Owning a Car Vs Using Rideshare

It is not a secret that buying, owning, and maintaining a car costs a significant amount of money. Especially now, when gas prices are high and continue to increase. What if you could avoid paying as much as you do right now? Even while still getting to where you need to go?

Many city dwellers can. In fact, many people from Chicago are already dumping their vehicles and becoming reliant on rideshare. Current research has shown that it is in fact cheaper to use services such as Uber and Lyft in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, among others.

However, some people are hesitant to use these services due to all of the negative news stories reporting violent crimes involving drivers of such services. However, some services such as Uber are introducing safety features to help riders feel more comfortable reaching someone in case of emergency. It also helps hold drivers accountable by creating a stronger sense of authority, of being watched.

There are many benefits to using these rideshare services in bigger cities. In bigger cities drivers tend to have to pay to park their vehicles in addition to other typical costs such as gas, repairs, affordable auto insurance, etc.

On the other hand, some reports say that the cost of using rideshare will not be cheaper than owning a car until 10 years from now. But, it just depends what is best for the individual budget. In fact, news sites have even developed calculators to see if ridesharing is beneficial to your budget. Another detail that the calculator includes is the cost of time. A detail often overlooked by the monetary costs of things, but a detail equally, if not more valuable to people.

Additionally, there are options to “pool” with other rideshare users to eliminate even more costs. This option is not always the best depending on the intentions of your trip, but can be especially helpful for the commute to work, for example.

The increase in regular rideshare users creates another problem, unfortunately. The amount of cars picking up passengers has disrupted the flow of traffic in certain regions of the city, especially in Chicago. They have even increased fines of traffic violations.

The tickets and gas prices also seem to be turning away some drivers as they pay out of pocket for each item, in addition to possible rideshare insurance. But, drivers who discover that there is a growth in the city population using their services may attract attention to drivers hoping to make more money.

This then creates an issue for rideshare companies who are already struggling to pay their workers. Companies such as Uber who are providing benefits to European drivers, the costs will not go down anytime soon for them.

Overall, it may benefit the individual to utilize rideshare instead of owning a personal vehicle. But, there are many factors to take into account before switching over, both personally and the industry in whole. Rideshare is undoubtedly a hot topic at this time and does not appear to be dying down anytime soon.

Seniors And Loss Of Driver’s License

Seniors And Loss Of Driver’s License

One of the biggest hits to a senior’s psyche is the loss of a driver’s license. This is because having a driver’s license and car gives us a sense of freedom, freedom to come and go as we please. Even if we don’t go anywhere, knowing we can is enough. Imagine if you lost your driver’s license? How would you deal with that? That’s how a senior feels too, only it’s worse because they know they may never get it back. This thought can lead to depression, anger, and a devastating blow to self-confidence, self-worth, and identity.

When hiring a caregiver make sure they know that when they drive the client’s car that the loss of the driver’s license isn’t as big of a deal as it would be if they felt stuck, unable to get out or go anywhere. After a while elderly folks become comfortable, happy, even animated in their conversations, enjoying being driven around or being “chauffeured” as they like to say.

An acquaintance of mine in Camarillo who collaborated with me to write this article has a tragic story. Years ago his grandmother pulled out of community pool parking lot – pulled right in front a dump truck, she died instantly. The dump truck driver was so distraught he came to the funeral to apologize. The family forgave him, as he cried saying how sorry he was that it happened, even though everyone knew it was not his fault.

A friend of his took the keys away from their father because while they were driving around together the father stopped in the middle of the freeway to point to something on a mountain, forgetting he was driving on the freeway, and almost killed them both, and another sibling. The father was devastated he lost use of the car, they probably saved his life and he lived another 10-years to see his grandchildren finish college.

We know of so many stories like these, but sometimes the DMV or court won’t take away the license until there is a horrible accident or too many moving violations. There are far too many stories of seniors accidentally hitting the gas instead of the brake and running into a building, tree ditch, pole or pedestrian.

Due to liability issues, it’s important to find caregivers who can drive clients in the client’s car for insurance purposes. This tends to work out well for all concerned. And, always remember to treat this sensitive issue very carefully and with understanding.

