Your Corner Wrench: What you should know about leaving your car overnight

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Auto mechanics check out a car in this file photo. ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED It’s something almost every car owner has experienced from time to time; they take their vehicle in for routine maintenance or repairs and their shop finds something that needs a part they don’t have, or the amount of work required can’t be completed in a single day. With collision repair shops it’s pretty much a given that your chariot will have to enjoy a sleepover or more away from home. So what’s to worry about? The shop will keep everything safe and secure, so you won’t have to worry about damage, vandalism or theft – or will you?The general rule that covers pretty much anything to do with your vehicle when it’s left at a repair centre (with their authorization) is referred to as “care and custody.” Simply put, your shop and its employees are expected to exercise the same care and protection of your property as they would their own, with some notable exceptions; while some people leave their house doors unlocked, and the keys in their vehicle in the driveway, they are expected to bring a more reasonable amount of care when dealing with your stuff. Many consumers are shocked to find out that they’re expected to deal with any vehicle mishaps while at the shop through their own auto insurance policy. Some may understand this if it was something beyond the shop’s control such as a fender bender on their parked vehicle caused by a careless visitor or delivery driver – but it can also include collision damages that happen when employees are road-testing your vehicle. See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesBusinessInsurancePersonal Finance Repair shop charges you might not have heard ofCheck that fine print on almost any shop repair order you are required to sign when dropping off your car. It will always include a clause stating you are giving permission for the shop employees to operate your vehicle as required for part of any diagnosis or repair process. It also usually contains a warning that the shop is not responsible for any damage or loss, no matter how it happened or who caused it. Theft is included or at least implied in these waivers, unless it turns out a shop owner or employee was directly responsible for any missing property. Remember, when you lend your vehicle, you also lend your insurance policy.So, what can you do to protect your valuables when they are out of your control? First (and especially if you’re not experienced with the shop), ask questions: Where do they park vehicles that are left overnight? Is the area secure, monitored, fenced and locked? If the shop is located in a secluded commercial or industrial district, can they keep your vehicle inside at night? Most quality facilities are used to these questions and will go out of their way to accommodate reasonable requests.Secondly, don’t tempt fate. If you know your vehicle is going in for an overnight visit, remove any valuables. Leave the laptop or expensive sports gear at home. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Finally, no matter what you sign on a repair order, you can’t waive certain legal rights. If any damage or loss was the full or partial responsibility of your shop, they should step up and make amends for their share. Good shop management that’s interested in customer satisfaction will do this voluntarily, but some will take a little legal prodding. last_img read more

Scaldis wins Wintershall contract

first_imgThe location of the platform is situated 25 nautical miles northwest of Terschelling in the Netherlands, and the water depth on the development location is 35 m.In a joint effort between Wintershall and Scaldis, a methodology has been developed with a prime focus on minimising the duration of the offshore activities, which will automatically lead to a reduction in risk and overall costs, says Scaldis.The platform will be picked up from a quayside in Rotterdam using the heavy lift vessel Rambiz, which has a lifting capacity of 3,300 tonnes. Rigging will be connected via hydraulic shackles to the bottom part of the foundation, before it is lifted from the quayside and transported to the installation site.Upon arrival on the site, Rambiz will moor in the correct position, and the platform will be lowered until the suction cans reach the seabed.Scaldis has subcontracted Suction Pile Technology to execute the suction operations.  www.scaldis-smc.comwww.sptoffshore.comelast_img read more