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Monday
Jan232017

Car Repair Nostalgia

Although we read about the new here, the just launched there, the upcoming in just a few months somewhere else. In addition to new technology here, there, and all over the place.

Somedays its envigorating to just stop, and look back in a reflective fashion.

Here we go...

Tools:

If you are of a certain age you remember the various hand tools used back in the day. Ratchets, extensions, sockets were commonplace. Flat and philip screwdrivers, ball peen hammers, and so on. Air tools were usually a substantial impact wrench, and subsequently a ratchet, both dragged around an air line, and were noisy.

Today many of the air powered tolls have been replaced by the electric equivalent with a battery.

Tool Boxes:

A couple of generations ago what was a sophisticated tool box was usually built up from a few components on casters. Yes...Snap On ruled the day. Tool boxes today are a thing of beauty, totally cool.

Distributor - Coil - Spark Plug Wires:

If you remember replacing ignition points on a regular basis, using a dwell meter, coils going bad and going nuts trying to figure it out. Plug wires wearing out, the same with distributor caps and rotors. Setting the timing with a timing light.

It  sounds old, archaic, a lost art. Even on TV shows some of the cars that are restored the engines run like shit.

The lost art is to get an engine to run well, and start in a crisp, lively fashion.

Batteries:

If you remember batteries with acid, battery caps, the posts and cable connectors getting all corroded with the "fuzzy stuff". Yes...you have been around for a while, you also remember cleaning the battery posts, and cable connectors.

Today its maintenance free batteries, and screw in cables. Yes...batteries still wear out.

Human Knowledge:

Good ole human knowledge is priceless. With all the technology, modern tools, testing and diagnostic equipment. In many instances it facilitates diagnosing, and repairing a vehicle.

But...having an intrinsic understanding of how a vehicle funstions, what the various components are supposed to do, how one thing relates to another. Its priceless...

It goes back to the days when the human brain stored the knowledge base, experience, skill set to understand how a vehicle worked. Understanding what was amiss, which today shows up as an error code.

Agreed...its becoming a lost art that is also extremely challenging to replace...perhaps even bordering on the impossible.

 

 

Wednesday
Jan182017

Middle of January 2017

Yes its mid week and a few days past mid month.

We start the year, we want to get a "feel" for what is going on around us, we take a look at our plans, direction, and really take it all in to improve the understanding.

What caught our attention...in no particular order.

Eyeballs:

Unreal how everyone is scrambling for eyeballs to monetize whatever they are doing. Obvious some are even bolder than the bold.

Autonomous Vehicles:

Although its all moving in the direction of AV's we are not there yet, its progressing, a ton of folks are learning, and technology is being calibrated. Is there an upside for Canada?

People:

If you are in the auto business, you are in the people business...its that simple. Been like that for decades. Even with all the technology, all the empowerment...still in the people business.

Politics:

Its a great arena for a bunch of folks to try and get more eyeballs for their platform. In 2017 disruption is a huge eyeball attractor (is there such a word). Lets leave it at that.

Glass Palaces:

The retail auto landscape in Canada in reaching "peak glass palace" (which is often the price of entry) you have to wonder what's up next...the glassier palace on top of the glass palace?

Finance Terms:

"You can finance them for longer because they last longer". In 2017 the naivete of the statement is mind boggling, and completely detached from the reality in Canada.

Peak Technology:

Ask yourself "Are we reaching or have we reached peak technology in the auto business in Canada?" At some point its all pedestrian technology that anyone can access.

Motorcycles:

Boomers powered a generation of V Twin cruisers. Now the industry is still seeking a footing with younger generations. Is it a sport bike, is it a cruiser? One thing is certain it has to be less money. Victory shut down, MV Agusta is still challenged.

Utilities:

They are versatile, more profitable for manufacturers, and fashionable (life style vehicles). Are dealers making money with utilities?

Pick Ups:

The old school full size body on frame car, reincarnated as a pick up, and add a transfer case for good measure. By now we all know that an F150 is aluminum.

Real Estate:

Will keep on inching up especially in the GTA. The next few months will be revealing.

Interest Rates:

That they inch up by 25 points, manufacturers will continue to subsidise lower rates. Its not a big deal.

Used Vehicle Values:

We have been fortunate in Canada to move a ton of used iron to the US in the past. Will it continue? Probably but at lower prices. Values will come down in 2017.

Auto Shows:

Its not the reveals (eye candy), its the attendance by CMS (Citizen Main Street) that makes the difference, and moves iron.

Millennials - Gen Y:

Are increasingly becoming a factor in the Canadian auto business.

Disruption:

Ongoing in 2017, its a time when a "tweet" can quickly get folks do a 180.

Individual in the Back of the Room:

Might as well coin another one IBOR (individual in the back of the room), the person that observes the pedestrian knowledge and behavior to gain an advantage. You want to be an IBOR in 2017.

Time:

The equaliser, its the same for everyone, a precious resource that is constantly accelerating with increasing velocity. Successful individuals start their day early...very early.

We suggest that you make your own list of some of the stuff that has caught your attention so far this month.

 

 

Thursday
Jun302016

Be Your Own Pro Active Editor

A regular at Strada? For years we have suggested, and urged you to be your own editor. To curate what is published on a myriad of platforms, about a gazillion subjects, and events.

Perhaps its even more important today, with a ton of events that incite a wide range of opinions, comments, views, from a wide spectrum of individuals.

Its telling when Google publishes results of the morning after searches for dramatic events. With folks informing themselves after the facts. "How do I edit what I've read, and actions after the facts?"

The Internet is the ideal medium to inform, but more important disseminate knowledge, and empower folks. Agreed we should all be a little better informed, smarter, empowered, and make better decisions. Obvious that its not always the case...but we should be.

Be keenly aware that there is a ton of pedestrian opinions, and knowledge that is disseminated every second. As an example everyone knows something about cars, the auto industry, the car business and so on...the Internet has been a factor in the auto industry for decades now. Empowering everyone with an interest with anything from thought provoking knowledge, to pedestrian autotainement.

Be your own pro active editor to be informed, knowledgeable, and have your thinking provoked.

 

 

Wednesday
Jun222016

Strada Search

As we are on the cusp of the Dog Days of Summer, and perhaps this year everyone will take it a little easier, or will it be a little busier.

If you are entertaining a thought, have a question and seeking an answer, or simply curious about something automotive.

Try our Strada Search you will be pleasantly surprised. Often we are surprised when we search our content.

Why you should try our search, and perhaps even tell your friends.

  • We have been publishing for 10 years, all our content from the past 10 years is available and searchable.
  • We continue to cover most aspects of the auto business, we try to take a 360 degree view.
  • We always strive to uphold a thought leadership position.
  • We seek to provoke a thought process.
  • Many of our thoughts have held the test of time.

We encourage you to try the Strada Search.