February 2013

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Small Parts

Every auto recycler stocks the basic parts: hard parts like engines and transmissions and sheet metal. But many auto recyclers also sell the small parts that come off the vehicle, at a fraction of the price. From roof motors to seat belts and speedometer clusters to fuel filler doors, the parts you might have only considered ordering from the Original Manufacturer (OE) can most likely be found online through your favorite auto recycling facility.

A Great Homepage Design Showcases Your Company

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Your website’s homepage is the first impression viewers get of your company. It may be hard to believe, but websites have been around for more than 15 years now. If you’ve never updated your company’s website, it may be time.

NHTSA Wants Noisier Hybrid Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing that hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards, citing the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA). The NHTSA wants to make sure pedestrians are more aware of approaching hybrid vehicles. Electric and hybrid vehicles do not rely on traditional gas or diesel-powered engines at low speeds, making them much quieter and their approach difficult for pedestrians to detect.

Energy-Conservation Group Posts Greenest Vehicle List

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 15th “Greenest” vehicles’ list. It was dominated by new models, with the Toyota Prius C securing the top spot with a Green Score of 58. Having made its debut on the American vehicle market in 2012, the Prius C is Toyota’s compact addition to the Prius family. The original Prius, the new plug-in Prius hybrid and the larger Prius V, all made the “Greenest” list this year as well.

APRA Files Friend Of The Court Brief For Patent Case

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) has joined two other trade associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing the right of a patent holder to impose post-sale restrictions on the use of its patented products. If the right to impose such restrictions were to be upheld, the manufacturer of a patented product might include restrictive language in its sales documents not only to prevent certain uses of the product, but also to limit or deny the right of all subsequent owners of the product to resell, repair or refurbish that product.

Chevrolet Unveils Its All-New Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet unveiled its 2014 Corvette Stingray on Jan. 13, 2013 in Detroit, Mich. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is able to accelerate from 0 - 60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. The 2014 Stringray is also expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.

Car Show App Now Available For iPhone

Miss out on the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich.? Can’t make it to Shanghai, China on Apr. 20 for the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show? No problem. Auto Show Passport, an app developed by Openfield Creative, can take you right to the action, without having to book an airline ticket.

AASP/NJ Gears Up For 36th Annual Show At The Meadowlands

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers / New Jersey (AASP/NJ) is planing its 36th annual NORTHEAST 2013 automotive Services Show on Mar. 8 - 10 at the Meadowlands in Secaucus, N.J. The three-day show represents all walks of the automotive repair industry through products and information geared toward fostering success for the seasoned professional or those just starting out.

SEMA Reacts To Court’s E15 Decision

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) expressed its disappointment over a recent decision by a court panel to not reconsider a dismissed lawsuit surrounding 15 percent ethanol gas (E15) and its use on newer vehicles.
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