Archives : 2012 : November

Auto Makers Forced To Sell Cars that Lose Money

November 24th, 2012

Why would an auto maker manufacture a car that they know will never be profitable? Because the state of California is forcing them to. In an effort to have cleaner air and burn less fuel, California lawmakers have had laws in place that require car manufacturers to create vehicles that produce little or no emissions.  With prompting from global warming alarmists, these same lawmakers have passed recent legislation that will be even more strict come next year. Every automaker that wants to be able to sell vehicles in California must offer one of these types of autos. The current law in place allowed manufacturers to get by with just offering high mileage vehicles, such as hybrids. But the newly passed legislation goes a significant step further, by requiring them to offer electric vehicles with no emissions. It matters not to legislators that there is little demand for these types of cars. Manufacturers must offer them, or lose the right to sell cars to most populated state in the union. And auto makers don’t want to be shut out of a state that boasts 10% of overall car sales in the USA.

Chrysler has estimated that it’s brand new electric car will lose approximately $9000 on each one it sells. Sounds crazy? Basically, all gas powered car owners are subsidizing a government enforced vehicle for everyone else. Some argue that this is what happens when government buerocrats get involved in dictating what consumers should buy and what manufacturers can make. Capitalists and free market advocates argue that market forces should dictate what is bought and sold, not politicians. But when it comes to the state of California, it is anything but a capitalist market.

 

 

Massachusetts Right to Repair Bill Becomes Law

November 18th, 2012

 According to the  Massachusettes Right To Repair Coalition, the voters have spoken. And the result is – They overwhelmingly approve of the right to Repair law voted on by referendum on Question 1 on last Tuesday’s election.

The reason this historic legislation is so significant is that Massachusetts is the first state to pass such legislation. It effectively allows car owners to take their car anywhere for service. Prior to this, auto manufacturers were able to withhold important repair and diagnostic information vital to troubleshooting and repairing vehicle troubles. The law makes it illegal for manufacturers to withold this info. Previously, manufacturers only allowed their dealers to have access to this information.

Obviously, there is another beneficiary besides car owners, that is independent auto repair shops. For years, they have lobbied through their coalitions to gain access to this vital information. Our best guess is that this trend will snowball further on down through all the other states, and soon we will see this type of legislation becoming the law of the land throughout the USA. There are efforts underway currently on the national level, as new legislation has been introduced for consideration this next session.

Consumers will be happy because they can expect significant decrease in the costs for repairs, as well as the added convenience to be able to bring their vehicle to the nearest repair shop of their choice.

Auto Repair Shop

 

Customer Car Lift Pictures Win Drawing

November 11th, 2012

Hey folks – Here we go again. We’ve got some really cool new pictures for you to take a gander at.  If you like classic cars, then these pictures are for you. We’re partial to the old Ford pickup ourselves. These pictures were submitted by a customer by the name of Stan Misraji out of Burbank, CA. He ordered a Bend Pak HD9STX four post lift. This model is a 9,000 lb. capacity auto lift that features an extra 1 foot of lifting height, along with an extra 2 feet of runway length. These dimensions can be important when you want to park a taller vehicle underneath, as show in the image with the Ford truck underneath. It can also be important for you if you need to park a longer vehicle up top. He won a Clore Automotive JNC4000 Jump N Carry jump starter just for simply submitting these pictures to us. Not a bad deal for him. And not a bad deal for you. We will have another drawing next month. We choose a winner randomly from among the many customers who submit images of their recently purchased car lifts. That’s all you have to do. Purchase a lift, send us a picture or two, along with your order number, and then wait to see if you win.

Here’s what Stan Misraji said –
ASEDeals –
“You were very helpful and made the experience easy. I was greatly impressed with the lift, delivery time as well as  the installation. Your installers were extremely professional and accomplished the installation in a fast time frame.  Thank you again.”

Stan Misraje garage Lift

Stan Misraje HD9STX Four Post Lift

It’s That Time of Year – For Battery Jump Starters

November 4th, 2012

Just as the title of this post states – It is the season for car battery jump starters. As the seasons change and it gets colder out up here in the northern hemisphere, car batteries tend to have more difficulty providing the necessary cranking amps to be able to start the vehicle. This is due to the higher amperage requirements upon cold start-ups. We wont get too technical on you, but it has to do with more activity on the molecular level when temperatures are warmer.

Don’t know which jumpstarter to get? You’re not alone. Our most common question we receive from customers is along those lines. Many of our customers are automotive industry professionals who are savvy enough to figure this out for themselves. If you’re not a service technician, you may need our guidance. Great, that’s what we’re here for.

The best course to determine this is to just look at the battery that is already in your vehicle. How many cranking amps does it have? Once you look at all of your vehicles that might potentially need a jump start, and then you determine which of these cars requires the most cranking amps, then you can just simply choose a booster pack that provides a little more cranking amps than that. Usually, the battery will have a sticker on it that says how many cranking amps it has.

There are many different hand-held car battery booster packs to choose from. There are many different manufacturers to choose from as well. We tend to carry only those products made for use in a commercial application. We figure if a professional would be happy with it, then it should be good enough for somebody using it for their own personal use.

Most home/hobbyist customers end up purchasing our JNC660 jumpstarter from the Jump N Carry line of automotive starters. This unit is lightweight and compact, yet still offers sufficient amperage to get most typical passenger cars and light trucks started. For those needing even more power, we might recommend the powerful JNC950. It will be able to start those full size trucks and SUV’s and it will meet those more demanding situations where you need to start many vehicles under the more extreme conditions. There are many other models, including the JNC1224, which can start cars with 12 volt systems, as well as truck that operate under a 24 volt system. There is also the JNCAIR. This unit has a built-in air compressor that offers a power air source to inflate car tires quickly. Again, commercial quality air compressor in this unit folks. No cheap, discount products. These were meant to get the job done, and to last. These are not your typical throw away’s.

We also carry hand held models from Booster Pac, and DSR. Again, only commercial quality items.

Let us know if you have any questions and we will fit you with the proper starter for your application.