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MCLEAN, Va., June 21, 2018 -- In the June 2018 Used Car and Light Truck Guidelines Industry Update, analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services note the used vehicle market turned a typical performance in May. As a result, the J.D. Power Valuation Services' Seasonally Adjusted Used Vehicle Price Index remained flat, compared to April at 117.0. May's index increased 3.1 points year over year, and 2.5 points above where it sat in January.

Highlights from the free monthly report also point out:

Wholesale Prices Decline in May

Prices fall by an average of 1.7%

Used Vehicle Price Index Remains Unchanged

Index holds at 117.0

INRIX predicts travel times during the holiday week will double compared to normal trips

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 21, 2018) – A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

“This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “Confident consumers with additional disposable income will look to spend on travel this holiday, building on an already busy summer travel season.”

In addition to strong economic variables, the expected increase in travelers this year is helped by Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers more flexibility to schedule a trip the weekend before or after the holiday. The Independence Day holiday period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.

By the Numbers: 2018 Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast

Durango Pursuit now features a new front fascia with integrated brake-cooling air ducts for improved brake performance and durability

A performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension joins Durango Pursuit for 2019 and bolsters control and stability

Dodge is taking its new Durango Pursuit to the Big Easy, introducing the new 2019 model at the 2018 National Sheriffs' Association Show, June 15-19 in New Orleans.

"Dodge already leads the police pursuit sedan business with the proven Charger Pursuit, and we believe the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit SUV will expand our appeal to an even broader audience and take our game to the next level in terms of performance," said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT, FCA - North America. "The Durango gives law enforcement agencies even more of what they want: a more spacious interior room, a higher ride height, HEMI® V-8 performance and efficiency."

New for 2019, the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit features a new front fascia with integrated brake-cooling air ducts for improved brake performance and durability. Durango Pursuit also now features a performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension to bolster control and stability, enhancing its Pursuit-level driving capabilities.

China dominates the market with over half of global sales

Next frontier of growth will be battery-electric/fuel-cell hybrids

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 - Over 70 million light-duty battery-electric vehicles will be sold in 2032 compared to less than a million sold in 2017, according to a market research report published by Information Trends. The battery-electric vehicle sales in 2032 will be almost half of the overall light-duty vehicles sold that year.

"We are witnessing a seismic shift in the auto market that parallels the mobile phone revolution," said Naqi Jaffery, the lead author of the report. Besides the transition to electrified vehicles, this shift encompasses autonomous driving and connected vehicles.

The report, "Global Market for Battery-Electric Vehicles," says that the primary factor contributing to the phenomenal growth of electric vehicles are government incentives and subsidies. The economies of scale resulting from the swift uptake of these vehicles, however, will lead to considerable declines in costs, making government incentives and subsidies unnecessary.

"While battery-electric vehicles are the short-term beneficiaries of the transition to clean energy, we will eventually see widespread adoption of battery-electric/fuel-cell hybrid vehicles," Jaffery said. These hybrid vehicles will have more than double the range of internal combustion engines, besides offering all the other advantages of electric mobility.

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 14, 2018 -- Despite steadily increasing premiums, auto insurance customers are more satisfied with their carriers than ever. The reason? According to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Auto Insurance Study,SM released today, insurers are beginning to get the customer interaction formula right, offering a mix of digital and live interactions that keep customers engaged with their brands across all channels.

"Cost is not the sole indicator of customer satisfaction in the auto insurance industry," said Robert Lajdziak, Insurance Practice Business Consultant at J.D. Power. "Low prices may attract new customers, but it's service that keeps them. The auto insurers that increase customer satisfaction across all facets of the customer experience make price just one part of the overall relationship."

More frequent use of digital interaction channels—particularly for monthly billing—also has played a major role in driving higher levels of satisfaction. "Customer satisfaction is at its highest when customers take care of transactions themselves and save the high-value interactions for live channels," Lajdziak said. "However, the increasing demand and use of digital self-service options is putting pressure on agents to evolve their value proposition to offer more products and services to help customers with complex needs and risks."

