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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Who Will Own The Right To Your Car’s Technology?

Who Will Own The Right To Your Car’s Technology?

Have you ever heard of the DMCA? It stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (a nonprofit consumer protection group) wants to make sure that when you purchase a vehicle you own it and its technology. Currently, every three years the DMCA has hearings to decide if any group is exempt from Section 1201. This restricts people from making changes to technological devices. It is expected that they will meet this year and decide on this very issue. The Electronic Frontier Foundation feels that ownership is under threat whenever the law prevents you from changing a product you purchased. If the DMCA decides that you, or anyone other than the automotive manufacturer, cannot work on the vehicle without express written permission from the manufacturer it will certainly change our country in many ways. Our vehicles today are comprised of many ECUs and the computer code that runs them is considered proprietary by the automotive manufacturers. Wh ... read more

Recall Notices

Recall Notices

There are many recalls on vehicles and if you have purchased a used vehicle and are wondering if it had a recall notice that was ignored…here is a good way to check. Using the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) simply go to the NHTSA website and key in your number. It will quickly tell you if the vehicle has an outstanding recall notice. You then need to contact the manufacturer and schedule the vehicle for an appointment to get it fixed. Many people ask me how a recall goes into effect. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act has given the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to require vehicles to meet safety standards. Since 1966 over 390 million cars, trucks and other vehicles including mopeds have been recalled. They don’t stop there. Tires and other equipment have also been recalled due to defects. It is hoped that manufacturers would voluntarily recall vehicles when a defect has been discovered and many t ... read more

When Looking For A New Shop, What Questions Should I Ask?

When Looking For A New Shop, What Questions Should I Ask?

Keep in mind that the automotive industry doesn’t have any standards for service or repairs. The owner nor mechanic do not have to be certified. This makes it vitally important that you do your research very carefully. Remember…no matter what price you are quoted, someone else can always come in lower but make sure they are a reliable shop that doesn’t just undercut on price…you don’t want them to undercut on service or repair (low bidder is not always a good value). The internet is a great place to start! Look at reviews to help you make your decision. These are some questions that you may want to ask any shop you call for an estimate. Question #1 - Does your shop offer a Warranty? Warranties are varied. Some range from as short as 90 days to as long as two years or more or 4,000 to 50,000 miles. A longer warranty is always better. Also ask if the warranty covers nationwide break downs, which could be very important if you travel or are on vacation. Question #2 - Does your shop have ... read more