For the second year in a row, the Ford full size pick-up was the model most targeted by thieves, followed by the Chevrolet full size pick-up, which supplanted the formerly second-place Honda Civic.
“Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB. “For many people, a car is the second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment – lock your car and take your keys.”
Thefts for all models in the top 10 were up in 2020 compared to 2019, but only Ford, Chevrolet, and GMC full size pick-ups and the Honda CR-V saw double digit theft increase percentages. In this year’s list, six of the top 10 most stolen vehicles were Japanese models.
Read the article at NICB.
As for when you should have your electric vehicle serviced, well that comes down to each manufacturer. Some EV drivers have gone tens of thousands of miles without a service and with no known defects.
Many EVs are heavier than their combustion counterparts so can suffer a little more tire wear. Instead of friction brakes clamping down and expelling heat, that energy is used to slow the car and recharge the battery. It means that many EV owners go years without having to change a brake pad or disc!
The battery in an EV is one of the things that gets the most attention when it comes to talking about maintaining EVs. The battery will degrade over time, but it isn’t something that needs to be serviced in a manner that we’re accustomed to.
Read the article at InsideEVs.
By Steve Saltzgiver, Director of Strategic Innovation, RTA Fleet Management Software
As fleet professionals, we focus on the right metrics to track to monitor how our fleet is performing, and what reports to run to ensure we’re up to date on services and staying on budget.
But how can you determine if you have a successful fleet?
There has never been a clear definition for Fleet Success. Until now.
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By Rich Mallek, Director of Business Development, FLD Remarketing
Like many of the attendees at last week’s annual Automotive Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA) conference, I was decidedly unsure how the event would turn out.
After more than 18 months of virtual meetings and halting interactions, I wondered whether my colleagues in fleet were ready for what usually turns out to be several days of face to face meetings, close contact with long-time friends, and commiserating with people we may not have met before.
Especially considering that the annual NAFA show held the previous month in Pittsburgh had a markedly smaller crowd than years past, and many notable participants in NAFA’s usually bustling conference floor missing in action.
As I boarded my flight to San Antonio, many unanswered questions swirled in my head.
This noteworthy new partnership benefits fleets by integrating nationwide Bridgestone/Firestone offerings into the Wrench app.