News Briefs 7/31/18

• The Car Care Council has introduced a new video to explain the advantages of holding on to a vehicle once it has reached the “Cinderella Era,” defined as the time period after a car loan is paid off and the vehicle is still in good condition, only needing modest service and repairs. The video was produced in conjunction with AutoNetTV Media.

• Hankook Tire has agreed to acquire Reifen-Mueller, one of Germany’s largest independent tire wholesalers and retailers. Reifen-Mueller has 44 service centers, selling passenger car, light truck, heavy truck, bus, motorcycle and agricultural tires.

• Carstar has opened its 600th location: Carstar Sudbury (Autoworks), a 20,000-square-foot facility on Falconbridge Road in Sudbury, Ontario. Management’s goal is to have 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada.

• Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has opened its first Delaware location in Wilmington and its first Louisiana location in New Orleans. The company also has entered the United Arab Emirates market with a location in Dubai.

• The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has launched a four-part video series featuring celebrity car builder and TV host Lou Santiago. In the series, Santiago gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the new LiftLab facility at ALI’s headquarters in Cortland, NY; shares lift safety tips; and highlights a couple of cool vehicles in the facility.