Great Reasons for Purchasing a 2015 Toyota Pirus

Buying a vehicle nowadays is not as basic as it used to be before, where you would pick something based on how it looked, and the power below the hood for instance, compared to today, where buyers are looking at gas durability, mileage and safety not to mention the impact on the environment. For a great selection of Toyota vehicles you can get everything you are interested in at Toyota Tempe.

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In today’s market with the vehicles available that are manufactured and designed being energy and environmentally more, more and friendly individuals are factoring these in concerns when making their decision of what to buy.

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Just about the most popular vehicles, built with these concerns under consideration, is the best-selling hybrid Toyota Prius, and there are many of factors why you see lots of them on the streets. First, because you are using both gas as well as an electric engine, you will end up using far less fuel when compared to a regular vehicle, which will save you a ton of money and foremost. The 2015Toyota Prius, by way of example, has been listed by Consumer Reports as getting between 48 and 44 miles per gallon, with a bit of owners actually stating they have gotten over 50 miles per gallon, making the Toyota hybrid the most fuel-efficient vehicle manufactured today.

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There are also a great deal of savings that can be found in relation to the maintenance costs usually associated with a vehicle. Due to the way the hybrid is made, it no longer uses a lot of automotive parts that might need fixing or replacing down the line, also, if for some reason the engine needs replacing, the hybrid gas/motor unit is far less expensive than a regular gas engine.

Add all these factors together, together with the fact you are helping the environment by reducing the volume of chemicals released into the air, and you’ll see that investing in a 2015 Toyota Prius is incredibly beneficial, very economically viable, and you will be doing a small part in keeping the environment safer for our future generations into the future. To find out more concerning this Toyota great vehicle in addition to others have a look at http://www.righttoyota.com/.

What Is The Fiat 124 Spider?

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There are many individuals that love open air driving which means that their favourite choice of vehicle is a convertible. Then there are those that enjoy purchasing a Limited Edition vehicle because it makes them feel extra special. No matter what you demand in a vehicle FIAT will be able to deliver and you can see a wide range of choices at the Fiat Dealer in Marin.
Whatever the case may be there is going to be no disappointment when one takes a look at the 2017 FIAT 124 Spider. This is a vehicle that will not be available until the summer of 2016 but those that are getting a preview of it are most impressed, and if this is going to be their vehicle of choice they certainly won’t mind waiting for it.
It is really an astounding looking vehicle from the inside out. It has all the Italian styling that is most coveted in the FIAT vehicles. It is loaded with luxury yet has no unnecessary frills to it. It comes in a selection of  impressive demure colors. While there are selections to choose from such as the bronze magnetico or the amazing red, many find that the jet black is the most eye-catching as it depicts elegance.
The first thing that many are most pleased to discover about this upcoming FIAT 124 Spider is the two models that it is going to be available in. There is the FIAT 124 Spider Classica that leaves nothing to be desired. Some of its impressive features will be its electronic power steering system and its independent front and rear suspension. It will have an electronic locking differential as well as many other benefits and features.

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Then for a second choice is the FIAT 124 Spider Lusso that boasts a six speed automatic transmission and has the dual chrome finish exhaust tips just to name a few of the astounding features that you can expect.
For those that that are in the to the Limited edition then they are going to want to wait for the FIAT 124 Spider Prima Edizone. for this Limited edition there will only be 124 models are released and it will be in the colouring of the Azzuro Italia which is the dynamic blue mica.If you want your vehicle now then check out what McKevitt Fiat has waiting for you.
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BART refurbishing scrapped train cars to boost service

A BART engineer works on a damaged train. Image courtesy BART.As BART riders feel the crush, the beleaguered transit agency is trying everything it can to ease crowded commuter cars.

Now, BART is even looking to the trash heap.

In a statement released Wednesday, BART announced a small increase in train cars to serve riders. But these aren’t brand new cars off the assembly line. Instead, they’re “banged-up” train cars found in the “forlorn corners” of Hayward and Richmond train repair shops.

