Monday, April 25, 2016

Why are some Nissan dealers so unhappy?

Why are some Nissan dealers so unhappy?:





It's something that is not talked about too much in public, the pressures that automotive manufacturers place on their dealers, where you can either sink or swim and in this story, we'll see the dirty laundry of one manufacturer's dealers being aired.



A great story here that tells of the 'inside' of the world of making and selling cars.



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Beijing auto show trains spotlight on China growth market | Business | DW.COM | 25.04.2016

Beijing auto show trains spotlight on China growth market | Business | DW.COM | 25.04.2016:







The World's largest car market gets the opening of the Bejing Auto Show 2016 today, it's called Auto China and it brings in 2,000 distributors from 14 countries.



Check out the the latest news from China here!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The perils of buying auto parts online from places like RockAuto.com




Relabeled product (usually a sign of problems) that looked like it had been through a couple wars, that's what they ship from RockAuto.com - so buyer beware! Things like this give the aftermarket parts business a black eye



Most of the time, you'll be fine. You've been a purchaser of online parts a few times already and to save a couple of bucks, you've pushed aside the local bricks and mortar parts companies for a quick 20 to 30 percent discount that the online companies like RockAuto.com and PartsGeek.com offer among others.

You'll be alright of course until you've ordered that part, and it comes in shipped in a box that looks like it's been through a couple battle fields, so tattered that you even raise an eyebrow when you take it out of the box.

Welcome to the world of online parts purchases.

In the local store, if a counterperson went to give you that part, you would have immediately requested another one. Ahh, but you aren't at the counter now, you've already paid for your part and are waiting for it to come in.

Sure, you can return the item to the online retailer, at your expense. So if you have a brake drum or two to return, you'll lose all of that savings really quick upon your returning the parts to your online retailer and then take your lumps and have to go get them locally expecially if your vehicle is now all torn apart and you have to fix it properly to get back on the road.

An experience happened to me like that recently, and it's not pretty. Yes, as we know there are defective parts that get misplaced in boxes, people return things wrongly in boxes as well, so the online parts world can be pretty sketchy at times.

I just had a problem with parts myself recently and upon my protest, I just got a standard response that was easily dismissed by the company, essentially, if you're not happy just return it... Well, yes I wasn't happy and I think I've learned a valuable lesson about buying your parts online, and I buy a lot of parts in my line of business. No thanks online companies, you've earned your last dollar from this writer.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Car Insurers Find Tracking Devices Are a Tough Sell - WSJ



Car Insurers Find Tracking Devices Are a Tough Sell - WSJ:




Online, you would swear that you almost have no privacy in the USA. Ads track you from things you look at online, and it's just a generally deteriorating experience anymore for many. Well, how about letting your car insurance come for a ride in your car?

Yes, in the day of the ever so creepy online intrusions, now insurance companies feel like they should be riding along with you in your car? That could be one of the ultimate invasions of privacy in a civilized society but without any protections in place by the government, this is something these companies are trying to do.





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Sunday, January 3, 2016

GM headed for ignition switch trial in January

GM headed for ignition switch trial in January:




GM fought for years on properly reporting this incident with authorities and now they will take it to court in a week or so.


It's the first wave of cases that will be brought to trial by the victims in the GM defective ignition switch debacle that led the company to pay $900M to the Justice department in a settlement in September of 2015.



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Fast-changing auto world revs up for Detroit show

Fast-changing auto world revs up for Detroit show:






The future is now, or so it seems that the new technology that is coming to the new crop of 2016 vehicles will make you think it is.


With gas prices tumbling, the focus has again shifted as it usually does from economically driven to more extravagant forays into bigger engines, and perhaps ones that we wouldn't have seen unless this newly found fuel surplus hadn't developed.



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Report: Ford, Google to partner on self-driving cars







Report: Ford, Google to partner on self-driving cars:



This is the news that we've been waiting to read, and today it's news.


We've all seen the goofy looking Google car driving around the roads, quite nicely by the way. Who would want one of these capsule looking cars though that we've seen in photos? Probably not many, but now it's been revealed that Ford is possibly partnering up with Google to produce the world's first mass market 'self driving car'.

Can't wait to hear more about this one, it sounds exciting.







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Saturday, December 12, 2015

NHTSA Fines Fiat-Chrysler $70 Million For Second Time This Year - News - Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

NHTSA Fines Fiat-Chrysler $70 Million For Second Time This Year - News - Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog:









$70 Million is a lot of money, to be fined twice for that amount in the same year is astonishing but that's what happened to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2015.



It seems like car manufacturers aren't doing the 'right thing' in reporting serious safety issues and issuing recalls in related to safety complaints fast enough.



Honda was even fined this $70 Million amount for missing Early Warning Reports, so that the NHTSA can study some of these problems.









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Sunday, September 6, 2015

BMW i3 Owners Hack Software to Fit Extra 1/2-Gallon of Gas – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

BMW i3 Owners Hack Software to Fit Extra 1/2-Gallon of Gas – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog:













Some owners of the BMW i3 have hacked their car's software to be able to fit another few drops of fuel into the gas tank, this isn't very wise, parts can be different from European and USA models and this just isn't very wise to tinker with.



Read about it, but I wouldn't advise doing it at all.



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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Report: Jeep Could Actually Build Wrangler-Based Pickup – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

Report: Jeep Could Actually Build Wrangler-Based PIckup – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog:







Jeep fans love the prospect of having a nice pickup truck to their lineup at Jeep, the time is now for it, trucks have never been more popular for drivers.

Is there a Jeep pickup in our near future?




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