Car parts – PKW Zubehoer http://pkw-zubehoer.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:04:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-2-150x150.png Car parts – PKW Zubehoer http://pkw-zubehoer.com/ 32 32 Auto parts shortages are causing major problems across Texas https://pkw-zubehoer.com/auto-parts-shortages-are-causing-major-problems-across-texas/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/auto-parts-shortages-are-causing-major-problems-across-texas/ CEDAR PARK, Texas — It was a simple problem with Dawn Martinez’s 2011 Ford Edge that highlighted a major problem in the industry: auto parts shortages. “The only way I could fix that was with the screen and I couldn’t use it at the time,” Martinez said. “I went ahead and did it, but yeah, […]]]>

CEDAR PARK, Texas — It was a simple problem with Dawn Martinez’s 2011 Ford Edge that highlighted a major problem in the industry: auto parts shortages.

“The only way I could fix that was with the screen and I couldn’t use it at the time,” Martinez said. “I went ahead and did it, but yeah, getting money for those repairs wasn’t easy.”

Not only have repair prices skyrocketed in auto shops across Texas and the country, but wait times have also been just as difficult to bear.

Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in Cedar Park told Spectrum News that jobs usually taking one to two days have sometimes been delayed by four to six months. (Spectrum News 1/Dylan Scott)

“It was August through December to get that part to the auto shop,” Martinez said. “Just getting more and more expensive. It was that computer repair.”

Michelle McMurry handled repairs for Martinez and thousands of others during her 13 years at Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in Cedar Park. The long-time repair world veteran says these are unprecedented times.

“We’re doing our best to get people out of here because we know they need to have their vehicles,” McMurry said. “It’s getting to the point where it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

What was once seen as a simple solution has turned into growing frustration due to supply chain issues and a lack of materials at the manufacturer level. Computer chips and catalytic converters have been some of the most difficult items to stock, but the list goes on.

“The normal turnaround time is one to two days, but unfortunately I’ve seen four to six months,” McMurry said.

Technicians at state and US garages had to be resourceful, often fixing what they could until orders were fulfilled.

“I got used to it. Unfortunately, it’s been kind of the norm for at least the last year,” said technician Josh Bare. “Try to mix things up as best we can.”

Technicians like Josh Bare said computer chips and catalytic converters are some of the hardest parts to find in garages across America. (Spectrum News 1/Dylan Scott)

With no end in sight, many companies are urging customers to think twice before bringing in their vehicles. In some cases, they say, it might just be better to go for a new vehicle.

“Things out of stock, things not available and no ETA when they’re available,” McMurry said. “It’s in all areas.”

“It could have been done with the car two days ago, or it’s Friday and the seal isn’t coming and they have to wait until the weekend,” Bare said. “The biggest problem is just time.”

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Alabama auto parts maker employs teens: Feds https://pkw-zubehoer.com/alabama-auto-parts-maker-employs-teens-feds/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/alabama-auto-parts-maker-employs-teens-feds/ A federal investigation found that an Alabama manufacturer employed teenagers, according to the Department of Labor. Getty Images/iStockphoto An auto parts maker used child labor to produce parts supplied to Hyundai and Kia, federal investigators say. The investigation determined that teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 worked at a facility in Alexander City, […]]]>

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A federal investigation found that an Alabama manufacturer employed teenagers, according to the Department of Labor.

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An auto parts maker used child labor to produce parts supplied to Hyundai and Kia, federal investigators say.

The investigation determined that teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 worked at a facility in Alexander City, Alabama operated by SL Alabama LLC, which supplies headlights and mirrors for cars, according to an Oct. 11 news release. of the US Department of Labor.

The teens were hired by JK USA Staffing, a temp agency, but worked for SL Alabama, the Alabama Department of Labor said in an Oct. 11 news release. Neither SL Alabama nor JK USA Staffing had required child labor certificates, according to the release.

Some minors employed at the facility used “plastic gluing machines” in an illegal occupation, and other teenagers worked without proper record keeping, the investigation found, according to the state statement.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in coordination with the Alabama Department of Labor’s Child Labor Enforcement Office and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, a US Labor spokesperson told McClatchy News.

