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New Car Dealers in High Gear

In Frank McClure’s office, protected in a velvet-lined box, is Arizona auto license number 178. It was issued in 1914, the year that Monte Mansfield opened his Ford dealership in Tucson. McClure worked for Mansfield from 1954 to 1958, the year Mansfield sold his Ford dealership to Holmes Tuttle. When Monte Mansfield died, his widow gave the license to McClure, who is now the president at Holmes Tuttle Ford. It is in gestures such as this, as well as through memory and remembrance, that the history of the dealerships in Tucson is told.

While the idea of going to the dealer to buy a new car makes sense to us, things weren’t always done that way. The first cars were sold factory-direct, and the first independent car dealers got their start by buying cars from the factory and then reselling them alongside reliable products, like bicycles and horses. The first dealerships were even referred to as stables, until Percy Owen opened a site to display automobiles in New York City in 1899 and called it a showroom.

The distribution of automobiles was not particularly organized in those days. The manufacturer sold them to a distributor, who sold them to a dealer, who sold them to the customer. The distributors were mostly large urban dealers who sold to the smaller rural dealers. Factories continued to sell cars directly to the public at the same price for which the distributors purchased them.

But in the early part of the century the manufacturers began to formalize agreements with individual dealers, who would pay cash for cars, then wait for them to be built before they could be delivered and resold to the public.

By 1906, the City of Tucson Directory listed two auto dealers: the G. A. Wells Auto Co. at 208 W. Congress St., representing Winton, and the Huntsman-Sheldon Auto Co. on Scott Street, distributors for Oldsmobile.

By 1912, the number of Tucson auto dealerships and repair facilities swelled to nine, among them the F. Ronstadt Co. and F. J. Villaescusa–both of whom were also dealers of buggies, wagons, saddles and equine equipment. J. Breck Richardson owned a dealership at 231 E. Congress St. that would be sold two years later to Monte Mansfield.

“I have never known anyone else who had so much empathy for people and who was so good to his employees,” Frank McClure said of Monte Mansfield.

Indeed, Mansfield is credited for a lot more than selling cars. He lobbied Congress to bring Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to Tucson, got the Stone Avenue underpass built and helped convince Hughes Aircraft Co. to locate here, to cite a few of his accomplishments. Mansfield died the year after he sold his Ford dealership to Holmes Tuttle, who had begun his association with Ford in 1923 at their assembly plant in Oklahoma City.

When Tuttle came to Tucson, Frank McClure was the used car sales manager for Ford. The dealership, which had moved from Stone Avenue to Broadway Boulevard in 1947, had an open-air showroom that flooded during the monsoon season, sometimes badly enough that the cars were washed out of the showroom.

Car Brand Reliability Rankings 2011 – Consumer Reports’ Top 10

Consumer Reports’ recently announced its 2011 reliability ranking of car brands. By predicted short-term reliability, CR’s top 10 brands for model year 2011 are, in descending order:

Scion

Porsche

Acura

Honda

Infiniti

Toyota

Subaru

Volvo

Lexus

Ford.

Toyota Motor Corporation’s three car lines – Scion, Toyota, and Lexus – and Honda Motor Company’s Acura and Honda have consistently placed within top 10 lists for short-term, mid-term, and longer term reliability. Nissan’s Infiniti line is often among this very select group as well.

With regard to best cars, the Scion xD, a small hatchback, is the Scion line’s highest ranked model, the Toyota Yaris, a small sedan or hatchback, is the Toyota brand’s highest ranked model, and the Lexus LX, a large luxury SUV, is Lexus’ best. The Scion xD has a 2010 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average for the first 4 years of a perfect 4.00, as does the Yaris hatchback. The first 4-year 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of the Lexus LX is 3.67.

Acura’s best is the Acura RL, a sedan, and Honda’s best is the Honda CR-V, a small SUV. Infiniti’s best is the all-wheel-drive Infiniti G sedan. The first 4-year Auto Reliability GPA of the CR-V is 3.75; the RL and G sedan have more modest GPAs.