These cars are often salvaged for spare parts, according to BART, but a “handful of MacGyver-like mechanics and imaginative engineers” resurrected 14 broken-down train cars for service.

“We wanted to accept the challenge to repair these cars, because we know that we only have a limited number,” said John Allen, a transit vehicle mechanic at the Hayward maintenance shop, in the news release.

The cars have varying levels of damage. According to the BART, some were scorched by electricity, others had melted floors, and one may have run over a tree. This means they also have varying repair times.

According to BART, the project will increase the percentage of train cars in service from 86 percent of trains in service to 89 percent. Each car, they said, can hold up to 140 people in a crowd.

Jeff Hobson, deputy director of transportation advocacy group TransForm, lauded the efforts to run more trains during crowded commute periods.

Still, he said, riders should remember how BART got into the crowding mess in the first place.

“Yes, this is definitely a good thing,” he said, but “the big question is, what do they do to make sure they don’t get into this bind in the future?”

“The reason we’re here is 10-15 years ago (BART) expanded the system, and didn’t maintain the existing system,” Hobson said. Expanding the number of stations served without boosting numbers of cars, he said, strained BART.

Though BART is now doing a better job in maintaining the system it has, he said, “we need to make sure that focus remains.”

That’s the kind of effort BART Board of Directors member Nick Josefowitz told the Examiner BART is pushing, more and more.

“During rush hour, BART cars are stuffed like sardine cans. Our riders are demanding relief,” he said.

Josefowitz mentioned another of these efforts: a partnership with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to craft an incentives to lure riders away from peak times, to ease crowding.

“While true relief won’t come until the new cars start arriving in 2017,” Josefowitz said, “we’re doing all we can to get every last one of our cars out of the shops and onto the tracks.”

In 2016 BART’s “Fleet of the Future” will arrive, and will continue to integrate into the main fleet through 2017. Those new cars are expected to ease crowding in a big way.

Until then, he said, every little bit helps.

Eight Ministries support information disclosure for vehicle repair and maintenance in China, industrial monopoly to be regulated

Recently, it’s announced that the Measure for the Management of Information Disclosure in Vehicle Repair and Maintenance(herein after referred as Measures) will be effective from January 1st, 2016, in China. According to Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, this Measuresrepresents the joint efforts made by 8 Chinese Ministries and Administrations including Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

Binggang Wang, Ex-director of China Automotive Technology&Research Center, told National Business Daily, the purchase of a new vehicle may not be that much, but the repair and maintenance can really expensive in China. This newly issued Measures is believed to regulate this industrial monopoly among the 4S dealers.

According to the Measures, various information falls in 9 catalogs should be published by the carmakers, namely the coding principle for the vehicles identification codes; the vehicle repair and maintenance manuals; the parts catalogues; the identification codes for the applicable software and hardware versions of the electronic control system installed on specific models; the information required for the re-program of the vehicle’s electronic control system; the information for the specific tools and equipment used for the diagnoses, examine and repair of the vehicles; the information for the certification of vehicles; the notification for technical services and the measures to be applied during vehicles recalls.

As requested by the 8 related Ministries and Administrations, all the carmakers must present above information to Ministry of Transport before December 31st, 2015.

Besides, Ministry of Transport will also provide various related services, including policy consultations, standards reviews, technical evaluations and dispute settlements, and will build a national platform to further complete the E-files of vehicles.

How to Extend the Life of Your Car

With rising gas prices and costly car repairs, the last thing you want to worry about is having your car break down. Instead, protect your investment, and get from Point A to Point B as reliably as possible. Keeping your car running longer might be as easy as checking the fluid levels and making sure the tires and well inflated.