A Hyundai spokesperson told McClatchy News that the company appreciates the court’s decision and is encouraged that SL Alabama is taking steps “to ensure its labor practices comply with local, state and local laws. federal”.

“Hyundai will continue to closely review the work operations of its suppliers to ensure full compliance with all local, state and federal laws,” the spokesperson said.

SL Alabama, JK USA Staffing and Kia did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.

“Our investigation revealed that SL Alabama engaged in oppressive child labor by employing young workers under the age of 14 and employing minors under the age of 16 in a manufacturing occupation,” said the district manager of the wage and hour division, Kenneth Stripling, in the release. “Employers are responsible for knowing who works at their facilities, ensuring those individuals are of legal working age, and that their employment complies with all federal, state and local labor laws.”

Alabama and federal labor officials are suing.

A September 29 consent judgment from the U.S. District Court for the Intermediate District of Alabama prohibited SL Alabama from violating child labor provisions and shipping any product manufactured within 30 days of the labor violations, says the federal statement.

In addition, the manufacturer is required to provide training materials to any entity supplying workers to its Alexander City plant, according to US labor officials. The company must also commit to quarterly child labor training for three years and must impose penalties on anyone found responsible for child labor violations.

The US Department of Labor has not completed its investigation of JK USA Staffing, the spokesperson said.

SL Alabama and JK Staffing were also fined $17,800 each by the state Department of Labor, according to the department. In total, the department claims to have collected more than $35,000 in penalties from the two companies.

The lawsuit comes months after a Reuters report said another Hyundai subsidiary in Alabama employed children. Following the July 22 report, a Hyundai customer filed a lawsuit against the company.

In a July 22 email responding to the report, a Hyundai spokesperson told McClatchy News that the company “does not tolerate illegal employment practices” and complies with local, state and federal laws. The company has not commented on the lawsuit.

On Oct. 11, a spokesperson told McClatchy News that the accused affiliate had severed ties with its third-party agency that hired the miners.

This story was originally published October 11, 2022 5:14 p.m.

Moira Ritter covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Georgetown University where she studied government, journalism and German. Previously, she reported for CNN Business.

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Stellantis circular economy plan to offer used auto parts up to 30% cheaper https://pkw-zubehoer.com/stellantis-circular-economy-plan-to-offer-used-auto-parts-up-to-30-cheaper/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/stellantis-circular-economy-plan-to-offer-used-auto-parts-up-to-30-cheaper/ Car owners will be offered cheaper and more environmentally friendly reconditioned and used parts to help keep their vehicles on the road for longer, under new plans revealed by car giant Stellantis. The group, whose brands include Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën, Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat and Jeep, has given its new “Circular Economy” division – led […]]]>

Car owners will be offered cheaper and more environmentally friendly reconditioned and used parts to help keep their vehicles on the road for longer, under new plans revealed by car giant Stellantis.

The group, whose brands include Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën, Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat and Jeep, has given its new “Circular Economy” division – led by former Peugeot boss Alison Jones – the aim of achieve two billion euros in turnover. each year by the end of the decade.

Things like battery reuse and recycling fall under the mandate of the new division. But a larger percentage of its revenue will depend on Stellantis’ ability to dismantle older vehicles from its brands – those that have reached the end of their life or have been written off by insurance companies – and reuse their components for offer them to existing customers. clients. In other cases, worn parts could be repaired and reinstalled in vehicles.

According to Jones, this will reduce the amount of fresh materials used for these components by up to 80% and cut the amount of energy used in their manufacture by up to half. These savings will be passed on to consumers, who are expected to pay between 10 and 30% less for the used part than they would for a new part.

Speaking to Auto Express, Jones said while switching customers to electric vehicles is one way to reduce CO2 emissions, helping owners in many regions keep their existing cars running longer will also help. “We have one of the widest ranges of electric vehicles available to our customers,” Jones said, “but switching to electric vehicles requires government support, to help with infrastructure and encourage customers to want to move. In some countries where it is not as developed, extending the life of combustion engine vehicles will really make a difference.I don’t think there is one solution that covers all countries.

