By Joe Marconi
Years back it was common to perform oil changes every 3 to 5,000 miles, and we would see customers 4 to 5 times a year. Today, you are lucky if you see customers once a year for an oil change service.
So, what are you doing to maintain customers on a more consistent basis?
Derek Kaufman is constantly scanning future trends in vehicle design and aftermarket challenges, including how recent events in electric vehicles are affecting our near-term and longer-term futures. This is your podcast resource, committed to bringing the future and forward-looking information you can use to inform and map your road ahead. Derek Kaufman, Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, President of C3 Network. Listen to Derek’s previous episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points
BEVs are running about 5.6% of new car sales in the second quarter of 2022 – that’s up from 2.7% in the second quarter of 2021. Challenges- recession, price of battery materials/broken supply chain, Inflation Reduction Act China controls 60-80% of the powders associated with battery anodes and cathodes and the lithium transfer medium 80-90% of all BEV vehicles do not qualify for the Inflation Reduction Act- – it only applies to BEV cars that are under $55,000, it only applies to people making less than a certain amount depending on their marital status Autonomous Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (AV NEV)- AV NEVs are package delivery pods and people shuttles traveling in dedicated lanes in urban centers at less than 30 mph. The Federal Government is allocating about $5B of our tax money to install another 500,000 chargers – but if we are going to get anywhere close to their desired sales of BEVs we are going to need over 2 million chargers to keep those cars running. Estimated 5% BEV share of new car sales this year growing to 20% in 2030 and 35% in 2035 – by 2050 we have BEVs at around 50% of 2050
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New Tires With Wheel Alignment Scam - Avoid Rip Offs: Two Shop Owners React
This may sound brusque but I have my reasons, you are welcome to have your opinion about buying new vs used and such, but please understand that I have my reasons and contribute accordingly, please. I only write this because I know how some strings of comments can go.
But, to my query and I truly and sincerely appreciate everyone’s opinion, professional experience and reasons in their answers. I am wanting/needing to replace my current truck. I made a mistake buying it, but I did. I have a 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited that I absolutely hate and is the biggest POS I have ever owned and that includes the Suburban that puked a motor a month after I bought it used. I would really prefer a mid-sized truck but given my domestic situation I also want to replace my small but very nice camper trailer with something a little bit bigger, so my girlfriend and I have more room and comfort. Anything decent weighs in the 7000 + CGVW range topping out around 9000 for what we would likely want. So that puts the mid-sized out of the picture since most are limited to 7000 or slightly over. Fuel economy is also very important, but I know that a full-sized truck will not be great. I was spoiled with my 2018 Colorado Centennial Edition which would regularly return 22+ on trips on the expressway and 24+ on rural highways. But the transmission was one of those 8 speed beasts that did more shuddering that shifting so it was replaced by this POS Tacoma on the strong recommendation of a friend who had owned 3 Tacomas over the years and currently had a 2020. To make matters worse, besides the dismal fuel economy, it won’t break 19 mpg on the expressway, it shudders too.
Okay, this is getting long but you have the background and needs for a new truck. I would prefer a new as opposed to used for some reason. What trucks would you recommend or recommend staying away from? Decreasing the pool of possible candidates is the very strong desire to have a moonroof. An integrated brake control system would be nice but not necessary since I have a very nice Tekonsha unit now. I am not a fan of Chrysler products but I am also looking for something to buy and keep for an extremely long period of time. Thank you to all who read and respond, I a truly grateful.