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Saturday, 02 August 2008 04:28

FIX’s Ron Guilliams Now VP Client Services

FIX AUTO USA has appointed Ron Guilliams as the National Vice President of Client Services.  Ron previously served as Southern California Business Development Vice President working exclusively for the Fix Auto members in the Los Angeles Metro area.  In his new role Ron will oversee all of FIX AUTO USA’s national and local insurance relationships as well as coordinating local marketing efforts through the Business Development Managers throughout the country.

I-CAR’s International Annual Meeting was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 24-26 with approximately 300 members and guests in attendance. In addition to a fully loaded technical program, the event began and ended with some fun and relaxation featuring a spectacular golf tournament for the Education Foundation and a hot-rod “Cruisin’ Night” courtesy of the Arizona Street Rod Association.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 03:14

LKQ Acquires Pick-Your-Part Auto Wrecking

LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQX) today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Pick-Your-Part Auto Wrecking, an auto recycler with nine recycling locations in California that generated approximately $114.1 million of revenue in the twelve months ended December 31, 2007. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

To Thwart Title Washing, Nation's 8th Largest Auto Insurer to Provide Information on Every Totaled Car

It happens all across the country: people purchase used cars without realizing they were totaled in crashes, floods and other disasters.

Calculate How Long it takes to Start Saving From a More Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

Should you dump the SUV for a gas-sipper? That’s the question everyone is asking these days.

Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, helps consumers answer that question with today’s release of its Gas-Guzzler Trade-In Calculator.  The tool helps consumers determine the pay-back period and fuel savings associated with trading-in a fuel-thirsty vehicle for a more fuel-efficient one.

AutoUSA has reported a 273% increase in Toyota Prius consumer leads through May 2008 year-to-date.  AutoUSA’s Prius leads have been steadily growing over the past three years, more than doubling from last year with a significant spike over the past 6 months.

The lead volume for the Prius is indicative of the changing buying habits of consumers and new market demands. Ironically, in May 2008, Toyota reported a 40% drop in Prius sales due to a shortage of batteries that is likely to resolve in January 2009. The number of pre-orders is increasing.

One key piece of information helping environmental and gas-conscious consumers in their vehicle purchasing decision is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).  AutoUSA provides a combination of advanced web-based technology and a network that includes the country’s most well respected online automotive resources, including Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book, MSN Autos, Yahoo! Autos, America Online, NADA Analytical Services Group, AutoVantage.com, AutoNation.com and AutoUSA.com.  To get into the AutoUSA program go to http://www.AutoUSA.com