Steps

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Read the car’s manual and schedule maintenance accordingly. Keeping up with your car’s recommended maintenance schedule can help avoid costly problems with your cooling system, drive train, suspension and other components; following the recommended schedule also helps ensure you the get the full benefit of the manufacturer’s warranty.
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Drive less. Especially, avoid short trips. Cold starts are hard on engines, your gas mileage, and the environment. Short trips can also significantly shorten the life of your muffler. Basically, you get condensation in the exhaust when you start a cold engine, and if you don’t run the car for long enough to evaporate all of the condensation out of the system, excessive amounts of water can accumulate in your muffler, and rust a hole through it. Avoid starting a cold car just to pull it into the garage, for instance. Consider walking to the nearest store for a change. Combine short errands, and, if you have multiple vehicles, drive the one more recently driven when you go out again. Do drive a car at least every week or so, since cars that sit for longer than a week or two at a time have other problems, such as fluids gradually draining out of systems. Consult a mechanic if you will store a car for an extended period.
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Check the fluids: You should check the level of your antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid, very regularly: like every time you buy gas. Even if your car doesn’t leak fluids, it can develop a leak and quickly have a dangerously low level of something. You should also check the color of some of these fluids. Some of these have see-through plastic tanks that you can look through, and some have dipsticks. Antifreeze should be either pink, green, or yellow (Pink for newer cars with “Dex-Cool”, green for old cars with plain Ethyl-Glycol, and green or yellow for cars that have been flushed and filled with universal antifreeze…brown antifreeze should always be flushed, it either has rust or a lot of dirt in it, probably both. Also, never mix different kinds of antifreeze; if you don’t know what color antifreeze your car has, buy a universal brand. Oil should be relatively clear, not black – black oil has been left in the engine for too long. Oil that looks white and milkshake-like has water in it, probably from an internal antifreeze leak, or very rarely, just a large amount of condensation. Transmission fluid should be bright red, and should not smell burnt…it probably needs to be changed if it’s brown or smells burnt.
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Change the oil regularly: This will improve your gas mileage and protect your engine. The recommended mileage between oil changes is 3,000 – 5,000 miles (or 5000 – 8000 kilometres) or every 3 to 6 months. Doing this could make it possible for your vehicle to attain 200,000 miles (or about 320,000 kilometres). Change the oil filter as well – there is no sense in putting clean oil through a dirty filter, and filters are very cheap and available at any parts store. Please check your service manual, or contact your dealer for your car’s specific needs.
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Change the air filter: This is something you can do easily at home without using tools, and should be done approximately every 12 thousand miles. You can buy a matching filter at nearly any auto parts store and your owner’s manual will show you where your air filter is located. A dirty, dusty filter can lower gas mileage.
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Flush these fluids every two years: power steering fluid, brake fluid, and cooling system anti-freeze. Check this timetable against your owner’s manual. Newer cars generally allow longer intervals between changes. Change transmission fluid & filter at least every 50,000 miles (40k to 45k is even better). If you have gone over 50,000 miles without a change, on many transmissions, it is best to NOT change it and hope for the best. Often putting new transmission fluid in a trans that has too many miles on the fluid will actually cause problems because it can break down ‘varnish’ and other gums/solids that have built up in the trans due to over-used fluid.
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Monitor your brake pad thickness and don’t let the pads wear down to metal – this will cause damage to your brake rotors (“discs”) at least and possibly your calipers as well. Rotors and calipers are much more expensive to replace than pads. There is no such thing as “cleaning” a brake pad while it is still on a car – the friction between the pad and rotor will eradicate any outside substance almost immediately.
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Rotate the tires. Changing tire position is very important and reduces uneven wear and tear on the tread, thus extending the life of the tires. The recommended rotation cycle is twice a year or every 6,000 miles. Rotate them diagonally – front right to rear left and front left to rear right. However, this pattern can change depending on the drivetrain of the vehicle, and the type of tire. Your vehicle manual will contain detailed rotation information. Keep in mind some tires (especially on sports cars) are directional and are meant to spin only one way. They will have a large arrow on the sidewall to indicate this.
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Keep the tires inflated. Under-inflated tires can reduce the tire life by 15% and will slightly decrease your gas mileage, perhaps by 10%. Inflating tires is perhaps the easiest of all activities, and many stores sell tire gauges for a very small cost. Checking your tire pressure every other time you get gas will reduce tire wear and prevent these issues. Monitor your tire tread with a penny. Insert the penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If the top of his head is not obscured by the tread, your tires need to be replaced. Basically, if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you must replace your tires.
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Keep the front end aligned. If you notice your car shaking while driving at high speeds (not while braking – shuddering while braking indicates warped rotors), or if your tread is wearing unevenly, then you may need an alignment. This is also key to extending the life of your tires and will keep the tread even for increased safety.
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Get your car off to a good start every time you drive it. Start the car and drive off slowly and gently until the car reaches operating temperature. This reduces the strain on the engine while the oil is still cold and thicker. Another option is to use electric engine space heaters, and start the drive with a warm engine. Accelerate promptly to the target speed. For most modern cars, idling a cold engine is both counterproductive and wasteful. Additionally, as you accelerate, release the gas a bit to cause the automatic transmission to upshift while you are not pressing hard on the gas. This causes less wear on the internal clutches. It is easier on the clutches for the car to shift when you ease up on the gas.
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Use your parking brake. Even if you are driving a car with an automatic transmission, use your parking brake regularly, especially if you’re parked on an incline. It helps keep the brakes adjusted in the rear of the car and makes them last longer. Do not use your parking brake in the wintertime because your brake will freeze and it will be stuck until it thaws out.
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Wash your car: Road salt, sludge and pollution can lead to costly body work. Without regular cleaning, you can start to notice rust on the bottom of your doors within four years. Another three to four years and the corrosion will creep to underbody components, like brake lines. It can cost thousands in rust-related repairs if you neglect to wash your car, especially near ocean/gulf shorelines where the road sand or morning dew might be salty.