The plan is key for Stellantis, which aims to be carbon zero by 2038. The company recently announced that it will open a European “hub” for its parts recycling processes in Turin, Italy. But the company already has about 12,000 refreshed components, spread across 40 model lines, and Jones revealed it wants to more than double the percentage of its overall parts range covered by the program. “These 12,000 components cover approximately 15% of our refurbished portfolio,” she said. “We want that to be 40% by 2030.”

Jones said there were “already customers who want to buy parts on a more ethical basis,” but she acknowledged that dealers will have to play a role in introducing owners to the idea of ​​remanufactured components, even those with full warranty. “What we’re already seeing is that some dealerships are really strong on this, while others aren’t so aware,” she said. “Our job is to increase that awareness for our dealers and for our customers. We know that customers are looking for sustainable choices and we are increasingly able to offer them that.

She also revealed that over time, new car buyers will see design and engineering fit for the circular economy – using materials that can be more easily recycled or construction that simplifies the removal and changing of components. “The recent Citroën Oli is a good example of a concept showing all the way around the loop,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t want to set a deadline, but what the brands are doing now is trying to put all the pieces together to close the loop in production vehicles.”

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Twelve turns carbon into sunglasses, car parts and fuel https://pkw-zubehoer.com/twelve-turns-carbon-into-sunglasses-car-parts-and-fuel/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/twelve-turns-carbon-into-sunglasses-car-parts-and-fuel/ As companies around the world tackle climate change, Twelve offers a solution with its carbon transformation technology that transforms CO2 into products typically made from fossil fuels. Using oil derived from fossil fuels to create products isn’t cheap, but what if it were possible to make products using air instead of fossil fuels? Twelve, based […]]]>

As companies around the world tackle climate change, Twelve offers a solution with its carbon transformation technology that transforms CO2 into products typically made from fossil fuels.

Using oil derived from fossil fuels to create products isn’t cheap, but what if it were possible to make products using air instead of fossil fuels?

Twelve, based in California, is a carbon transformation company that is shaking up the status quo of product manufacturing. Ranging from Mercedes car parts to equipment for NASA, the startup manufactures them using CO2.

Twelve’s Carbon Transformation Technology

Describing how the technology works, Director of Product Ecosystems Heidi Lim said:

“Our technology converts carbon dioxide and water molecules using renewable energy. We split and then rearrange molecules into building blocks that are usually made from fossil fuels. »

Products that rely on petrochemicals for assembly vary. According to the International Energy Agency, they include:

  • plastics,
  • fertilizers,
  • packaging,
  • Clothes,
  • digital devices,
  • medical equipement,
  • detergents, and
  • tires.

With Twelve’s carbon transformation technology, an electrochemical reactor named Opus was built that completely eliminates fossil fuels from the process. The company calls it “industrial photosynthesis“.

This is the same as what plants do during photosynthesis; Opus takes water and CO2, and using renewable energies, it transforms them into new chemicals, materials or fuels.

Inside the reactor, electricity separates CO2 and water. Then, the membrane allows the separated elements to be recombined and make different chemicals.

The reactor is of modular design so that it can be installed in any industrial system. Best of all, the reactor system is engineered with a “plug-n-play” design.

It can be easily and quickly integrated into existing industrial systems. Additionally, the process can be performed using CO2 from the point of emission or direct air capture.

  • According to Twelve, they can cut up to ten% global broadcasts via Opus.

And this is possible by transforming existing supply chains that run on fossil fuels to run on CO2.

CO2 products

The company’s commercial products are called CO2Made. These include sunglasses from fashion brand Pangaia, Mercedes auto parts, Tide detergents and carbon neutral fuels, among others.

According to CEO Nicholas Flanders, Twelve produces “building blocks for a wide range of materials, chemicals and fuels that are currently made from fossil fuels today”.

It also claims that CO2Made products have no change in quality from those they replace.

Besides manufacturing CO2Made items, the company is also working on another innovation – E-jet. It is a jet fuel with 90% lower emissions than conventional jet fuel and works with current engines.

  • After announcing a $130 million Round of Series B funding last June, Twelve is set to accelerate its industrial-scale carbon transformation platform.

Some big names support the company’s unique technology. Mercedes-Benz, NASA, Shopify, Procter & Gamble, and the Air Force have partnered with Twelve to manufacture CO2Made products.

