Maserati – The Luxurious Partner

If you are crazy about Maserati then congratulations! You are not alone in the world, there are countless people out there who can die for any of these luxurious beauties. Maserati with vehicles like Maserati Quattroporte, Maserati GranTurismo in their fleet, is among top of line car manufactures in the world. Maserati is originally from Italy. The main theme behind these vehicles is always luxury. Although, through the course of time Maserati has gone through many changes but this factor remain the USP for Maserati always.

Since its inauguration Maserati has been associated with motor sports vehicles, but their non sports car is also very famous among the common household. Whether it is about the sports vehicles or domestic automobiles, the tag line of Maserati has to be the luxury. Maserati Brothers the founders of Maserati automobiles had the dream of making the dream cars that can compete with the best on the race tracks, highways and intra city roads. So far, Maserati has lived up to the expectations of its founder. The moment you hold the keys of your Maserati in your hand, you will yourself feel the comfort and pleasure of driving. It always strives to present the beginning of art vehicles that are prepared with best available parts to ensure a hassle-free experience overall. That is why you see that there are so many loyal fans who cannot appreciate any other automobile at all. You can check more information over the World Wide Web related to Maserati automobiles.

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FOSS V FORD – Re-Aligning Canadian Automotive History

Inventors can impact generations to come, often changing the way we do things and defining historical eras. Recounts of the inventors’ accomplishments, and stories about their lives are upheld with interest and for posterity. Historians look for proof and facts, so that the accomplishments of these inventors are accurately reflected in documents, held in libraries, archives and museums.

While recently working at two events, we were able to casually ask members of the general public if they knew who invented the first gasoline automobile in Canada. It may not surprise you to hear that most of those we polled believed that Ford was the first automobile builder in Canada. Of course, Ford has the advantage of brand recognition and longevity. However, Ford was not Canadian and nor did he build the first gasoline automobile in Canada.

The latest release of the academy award-winning movie, Ford v Ferrari, renewed recognition that during the mid 1960s, the Ford brand was a force to be reckoned with. The momentum of this movie has created an opportunity for the Foss family, to bring to light an often-overlooked piece of Canadian history. You see, the inventor of the first gasoline automobile in Canada was not Ford, but was in fact the lesser known Foss. Foss built the Fossmobile in 1897, around the same time as Ford invented the Quadracycle in the United States. Ford’s first automobiles were not distributed in Canada until the early 1900s. So, in the late 1800’s it was Ford v Foss.

The acknowledgement for this ground-breaking piece of Canadian history, has for too long been somehow buried and lost under the shadow of Ford. The Foss family has recently rekindled within Canadian historians and vintage automobile enthusiasts, an interest in celebrating the accomplishments of George Foote Foss, the original inventor of the first gasoline automobile in Canada.

The Ford v Ferrari rivalry demonstrates how competition, along with vision, personal conviction, and collaboration, can lead to great strides in automotive innovation. As we see in the movie, in the mid 1960s, American automotive designer Carroll Shelby collaborated with his precision focused friend, British race car driver Ken Miles. Together, they embraced the goal set out by Henry Ford II, to beat Ferrari by making a faster race car. They embraced a collective vision to challenge the racing world’s laws of physics and gingerly stepped around corporate interference in order to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. The plan was to compete head-to-head against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24-Hour of Le Mans, in France. After years of Ferrari dominance, their vision was realized. In 1966 the Ford GT 40 won, taking all three podium positions: first, second and third.

The story of the Fossmobile may not have the pizzazz needed for a blockbuster film plot, but it does deserve attention, for its historic relevance. Long before Ford was selling automobiles in Canada, the original Fossmobile was built by George Foote Foss, in a tiny, dusty old bicycle repair and machine shop, in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1897. Like the main characters in the Ford v Ferrari movie, Foss had vision and personal conviction. He enlisted the help of three workmen and sought out the Iron Works Company of Sherbrooke who helped make the initial castings for the engine he designed. He engineered parts from scratch, combining his intuition to think outside the box with his skills from his machining and bicycle repairs. Foss persevered until he had put together something that could be driven on the hilly streets of Sherbrooke.

