Friday, July 27, 2012

Some photo shoots from yesterday's AFG meeting with Hugh Varnijprabha, TEBA Thai European Business Association.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Looking forward to see you at the next AFG Meeting this Friday at 5 PM with Hugh Varnijprabha, Executive Director of TEBA Thai European Business Association.

Register here online.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Automotive Warning Lights - Scrap a Useless System

Recent discussions in the automotive press have railed on the uselessness of the check engine light or called for an outright ban of the light.

They're on to something. Lets face it. The check engine light without the associated fault code or codes says nothing. However, in point of fact, the entire warning and indicator light system suffers from the very same problem:
What is an oil light without a gauge?
What is a charging system light without a volt meter?
What is an ABS light without a fault code?
What is any of the dozens of other lights without more information?

Of course, fault codes, gauges and meters are only of use to those with the ability to interpret them, which is the source of the 'idiot light' system in the first place. But the plain fact is that today's vehicles have the capability to display not only an indicator light and fault code, but also an explanation of what is actually wrong in plain language AND what needs to be done at that moment:
Can the car be driven under the condition?
Does the car need to be towed?
Is there a REAL danger of loss of control?
Etc., etc., etc.

Unfortunately, it is not likely that any manufacturer will step up and risk giving more detailed information to lay people out of liability fears. But the system as it exists now runs the real risk of needlessly frightening drivers with the circus of indicator and warning lights that can pop up at the drop of a gas cap. And sometimes two and three lights at a time.

Further, with 20, 30 and even more indicators on instrument panels today, is there not a risk of saturation? When is enough enough? Every new system added to a vehicle is met with a new indicator and or acronym that, despite the best industry efforts, remain a mystery to the average driver. Seriously, most drivers need to get the kids to school and get themselves to their jobs. They are not car people and simply have too much on their plate as it is.

Even experienced service personnel have to search their memory banks to correctly identify the meaning of some of the more obscure acronyms (AFS does NOT start with 'Automatic'... ). Should the industry expect more from drivers?

Seriously, before someone freaks out behind the wheel let's stop throwing new lights at every new vehicle add-on and consider some alternatives. At the very least, new and existing lights should be accompanied by real and useful information.

And since drivers should NOT be reading while driving, how about having the vehicle talk to the driver by voice? With all the discussion surrounding driver distraction and the integration of Siri and other voice command systems into infotainment systems, we are not so far from this 'Eyes Free' solution. It's just a little to the left, in the instrument panel...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Before Buying An Extended Auto Warranty, Ask These Questions

Before Buying An Extended Auto Warranty, Ask These QuestionsExtended warranties are known as safeguards against a number of unexpected repairs to your vehicle. These types of warranties will help you to ensure that any repair costs are therefore covered without any financial stress.

Many of the extended warranties on the market can also be transferable to future auto owners. This works in the favor of the person selling the vehicle as it increases the resale value. As for the purchaser, it gives peace of mind knowing the vehicle is covered. The transfer fees are usually small.

In addition to that, the resale and repair benefits are huge. Many warranties will offer many more automotive-related benefits like towing, lost-key or lockout services, car rental discounts, and trip-interruption benefits which can help defer unexpected expenses if the vehicle breaks down.

What does the car warranty cover?

Auto warranty coverage will cover most of the major vehicle components however they aren't nearly as comprehensive when compared to a "bumper-to-bumper" warranty, which comes with new vehicles. Even the best comprehensive extended auto warranty available on the market is going to have exclusions for certain items like the windshield, light bulbs or headlights. "Wear items" are considered as vehicle parts that will deteriorate over a normal course of time from normal every day use. These will include brakes, shocks and tires, which are always going to be excluded.

Does my car really need this type of warranty?

Extended auto warranties are ideal for people that are on fixed budgets or for people who do not want to be caught off guard with expensive auto repair bills. If this is something that describes a situation you are in and you are planning to keep your car or truck longer than the expected length of the manufacturer's warranty, then an extended warranty contract could be the right thing for you.

Here are some tips you should answer first when you go to look for an extended car warranty:

- Always read contracts before you decide to buy them

- Know where you can have you repairs done

- Be aware of how claims are done

- Be observant of your deductible and how it is applied

- Know your expiration mileage and how its calculated

- Understand your cancellation policy

- If you have a transfer option, make sure you are aware of its process

- Have your inspection up to date

- Have a policy in your vehicle

- Make sure you keep up routine maintenance

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Kent Rylee Automotive In Rogers

Air Conditioning Maintenance At Kent Rylee Automotive In Rogers

Sunday, July 8, 2012

GM Thailand Looks for Piece of Growing SUV Market

Edd Ellison write for WARDS AUTO:

General Motors’ body-on-frame Chevrolet Trailblazer pitches the auto maker into an emerging segment here.

Bowing at the Bangkok International Motor Show earlier this year, the new model is aimed squarely at the Toyota Fortuner, which arrived in the market in 2005 and has dominated the D-class SUV segment ever since.

The Trailblazer, a spin-off from the Colorado pickup, follows the Fortuner game plan, which was derived from Toyota’s Hilux pickup and has proved a success for the auto maker not only here but throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.

Click here to read the whole article.