We always hear that cars are written off when heavily damaged in an accident, and at times wonder where these vehicles go to end their days. A few decades ago prior to the extensive use of technology, better yet technology was not available, did not exist at that time.
A true story....
A service courtesy car is involved in an accident while being driven by a customer, there is an amount of front end dammage. The car is "written off" by the insurance company problem solved...its going to the written off lot in the sky or so one would naively think.
Close to 2 years later, a customer trades in a car...the front of the car seems a little askew, some items do not fit as they should. Agreed...today it would take 30 seconds...back in the day it took a dilligent manual search to uncover that the courtesy car that was written off by the insurance company, just resurfaced as a trade in.
"Guys we just took in trade the courtesy car that was written off 2 years ago"...."Impossible...the car was written off"...."No its right there, look"
Think about this for a moment...mind boggling, and something that perhaps happens once in a million.
Some details from back in the in day...
The insurance company was contacted "You wrote off this car...how come its still on the road?" the reply "We wrote off the car to you, we then resell the car as salvage, and have no control on the disposition of the salvage after the sale"
Think about this for a moment...
Obvious that in 2011 and for several years now, it would take a few seconds to uncover collision damage on a vehicle.
Its Friday, another Vroom Room, and where is Spring? In the meantime make yourself comfortable we have cappuccino and biscotti this morning.
Have you noticed the ongoing, or is it never ending discussions about automotive journalism, or is auto writers, and other folks continuing to drum a doom and gloom scenario for the entire industry.
Some of our thoughts....
 The industry, the product has changed, anyone seeking to relive the "old days" should consider acquiring an old car, and enjoy the nostalgia of the old days, or build a hot rod if you need to get more interactive.
 its a time of social everything the "social autosphere" (did we coin this term) is adopted by everyone and anyone to get the word out, raise the level of awareness. Perhaps its even inexpensive advertising for manufacturers.
 The enduring urban legends of reliability, which vehicles have problems. Modern vehicles are dramatically improved with comprehensive warranties, and extended warranties. Even used vehicles are readily available with extended warranties. While components are sourced from all over the planet, aggregated and assembled by a myriad of people that comprise the supply chain.
 Its the consumer/customer that decides which vehicle is of interest to them, where they perceive value, not the auto writer, auto journalist, or the enthusiast. Every enthusiast wants a manual transmission car, and every customers buyes an automatic transmission.
 In an age of limited attention span, accompanied by a deluge of information. Who reads all the information that is available? As we constantly mention you have to be your own editor.
 Technology enables a myriad of perspectives to express, and disseminate themselves, again we always mention that anyone can publish.
 Its intrinsic of human nature to be defensive of their turf, to get a larger share of the available resources. See the grass greener of the other side, or throw stones to the other side.
The "old goats" that have been around this business for a few decades, that are still passionate about the business, and understand the 360 degree spectrum, probably still find it exciting! While enjoying to watch the various turf wars/battles of the "younger goats" many of whom have a day job in another, and lack the 360 view.
Its all cool....
If you remember Ayrton Senna...an entire documentary...here.
Yes...old race cars...here.
What does nuclear energy have to do with cars? Not much....or a lot...especially when the supply chain is interrupted.
During the past few weeks we have seen photos of utter devastation of the Fukushima plant, and a myriad of comments, from a myriad of experts, accompanied by the ongoing leakage of nuclear/radioactive materials in the local environment, and farther out.
Its the first time that a major nuclear incident has occured with the Internet empowering the dissemination of information in all its forms. As you can imagine, scientific information from folks that are in the nuclear reactor business is discreet, and succinct. Obvious that when something goes really wrong at a nuclear plant, resolving the problem is a formidable challenge that will take years...it does not go away by pressing a button.
We all know the famous formula: E=MC2
Uncontrolled its a bomb, controlled its a nuclear plant generating massive amounts of steam that spin turbines to generate electricity, when the control mechanisms (massive amounts of cooling water) of the plant are dammaged its a formidable challenge to regain control of an overheated reactor, and avoid radioactive emissions/seepage or worse. In addition to being a lenghty process fraught with unknowns to permanently resolve the problem.
An informative presentation from nuclear scientists of the events in the Fukushima plant as of a few weeks ago.