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Your car got flooded -- now what?

If it's bad enough it will end up as scrap, but there are some things you can do to save a car that's gotten wet. Find out more in my story over at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Safety, Insurance, Maintenance, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


Openbay Rolls Out Automotive Service Industry’s First Online Chat Platform Featuring a Tire Catalog and Automotive Services

Press release Openbay Rolls Out Automotive Service Industry’s First Online Chat Platform Featuring a Tire Catalog and Automotive Services Advanced Chat Platform Aligns Automotive Aftermarket Businesses with Shopping Behavior of the New Digital-First Consumer Cambridge, MA — (BUSINESS WIRE) June 17, 2020 — Openbay, Inc. an industry-leading automotive service marketplace and SaaS company, today announced the availability of a tire catalog and new updates to its advanced online chat platform,...
Tags: Texas, Autos, Tires, Press, Chat, Google Ventures, Tom, Otis, Kate Smith, Auto Repair, Openbay, Rob Infantino, Product Updates, Openbay Inc, Openbay News, Ventures Boston Seed Capital GV


These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems

Filed under: Acura,Audi,Buick,Cadillac,Chevrolet,Chrysler,Ford,GMC,Jeep,MINI,Car Buying,Used Car Buying,Automotive History,Auto Repair,Maintenance,Ownership,Truck,Convertible,Coupe,Crossover,Hatchback,SUV,sedan These are the cars and trucks that are most likely to have serious problems with their engines or transmissions, which equals costly repairs.Continue reading These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems These are the cars most ...
Tags: Maintenance, SUV, Ford, Car Buying, Autos, Chrysler, Truck, Chevrolet, Audi, Mini, Jeep, Convertible, Ownership, Cadillac, Gmc, Crossover


Predicting an Unprecedented 65% Drop In Total Vehicle Miles Traveled in U.S. for March 2020 – How Automotive Services Are Impacted

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit U.S. soil early this year and as states went into shelter-in-place, many businesses implemented a work-from-home policy. Non-essential travel was discouraged by local towns, cities, and states. Additionally, the pandemic caused businesses to cut workforces and triggered a massive number of people filing for unemployment benefits. All of the aforementioned events translated to less frequent use of motor vehicles. Cars, trucks, minivans, SUVs and other motor vehicles s...
Tags: Autos, Press, Market, Dot, Industry News, U S Department of Transportation DOT, Auto Repair, Openbay, Aftermarket, Automotive Repair, Automotive Aftermarket, VMT, March 2020, Vehicle Miles Traveled VMT, Automotive services, Vehicle Miles Traveled


6 Best Practices Implemented by Automotive Service Center Leaders on Openbay During COVID-19 – Touchless Auto Repair and Service

Vehicle owners in need of car repair may be hesitating to move forward these days due to concerns about health and safety. When they are ready for service, they can be assured local auto repair businesses are going the extra mile to ensure customers and employees are healthy and safe. Openbay recently surveyed their top automotive service professionals on the Openbay marketplace on the steps they are taking to provide safe and touchless automotive repair and maintenance for their customers duri...
Tags: Safety, Service, Autos, Car Safety, Austin TX, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Corona, Zephyrhills, East Stroudsburg PA, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Car Care, Auto Repair, Openbay, Disinfect, Drop Off, Repair Services


15 Business Benefits of Online Chat Platforms for the Automotive Service Industry

Automotive service businesses must adapt new online technologies to increase new consumer acquisition and to grow revenue. From today forward, the way consumers will search for and select automotive services has changed. It’s a ‘digital first’ approach matching the always-on and always online lifestyle of the modern day consumer. These consumers have high expectations when acquiring automotive services and, with Millennials/Gen Z now the largest driving population, there are more digitally orie...
Tags: Autos, Industry News, Otis, Chatbot, Auto Repair, Openbay, Online Chat, Service Provider Resources, Openbay News, Auto Repair Shop Help, Automotive Service Business, Automotive Service Industry, Millennials Gen Z, Openbay Otis Openbay


Why the Automotive Repair and Service Industry Needs to Deploy Online Chat Platforms Now

What is online chat? What is a chatbot? And why would any automotive service business need either for their website now?  Newsflash – commerce has changed. Maybe forever. The way consumers research, select and purchase goods and services has changed sharply in recent weeks. We are witnessing a major paradigm shift in consumer shopping behavior – at lightning speed. The good news is there are actions an automotive service business leader can take now to align their business with fast-changin...
Tags: Google, Automotive, Autos, Honda, Press, Industry News, Otis, Chatbot, Auto Repair, Openbay, Online Chat, Service Provider Resources, Openbay News, Automotive Aftermarket, Openbay Otis


Top 9 automotive services requested on Openbay during February 2020, Total Vehicle Miles Traveled in U.S.

