Auto Industry Turmoil

No doubt most of you have heard that the Obama administration has effectively sacked Rick Wagoner, erstwhile head of GM, as part of the continued efforts to reorganize and streamline the former Big Three automakers. (Ford, at least, isn’t in hawk to the taxpayers like GM and Chrysler!)

Buried within that news, however, was a policy the Obama administration has been considering: scrappage programs for older vehicles. Widely opposed by the auto aftermarket, the scrappage programs (similar to what has been done in Europe) would “pay” consumers via tax credits for trading in their old gas- and oil-guzzler for a new, more efficient and theoretically environmentally friendly vehicle. We’ll see if this baby every gets put to bed, but I’d be willing to bet the automotive aftermarket associations will fight it tooth and nail.

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National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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