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SportRack 2 Bike Hitch Mounted Rack w Wheel Mount Cradles for 1-1/4" or 2" Hitch SportRack Hitch Bike Racks A30901


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Today on this 2008 Dodge Nitro we are going to do a test fit of part number A30901 from SportRack. A few notes about this bicycle rack is that it will work with 1-1/4-inch receiver hitches both Class 1 and Class 2 and this will also work with 2-inch receiver hitches with the included spacer. And today we'll be using the 2-inch receiver. We'll start off our test fit by installing the bike rack into the hitch. We'll install the anti-rattle bolt and then put the safety pin on the other side. Alright, now let's go ahead and get some clearance measurements.
 

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Mopar Launches Redesigned U.S. Brand Website


Mopar Launches Redesigned U.S. Brand Website


Redesigned Mopar.com delivers everything FCA vehicle owners need at their fingertips
Site developed for today’s owners that demand ability to schedule service, purchase products, view online owner’s manual and get answers anytime, anywhere
App-like design enhances website for more user-friendly experience on mobile devices
Analytics-driven research used to design new site tiles and icons that place important owner resources and most frequently asked questions just a click away
Website continues Mopar brand’s mission to connect with FCA US vehicle owners throughout the customer journey

June 13, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Mopar has launched a redesigned version of the brand’s official online headquarters, Mopar.com, featuring an owner-focused experience that places most vehicle information and customer-care resources just a click away.

The new-look website, developed for the U.S. market, was redesigned for today’s owners who demand the ability to schedule service, purchase a Mopar product, get answers to vehicle questions and much more — anytime, anywhere — without a phone call or in-store visit. The redesigned site puts information at the customer’s fingertips by creating a virtual “online concierge” to assist owners throughout the customer journey.

“Mopar’s mission is to provide a helpful and fulfilling ownership experience for all FCA US vehicle owners. With this website redesign, we are placing important information and resources front-and-center for our customers,” said Kim Schachinger-Nowak, Director of Marketing, Mopar. “Throughout our eight-plus decades, the Mopar brand has always delivered innovative channels to care for our owners. This reimagined website is just the latest marker on our brand’s mission to connect on every step of the customer journey and deliver the best experience possible.”


The new site has been optimized for the mobile, on-the-go experience, with tile and icon design that delivers easy scroll-through on smartphones and other devices. Top owner resources and Mopar parts, accessories and service offerings are featured through large, attention-grabbing clickable tile designs. Large icons also offer customers 24/7 support options for questions or assistance.

The redesigned Owner Site also takes personalization to a new level by prompting new owners to register or existing owners to sign in to fully connect with their vehicles. Registered visitors can create a customized dashboard tailored to their vehicle and post their own profile photo.

Registered visitors have access to helpful Owner Site features, such as:

Vehicle health reports
Online owner’s manual
Remote command options
Dealership service scheduling
Uconnect features
Warranty and recall information
How-to videos
Mopar parts and accessories options
Mopar product and service offers

For more information, visit www.mopar.com.


About Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.
 

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Service with a Click: Mopar Debuts Redesigned U.S. Brand Website


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Mopar recently launched a redesigned version of the brand’s official online headquarters, Mopar.com, featuring an owner-focused experience that places most vehicle information and customer-care resources just a click away.
 

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Mopar recently launched a redesigned version of the brand’s official online headquarters, Mopar.com, featuring an owner-focused experience that places most vehicle information and customer-care resources just a click away.
 

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Amazon dominates online parts sales, but dealers still have advantages

September 17, 2019


In 2019, more than $12 billion worth of auto parts and accessories are expected to be sold online in the U.S. — twice the volume of just four years ago. That explosive growth might have given new-vehicle dealerships a massive opportunity to expand their parts business on their websites.

Except Amazon largely beat them to it.

The e-commerce behemoth is likely to capture nearly two-thirds of the online parts market this year, estimates Hedges & Co., a digital marketing agency in Hudson, Ohio. Amazon's share of the market has risen even more rapidly than online parts sales overall, says Jon Hedges, founder of the company that bears his name.


It's not too late for dealerships to build a lucrative online parts operation independent of or working with Amazon, Mr. Hedges said, who has an extensive aftermarket background. Among their advantages: ready access to a wide array of original equipment parts, warranty protection offered by auto makers, the technical expertise of dealership parts staffs and dealerships' own credible brand.