As predicted, for the month of February 2020, total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by U.S. drivers continued a downward trend as estimated by data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and studies conducted by Openbay . This trend will most likely flatten through March 2020 based on historical trends and any unforeseen events. VMT for the month of February is estimated at 232 million miles, having near zero growth when compared to the same period a year ago, and 1.6% lower than the sa...
Tags: Stats, Ford, Autos, Honda, Hyundai, Industry News, U S, U S Department of Transportation, Auto Repair, Openbay, Service Provider, Automotive Service, Service Provider Resources, Automotive Service Business, Miles Traveled, Most Popular Services


It’s Payback Time: Right-to-repair Movement Targets John Deere

With the California Farm Bureau effectively giving away the right of farmers to repair their own equipment without involving the distributor in the spring of 2019, the right-to-repair movement fell back on its heels. Horrified by the ground lost, the group has rallied to better incorporate those hoping to fix or modify mobile devices and automobiles. […] The post It’s Payback Time: Right-to-repair Movement Targets John Deere appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Farm Equipment, Autos, Consumer Advocacy, John Deere, News Blog, Auto Repair, Vehicle Repair, Right To Repair, Industry Trends, California Farm Bureau, Ownership Laws, Right-to-repair Laws


How to Give Back by Tipping Your Mechanic

Ever thought about tipping your mechanic? Here in the U.S. we tip waitstaff at restaurants, baristas when we get coffee and valets when they park our cars. Because these are common situations, we don’t think twice about tipping and even give a bit more during the holiday season. What about less common situations, like when you have your car serviced? It is nice to let your auto mechanic know that you appreciate their hard work, especially during the holidays. There are no hard and fast rules a...
Tags: Work, Auto, Thanksgiving, Advice, Christmas, Holiday, Help, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Hanukkah, Tipping, Seasonal, Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanic


How to Get Instant Auto Repair Quotes Online

Instant Online Car Repair Quotes: Just a Few Clicks Away The first nationwide Yellow Pages advertising campaign encouraged anyone looking for a product or service to “let your fingers do the walking. Shop the Yellow Pages way.” The days of Yellow Pages may be long gone, but the slogan still rings true. Now, in our digital-first age, you can shop the “Yellow Pages way” from your desktop, mobile or tablet device. Plus, you can get custom quotes and instant answers all in just a few clicks or tap...
Tags: Autos, Yellow Pages, Auto Repair, Openbay, Maintenance Tips, Instant Quotes, Service Estimate


From Air Force to Auto Repair: Jason Brennan’s Journey to Owning One of the Top Shops in the South Suburbs of Chicago

From Air Force to Auto Repair: Jason Brennan’s Journey to Owning One of the Top Shops in the South Suburbs of Chicago Many veterans have trouble re-assimilating into their civilian life and into the private sector upon return. Luckily for Jason Brennan, owner of Fine Tune Automotive , he had a passion for fixing things starting at a young age and a dedicated wife and mother who supported his business pursuits. It wasn’t an easy journey – many weeks he worked 16 hour days 7 days a week – but ...
Tags: Japan, Small Business, Germany, US, Chicago, Veterans, Autos, Bill, Air Force, Jason, US Air Force, Customer Stories, Springfield, South Chicago, Auto Repair, Success Story


Don’t Make Me Wait, Call or Think: Millennials and Auto Care Part I

2019 is the first year in US history that the number of millennials surpassed the number of baby boomers. Today, there are about 79.8 million millennials in the U.S. (ages 23 to 38 in 2019), while the total number of baby boomers (ages 55 to 73 in 2019 ) is 74.1 million . As baby boomers reach their maximum earning potential and enter or approach retirement age, millennials are still young in their careers and are only getting started in their accumulation of wealth. By 2030, ...
Tags: Google, Auto, Technology, Cars, Digital, US, Maintenance, Tech, Repair, Automotive, Millennials, Tips, Autos, Gen Y, Cost, Millennial


Should you fix or replace your broken-down ride?

