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R. I. P. - 15 CAR MODELS BEING DISCONTINUED THIS YEAR.

By Allen L Phillips Car models come and go.  Following is the 2017 discontinued list compiled by Forbes: Volkswagen Touareg                                     2004 - 2017 Volkswagen CC                                             2009 - 2017 Smart For Two                                               2008 - 2017 Nissan Quest     ... read more

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES THREATEN AUTO REPAIR SHOPS

By Allen L Phillips California's wildfires are affecting members of the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), an association of repair shop owners, of which Del Mar Automotive is a member.  The information we have so far only affects shops in the Santa Rosa fire area.  One shop owner has lost his home - no one was home at the time so they only have the clothes on their backs - but their shop is open.  Several more are threatened. ASCCA has set up a go fund me site to collect contributions to help our people get back on their feet.  It is a general fund that will apply to any other fires in California as well.  Your help is appreciated.  The link is below.  You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser. https://www.gofundme.com/ascca-ca-wild-fire-relief-fund

WILL MOVE TO ELECTRIC CARS CAUSE INDUSTRY TO SHRINK?

Some governments are pondering electric car mandates while some manufacturers are saying 'hey, slow down'. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-frankfurt-electrics/carmakers-face-electric-reality-as-combustion-engine-outlook-dims-idUSKCN1BN00X    

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELAXES CONSTRAINTS ON DRIVERLESS CAR DEVELOPMENT

In an effort to unleash the creative forces that have historically driven domestic economic development, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new rules for driverless cars.  Click on the following link: Driverless-car rules loosen: U.S. regulator stops demanding safety assessments

J.D. Power: Independents Outshining Dealerships in Customer Service

  Sept. 6, 2017—Results from the J.D. Power U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study suggest that, while new car dealership auto repair shops are catching up, consumers are still feeling the love for their independents, reported Driving. The study was performed on owners of 4- to 12-year-old vehicles, the critical point for dealership service centers. The largest gap in the results reported was in the shiny and pretty: On a scale of 1,000, dealers scored 746 points for “facility experience” to the non-dealers 681. Big screen televisions, fancy coffee makers, leather chairs and potte ... read more

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE LABOR DAY 2017 SHOP HOURS

  We will close at noon on Friday, September 1st and re-open at 7:30 on Tuesday, September 5th. Labor day became a federal holiday in 1894 honoring the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Interestingly, more than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1st, the ancient European holiday of May Day. Everybody please stay safe out there over the holiday

ARE GOVERNMENT PROVING GROUNDS FOR SELF DRIVING CARS IN OUR FUTURE?

  In January of this year the Department of Transportation announced plans for 10 proving grounds (PG's)for "automated cars" (AV's).  These proving grounds, or AVPG's will be situated in different places around the country.  Unfortunately, no budget money has yet been set aside for this purpose. Read the details here: http://www.searchautoparts.com/aftermarket-business/opinion-commentary-distribution/automated-vehicle-proving-grounds-running-fundi?utm_campaign=AMBW%20alert&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=55520766&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--b1WAvVFk54SvLE7qoNpxGWqepyC29yoKsIkEnBEv44mzdklRJadjoDJro6eP95hyj7rGVveeRZJEjKq8RZXaewMtoyQ&_hsmi

4TH OF JULY WEEKEND HOURS

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

FOLLOW THE MONEY: CALIFORNIA AB 1274

  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 equ ... read more

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

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 ... read more

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