Women are making headlines in the automotive world – according to Frost & Sullivan, most licensed drivers are women, women influence 91% of automotive purchases, and more women than men are “schooling themselves before walking into a dealership or garage by researching on the Internet or among their peer groups.”Patrice Banks, whose mission is to reach every female driver, that’s nothing new. As she says, “That’s a huge gap for your #1 customer, and an incredible opportunity.” Girls Auto Clinic, Banks has been educating female drivers, and her efforts have garnered attention from the likes of Oprah (check her out on page 21 of Oprah magazine this month!), BBC World Service, Good Housekeeping, the Washington Post, Mic and Elite Daily. She’s graced the stage of Tedx, and was recently selected by The White House Council to attend The United State of Women Summit in DC.Delaware Technical Community College. She’s also the … [Read more...] about Girls Auto Clinic is on a Mission to Educate Women on Auto Care
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Detroit Free Press staff Published 9:40 AM EDT Mar 29, 2019 Six metro Detroit auto repair shops and dealerships are under fire by the Michigan Secretary of State for allegedly not being in compliance with state regulations. Two repair shops were ordered to cease and desist from conducting business. The agency also summarily suspended the business registrations of four other facilities. According to a news release from the agency, the cease and desist orders were issued to: Star Motor Auto Repair, 21579 Schoenherr Road, Warren, owned by Jack Musa. The facility allegedly performed brake, electrical system and tune-up repairs without a certified mechanic. A regulation agent discovered Musa’s mechanic certification had expired, the agency said, but he was continuing to repair vehicles. Star Motors' telephone number has been disconnected and Musa could not be reached for comment. MC Auto Repair, 1650 Waterman St., Detroit, owned by Michael Castro, for … [Read more...] about Michigan Secretary of State closes 6 car repair shops, dealerships
Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 6:30 AM EST Dec 1, 2018 Count former Army Staff Sgt. Bill Brown among the many who can’t wait for the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial in Royal Oak to eventually open. It’s taken a cavalry of folks from business, politics and the community to bring the proposed memorial closer to fruition at the corner of 13 Mile and Woodward Avenue. It’s scheduled to open in 2020. Brown, now 97, lives in Northville. He served from 1943-45 in France, Belgium, Britain and Scotland. The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial will celebrate the more than 600,000 from Michigan who served during the war. It will be built in Memorial Park and is expected to include nine statues, interactive displays and more. Their biggest supporter to date is UAW-Ford. UAW Vice President Rory Gamble has said the union will support the project until it is completed. More from Carol Cain: These metro Detroit groups are putting needy first this … [Read more...] about Royal Oak to get WWII memorial honoring 600,000 Michigan vets
When Don Foss started his career as a car salesman, he recognized early on that most of his prospective customers had shaky credit, leaving them with few options for financing to buy a vehicle. So in 1972, he started subprime auto lending company Credit Acceptance Corporation to fill that void. He knew lending money to buyers with low credit posed an inherent risk, and he knew the business couldn’t solely be focused on closing sales. It had to excel at collecting loan payments too. “I began to realize that, even as I worked as hard as I possibly could at selling cars, we would have to do better on the collections side,” Foss said in 2009, reflecting on how he’d managed to grow and sustain a business that had provided financing to low-credit car buyers for nearly 40 years. It certainly ended well for Foss, who stepped down last year, netting $128 million upon retirement by selling off his company shares. Indeed, over time, the collections side of the business has … [Read more...] about How a Subprime Auto Lender Consumed Detroit With Debt and Turned Its Courthouse Into a Collections Agency
Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press Published 1:03 p.m. UTC Aug 9, 2018 As many as 560 license plates belonging to Michigan's largest school district have vanished — and there's finger-pointing all around. The state-issued municipal plates — distinguishable by an “X” between two sets of numbers — could be a hot commodity: There are no annual renewal fees and they are not tied to a vehicle identification number. Good luck tracking down a getaway car or reporting a reckless driver who has somehow gotten an unauthorized municipal plate. It isn’t just theoretical. The Free Press recently spotted a municipal plate that once belonged to the Detroit Public Schools Community District on a car driving up Southfield Road in Lathrup Village. The Michigan Secretary of State issues municipal plates to local governments, police departments, school districts, volunteer fire departments and other public agencies. As of mid-June, the … [Read more...] about Nearly 600 license plates missing from Detroit schools. What happened?