliers announced a partnership to enhance purchasing power with ocean shippers. MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association has collaborated with Gemini Shippers Association to provide top-tier international transportation procurement services to the automotive OEM and

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How to keep up with consumer change
January 18, 2024 by Adam Malik

Consumer behaviour around what they expect from their local automotive repair shop has changed. Your shop needs to keep pace, urged an industry expert. Customers are looking for ease of doing business with you online. Ben Johnson, director of product