It is well documented that he drove this invention around for four years, well before any other automobiles showed up in the area. George Foss met Henry Ford on more than one occasion, to discuss the notion of building automobiles together. Ultimately Foss turned Ford down, sensing that the two had different personality styles and visions.

The Foss family continues to build awareness around Foss, the first Canadian gasoline car inventor, by speaking at events and hosting information booths. Their biggest and most significant project to date is the rebuilding of a tribute/replica of the original Fossmobile. This project involves a significant amount of fundraising in order to bring this vision to fruition.

It was disappointing to hear that most of the people we spoke to at recent events assumed that Ford was somehow responsible for Canada’s first automobile. This illuminated the need to look beyond the now well-known Ford v Ferrari legacy, to the more distant past of the original Ford v Foss legacy, at least here in Canada. Written in the last paragraph of the preface in the “Cars of Canada” book, Durnford / Baechler (1973, McClelland and Stewart Limited), is the following;

“A universal error is the claim that Ford was the first Canadian automobile producer. For years John Moodie mistakenly claimed to have imported the first car into Canada. U.H Dandurand claimed to have had the first car in Montreal, but he didn’t. And so it goes. Many hallowed legends prove unfounded.”

Some 47 years later, these myths seem to continue on, particularly the Ford one. There is no question that Henry Ford and Ford v Ferrari belongs proudly in American history books. However, here in Canada the man we should be acknowledging as the original builder, is George Foote Foss. The retelling of this important historical Canadian legacy may eventually dispel the myth that Ford was the first to have a gasoline automobile in Canada. It is our responsibility as Canadians to embrace this quiet builder’s important part of Canadian automotive history and not let the Ford giant outshine his legacy.

The tribute/replica of the original Fossmobile is carefully and painstakingly being built to help shine a light on this historic feat. The Foss family has undertaken the enormous task of overseeing this project. A team has been assembled to execute every detail and the project is well on its way to completion. The goal is for this tribute/replica car to be placed into a Canadian museum, so that visitors can have a better chance to appreciate this significant Canadian accomplishment. The Fossmobile Tribute automobile and its supporting memorabilia will help to more clearly rectify Canadian automotive history, and re-establish that it was and is Foss v Ford, as the first gasoline automobile builder in Canada.

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Four Reasons To Buy From A Used Car Dealer

At some point in time, nearly everyone will purchase a vehicle. When they do, they find that there are millions of options. Last year, more than 54 million automobiles were sold. Of those, about 40 million were pre-owned. Here are four reasons why people should choose a used car dealer over a new one.

Better Investment

Studies show automobiles that are purchased new are driven for about seven years, on average. Those purchased used are driven for about five years. Using the average depreciation rates for automobiles today, a vehicle would be worth approximately 20% of its original value after seven years. By shopping with a used car dealer, customers avoid the massive depreciation that all undriven models suffer from. A pre-owned auto will depreciate as well, but not to the same extent.

Better Value

The average cost for an undriven automobile is roughly $32,000, compared with $15,000 for a pre-owned model. Much of the difference in cost, as discussed above, is due to depreciation. The instant an undriven vehicle leaves the company’s lot, it loses almost 10% of its value, simply because it is no longer considered mint. If one vehicle costs 10% less than another, and the only difference is a few miles on the odometer, the cheaper option will always win.

Similar Safety Features

In decades past, purchasing a new vehicle might get the consumer enhanced safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, or skid control. These days, all cars come standard with air bags and anti-lock brakes. Skid control is standard with select manufacturers. As long as you don’t buy a model that is too old, your auto will be every bit as safe as the latest model.

Similar Reliability

The old adage is that you should never repair a damaged vehicle if the cost is more than half of the auto’s value. So, when a costly repair came around, people would buy a fresh model. However, with the increase in competition between domestic and foreign markets in the 80s and 90s, all models have become more reliable. Since 1995, when studies began, the average age of cars on the road has steadily increased. Today, of the 250 million cars in the U.S., the average age is 11.7 years. Consumers expect automobiles to last, and they purchase them for their reliability. As a result, there is a plethora of reliable, quality models available from any used car dealer.

