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Team Interstate: Kyle Busch Wins in Sonoma

June 29th, 2015 by
Samantha and Kyle Busch share an emotional hug in Victory Lane after Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Samantha and Kyle Busch share an emotional hug in Victory Lane after Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch proved triumphant once again with a victory in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Kyle missed the first 11 races of 2015 after breaking his right leg and left foot at Daytona International Speedway in February. In just his fifth race back, Kyle led twice for a total of 17 laps around Sonoma’s 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in his M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry.

Kyle was running third when the caution flag waved with 11 laps to go. Crew Chief Adam Stevens wisely brought him down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel, putting him back out in seventh on the lap-103 restart. Kyle made some thrilling moves to take the lead with five laps to go.

 

Kyle’s teammates Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished 18th, 40th and 21st, respectively.

“This is awesome. It’s unbelievable, Kyle said. “I can’t say enough about my team, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. I can’t say enough about my medical team that got me back in shape and ready to go behind the wheel.”

Kyle’s brother, Kurt, finished second, marking the first time the brothers finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup Series race.

Sunday’s win was the 30th of Kyle’s career, and it puts him in position to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship if he can get into the top 30 in points.

Team Interstate results - Sonoma Raceway

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series

Justin Barcia came out on top after a very muddy day at Budd's Creek. Photos by Brown Dog Wilson.

Justin Barcia came out on top after a very muddy day at Budd’s Creek. Photos by Brown Dog Wilson.

Team Interstate’s Justin Barcia claimed his first career 450 Class victory at Budd’s Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Md.

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 14th
  • 46 – Phillip Nicoletti – 8th
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 1st

This Week

  • NASCAR: Daytona International Speedway (Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Interstate All Battery Center Toyota Camry on Sunday, July 5; David Ragan in the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry on Saturday, July 4)
  • Motocross: Red Bud Track and Trail, Buchanan, Mich.

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Interstate Batteries Chairman on KLTY

June 26th, 2015 by

Celebrate Freedom 25

 

We’re celebrating the 25th year of Celebrate Freedom, the largest outdoor Christian music festival in America. Once again, Interstate Batteries is proud to serve as title sponsor.

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller appeared on 94.9 FM KLTY in Dallas-Fort Worth to talk about the event, our sponsorship and the partnership with I Am Second. Take a listen:

 

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Great Course, Great Cause: Interstate Batteries Sponsors Operation Appreciation

June 24th, 2015 by
One foursome at the Operation Appreciation tournament included NAC's David Bytnar (right) and one of his important customers.

One foursome at the Operation Appreciation tournament included NAC’s David Bytnar (right) and one of his important customers.

Almost 200 golfers, including Wounded Warriors and active-duty military, played in Sunday’s Operation Appreciation golf tournament, sponsored by Interstate Batteries and Interstate All Battery Centers.

Heavy rains on Memorial Day weekend forced the event to reschedule for Father’s Day. It was to be the official kick off of the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at the TPC Four Seasons course in Las Colinas.

Interstate's Charlie Brim (left) with Aaron Lauterbach and Cynthia Mitchell.

Interstate’s Charlie Brim (left) with Aaron Lauterbach and Cynthia Mitchell.

Sunday’s tournament started off soggy, too, but the rain moved on and allowed the groups to play through.

The Operation Appreciation event benefits the nationally acclaimed Momentous Institute in Oak Cliff and North Dallas. The Institute serves 6,000 kids and family members with odds-changing education and other services.

Chris Willis, Vice President of Interstate’s Talent Group, worked the event as a member of the Salesmanship Club, which runs the AT&T Byron Nelson. He said the values of the Momentous Institute harmonize with Interstate’s.

When the rain went away, the course's mascot came out to play. We told him all about Interstate Batteries, and he was all ears.

When the rain went away, the course’s mascot came out to play. We told him all about Interstate Batteries, and he was all ears.

Interstate Batteries Team Members Chevelle Freeman, Cynthia Mitchell, Jermaine McCord and their family members and friends volunteered with Charlie Brim at the event Sunday. David Bytnar played in the tournament with an important National Accounts customer.

“It was great to have the opportunity to chat with some of the golfers and speculate on which individual was the ‘pro’ prior to them starting the first round,” Chevelle said. “I also enjoyed getting a chance to get to know Chris Willis and Charlie on more of a personal level.”

