Ted Evanoff Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 20, 2018 America has become the land of old cars — really old cars. From road-weary Kia Rios to battered Ford Broncos, some 81 million autos will have been in use 16 years or longer by 2021, experts predict, a 20 percent increase in elderly vehicles nationwide in five years. Call this the golden era for the clunker. With mechanics in gas stations scarce and fewer auto dealerships in business, the aging fleet of vehicles with cracked windshields, tired fuel senders, rattling brake calipers and other road travails lead to a simple question: Where will you go to fix your time-tested car? Chances are it’ll be a shiny new repair shop. In cities throughout the country, deep-pocket companies are pouring into the vehicle fix-and-maintain business. Just like fast-food chains a generation ago edged out corner diners, car repair chains backed by wealthy investors are popping up, … [Read more...] about Investors pour money into car repair shops throughout the U.S.
Marketing for auto repair shops
By Kevin Smith | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley Tribune PUBLISHED: August 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm | UPDATED: August 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm Got an oil leak but can’t make it to the repair shop? No worries. Wrench can send a mechanic to your home, workplace or anywhere else that’s convenient. The Seattle-based company provides automotive house calls for both private vehicle owners and businesses with vehicle fleets. Wrench already unveiled its app-based service in Orange County, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado and Texas and now it’s being expanded into the greater Los Angeles area. Simple and efficient From a consumer standpoint, the process couldn’t be easier. Customers access the Wrench app and explain what they need done — or at least what they think they need done. Then they book a time and place and set an appointment. After the mechanic shows up and does the work, the billing is processed and they receive a service … [Read more...] about Wrench brings its door-to-door auto repair service to greater LA
Posted May 01, 2018 at 07:35 AM | Updated May 01, 2018 at 07:35 AM As he ambled down Linden’s main artery Thursday, Ibn Hartwell paused and looked up at a chalkboard covering the side of an abandoned auto repair shop. On it was a list of hopes for what the long-vacant building could one day be: a dance studio, a bakery or an art gallery, among dozens of other ideas etched haphazardly in colorful chalk. Councilman John Francis Roman asked Hartwell, 16, what he wanted to see in the empty space. “A clothing store that’s cool with the youth,” Hartwell suggested. From next to him, 15-year-old Ashaunti Santiago objected: “No, we have too much of that!” “But none of them are cool with the youth,” Hartwell insisted with a smile. This type of engagement with their community is exactly what Roman, an ambitious newcomer to the city council, hoped to create this month by erecting the 32-by-16 foot chalkboard at the corner of South Wood and … [Read more...] about Then: car shop. Now: abandoned. Next? It could be up to you
The proof was in the patience for a bustling north Naperville dining development, where more than a dozen restaurants now attract so many customers on a typical evening that it's tough to find a parking spot. Citing the success of Freedom Commons along the I-88 corridor just west of Naper Boulevard, Naperville City Council members said they hope the same approach can bring about completion of a slow-developing dining and entertainment district on the city's south side. Naperville Crossings gained initial approval in 2004, meant to be a walkable, entertainment-centered area to serve as a "second downtown" for residents near 95th Street and Route 59.While an AMC movie theater long has anchored the development, and several restaurants give moviegoers dining options they can walk to, four sites within the property still sit vacant, despite the fact some approved uses -- apartments and a day care -- already have veered from initial plans.Enter Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.The … [Read more...] about Why Naperville said no to a car repair shop on south side development
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Nashville home sellers score big profits in booming market, new data shows Home-sellers netted a median profit of $76,100 this year, over what they originally paid for their house – 36 percent more profit than during the same period in 2017. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Sandy Mazza, USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee Published 12:01 a.m. CT April 19, 2018 | Updated 12:24 a.m. CT April 19, 2018 CLOSE The Tennessean's yearlong look at Costs of Growth and Change in Nashville series culminates on … [Read more...] about Nashville home sellers score big profits in booming market, new data shows