In conclusion, the choice between new and pre-owned vehicles is an easy one. An auto from a used car dealer will give you the same level of reliability and safety as new cars. Pre-owned vehicles, on average, cost less than half the price of new ones and depreciate significantly less. If you are interested in getting the same features as a new auto, but for less money, then the pre-owned market is for you.

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Current Economic Condition of Auto Industry Affects Steel Market

Steel, the biodegradable super-metal, is incorporated into countless facets of human life. One of the most widespread uses for steel is the manufacturing of automobiles. The cars that we drive are made up of this lightweight, durable material. However, due to the current faltering condition of the auto industry, steel manufacturers are seeing a drop in sales due to decreased demand for consumer automobiles.

In the United States, the automotive industry accounts for a large portion of steel manufacturing business. In North America alone, automakers produced 16.5 million units in 2006. The projected output for 2009 is 10.5 million units, a 36 percent decline. For those of us living in the Midwest, this economic crisis hits close to home. Detroit and the surrounding area has always been a hub for automobile producers, home to Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. Due to their close link with the auto industry, steel producers and manufacturers are also hard-hit. MCN , or Metal Center News , recently published a survey of 45 toll processing and steel manufacturing companies. The results indicated that a majority of the respondents (57 percent) sighted their business being down by an average of 22 percent in 2008. However, 16 percent claimed flat revenue and 27 percent recorded gains. So, even though the general market trend is headed in a downward slope, there are still companies that site profit.

In this dismal economy, it is important to remember the positives. Chrysler, one of the United States' top three auto producers, has recently declared bankruptcy. However, on May 30, 2009, the auto giant entered into federal bankruptcy protection. With help from President Obama and government funds, Chrysler has partnered with Fiat and will continue to produce automobiles for the American market. Many of these auto companies are forced to merge, considering that current economic conditions will not allow them to stand on their own feet. These collaborations can yield positive and negative returns for steel producers. When one company partners with another, two clients then turn into one, which may result in increased profits. However, steel producers benefit because Chrysler did not go under. The company is still producing automobiles, which means that they will still need steel to make these cars, which is good news for steel producers.

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The author of this article is a representative of Capital Steel & Wire, an international distributor of steel bars, steel wire and wire rods. Visit them on the web at capitalsteel.net .

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The Importance of Technical Knowledge in Modern Auto Sales Training

Technical knowledge is becoming increasingly more important in modern auto sales training. In the past it was sufficient for salesmen and women to be able to explain to customers how their cars should be serviced and answer general everyday questions such as what the carburetor does.

In fact, even these questions were few and far between because cars driven by gas (petroleum) powered internal combustion engine had not changed much since Karl Benz’s invention in 1885. Yes, various aspects of car design had changed significantly but not the way they were powered. Today we have alternatives.

Staff selling automobiles today must be trained in the differences between the various fuel types: gas, diesel, electric, LPG and whatever else is developed. The days are gone when new developments in automobiles and other vehicles take years to come into production, let alone become available to regular customers.

Potential Questions on Modern Automobile Technology

Here are some of the technical aspects of automobiles about which your sales staff are liable to be asked, and for which they will be expected to have expert knowledge.

  • What’s the difference between diesel and gas?
  • Is diesel cheaper than gas and are diesel cars harder to maintain that regular cars?
  • What’s a hybrid?
  • How do hybrid running costs compare to diesel and gas?
  • How do I change from gas to electric in a hybrid?
  • Where is the nearest electric car charging point to me?
  • Will an electric car get me to my work every day for less cost than another fuel?
  • What’s a hydrogen cell?
  • Are hybrids/electric/hydrogen cell cars easy to maintain – can I fix faults myself?

If you sell vehicles that use any of the above alternative energy sources then visitors to your dealership or car lot will expect you to be able to answer these questions – or questions like them. You can likely think of several more – perhaps through experience!

