Premature Declaration

Anthony Technical Support Specialist Kirkwood, Pennsylvania Posted   Latest  

Hi Group:

The other day, in a response to a Tesla post, "Radny" posted a blurb from an article. For context, I'll leave Randy's complete quote. "I’ll leave you with yet another quote about Uber and Lyft I read today ......”Both companies claim to want to end personal car ownership.” Put that with the billion dollar Mercedes/BMW ride share venture announced last week along with what GM is positioning for, makes for an interesting virtual crystal ball."

Is it true? Well, Randy did post it. Oh, you mean is it true about Uber & Lyft? Yeah, they did state that. Do they mean it? You tell me. businessinsider​.​com/carpocalypse-c…

Sound like a good reason to run around with your hair on fire, right? Not in my world. Then again, I'll probably be long retired and quite possibly dead by the time this comes to fruition. (Guess I have to take the good with the bad.)

But really, is this really true? Will this disruptive technology knock on our door today or tomorrow? Perhaps not. I'm not a fan of over-priced gadgets and I don't need a new one just because there is a new one. Yeah, I know. you just read that in the article. But I wasn't referring to that. I was referring to iPhones. It appears that keeping your ship of state afloat takes priority over attacking new shores. Whoda thunk?

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I'd like to keep politics out of things but there it is. (I will keep partisanship out of it though.) A lot of the iPhone issue is directly related to current trade policy, for better or worse. The same with the auto industry in GB, Europe and here. Currently, in this country, there is a 3 card monte game going on with where vehicles are made and where they can be shipped. 

As you know, GM pulled the plug on 5 plants. Politically, that doesn't look good for some people. Carrier did something on a smaller scale 2 years ago. That didn't …t some people in a good light either. How else can politics enter into things? Welfare would be a good start. Depending on how the subsidy contracts were written, foreign OEMs may have an escape clause. Depending on how the contracts were written, they also may have an indemnity clause. If so, that's gonna leave a mark.

So what does that mean for us? At this point, slow down and compose yourself. If you can't do that, go see your doctor. I'm sure that there must be some sort of medication for premature declaration. (Millions of people are afflicted by it.) Just be aware that there may be potential unwanted side effects.

(Fade out with disclaimers displayed in ever decreasing fonts with "happy" music playing in the background.)

HTH,

Guido

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I have always been one that things happen for a reason. I am surprised by the amount of people who jump when an announcement like this comes out instead of thinking about their strategy. I have asked shop owners how they handle uber/lyft cars in their shops currently? The answers often are they don't treat them any different. Belle tire ( a large tire chain here in Michigan, all company owned

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Sam: When i worked at Ryder, I had a 94 mile commute. My, now, ex had a 105 mile commute in a different direction. If you wanted to piss her off, wait until she was there to pay the bill before attempting a needed upsell. She had every right to be pissed off. The prevailing 'tude, to this day even, is that "it isn't here for that". I'm not saying don't give priority to the customer's reason

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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Whether you believe it conventional or unconventional is neither here nor there. The point I was making is a large company decided to do an inspection on a few hundred cars for free instead of complaining that these drivers don't have any money. I don't have time to prioritize them. Now they are complaining that they don't get this work. With many drivers now working for Grub hub, Door dash etc…

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Sam: I wasn't discounting your point. I was actually agreeing with it. What I was "arguing", for lack of a better term, is that what you are describing should ever be considered an "unconventional approach" at all. HTH, Guido

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I didn't take it as discounting. I felt you were agreeing. I was just trying to add to the conversation

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Hi Guido. You and I both might well be "pushing up daisies" by the time the "sky falls", which will never actually be the real situation. I'm going to take a "stroll" down memory lane here and view the changes from my perspective of how the industry continues to "morph" and the repair "trade" always adapts. I have been waiting for many years for the "sky to fall", but it ain't happened yet! What

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