Automobiles have become an integral part of our society. Many years ago, they were a luxury, now they are a necessity. It seems as if every household has at least two cars; many families have three or four. Because they are a necessity, it is imperative that they stay in good working condition. Keeping them in good working condition requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Taking care of any problems or issues as quickly as possible is vital to the health and longevity of your automobile.
With the increasing number of cars on the road and the growing complexities of their systems and parts, there is a strong demand for highly trained auto repair specialists. The recent sluggish economy has virtually no effect on the industry; in fact, a poor economy most likely increases the demand for trained auto repair professionals because people delay the purchase of a new vehicle. When consumers keep their cars longer, more repairs will be needed.
One of the most important trends is competition. Though there has always been competition in the industry, a generation ago, many people took their cars to the car dealer for repairs and maintenance. Though car dealers still do a robust repair business, the independent repair shop is ubiquitous in American cities. This level of competition helps to drive down prices and make maintenance more affordable to the average driver.
Another interesting change has been brought on by technology. The increasing complexity of engines and automobile systems has made it very difficult for the average car owner to repair or maintain their vehicles. In the old days, an oil change was easily completed in the driveway in a short amount of time. However, even the simplest repairs are more difficult because there are more parts under the hood and everything is synchronized by computer. Messing with a part can throw off the timing and efficient functioning of the engine.
Technology has also changed the auto repair shop itself. They now use sophisticated and expensive diagnostic equipment to inspect and fix your vehicle. They are also able to keep track of all repair on a vehicle and keep those records for as long as you own the car. These technological changes have made the repair process more of a science than an art and has made the entire process smoother and more efficient.
Another trend that benefits the average consumer is the proliferation of mobile mechanics. The mobile mechanic comes equipped with all the needed tools, parts, and expertise. Mobile mechanics may also be less expensive as they do not have to pay hefty overhead costs to maintain a facility. Not only are they cheaper, but they save you time by coming to your home or office to do the repairs.
These news trends in the auto repair industry have mostly been good for the average driver. They have lowered costs, created a more efficient repair and maintenance process, and made it easier and more convenient to get a car serviced and repaired.