Importance of a Car Sales Course

Do you have a training course that helps your staff find out where to get this information? Do you teach your staff – or even yourself – these basic fundamentals of modern car technology? Or do you expect them to teach themselves? It is extremely important that your auto sales personnel are aware of each of the above auto fuel options and are able to answer questions about them. But that’s not all they must know!

Another aspect of auto sales knowledge that has changed in recent times is the interaction between prospect and salesperson. Has every member of your sales staff been trained in how to approach and communicate with a new visitor to your lot or showroom? If the first approach and interaction goes wrong, then you can forget about that prospect becoming a customer.

The days are well gone when you could take on a new salesmen or women with little or no sales experience and expect them to learn on the job. Effective auto sales personnel are now well-trained people who understand sales psychology as well as every car on the lot! They can answer questions on hybrids and power cells, and offer advice based on sound technical knowledge.

Sales Staff Auto Sales Training

However, it’s the approach that counts, and how auto sales personnel can interact with prospects that make the difference between a sale to a happy customer and a disgruntled prospect walking off the lot to go somewhere else. A car sales course can make the difference between success and failure, and by sending staff to an auto training course, you can make a significant improvement to your sales figures.

If you are an individual with a desire to make auto sales your chosen career, a recognized car sales course can make all the difference to you as well. By showing a prospective employer your course diploma, you will put yourself ahead of all those applicants without one.

So what is needed by successful car sales staff today – male or female? It is a knowledge of cars and their alternative power sources, and also proper training in how to sell the; how to approach visitors and convert them into new customers; how to retain the customers you have and how to send everybody way so impressed that they will sing your praises to everybody willing to listen! A car sales course can offer most of this – if not all!

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It's a Doozie – The History of the Duisenberg Automobile Classic Motor Car

It can be said that many of the greatest things in life start off with humble beginnings. So is it with the Duisenberg Motor car. You may have heard the expression off times – "That's a Doozie" or "It's a Doozie". These are all references to a great car and car automaker of renown – the Duisenberg.

The Duisenberg began its life as the Auburn-Cord-Duisenberg. Ernest Lobban Cord began his career in the automobile industry in a most humble manner – as a simple repairer of model T Ford cars. It could be said that this start of the Duisenberg line met with even fairly mixed fortunes. – Mr. Cord said to have become a millionaire three separate times even before he reached the ripe and experienced age of 21 – losing his entire fortune fully each of the three times. Finally at the ripe old age of 30 years and with lasting and real wealth ,, Mr. Cord joined the failing Auburn company as its "general manager"., Bought a substantial share in the company and proceeded to bring Auburn back onto the path of financial security and wealth.

Aside from being obviously a clever engineer himself, Cord had the greatest ability and abilities to spot great talents and talents in others. As a result he spotted, hired and employed such classic notables and famous legends in the automobile trades as Gordon Buehrig, Harry Miller and Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. Next Mr. Cord promptly bought control of the Lycoming engine plant and the Duisenberg Company itself.

The Deisenberg brothers, Fred and August had originally begun by actually making bicycles in their adopted "home town" of Des Moines Iowa, before going into the sport of motor racing, building their first racing car in 1903. The Duisenberg Company itself was formed in 1912 to build race cars, and their success led inevitably to the manufacture of standard road cars. The first of the Duisenberg line of standard motor cars for the road and non-racing a driver was the Model A tourer. The Model A "Tourer" has been dated for the year 1920. It can be rightly said with truthfulness as well as knowledge that the Duisenberg road cars were more than heavily based on the knowledge and expertise gained from auto racing itself and were excellent examples of advanced engineering and automotive mechanical technologies of the time. The Duisenberg automotive product line quickly established a more than solid and well earned reputation on the roads just as the Duisenberg racing cars had collected a bevy of speed and racing records. Amazingly the Duisenberg racing group had taken the venerable race wins of Indianapolis in the years 1924, 1925 and 1927.

