EDRs or "Black Boxes" in your New Car or Truck

General Motors has a wonderful thing in their vehicles called OnStar. OnStar will transmit some data from the vehicle. For instance if the airbags have been deployed etc., but they can not record information from a car accident like if the brakes weren’t working. We are a very technologically advanced world and even though some newer cars have EDRs in them there are many that do not. Do you think they should come standard in all new cars and trucks?

An event data recorder or EDR is a device installed in some automobiles to record information related to vehicle crashes or accidents. In modern diesel trucks, EDRs are triggered by electronically-sensed problems in the engine (often called faults), or a sudden change in wheel speed. One or more of these conditions may occur because of an accident. Information from these devices can be collected after a crash and analyzed to help determine what the vehicles were doing before, during and after the crash or event. The term generally refers to a simple, tamper-proof, read-write memory device, similar to the “black box” found on airplanes (as opposed to the tape recorders and video cameras common in police vehicles and many commercial trucks). – Wikipedia

This is a big debate over in Washington and may be for some time. I want to know what you think. Shoot me an email and let me know what your thoughts are on the standard use of EDRs in all new cars and trucks.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

GAP Insurance Is Vital When Buying A New Car Or Truck

Yep I believe it’s that exciting…. You know that feeling you get when you buy a brand new car? You know the feeling of wrecking a car? Think about how horrible it would be to get a brand new car or truck and in just a few days you wreck it! This happens a lot.

It might also surprise you that even though you just paid $20,000 for your brand new car it’s only worth $14,000 in the eyes of the insurance company. Believe it or not the minute you drive your brand new car off the lot it depreciates. So the insurance company gives you the $14,000 for your car, and you now owe a remaining $6,000 on a car that you aren’t driving because it’s been totaled. Well this unfortunate coincidence happens more than you think and that wouldn’t happen if you had GAP insurance. You see GAP insurance will insure you for the difference between what you would owe on a vehicle and what an insurance company says it’s worth. Like I said your car will depreciate the minute it’s driven off the lot so it’s imperative you get GAP insurance. The one and only reason you might not want GAP insurance on your brand new car or truck is if you paid for it with cash and don’t owe the bank anything.

You do have a few options when searching for GAP insurance. You can get it through the dealership, your insurance company or in some cases the bank will roll it into your loan. Just make sure that you do your research so you can get the best deal possible.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Are You Going To Do With That Old Car Or Truck?

Have you finally decided to get a new car or truck? You just don’t know what to do with your old car or truck? Well there is a great organization here in Texas called the Can Academy. You can donate your car to them and they will make sure that it’s given to a family that needs it. What a great idea!

The Can Academy: “Our mission is to…To provide a second chance for at-risk youth and their families to achieve economic independence and hope for a better life through relationship-based education and training.” “Donate Your Car Now! Support local at-risk youth through your donations. Donating a vehicle will give our students a second chance at success and independence. Simply complete the form below and submit it to the Texans Can! Car Donation Program.  We accept all types of vehicles, running or not, so please donate today and help us change lives!” Donation Form

What a great way to help out your community and do something great with your old car or truck. This way your car or truck gets to be someone’s pride and joy still. Get more information online for the Can Academy

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.