From left: Jermaine McCord, his wife ShaRon and daughter Celese, and Charlie Brim.

From left: Jermaine McCord, his wife ShaRon and daughter Celese, and Charlie Brim.

Jermaine said volunteering with his wife and daughter made his Father’s Day special.

“It meant so much to have both the two women I love and adore with me, serving beside me as we served others,” he said. “It’s a characteristic I’m instilling within my daughter for her to carry into her adult years.

“Seeing those veterans’ smiling faces and the camaraderie they showed for each other was priceless. Some teams were built with random members, and they all respected each other’s rank without a uniform being worn.”

Interstate Batteries will sponsor Operation Appreciation again next year.

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Interstate Batteries Team Members Dunk Their Colleagues

June 23rd, 2015 by

It’s now June, and summer is officially upon us. So what do you do on a hot summer day? You dunk your co-workers in cold water, of course!

The Interstate Batteries National Accounts team held a dunk-tank fundraiser for Interstate’s upcoming mission trip to Romania. For $1-$10 per throw, team members could target six of their favorite(?) colleagues.

The dunk tank raised $1,734 for the trip. Not bad for a hot afternoon!

See the highlights below:

Events like this are why Interstate Batteries is frequently considered one of the best places to work. Interested? Search our current openings now.

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3 Trends Sending Customers to Auto Repair Shops

June 19th, 2015 by

Interstate Batteries gives an update to automotive repair shops on the trends sending customers their way.

Market forecasts are looking good for the American automotive repair industry.

According to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, forecasts show a compounding 3.4% growth through 2017 — just 1.5% shy of the rest of the U.S. economy’s forecast growth. Although that seems low, it’s certainly growing for the long term.

While new car and truck sales are rebounding faster than expected, people are holding onto their vehicles longer than ever before: 11.4 years on average in 2014.

The market’s growth is being driven by three trends. Are you ready for them?

Trend 1: Changing Cars

Today’s vehicles are much more complicated.

They are a collection of interdependent systems within systems, connecting the body, the engine, the interior and the power train systems through more than 150 controllers and millions lines of code in an onboard computer that’s tracking sensor input, fuel mileage and even tire pressure.

And vehicles will only become more complicated, with new Internet-connectivity, backup cameras
and onboard navigation systems, not to mention any new system consumers will want on future cars.

Trend 2: Changing Customers

An auto repair shop’s next customer may be a former do-it-yourselfer who’s finally stumped by increasingly complicated engine designs.

DIYers discovering this firsthand are turning into “do it for me” customers, trusting experts to do the job right (and fast) the first time. This includes baby boomers, the youngest of which are now 50 years old. Auto care has also turned into a more complicated affair, even for a generation that grew up working on cars. What about the new generation? Millennials (born after 1980) are about 86 million adults and statistically uninterested in car repair.

With DIY on the decline, a new wave of people is turning to the independent professionals they want to trust.

More do-it-yourselfers are starting to trust auto repair shops to do more work for them, which is great news for Interstate Batteries dealers.

More do-it-yourselfers are starting to trust auto repair shops to do more work for them, which is great news for Interstate Batteries dealers.

Trend 3: Changing Shops

Auto shop customers and their cars aren’t the only things changing. Since vehicles are getting more complex, the business cost involved in serving every single make and model is getting steeper every year.

It’s the rise of specialized auto repair: independent shops serving specific vehicle makes, or only German models, or hybrid vehicles, or any other segment to serve their specific community.

There’s still a lot of change, and time will tell which new, creative ideas will stick around. Between now and 2020, more customers will become more loyal to garages that serve their specific vehicle needs.

Change may be different, but it isn’t new. These trends could create lots of business for the garages ready for them.

In a changing market, quality partners make all the difference between just surviving and thriving.

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Interstate Batteries on the Cutting Edge in Costa Rica

June 18th, 2015 by
Repuestos La Guacamaya, named for the scarlet macaw that also serves as their mascot, is one of Costa Rica’s premier auto parts outlets after making bold business moves since it opened in 1977. Today, it operates 10 locations and employs 400 people.

Repuestos La Guacamaya, named for the scarlet macaw that also serves as their mascot, is one of Costa Rica’s premier auto parts outlets after making bold business moves since it opened in 1977. Today, it operates 10 locations and employs 400 people.