Five must-do winter prep tips

It’s that time of the year, when the smart motorist prepares his or her vehicle for winter’s worst, while hoping for the best.

Below are five tips to take the chill off the cold-weather conditions:

Compact battery jump-starter: Small enough to fit in your glove box, strong enough to give you one jump-start in an emergency. Most of these units also feature a LED flashlight and a couple of USB charge ports for that road trip to Florida when the kids are looking for extra juice to power their iPods.

When and how to disengage your traction control: Next door to my garage is a daycare that has a steep inclined driveway. The number of times I have had to help its clients navigate this slope after even the slightest snowfall is disheartening. The parents getting stuck are always the ones with the worn-out all-season tires.

The excessive wheel slip engages the vehicle’s computer-assisted traction control and limits available power to climb the hill. Locate the button on the dash with the car/squiggly lines on it. Push and hold it, which defeats the traction control. Doing so disables the power-limiting features and brings you back to the old-school way of winter-driving management. Spinning the tires excessively can cause transmission damage, so use with caution, but a bit of wheel spin may get the car out of a trouble spot.

Battery age: How old is your battery? When it reaches five years old, it owes you nothing. It may live past five years, but being made aware of its old age on the coldest day of the year is something most drivers want to avoid. At your next maintenance appointment, ask your service provider to load-test and replace if necessary or, at least, service the battery and terminals.

Rain-X glass treatment (spray bottle): First, clean your windshield with a Windex-style product. Now spray the Rain-X on to it, liberally getting it into all the corners. Wipe it off and do it all again. Achieving a streak-free application is a challenge but, once you master the technique, future applications will be a breeze.

A windshield with a healthy coating of Rain-X is like putting on a pair of prescription glasses that you never knew you needed. Water beads off, making those dark, rainy drive homes almost pleasurable. You will be surprised at how little you require your wipers.

Warm-up time: Idling your vehicle for 20 minutes in the morning is for your benefit, not for the car. The need to warm the engine for an extended period of time ended when we moved away from carburetors. With today’s super-thin oils, all a vehicle needs is 30 seconds of warm-up time on most days – and two to three minutes on the extra nippy days.

Any more than that wastes fuel and adds to climate change and air-quality problems. Natural Resources Canada recommends a block heater with a timer set to two hours before starting the car instead of excessive idling.

Winterization tips for trucking fleets

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures not only make the roads hazardous for hauling freight during the winter months but can damage equipment and retard fuel economy, too. Here are some tips on how to minimize such winter weather risks.