Speaking for Procter & Gamble, Todd Cline remarked that:

“Delivering the low-carbon products that consumers want will require scaling innovative solutions like Twelve’s carbon transforming technology…We are happy to see that Twelve has the opportunity to expand its ability to impact a wide variety of sustainable consumer products through its technology.”

The company also sees opportunities to work with companies that already capture and store CO2 emissions. Popular names are Global Thermostat and Shell.

Twelve’s carbon transformation technology has the potential to transform CO2 from a harmful waste stream into useful products.

The carbon company is currently taking pre-orders for its CO2Made and E-Jet materials.

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Car parts catch fire in a transport truck trailer in Welland https://pkw-zubehoer.com/car-parts-catch-fire-in-a-transport-truck-trailer-in-welland/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:12:23 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/car-parts-catch-fire-in-a-transport-truck-trailer-in-welland/ A fire in a haul truck trailer carrying car parts sent thick black smoke over the Welland International Flatwater Center on Friday morning. The smoke was visible from Highway 58 in Port Colborne just past Stonebridge Drive. Welland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Burt Lamoureux said 911 received several calls for smoke in the […]]]>

A fire in a haul truck trailer carrying car parts sent thick black smoke over the Welland International Flatwater Center on Friday morning.

The smoke was visible from Highway 58 in Port Colborne just past Stonebridge Drive.

Welland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Burt Lamoureux said 911 received several calls for smoke in the area around 9 a.m.

Lamoureux said the car parts were for recycling and added that the driver was able to disconnect his truck from the trailer when the parts burned.

The trailer was in an upper parking lot at the Calm Water Center, and vehicles pulled out of Townline Tunnel Road to watch the fire and take video on cellphones.

No residents were exposed to materials from the fire as there are no occupied buildings in the immediate vicinity and no other vehicles were in the vicinity of the truck.

Firefighters used high volume hand lines and a main stream from an aerial truck to fight the blaze.

He said a grapple truck was on its way to remove the scorching contents from the trailer and place it out of the way to be hosed down.

“It will be a long process.”

The haul truck and grapple truck were from V&R Recycling, a family-owned metal recycling company based in West Lincoln, which also has a location in Pelham.

There were no injuries and Niagara Regional Police blocked the Townline Tunnel Road and Shaw Street entrances to the Calm Water Center during the fire.

Lamoureux said the fire department contacted the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to inform them of the incident.

“It’s up to them to answer or not.”

Water from firefighting efforts was draining to a ditch on the north side of Townline Tunnel Road.

Firefighters evacuated the scene around 10:30 a.m.

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Auto parts theft is on the rise in Gloucestershire https://pkw-zubehoer.com/auto-parts-theft-is-on-the-rise-in-gloucestershire/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 18:00:39 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/auto-parts-theft-is-on-the-rise-in-gloucestershire/ GLOUCESTERSHIRE saw an increase in metal thefts last year, figures show. The AA said metal theft – which includes the theft of valuable auto parts – increases when household budgets are tight. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows Gloucestershire Constabulary recorded 326 metal theft offenses in 2021-22, a significant increase from 160 the […]]]>

GLOUCESTERSHIRE saw an increase in metal thefts last year, figures show.

The AA said metal theft – which includes the theft of valuable auto parts – increases when household budgets are tight.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows Gloucestershire Constabulary recorded 326 metal theft offenses in 2021-22, a significant increase from 160 the previous year.

Of the thefts last year, 102 were infrastructure-related, which includes stripping metals such as lead from building roofs, taking electrical or railway cables or stealing vehicle parts.

The other 224 were not related to infrastructure, which could involve the theft of scrap metal or wartime plaques.

This meant there was the equivalent of 5.1 metal thefts per 10,000 people in the region last year, compared to 2.5 per 10,000 people the year before.

In England and Wales, 30,100 metal theft offenses were recorded last year, up from 19,000 a year earlier and the highest number since 2013-14.

Almost two-thirds of them were related to infrastructure – the highest proportion since comparable records began in 2012-2013.

Metal theft rates plummeted from 2012 to 2013, around the time the Scrappers Act, introduced to crack down on the trade in stolen metal, was introduced.

However, the Local Government Association said rates have since risen due to several factors, including a significant rise in metal prices.

