Oil Changers Ads Two New Locations

Oil Changers ads two new locations in Q1 2019, increasing California store count to 40.

Oil Changers is pleased to announce two new locations acquired as part of its continuing growth strategy in California. In the first quarter of 2019, the company acquired both Express Brake Lube & Tune in Lemon Grove, CA and an existing quick lube property adjacent to Quick Quack Car Wash in Hayward, CA. Both fit inside Oil Changers’ greater San Diego and Bay Area service areas respectively.

“So far this year is going in a great direction adding two new stores coming with very talented staff who bring a wealth of experience to the Oil Changers family”, said Eric Frankenberger, President of Oil Changers. He added, “We have a lot of exciting new plans in the works for the rest of the year as we continue our growth strategy.”

Pleasanton California based Oil Changers is an active member of the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) and has been very supportive and involved since its conception. With 40 locations the Oil Changers team is excited to continue its expansion both in and outside California with new acquisitions and new build sites.

For more information about Oil Changers call 1-800-640-2405 or visit www.oilchangers.com.

Take 5 Oil Change Converts Meineke, Growing Its Business Footprint in the San Antonio Area

Drivers in San Antonio, TX can now relax and take five – literally – with the conversion of Meineke Car Care Center on Culebra Road to Take 5 Oil Change. Take 5 Oil Change, a member of the Driven Brands® portfolio, is the nation’s growing leader in fast, minor maintenance services and pit crew service.

Take 5 Oil Change prides itself on its convenience, quality and affordability. Its drive-thru oil changes take an average of eight minutes and allows customers to have the luxury of staying in their cars while they wait. Customers are also offered complimentary cold drinks, plus snacks for both children and dogs.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in the San Antonio area and convert Meineke Car Care Center into our fast-growing quick lube chain,” said Gabe Mendoza, brand president. “We look forward to serving the local community as a brand that exceeds customer’s expectations in speed, convenience and service.”

Take 5 Oil Change is the fastest growing quick-lube chain with locations across 19 states. Take 5 Oil Change converted the Meineke Car Care location at 9420 FM 471 Culebra Road, which opened on March 28th.

Pep Boys Expands Capabilities to Serve Fast-Growing Fleets

Enhanced offerings will include new fleet-specific Pep Boys Mobile Crew vehicles to provide on-location maintenance and repair

Icahn Automotive Group LLC (Icahn Automotive), an Icahn Enterprises L.P. company, which owns and operates leading repair and maintenance providers, today announced Pep Boys Fleet, a program which puts a renewed focus on automotive service designed to better meet the needs of today’s growing fleets. With a new tagline, “Driving your business forward,” Pep Boys Fleet will continue to be a preferred partner of large, national fleet management companies and is better positioned to meet the needs of the many small fleets emerging from the explosive growth of transportation network companies and last mile delivery services.

Pep Boys Fleet is experienced to handle any size fleet, providing inspections and warranty-backed repairs, both routine and complex. Pep Boys Fleet service, including preventative maintenance such as tires, brakes, batteries and suspension, is done through the Pep Boys national network, which consists of more than 9,000 service bays in over 1,000 company-owned locations. Pep Boys Mobile Crew, which launched in 2018 with state-of-art trailers, will now expand to include smaller-format fleet vans that are fully equipped with all the necessary supplies and staffed by trained technicians to complete common fleet maintenance and repair needs on-location.

“No matter the size of the fleet, our goal is always to decrease the vehicle’s downtime, ultimately providing a more convenient, flexible and personalized way of addressing repairs and vehicle maintenance,” said Brian Kaner, president of service, Icahn Automotive. “Pep Boys Fleet is the only service provider to be backed by a national network and offer mobile maintenance and repairs, as well as provide dedicated fleet team support and solutions designed to both streamline the fleet manager’s role and help an owner focus on the running the business and not the fleet.”

Today 20% percent* of vehicles are sold to fleets, a number that’s expected to shift as high as 40% over the next 20 years as ride-sharing, ride-hailing and online retail continues to grow. As one of the largest, most trusted and widely known aftermarket automotive service providers, Pep Boys Fleet and the Company’s trained and certified technicians can work on all makes and models. Changes have been made to the service format in Pep Boys locations to establish dedicated Pep Boys Fleet bays reserved exclusively to expedite fleet jobs, and locations are also being updated to include meeting rooms with amenities where fleet customers can conduct business while their vehicle is undergoing maintenance.

