Netherlands – Taxing With GPS
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
In the Netherlands, the government has proposed an 8 cents per mile tax. They are wanting to use GPS technology to track drivers use and tax accordingly.
Love that GPS technology! They could use this tracking to vary the tax by specific high traffic areas or times. They could also use it for advertising! (Just kidding – that was my U.S. America heritage coming out). But…the creepy possibilities are pretty endless aren’t they?
FYI – They are at it again!
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
There is a bill being considered that will most assuredly affect your future collision, (body shop) repair. It’s called H.R.3059, written by Zoe Lofgren D.-Ca, and it is being called the “Access to Repair Parts Act.”
That name makes it sound consumer friendly doesn’t it? But, the real intent and the real ramifications may prove otherwise if this law is enacted.
It basically negates patent law regarding automobile parts if the “copied” part is for used for cosmetic purposes. In other words, a producer of unlicensed automotive parts does not have to meet any quality, product safety or durability tests. The only requirement is that the “repair part” look similar!
This law will deny an inventor or a car manufacturer the ability to …
Cash for Clunkers: requirements change, clunkers stay the same
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
It looks as if a lot of people who were checking out their options when it came to the Cash for Clunkers program were totally surprised last week, (just prior to the roll out of the program), when the EPA changed the mileage reports on about 78 to 86 vehicles. This is leaving some people in the lurch as to whether they qualify or not for the program. Some cars lost their eligibility and others instantly became eligible! Ooops. Just how did that happen?
Oh well, . . .and we thought that it’s only a “Clunker” if you make it one. Don’t let your BMW be a Clunker.
Cash for Clunkers – will take you all day to read it
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
OK, the “Cash for Clunkers” finally rolled out late last week. All 136 pages of it! Seriously. It’s obviously so complicated that it took that many pages to explain it. Scary….
News Flash: services suspended
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
An Executive Order, (from our Governor), issued on July 31, 2008 is suspending the following programs, that are part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Smog Check program:
Vehicle Retirement services, CAP Repair Assistance and Referee services through the Bureau of Automotive Repair, has been suspended until further notice. This is part of the State Budget crisis that hopefully with be solved sooner, rather than later. The Consumer Information Center can be reached at 800-952-5210 or www.smogcheck.ca.gov to confirm when the above services will resume.
Creative politics: new tax on services is ready for creation
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
A method of increasing revenue for the State, that will have an impact on your automotive repair bills, (as well as your plumber, electrician, hairdresser, etc.) is being seriously looked at now that they are (seriously), trying to bridge the ever growing budget gap. Last Thursday, they were discussing action to tax “services” and even movies! Now is the time that you want to contact your State Representative and State Senator if you disagree, (or agree) with these proposals. According to some in Sacramento, the idea is that as our State moves more and more to a “service economy”, that it only makes sense that “services be taxed”.
For some reason, the media is not giving this …
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most qualified of all?
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
We have touched on the some of the qualifications of technicians who work on your BMW. But, what about the shop where that technician is employed? And why is that important to you, the Consumer. Well the short answer is that Licensing does play and should play an important role in your getting what you pay for, when it comes to Auto Repair, (or your BMW/MINI repair).
The Bureau of Automotive Repair is the entity that requires all auto repair dealers, (shops), to be licensed by the State. Who is considered an Auto Repair Dealer in our state? That is anyone who is repairing autos in our State. Yes, by law, all are required to …
What do haircuts and auto services have in common? – Nothing!
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
Today, this little tidbit of information is just a blip on the radar screen of our news in California, but one that you may want to pay attention to if you are a consumer of auto repair services, haircuts or both!
Since we have a very large deficit in the budget of our State this year, the legislative analysts are looking at ways to bridge the gap of about $15 billion. So what that means is that they are once again looking at possibly taxing “services”. This has been looked at previously, most recent being when Mr. Angelides and our Governor were facing off. Mr. Angelides was wanting to tax services, such as auto repair and our …
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
A milestone for consumers of automotive repair was just reached, but many of you probably did not even realize it!
It was the 5th year anniversary, (October), of the Automobile Manufacturers Information Agreement. This was an agreement reached to insure that your independent repair facility, (vs.the manufacturers dealership or “center”), will have the information, tools and training available to repair your car. It is estimated that about 75% of repairs and maintenance, (after the initial warranty) is performed at your local independent shops.
Living in the U.S., we love having the choice of where to take our BMW’s, (or any other vehicle for that matter), when it’s time for maintenance or repair. Besides, most of us know what happens …