It can be said that Mr. Cord's tough leadership and empire-building ambitions had brought a most vital had brought a most effective combine into being and Auburn-Cord -Duisenberg proceeded to flourish in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately Cord's timing was particularly bad and all of his projects reached fruition in the same fateful year – 1929, the same year as the great stock market "crash". Miller, himself, patented his version of "Front Wheel Drive"

The following year – 1929 – in which for the first time the Cord nameplate itself was used – the L29 was introduced and released for sale. Designed by Carl van Ranst, it carried Miller's front axle setup. Next in line were such speedy and flighty cars as the Auburn Speedster which was had the distinction of being the first car line that stated and guaranteed that each car had been individually been speed tested to 100 miles per hour.

Hence the Duisenberg reputation as fine motor cars of great speed as well as beauty was born, cultured and maintained. It's no accident that the name Duisenberg carries such a reputation and notoriety among car aficionados.

The expression "It's a Doozie" has been well earned.

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Allocation of Bluesky – Goodwill in an Automobile Dealership Sale

The IRS defines goodwill as "the value of a trade or business based on expected continued customer patronage due to its name, reputation, or any other factor." IRS Publication 535: Business Expenses, Ch. 9, Cat. No.15065Z.

The American Society of Appraisers defines goodwill as: "that intangible asset arising as a result of name, reputation, customer loyalty, location, products, and similar factors not separately identified." And as "that intangible asset arising as a result of elements such as name, reputation, customer loyalty, location, products, and related factors not separately identified and quantified."

Goodwill, however, can be separated into personal and business (enterprise) goodwill. Unlike enterprise goodwill, personal goodwill is the intrinsic value of services of a specific and identifiable person to a business.

The distinction between personal and enterprise goodwill is important insofar as: (a) saving taxes in the sale of businesses; and (b) dividing assets in a marriage.

In divorces, enterprise goodwill is considered marital property and can be divided, while personal goodwill is the sole property of the individual. See: May v. May, 589 SE2d 536 (W. Va. 2003) and Ledwith v. Ledwith, 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 488 (October 12, 2004).

When a C Corporation is sold the enterprise goodwill is taxed at the corporate rate (which could be as high as 35%), and then again as a dividend (another 5 – 15%) when it is distributed. Not including any state taxes that may be owed, a $ 3,000,000 gain could result in only $ 1,500,000 after-tax dollars to a shareholder.

With some exceptions, sales involving S corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships or other pass through entities, blue sky gets taxed only once as a capital asset. Note: One can also incur C Corp. tax with an S Corp, if the S Corp. is not at least ten years old and does not have, for example, adequate built in gains. (Visit your accountant for the fine details).

In this article we are interested in car dealership sales and are looking at assigning a portion of the sale proceeds to personal goodwill because, as CPA Carl Woodward notes in the Spring 2006 publication of The AutoCPA Group's "Headlights": "For some dealerships, much of the total blue sky value is due to this personal goodwill. "

The concept of separating goodwill with personal and enterprise distinctions first appeared in the 1986 Nebraska case of Taylor v. Taylor 386 NW2d 851 and then spread to other states. See: Beasley v. Beasley, 518 A.2d 545 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1986); Hanson v. Hanson, 738 SW2d 429, 434 (Mo. 1987); Prahinski v Prahinski, 75 Md App 113, 540 A2d 833 (1988); In Re Marriage of Talty 166 Ill 2d 232, 652 NE2d 330 (1995) and Martin Ice Cream Co v. Commissioner (110 TC 189 1998).

In 1998, Norwalk v. Commissioner TC memo 1998-279 held personal goodwill stems from an intangible asset that is the property of the individual, not the corporation, and that personal goodwill could be paid to owners because the employment contracts of the individuals expired when the corporation was sold.

(Some courts suggest a seller enter into a non-competition agreement to protect the value of personal goodwill, however, if the personal goodwill portion of a purchase price was paid for a non-competition agreement, it would create ordinary income rather than capital gain .

Also, while Norwalk held personal goodwill is not transferable without a covenant not to compete, in most states and the Restatement of Contracts non-competition agreements are controlled by, among other things, standards of "reasonableness." And, in some states, enforceability is questionable.

