30th November 2010

Car Accident Claims

The number of compensation claims being made for car accidents is on the increase; a simple Google search for ‚ÄúCar accident claims UK‚ÄĚ should demonstrate that. The reason for this is not an increase in the number of accidents on the roads ‚Äď in fact, the latest data show that car accidents are down from last year ‚Äď but rather, people‚Äôs increasing awareness that they are entitled to make such a compensation claim following an accident which is not their fault. In recent years, many no win, no fee solicitors‚Äô firms have sprung up. Many see this as a bad thing, that will waste courts‚Äô time with vexatious claims; however, these firms provide a valuable service in ensuring that people are able to make a claim for the compensation they deserve where they otherwise, perhaps, wouldn‚Äôt.

It is possible to do this through a no win, no fee solicitors’ firms. It is highly likely that you, the reader, will have seen one advertised, whether on television or on the Internet, already today. The reason for this huge growth in recent years is the profitability of the no win, no fee business model. All costs in these cases are recovered from the other side, meaning that one who wishes to make a claim for an accident can. Often, people are hesitant to take legal action, even when it is completely justified, as they feel they are unable to afford the court costs; this situation is clearly absurd, and not a representation of justice. In a no win, no fee trial, all costs are recovered from the other side, so anyone is able to make a claim; it will not cost them anything.

            Because of this, recent years have seen a huge surge in the number of people making accident claims. Many see this as a bad thing; however, it is difficult to see what is bad about people finally being able to stand up for themselves in court against those who have wronged them.

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30th November 2010

News & Rants: Feature of the Week: Easy-to-Access Latch Anchors

I recently drove the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi for a brief stint. The Latch connectors in this car are an absolute cinch to use. There‚Äôs a plastic cover that pops off to expose a compartment in the seat bight with the lower anchor visible and easy to reach. What I‚Äôm supposed to do with that plastic cover once its removed ‚Äď other than lose it – presents another problem altogether. Other vehicles with easy-to-access Latch anchors are almost anything made by Audi (the A8 is an exception), BMW and somewhat surprisingly, my favorite of all time is the lower-anchor access in the Mini lineup.

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30th November 2010

New Mexico: Photo Enforcement Locations See More Accidents, Injuries

The Las Cruces, New Mexico city council on Monday agreed once again to continue using a photo enforcement program that has proved to cause a significant increase in accidents. The jurisdiction in May reluctantly complied with a New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) order shutting down automated ticketing on state roads. Officials ignored the evidence at the time that accidents had increased, not decreased as promised, at photo enforced locations.

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30th November 2010

The rise of China’s inland cities



There has been some interesting work going on at the EIU which looks a little more closely at the rise of China’s inland cities – a source of growing car sales.

These places are now getting greater attention as economic growth starts to level off in places like Shanghai. It also reflects China’s transition to a consumption-driven economy, with growth moving away from the export-led eastern seaboard.

The EIU’s analysts have even coined a neat little acronym (well, you have to do¬†that to start with don’t you) that you can throw around at meetings to impress people, though learning what the letters stand for so that you can unhesitatingly rattle them off might take a bit of doing…

CHAMPS = Chongqing, Hefei, Anshan, Maanshan, Pingdingshan and Shenyang (taken from the EIU’s list of the top 20 fastest-growing Chinese cities)

There’s a free White Paper on the subject to download at the EIU’s website which is worth a look if you are following China closely and want¬†to know more about the dynamics of these places and¬†economic growth/consumption/demographic projections¬†(you just have to register¬†your details with the EIU).

https://www.eiu.com/public/signup.aspx?campaignid=champs

 

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30th November 2010

Manufacturing Troubles Remain a Drag on Recovery, Trade & Jobs


via The Seattle Times

by Jon Talton

Top of the News: The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index seems consistent with recovery, coming in at 53.6 for November; any number above 50 signifies expansion in the sector. Unfortunately, the reading sagged from 55.7 the month before, tripping up what economists had hoped would be a steady climb out of recession.

A deeper look shows that the index provides no relief for the biggest immediate problem facing Americans, unemployment. Only six of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in employment. Only 11.7 million Americans worked manufacturing as of October. That compares with 17.3 million in October 1999.

Not only do manufacturing jobs pay better than their counterparts in service industries, they tend to add real value to economic activity (as opposed to selling mortgage swindles). They are also twined with our trade issues. Even fewer manufacturing jobs are now in industries that export, a key part of our huge manufacturing trade deficit.

Unfortunately, this phenomenon was happening even before the Great Recession. A report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that manufacturing employment between 1965 and 2000 never dipped below 16.5 million. This even as manufacturing shrank as a share of the economy (take out Boeing and it would be much smaller). This changed as imports surged after China joined the WTO and other Asian factory centers upped their game. By 2004, the number was lower than any time since 1950.

“It is often claimed that declines in manufacturing employment stem entirely from productivity growth,” according to EPI economist L. Josh Bivens. “However, rapid productivity growth is the norm, not the exception, in manufacturing. What is new about the manufacturing job crisis of the last four years is the sharp downturn in the ratio of domestic production to demand.”

Indeed, American steelmakers are shrinking yet again.

The Back Story: The official unemployment rate including discouraged workers and part-timers seeking full-time work is 17.5 percent. But Shadow Government Statistics, a provocative and reliable site, argues even this underestimates the problem. Try…22 percent.

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29th November 2010

Subaru Fuel Smell & A Quick Tip



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I wanted to take a few minutes and get some information up about a potential fuel smell in your Subaru that only seems to occur when it is cold out side.

There are 2 very typical, minor but very strong smelling fuel leaks we see lots and often this time of year.

The first pertains to the 2002 to 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX, Subaru first had a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) and updated fuel line components and then a full fledged recall to address the leak, but if you bought your WRX used you may be unaware of the Recall.  In the event you feel you have an affected model you should contact an authorized Subaru repair Facility and find out if your vehicle falls under the recall.

The Recall  is #WVK-21.

The Second Model is the 2000 to 2004 Legacy and Outback, there are a couple of problem areas, but the most common is the fuel line at the front of the engine on the passenger side, behind the bracket that the power steering lines attach to, there is a 3 to 4 inch rubber fuel line that as the temperature outside drops the rubber line contracts away from the stainless steel clamp and you now have a fuel leak until the hose warms up and expands back into the clamp, you can carefully access the clamp and tighten the clamp, but I do suggest replacing the fuel line as it is a better repair, we have learned  the hard way that the lines that are re-clamped typically leak again, as it was a sign of a bigger problem with the fuel line starting to become compromised, and we are not talking about a big repair, but we are talking about a fuel leak.

Another quick point any time you buy a used Later model car, regardless of where or who you buy it from, YOU need to take the initiative to grab the VIN # and call your local dealership service department and have them run that VIN number to see if there are any open recalls.  Sometimes the system is slow, by the time you receive a recall notice you may have paid for a repair at a general repair shop that doesn’t care if your Wheel bearings are under recall/warranty.  Its ultimately your job to stay informed about your vehicle.

Thanks For Reading

Justin

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