How Technology Transformed the Automotive Industry

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Technologies are getting more advanced each year. It has also made a significant impact on all cars today. For example, the first cars that were built back then were made purely for transport. However, the vehicles that are made today are now combined with advanced technology that provides a more virtual driving experience.

Mobile Connection

Smartphones are huge, and almost everyone on the planet has one. When you buy a new car, you’ll find that many of them can now be connected to a phone using an app and an internet connection. Some of the vehicles may even have built-in apps that can connect to any smartphones. These apps are useful for different things such as the use of GPS or for locking or unlocking your car without any keys.

Autonomous Vehicles

Believe it or not, some vehicles are automated meaning you don’t need to drive the car as it will drive itself for you. Cars are also now integrated with smart navigation which is useful for parking as it uses the surroundings to navigate without hitting any nearby vehicles. This automation will help reduce car crash and accidents which provides a safer driving experience.

Smart Systems

Cars are now built with smart systems to make driving more hassle-free. A few more examples of these include helping you find the nearest parking spots, re-routing for less traffic or paying for your parking tickets in advanced. These systems make the driving experience more comfortable and safer.

The Future of Automotive

The advancement of technology in the next coming years means that we will be looking for newer trends that will further improve the experience of driving a car. There are already some new trends that we’re hoping to see in the next few years. It includes vehicle diagnostics and car responsiveness.…

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How to find a good automotive repair mechanic

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How to find a good automotive repair mechanic

Finding a good automotive repair mechanic that you can trust can be difficult especially if there are loads of companies available out there. To help you find a good automotive repair mechanic, we’ve pointed out the following characteristic that you should be looking out for when choosing the right one.

Knowledgeable on auto parts

You will need to look out for a mechanic that is knowledgeable about all kind of auto parts. Mechanics who are knowledgeable will know everything about the automotive from A to Z. To find out if your technician is knowledgeable you can simply ask some questions and see how they interact with you. You will be able to tell if they are knowledgeable just by seeing how engaged they are. If they are disengaged, they are most likely to not be knowledgeable in the area.

ASE certified

A mechanic who is certified ASE is proved to be a working professional in the automotive field. The ASE certificate requires for the mechanic to have two years of experience within the industry. The individual must also pass an examination that involves numerous subjects on automotive. The topics include air conditioning, engine performance, suspension and more. In addition, the certificate expires every five years. Therefore each technician is required to take the test after the five-year date.

Company with good reputation

The things to look out for in a good reputable company is their equipment, policies and their staff. Be sure that they have a good amount of modern equipment within their premises. You can check if the company hires workers with the ASE certificate by looking out for an ASE Blue Seal sign on their shop. The blue seal sign means that 75% of their staffs are qualified ASE. Checking their policy is also ideal as you will be able to know about their fees, guarantees and their rates.

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Different Ways To Insure Your Vehicle

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We all know that to be legally allowed to drive on UK roads, it’s absolutely essential to have some kind of appropriate car insurance. Your insurance may need to cover someone else’s repairs in the event of a collision, so you’re responsible for getting this arranged, otherwise you have no right to drive.

However, aside from the legal requirement to get an insurance policy on your vehicle, what else can you do to insure yourself and your car? Technically being covered by an insurance company isn’t everything. We are talking about having a back-up plan (or more than one), so you know that whatever happens, you’re prepared. Here are some ideas to consider…

Arrange a backup plan

If the worst comes to the worst and you have an accident or something happens to your car unexpectedly, you could suddenly find that you don’t have a vehicle. This is extremely inconvenient when you’re not expecting it, as you probably need to drive to work and other commitments. You might even be stranded somewhere after your vehicle is taken in for repairs.

In this case, you will be glad of any kind of backup plan. Make sure you have the details of a reputable taxi service to hand, and it needs to be somewhere based locally if you want a fast pickup. If you’re in Bath and the surrounding region, for example, you will want a Bath taxi company who can collect you at a moment’s notice. An alternative is to have a friend or family member on standby, which isn’t that easy for most people, or relying on public transport which really depends on where you live.

Research repair specialists

Finding the closest service centre for your exact make and model will definitely be a good insurance policy in itself. If you take the time to research when you don’t have an urgent problem to get fixed, you should be able to make a rational decision based on information and reviews you can find.

Most manufacturers will have testing processes to make sure that local garages match up to their required standards, use officially licensed parts when conducting repair work and so on. It’s essential to make sure you only use these reputable firms when you have to get your vehicle serviced or repaired after an accident. You will be glad you already did the shopping around, should you ever need them.