Pep Boys Fleet provides customers with national, regional, local and store-level support where customers receive a single point-of-contact that gets to know them and their business. The Pep Boys Fleet Team representative develops a customized service program and pricing plan and remains engaged to help manage a customer’s fleet business. Pep Boys Fleet also provides customers with a universal fleet services credit card that allows fleet managers to track and pay for vehicle repairs and preventive service and earn rewards. All fleet customers can also take advantage of a specialized online invoicing and payment system and a 24/7 towing program to any Pep Boys location.

Pep Boys Fleet is an official tire, brake and preventative maintenance supplier of Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners (DSP) which provides negotiated pricing for Amazon DSP maintenance, along with a pro rewards program, and fleet credit which owners can use to cover unforeseen expenses. Later this year, Pep Boys plans to launch a management technology solution to help small and mid-size businesses better manage their fleet maintenance.

The launch of Pep Boys Fleet is a continuation of Icahn Automotive’s investments in its service business and follows the announcement of a comprehensive program to recruit and train automotive service technicians to meet the demands of the industry, which are being driven largely by the fleet customer. In addition to launching new service formats such as Mobile Crew, the Company continues expanding its footprint in key markets by acquiring both franchised and owned service centers and remodeling existing Pep Boys locations.

About Icahn Automotive
Icahn Automotive Group LLC (Icahn Automotive) was formed by its parent, Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP), to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. Our businesses have a singular focus: provide premium automotive parts and services at a great value. Icahn Automotive today consists of Pep Boys® automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, Auto Plus® automotive aftermarket parts distributor, Precision Tune Auto Care® owned and franchised automotive service centers, and AAMCO Total Auto Care franchised service centers. The Company also is the licensor of Cottman Transmission and operates under several local brands. The businesses of Icahn Automotive total over 22,000 employees, over 2,000 company-owned and franchise locations, and 25 distribution centers throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit IcahnAutomotive.com.

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Auto Care Association Accepting Award Nominations for Leadership in Education, Innovation and the Next Generation

The Auto Care Association today announced it is accepting nominations for its 2019 “Impact Award: Four for the Future,” Auto Care Career and Education (ACE) Award and Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award. The three awards are given each year to individuals and companies demonstrating excellence in the auto care industry through professional development and educational initiatives for the advancement of the next generation. All Auto Care Association member companies and employees are eligible to participate.

Impact Award: Four for the Future

The Impact Award recognizes four aftermarket professionals aged 40 or younger who have made outstanding contributions to the auto care industry. The award provides businesses within the auto care industry the opportunity to highlight the success of individuals in their roles who demonstrate hard work, dedication, professionalism and exceptional abilities. The online nomination form is located here.

Auto Care Career and Education (ACE) Award

The ACE Award recognizes companies (small, medium and large) based on their dedication to investing in the growth of their employees, as well as professional development and career opportunities offered. Award winners will be selected by the Auto Care Association Education Committee. The online application form is located here.

Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award

The Mort Schwartz Award recognizes an individual who best advances the concepts and programs for education or continuing education in the North American auto care industry. Nominations should be submitted for the individual’s innovation, advancement or outstanding efforts in education and training programs, or scholarship fundraising efforts. Award winners will be selected by the Auto Care Association Education Committee. The online nomination form is located here.

“It is one thing to be rewarded internally within one’s own organization, but to be recognized by industry professionals is truly something to be proud of,” said 2018 Impact Award winner Nathan Shipley, executive director, industry analyst, The NDP Group, Inc.

The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is June 30, 2019.

For more information about the 2019 Impact Award, visit autocare.org/impact or contact Stacey Miller at stacey.miller@autocare.org.

For more information about the ACE Award and Mort Schwartz Award, visit autocare.org/awards or contact Amanda Bischoping at amanda.bischoping@autocare.org.

Mobil 1 Named Official Motor Oil of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Winning motor oil brand returns to Pikes Peak to showcase latest synthetic technology Mobil-branded products have earned more than 40 wins at Pikes Peak dating back to 1934 Louis Unser’s first win was secured with conventional Mobil oil, and Jeff Zwart’s latest win came under the protection of fully synthetic Mobil 1 motor oil Pikes … Read more

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