Monthly Archives: November 2016

Auto Tech You Didn’t Know Existed

If you have been driving the same vehicle for 2 or more years, you likely have missed out on finding out about new technologies auto manufactures have integrated into their latest models. While some technologies may only be available with luxury vehicles, it’s only a matter of time before many of these technologies become standard as has recently occurred with back up or rear cameras.

Driver Override Systems

You may already be familiar with this type of technology with features like Collision Mitigation or Brake Override. Essentially, the car makes the final decision on the action taken in certain situations. This type of technology would take action when you don’t or override your action if it deems it the incorrect action to take. This is most useful in avoiding crashes. If you are about to rear-end someone, you may accidentally push the accelerator, but with this technology, your car will brake to a complete stop. You may or may not like the idea of giving this type of control to your vehicle, but this is sure to become standard at some point in the near future. Other safety and convenience features are closely tied to this type of technology.

Remote Vehicle Shutdown

When our vehicles shut down on us because of engine failure of some sort, it’s usually a bad thing. However, when your vehicle shuts down to prevent things like auto theft, that is a great thing. This technology exists already with services like OnStar. This is another example of the move toward automation that, despite some of the concerns it may bring in relinquishing certain controls, functions like this are certain to reduce things like theft and high speed chase scenarios.

Marketing in Your Car

Technology already exists that creates a wi-fi signal in your car. Certain care makes and models have this built in but you can also purchase a device to install in your car to facilitate this. While the immediate use is to allow you to connect your devices and stream without needing to use your cellular network signal, you can bet this functionality will be used for other purposes. You currently see ads basically anytime you are on a website whether it is on Facebook with paid posts or on other websites with remarking banners. When in-car internet is common-place, marketers will be able to customize ads based on your location and even your driving. Moreover, you may get targeted ads right through the audio in your car.

Parental Controls

Parents and Guardians everywhere can appreciate a technology that allows them to limit their children access to inappropriate media or inappropriate use of devices while driving. Intelligent navigation systems can bow be set with parental controls that can limit access to car features like wifi or even radio. Additionally and to reduce distracted driving, parents can add devices that limit cells phone capabilities when the car is in motion. Working in conjunction with smart phone apps, limiting or eliminating incoming and outbound call and texting can put parents of teen drivers at ease.

Automotive Franchises

If you have a lifelong goal of being an entrepreneur you have probably considered buying into a franchise at some point. There are a lot of reasons that this is a good idea. The most important reason is that it is easier to get funding to get it off the ground. They also have an operational protocol in place that speeds up the training process for marketing and training.

Franchise owners know that they are buying into an established brand with a lot of potential. The key is to pick the industry that suits you and your skillset the best. One great market to buy into when considering purchasing a franchise is auto repair. Most people have some level of interest in cars. One great company that offers auto repair financing opportunities is Meineke. The following are reasons to consider opening an automobile repair franchise for your first business.

They’re in demand – As long as cars are around they are going to need to be worked on. Even the best cars can develop issues over time. They will have to go somewhere to get fixed. I can’t remember the last time I saw an auto repair shop that was reputable that wasn’t busy on a regular basis. Think about how many people need to get oil changes and just regular maintenance. The revenue really adds up if your shop has a good public perception.

Because you love cars – If you are one of those people that like to work on cars as a hobby, this is the perfect franchise for you. You can actually make money just being around cars all day. A lot of people have a negative feeling towards auto mechanics, but you can be the one to change that notion with your great service.

You don’t have to be a mechanic – Of course, there is no rule out there that says that you have to be a mechanic when it comes to automotive franchises. There are two sides of the coin, the mechanic side, and the business side. As long as you have one of those two skills and at least a passing interest in learning about cars you should be geared for success.

Auto repair is a tried and true business model that should be around for a long time. The car isn’t going anywhere when it comes to transportation. That market share might need a little sprucing up in your area. If so, contact Meineke, or a company like it, and ask them about franchising opportunities today.