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Good News for those Stalling on Aluminum Changes Part I


Now don’t get too excited, you will still need to be preparing yourself for the costs associated with the changes needed to be able to take on vehicles created from aluminum. That said, PDR technicians don’t have quite the burden that the body shops do but the issues of gearing towards those goals for all is still the same.

Now, fortunately, there is some time bought based on the following statistics gathered from Body Shop Business who gathered their info from IHS Automotive. These statistics will buy you some much needed time as they are favorable for those still on the fence.

The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. remained steady at 11.4 years, based on a snapshot of vehicles in operation taken Jan. 1 of this year, according to IHS Automotive, which incorporated Polk into its business last year.

Total light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. also reached a record level of more than 252,700,000 – an increase of more than 3.7 million (1.5 percent) since last year, said the IHS Automotive analysis from July 2013. In addition, new vehicle registrations outpaced scrappage by more than 24 percent for the first time in a decade, according to the analysis.

The average age is in line with the trend shift first seen in 2013, in which the combined fleet of cars and light trucks on the road is older than ever. New analysis, however, indicates the average age of light trucks has increased in the past year to the same age as passenger cars, both at 11.4 years. This milestone marks the first time this has happened since 1995, when the data was first reported.

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