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March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Rising Parts Costs Drive Vehicle Thefts

Research from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows that vehicle parts can bring in about 70% of the full cost of the car. Grapahic courtesy of NICB

Thefts of vehicles in the U.S. rose again last year by more than 4%, according to preliminary 2017 crime data from the FBI. Many of the vehicles that are recovered are missing wheels and rims or other key parts.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Parts Management, Parts and Service, Crime

March 7, 2018 - Product News

Valvoline Offers Oil for Natural Gas, Diesel, and Gasoline Engines

Valvoline's Premium Blue One Solution 9200 engine oil is approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines. Image: Valvoline

Valvoline says its new Premium Blue One Solution 9200 is the first engine oil approved for use in natural gas, diesel, and gasoline engines.

Tags: TMC, Valvoline, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engine Oils, Valvoline Premium Blue

February 23, 2018 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicles Pose Washing Dilemma

Photo via Visitor7/Wikimedia.

Autonomous vehicles need to be cleaned more often than regular cars but putting them through an automated car wash could actually cause other hazardous issues, according to a CNN report.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Vehicle Washing, Fully Autonomous

February 23, 2018 - Industry News

Mavis, Express Oil Merger to Create 830-Store Network

Photo via Mavis Discount Tire.

The owners of Mavis Discount Tire stores and Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers outlets have agreed to merge, creating an independent automotive service platform made up of more than 830 outlets in the U.S.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil Change, Maintenance Management

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Tire Shipments Set 2017 Records

Tread of a ULP Ultra Drive Retread Tire courtesy of Michelin North America.

The domestic tire industry reached two milestones in 2017. Replacement truck tire shipments totaled 19.2 million units, a record high.

Tags: Truck Tires, Tires, Trends, Replacement Parts

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Laney's Inc. Announces Fleet Coordinator


Paul Hanson, CAFM, was named fleet and facilities coordinator at Laney’s Inc. in Fargo, N.D.

Tags: New Hire, Service Fleets, Maintenance Management, Compliance

February 2, 2018 - Press Release

Wheels Celebrates Anniversary of Maintenance Program

Wheels, Inc. has celebrated the 45th anniversary of its Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP), the Des Plaines, Ill.-based fleet management company announced.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Maintenance Management, Wheels Inc.

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Cargill Names Fleet Maintenance Manager


Jayson Cinotto was named fleet maintenance manager for Cargill in Wichita, Kan.

Tags: Coca-Cola, New Hire, Maintenance Management

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Top 10 Vehicle Repairs Ranked

Photo via Pexels.

Replacing wiper blades ranks behind only an oil and oil filter change among the most common vehicle repairs, according to new research conducted by IMR Inc.

Tags: Motor Oil, Filters, Wiper Blades, Maintenance Management, Preventive Maintenance

January 23, 2018 - Press Release

Pennsylvania Vehicle Management Bureau Deploys CalAmp Tool

The partnership between Pennsylvania and CalAmp is intended to reduce costs and increase efficiency of the Commonwealth's Bureau of Vehicle Management.

Tags: Pennsylvania, CalAmp, Telematics

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Michelin Sells TCi Stores, Retread Shop to Independent Dealers

Michelin North America Inc. has sold four Tire Centers stores and a TCi retread plant to two independent commercial tire dealers.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, TCI, Mergers & Acquisitions, Parts and Service

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Opens Second Parts Distribution Center in 2017

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler has opened its second Mopar parts distribution center in 2017, this one located in the metro Detroit area.

Tags: Mopar, Parts and Service, FCA

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Maven Selects Element Fleet Management for Maintenance Services

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors' Maven carsharing service has chosen Element Fleet Management to provide maintenance and accident services for its fleet across the United States.

Tags: Carsharing, General Motors, Element Fleet Management, Maven, Accident Management, Preventive Maintenance

November 28, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Launches Roadside Service Solution

Graphic courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab is offering a service designed to reduce vehicle downtime via a comprehensive roadside assistance management solution.

Tags: Telematics, Roadside Assistance, Geotab

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

ARI to Test Alexa Voice Commands for Fleet Data

Photo of Echo via Amazon.

ARI will begin testing an Amazon Alexa app that will allow its fleet clients to access their fleet data and the company's web portal with voice commands.

Tags: Voice Recognition, ARI, Fleet Management Companies, Fleet Events, Amazon Alexa

November 3, 2017 - Product News

Audatex Launches Vehicle Health Check

The new product is a next-generation vehicle scan, diagnostic and repair solution to ensure the health of vehicles after collision or mechanical repairs.

Tags: Collision Repair, Diagnostics, Safety

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

Photo: Steven Martinez

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Tops CR's Reliability Report, Again

Photo of 2017 Tacoma courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota remains at the top of Consumer Reports' annual reliability study, while Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Subaru showed the biggest improvement from the 2016 survey.

Tags: Toyota, Consumer Reports, Maintenance Management

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, CK-4, Shell Rotella, Ford Super Duty, Ford

October 4, 2017 - Press Release

Bar's Products Acquires Hy-Per Lube Corp.

Bar's Products has purchased Hy-Per Lube Corp.'s lubricants business, and will continue to offer Hy-Per Lube brand additives alongside Bar's Leaks and Rislone.

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

VW Expands 6-Year/72K Warranty Across Lineup

Photo of the 2018-MY Golf family courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen is rolling out six-year or 72,000-mile warranties across most of its vehicle lineup after first introducing the warranties in April on its new 2018 SUVs, including the Atlas and Tiguan.

Tags: Volkswagen, Warranty, 2018-MY

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away


Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

August 21, 2017 - Product News

Element Offers Maintenance, Windshield Repair Scheduling on Mobile Devices

Screenshots courtesy of Element.

Element Fleet Management has begun offering maintenance scheduling through its Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app with Firestone Complete Auto Care (FCAC), Tires Plus, and windshield repair scheduling with Safelite AutoGlass locations.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Fleet Services, Fleet Management Companies, Mobile Apps, Element Fleet Management

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 12 Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Pep Boys lists 12 commonly made maintenance mistakes that can be costly in the long run.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Pep Boys, Safety


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