Nesil Caliskan, Chairman of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Metal theft is extremely damaging and costly and has the potential to affect a range of people and businesses.

“Councils work hard to help businesses meet the requirements of relevant legislation, targeting their resources as effectively as possible, and can take enforcement action when problems are identified.”

The LGA is calling on the government to introduce an offense in the Scrap Dealers Act to receive money for scrap metal, as well as specific funding to support enforcement to help local authorities.

Jack Cousens, head of road policy for the AA, said: ‘When there is a squeeze on household budgets, unfortunately crimes such as theft of metals and car parts increase.

“The two main reasons are the stable scrap price and thieves selling parts on the black market.

“While reputable scrap metal dealers follow and enforce the rules when it comes to metal sales, there is still a long way to go to tackle yards ready to turn a blind eye when a big delivery arrives.”

The AA called on the government to recruit and train more police to deter thieves from stealing coins in the first place.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We recognize the impact theft can have on victims and we want offenders charged and brought to justice in court.

“We are giving police the resources they need to keep us safe, including hiring 20,000 additional police officers and providing funding to the National Infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership, which ensures that police and law enforcement partners law work together to combat metal theft.”

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EV push prompts ‘reinvention’ among auto parts suppliers https://pkw-zubehoer.com/ev-push-prompts-reinvention-among-auto-parts-suppliers/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/ev-push-prompts-reinvention-among-auto-parts-suppliers/ Automakers’ loudly promoted investments in electric vehicles are shaking a quiet but huge industry: their parts suppliers. Suppliers that historically built components for internal combustion engines are feeling increasing pressure to adapt to battery power. It has not always been a smooth change. The challenges are summarized in two companies linked to the former Delphi […]]]>

Automakers’ loudly promoted investments in electric vehicles are shaking a quiet but huge industry: their parts suppliers.

Suppliers that historically built components for internal combustion engines are feeling increasing pressure to adapt to battery power. It has not always been a smooth change.

The challenges are summarized in two companies linked to the former Delphi Automotive, which was once one of the largest suppliers in the United States.

BorgWarner and Aptiv aren’t household names to most drivers, but their parts help build cars and trucks for manufacturers like Ford and Volkswagen. Together they have more than 200,000 employees – more than Ford or General Motors alone.

Michigan-based BorgWarner has a long history of producing parts for gas-powered vehicles. It generated 19% of its revenue last year from the sale of turbochargers, which use exhaust gases from combustion engines to spin a turbine and increase power. “To make the transition to electric vehicles, they have to totally reinvent themselves,” said Baird analyst Luke Junk.

As part of the reinvention, BorgWarner last week announced plans to buy a business from China’s Hubei Surpass Sun Electric that makes electric chargers for up to Rmb410 million ($58 million), its second charging deal. of electric vehicles in two months after buying California’s Rhombus Energy Solutions for $185 million.

The transition to electric vehicles is “probably broader” for BorgWarner than for its automaker customers, Paul Farrell, the company’s chief strategy officer, said in an interview. After all, “they still make cars on some level.”

BorgWarner began its transformation two years ago by buying the powertrain spin-off from Delphi Automotive, which itself was formerly part of General Motors. The $3.3 billion deal, the largest in its 94-year history, further strengthened BorgWarner in the combustion engine supply business with products such as fuel injection systems and ignition products,

But it also brought a key technology for electric vehicles to the company: inverters that convert DC electricity stored in a battery into AC power that can run a motor.

The acquisitions are part of BorgWarner’s plan to reshape itself for the electric age. Last year, Chief Executive Frederic Lissalde said the group expected electric vehicle-related products to account for 25% of sales by 2025, and up to 45% in 2030, thanks to a combination of growth combustion, mergers and acquisitions and the sale of internal combustion-related businesses. . In 2022, the company expects EV-related product revenue to be $850 million, or about 5% of sales.

Negotiation can bring companies new technologies to sell to their current customer base. According to Dealogic, the number of transactions in the US automotive supply chain for the year to date is 72, compared to 49 for the same period two years ago.

“I didn’t hear CEOs worrying about that until two years ago, like starting to really rethink their mergers and acquisitions,” said Kim Borden, partner at McKinsey. “There are certainly people, even now, today, who still accept that their wallet does not match their future.”