Everyone knows operating tractor-trailers during the winter comes with some big risks. But did you know that, on average 467 fatalities are associated with icy driving conditions annually, or that 23% of all vehicle crashes every year – some 1.3 million – are caused in part by inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind? (Those weather-related findings are courtesy Federal Highway Administration research, by the way).

On top of that, cold weather can cause diesel fuel to thicken into “gel” or get waterlogged, potentially damaging a truck’s fuel system and engine. Colder temperatures also affect fuel economy, too, by increasing tire rolling resistance and reducing aerodynamic efficiency, to name just two impacts.

“As winter approaches, we want to equip fleets and their drivers with the best information available for increasing safety on America’s congested and frequently traveled roads,” noted Dean Croke, VP of analytics at Omnitracs, LLC. “With fewer daylight hours and compromised road conditions, seasonal weather creates many challenges for truck drivers.”

Croke breaks down his winter operation advice down into two groups, one focused on drivers and one on equipment. For drivers:

  • Slow down and be cautious in adverse weather such as rain, sleet, snow, fog and wind.
  • Always buckle up; safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • Keep extra water and non-perishable food in the cab; dehydration and malnourishment can cause weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness, fainting and more, according to WebMD.
  • Use sun sleeves, window covers, sunglasses and protective clothing in daylight to avoid the deceptive winter glare.
  • Be wary of seasonal affective disorder, a common ailment in which reduced sunlight negatively affects mood and other mental health issues.

In terms of vehicle maintenance, Croke offers these tips:

  • Maintain tire traction and overall tire “health,” for in one of every 11 crashes, according to NHTSA, there was an issue with a tire before the crash occurred.
  • Look for uneven patterns on tires, these are a great indicator of uneven wear caused by poor alignment, worn bearings and/or kingpin wear.
  • Look for steam or melted snow coming off wheel hubs, as this could be a signal for over-heating wheel bearings.
  • Check battery charge and windshield wipers, keep windows clean for maximum visibility, monitor anti-freeze levels and put no-freeze fluid in the washer reserve.
  • Use white snow to check for fluid leaks after you have been parked for a while.

Michael Spence, senior VP of fleet services at Fleet Advantage, recently penned a white paper delving into how winter weather can impact commercial truck operations. For example:

  • Cooler ambient temperatures decrease engine efficiency and increase aerodynamic drag, with every 10 degree drop in Fahrenheit equating to a 2% increase in aerodynamic drag.
  • Tires lose pressure as temperatures drop and rolling resistance increases, thus reducing fuel economy.
  • Rain, snow and slush all increase tire rolling resistance as well, with cold water significantly cooling tires plus transmission and rear axle lubricants. This results in a 0.2 to 0.3 MPG [miles per gallon] loss as cited by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) data.
  • Headwinds/crosswinds impact MPG as well, with every 10 mph worth of wind equating to a 13% drop in MPG.
  • Engine idle time increases in the winter months as drivers seek to stay warm, while poor driving conditions brought on by the cold and snow lead to decreased use of cruise control.

Yet its winter’s impact on the composition of diesel fuel that can cause the most trouble, Spence told Fleet Owner.

“It really starts with the need to get the truck started and getting fuel to the engine; and water is the biggest problem there,” he explained.

“Water settles to the lowest point in a hose, tank or fuel filter and then freezes. So it’s important to keep water out of all fuel sources.”

What’s more, “fuel gelling” is a big problem, too, Spence emphasized.

“The molecules of the fuel ‘gel up’ or ‘wax up’ since they slow down and cling together in cold weather,” he noted. “When the waxed fuel gets to a filter, it can’t pass through. Kerosene has been known to be used to break up those ‘waxed’ diesel molecules, but Kerosene is very expensive, which is why other additives have also been introduced.”

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The problem for fleets is that this is more than just truck maintenance issue, Spence stressed.

“This can also cost fleets a lot of money since it can also cause trucks to experience lower MPG,” he said. “This means you’re spending more on fuel, in addition to any additional maintenance and repair costs needed to service trucks that have frozen over.”

