Gas prices are down. Seasonal travel miles are up. The outlook for independent repair facilities continues to be favorable. Here are more helpful industry nuggets:
When last reported by IHS Automotive, the average age of vehicles on the road was 11.4 years. Population of vehicles 12-plus years old is expected to increase.
Be current on AWD repair. Consumers are choosing AWD systems more each year. New vehicle sales in 2015 could include almost 30 percent with AWD if predictions are accurate.
Nearly 50 percent of positive past experience. 11,500 vehicles studied had at least one tire with half-worn tread. Another 10 percent had at least one bald tire.
Shop owners agree the leading reason for customers to return to your shop for future needs is a positive past experience.
Worn shocks at 50 percent efficiency can increase stopping distances due to the tires losing contact with the road surface.
It is estimated that 80 percent of vehicle owners want someone else to service their vehicle vs. do-it-yourself. Over 250 million units are in operation.