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This car has nothing but issues, now I have water coming in when it rains and my back seat floor is a puddle. Took my spare tire out and have water in there also. Sprayed the whole car down and can see the water coming in when I spray the roof. Looks like it may be coming from the roof rack area. Took the panels off to look and the roof/body seal may be the culprit. Also found a bulletin on this. I ordered some
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I recently purchased a 2017 Rav 4 LE and it came with the standard rear view mirror so, I purchased a Gentex Autodimming mirror with Homelink and compass. It works great except for the fact that the chassis of the mirror is thicker and it bumps against the plastic housing for the radar on the windshield, preventing me from angling the mirror correctly. So, I have to ride around with the plastic radar housing removed. What I need is a swivel neck extension for the mirror (to bring it out, away from the windshield a bit more) but for the life of me, I cant find any on the internet. Can ANYONE provide any links or point me in the right direction? I have attached a generic picture that points to the piece i need to extend or get an extender for, or even replace for a longer piece. Thanks
According to the article below, Amazon's automotive related purchases are up big, trending at 16% YoY in 2017. The big 3 (Autozone, Advance, and O'Reilly) aren't enjoying increases like this and in some cases are barely making prior year sales with same stores. There is something to be said about eCommerce sales vs Brick 'n Mortar store sales and how there is a dynamic shift to online buying that's happening in the US driven by more and more people becoming accustomed to going online rather than running to the store these days.
Is Amazon hurting traditional retailers? I would think yes on their retail channel but not as much on the wholesale where service and delivery time are what accompany parts purchases. Amazon doesn't really have than figured out outside of the metro areas they are delivering same day and maybe they don't need to, because that carries costs in itself. Check out the article:
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By link hidden, please login to view|September 7th, 2017|link hidden, please login to view The U.S. automotive market
link hidden, please login to view in 2016 with 17.55 million vehicles sold, putting an end to a decade of uncertainty and low sales. Even with all these new cars on the road, the average vehicle in the U.S. is at an all-time high of 11.5 years old and there are link hidden, please login to view. With so many aging vehicles, the automotive aftermarket is thriving and has become one of the fastest-growing segment in online sales. Enter Amazon. The eCommerce juggernaut is not new to automotive sales, having originally introduced auto parts to the platform back in 2006. Last year Amazon expanded its automotive arsenal by launching its own
link hidden, please login to view and a parts marketplace, which allows shoppers to punch in their make and model to search for the correct parts. This and other conveniences reveal that the automotive aftermarket is not escaping Amazon’s notice and the impact of Amazon on the market is already disruptive.
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$277 billion: Total link hidden, please login to view. $2.4 billion: Amazon.com 2016 Automotive sales. $1.4 billion: Amazon.com 2017 YTD Automotive sales. 16%: YoY growth of Amazon.com Automotive sales. *Figures reflect Amazon first-party sellers only
In 2017 so far, specialty auto parts companies such as O’Reilly Automotive, AutoZone and Advanced Auto Parts have underperformed in the stock market,
link hidden, please login to view, despite expectations to the contrary. This has caused many investors to reassess the market and look elsewhere for disruptors. After long overlooking its ability to compete in the automotive aftermarket, industry analysts are finally starting to recognize Amazon as a serious player.link hidden, please login to view U.S. Top-selling Automotive Categories 2017 Q1 & Q2
Category Subcategory Sales Truck Accessories $185M Towing/Towing Accessories $70M Bedliners/Covers/Deflectors/Shields/Sun Protection $40M Replacement Parts --
Underhood $165M Engine Management $50M Wiper Motors/Blades $25M Automotive Equipment & Tools $150M Battery & Electrical System Equipment $55M Paint/Body Tools & Equipment $20M RV Parts & Accessories $130M Appliances, Heating, A/C, Power, Electrical & Electronics $35M Fresh Water & Waste Water Systems $30M Replacement Parts - Undercar $130M Suspension/Chassis $45M Brakes $25M Two major trends in automotive aftermarket sales are that owners of older cars exhibit desirable maintenance behaviors, while new car owners tend to invest in appearance products. With the fleet of vehicles on the road aging rapidly in the U.S., more and more car owners are turning to Amazon for their replacement parts, with Underhood and Undercar Replacement Parts generating nearly $300M in sales during the first two quarters of 2017 alone, a growth of 20% YoY.
