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Illustration by Armie Bautista. Maintenance Costs Increase with Longer Service Lives, Recalls
Doing CY-2014, passenger car CPM maintenance costs were up 13 percent as the average age of units in operation increased due to fewer companies engaging in vehicle shortcycling and recalls caused a double-digit spike in rental costs.
Photo via Pixabay. Extended Lifecycles Increase Passenger Car Tire Expenses
The decrease in vehicle shortcycling by commercial fleets has resulted in more vehicles in operation with higher mileages, which necessitate a second or third set of replacement tires during the course of a vehicle's service life.
Illustration by Armie Bautista. Extended Service Intervals Help To Keep PM Costs Flat
Fleets continue to see OEM "recommended" and "required" scheduled service intervals extended, such as fluid changes, spark plugs, transmission services, and timing belts, which help keep preventive maintenance costs flat.
Photo courtesy of Schwan's Home Service. Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas
Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.
Photo via Automotive Fleet Fleet Management 2025 Forecast: Vehicle Maintenance
Most agree that many of the trends we are experiencing today will continue for the next decade; however, technology, in particular vehicle connectivity, will have a dramatic impact on how vehicles will be maintained in the future.

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Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.
Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair
General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.
Photo courtesy of Service King Collision Repair Centers.
Service King Expands in Chicago Area
The collision repair company acquires Loro Auto Works, which operated a location in Oak Park.
ABRA Auto Body and Glass Adds N.C. Locations
The collision repair giant acquires four Interstate Glass centers in the Raleigh area.
Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.
Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases
The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire named one of top Ultra-High Performance Tires. Photo courtesy of Michelin
Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands
Consumer Reports has named Michelin as the Best Tire Brand by its tire-testing team. The brands that performed the best after Michelin were Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli.
Photo courtesy of GM.
Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back
General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes
This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.
Photo of 2016 Range Rover Evoque courtesy of Land Rover.
Range Rover Evoque Adds Pair of Diesels for 2016
Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque will get two new diesel engines for a 2016 model-year update to improve fuel efficiency for the compact luxury SUV.
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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Wash.
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national collision repair company, announced the acquisition of seven collision repair centers in the state of Washington.
Photo courtesy of Service King Collision Repair Centers.
Service King Expands in Seattle, Philadelphia
The collision repair giant now has 13 locations in the Seattle area and 12 in the Philadelphia market.

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