Porsche’s ranking by CR’s predicted short-term reliability took a jump, from 9th place for the 2010 model year to 2nd place for the 2011 model year. However, its highest rated model for 2011 was its lowest rated model for 2010, suggesting that the data for this car marque may be too thin to give stable results.

Volvo’s ranking also took a sizable leap – from 18th place to 8th place – as did Ford’s – from 16th place to 10th place. Both indicate that Ford Motor Company has been quite earnest about improving quality.

Outside the top 10, both the Hyundai line, 11th place, and the Kia line, 13th place, outranked all of the lines of General Motors Corporation and Chrysler LLC, as they did last year as well. By CR’s Rank Change from Last Year, GM’s Chevrolet line rose 3 as its Buick line fell 3.

Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability for a car brand is based on the reliability performance of the brand’s models within the 3 most recent model years. A model’s reliability is a measure of the model’s infrequency of reported serious problems.

CR’s reliability rankings are closely followed by many as they are based on an infrequency of serious problems, rather than complaints that may be on rather trivial matters.

Predicted Car Reliability 2011 – Consumer Reports’ Top Ten Autos

Recently Consumer Reports released charts of its predicted short-term reliability of sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, minivans, sport-utility vehicles, and pickup trucks. Its predicted reliability is based on the infrequency of serious problems within the three preceding model years – 2008, 2009 and 2010 – or fewer when an insufficient data history limits model year inclusion.

In this article I list the Top Ten by CR’s predicted reliability for model year 2011. Not included in this list of CR’s most reliable are those automobiles with only a one-year data history, as a reliability predicted on the basis of one year may be quite inaccurate.

The Top 10, 12 by tie or near tie, are:
The Toyota Yaris, a small sedan or 2-door or 4-door hatchback
The Honda CR-V, a small sport-utility vehicle
Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus LX, a large luxury SUV
The Honda Fit, a small 4-door hatchback
Toyota’s Scion xD, a small 4-door hatchback
The Honda Civic coupe
Honda Motor Company’s Acura RL, a luxury sedan
The V6 Toyota RAV4, a small SUV
Honda’s front-wheel-drive Acura TL, an upscale sedan
The Toyota FJ Cruiser, a midsize SUV
The Mitsubishi Outlander, a small SUV
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4, a small SUV.

Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 6 of the 12 most reliable, Honda Motor Company for 5, and Mitsubishi Motor Corporation for 1.

The Toyota Yaris and its predecessor, the Echo, have an excellent long-term reliability history. Their combined 2010 Auto Reliability GPA, for model years 2000 to 2009, is a perfect 4.00 over a 9-year data history. Other 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs of the best of model year 2011 are:

Honda CR-V: 3.63 over 10 years of data
Lexus LX: 3.79 over 9 years
Honda Fit: 4.00 over 3 years
Scion xD: 4.00 over 2 years
Honda Civic coupe: N/A, but the Honda Civic sedan has a GPA of 3.75 over 10 years
Acura RL: 3.27 over 7 years
V6 Toyota RAV4: 2.95 over 4 years
Acura TL: 3.25 over 10 years
Toyota FJ Cruiser: 4.00 over 2 years
Mitsubishi Outlander: 2.88 over 5 years
4-cylinder Toyota RAV4: 3.88 over 10 years.

Know How Labor Charges Are Calculated

There is a uniform way that auto repair shops use to figure out what to charge you for work done to repair your car. Repair facilities use a standardized table, the Mitchell Standardized Labor Rates Table, for fee calculations. Keep reading to learn how labor charges are calculated whether for your own use as a shop owner or in order to help you budget your own upcoming car repairs.

There is more to it than just figuring out how long a job took to complete. You may think that every specific detail of a vehicle’s repair and maintenance must be taken into account to arrive at a definite time of job completion. That’s not the case here. When mechanics work on your car they don’t look at the clock for each single minute. Auto repair shops utilize a listing matching the type of repair work needed with an estimate of how long it should take to complete the work. So whether your mechanic is extra efficient or new on the job, they will still charge the same number of hours for labor on your car.

