A Conversation with an Atheist Car

auto-enthusiastsI am sitting here with a car who has just been released from an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. How was your experience, sir?

 

C : Well the experience of the accident that forced me to go there was not too pleasant. I was in and out of consciousness while I was being worked on by the mechanics. I don’t think I liked that experience because I much prefer to maintain my wits about me. But I recognize that it was necessary to get to the point where I am now. So on balance I would say I am happy to have had the experience.

 

What exactly was damaged that required repair?

 

C : I was rear ended by some other fellow who was not paying attention where he was going. My back fender and trunk were dented in. After the accident the trunk wouldn’t close properly.

 

That does not sound too bad.

 

C : No. I got off lucky and the collision repair Salt Lake City shop was able to get me back in good repair without too much trouble. It could have been far worse.

 

How so?

 

C : Well, my engine could have been damaged for example. A damaged engine is far more expensive to repair (generally speaking) than a dented fender and trunk. The parts are more complicated in an engine and require more finesse to remove and install.

 

Yes, well thank God that you did not have to have your engine repaired.

 

C : Agreed. Although I cannot say that I actually believe in a divinity.

 

I understand. It was just a manner of speech.

 

C : Right. I get that. It’s just a pet peeve of mine. The language contains all these antiquated references to God that assume the speaker actually believes in God.

A Conversation with a Sign

2-online-marketingTell me, what is it like to be a sign?

 

S : Life for signs and banners is not that interesting from the standpoint of action. We don’t physically do all that much. However, it is interesting from a sort of Zen perspective that by doing nothing we actually do quite a lot.

 

I don’t understand.

 

S : Of course you don’t. Let me see if I can phrase this another way. Signs and banners created by a sign shop when they are performing their function do not move. They do not move (generally speaking) because it makes them easier to see. And by not moving and thus being easier to see they are more effectively conveying their message.

 

So it is by doing nothing (that is, standing still) that signs do what they are designed to do which is to convey the content of their message.

 

S : Precisely!

 

Do you find satisfaction in that?

 

S : Certainly. As a human your mind is structured in a more complicated way. There are layers of motivations and competing concerns. However, the mind of a sign is as simple as it appears. We need only perform our function well to achieve satisfaction. That is enough for us.

 

That sounds nice because it is simple and direct.

 

S : Indeed. Complication for the sake of complication is a highly overrated quality of the human consciousness.

 

I’m not so sure that the human consciousness is complicated for the sake of complication by nature. I think perhaps that is more a byproduct of our modern times.

 

S : So it’s a maladaptive behavior of some sort.

 

Maybe. In truth I have not fully thought this line of reasoning through but it seems right to me.

 

S : That’s fine. We can leave it at that for now until the next time that we have the occasion to speak to one another.

A Well Meaning Bachelor and an Unfortunate Neighbor

SThe latest of the signs and banners displayed by my neighbor reads, “YOU’VE GOT FRIENDS… SUSAN & LOTS OF THEM.” By way of background, I have never actually met this neighbor but I am friendly with other people who live near his house. Apparently he is a bachelor in his fifties or sixties. His lawn is expertly manicured and his house appears to be in very good repair. The “Susan” referred to on his sign apparently is a woman who lives across the street from him and who happens to be suffering from a health affliction the nature of which I am uncertain about but I suspect it to be along the lines of cancer. The signs this neighbor displays are intended to cheer her up.  However, it is my impression that they are somewhat embarrassing and uncomfortable for his surrounding neighbors.

 

What makes his signs and banners so uncomfortable is that the intention behind them comes from a place of positivity. In other words they are designed to make the world a better place by putting forth a positive message of encouragement for this unfortunate Susan. This makes it uncomfortable because they are in some ways creating the opposite effect than the one intended. Moreover, because the intent behind them is a positive one it is difficult to approach this well meaning bachelor and tell him that his displays make people uncomfortable.
Such is the nature and power that inherently resides within the infinite capacity of a sign or banner. Essentially it is a blank canvass upon which can be displayed an infinite number of messages. Sometimes these messages can have a positive effect upon its intended audience. Sometimes (although a positive effect is intended) they can have a negative effect as appears to be the case between this well meaning bachelor and his unfortunate neighbor named Susan.

Cars in an Accident Destined for an Auto Body Salt Lake City Shop

2-collision-repair-advertisementYesterday I saw a car accident at an intersection on my way home from the grocery store. One car was facing the wrong direction in the right hand lane. The other car was parked perpendicular to the first car a little behind it. One of the cars’ bumpers lay in the middle of the street. It seemed obvious that one or both cars was destined to end up in an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop in the near future. I did not see any people in or near either car as I drove past the scene. I did however take out my cell phone and call 911 to report the accident. The person on the other end of the line (an African American by the sound of his voice) asked me what was the emergency. I told him that there was a car accident and where it was located. The location happened to be in front of a medical center which I suppose is fortunate if any of the people involved in the accident happened to be injured and require medical attention. The man on the other end transferred me to the local police department. When I spoke to the gentleman on the other end at the local police department he told me that they were aware of the accident and a police car was en route to the scene as we spoke.

