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BMW’s ReachNow Updates

BMW’s ReachNow Updates

We can’t call ReachNow a car-sharing service anymore. Why? Because everything changed this week. BMW, with its massive investments into ReachNow, has now shifted the company to become a ride-hailing service. For those that don’t understand the distinction, please bear with me. This move makes ReachNow a direct competitor to Uber and Lyft – at least in Seattle – for now. The goal is to expand ride hailing across many more cities throughout the remainder of the year. This will…

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10 Attributes of Successful Shops

10 Attributes of Successful Shops

There are just always some things that you can do to get better. And when it comes to a repair shop, there is a lot to manage at once. The best shops and shop owners are the ones that gain a competitive advantage by doing things that other shops aren’t. While these tactics do take a little extra effort, the pay-off usually comes back quickly and exponentially. To help you gain clarity on the characteristics that could help your shop…

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35% of Drivers Don’t Know When To Replace Their Tires

35% of Drivers Don’t Know When To Replace Their Tires

Perhaps its our society’s aversion for the word “balding,” but studies have shown that Americans don’t know how to tell when their tires are going bad. This is concerning for many safety reasons, but it also shows how much consumers rely on the expertise of their local mechanics. Truth be told, if drivers didn’t take their cars in for oil changes, they’d most likely never know to check out the health of their tires. Take it for what it’s worth,…

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What’s the Worst Car Ever Made?

What’s the Worst Car Ever Made?

We don’t want to be mean, but it sometimes fun to look back and recognize the failures that have paved the way for auto manufacturers everywhere. While there are a lot of different acceptable answers to this broad question, we wanted to dig up a lesser known one. We’re confident this car will surprise and delight you with its unmistakable inferior features. If we just chose to overview the lousy cars we’re all familiar with in this piece, you’d be…

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7 Simple Ways Your Repair Shop Can Increase Customer Happiness

7 Simple Ways Your Repair Shop Can Increase Customer Happiness

Only a few short years ago, auto repair shops garnered more customers in the traditional way. They did great work, made customers happy, and paved the way for customer referrals and word of mouth. These days, everything is quite different. The internet is flooded with social network recommendations, directory services, and review sites that are used by all types of customers looking for the best options. Because of this, tech-savvy shops with decent advertising budgets have the ability to steal…

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No More Hold Times

No More Hold Times

How Much Time Do You Spend on the Phone? I’d like for you to really think about the answer to this question. How often are you making or taking calls that simply aren’t productive? If you’re like the many auto repair professionals that we’ve interviewed, you’re likely spending an unnecessary amount of time on the phone. The worst part is – it’s costing you more business. No Hold Times… Ever Our team of Part Nerds are so adept at helping…

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Waiting for My Model 3 (Part 2)

Waiting for My Model 3 (Part 2)

It has now been more than two years since I placed my pre-order for the Model 3. I remember staying up late the night of March 19, 2015. I was grinning from ear-to-ear knowing that my wife had already agreed to making the investment into an affordable electric vehicle. After all, my current lease was slated to expire a year later, which I assumed at the time would make for perfect timing for the transition. Without much hesitation, I placed…

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Renault to Merge with Nissan

Renault to Merge with Nissan

Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. have been in merger discussions recently. Both parties are seeking to solidify their two-decade-old alliance under a single entity as an unprecedented shift toward electric and shared cars continues to transform the auto industry. Renault currently owns 43 percent of Nissan, and Nissan owns a 15 percent stake in its French counterpart. Carlos Ghosn, the chairman of both companies, is driving the negotiations and would run the combined company. The newly created entity would…

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Tesla’s START Program is Training Electric Car Mechanics

Tesla’s START Program is Training Electric Car Mechanics

Tesla has launched a new automotive training program with colleges and universities around the country. The program is called ‘Tesla START, and it is designed to train a new generation of electric car technicians to work specifically on their vehicles. Tesla has always had a difficult time finding great technicians. After all, when you create a completely new product, experience is mostly nullified. Skills have to be learned. Until recently, Tesla has had to rely solely on poaching talent from…

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