Keep one more thing in mind, Spence cautioned, since this “gelling” issue can become an issue for trucks stationed in warm weather climates during the winter months.

“Many transportation routes run north and south,” he explained. “This means that trucks originating in the south also need to winterize their fuel since they may be traveling up north. Many times, those drivers aren’t thinking of how the weather can affect them since they’re starting out in a warmer climate.”

To Spence’s mind, those types of conversations ultimately come back to the kinds of data fleets record and analyze.

“Whether it’s having data to identify your fuel costs and fuel efficiency, or data on what type of weather you will be experiencing on your route, it’s important for fleets today to have access to the right business intelligence,” he stressed. “That way, they can make the right decisions to keep their drivers safe and productive, while also maximizing cost efficiencies for the entire fleet.”

4 tips about holiday car deals

Lexus put the red bows atop its cars a month early, and General Motors is advertising Black Friday deals two weeks before Thanksgiving as the auto industry copies traditional retailers with holiday discounts well before the holidays.

Car buyers will reap good deals for a longer time, analysts say, as automakers battle to hold or increase their share of what likely will be record U.S. auto sales this year. Savings can run in the thousands of dollars.

“The consumer is in a great spot to get a great deal,” said Tom Libby, manager of industry analysis for the IHS Automotive consulting firm.

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, started its sales early as it tries to catch Mercedes and BMW, which in recent years have dueled to be the top-selling U.S. luxury brand. Lexus’ “December to Remember” sale offers low-mileage three-year leases of $40,000-plus cars for as little as $319 per month with about a $3,000 down payment. BMW and Mercedes have similar offers.

Geoff Pohanka, whose Washington, D.C.-area dealership chain includes a Lexus store in Virginia, said the early promotion might not boost November sales, but it should help toward year’s end. “It might take a while to create some momentum for sales,” he said. “In December it will really get going.”

GM’s Chevrolet brand started advertising Black Friday sales in Detroit last week with the slogan: “Avoid the chaos, not the deals.” The brand is offering zero percent financing for six years or 20 percent off the sticker price of many 2015 models.

Holiday sales make December among the top months for auto sales because of the deals. Here are some things to consider if you’re in the market:

How much can I save?

Depends on what you’re buying. You should be able to get around 10 percent off the sticker price of a lingering 2015 model, maybe more on higher-priced large trucks and SUVs, said independent auto analyst Jesse Toprak. For example, Ford is offering more than $9,600 off the sticker price of some 2015 F-150 pickups, the nation’s most popular vehicle. Lease deals are the best they’ve been in years because interest rates are low and resale values are high for cars coming off leases. Dealers are hungry to clear their lots of 2015 models because they don’t want them sitting with big discounts next to 2016 models, Toprak said. “The old notion of ‘year-end clearance sale’ has some validity,” he said. But Toprak cautions against buying an undesirable car with a funky paint color just because it’s discounted.

What models are discounted?

In general, automakers offer discounts on models with the highest inventory, Libby said. That means discounts on slow-selling small and midsize cars and electric and hybrid vehicles, but few deals on hot-selling small and midsize SUVs. Automakers have people who watch inventory nationwide and offer incentives when supplies grow. Sometimes promotional cash is offered to dealers rather than consumers, so it’s wise to comparison shop to get the best deal, Libby said.

What models have high inventories?

Automakers measure inventory by dividing the sales rate per day into the number of vehicles on dealer lots to figure out how many days worth of cars are out there. Automakers say a 60-day supply is optimal. Last month, Toyota’s rugged FJ Cruiser SUV had the highest days’ supply with a staggering 644. The Mitsubishi I-Miev electric car was second at 286, followed by the Fiat 500L at 280 and the Fiat 500 at 239. Nissan’s GT-R performance car rounded out the top five at 224 days, according to Ward’s Automotive. An example of a resulting discount: Fiat’s offer of $2,500 cash on the 500L, or 13 percent off the sticker price.

What models have low inventories?

