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2019 Rings in Cheapest New Year Gas Prices Since 2016

The New Year has ushered in the cheapest national gas price average in three years. To boot, at $2.25 today’s national average is even one cent cheaper than on January 1 and trends indicate that pump prices will likely remain cheap for at least the first half of the month.

Today, 29 state gas price averages are at or below the national average of $2.25 with Missouri touting the cheapest at $1.83. Hawaii ($3.34) carries the most expensive average.

“With OPEC production cuts slated to take effect this week, analysts will closely be watching the price of oil,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Significant movement toward higher market prices would mean cheaper gas prices could be in the rearview mirror. However, AAA expects to see minimal volatility at the start of the cartel’s production cuts.”

The end of 2018 drove WTI crude oil prices to as low as $44/bbl, which is a steep $31 drop from the high of $77/bbl seen during June.


Quick Stats

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Missouri ($1.83), Oklahoma ($1.92), Arkansas ($1.92), Texas ($1.93), South Carolina ($1.93), Ohio ($1.93), Alabama ($1.93), Mississippi ($1.93), Louisiana ($1.94) and Kansas ($1.95).
The nation’s top 10 largest yearly decreases are: Michigan (-60 cents), Indiana (-53 cents), Ohio (-53 cents), Illinois (-49 cents), Iowa (-44 cents), Wisconsin (-44 cents), Kentucky (-43 cents), Nebraska (-39 cents), Missouri (-38 cents) and Delaware (-34 cents).

GAC Motor's All-New GM6 Minivan: The Car Designed to Bring Back Family Road Trips

Features the third-generation 270T engine with GCCS patented combustion control, Bosch 200Bar GDI and BorgWarner turbocharging technology

Duo 12.3-inch integrated touch-screen enabled dashboard infotainment screens

1860mm car body with 2+2+3 seating arrangement, providing supercargo space of 1,100L

Sculpted body with dynamic "dolphin" design, LED matrix headlights and a panoramic sunroof

Intelligent voice interaction and navigation enabled by the Qiyun AI mobility solution

SANYA, China, Jan. 4, 2019 -- Designed to make family travel safer and more convenient, GAC Motor has officially released the GM6 Minivan. The highly anticipated all-new family car was launched in the domestic market on January 2 in Sanya, China. International fans will be able to catch a glimpse of GAC Motor's latest family offering at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit this January.

"The GM6 Minivan, complete with a five-star safety package, versatile seating and AI-enhanced driving system is one of our safest, most intelligent and spacious designs yet. Designed especially for families, the GM6 Minivan is packed full of features suited for the perfect modern family road trip," noted Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor.

Prices Fall Below $2 Per Gallon in Nine States

Nearly 20 percent of states are currently enjoying prices below $2.00 per gallon. Nationally, retail averages have dropped ­­­83 of the past 90 days. The national average for regular unleaded gasoline currently sits at $2.30 per gallon, which is six cents less than one week ago, 24 cents less than one month ago and 16 cents less than at the same time last year.

Heading into 2019, gasoline demand is expected to dwindle during the month of January, an expected change following the busy holiday travel season. At the same time, OPEC will begin production cuts on January 1, with hopes that the shift in global supply will push oil prices higher. The effectiveness of the cuts will likely not be known until later in the first quarter.

“All eyes are on OPEC to kick off the year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Many are waiting to see if they stick to their promise to cut crude production by 1.2-million b/d and if the proposed cuts will be enough to restore balance to the market.”

Over the past few years, OPEC and partnering countries have demonstrated a strong resolve to comply with proposed cuts in production. It is likely that the cartel will reconvene in April, and if there is a need to further balance global supply and demand, OPEC will likely tweak current production numbers at that meeting.


Quick Stats

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases are: Ohio (-15 cents), Indiana (-15 cents), South Dakota (-12 cents), Michigan (-12 cents), Montana (-11 cents), Kentucky (-10 cents), Illinois (-10 cents), Wisconsin (-10 cents), Wyoming (-9 cents) and Idaho (-9 cents).
The nation’s top 10least expensive markets are: Missouri ($1.87), Oklahoma ($1.95), Arkansas ($1.97), South Carolina ($1.97), Texas ($1.97), Alabama ($1.97), Mississippi ($1.97), Louisiana ($1.98), Kansas ($1.99) and Iowa ($2.01).

Axalta's 2018 Automotive Color Popularity Report Shows White's Continued Global Preference on Vehicles at 38 Percent

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich., Jan. 3, 2019 -- Axalta (NYSE: AXTA) today released its 66th annual Global Automotive Color Popularity Report which shows white as the global leader in consumer vehicle color choice in 2018. At an astounding 38 percent, white held its top spot with a significant gap ahead of second-place black (18%) and a third-place tie between silver and gray (12%).

Regionally, black and gray saw significant increases in notable areas. Black jumped in China (5%), Asia (3%), South Korea and Africa (both 2%). Gray gained ground in Africa (3%) and Europe (2%).

"We have witnessed an emerging trend toward warmer shades along with color combinations with black to challenge white's position," said Nancy Lockhart, Axalta Global Color Marketing Manager. "Although neutral spaces are the headliners, there is an indication of a return to color to change the automotive landscape. Blue is most popular outside the neutrals and holding strong at seven percent of the market, increases of orange and bronze are popping up and gaining interest."

