Category Archives: aftermarket

Slow News – Chevrolet SEMA Show Car Has New Exterior Color

Along with Shock, 2019 Camaro colors also includes new Crush, Riverside Blue Metallic, Shadow Grey Metallic and Satin Steel Grey Metallic. Continue reading

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Death of the Diesel: CARB Fines LKQ $294,000 for Selling Illegal Used Diesel Soot filters

In a related case in 2017, West Coast Diesel, a Fresno repair shop caught selling and installing illegal parts, agreed to a settlement that included additional monetary penalties should they violate the terms of the agreement by installing even one diesel particulate filter. Several other Central Valley diesel repair shops are now under investigation for selling and installing illegal filters. Continue reading

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Rain Shortens Fourth Annual Roadkill Nights – Street-legal Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue

A total of 128 street-legal cars were on a specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip on Woodward Avenue between Rapid Street and South Boulevard to compete in high-powered drag racing for cash prizes. Heavy rains ended the races early, so 16 total finalists split $20,000 in cash prizes. Continue reading

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Porsche Classic Supplies Parts from a 3D Printer

Let’s hope that this catches on – not only for collectors of rare classic cars – but for older vehicle or airplane owners of whatever ilk. It is not fake news that the absence of replacement items (or, ahem, ethics) leads to problems. Worst auto case, the car may be scrapped. Continue reading

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California Air Resources Board Fines JEGS Automotive $1.7m

The California Air Resources Board today announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California. The penalty is the largest in CARB … Continue reading

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Black Magic – Winter Tires Prove All-Seasons Are Anything But

The “snows” allowed faster stopping – consistently with much less slipping sliding. The all seasons were clearly mis-named with no discernible truth in marketing or advertising. Continue reading

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U.S. Leads Powertrain Aftermarket but Trails in Trends

Mexico’s hot climate contributes to vehicle overheating and powertrain component damage along with poor road conditions in many areas, increasing powertrain wear and tear. How this differs from U.S. conditions was not clear. As was the silence on where the U.S. sold parts were built. Continue reading

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Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup at 2017 Work Truck Show

Nissan and Toyota are no longer niche players in the truck market, one of the last remaining segments that the Detroit Three used to dominate. Innovative Honda, surprisingly or maybe not given its small engine expertise, has only the unit-body Ridgeline pickup in its lineup. Continue reading

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Australia-Based CarRecord to Use NADA Values

“Our exclusive integration of vehicle values from J.D. Power Valuation Services makes the process of compiling the total history and pricing of a vehicle much easier, saving customers time and money.” Continue reading

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Affordable Used Vehicles Becoming Scarce

For consumers considering trading in older used vehicles, 2017 could be the time. The latest study predicts a record number of off-lease vehicles will fill dealer lots and that a declining number of older trade-ins will put significant upward pressure on the late model used market this year. Continue reading

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Toyota Opens Parts Depot in Atlanta

Stocking approximately 43,000 Lexus parts, the facility will serve 27 Lexus dealers in the Southeast, primarily in Atlanta, as well as a five-state area that includes Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Continue reading

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Michelin Sues Atturo Tire Over a Directional Tread Patent

The suit alleges that two tire models – the Atturo AZ600 and the Thunderer Ranger 007- infringe the company’s U.S. patent D483,322 for a directional tread. Continue reading

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Subaru Brings Back Shop Training High Schools Dropped

The goal is to train secondary and post-secondary students for possible future employment at 620 Subaru retailers nationwide. Continue reading

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SEMA Debut for 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang

Ford Performance reveals the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, marking the newest iteration of the limited-edition racecar. Continue reading

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Crash Course on Collision Parts in front of Congress

The parallel Parts Act bills in the House and Senate will face fierce opposition from automakers – as they have before – where automaker lobbying has, arguably, infringed on consumer rights while nullifying the bills. Continue reading

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