Miles driven down, ASE extends deadlines and more automotive aftermarket news for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Auto Care Association reports that miles driven, probably not unexpectedly, are down.

The Auto Care Association reports that miles driven, probably not unexpectedly, are down.

Transportation data provider INRIX reports that overall daily national traffic volume for consumers, local fleets, and long-haul trucks was down 38% for March 21-27, over the week of Feb. 22-28, according to the Auto Care Association.

INRIX reports the following stats:

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Nationally, personal travel dropped by 38% to 48% during the work week.

Long haul truck travel showed its first signs of decline by Thursday 3/26, down 20% on Friday 3/27.

San Francisco and Detroit’s personal travel have both dropped by nearly two-thirds overall.

Michigan had the largest statewide decrease in personal (56%) and long-haul truck (41%) travel.

AutoZone has Announced some changes
In Response To COVID-19.
The Company has provided a new additional Emergency-Time Off (ETO) benefit enhancement for eligible part-time and full-time hourly AutoZoners in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This additional bank of hours, 80 hours for full-time and up to 40 hours for part-time AutoZoners, was created to help AutoZoners deal with the challenges caused by COVID-19 and can be used by the end of the calendar year. AutoZone has temporarily reduced its hours of operation in most stores, increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting at all locations, and introduced a new curbside pickup option for customers.

Free Webinar from ASE: New Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist Test (L2). The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m. ET entitled Register here.

ASE has extended Deadlines for ASE Accredited Programs — With many programs unable to complete their renewal applications and compliance reviews due to the difficult times we are facing, ASE has extended its deadlines for accredited programs. For more information, visit aseeducationfoundation.org/coronavirus.

MAHLE Motorsport Expands Big Block Chevy Line Up – Introducing the Big Block Chevy 632 Forged PowerPak Piston Kit. MAHLE Motorsport now offers a new forged addition to the Big Block Chevy line-up to include pump-gas friendly compression for larger cubic inch motors with the introduction of their Big Block Chevy 632 PowerPak piston kits. This shelf-stock piston kit, available wherever MAHLE Motorsport pistons are sold, is forged from 2618 alloy for increased high temperature strength and durability. Get more info at mahlemotorsports.com.

Congratulations to Wells Vehicle Electronics! Wells Vehicle Electronics received AutoZone Mexico’s Extra Miler Award on February 25, during the AutoZone Mexico Vendor Summit in Monterrey. Wells was recognized by AutoZone’s leadership team for its program that supports AutoZone’s mega-hub initiative, which places mid-popularity and slower moving products deeper within its distribution system and closer to vehicles in need of repair.

Dana has Expanded Spicer Select Coverage of Light Vehicle Center Support Bearings. The increased coverage includes applications for high volume vehicles in operation (VIO) like Chevrolet Silverado trucks and fleet-managed last mile delivery Dodge and Mercedes Sprinter vans. Get more info at spicerparts.com/spicerselect

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper hosted a virtual Shop Owner Panel Discussion open to all Certified Service Centers (CSCs) across the country on COVID-19. The interactive meeting took place April 3. “COVID-19 has brought our shops and personal lives into unchartered waters,” said JC Washbish, vice president of sales and marketing for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper. The webinar included nine shop owner panelists from Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper, and Confidence Plus Certified Service Centers across the country. These shop owners have been appointed to an elite Service Center Advisory Council in recognition of their excellence as shop owners. The shop owner panelists discussed how business is going, what measures they have taken to combat COVID-19, how they’re staying busy, and what positives have come out of the situation.

What’s continental doing? Continental has a new floor display as part of its ClearContact Premium Beam Wiper Blade program. Designed to deliver maximum application coverage with minimal inventory, the free display (CC901) comes with a total of 70 front wiper blades – five each of 14 SKUs in the ClearContact Premium Beam Wiper Blade line. It also includes a printed application guide and a colorful countermat. The new ClearContact floor display is ideal for automotive service facilities, tire stores, and quick lubes. It is very compact at 18” L X 18” W X 63.5” H and requires a minimal footprint on the shop floor, showroom, or customer lounge. The display carries all of the program’s 14 front windshield part numbers, which can fit over 94% of applications on passenger cars and light trucks on the road today. Overall program coverage exceeds 258M VIO in the United States and Canada. Jeff Ross, Continental’s Product Management Supervisor, “This new display is the key sales component of our ClearContact program. The graphics heavily promote the full weight and selling power of the Continental brand, while the product mix delivers an impressive level of coverage that gives every shop the capability to quickly and easily fit nearly every vehicle that comes in for service.”