February 22, 2024

Upcoming Automotive Trade Show

As you may be aware, one of the largest automotive-related trade shows in the country occurs every year in the Meadowlands: NORTHEAST. It is run by our friends at AASP/NJ. This year NJGCA staff will be attending with a booth, and we encourage all members with repair shops to attend. While AASP focuses on representing the body shops of the state, there are still many exhibitors who offer a variety of products and services to mechanical repair shops. You can check out a floor plan with the exhibitors HERE

We will be near the front with the World Insurance booth. We hope you'll stop in and say hello, we'll have more info about the various programs and benefits we offer. 

The show runs on Friday March 15th 5pm-10pm, Saturday March 16th 10am-5pm, and Sunday March 17th 10am-3pm at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus. 

Entry to the trade show is free if you register in advance on the show's website HERE. Walk-ins cost $10, but are still free with the attached VIP pass you can download and print out HERE. The pass can also be used to enroll you in a raffle to win $500 when you get there.  

Poll Shows NJ Residents Opposed to EV Mandate

On Monday one of the state's top pollsters, Rutgers-Eagleton, released the results of a poll they conducted asking questions about the NJDEP's plan to adopt the California Advanced Clean Cars II rule, which will phase in a ban on the sale of new gas and diesel powered vehicles until they are completely banned in 2035. Among all residents, 43% supported the plan, while 50% opposed it. 

There was very little gap between how men and women felt about the mandate, and no big difference in how people of different income levels viewed it, with all groups similar to the statewide split. As you might expect, those in less dense areas were more likely to be opposed than those in urban areas, but even in urban areas opposition was still 40%. 

The biggest problem for our efforts opposed to this ban is that it is popular among Democrats, with 68% in favor and 26% opposed. In January 2026, a new governor will take office. If that governor is a Democrat, even a moderate one, will they be more swayed by the fact that 68% of their base supports this mandate, or by the fact that 56% of independents and 50% of all residents oppose it? On the other hand, 80% of Republicans oppose the mandate, giving plenty of room for a new Republican governor to repeal the regulations. The state twice voted for Democrat Phil Murphy, though neither party has been able to win three governor elections in a row in NJ since 1965. 

The passion on this issue is with the opponents, as only 20% of all residents say they are more likely to support a candidate who supports the mandate, while 45% say it makes them less likely and 30% say it doesn't make a difference to them. Only a third of Democrats like the policy enough that they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports it. 

44% of residents say the plan has a negative impact on our economy, just 30% think it will be positive. 47% say it has a negative impact on their finances vs just 19% who say it will be positive.

In terms of whether to buy an EV, 35% say they are 'not at all likely' and another 21% say 'not very likely'. Only 13% are 'very likely' and 3% already have one. That leaves a huge market that is solid in favor of gas-powered vehicles. Why should the State deny them the choice they want? Even 44% of 18-34 year olds say they are not likely to get an EV. 

The pollster asked those 56% who are not likely to buy an EV an open-ended question about why they weren't interested. The two concerns most acknowledged by the activist groups pushing this mandate--cost and the lack of public infrastructure--were cited by 39% of people. Those two concerns could be addressed by government spending. But just about all the rest cited reasons that suggest they fundamentally are not interested in these types of vehicles, even if they were the same price as gas cars and if chargers were all over. They ranged from the inconvenience of having to charge so frequently, to concerns that constructing the batteries is bad for the environment, to a simple preference for gas-powered cars. 

Reminder for C-Stores: "Neptune's Fix" product recalled

We bring this up again since just about every NJ news website wrote an article this week about these products, meaning enforcement authorities will likely be looking at it all. A few weeks ago we told you about a product that was seriously harming customers, called "Neptune's Fix", made of a supplement called tianeptine which is legal but proving to be very problematic. Selling these products may generally be legal but can open you up to a serious threat of being sued. Recently the manufacturer of Neptune's Fix issued a mass recall, so please make sure you are no longer selling any of their products. We were asked to share this reminder from a State official. You can read more about the recall HERE and more about tianeptine HERE

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News Worth Knowing:

Member Benefit Partner (MBP) Spotlight: Gill Energy

Gill Energy is proud of the partnerships it has developed with the biggest petroleum brands in the world. With over 25 years of experience as a successful retailer of branded and unbranded fuels, the firm brings a unique perspective to its wholesale business operations.

Those that choose Gill Energy as their fuel distributor know that they will get premium service, competitive rates on fuel and freight, and reliable supply. The team at Gill Energy is driven by its passion for exceeding the expectations of each and every one of its customers and helping them realize their business’s true potential.

The firm was able to provide 90% of its retail customers with fuel during Hurricane Sandy, an accomplishment that was recognized by major media outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times and solidified the firm’s reputation for reliability and premium customer service.

They distribute Sunoco, BP, Amoco, Exxon, Mobil, Sunoco, Shell, Conoco, Phillips 66, Gulf and unbranded fuel.

Contact: Kashmir Gill, 973-713-4050 KashmirGill@gillenergy.com www.gillenergy.com 

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This Exclusive Gas Station is the Sole Provider in the entire town, achieving a remarkable fuel profit of up to and sometimes over 1$ a gallon. Consistently selling 45,000 gallons monthly. Most fuel customers come from Highway so fuel prices do not have to be competitive. 

Also included with the Property is a Reputable High End Auto Repair Facility. Repair shop has all required Specialty and Diagnostic Tools for servicing mostly High End Vehicles. Advertising is no longer used do to an enormous Demand and large Customer Base. Repair Business has has potential for increased profitability and expansion, the business is open to experienced buyers for a possible partnership or profit sharing arrangement. Location is 1 out of 100. Fuel sales make 20-40K a month and repairs can do the same with the right operator. 

This one of a kind opportunity can include seller financing for those with High-Level Automotive or Gas Station Experience.

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