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    Posted on 30, June, 2017

    Del Mar Automotive will be closed Monday and Tuesday, the 3rd and 4th, to celebrate the birth of our Country.  God bless America.


    Posted on 27, June, 2017


    The California legislature is at it again with assembly bill 1274 (AB 1274) which would double the period that new cars are exempt from smog testing from four to eight years.

    • Consumers will get hit in the "pocket book", because expensive vehicle emissions repair costs that are currently covered by the manufacturer will fall outside the California and Federal warranty period, driving up costs to consumers.
    • The bill will have a detrimental impact on the environment. High mileage vehicles that have emission related problems will be allowed to operate and pollute the air for an additional two years. This harms our environment and is counterintuitive to laws to clean up the air.
    • Extending the exemption 2 years will reduce the need for smog inspections thus causing shops to drop out of the program which means less choice for consumers and higher costs for smog check inspections.  
    • The bill is unfair to many small businesses that financially invested in the equipment and technician training because they relied on representations made by the state to maintain a strong clean air program. Changing rules midstream is not only unfair but will cause many smog stations to close and lay off employees.

    The above bullet points came in a "member action alert" from the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), of which our company, Del Mar Automotive, is a member.

    Son/partner Todd, raised the question as to why?  Why would our state legislature go against their history of protecting the environment with this bill?  We found the answer in the bill's text which imposes an annual $24 "smog abatement fee", in years seven and eight, on all vehicle owners.  That $48 is about equal to what a smog test costs (normally required every two years) so legislators can glibly tell consumers that their cost is the same.

    The difference is that AB 1274 takes money that would have gone to smog test shops all over the state and converts it into direct revenue.  Another blow to small business.

    Contact your California legislators and tell them to vote no on this blatant money grab!

    By Allen L Phillips


  • Report finds ridesharing is used to supplement, not replace, personal vehicles

    Posted on 15, June, 2017

    Ridesharing usage actually increased the likelihood that current vehicle owners would purchase another vehicle within the next five years, according to the study.


    June 14, 2017


    With the rise of Uber and alternate transport options for consumers, car makers (OEMs) are rightfully concerned about the impact the increased usage of these options will have on consumers' interest in purchasing future vehicles. A new report from the Automotive Connected Mobility (ACM) service at Strategy Analytics "Impact of Ride Sharing Frequency on Vehicle Purchase Intention", has found that ridesharing usage may not negatively impact the future vehicle purchase intention of current vehicle owners.


    Key report findings include:

    • Ridesharing usage actually increased the likelihood that current vehicle owners would purchase another vehicle within the next five years. This was true across the US, Europe, and China.
    • Frequent ridesharing users that also own their own vehicle had greater transportation needs than those that don't. Ridesharing fills a niche that is convenient but will not supplant their personal vehicle.
    • Millennials that had no children and used ridesharing at least once a week were less likely to purchase another vehicle within the next five years than all respondents that had children.

    "The question of how emerging transportation options like ridesharing and car-sharing will impact vehicle sales is a very complex one to answer," said Chris Schreiner, report author and Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP. "Issues of cost, convenience, usability, privacy, type of journey, and length of journey all impact transportation choices. Frequent ridesharing users do not seem likely to delay their next vehicle purchase, but it is still possible that they might choose a less expensive or lower class vehicle. Alternatively, they may choose to downsize their fleet from three vehicles to two.


    "However, it is prudent to note that external factors such as ridesharing competition reducing end user costs, expanded availability and autonomous taxis, all have the ability to negatively affect consumers' future purchase decisions," adds Kevin Nolan, vice president, UXIP. 

    [Editor's note: In order to download the full report through the link provided above users will need to register for a paid account on]

  • Hyundai recalls almost 600,000 vehicles

    Posted on 15, June, 2017

    Hyundai Motor America is recalling more than 437,000 Santa Fe vehicles in the U.S. to fix a hood latch that could unexpectedly open while driving.

    Vesna Brajkovic

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    June 15, 2017

    Hyundai is recalling almost 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix hood latch and parking brake warning light problems.

    2013-17 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Recall

    Hyundai Motor America is recalling more than 437,000 Santa Fe vehicles in the U.S. to fix a hood latch that could unexpectedly open while driving.

    Vehicles affected include Model Year 2013 to 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles.

    The secondary hood latch cable has the potential to corrode and bind, according to the recall document provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which can cause the secondary hood latch to remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

    2015-16 Hyundai Genesis and Sonata Recall

    Hyundai also has a second recall out for 161,000 Model Year 2015 and 2016 Genesis and Sonata vehicles for a parking brake warning light malfunction.

    Corrosion of the parking brake switch contacts may intermittently not allow the warning light that shows that the parking brake is engaged to illuminate, which may result in a driver operating the vehicles with the brake partially engaged. Although, Hyundai is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

    Warning signs of this occurring include:

    1. Effect on vehicle acceleration

    2. Parking brake noise

    3. Parking brake “drag”

    4. Smoke and/or smell from driving with applied parking brake

    According to the recall document provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Model Year 2015 through 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedans equipped with a manual parking brake produced at Hyundai Motor Company beginning on November 20, 2013 through February 25, 2015 are affected.

    Model Year 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Sonata sedans equipped with a manual parking brake produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama beginning on April 25, 2014 through March 03, 2015 are affected.

    Starting June 30, dealers will replace the latch cable and parking brake switch to applicable vehicles free of charge.

    Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to for more information on recalls.



    Posted on 26, May, 2017

    Del Mar Automotive will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

    A little history: According to Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.  By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.   

    It has become established tradition for many people to visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.  And many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

    Annual Decoration Days are still held at some cemeteries in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles.  People gather and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the grounds," the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.

    Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.