Following are some of the key findings of the 2018 study:

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2018) – Consumers are spending $69 more a month to fill-up compared to last summer. According to AAA, gasoline expenses are accounting, on average, for seven percent of an American’s 2018 annual income, a one and half percent increase since summer of 2017. With strong summer consumer gasoline demand expected in the months ahead, AAA says motorists can expect little relief at the pump with the national gas price average ranging between $2.85 – $3.05 through Labor Day.

“Motorists can expect to spend at least $250 more on gas this season, but that won’t stop them from traveling. Summer is synonymous with road trips and vacation and we are not going to see Americans are giving up this pastime this year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The higher gas prices may just encourage travelers to shorten their driving distance. While others may pinch pennies by eating out less or finding more free family-fun activities while on vacation.”

According to a AAA survey conducted earlier this year, only one in three (33 percent) respondents said they would change travel plans if gas prices hit $3, while nearly half (47 percent) say $3.50 would be the game changer for their summer plans.

As vacationers hit the road, they will find a quarter (25 percent) of all gas stations across the country are selling gas for more than $3/gallon. That is a stark difference from one year ago when only 5 percent of stations touted the $3 or more mark. The chart below compares the percentage of stations per state selling gas for $3.01 or more today versus one year ago.

Don’t Let Your Tank Break Your Bank.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 7, 2018) – Afternoon downpours could spell disaster for millions of road trippers this summer, thanks to an unlikely suspect – tires. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet — more than the length of a semi-trailer truck — when compared to new tires. With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.

“Tires are what keep a car connected to the road,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction, and AAA’s testing shows that wear has a significant impact on how quickly a vehicle can come to a stop in wet conditions to avoid a crash.”

In partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, AAA conducted testing to understand performance differences at highway speeds between new all-season tires and those worn to a tread depth of 4/32” on wet pavement. AAA research found that:

Cash For Your Crash Collision Repair | Campus Body Salon Tempe AZ

No one wants to be involved in an accident, but unfortunately, we all know it happens. The whole process of dealing with the situation at the scene, to contacting your insurance company, to choosing a repair facility, etc. can be quite frustrating. Campus Body Salon is not only there to assist you through the entire process and provide you with an excellent customer experience and repair, but will also offer “Cash for your Crash” to their clients.

Cash for your Crash is a program where you, the client, get paid to allow them to repair your vehicle! Campus Body Salon will offer you a 10% discount up to $1000.00 off of the insurance repair estimate. They offer this both to insureds and claimants, so whether or not the accident was your fault... you still get paid!

You can use your discount amount in several ways:

  • Apply it to your deductible if you have one
  • Upgrade to OE parts if your insurance company writes for aftermarket or used parts
  • Repair another area of damage on your car that isn’t related to your claim
  • You can put the cash in your pocket!!

Click here for more information about Cash For Your Crash

* Some restrictions apply, so call them at 480-967-4976 with any questions or to schedule your repairs.

MCHENRY, Ill., June 4, 2018 -- The Raybestos® 1953 Chevrolet® pickup build project is complete. The restored classic will now hit the road for a North American tour before one lucky automotive professional wins it for their very own.

"We have restored a lot of very cool vehicles, including the iconic 1969 Raybestos Mustang, but I think this 1953 Chevy pickup might be our best build yet," said Kristin Grons, marketing manager, Brake Parts Inc. "The team at Schwartz Performance led by the master, Jeff Schwartz, really outdid themselves this time and a big thank you to all of our build partners for their participation in another incredible build. I know the lucky winner will enjoy showing off this classic truck as they cruise their neighborhood."

As part of the restoration project, Schwartz Performance installed its famous bolt-in "G-Machine" chassis system as well as an off-the-shelf performance disc brake upgrade package, using Raybestos components and Raybestos Truck & Medium Duty specialty disc brake pads. In addition, over 20 premier suppliers partnered with Raybestos to help restore and modify the pickup.

Summers here are hard on our cars but even harder on our residents and pets.

From June 1st through August 31st, H & I Automotive will be giving their customers a $10 discount if they bring in a case of water!

The water will be donated to two amazing local organizations: House of Refuge and Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue.

House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides supportive services and transitional housing to homeless families. Click here for more information.

Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter and has been a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization since the year 2000. Click here for more information.

 

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