When Costa Ricans need hard-to-find parts, who can answer the call? Repuestos La Guacamaya® can.

Founded in 1977 by Marcial Fallas, La Guacamaya sells imported aftermarket parts—and their specialty? Having everything their customers could want.

Interstate Dealers Ana and Erika Fallas operate the Costa Rican auto parts giant. Their specialty? Getting the best of every auto part, aftermarket and original. No wonder Interstate’s one of their favorite batteries.

Interstate Dealers Ana and Erika Fallas operate the Costa Rican auto parts giant. Their specialty? Getting the best of every auto part, aftermarket and original. No wonder Interstate’s one of their favorite batteries.

Looking for an edge in your market? Take a page out of the Fallas’ book and don’t be afraid to expand.

Over the years, Marcial and his family added whole divisions, engines, windshields and more. Today, the renowned brand of spare parts outlets is now owned and operated by Marcial’s widow Ana and daughter Erika Fallas.

They offer original parts and aftermarket parts for almost every part of the vehicle. When it comes to needing a top-quality aftermarket battery, they reached out 
to Interstate Batteries, which
 they stock at 10 outlets across Costa Rica.

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Interstate Battery Gets Honest Job After Retirement

June 16th, 2015 by
Dave Irey took his Interstate battery out of his car after nine years, and now it powers a 1910 Aermotor Windmill. Photo courtesy Dave Irey.

Dave Irey took his Interstate battery out of his car after nine years, and now it powers a 1910 Aermotor Windmill. Photo courtesy Dave Irey.

Somewhere in Edina, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, Dave Irey is building and collecting old machines that run on gas engines. There is one component, however, that makes one machine’s functionality possible.

After nine years of service in Dave’s car, an Interstate Battery is still going strong by powering a 1910 Aermotor Windmill eight-cycle water pump that runs on a gas engine.

Dave uses his machine to show how water is pumped from the earth at threshing shows and country fairs in the Edina area.

“Most people, especially the young, have no idea where their food and water comes from,” Dave wrote in a letter to Interstate.

The Aermotor Company, which is still alive and well today, has been manufacturing windmills since 1888 and stands alone as the only windmill manufacturer in the U.S.

Dave’s testimony further verifies that Interstate Batteries offers the most Outrageously Dependable® battery on the market.

You can see more of Dave’s work on engines here.

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Team Interstate: Slippery Track Proves Costly for Kyle

June 15th, 2015 by
Team Interstate's Kyle Busch on the track at Michigan. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch on the track at Michigan. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Looks like Mother Nature isn’t a fan of Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch.

Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was red-flagged three times for rain over the course of the first 50 laps.  Shortly after the restart on lap 52, Kyle exited turn four on the inside just as a rain shower started in the same turn. The dampness likely snapped his No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry loose, with the right side hitting the outside SAFER barrier.

Kyle was not injured, but the No. 18 crew was unable to make repairs to the car before the race was ended early for another rain shower.

“I don’t know what happened there,” Kyle said. “It was like all the sudden my windshield was really wet and it turned me sideways and into the fence. I’m not sure why it was just me, so I’m still trying to figure out what happened, but know a lot of other guys were saying they got loose, too.”

His 43rd-place finish makes his quest for the Chase for NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup Championship even more difficult. Kyle must earn a win and be in the top 30 in points by Sept. 12 to be eligible.

“Just disappointed the day turned out like it did because we certainly can’t afford results like that right now,” Kyle said.

Kyle’s Team Interstate’s companions Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards finished fourth, 11th and 12th, respectively.

Kurt Busch won the Quicken Loans 400.

Team Interstate results from Michigan, June 2015. Photo Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Michigan

The weekend wasn’t all bad for Kyle – he won Saturday’s Great clips 250 Xfinity Series race, his first Xfinity start since suffering a broken leg and broken foot in the season-opening race Feb. 21.

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 20th
  • 20 – Denny Hamlin – 10th
  • 54 – Kyle Busch – 1st

Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series

High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa.

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 7th
  • 46 – Phillip Nicoletti – 13th
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 5th

This Week

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Off
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series: Chicagoland Speedway
  • Motocross: Off

 

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8 Tips to Give Your Auto Repair Business a Lift

June 12th, 2015 by

Is the auto repair market rising?