It's always a tough thing to figure out: when do you stop putting repair money into your old car, and trade it in for a new one? I have some advice over at AutoTRADER.ca that might help you out. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Used Cars, Autos, New Cars, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


Decoding the Mysterious Check Engine Light

‘Tis the season for holiday lights so merry and bright – unless it’s your check engine light! Some are solid and some may flash, but this is no time to ignore the lights on your dash! When your dashboard twinkles, it may be tempting to put off finding an auto mechanic for diagnosis, but it’s important to the life of your vehicle to understand what this light means and whether it’s time to have your vehicle serviced. A little knowledge about the mysterious check engine light can mean the differen...
Tags: Advice, Uncategorized, Maintenance, Autos, Sensor, Ownership, Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanic, Car Care, Auto Repair, Openbay, Car Repair, Auto Care, Car Maintenance, Check Engine Light, Maintenance Tips


Repairs at an auto dealership: Here's how to be prepared

No one wants to take a car in for service, but there are some things you can do to make the visit go smoother. See what they are in my story at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Maintenance, Autos, Dealerships, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


Are you forgetting your vehicle's wear items?

You know that some things will wear out on your vehicle, but do you know what all of them are? Ignoring worn shocks or hoses could really ruin your day...find out more in my story at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Maintenance, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


How to Give Back by Tipping Your Auto Mechanic

Here in the U.S. we tip waitstaff at restaurants, baristas when we get coffee and valets when they park our cars. Because these are common situations, we don’t think twice about tipping and even give a bit more during the holiday season. What about less common situations, like when you have your car serviced? It is nice to let your auto mechanic know that you appreciate their hard work, especially during the holidays. There are no hard and fast rules about tipping mechanics. Here are a few thi...
Tags: Work, Auto, Thanksgiving, Advice, Christmas, Holiday, Help, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Hanukkah, Tipping, Seasonal, Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanic


Why you might want to tip your mechanic after work on your car

Here in the U.S., we tip at restaurants, hair salons and when we use a valet to park our car.  It is nice to let your mechanic know that appreciate their hard work, especially during the holiday season.  Some situations aren’t as common and it’s tough to know whether to provide a tip. Which leads us to wonder, do you tip your mechanic? There are no hard and fast rules about tipping mechanics, so here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.    Do you go to the same mecha...
Tags: Work, Auto, Thanksgiving, Labor, Advice, Christmas, Holiday, Help, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Hanukkah, Tipping, Seasonal, Vehicle Maintenance


Auto insurance fraud: What you need to know

Do you know what a "stoop-n-squat" is? Or a "left-hand bullet," or a "parking lot rammer"? They're all moves that criminals can make to try and get cash out of your insurance company -- and it's a scam that can go all the way up to body shops, tow truck operators, and even the medical profession. Find out more in my story at AutoTrader. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Car Insurance, Insurance, Autos, Car Crashes, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


3 Easy Tips to Help Your Automotive Service Shop Run at Maximum Efficiently

Ever wondered if your automotive service shop is running at optimum efficiency? Efficiency is key to running any business. Here are three tips to maximize efficiency. Tip 1: Establishing an Operating Budget and Turning a Profit Getting down to basics – your monthly budget. What does it cost to operate your business on a monthly basis? This includes recurring costs such as rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, etc. Other variable expenses include marketing to acquire new customers, building mainte...
Tags: Auto, Cars, Service, Car, Repair, Automotive, Autos, Fix, Shop, Advisor, Industry News, Mechanic, Auto Repair, Openbay, Broken, Openbay News


A Day in the Life at Openbay: Featuring Our New Office!

Exciting news: Openbay has a new home base!  Don’t worry, we’re still the same great company you’ve come to know and love, just at a new location!  Check out our new video showing you around the office and the day to day life of our employees. Interested in starting a career with Openbay?  Click here to apply! The post A Day in the Life at Openbay: Featuring Our New Office! appeared first on Openbay Overdrive.
Tags: Career, Auto, Mobile, Office, Job, Tech, Hire, App, New, Car, Repair, Autos, Opening, Press, Hiring, Company


