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ARE GOVERNMENT PROVING GROUNDS FOR SELF DRIVING CARS IN OUR FUTURE?

  In January of this year the Department of Transportation announced plans for 10 proving grounds (PG's)for "automated cars" (AV's).  These proving grounds, or AVPG's will be situated in different places around the country.  Unfortunately, no budget money has yet been set aside for this purpose. Read the details here: http://www.searchautoparts.com/aftermarket-business/opinion-commentary-distribution/automated-vehicle-proving-grounds-running-fundi?utm_campaign=AMBW%20alert&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=55520766&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--b1WAvVFk54SvLE7qoNpxGWqepyC29yoKsIkEnBEv44mzdklRJadjoDJro6eP95hyj7rGVveeRZJEjKq8RZXaewMtoyQ&_hsmi

4TH OF JULY WEEKEND HOURS

Del Mar Automotive will be closed Monday and Tuesday, the 3rd and 4th, to celebrate the birth of our Country.  God bless America

FOLLOW THE MONEY: CALIFORNIA AB 1274

  The California legislature is at it again with assembly bill 1274 (AB 1274) which would double the period that new cars are exempt from smog testing from four to eight years. Consumers will get hit in the "pocket book", because expensive vehicle emissions repair costs that are currently covered by the manufacturer will fall outside the California and Federal warranty period, driving up costs to consumers. The bill will have a detrimental impact on the environment. High mileage vehicles that have emission related problems will be allowed to operate and pollute the air for an additional two years. This harms our environment and is counterintuitive to laws to clean up the air. Extending the exemption 2 years will reduce the need for smog inspections thus causing shops to drop out of the program which means less choice for consumers and higher costs for smog check inspections.   The bill is unfair to many small businesses that financially invested in the equ ... read more

Report finds ridesharing is used to supplement, not replace, personal vehicles

Ridesharing usage actually increased the likelihood that current vehicle owners would purchase another vehicle within the next five years, according to the study.   June 14, 2017   With the rise of Uber and alternate transport options for consumers, car makers (OEMs) are rightfully concerned about the impact the increased usage of these options will have on consumers' interest in purchasing future vehicles. A new report from the Automotive Connected Mobility (ACM) service at Strategy Analytics "Impact of Ride Sharing Frequency on Vehicle Purchase Intention", has found that ridesharing usage may not negatively impact the future vehicle purchase intention of current vehicle owners.   Key report findings include: Ridesharing usage actually increased the ... read more

Hyundai recalls almost 600,000 vehicles

Hyundai Motor America is recalling more than 437,000 Santa Fe vehicles in the U.S. to fix a hood latch that could unexpectedly open while driving. Vesna Brajkovic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration June 15, 2017 Hyundai is recalling almost 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix hood latch and parking brake warning light problems. 2013-17 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Recall Hyundai Motor America is recalling more than 437,000 Santa Fe vehicles in the U.S. to fix a hood latch that could unexpectedly open while driving. Vehicles affected include Model Year 2013 to 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport vehicles. The secondary hood latch cable has the potential to corrode and bind, according to the recall document provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety ... read more

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE

Del Mar Automotive will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. A little history: According to Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead w ... read more

HOW IT WORKS: NISSAN'S NEW VARIABLE COMPRESSION ENGINE

Click on the link to read the article.  For all the claims of efficiency and power, there are a lot more moving parts. http://newsletter.motor.com/2017/20170502/!ID_VariableCompressionRevisited.html Posted by Al Phillips

PROPOSED TAX ON SERVICES: IT'S BACK

  By Allen L Phillips       Auto repair shops in California presently only add sales tax on parts installed, not on labor.  California Senate Bill 640 (SB-640) would add a tax on that labor as well as on other service labor such as plumbers, gardeners, accountants, etc. This bill is an exact copy of last year's SB-1445, which I wrote about in August, with all the same ambiguities.  If passed in its present form, unelected bureaucrats will decide the amount of the tax, as well as all the other undefined aspects of the bill.  Reprinted below is my article from last August.  Nothing has changed except the bill number. Please contact your representatives in Sacramento and tell them to vote no on SB-640.   CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL (SB-1445 640) WOULD ADD A TAX ON SERVICES By Allen L Phillips August, 2016 Presently, when you have your car repaired you pay sales tax on th ... read more

SMARTPHONE APPS THAT UNLOCK CARS CAN BE HACKED

According to an article in the March 3, 2017 issue of The Week, millions of drivers who use connected car apps on their Android phones are vulnerable to hacking.  According to Andy Greenberg in Wired.com, a growing number of car owners use smart  phone apps to quickly locate, lock and unlock their cars.  But most car apps lack even basic software defenses according to researchers at Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky.  During tests of nine different Android connected-car apps, researchers found that hackers could use any of them to locate a car, unlock it and in some cases start the engine.  Researchers said simple fixes to the apps - like encrypting passwords stored on the phone or adding fingerprint authentication - would go a long way toward boosting security. Posted by Allen L Phillips

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE 2016 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS & MESSAGE

Del Mar Automotive will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years.  Our last day open will be Friday, December 23rd and we will reopen on Monday, January 2nd.2017 will be our 25th year and we owe that longevity to you, our great customers.  Thank you for your trust in us and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.Todd, Al, Steve & Joshua