An AutoTrader survey showed that 53% of motorists are attempting car maintenance jobs themselves, in an effort to save cash. Pit Start is a new DIY garage service in the UK that’s picking up on this trend, and offering to rent space and tools to drivers who want to try their hand at basic maintenance.
Why it matters
"How To" accounts for 3% of all search terms. It’s clear that people are trying to avoid paying someone else to do something they could do themselves. How can brands respond proactively; so that instead of losing service business, they’re renting out they’re resources to help consumers learn something new?
The Eco Drive Challenge is an initiative promoted by Volkswagen. Following the Think Blue campaign, Volkswagen Portugal has launched a challenge on its Facebook page. The first 30 enrolments will be selected to participate in a competition in Palmela, Portugal. The goal is to choose the most eco-friendly driver who will go on a trip to Germany to compete with other eco-friendly European partners. The final prize is a Polo BlueMotion.
Car-sharing service Zipcar have released an iPhone application that finds and reserves cars based on your location using GPS. Not only that, but you can lock and unlock your Zipcar , and honk its horn to find it in a crowd, all with just a press of your iPhone.