Car Shipping Made Easier

Car Shipping Made Easier

Car shipping may be needed by people for many reasons.

  • Maybe you purchased a car via eBay
  • Maybe you own a car dealership
  • Maybe you want to participate in a track event
  • Maybe you are relocating to another city
  • Maybe you want to move your favorite car to your native village
  • Maybe you finally bought your dream car

Whatever the reason, transporting your vehicle to the final destination rather than driving it over can save both money and time. Finding the right professional transporting company saves you a lot of sweat without the stress or hassle of doing it yourself. Auto transport is now made much easier than before. It can be done in a few simple steps as discussed further.

Shipment Listing

A clear budget estimate has to be prepared first to successfully transport the car. Deciding on the right type of trailer or lorry to load the car depends on the total weight, value, time, and exposure of the vehicle during transportation. Any special conditions for extra care have to be mentioned earlier. One of the main components in calculating the cost of car shipping is the distance involved. Also, taller and longer cars need additional adjustments and are more expensive.

Two car transport alternatives are available such as enclosed or open. The enclosed option is ideal in the case of luxury vehicles and provides full protection during shipping. In the open transport, the car will be transported on an open or exposed trailer and costs less. If the car is running, loading onto the trailer becomes easier. Otherwise, it requires a winch and other equipment for loading onto the trailer, which increases the shipment cost.

Get Multiple Quotes

Once you fill in the vehicle data and your requirements in major professional websites, quotes from auto shipping companies come flooding in. You can share your concerns regarding their insurance, safety, and past experiences. You can also review the profiles of the shipping companies using feedbacks from past customers. Also, photos of the equipment and vehicle used for auto shipping will be shared by top-rated companies. Once you have negotiated the right quote, get the transport contract done.

Shipping and Delivery

The contact details of the shipping company will be provided once the best quote is approved. A direct meeting can be had with the transport company to discuss regarding pick-up, transport, and drop or any additional information required.

Preparing Your Car for Transport

Several steps have to be taken to ensure that the car is ready for transport.

  • Clean out the car exterior as well as interior.
  • Burn off most of the fuel. Do not leave more than a quarter tank of fuel.
  • Inspect the car fluids, battery charge, and tyre pressure test.
  • Remove and keep safe all accessories.
  • Make sure there is no personal property left behind.
  • Disable alarm systems, retract the antennae, and fold in the mirrors.
  • Take pictures of the shipment during pickup as well as drop.

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Is It Better to Buy or Lease a New Car?

Is It Better to Buy or Lease a New Car?

Until fairly recently, most major car manufacturers does not really encourage the leasing of vehicles to private customers, it was a part of the business that was more reserved for companies and fleets.

That has changed significantly, and nowadays all major car companies actively promote the idea of leasing a vehicle, making it a viable option for private individuals as opposed to buying a car outright.

Leasing a car should really be thought of as a long term rental. Many people like the idea of being to lease their car, simply because it enables them to have one in a way that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

The obvious downside of leasing a car is at you do not have ownership of it, you do not own the title of vehicle. At a practical level, this means that you cannot really make many modifications or changes to the vehicle, and you have to give it back at the end of the lease period.

The decision as to whether to buy or lease a vehicle specially stems from the above distinction. For many, the idea of leasing has a number of benefits that outweigh the issue of ownership of the vehicle or ownership of title.

A car lease is a fixed long term contract, normally anything up to 72 months. There is a fixed monthly repayment cost, which is largely based upon the depreciation of the value of the vehicle over the term of the lease.

There will be other conditions such as a fixed mileage allowance over the term of the lease, and possibly on an annual basis as well

There is normally an option to purchase additional mileage, and the costs of this should be spelt out in the terms and contracts of the lease agreement.

Aside from having access to a vehicle that the individual might not otherwise be able to own that are also normally significant financial benefits to be had by leasing a car. Many manufacturers offer very specific finance deals on car leases, often with 0% interest, assuming your credit rating is good enough to qualify for it.

With any lease agreement, all the costs should be spelt out and clarified at the beginning of the lease period. This includes what is normally referred to as the lease end agreement. This is costs associated with wear and tear of the vehicle.

