Monday, August 22, 2016

Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer might

Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer might:






The driver of the Tesla S had the Autopilot system on when he was cleaning his dashboard when the system apparently failed to negotiate turns in the highway near Kaufman, Texas he was on, he then careened into guardrails at high speed and is lucky to have survived the crash with only minor injuries.

Tesla maintains the feature is just an aid to drivers and not a replacement for the actual driver. Several car companies offer some version of this feature currently and advise the same thing. Don't rely on this to actually take you on your trip while you do other things in the car.

The driver, Mark Molthan doesn't even plan to sue the automaker, Tesla over the accident, but said his next vehicle will not be another Tesla S.


This most recent case wasn't the first crash of a Tesla on Autopilot, in fact the car and system has already claimed a man's life back in July, 2016 in Williston, Florida.



See the story here on the fatal crash involving a driver and the Tesla Autopilot feature:








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Sunday, August 21, 2016

2017 Volvo S90 is a car you could really like






It's a sleek car that will be delivered at the right time as gasoline prices are down, and the Super and Turbo charged engine in this vehicle will get it's owner a decent MPG for the luxury car that it is.

A look at the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription model, with features to drool for. Safety and security package, Luxury and convenience, this car has it all!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Chinese tourists experience traditional American police chase - Autoblog



Chinese tourists experience traditional American police chase - Autoblog:







Just about everywhere in the world, if you're followed by a vehicle with flashing red, and blue lights, you should think about pulling over to the side of the road to either let them pass or just pull over because maybe it's you they want to have a word with.

Well, tell that to a Chinese family on vacation in San Diego, as they lead police on a multi-mile high-speed chase until they finally understood what was going on. They even changed lanes trying to flee those annoying lights and sirens.

If these people were from America, they would be in very big trouble. These folks got off with a high five though. Only in America folks, only in America.





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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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