caption Tesla owners described a range of opinions about the company’s service centers. source Tesla Business Insider spoke with 12 Tesla owners over the past two months, many of whom described a range of problems with their vehicles that required attention in the weeks and months after delivery. They were split on the quality of service they received when their vehicles were being delivered or repaired. Some said Tesla‘s service centers were slow, unresponsive, and inattentive to cosmetic and mechanical problems. Others said they were fast, effective, and easy to contact. Much has been written about the production delays Tesla faces each time it introduces a new model, but the challenges don’t end once a vehicle rolls off the assembly line. Customers have reported problems before, during, and after receiving their vehicles, including delayed deliveries, broken door handles, and internal computer systems crashing and leaving … [Read more...] about Some new Tesla cars are being delivered with flaws, and owners say getting them fixed is a painful process
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caption Plastiq founders Eliot Buchanan and Dan Choi. source ©2015 Jon Chomitz Photography Payment app Plastiq enables users to pay for nearly anything – including bills – with a credit card, but charges a 2.5% fee. Plastiq may be worth it if you’re trying to accumulate points or meet a minimum spend on a new credit card, but if you’re not careful, the fees could outweigh the rewards. Plastiq has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and it’s simple to use. Move over Venmo and Apple Pay – there’s a new payment app in town and it’s called Plastiq. “Plastiq is bill pay with benefits,” cofounder Eliot Buchanan told Business Insider. “Our service makes it possible for business owners and savvy consumers to use a credit card for virtually any expense that normally requires a check.” That’s right, Plastiq allows you to … [Read more...] about Two Harvard alums built a payment app so people can pay for rent, tuition, and even taxes with a credit card
By Peter Holley The Washington Post Fri., April 6, 2018 They have fleets with hundreds of thousands of vehicles and command multibillion-dollar streams of revenue. But in the rapidly shifting transportation landscape, even the Goliaths of the rental car industry — some of the best-known brands in the world — worry about being left behind. That may explain why some of the largest rental car companies have spent several years waging a quiet legislative war against start-ups led by a company called Turo that are trying to change the way people rent and own vehicles. Turo is a peer-to-peer car-sharing company — think Airbnb for cars. Like Uber vs. the taxi industry, this fight is a clash between an old-school business model and a modern technology platform inspired by the sharing economy. The traditional model is run by hulking corporate brands that promise safety and predictability. At any airport in the land, for instance, a customer is assured he will … [Read more...] about Airbnb for cars is here — and the rental car giants are not happy.
By Katelyn Verstraten Special to the Star Mon., March 26, 2018 Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases a person can make – especially if you’re purchasing a vehicle for the first time. Do you buy new or used? How do you avoid scams? What are your rights as a buyer? To demystify the process, the Star reached out to Terry O’Keefe, director of communications and education at the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) and Jim Davidson, president & founder of CarSmart a Toronto-based car-buying service and consulting firm. Here are their top tips when it comes to buying a car for the first time: Do your research When buying a car from a dealer, Davidson says many people start backwards by visiting the dealership before doing research. Article Continued Below “That is the worst thing to do, because people often succumb to pressure from a salesperson, misinformation about a car, and ‘today only’ deals that … [Read more...] about Tips for how to buy your first car
Not quite a Top Ten but some good straight-talking about buying condominiums in Thailand from Desmond Hughes from FazWaz News… One of the most commonly read or spoken summary of foreign ownership of property in Thailand is along the lines of “Foreigners can buy a foreign freehold condominium in their name”. At this sentence, many foreign investors switch off, and assume that the rest of the detail provided by the author may be legal mumbo jumbo or a thinly veiled attempt to win their business. In fact, there is quite a lot you should know about Thai condominiums, before you start property hunting. As my clients don’t generally spend their time reading legal journals and legislation unless they have to, I have set out a mixture of legal and practical matters below without much distinction: 1. Only 49% of the Registrable Area of a condominium can be sold to foreigners. In Bangkok, this is not likely to have any impact on you. Most of the buyers and owners of … [Read more...] about Top Five things to consider if you’re buying a condo