Put some money aside

Regardless of your actual insurance policy, payments can take time to come through and you might find yourself in a situation where emergency repairs or other costs need to be paid immediately when something goes wrong. In this case it would be extremely handy to have some spare cash to hand, so it’s a good idea to put some money aside for this reason every now and again. Like many things in life, an emergency fund may seems like a small inconvenience now, but if you ever need it you’ll be extremely glad you started

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What to Ask your Insurance Company

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Finding the right insurance for you can be a long and complicated process. As the paper pusher at a large auto repair shop, I have been on both ends while talking with insurance companies and clients. Often what you think you have in your coverage, you don’t. It is important to know your policy. Below is a compiled list of specific questions that should be asked when signing with your insurance company (or broker).  Instead of asking, what does my policy cover, ask these questions instead:

Rental Coverage

Am I covered for at-fault accidents?

At-fault accidents could mean single vehicle accidents (you hit black ice and ran off the road), deer hits,  or you hitting someone else. As well, even if you are hit but you have no proof (trust me, it happened to me) since you didn’t grab the licence plate as you are spinning uncontrollably on a major highway, they could deem it as a one-vehicle (read: at-fault) accident.  Not all insurance companies cover you if you are at-fault. Make sure you ask if you are, and how much it is to include it on your policy.

Who is covered for rental insurance under my policy?

Most insurance companies will cover a rental for anyone under your policy. So, if you have a policy with Insurance Company A, your partner or child with Insurance Company B, and your partner gets into an accident, often you cannot drive or pick up the rental under their name as you are not on their policy.My child is under the age of 21 years old. Most rental companies will not rent to youth.

If s/he gets in an accident, will my child get a vehicle?

This is one I saw over and over. People have been paying for their son/daughter’s rental coverage for 5 years and their child was not entitled to a rental vehicle due to their age. This is only really an issue if the child has their own vehicle and/or different insurance company. If you all share a vehicle, you will want to all be under the same policy to ensure that you can pick up the rental vehicle on their behalf (though they still won’t be able to drive it). Why pay something for years if you cannot use it?

Deductible Coverage

What are my two deductible rates?

You can often set two different deductible rates with your insurance company. There are two different coverage points – comprehensive and collision. Collision is a two car collision, whether you cause the accident or not, or one car collision (such as hitting a guard rail). Comprehensive covers the rest – animal hits, trees falling down in storms, theft, and vandalism. The higher your deductible, the lower your monthly premium. However, if you ever need to use your insurance policy, you will be responsible for the deductible depending on the situation. If you have a $1000 deductible in place, you will often be responsible for paying the repairs up to $1000. …

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Commercial Vs. Personal Auto Insurance

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A commercial vehicle is one that is used basically for business. The decisive word in the definition is “fundamentally,” because the same vehicle may be used for both personal and commercial purposes. It is critical to legitimately separate a personal vehicle from a commercial one for two explanations: to start with, you are required by law to carry commercial vehicle insurance for all commercial vehicles; and second, commercial vehicle insurance is considerably more unmanageable than insurance for personal vehicles.

Essential Use

In the event that you use the same vehicle to drop your children to class and run business errands, the vehicle is arranged as either a commercial or personal vehicle dependent upon its essential use. For instance, in the event that you claim a car that your business uses to every so often transport products or employees, however is principally used by parts of your household, the car is ordered as a personal vehicle. Additionally, vans used by a business to convey products to customers and transport employees are arranged as commercial vehicles.

Essential Drivers and Vehicle Type

Separated from essential use, you can recognize between a commercial vehicle and a personal vehicle dependent upon the vehicle’s sort and essential drivers. In the event that a vehicle is essential driven by you or parts of your household, a personal auto policy may be satisfactory. Notwithstanding, if the vehicle is basically driven by your employees or associates, you will require a commercial auto policy. Furthermore, a few sorts of vehicles, for example concrete blenders, refrigerated trucks, flatbed trucks, cargo vans, traveler busses and tow trucks, must dependably be covered with a commercial policy.

Risk

Personal auto policies are not satisfactory for commercial vehicles because insurers push coverage dependent upon the risk connected with the vehicle, and they consider commercial vehicles riskier than personal vehicles. While determining the measure of premium to charge a customer, insurers consider the risk that the vehicle will be included in an accident. The insurer uses the vehicle’s risk level to assign a premium measure that is similar with the risk of covering the vehicle. From the insurer’s point of view, a commercial vehicle is esteemed to carry higher risk, primarily because of how it is worked. Also, a commercial vehicle is regularly driven a larger number of miles than a personal vehicle over the same period, which quickens its wear and tear, expanding the probability that the vehicle will be included in an accident. Understandably, insuring a commercial vehicle with a personal policy might go against the “higher risk, higher premium” run the show.

Cost Factors

Because coverage for commercial vehicles is more unmanageable, you ought not buy a commercial policy for a vehicle that can legitimately be insured with a personal policy. Commercial auto insurance rates hinge on a number of variables, and you might as well think about quotes from some insurers before purchasing coverage. Most insurers take a gander at some variables incorporating the sort, condition, make and model of the vehicle; …

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