Lissalde told investors last month the company was on track to post $3.7 billion in electric vehicle revenue in 2025. But CFO Kevin Nowlan said sales plans for 3 $.5 billion worth of internal combustion-related businesses were “temporarily suspended” until debt markets settle.

A different situation awaits Aptiv, which is how Delphi Automotive renamed itself after the powertrain spin-off five years ago. Aptiv retained other, mostly high-tech, Delphi businesses.

Companies manufacture wire harnesses, cables and connectors; engineering plans for this electrical architecture; design automatic braking and lane departure prevention systems; and also developing self-driving technology.

Aptiv’s business includes electrical systems for cars © akub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Reuters

Electric vehicles require more wiring and connectors from Aptiv than traditional cars and trucks. The company could earn about $500 per internal combustion vehicle if it sold all of the relevant products it makes, Junk said.

On an electric vehicle, sales per vehicle go up to $1,200. Vendors such as Aptiv are “essentially making this transition with the same products,” the analyst said.

Aptiv chief executive Kevin Clark told investors this month that its electric architecture sales business for electric vehicles “was effectively profitable from day one” because the company is already selling products “on a vehicle out of 3.5 manufactured in the world”.

Some auto parts suppliers are simply “better positioned as this transition takes place,” said Fitch Ratings analyst Stephen Brown. “It’s the worst-positioned vendors that really need to focus on transforming their business.”

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These are the differences between OEM and non-original auto parts https://pkw-zubehoer.com/these-are-the-differences-between-oem-and-non-original-auto-parts/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/these-are-the-differences-between-oem-and-non-original-auto-parts/ Imagine your used car breaking down on the highway on your way to work. After calling roadside assistance and a close family member, you realize that you cannot solve the problem independently and you need to turn to professionals. Your next calls are therefore directed to a tow truck company and a mechanical workshop. This […]]]>

Imagine your used car breaking down on the highway on your way to work. After calling roadside assistance and a close family member, you realize that you cannot solve the problem independently and you need to turn to professionals. Your next calls are therefore directed to a tow truck company and a mechanical workshop.


This is where the hassle and expense begins, because having your car towed to the nearest mechanic shop won’t come cheap. HomeGuide data shows that tow truck companies charge a minimum base rate of $50 for local or 5 or 10 mile towing, or a hookup fee of $75 plus $2 to $4 per mile for long distance towing. Now that your car has ended up at a garage, they’ll give you an estimate for repairs, but all too often you’ll get a rude awakening as the charges will outweigh most of your savings.

According to a July 2020 LendingTree survey, 28% of American drivers could not afford a $500 car repair without going into debt, and 43% of Americans got into debt due to automotive difficulties. Worse still, several websites describe how customers have been tricked into taking out predatory auto repair loans.

A study by consumer advocacy groups, including consumer reports points out that auto repair shops affiliated with famous brands, including AAMCO, Big O Tires, Grease Monkey, Jiffy Lube, Meineke, Midas and Precision Tune Auto Care, entice unwary customers to borrow up to 189% interest.

“189% lending is illegal in most states, but TAB Bank is helping EasyPay Finance evade those laws and multiply the pain of an expensive auto repair,” Lauren Saunders, associate director at the National Consumer Law Center Told consumer reports.

To avoid expensive repair costs, drivers can protect themselves by following a few simple steps. In addition to keeping their vehicles in top condition, drivers can find a reliable mechanic who will work with them for the long term. But there is something else that could reduce repair costs, and that is the use of non-original auto parts. However, it should be noted that some mechanics and repair shops will object to the use of aftermarket auto parts. Here are the distinctions between OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and non-OEM auto parts in case you have found an auto repair shop that can help with this problem and you are curious about the pros and cons. disadvantages of these automotive components.

Related: Car Parts That Wear Out The Fastest


Differences between OEM and non-OEM: non-original car parts are cheaper

Obviously, parts from the original equipment manufacturers will be more expensive than their rivals, the aftermarket parts. Since the original car manufacturer creates the original parts, drivers expect them to be of premium quality, although this is not always the case. And while the quality is questionable, the high costs associated with OEMs are not. According to American Association of Property Damage Insurers (PCI), OEM parts tend to cost up to 60% more than non-original parts. Meanwhile, another study of American Insurance Association reveals that using non-original auto parts saves consumers up to $2.4 billion each year. There is another aspect that increases OEM prices and that is patents.

