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Sales of Recalled Cars

It should not be a surprise that used car dealers do not have recall repairs performed. Those are easily hidden from visual inspections. With too many dealers, only the most obviously needed repairs are performed and the rest are concealed, denied, and misdiagnosed.  What’s more, these cars are often sold “as is” in an effort [..]

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Treacherous Marketplace

Our economy is dependent on consumers, but consumers are regularly treated as just another resource to use up.  The battle for consumer spending is intense, and eliminating consumer defenses is often seen as the better alternative to offering valuable services and products.  It seems that academia is now catching on to something big businesses (and [..]

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Beware of Binding Arbitration Clauses

Forced binding arbitration clauses are never to the benefit of consumers.  It is difficult to believe that any company concerned about the welfare of its customers would want to eliminate a customer’s access to the Court System (our third branch of government). Opt Out of Forced Arbitration

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Measuring the Efficiency of Production

Higher gas mileage does not automatically equate to improved efficiency.  Energy is used in every step of the production line.  Just building a car uses a large amount of resources and energy. The Cost of Lighter Vehicles

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Repossession Surveillance

Who knew we were being watched so closely in public?  Few honest people try to hide their license plates, but one would imagine even fewer want them constantly scanned by repossession companies or anyone else.  I expect similar issues will soon be addressed with respect to facial scanning software. The Repossession Industry’s Surveillance Network

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Do Smart Cars Make Dumb Drivers?

It makes sense that after a certain amount of interface between driver and car, a driver cannot focus on the road.  The question is, “how much?”  Until we are all in driverless cars, assuming that catches on, it is comforting to know AAA is pushing back against the waves of technology distracting our driving. http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/insurance-companies-fear-the-smart-connected-car-how-much-distraction-is-too-much/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5 [..]

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100% Driverless Cars by 2026?!

I guess it won’t matter what we do with our phones if we’re not driving our own cars. http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/a-pipe-dream-analyst-says-well-all-be-driven-by-our-cars-by-2026/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

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