Personal goodwill allocations have ranged between 10% and 90% of the total purchase price. In sale of Tresco Dealerships, Inc., roughly 40% of the goodwill was allocated to the dealer principal as "personal goodwill," resulting in a tax savings of approximately 27 cents on the dollar.

In on case a medical practice had a total appraised value of approximately $ 600,000, with hard assets of $ 165,000. The appraiser then allocated $ 165,000 to the equipment and supplies, $ 35,000 to corporate goodwill, and $ 400,000 to the personal goodwill of the doctor.

When structuring asset sales of "C" corporations, buyers are usually agreeable to such allocations because it does not produce adverse tax consequences to them.

The IRS 'evaluates personal goodwill in the context of the facts revolving around each sale and the selling corporation's contracts, articles, minutes, and such. Did the shareholder, for example, have a non-competition agreement with the corporation? Was there an employment contract that gave the corporation the benefit of the shareholder's personal goodwill? Did the buyer think he was purchasing personal goodwill? Did the seller think he was selling it? (See: Private Letter Ruling 9621002).

This article is limited to discussing "personal goodwill" and is not intended to cover all of the tax-saving methods available in the sale of a dealership. Talk to your accountant and tax attorney about other options, such as installment sales and such.

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How to Jump Start an Automobile Battery?

There can be several reasons due to which car batteries can lose their ability to start an engine. It is possible to recharge the batteries by undertaking a jump start. While undertaking a kick off start it is essential to follow a methodical process. By means of following a systematic process, it is possible to ensure personal safety and avoid electrical problems. Automotive batteries are subjected to frequent explosions. This is the main reason as to why one should wear protective goggles while undertaking any kind of repair work. Mishaps can frequently occur in these devices as they contain hydrogen gas. It is a fact worth mentioning that exploding batteries are an extremely rare phenomenon. In order to impart a jump start, two vehicles are required. It is necessary to park the booster vehicle in close proximity with the vehicle that needs the kick off start. After that, it is necessary to apply brake on both the automobiles. One should ensure that one end of the jumper cable is attached to the red clamp while the other end is fixed to the black clamp. The metal clamps should be free of corrosion.

While making the connections, it is necessary to connect the red clamp to the positive terminal of the malfunctioning power unit. One should make sure that the connection is secure. The other clamp should be connected to the positive terminal of the battery of the booster automobile. The black clamps of the jumper cable should be connected to the negative terminal of the booster automobile. The last free clamp should be fixed to a metal ground on the engine. By following the above mentioned steps, it is possible to successfully set up the connection. Batteries are known to lose charge on a regular basis. It is necessary to jump start them on a regular basis. In order to ensure the safety of the vehicle it is mandatory to follow the above mentioned guidelines.

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4 Most Common Extraordinary Automobile Accidents Circumstances

In some situations, auto accident litigation may be a relatively simple type of case. But it can become much more complicated in cases involving substantial injuries with questionable insurance coverage limits on the other vehicle. The following article will discuss 4 main extraordinary circumstances that can often add complex issues to an already emotional and physically painful time following an accident. However, understanding these 4 situations can help make the aftermath of an auto accident and its subsequent injuries a much smoother experience.

Leased Cars
Not only is the operator of the at-fault vehicle responsible to anyone injured in an auto accident, but the owner of the vehicle is also responsible. The owner is responsible for the negligence of the operator, when that operation occurs with the permission of the owner. This is extremely important when the vehicle at fault is leased.

These days, there are a great number of cars and trucks on the road being driven on a lease basis. Because of this, it may be critical to go beyond the name on the registration to find out the exact owner of the vehicle. It is a fact that when a vehicle is leased from a big car company, the registration will simply bear the name of the user of the vehicle, the lessee. However, the actual owner of the vehicle, the lessor, is usually a major corporation with unlimited insurance coverage.

It is unfortunate for the severely injured victim when, as happens many times, the at-fault vehicle's actual ownership is never discovered and the additional insurance is never disclosed.