Good Works Auto Repair | Preventative Maintenance Made Easy With a Digital Inspection Report

If you have a child in school, you likely look forward to seeing their report card. Taking a quick read through it gives you a good idea of which areas they excel in and which areas need improvement. At Good Works Auto Repair, we believe you should have a similar tool to help you manage your car maintenance... introducing the Digital Inspection Report.

This report is a comprehensive summary of your vehicle’s maintenance needs, all displayed in an easy-to-read format. At a quick glance, you will see what areas are urgent, meaning they require immediate attention. These items could be needed either for safety reasons or to keep your vehicle running at top performance. It also identifies things that aren’t urgent yet, but should be on your radar as you’re scheduling future maintenance appointments. Last, but certainly not least, it lists the things that are rightwith your vehicle. One benefit of the report being digital is that there are even opportunities to click on short videos throughout the report to learn more about a particular topic.



Part of successful vehicle maintenance includes knowing what to expect and when. Expensive repairs can often be prevented by simply performing recommended maintenance when it’s needed. The Digital Inspection Report is just the right tool to keep you well informed of your vehicle’s health and keep you driving safely.


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Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle Makes Off-Road Work Easier, Safer and More Efficient

- Real-world testing of rugged off-road vehicle demonstrates broad applications with large-scale solar operation, firefighting and agriculture partners

- Honda seeks business and technology partners at CES 2019 to advance vehicle's off-road autonomy

- Watch videos of the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle at YouTube.com/Honda


TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018 -- Honda will be seeking potential business and technology partners for its prototype off-road vehicle, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, at CES 2019. Combining Honda's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology, the Autonomous Work Vehicle was designed by Honda R&D Americas to enhance efficiency and safety for public, commercial, and consumer enterprises. Envisioning the potential to support people in a variety of industries, such as search and rescue, firefighting, construction, agriculture, landscaping, and snow removal, Honda welcomes potential partners to meet with the company's engineers at its CES booth #7900 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 8-11, 2019.

Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle is a prototype off-road vehicle that is a combination of Honda’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology. It was designed by Honda R&D Americas to bring efficiencies and increased safety to public, commercial, and consumer enterprises, such as construction, agriculture, search and rescue and firefighting.

The Autonomous Work Vehicle is based on Honda's proven ATV chassis, built on a 30-year history of accessing hard-to-reach locations with its rugged four-wheel drive system. The prototype vehicle features GPS and sensor-based autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment, a rail accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments, and onboard power plug-ins. Its compact size and off-road capabilities make it highly maneuverable and perfect for a variety of locations, from dense forests to urban pedestrian zones. Further demonstrating its autonomy, the vehicle can be programmed in different modes – "Follow Me," "Pattern," and "A to B" – to accommodate a range of applications.

One-in-Three Americans Will Travel this Holiday Season, the Most on Record

INRIX predicts delays could peak at four times normal drive times; Thursday, Dec. 20 to be nation’s worst day to travel

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 13, 2018) – AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation’s runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel. For the more than 102 million people who will pack up their cars for a holiday road trip, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip.

“’Tis the season for holiday travel, and more Americans than ever will journey to spend time with friends and family or choose to take a vacation,” said Bryan Shilling, managing director, AAA Travel products and services. “Strong economic growth fueled by robust consumer spending continues to drive strong demand for seasonal travel. With a record-breaking one-third of the country choosing to travel this holiday, roadways and airports are sure to be busy.”

The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The 11-day span is one day longer than last year, due to Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Tuesdays this year.

By the Numbers: 2018 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast

Automobiles: More Americans will travel by car this holiday season than ever before. The 102.1 million people expected to pack up their cars for road trips is 4.4 percent higher than last year. It is the most since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2001.

Planes: The 6.7 million people who will travel by air this year is the highest level since in 15 years and is 4.2 percent more than last year.

Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 4 percent, with a total 3.7 million passengers.

H and I Automotive Blog | Why You Shouldn't Price Shop for Car Service

As much as you do your best to keep your vehicle running smoothly, it’s bound to need repairs. If you are proactive and bring in your vehicle for its regular preventative maintenance, you will avoid some of these high repair costs.

When the time comes to have some work done, you will do your homework. You will call different shops in Mesa and ask for quotes over the phone. You want to make sure you are getting a great value.

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Why Don’t You Give Me a Price Over the Phone?

Depending on what shops you call, you may or may not get the quote you are asking for. We have adopted a customer-first model of providing quotes only after we’ve diagnosed the issue. What you will hear from us is to bring your vehicle in so we can properly diagnose it and provide you with an accurate price.

There are four reasons why we have adopted this model and why we believe it is truly a customer-first model.

1. Each Vehicle Is Unique

We believe in giving you a price that is accurate to your specific vehicle and its particular condition. Every vehicle and its condition can vary. The care with which you drive and treat your vehicle is different than what other people do. Your vehicle’s condition is unique to you and for that reason, we need to see it in person to see what condition it’s in and determine what repairs are needed.

AZ Driveshaft and Differential | Tested on the Track

Their Quality Parts & Service Set Them Apart!

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Accurate Automotive Mesa AZ | Lee's Special Offers and Discounts

Accurate Automotive is your number one shop for fair priced, honest and customer oriented auto repair in Mesa, Arizona. After opening their doors in 1992, they have tirelessly worked to ensure the personal satisfaction of each individual they have the pleasure of calling their customer. Their business is built on the foundation of mutual trust and care from the perspective of family. Because they are a locally owned, family run business, they have the opportunity to serve their community without corporate policies taking precedent over people.


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HOLIDAY TRAVEL PREP
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