Hindsight in Automotive Oil Changing

It is fun to look back every so often and see if the industry analysts where correct or not. More often then not they are incorrect. Hindsight is always 20/20 as they say. The oil change industry is no exception either. In January of 2002 there were some pretty aggressive predictions made in the fast lube industry.

This was right before a major player Penske Auto Services at all the local Kmarts, took a big hit with 500 Kmart stores closing. I also see a new trend with Wal*Mart lowering prices and killing business due to the cost issue. Everyone want a good deal and an oil change from Wal-Mart is just that at $12.95. According to the bureau of statistics there is a shortage of over 60,000 auto technicians in the industry now and growing; big problem for service. No one seemed to mention the shortages leading up to 2000. Unemployment is also a significant factor because people were be cutting costs, that means going to Wal*Mart for $12.95 oil changes instead of industry averages of $26.95.

Training is also still an issue. Turn-over was an issue but may not be in the future. For

Insist on OEM Auto Body Parts

One of the easiest ways to get ripped off in the automotive world is by having a body shop use cheap, third-party auto body parts on your car repair. Like all auto parts, body parts have a tremendous markup, and if you don’t know what you are doing, it can be easy to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous repair centers. Insisting on using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts will secure that your repair job comes off perfectly, and you wind up with a vehicle that is “as good as new.”

Unfortunately, fender-benders and accidents can happen, and at these times car owners can become understandably flustered and confused. The entire process of dealing with insurance companies, filing police reports, and seeking estimates from body shops can be a bit overwhelming. It’s not surprising then, that many people just want to put the entire experience behind them, and they rush through the process of having their auto repaired.

But this can be a big mistake in several ways. For example, unless you specify the type of parts you would like to use on your repair, and are prepared to oversee the repair to make sure it

Hero Honda Achiever and the Company’s Future

I have recently been riding around on the Hero Honda Achiever, as part of my fun-job of an automotive writer for Hindustan Times. The Achiever is a good bike but is caught in the quicksand of mediocrity. It would have been a great bike about a year back but now with the Pulsar DTSFi just around the corner and the Honda Unicorn firmly established, the Achiever is nothing but a plug, a plug for the premium segment hole left in the Hero Honda boat, rocked by falling sales of the once-wonderful but now Triassic CBZ.

Sure, the styling is good but it looks done half-heartedly. The bike lacks the edginess of the Apache, the harmonic imbalance of the Unicorn and the swoopiness of the Pulsar. The engine is smooth but anything coming from the Unicorn’s womb would be. Sure the Achiever irons out all of CBZ’s deficiencies, but that is too little, a too late.

So will the Achiever sell? Sure! An average Hero Honda showroom gets as many footfalls as my neighbourhood mall and some of these should fall for the Achiever. But is the Achiever going to achieve anything? Nah!

Talking of Achiever

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

Things to Note Before Buying Rebuilt Auto Parts

Buying rebuilt auto parts for your car is a good day to save money. However, it is essential to be a little careful when buying the rebuilt car or truck parts or else you might end up buying a waste. It is important that you buy useful accessories for your car & truck from a well known dealer or else he may dupe you. It is best to enquire about the automotive parts seller before you buy any. Buying these parts from a local vendor can be risky and he may dupe you with useless products.

Make sure that you buy certified ones for your vehicle this will ensure that you get good quality products at low rate and tend to save more.

Before you purchase your rebuilt truck parts, it is best to compare the part and its price with those offered by other sellers. It is possible for you to come up with a better deal at a cheaper price. It is sometimes better to buy used automotive parts over new ones as many times the rebuilt parts are in good working condition. Investing in these can help you to save more and still

Buy Original Toyota Parts to Get New Experience of Motoring

Toyota is the world’s third largest manufacturer of automobiles in unit sales and in net sales, celebrated as world’s largest automaker, largely because of it stupendous sales record. It’s mainly focused on development of the automotive industry and the creation of employment opportunities, not only through its dealer network, but also through appurtenant industries.

It is by far the largest Japanese automotive manufacturer, producing more than 5.5 million vehicles per year, equivalent to one every six seconds. Toyota believes in localizing its operations to provide customers with the products they need where they need them; this philosophy builds mutually beneficial long-term relationships with local suppliers and helps the company fulfill its commitments to local labor.

When you follow the recommended Toyota maintenance schedule, you can be sure that your car will operate smoothly for many years to come. Keeping up with the regular maintenance on your car will provide you with peace of mind and long-term savings. When you buy a new Toyota, it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. In order to keep this warranty intact, you need to make sure you maintain the car according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Maintenance is an important part

Automotive Alarm System And Accessory For Hyundai

All is good for you with a Hyundai car alarm which is a new system that is in place for your car’s security purposes. This system is aimed at protecting your investments from both damage and theft. This company deals with installing quality alarm devices to keep you on toes whenever a stranger touches your car.

Hyundai indicator system produces an alerting noise drawing your attention over what is taking place with your car, in case somebody a part from you attempts to interfere with your car. It is very clear that, Hyundai alarms have fitted alarms which are activated by the remote key when you are nearing your automobile. There are also those cars that are not installed with this important device-car alarm. In this case therefore, you are requested to come up with one and install in your auto to overcome this overwhelming problem of theft.

With this system installed in your vehicle, be assured of maximum protection against theft cases with your property. Actually nobody could like to have his car broken into. This system is safeguarding your car down the road. Car alarms system is all over the world as so many