The Mitchell table. Know what the Mitchell table means. With Mitchell Standardized Labor Rates Table you discover on average, how long it will take a mechanic to complete any and all repairs on every make and model of vehicle. There is an online directory to arrive at this standardized rate, or they can look at a labor rate chart. As an example, take a brake replacement job on a 2000 Camaro, the flat rate is 2.6 hours of work no matter where the business is located or who works on it.

So how do shops make a profit? The Mitchell table gives average times for job completion but it does not account for all circumstances. If mechanics are fast, a Camaro brake job probably won’t take 2.6 hours. If the job is done quicker, the customer will still get charged for 2.6 hours of labor, but the shop makes the extra money. Think of it this way, a mechanic could woark an 18-hour day in just 8 hours, if efficient. This is where is can be really lucrative.

The other side of the coin. Think about this though – the new kid does the brakes on the Camaro, and it takes him four hours, but it doesn’t matter because the shop can still only charge us 2.6 hours worth of labor, according to the Mitchell table.

Charges will still worked out differently, even with a standard labor chart. Generally customers appreciate this approach to pricing car repairs, but can be surprised at the difference in repair bills for exactly the same labor at different auto shops. This is where the labor rates at each specific shop differ. It may be $85 an hour for labor in one auto shop and $55 an hour at another. For a Camaro brake repair, the cost will be hugely different for the same labor time – $221 versus $143. this makes a big difference in the overall price for vehicle repairs, even when the labor charges are calculated in the same way (using the standard Mitchell table).

U.S.A Import Data – Intelligent Business

United States of America has proved itself as the largest and finest importer in whole world. USA import data is very handy tool for the traders around the globe. It has made its position in top traders of his world and can be called as intelligent business. US Import data is based on Bill lading, a shipping document filed at US Customs before entering the US ports. It is available on any Product exported by sea way to all US Ports. Data includes US Importer name address and Overseas Suppliers. Some of the important data fields have to be taken into consideration to receive imports from US:

• US Consignee Name, Address, Tel, Fax.

• US Notify party, Address, Tel, Fax.

• US Bankers Name, Address, Tel, Fax.

• Suppliers Name, Address, Tel, Fax.

• Date of Arrival.

• Actual Product Description as entered in Bill of Lading, Marks and Nos.

• Quantity and Unit of Quantity, Measurement.

• Overseas Country.

• Overseas Port.

• US Port.

• Bill Of lading No, Container No, Seal No, Voyage No, Vessel No. and Many more data fields.

USA Customs Import Trade Data Intelligence make a report on the importers in USA to find active, genuine US Importers, This report is based on authentic, actual import transactions filed at US Customs. These reports are compiled from Bill of Lading, Shipping Manifests filed with US Customs at US Ports.

Commonly, USA imports import goods like marble, cartons, handicrafts, glass art ware, woolen fabrics, yard woolen fabrics, Iron, wood seap, stone, Indian drass, copper, glitter plastic, ball pens, woven blouse, automotive components, storage bags, dolls clothing, ornaments, pictures, furniture, kitchen wares, books, clothes, compact discs, tables, storage devices etc. US update its goods regularly and give notification to traders for any new coming goods in the market.

The various advantages of USA import data are:

• Excellent directory to look for active USA importers and buyers.

• Consistency.

• Best quality products

• Pocket sized price.

• Latest market trends.

• Discover new market.

• 24*7 availability.

According to US census Bureau of import export “The import statistics consist of goods valued at more than $2,000 per commodity shipped by individuals and organizations (including importers and customs brokers) into the U.S. from other countries.

The above statistics of USA import data and the subsequent export data itself divulges the prospect for the importers in USA. Importers must remember some basic requirements of USA-

• Custom clearance, it includes- entry, inspection, appraisement, classification and liquidation.

• Declaration of dutiable value of goods.

There are certain things need to know before starting import business from USA like some technicalities, detailed requirements etc until and unless the pros and cons of USA business doesn’t occur, it may create some problem in getting the desired result. There are many online directories available offering the complete information of importers in USA, USA import data and their current trends.

