Video: Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise

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May 15, 2018
<p><em>Photo of gasoline fuel pump by Vince Taroc.</em></p> Iran Sanctions Push Fuel Prices Higher

The national average gasoline price moved sharply higher for the week ending May 14, following the Trump administration's decision to withdrawal from an Obama-era nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the country.


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<p><em>Screenshot via KVAL/CBS News.</em></p> Video: Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise

Police have seen a spike in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in recent years, especially in California, according to a new video report based on data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).


<p><em>Screenshot&nbsp;of Tom Kontos, chief economist, courtesy of KAR Auction Services.</em></p> Fleet Lease Consignor Prices Up 6.6% in March

Prices for vehicles from fleet lease consignors increased 6.6% in March and are 4.9% higher than a year ago driven in part by a strong spring selling season that boosted the values significantly from February levels, according to KAR Auction Services.



<p><em>Photo of car involved in a frontal collision via <a href="https://pixabay.com/en/accident-car-accident-crash-vehicle-641456/" target="_blank">Pixabay</a>.</em></p> Fatalities Increase with Vehicle Age, NHTSA Finds

The percentage of occupants fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision increased as the vehicle's age increased, according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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<p><em>Photo via Wikimedia Commons | User: AgnosticPreacherKid.</em></p> Higher Rates Could Hurt Residual Values

The Federal Reserve announced that it will be maintaining its forecast of two more hikes to the U.S. federal interest this year. Manufacturers may choose to absorb the higher rates on new vehicles, in order to keep prices from rising higher than they have been with heavier incentives, but this could have an adverse effect on residual values


<p><strong>Free shipping remains a big part of online shoppers' decision making -- but so does fast shipping.</strong> <em>AlixPartners graph</em></p> How E-Commerce Trends Are Affecting Final Mile Logistics

A bi-annual survey into home delivery and final mile finds that customers want their e-commerce orders faster and faster – and they want them free. But it’s hardly free for the companies doing the delivering, and it’s driving changes in the retail supply chain that may affect even carriers not in the final-mile business.


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Three Steps to a Successful Upfit: Plan, Plan, Plan

Upfitting a vehicle to perform a specific task is one of the more complicated aspects of fleet management that is fraught with many opportunities to make mistakes, sometimes very expensive ones. We all agree that planning is crucial to the success of any project, but it is especially important when spec’ing a new upfit. Conceptually, most fleet managers will agree with this statement, but it isn’t always followed in actual practice.

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2018 GMC Terrain FWD SLT

Fleets searching for a compact SUV for upper-echelon sales reps may want to consider the 2018 GMC Terrain — a capable utility that arrives in a more upscale package that its companion Chevrolet Equinox.

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Nissan will again offer its Frontier in five trim grades, including S, SV, Pro-4X, Desert Runner, and SL.
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Available for the first time ever with a diesel powertrain., the truck comes equipped with a standard 3.0L Power Stroke Diesel engine rated at 250 hp and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo by Lauren Fletcher
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