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Multiple OEMs partner to innovate smartphone connectivity

Multiple OEMs partner to innovate smartphone connectivity

By: Heather Sinchak | May 18th, 2017

Connecting to your car will get a little bit easier – and more interesting. With the new SmartDeviceLink Consortum, or SDL for short, cars and smart phones will connect better creating an “infotainment” environment with display screens, steering wheel controls,…

Consumer habits in your favor: How the increase in pre-owned vehicles on the road will impact your parts business and what to do about it

Consumer habits in your favor: How the increase in pre-owned vehicles on the road will impact your parts business and what to do about it

By: Kathy Jambor | December 7th, 2016

While autonomous cars may be the future, cars of the past are still very much present.According to IHS Markit, the average age of light vehicles in operation has increased (yet again) to 11.6 years. In recent years, ownership of cars…

Get your 3D glasses out – cars (and parts!) are going futuristic

Get your 3D glasses out – cars (and parts!) are going futuristic

By: Kathy Jambor | August 31st, 2016

It may seem way too futuristic to imagine a car – or even a single car part – created from a printer. A question that you may be asking is: “is it even drivable?” or you may have an even…

Good news for your collision parts business

Good news for your collision parts business

By: Kathy Jambor | September 17th, 2015

Here are just a few statistics that may impact your dealership’s parts sales. Overall, it’s a bright outlook for the industry as a whole, which means the demand for parts should be strong. According to CollisionWeek, over 275 billion vehicle…

Jeep Car Hacking Raises New Safety Concerns

Jeep Car Hacking Raises New Safety Concerns

By: OEC Staff | August 27th, 2015

We’ve all heard the sensational news around the two cyber-sleuths who managed to car-hack a Jeep Cherokee on I-64 in St. Louis.  While “playfully” adjusting the stereo, air conditioning and windshield wipers, these new-age “self-professed messiahs” also cut the transmission…

INFOGRAPHIC: Auto Care Industry Stats

INFOGRAPHIC: Auto Care Industry Stats

By: Liz Kral | August 15th, 2015

View infographic We’ve gathered the latest stats on the auto care industry and placed them into one convenient infographic for you to reference. How many vehicles are on the road? What are the most common repairs? Find out!