How to Make a Good Deal When Selling Car Parts to a Wrecking Yard

Do you have a junk car at home? Then you must be looking forward to sell it to a wrecking yard. You can either sell your entire car of specific parts of it to earn money. You would also be interested in getting the best deal out of your sale. It is possible for you to sell your old car for junk and get a higher amount than you expect. Here are a few effective tips that you can keep in mind to go for the best deal with the junk pick up service.

Things to keep in mind before you sell your car for parts

Before you sell your car parts, you need to be equipped with several things. Original car title holds a prominent place out of them. If you have it, you are guaranteed to receive the best price out of your deal. You should also get hold of driver’s license information and a local phone directory. If you have any negotiation skills and research skills, you will find it as an easy task to get the best deal.

Do a detailed research on the internet and find the best wrecking yard

You need to do a detailed research before you get in touch with a specific junkyard. It would be possible for you to find a large number of salvage yards in your local area. You need to prepare a list of them after a research. Once you complete creating the list, you can get in touch with each junkyard. You can simply tell that you have a car to be sold. You need to tell specific information about the vehicle as well. They include the model, manufacturing year and any specific damages, if there are any. You should promptly answer all the other questions of the person at junkyard. Moreover, you need to be careful to answer them accurately and truthfully.

Be careful when dealing with the wreck yard

If the junkyard is interested in purchasing your car, you will receive offers. These offers are usually made via the phone. However, you need to be careful when dealing with junkyards that would request you to bring the vehicle to get an estimate. If you do, you will have to pay for the estimated cost out of your pocket as well.

Don’t just go ahead with the first junkyard you come across

You shouldn’t stick to a specific junk removal service when selling your vehicle. You need to contact all the junkyards in your list and request for offers from everyone. Then you need to sit back and compare all the offers that you have received. In the meantime, you need to check whether the received offers are above your expectations or not.

Move ahead when you find the best wrecking yard

Once you get hold of the best deal, you can simply go ahead and deliver your wrecked car to the junkyard for parts. In most of the cases, a person from the junkyard would come and carry your car. Otherwise, you will have to spend money out of your pocket for transportation as well. The junk pickup service will assist you to save a considerable amount of money. If you are selling the car, you need to get in touch with Department of Motor Vehicles and make sure that title is transferred as well.

Basic Automotive Mechanic Tasks

Majority of men and a few women are passionate about cars, which is why some choose to embark on a profession that entails repairing, overhauling and even modifying specific or all car type.

But definitely, aside from the enthusiasm, there are other requirements in order to become an automotive mechanic. First it would be a good idea for anyone who aspires a career on automotive repair to understand the duties and tasks of this craft. When a car malfunctions, an automotive mechanic makes a diagnosis of what have caused such failure in the equipment. After which the mechanic executes appropriate repair works depending on the car make or model. In exact, here are the possible tasks that an auto mechanic may perform:

  • patching up various automobiles that may be powered by gasoline, diesel or electricity (these vehicles are cars, light-medium-heavy trucks, vans, scooters, utility vehicles, power sweepers, garden equipments, forklifts, etc)
  • working on internal ignition engines and relating repair tasks such as valves grinding, piston and piston ring installations, bearings and bushings fittings, rod aligning, components dismantling and reassembling.
  • fine-tuning other components of the automotive such as clutches, transmissions, single and multiple speed differentials, hydraulic loading and accessory systems and controls, mechanical vacuum boosters, hydraulic and air brake systems, suspension systems, steering assemblies, and carburetion, ignition and electrical systems
  • tuning up, changing of oil, wheel and tire balancing, mufflers and smog control devices inspecting and fixing
  • proper utilization of shop equipments like hand-set grinders, drill and hydraulic presses, hydraulic lifts, engine analyzers, welding equipment, and electrical system testing equipment.
  • some welding of electrical and oxygen acetylene, matching tires on dual wheel vehicles

Aside from these, the auto mechanic may be the one to order the parts and supplies needed for the repair, keep inventories in certain projects, estimate costs and price for the automotive repair, recommend other services provided by other contractors if the automotive malfunction is out of his field, and other duties assigned.

