Viewpoint Archives - Brake & Front End
New Garage Gives Brake & Front End An Edge In 2020

Our brand new garage studio features latest auto technology to ensure our editorial is aligned with industry expectations.

Your Car, Your Data: Your Livelihood, Your Tools

In a recent survey by KPMG, more than 80% of auto industry executives think data will become a primary revenue source for future business models.

Vehicle Inspection Impact

Currently, 19 states have periodic safety vehicle inspections, 32 states have regular emissions inspections and only 12 states have no form of vehicle inspection.

Viewpoint: Keep Politics Local

It might feel like the daily news cycle is on overload. Between impeachment argumentation, mass shootings and war in the Middle East, you might feel overwhelmed. But by getting swept up in national arguments, you could be missing the most important news that could have the greatest impact on you – the local news, said Andrew Markel, director of content.

How About Some Help?!

We are on an on-going editorial mission is to keep you, our valued readers, educated on the topics of data and telematics moving forward.

State Vehicle Inspection: Something Needs To Change

While everybody can agree vehicle inspections are good in theory, no one can agree on the execution of a state vehicle safety or emissions inspection program. It is always a compromise between who is picking up the tab and if it is an election year.

Viewpoint: How Did We Get To This Point?

I recently spent a day at a shop sitting in the waiting room and hanging around the bays. What really amazed me was the volume of cars with check engine and other lights on in the instrument cluster and how long they have been illuminated, said Andrew Markel, Director of Content.

Viewpoint: Tesla’s Answer To The Technician Shortage

The requirements for the START program are high. A candidate should already have an automotive associate degree or post-secondary education, or relevant work experience. The program also specifies that the candidate should have a strong electrical background.

VIEWPOINT: Auto Shows And The Battle Between Electric And Internal Combustion Engines (ICE)

By the media reports, my father thought the show would be wall-to-wall electric and autonomous vehicles. But by my estimates, the majority of the cars displayed were internal combustion vehicles and performance was still king. These vehicles can be purchased today or in the very near future and remain on the roads for 20 years or more, says Andrew Markel.

Stick To The Facts: Dealer Stickers Should Be Banned

Recently, I purchased a used car at a new car dealer. It was not an unpleasant experience. I got to haggle, kick tires and I had an honest salesman. I walked out of the dealer with the car I wanted, at the right price, in under three hours. Two days later, I noticed a sticker on the door jamb while I was looking for the tire inflation pressures. At first, I thought it was an official warning about how to tow the vehicle. As I looked closer, I got a little angry because this type of sticker is very deceiving.

Blame Game: Will Automatic Braking Systems Be The Answer Or A Problem?

There has been a lot of talk about automatic emergency braking systems (AEB). Starting September 1, 2022, these systems will be mandatory for cars and trucks under 8,000 lbs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that AEB will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries by 2025. This is great for the new car buyer, but what about the car owner who needs to maintain the vehicle five or 10 years from now?

Honesty And Education: Is Giving Hope Your Crutch Behind The Service Counter?

Everybody likes to have hope. It could be hope that a check engine light goes off on the next key cycle, or you will never lose someone you love. But in some cases, a little bit of hope can be more painful than a dose of honesty and experience.