Interstate Batteries is the preferred brand of automotive batteries because of the hard work and dedication of so many independent automotive repair shops. It’s in these local businesses where we do our business and connect our neighbors to what matters most.

That’s why we’re offering to return the favor with a handful of business tips for auto repair shops:

  1. Review last year’s numbers and do a little spring cleaning for your business. If business isn’t growing, it might be time to make some adjustments. Doing things the same way and expecting different results? We all know how that turns out. 
  2. Communicate with everyone: employees, accounts, the community. Ask for help when you need it, and be open to constructive criticism. Compliments tell you what’s working well, and complaints are an opportunity to grow.
  3. Check trends and make sure you know what’s going on out there! What’s going on in the world can affect business, so you want to be prepared. Lower gas prices = more travel, more leisure activities, more batteries. Big storm in the north = time for extra power. Check tourism in your area for big opportunities.
  4. Ask for referrals and offer to give them. Tell your employees to ask for referrals from current customers. Word-of-mouth is the most effective advertising you can’t buy. 
  5. Encourage recycling because it promotes repeat customers and helps you connect with the community.
  6. Step up your online presence so people can find you when they need you. We give you a head start with our Dealer Locator on interstatebatteries.com. Also, Google your business, create a Facebook page and even have community contests.

    Mitch Smith Auto keeps their bays and waiting areas customer friendly because first impressions matter. An inviting shop, on top of all the other small touches, can make customers feel glad to be there.

    Mitch Smith Auto keeps their bays and waiting areas customer friendly because first impressions matter. An inviting shop, on top of all the other small touches, can make customers feel glad to be there.

  7. Be clean and well-stocked to make sure your business is a comfortable environment for your customers. Make your lobby a place they like to go, want to return to and will tell others about.
  8. Align with the Better Business Bureau and your local chamber of commerce. Recognition is a seal of approval for your business from trusted sources.

Do you own an auto repair shop? What tips would you add? Tell us in the comments.

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Five Reasons to Choose Interstate Batteries

June 10th, 2015 by

5 reasons to choose Interstate BatteriesAt Interstate Batteries, we believe everything should be made to last.

That’s why the right battery does more than just fit in your car. It needs to run on and come from a legacy of making things that endure.

Let these reasons remind you of what makes Interstate Batteries so powerful for automotive repair shops (and their customers!) across the nation.

Your time is valuable. Batteries in stock mean less waiting around.

Your time is valuable. Batteries in stock mean less waiting around.

Every Minute Matters

Whether you’re a busy mom or a high-powered CEO, a 15- to 45-minute wait for a battery is bad news.

The Interstate Batteries system works hard to make sure the right batteries are at the right place, before customers even need them. Because we know every minute matters.

We Know Batteries So You Don’t Have To

Our technical services team scrutinizes every battery model for every vehicle.

Our technical services team scrutinizes every battery model for every vehicle.

Every Interstate battery you get is as powerful or more powerful than the one it replaced.

We scrutinize every battery for every vehicle to see that they meet or exceed the manufacturers’ standards.

Do that for more than 60 years, and of course America’s auto techs will prefer you over the next brand.

 

Don't drink expired milk. Or battery acid. Especially battery acid.

Fresh Batteries Are Best

You wouldn’t buy milk past its expiration date. Why buy a stale battery that’s lost its charge? We track the batteries we stock at your local repair shop – and rotate freshly charged batteries in for any that may have lost their charge. Every time you pick up an Interstate battery, you can guarantee it’s factory-fresh and ready to go.

We Invented Proactive Testing

A quick battery test can save you from being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

A quick battery test can save you from being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

Batteries hide their age well. You may only find out you need a new battery when it’s already failed.

Interstate’s ED-18®3 Battery Analyzer, the most advanced battery service tool, helps auto techs catch weak batteries before they leave the repair shop.

Interstate Batteries cares about our customers and our communities.

We Truly Care

Why do all of this? Because we care about our customers and our communities. After all, it’s where we play, work and raise our families.

That’s why we recycle more batteries than we sell. That’s why we partner with local auto experts. And that’s why we’ve developed a system of local businesses across all 50 states, Canada and beyond inspired to make sure every journey you make has a great start.

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