• 2015

The Fix – Qualify and Inform Technicians

MRC    Repair Tips    The Fix

MORE CARS ON THE ROAD MEANS YOU’LL NEED MORE QUALIFIED AND INFORMED TECHNICIANS TO ENSURE YOUR SHOP IS UP FOR THE JOB.

WelderIconI-CAR’s third-quarter product launch includes important course updates on aluminum welding, vehicle repair and custom painting techniques. The updated training courses are aimed at collision repair shops and are part of the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP).

(Source: I-Car.com)

 



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Big increases in the VIO (vehicles in operation) for the next five years means big opportunity for the repair industry and aftermarket.

 


 

BatteryIconDepending on the severity of duty, the average life of a car battery is four years. Test batteries on anything 2012 and older.

(Source: U.S. News & World Report)

 


 

ServiceIconAccording to a 2014 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report there were 633,390 persons employed as “automotive service technicians and mechanics.” 229,720 worked in the category of automotive repair and maintenance, 219,290 worked in automobile dealerships.

 


 

ChartFollowing virtually no growth from 2007-2013, the vehicles in operation (VIO–cars and light trucks) total is expected to increase by more than 33 million units from 2014-2020.

(Source: Lang Marketing)

 

 


 

 

Block1The mean hourly wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the U.S. in 2014 was $19.22. According to payscale.com, that figure will continue to increase in 2015.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

 


 

 

BlocksAutomotive body and related repairers tallied 137,140 in May 2014 and earned a mean hourly wage of $21.09 — a figure that will grow in 2015. The total does not include painters or auto glass installers.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

 


 

BrakeIconIt is safe to use brake rotors that meet or exceed the FCA US LLC factory minimum spec on late model Chrysler 300 vehicles, but brake pedal pulsation is more common as rotors get thinner. Once a rotor is machined below the FCA US minimum spec they are no longer safe and need to be replaced.

 


 

Customers have more disposable income to spend on custom paint jobs thanks to a rebounding economy. Chrysler 300 vehicles are one of the more popular vehicles for this treatment. Make sure your paint techs are up to date on the latest trends to prepare for increased demand.

(Source: IBISWorld)

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