Business Vehicles
Though it is common for companies to put their names in bold letters on their business vehicles, it is not always the case. When accidents occur, many times there is no indication that the vehicle was being used for business purposes. In fact, it may appear to the casual observer that the vehicle was not being used for business at the time. The only way to find out if the vehicle was being used for business is doing an in-depth investigation.

If a vehicle is being operated by an employee during the course of his or her employment, then the employer may be "vicariously responsible" for the negligence of their employee in operating that vehicle. It is very possible that the employer has additional liability coverage far exceeding that of the driver. An "excess" insurance policy may also exist.

Defects
One of the causes of an auto accident may be a highway defect, such as improper design, maintenance, construction, signage, or lighting. Liability may also be based on improper striping on the road's passing lanes, a hill that impairs driver visibility, a sharp obstruction or problem with the roadway that obstructs drivers' vision. Trees and utility poles can also cause problems when planted or erected too close to the roadway.

The Seatbelt Defense
While seatbelts and airbags provide an important function and do prevent serious injuries or death to people involved in accidents, they are not guarantees that you will not be killed or injured in a serious accident.

Seatbelts and airbags can fail or cause injury in and of themselves. But yet, the seatbelt defense, often used by attorneys defending at-fault drivers, seeks to establish that some, or all, of the plaintiff's injuries were caused by the failure to wear a seatbelt.

All in all, it is essential that a routine investigation be done, in any case involving a vehicular accident. Police records must be obtained, witnesses interviewed and photographs taken immediately of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles. Prompt contact must be made with the insurance company of the negligent driver to learn of the available coverage limits and attempt to find out additional information from the adjuster regarding possible other areas for coverage. Many times, the at-fault driver's insurance company adjuster will attempt to record a statement from the victim, without advice of counsel. This should never be permitted.

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Automobile Industry in India

The Automobile industry in India, which includes design, development, manufacturing, repairing and sale of cars, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, as well as trucks, buses and tractors, has witnessed an upsurge over the last few years and continues to boom even today. While India's automobile industry is one of the largest in the world, the country was the fourth largest exporter of automobiles in Asia last year. Additionally, as per the Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) 2006-2016, presented by the country's Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, India is a favorite investment destination for international auto-makers, many of whom have set up manufacturing divisions in the country , opening a whole new vista of job opportunities for engineers.

Choose your Lane as Automobile Engineers

A profusion of opportunities are available to fresh engineers depending on the specialization of their degrees including mechanical, automobile, production and electrical. Broadly, the field offers a variety of jobs in research and development, manufacturing, design, sales and services and components manufacturing segments.

Research and Development in Automobile Industry

The automotive industry is volume driven and requires a certain critical mass for attracting the much needed investment in R&D and new product design and development. Investments in the R&D segment are imperative for innovations that are crucial for achieving and retaining competitiveness. "Thus, increased attention is being paid to research and development in India. The industry is stressing on inventing new products and designs with increased frequency. Automobile Companies are scouting for fresh talent and fresher ideas. Another focus area of ​​growth is product improvement that involves power unit research, emission control, vehicle simulation, and testing and prototype validation.

Generally, engineers with a postgraduate qualification are absorbed into R&D activities in the industry. Speaking about what a job in the R&D segment would ideally entail, Development of new products and improvement of existing products and processes are focus areas in research centers. Automobile segment offers immense scope and flexibility for new entrants. For instance, a trainee engineer on the shop floor may be transferred into sales and services, subject to his potential and aptitude.

Automobile Production

A career in automobile manufacturing usually begins on the shop floor and requires one to manage and supervise it. Plant process improvement is one of the goals of all major competitors in the industry. Supply chain management is another area of ​​interest for job seekers dealing with logistics and optimization of value chains. One may serve at different levels of the production unit depending on one's academic qualifications and experience. Freshers can be absorbed to work in growing fields such as robotics, supply chain management or operations as per their specialization and aptitude. On the manufacturing front, one would handle operations such as procurement, material handling and quality control.

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