The Value of Texting Your Customers

How often do you have an important question for your customer, but you just can’t get them to pick up  their phone? Being forced to wait around until the customer checks their email or listens to that voicemail can be frustrating, but don’t worry, we found your solution! Did you know that SMS text messages have a 99% open rate, 90% of which happens in the first three minutes of receiving the message? This is the end of your communication struggles. It’s 2018 and with over 63% of in dividual...
Tags: Funding, Advertising, Marketing, Cars, Communication, New, Car, Text Message, Repair, Customer, Autos, Texting, Shell, Struggle, Generation, Lead


Automotive Parts Giveaway for Automotive Service Businesses

$5,000 in Automotive Parts Giveaway Sponsored by Openbay and eBay Motors Enter the 2018 Automotive Parts Giveaway for your chance to win eBay motors Gift Certificates to purchase automotive parts for your business. This prize includes eBay motors vouchers to purchase automotive parts through Openbay accessing more than 60 million automotive parts on eBay motors website. We will announce winners each week. Best of luck to you! Limited time only. eBay motors gift cards in the amount of $100 will ...
Tags: Auto, Ebay, Automotive, United States, Autos, Industry News, Ebay Motors, Mechanic, Auto Repair, Openbay, Car Repair, Auto Care, Auto Repair Shop, Service Provider Resources, Advice For Mechanics, Auto Parts


14 relatively common traits of pre-owned 1960s muscle cars for sale in the 1980s

Back in 1987, my search for a stock muscle car culminated in this 1967 GTO. Its paint was faded and the wrong color, there was front fender and bumper damage, a rusted trunk, and the quarter panels and driver’s door were full of body filler, but the Pontiac was complete, running, and drivable and cost me just $2,000. (I sold those non-stock 15×7 Third-Gen Trans Am wheels almost immediately). Photos by author. Countless 1960s and early 1970s cars were falling victim to abuse, neglect, haphazard ...
Tags: Muscle cars, Gm, Autos, Chevy, Accel, Cfm, Pontiac, Jensen, Eighties, HOLLEY, Chevelle, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Used Car, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Restorations And Preservations


Starting Your Own Auto Repair Shop

Is this your first time that you are starting a business of your own and that too of an auto repair? Well, then you are definitely in the right place, reading the right article because today we are going to tell you everything you need to know before getting started with your shop/company. No matter what business you do, it is but a fact that you are going to face some hurdles in the beginning but if you learn to fight those hurdles and stay constant with your efforts then consider your...
Tags: Startups, Others, Auto Repair, Car Industry, Starting Your Own Auto Repair Shop


Openbay Developing AI-Enabled Solutions Designed for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Secures Series A Financing

Openbay Developing AI-Enabled Solutions Designed for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Secures Series A Financing CAMBRIDGE, MA, June 25, 2018 – Openbay, an award-winning online marketplace for automotive repair and services and a provider of SaaS based solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced it closed an $8M Series A round of financing. Shell Ventures LLC led the round with participation from existing investor Stage 1 Ventures and an additional strategic investor. T...
Tags: Funding, Atlantic, Autos, Press, Google Ventures, Financing, Series A, Automotive News, Auto Repair, Openbay, Automotive Repair, Rob Infantino, Auto Care, Openbay Inc, Openbay News, Auto Mechanic


What’s under your hood?

Still image captured from public domain film hosted on the Internet Archive. This educational film employs various teaching aids such as animation, component cutaways, exploded views, working transparent models, and an actual vehicle to briefly illustrate the basics of how an automotive engine, clutch, transmission, driveshaft, differential, and brakes operate. It was presented by purveyor of several educational shorts Charles Cahill and Associates and produced by Parthenon Pictures. This is th...
Tags: Videos, Vw, Autos, Chevy, Seventies, Associates, Pinto, Hemmings Muscle Machines, National Library of Australia, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Sixties, Automobilia, Auto Repair, Tech And Tools, Visible V-8


What does it take to fix a car that's been hit?

A lot more than in the old days, before cars had all sorts of lightweight materials and high-tech sensors and cameras. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Car Insurance, Autos, Car Crashes, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair


5 Things You Should Know Before Starting An Auto Repair Shop

If you are planning on opening an auto repair shop, there are many factors you need to consider beforehand to help you understand, identify, and iron out any potential problems. Here are five things to be aware of to help your business get off the ground and become successful. Business Plan. Before starting your own auto repair shop, it is important to have a business plan in place. A business plan can help outline and identify every aspect of your business and identify any strengths and weak...
Tags: Startups, Car, Others, Mechanic, Auto Repair, San Antonio Training, Unique Selling Point For