Beating out both replacement parts categories is Truck Accessories with $185M. Sales are driven by Towing Accessories, making up over a third of the total category sales and responsible for the two top items: an electronic brake control from Tekonsha and a 9500lb capacity winch from Smittybilt. Growth in Truck Accessories is low, however, with most gains in the product group coming from appearance products such as Wheel & Tire Accessories (55%) and Appearance Chemicals (30%).
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Title Category Stanley Jump Starter with Compressor Automotive Equipment & Tools - Battery & Electrical System Equipment Jump-N-Carry 12V Jump Starter Automotive Equipment & Tools - Battery & Electrical System Equipment NOCO Genius Boost Plus UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Automotive Equipment & Tools - Battery & Electrical System Equipment Tekonsha P3 Electronic Brake Control Truck Accessories - Towing/Towing Accessories Optima Batteries BlueTop Starting and Deep Cycle Marine Undercar Performance Parts - Electrical & Rotating Electrical Battery Tender Junior 12V Battery Charger Automotive Equipment & Tools - Battery & Electrical System Equipment Smittybilt Winch - 9500lb Load Capacity Truck Accessories - Towing/Towing Accessories Keeper Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag Truck Accessories - Cargo Management, Interior/Exterior Furrion Wireless High-Speed RV Observation System RV Parts & Accessories - Appliances, Heating, A/C, Power, Electical & Electronics X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Pair - One Handle RV Parts & Accessories - Leveling, Towing & Stabilization UK/France/Germany Automotivelink hidden, please login to view
In Europe, Amazon’s Automotive sales are driven by Equipment & Tools, the top category in both the UK and France and one of the top categories in Germany. In all three countries, Automotive Equipment & Tools is responsible for many of the best selling items in the first two quarters of 2017, with the top category item across the board being a car battery charger: a CTEK model in the UK and Germany and a Black & Decker model in France. The popular of Equipment & Tools, Car Care, and Wear & Tear parts across all countries indicates a rise in DIY car maintenance, with many hobby mechanics turning to Amazon for their tools and supplies.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”
"It's great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing," said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. "Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC (“Transformco”), for $200 million utilizing cash on hand.
“We are excited to acquire global ownership of an iconic American brand. DieHard will help differentiate Advance, drive increased DIY customer traffic and build a unique value proposition for our Professional customers and Independent Carquest partners. DieHard has the highest brand awareness and regard of any automotive battery brand in North America and will enable Advance to build a leadership position within the critical battery category,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO, Advance Auto Parts. “DieHard stands for durability and reliability and we will strengthen and leverage the brand in other battery categories, such as marine and recreational vehicles. We also see opportunities to extend DieHard in other automotive categories. We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and excellent service. The addition of DieHard to our industry leading assortment of national brands, OE parts and owned brands will enable us to differentiate Advance and drive significant long-term shareholder value.”
AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Synthetic Blend
AmazonBasics high-mileage synthetic-blend motor oil offers an enhanced level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles. Its synthetic blend combines conventional oil with synthetic for cost efficiency with some of the benefits of a full synthetic. An important part of routine maintenance, the motor oil works well for anything from topping off levels to complete oil changes. Whether it’s a beloved older vehicle or one with an uncertain maintenance history, help protect its engine with AmazonBasics high-mileage, synthetic-blend motor oil.
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.
You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive.
The factory-recommended replacement intervals for filters can vary quite a bit depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as how it is driven. As a rule, older vehicles (those more than 15 to 20 years old) typically have more frequent service intervals than newer vehicles. Why? Because late-model vehicles require less maintenance, thanks to improvements in motor oils, transmission fluids, engine design and filter media.
Many long-life air and oil filters use synthetic fiber media or a blend of cellulose and synthetic fibers to extend filter life.
Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles was standard practice decades ago. But it’s no longer necessary because most multi-viscosity oils today are a synthetic blend or a full synthetic that resist viscosity breakdown and oxidation for a much longer period of time. Late-model fuel-injected engines also run much cleaner than their carbureted ancestors, which reduces oil contamination in the crankcase.