August 2014 Archives - Import Car
Toyota: Fixing Prius HID Headlamp Problems

High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs are unlike halogen light bulbs, which simply stop working at the end of their useful life. HID bulbs nearing their service end-of-life may flicker or intermittently be inoperable — similar to a fluorescent light bulb. Some 2006-‘09 model year Toyota Prius models may exhibit an HID headlight flicker or ­intermittent

Toyota Prius HID headlamp bulb service
Import Insights: Hyundai (August 2014)

Hyundai Posts Record-Selling Start to Year Hyundai Motor America posted its best July ever and the best opening seven-month period in its 28-year history. July sales of 67,011 were up 1.5% versus the same period a year ago. The Sonata had another strong month with sales of 22,577, up 19%, while the Santa Fe recorded

Hyundai Sonata wheel
Kia: Uncovering Unperformed Maintenance

While some vehicle problems will motivate the customer to make an appointment, an equal amount of Kia repair opportunities will be discovered as the vehicle is being serviced. If you’re not already doing so, always encourage your customers to keep their vehicle maintenance up to date. And, just as important, let them know your techs are

Kia Maintenance Service
The Evolving Oil Change Market

The only constant in the oil change business is change itself, especially if you’re trying to maintain an inventory of engine oil for all makes and models of vehicles. Since Volkswagen began ­requiring application-specific engine oil in the mid-1990s, the oil change business has (pardon the pun) “changed.” While many Asian vehicles ­currently require only

Import Oil Specifications