“Over the past decade, automakers have been patenting more and more aftermarket parts for their vehicles, from fenders to headlights to mirrors,” says The New Republic. “Instead of having a choice of generic parts after an accident, auto repair shops must use manufacturer-patented parts – and consumers pay the price.”

The New Republic explains how automakers abuse their right to obtain “design patents” to narrow repair choices and squeeze the last dollar out of car owners. For example, Ford was granted patents for several collision repair components for its 2004 F-150 model, including the front and rear lights, grille, rear view mirror, and bumpers. But later, the American automaker filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging patent infringement when Keystone automotive industries and a number of other suppliers attempted to import replacement F-150 components from foreign facilities.

Related: These are the 10 most common misconceptions about car maintenance

OEM and non-genuine car parts: you might experience a difference in quality

Even though most technicians and industry experts agree that OEM parts are of the highest quality, there are still substantial quality differences between these automotive components. Ian Adams, Western Regional Manager R Street InstituteTold The New Republic that “that’s to say a lot of parts come off the same assembly line, and one is labeled OEM and the other isn’t.”

This argument is valid, although it is worth considering that the quality of spare parts is not constant, and consumers might be surprised to learn that it varies from one repair shop to another. . Another thing to keep in mind is that OEM components come with warranties, unlike most non-genuine parts.

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What car parts are safe to buy used and what should you buy brand new https://pkw-zubehoer.com/what-car-parts-are-safe-to-buy-used-and-what-should-you-buy-brand-new/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:33:31 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/what-car-parts-are-safe-to-buy-used-and-what-should-you-buy-brand-new/ Source: blog.onlineautomotive.co.uk We are all well aware that maintaining a car can be extremely expensive. If you only do the annual maintenance, with nothing broken or damaged, we would need to pay thousands of dollars every year. It can be difficult for anyone, especially in this economy. The easiest way to save money, get maintenance […]]]>

Source: blog.onlineautomotive.co.uk

We are all well aware that maintaining a car can be extremely expensive. If you only do the annual maintenance, with nothing broken or damaged, we would need to pay thousands of dollars every year. It can be difficult for anyone, especially in this economy. The easiest way to save money, get maintenance done on time, and ensure your vehicle is always safe on the road is to buy used parts.

It doesn’t matter if you need to change a part because it’s too old or because it’s been damaged, you need to know what your options are. In this article we will talk about proper maintenance, and we will tell you which car parts are safe to buy, and which should you buy new.

Which can be safely bought used?

Source: blog.onlineautomotive.co.uk

The first thing we are going to talk about is all the parts that are safe to buy used. These parts should keep you driving for at least a year or two, and they’ll only cost a fraction of the price of a new part. Nevertheless, you still need to be extremely careful when buying these units. You would want to buy parts that are in good condition so that they don’t break after a month of use.

Things like windshields, windows, and mirrors are always good to buy second-hand. Even if there is a scratch or two, it won’t affect your driving experience in any way. The same goes for all the covers and plastic parts, which are only there to make your experience more enjoyable. There is no need to invest in these parts for brand new items because even if you buy them from a store as a first hand owner, they will lose value as soon as you install them.

Replacement tires as well as rims can be purchased second hand, but in this case you will want to make sure they are still in good condition. You don’t want to invest in tires, especially those designed for winter or all-season models, that won’t give you the stability and security you need while in the vehicle.
The transmission can be purchased used, and just with this purchase you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Buying this part used is recommended, especially if your vehicle is older, but if you have a new vehicle that requires a brand new transmission, you may want to invest in a new one.

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It is recommended to buy the electric locks, together with the second-hand alternator, and it is another purchase that will save you money and will not affect your driving ability and safety on the road, simply because you don’t have brand new parts.
Again, you need to know where you are buying these replacement parts, as well as used items, and you need to know more about the dealership and the seller before trusting them.