The intent of the manufacturer is to put the vehicle into a condition that would be appropriate given its age and mileage. If the car has excessive wear and tear over and above what is deemed to be appropriate, then there will be charges levied against the lessee in order to cover the difference.

These charges can be significant, but the lease agreement should spell out in exact detail how they are calculated and on what basis any charges will be made.

Whether buying or leasing a vehicle, the same credit checks will be made against an individual, and an assessment made based on their credit score. This will determine whether or not the credit company or dealership finance will lend money to the individual and on what basis.

This will affect the decision itself, the length or period of the loan agreement, the interest rate charged for the duration of the loan and the size of the down payment.

The choice as to whether to buy or lease is not really a financial one, although leasing is normally a much cheaper option. The real decision comes down to more of an emotional one, where the individual ways up the pros and cons of ownership and related costs, as opposed to a form of borrowing, which after a few years means you have to give it back.

Peter Main is a freelance writer, with extensive experience writing about at the auto industry and car finance in particular. There is a special emphasis on bad credit car loans, and how many major car dealerships such as Hyundai Motor Finance and Kia Finance go to great lengths to try and encourage people to apply for credit at the same time as purchasing or leasing their vehicle.

Top 5 Challenges in Manufacturing Industries

Top 5 Challenges in Manufacturing Industries

In addition to this some of the pertinent issues, the industry faces in manufacturing products are:

1. Regulatory Compliance and traceabilityManufacturers of all sectors faces increasing regulations which aims in ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. Consumers may be benefited from some of the regulations, and each of the regulation adds an additional burden to the companies that must comply with the requirements. Complete visibility in the global supply chains is ensured by the manufacturers and they can prove their own deference and that of the suppliers also. Regulations needs the ability to track where the specific items have been used or to trace materials from an end item at a customer site back to specific materials used in the manufacture. Keeping in view the regulations and managing compliance reporting is a full time activity for multiple people or teams at many manufacturing companies.

2. To keep Product RelevantProduct innovations come at varying pace and manufacturers struggle to keep up. With the new concept the companies compete to be first in the market, the temptation to skip steps on quality materials can be challenging. There should be adequate time for the companies to ensure that the specific materials like wires and cables are in line with the operating conditions. A new product needs to develop a reputation of good quality to drive out poor quality. The companies will become more systematic about managing innovation rather than to leave new product ideas to chance. The preferences in product are changing so quickly that this delays the introduction of once popular products. For the success of manufacturing it is essential to implement the procedures to keep a steady stream of new product ideas and innovations in the pipeline.

3. Aging Workforce/Skills gapAs per age, the workers retire and leave their workforce and take along with them their hard-learned skills and experience with them. The workers who are retiring are not available to be replaced easily as the new ones do not have the needed skillset for many critical roles. Manufacturers will have to work with the schools in their communities to check that the educational system includes the topics and skills training for the younger workers to fill these roles. Besides, manufacturers may need to be more flexible with the aging workforce so as to allow workers to slow down by working part time rather than to retire suddenly. This will enable the aging workers to pass on their skill to the next generations of workers.

4. Environmental concernsVarious aspects of the manufacturing process is affected by the local and regional regulations, from the ability to use certain materials, to worker exposure, to disposal of waste and byproducts. There is a harsh environment for manufacturing and hence should ensure the safety and health of workers with proper care and equipment. Disposing of waste products and recycling materials add costs and complexity to manufacturing and also result in a healthier environment and protection alike for both workers and customers.

5. To maintain a balance with output: In a manufacturing unit it is very essential to keep the equipment functioning. Preventive maintenance should be taken regularly including worn wires and cables which help in increasing output and ensuring customer satisfaction with delivery lead times. Manufacturers are sometimes tempted to postpone preventive maintenance or replace factory components with lower quality items. The practice creates unsafe conditions in harsh manufacturing environments if these lesser components can’t stand up to operating conditions. The operating cost can be kept low and output high by using components, cables and wires that meet or exceed manufacturer specifications and to perform preventive maintenance on recommended schedules thus ensuring worker safety. By meeting these challenges the manufacturing companies can stay on current legislation and technology and be responsive to meet the needs of workers and act responsibly in the best interest of all parties.

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