To be able to perform well on the duties mentioned for an automotive mechanic, he or she should possess the following qualities and knowledge:

  • how a certain type and model of an automotive operates
  • principles and concepts of mechanical and electrical systems, Hydraulic and power take-off accessory systems in gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines
  • proper use as well as maintenance of tools and equipments in automotive machinery
  • safety measures, precautions and practices
  • basic record-keeping processes and computer skills

Different countries have different regulations on how an aspirant may become a licensed and qualified mechanic. As early as high school, there are some curriculum which provides early preparation or vocational elective courses including that of car repairing. Also, apprenticeships and training programs may be availed to add to the list of credentials. Formal training and education may come from various technical schools and colleges.

Automotive Repairing may also encompass some lifting or carrying of heavy motors and equipments so a mechanic’s body must be fit to carry out such task. He should also possess or have even the basic tools like pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers and gauges.

How Can an Automotive Locksmith Help You?

As the car industry is attaining the peak of development and engineering the most proficient car models to contest the global market every now and then, the services regarding automobile are also spreading their webs. Vehicle locksmith is not a new term in the automobile industry. Before getting acquainted with the vehicle locksmith, we must now what is the actual purpose of a locksmith and what they do.

If we look from the orthodox style into the current acts in car services then you will understand that now for a car proprietor mending, coloring or up keeping the auxiliary parts of a four-wheeler is not the particular worries rather they show their anxieties for something additional. Safeguarding the car develops to be the major thought for the most of the car proprietors and in this respect, more car insurance firms are evolving up in the advertise too.

Remember, whether you are with manual keys or automatic locks if you overlook the key when you are outside or overlook the unlocking codes then you will be in a great danger. Unlocking the vehicle door will almost be terrible for you. It is the instance when you must call the specialists to help you.

The circumstances when usually individuals call specialists are:

• If they drop the key and unintentionally lock the car door

• If the key kept inside the car and the motorist locked the car door from outside

• If the electronic code gets altered or the driver fail to recall the code which is used to unlock the car.

Concerns are usual to ask to family and networks for help or a planning of extra keys, yet it may not effect. Next steps are to communicate an automotive locksmith in your locality. In any situation, before packing the whole matter with the lock fixing trade, you have to study the firm class and honesty of the association. The help assistance service or the state’s buyer assurance association has exposed that some lock mending administrations may advertise in your region phone directory. Most amazingly awful, these “experts” might not qualified enough to open your car and damage the car exterior while opening the car. So it is always advised to look for some kind of certified services who can offer quality solution in this respect.

Check lock repairing Locality

This has been notified and informed by state’s administration body before: An association not situated in your total area has a designation for its trade that is like the name of other locality lock fixing in the region. This group helps in the business catalog and online registries using a domestic area telephone number.

The strategy for selection

There are solid and fair nearby lock mending administrations out there. The best reference is to do your examination and due to resourcefulness before you get yourself protected out of a lock mending condition. Maybe you are expecting your home security to soar up by hosting dead bolt locks, altering locks and entrance keys, or nevertheless hosting a home alert agenda. This is a superb time to take a chair before the computer and explore varied groups. Make certain to check reviews, watch that they have a business site telephone number, and look at estimates via phone. Also, contact agents, families, and friends for any discrete offers they may have.

Mostly the delivery persons or the businesses depend on the vehicle for offering the service to the people. It is very common for them to lose the key as they are always involved in the hectic job and sometimes they forget to take the key out of the vehicle while leaving. So an automotive locksmith can help them in this regard for opening the car and getting inside. You can avail the service of a locksmith anytime during the day and can also call them at the time of emergency. There are also some locksmiths who are known to offer service during the emergency situations and they do not charge any extra penny from you.

Before selecting a proper locksmith, you must look into the reviews which are given on the internet and you can also search various websites. Trusting your car with someone unqualified may result into damaging of the car and breaking your car lock permanently. This kind of mending work makes the situation worse and you will find yourself into a bigger problem than before. If you’re dependent on your car for running for your business then you cannot risk it by choosing some inauthentic services.