In the market

About two-thirds of parts bought on Amazon are sold by the company and provided directly through its warehouses and suppliers. The rest are sold on Amazon Marketplace — third-party sellers, including dealerships, that operate "stores" on the Amazon platform for a fee.

James Windrow, vice president of marketing at RevolutionParts Inc., a Phoenix company that provides dealerships with software for online parts sales, estimates that Amazon takes a 10 percent cut of revenue from tire-and-wheel sales on Amazon Marketplace and 12 percent for everything else.

"Parts managers know that there's a significant volume of sales taking place on Amazon," Mr. Windrow said. "But not a lot of dealers are selling there because of the percentages that Amazon takes."

Mr. Hedges estimates that 10 to15 percent of U.S. franchised dealerships sell on Amazon Marketplace and says that share is likely to grow.

"As more sellers become involved in Amazon Marketplace," Mr. Hedges said, "we think (the annual total of parts sold by third parties on Marketplace) might be close to $4 billion."

Amazon did not confirm these estimates. Adam Goetsch, the company's automotive director, told Fixed Ops Journal in an email interview that Amazon "engages with a broad mix of manufacturers and selling partners to carry the most complete selection possible and allow seldomly ordered parts to be accessible to customers."

Mr. Hedges says it appears that Amazon is shifting the mixture of the parts it sells, focusing its own efforts on high-volume parts such as tires, brake pads and filters while relying more heavily on Marketplace partners — including dealerships — for niche items and parts for lower-volume auto brands.


Productive partnership

For dealerships that want to sell parts on sites such as Amazon and eBay as well as their own websites, RevolutionParts says its software makes it easier to list and market parts in multiple online channels. Windrow says about 1,200 new-vehicle dealerships use the company's software, which costs $525 a month.

About 350 of those dealerships are on Amazon Marketplace. Mr. Windrow said he gets a lot of questions from dealers and parts managers about how best to sell on the site.

"It's easier to communicate the challenge of Amazon to dealers who have wholesale parts businesses," he said. The wholesale parts business, he noted, emphasizes volume and speed. Because its profits are slim, he added, pricing must be realistic, and orders must be filled promptly and efficiently.

"You can't sell at a 30 to 65 percent markup — you may literally get zero sales" on Amazon, he said. "And you may turn on your (Marketplace) store and suddenly have 150 orders. If you only have two staffers, how will you fulfill them?"

Amazon, like eBay, requires sellers to communicate with customers through its site. A dealership can't collect Marketplace parts customers' email addresses and use them for its own marketing promotions. Disobeying Amazon's rules can get a Marketplace account penalized or disabled.


"Follow the proper channels and instructions," Mr. Windrow advised.

Jay Rankin, parts manager at Earnhardt Toyota in Mesa, Ariz., readily enumerates the costs of his dealership's participation in Amazon Marketplace.

"I don't think consumers are aware of how expensive it is to sell things on Amazon," Mr. Rankin says. "I'm losing 12 percent on the sale. Payment processors like PayPal also take fees. The expenses seem endless."

Despite these frustrations, Mr. Rankin acknowledged that Amazon is "where people shop."

Although the dealership sells parts on its own website, it has had an Amazon presence since 2016 in an effort to remain competitive, Mr. Rankin said. Earnhardt Toyota sells more than $1 million in parts each month. Most of that is wholesale, and about 5 to 10 percent of it is e-commerce, Mr Rankin added.

Mr. Rankin said he limits the selection of parts he sells on Amazon, constantly evaluating which items are reliably profitable.


"You tweak the pricing and the inventory piece by piece," he explained. "You don't necessarily want to be the lowest on everything. You still have to pay to pull the part and to ship it."

Amazon provides useful tools to help sellers judge how responsive they are to customers, which items are most popular and which pricing is most effective, Mr. Rankin said. "They'll ask you, 'Do you want the price to be in the 'buy-it-now' box?' " — an Amazon feature that promotes sales. Often, he said, the answer is no.

Because hundreds of sellers on Amazon may stock the same merchandise, customers often look only for the cheapest deal, Mr. Rankin notes. But sellers can earn a top listing through a combination of low prices and a good record of filling orders and responding to customer feedback.

Lots of parts can provide healthy profits, Mr. Rankin said, especially if sellers buy them in bulk, thus reducing the dealership's overall shipping costs. Mr. Rankin said he includes shipping costs in his listings because that increases the chances of being seen by Buy Now shoppers.

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