Always do excessive research on where you are buying these items and remember that when you go with a reputable service you are more likely to get a warranty and get your money back if something goes wrong.
When you go with a reputable service, you’ll be able to find everything you need with just a few clicks, and you don’t even have to be in the store to see what they offer and what would work with your vehicle.

What should you buy new?

Now that you know more about used parts, we need to talk about new items and why you should be the first owner of these parts. Remember that whenever you are driving you should feel safe if and you should know that you are not endangering everyone around you. These parts should be purchased new because they are the ones that put the most effort into keeping the vehicle running smoothly, and if I used broken parts, you not only risk paying thousands of dollars in repairs, but you can also get into an accident and injure yourself or others.

The main thing you need to know is that you should never buy used wiring. Wires that have been used before will never work properly, and until you realize what the problem is, other parts of your vehicle are going to be damaged.
Belts and filters should also be purchased new, and these parts are a relatively small investment and there won’t be a big difference between used and new items.

Source: caranddriver.com

The best thing you can do for yourself and your vehicle is to have a mechanic you trust. They’ll talk to you and they’ll let you know what parts need to be replaced, and whether it would be smarter for you to invest in something that’s never been used before, or something from the previous owner. In some cases, the larger items will be the less expensive, so when the difference is less than $50, it’s better to go with the new part than risk the potential damage that comes with used items.

As for used parts, they are a great way to save money on items that can cost thousands of dollars when you buy them from a store as a first-hand owner.
Remember that maintaining your vehicle is your number one priority. You should never let anything wear out completely before replacing it, and you should keep up with maintenance at least twice a year. Be smart when making decisions and remember that there are times when you can save money by investing in used items, and there are times when you have to break the bank and buy this which will be the safest for you.

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Kildare Nationalist – Over 100 car tires and parts dumped on a rural road in County Meath https://pkw-zubehoer.com/kildare-nationalist-over-100-car-tires-and-parts-dumped-on-a-rural-road-in-county-meath/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 10:10:32 +0000 https://pkw-zubehoer.com/kildare-nationalist-over-100-car-tires-and-parts-dumped-on-a-rural-road-in-county-meath/ Louise Walch Meath County Council is urging people to avoid using so-called ‘unlicensed backyard garages’ after they had to undertake the cleanup of nearly 120 discarded tires and car parts which were dumped on a rural road. The cleanup took place on Friday morning after the council was alerted to the tyres, which were strewn […]]]>

Louise Walch

Meath County Council is urging people to avoid using so-called ‘unlicensed backyard garages’ after they had to undertake the cleanup of nearly 120 discarded tires and car parts which were dumped on a rural road.

The cleanup took place on Friday morning after the council was alerted to the tyres, which were strewn on the sides of the road in Danestown, near Kentstown.

Council waste keeper Alan Nolan said the 117 car tires and parts were thrown away just weeks after a separate incident outside Dunshaughlin in which 50 tyres, 23 five-gallon oil drums and three 45-gallons had been discarded.

“A member of the public who walks the road in Danestown every day alerted us to this dump on Thursday afternoon. The road was clear earlier in the morning which meant a large van emptied the tires in broad daylight,” Mr Nolan said.

“End-of-life tire dumping has become a huge problem across the county, and we believe unlicensed yard garages are responsible for failing to comply with the nation’s waste regulations.

Nearly 120 car tires and parts were dumped on the side of a road near Kentstown, County Meath, on Thursday. Photo: provided by Louise Walsh

“The tires can be recycled and for each new tire purchased, the customer pays an additional €3.44 to the garage for the proper disposal of end-of-life tyres.

‘This cost is documented by the seller who must account for their sales when inspected by any member of the council’s waste control office or environmental protection office,’ Mr Nolan added.

“The vast majority of reputable garages will have this documentation and properly dispose of end-of-life tyres, so we encourage motorists to use these garages when purchasing new tyres. Only then can we see a decrease in this type of dumping.

‘If anyone is aware of an unauthorized garage operating in the locality, please contact Meath County Council in confidence,’ Mr Nolan added.

As Halloween approaches, Mr Nolan has urged garages to secure tires so they are not accessible for bonfires.

“Be vigilant and keep all your tires safe. Although it is illegal to do so, many tires end up on bonfires on Halloween, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere,” he said. added.

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