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FIXED OPS JOURNAL

FIXED IN TIME

1973

PHOTO COURTESY OF GENERAL MOTORS

Before it was possible to order parts online, dealership parts departments like at this unidentified GMC store in 1973 were popular destinations for
driveway wrench turners, shade tree mechanics and local repair facilities in need of original equipment parts. And even though online sales of parts and
accessories reached an estimated $20 billion in 2020, according to a Hedges & Co. report, dealerships continue to be a major supplier of automotive parts.
U.S. dealerships tallied $71.72 billion in total parts sales in 2019, including $3.23 billion in counter sales, according to the National Automobile Dealers
Association.

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NETTING
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WeatherSolve's canopies are in use at one dealership in Colorado and
six more in Alberta, Canada, according to Taylor Gallivan, a business
development specialist with the company.
The cost of installation can vary depending on the site and ground
soil, Gallivan says, but it's generally in the range of $6 to $10 per square
foot. A smaller version, for single- or double-row lot coverage, also is
available.
Skyler Leavitt, general manager at CSL Ford Sales in Cardston, Alberta, installed the WeatherSolve canopy in 2019 after several years of increasing insurance premiums and scrambling to avoid hail damage.
" We would scramble to put vehicles in every nook and cranny of our build-

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ings, " Leavitt says. " We'd even drive them to private garages sometimes. "
Leavitt says that the system hasn't reduced his insurance premiums
and he feels it's unlikely to in the near term. Insurance companies will
require more long-term data about the efficacy of such setups, he says.
However, he's still gotten lots of value out of the nets.
The system protected his inventory during a 2020 hail event that became the fourth-costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.
" We've gone from deductibles of $100 per car to $3,000 " Canadian,
Leavitt says.
The canopy, he says, both protects the inventory and eliminates most
of the hassle of filing claims or finding replacement inventory.
Three-thousand-dollar deductibles " add up quick, " Leavitt says.
" If you have one, maybe two hailstorms that are bad enough for you to
start claiming insurance on, your entire structure will be paid for. " 

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