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AAA: Motorists overlook critical maintenance items
Tire Business
Vehicle onboard maintenance reminders help drivers remember oil changes but often other maintenance items are overlooked, according to a survey of AAA Inc.’s nationwide network of Approved Auto Repair shops. Eighty-eight percent of repair shops surveyed said motorists frequently skip brake fluid service, AAA said. Other commonly missed items included proper battery checks, transmission fluid maintenance, tire maintenance and engine coolant.
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Auto dealers handle national recall increase
Democrat & Chronicle
America's motor vehicle market is a massive and somewhat circular affair, with new cars becoming used cars becoming salvaged cars becoming rebuilt parts and, in some cases, entirely rebuilt cars. 'Round and 'round we go, in other words. The pattern of recycling vehicles and their parts is mostly stressed, and potentially compromised, when there are scads of safety recalls affecting many makes and brands of cars, as has happened in 2013 and 2014.
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Future car owners value high-tech vehicles
Nielsen via Professional Carwashing & Detailing
A recent study by Nielsen shows that connectivity in automobiles is valued among drivers, according to Nielsen.com. "In fact, of the 44 percent of future auto intenders who plan to purchase a new car within the next two years, 39 percent are very likely to purchase a connected car with built-in features," said the article.
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AAA: Motorists overlook critical maintenance items
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Vehicle onboard maintenance reminders help drivers remember oil changes but often other maintenance items are overlooked, according to a survey of AAA Inc.'s nationwide network of Approved Auto Repair shops.

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Auto repair shops face off against insurers over payments
Orlando Sentinel
Auto repair shops across the United States are suing insurance companies, including the nation's largest — State Farm — in a series of lawsuits that will be heard in Orlando, Florida. The auto repair shops claim that the insurance companies don't pay enough to adequately repair cars.

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3 ways to reuse the 300 million tires that are tossed annually
NationSwell
Thanks to the U.S.' love affair with the automobile, Americans go through a lot of tires. Various estimates show that around 290 million tires are thrown away each year in this country.

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NHTSA initiates investigation of Michelin auto hauler tires
RubberNews.com
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation of Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires for possible defects. "The tire may fail catastrophically when used on the steer axle," states the resume dated Oct. 6 from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation initiating the investigation.
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Dealers turn to governments for incentives
Automotive News
A small but growing number of dealerships are obtaining tax breaks or government funds in connection with their facility improvements. Through August, about two dozen such arrangements have been negotiated and approved nationwide this year. While that's only a handful, industry observers say that's noticeably more than has been common in recent years.
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EPA: US fuel economy reaches all-time high
RubberNews.com
Average fuel economy for new vehicles reached 24.1 miles per gallon in model year 2013, the highest in history, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 2013 figures represented a 0.5 mpg increase over model year 2012 and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since model year 2004, the EPA said in an Oct. 8 news release.
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7 key elements of an effective new employee orientation program
By D. Albert Brannen
New employee orientation is one of the most important of all human resources transactions. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," is a saying that really applies to orienting or onboarding new employees. Obviously, orientation programs need to be tailored to each individual employer and to specific jobs. Nonetheless, by building in these seven essential elements, employers can go a long way toward having happier, more productive employees and minimizing or even avoiding labor- and employment-related legal claims.
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CMA plans to fight OTR anti-dumping decision
Modern Tire Dealer
Double Coin Holdings LLC and its American subsidiary, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC, plan to fight the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to impose a duty of 105 percent on CMA’s imports of off-the-road tires. The Commerce Department began an anti-dumping review in October 2013, at the request of petitioners in order to determine whether the anti-dumping rate assigned to Double Coin and CMA should be changed.
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