Hot-selling Subaru has the most models with the lowest supplies, so don’t expect much discounting. The WRX, Impreza, XV Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, Forester and BRZ all had 18 days worth of inventory. The Nissan XTerra SUV also had 18.

Cost Of Vehicle Repair Varies 30% By Region

Most Expensive Area For Car Repairs In UK Exposed

UK vehicle repair/maintenance costs vary up to thirty percent by area with East Anglia the most expensive, WhoCanFixMyCar.com claims. Data is based on the typical cost in three popular categories.

In East Anglia, brake and exhaust work is priced at £196 compared to a national average of £178. Engine and cooling work cost £327 – compared to £309 – and servicing and MOT is priced at £199. The typical outlay is £186.

Area breakdown

Mechanics in Edinburgh and Glasgow, in contrast, charge less than any other region or city. Average costs are £155, £251 and £140 respectively. The breakdown is:

Brakes and Exhaust Engine and Cooling Servicing and MOT Grand Total
Edinburgh and Glasgow £155 £251 £140 £166
Northern Ireland £199 £233 £165 £180
Manchester £156 £280 £151 £184
Scotland £161 £262 £178 £186
North East £166 £275 £167 £192
Liverpool £169 £285 £162 £198
North West £160 £305 £171 £206
Birmingham £156 £312 £188 £213
Leeds £150 £326 £155 £214
West Midlands £176 £299 £184 £217
Yorkshire and Humberside £178 £319 £178 £220
East Midlands £180 £305 £185 £220
Wales £162 £334 £175 £221
South West £174 £316 £194 £231
London £195 £302 £208 £233
South East £185 £323 £199 £238
East Anglia £196 £327 £199 £241
UK average £178 £309 £186 £220

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Why do car repair costs vary by region?

WhoCanFixMyCar.com – which enables motorists to request online quotes from mechanics for specified tasks such as replacing brake pads – explains: “It’s clear straight away that prices in the northern half of the UK are, on average, lower than in the south.”

This could reflect relative average wage rates. Furthermore, garages in rural areas tend not to “offer bargain basement expertise” as some people expect. The cost is typically “higher than those within nearby cities”, after all.

The probable explanation is that urban mechanics have more competition – and must, therefore, be more competitive – than their rural counterparts.

London highest for bodywork repairs

WhoCanFixMyCar.com has other observations too. Drivers in London are more than “twice as likely as the national average to request bodywork or dent repairs”, for example. Hardly surprising considering the immense volume of traffic relative to space.

Londoners are also two and a half times “more likely to request in-car entertainment or audio-related work”. A possible explanation is that such systems help pass the time in traffic.

Furthermore, “almost the exact opposite” is the case in Scotland – particularly rural areas – where there is ”more emphasis on brakes, exhausts and tyres” as drivers cover more miles than their London counterparts.

Hedges & Company introduces vehicle repair and maintenance reports

Hedges & Company, a market research and digital marketing agency, has introduced Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Reports for 2016.

These new market research reports forecast buying activity for nearly 100 auto parts and services, in two dozen categories, by car and light truck owners in 2016.

Hedges & Company Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Reports give detailed information on the total number of vehicles getting service repair, maintenance and replacement auto parts. The reports summarize popular vehicle types such as light trucks & SUVs, Jeep and American and European performance models, and segment all vehicles by age, geographic region and vehicle make.

“These Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Reports help managers and business owners measure sales potential as well as identify new markets,” said Julie Hedges, principal at Hedges & Company. “There is a lack of quantifiable vehicle level data in the aftermarket industry and the Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Reports have real numbers to work with.”

Reports are available for the following automotive parts categories: air conditioning, batteries and alternators, brakes, chassis parts, engine, gaskets and belts, exhaust and emissions, fuel system parts, Heating and Radiator, Ignition and Electrical, Oil and Filters, Shocks and Suspension, Spark Plugs and timing, steering parts, transmission, wheels and tires and windshield. The new reports are available by either part category or individual part or repair service. Additional reports will be released in the next several months. The reports can be purchased online and downloaded at http://hedgescompany.com/research-store/repair-maintenance-reports. A free sample Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Report is available to download.