Will Drivers Cut Corners on Auto Repair if Vehicle Inspections are Eliminated? -

Will Drivers Cut Corners on Auto Repair if Vehicle Inspections are Eliminated?

Mike Curtis, the manager at Sandone Tire in Scranton, PA, said that his shop performs between 100 and 150 vehicle inspections per month. The most frequently found problems involve worn brakes, ball joints and tires. If vehicle inspections were to be eliminated, safety advocates fear that vehicle owners may forgo necessary repairs.

Mike Curtis, the manager at Sandone Tire in Scranton, PA, said that his shop performs between 100 and 150 vehicle inspections per month. The most frequently found problems involve worn brakes, ball joints and tires. If vehicle inspections were to be eliminated, safety advocates fear that vehicle owners may forgo necessary repairs.

Below is the article as it appeared on The Scranton Times Tribune website.

New Jersey ends car inspections; Pennsylvania safety experts say it’s bad idea

By Libby A. Nelson (Staff Writer)
Published: August 10, 2010

Vince Rinaldi, store manager at Kost Tire and Auto Service at 398 N. Ninth Ave. in Scranton, removes a brake drum to check brake pads during a state car inspection on Monday. Pennsylvania still requires annual vehicle inspections, but New Jersey this month eliminated its biennial checkups - a move that safety advocates say isn't a good idea.For drivers in Pennsylvania, the state-mandated safety inspection is a yearly ritual: Check the brakes, the lights, the wipers, pay around $20, take a new sticker and hit the road.

In New Jersey, that ritual disappeared Aug. 1, when the state no longer required passenger vehicles to pass an inspection. Only 20 states now require that vehicles undergo an annual or biennial checkup.

Pennsylvania inspection laws are unlikely to change anytime soon, officials said. New Jersey’s change alarmed lawmakers and safety advocates, who point out that Pennsylvanians frequently share roads with New Jersey drivers.

"I would not want those noninspected New Jersey cars with bad brakes driving in my area," said state Rep. Mario Scavello, who represents part of Monroe and Pike counties. "You’re going to have cars on the road that shouldn’t be on the road. It could take some lives."

State saves cash

Safety checkups in New Jersey were required every other year and performed by a state contractor. Eliminating them will save the state about $12 million annually.

In Pennsylvania, where drivers typically pay between $16 and $23 for inspection at a privately owned garage, the requirement costs the state only about $1.5 million.

To read the entire article, visit The Scranton Times Tribune website at http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/new-jersey-ends-car-inspections-pennsylvania-safety-experts-say-it-s-bad-idea-1.936784.

You May Also Like

The True Cost Of Comebacks

Comebacks are a hot topic today. You need to track all comebacks, determine the reason (tech error, part error, training issue, other) and then calculate the true cost of the comeback.

By Joe Marconi of Elite
Comebacks are a hot topic today. You need to track
all comebacks, determine the reason (tech error, part error, training issue,
other) and then calculate the true cost of the comeback.
Here are a few things to consider:
• The loss of time when performing the comeback; time that the tech can use to
perform other work and generate profit;
• The misc costs, such as overhead costs, supplies, cleaners, etc.;
• Towing costs, rental, etc.;
• Cost to morale;
• Reputation damage; and
• Reduction to your profit margin.
For every part issue, you need to
inform your supplier. Sit down with suppliers on a regular basis. Don’t return defective
parts until you have listed the parts, and maintain a report. Document
everything.
Part issues are increasing. Every shop
owner I speak to is frustrated over this.
Remember, comebacks kill your bottom
line. The more comebacks you have, the more they’re killing your profits.
This article was contributed by Joe Marconi.
Joe is one of the 1-on-1 business coaches who helps shop owners through
the Elite Coaching Program, and is the
co-founder of autoshopowner.com.

Want To Increase A/C Sales?

Have your techs, as part of their preliminary checks, turn on the A/C and see if the system is working. Is the compressor turning on? Are all the fan speeds working? Is the system getting cold? Is there a smell from the vents?

Call For Entries For The ATMC National Excellence In Training Awards

The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) has issued a call for entries for the 2014 National Excellence in Training Awards. The annual program is designed to highlight the importance of training to the success of the transportation industry by honoring highly effective or innovative training programs. The awards are open to any person or entity providing training in the industry.

CARS 2014: ‘Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile’

From ASA comes word that CARS this year “is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” This year’s CARS will be held July 30-Aug. 2 in Detroit and, for the first time, the focus will be on younger techs. Each program at CARS this year has been handpicked with an eye toward making your shop better, said Donny Seyfer, chairman-elect of the Automotive Service Association, which sponsors CARS.

GAAS Attendees Get ‘Connected’ In Chicago

Attendees of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium’s (GAAS) 2014 Connected conference were engaged in a range of high-level topics affecting the automotive aftermarket now and in the future.

Other Posts

Raybestos Rattlesnake Sweepstakes Winner Receives His Ride

Not even heavy rain and winds could dampen the festive mood at Automotive Electric Distributors (AED) in Vancouver, Wash., on Friday, May 9, the day that David Cramer received the keys to his custom 2014 Raybestos Rattlesnake Toyota Tundra.

NACE/CARS 2014 Meets Shop Owners’ Education, Training Needs

NACE/CARS 2014 has announced the full training and education conference program that organizers say will have shop owners, technicians and industry stakeholders covered from A to Z when it comes to training, education and unbeatable new sessions. In addition to this year’s event being the largest conference offering in NACE/CARS history, show organizers also have many of the industry’s leading experts speaking at this year’s event.

June 9-15 Is Automotive Service Professionals Week

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has declared June 9-15 as National Automotive Service Professionals Week. Building on the success of Automotive Service Professionals Day established in 2001, ASE launched National Automotive Service Professional’s Week in 2005 to honor the commitment and dedication of automotive, truck and collision technicians, along with parts specialists and other support professionals who serve the motoring public.

Background Check Requirements And Best Practices Guidelines

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) joined forces to publish guideline documents to continue to educate employers regarding background checks and the applicable laws and regulations surrounding them. The information provided isn’t anything new, but it serves as a good reminder for employers that currently are conducting background checks for employment purposes or those employers who may plan to start doing so.