 

I thanked the man and hung up the phone. As I continued down the road I felt a certain sense of satisfaction that I had performed my civic duty by reporting the accident even though the authorities already knew about it. The important aspect of this story is the intention to do my part and make the world a better place. This is a small comfort I can take but probably not too comforting for the people whose cars are now sit in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop somewhere.

Salt Lake City Used Car Dealership Pointers

form-test-driveBuying used cars Salt Lake City is not as easy as it would seem at first blush. The first thing a potential buyer of a used car must do is find a reputable dealer of used cars. In the age of the internet it is easy enough to research the used car dealers in any particular geographical location. A potential used car buyer could choose to buy a car from a private seller but these transactions are not without risk. For example, a private seller could sell a buyer a lemon of a car and then refuse to reimburse the buyer after the quality of the vehicle purchased is made known. Even if the buyer chooses to sue the seller of the lemon in civil court this will be a costly process with no guarantee that a successful judgment is satisfied.

 

Once the potential buyer has found a reputable dealer who passes the internet research test he must then make the journey to the used car dealerships in Salt Lake City. This is when the real fun begins because the potential buyer of a used car now has to deal face to face with a used car salesman. Now, used car salesmen (or saleswomen) do not have the best reputations in the world. This (shall we say) blemished reputation certainly does not apply to all used car sales people across the board. On the other hand, the reputation did not come out of thin air either. Hopefully if the potential used car buyer has done his or her research thoroughly then he or she will be dealing with a reputable used car salesman or saleswoman.

 

There are many used cars Utah for people to purchase. When buying a used car a potential buyer can always request a vehicle history from the used car seller. With a well researched used car dealership and a vehicle history report the used car buyer should be in a good position to make a great deal.

Factors and Considerations Related to Office Space in Park City

carsforsaleIt seems obvious that any business looking for office space Park City will require different amenities depending on the specific needs of that particular business. Some requirements, however, are universal. For example, these days, the vast majority of businesses will require access to high speed internet. This is true because a very large proportion of sales and marketing takes place on line in today’s modern economy. Without access to high speed internet a business will be severely handicapped relative to its competitors who do have access to high speed internet. But there are certainly many more factors for a business to consider than access to high speed and reliable internet when looking for office space in the Park City area.

Another important factor for a business to consider is whether the physical accommodations match the unique needs of the specific business. For example, one question to ask is will the number of employees have adequate space to perform their various functions? Moreover, another question to ask might be, is the location of the office space conveniently located in order to serve the perspective customers of the business? Furthermore, yet another question to ask might be, will the office space support any future expansion the business is projected to have over the course of the lease?

Certainly these factors merely scratch the surface of the potential factors to consider when a business is investigating office space Park City. Each business is unique and as such will have very specific and unique requirements that the office space must serve. It is also important to recognize that there is probably no perfect office space that will be able to satisfy every single expectation. The goal is for the business to find office space that serves as many requirements as possible within the business’ unique budgetary constraints.

Are Vehicle Wraps Utah a Worthwhile Investment?

Most probably, you’ve come across vehicle wraps in your locale advertising their companies or other businesses. You might have wondered whether it’d be applicable in or make sense for your company too. If you’d ask me, I’ll say, “definitely!”

What’s a Vehicle Wrap?

Basically, this is a digitally-printed mobile billboard that’s professionally installed on your vehicle. A vehicle wrap can encompass the whole vehicle or just a portion, including the windows, and makes use of eye-catching graphics. These wraps are made from heavy duty vinyl. Typically, they last 3-5 years.

Large Companies and Businesses

Vehicle wraps are an advertising means commonly used by large corporations and businesses. They’re more common with franchises which are suitably large to maintain vehicle fleets.

Small-scale Businesses

Vehicle advertising is perfect for any business size, not just large ones. Small businesses can also adopt vehicle advertising as it’d help market their brand out where potential clients can see them. In fact, when a small business makes use of vehicle wraps, it places them on the same field as large companies.

Vehicle wraps have had significant impact on the business advertising world. Even better, the costs of materials have gone down, better graphics have been conceived and application processes have allowed for creative applications. Vehicle wraps have proven to increase business sales by a considerable margin.

Here’s how vehicle wraps will improve your business or company:

1. Cost-Effective Advertising

Vehicle wraps Utah have proven to be among the most cost effective strategies to reach wider target audience. Consider the number of people that will see one of your vehicles in a day. Definitely, this number is way beyond what you’d expect. This automatically outdoes other advertising methods where you’re limited in whom your advertising efforts reach.

2. Project a Professional Image

Vehicle wrapping is a great way to strengthen your brand identity. It gives your firm a professional image. Your car, van or truck graphics can be as spectacular as you wish as photographic images create virtually any design or look. What’d it say about your company when you’ve tired-looking vehicles on the road?

3. No Need for Additional Sales Staff

I state this with a caveat. Most business today demand that sales representatives have college degrees and that they offer innovative ideas to their advertising strategies. All these requirements come at a cost- a considerable one in fact. Using vehicle wraps to advertise your brand requires less advertising staff as you’ll have a salesperson working with each of your vehicles.

4. Cost

Why spend lots of money for a few minutes on television or radio for an ad which will soon be forgotten? Highway billboards are also costly and only effective for the area they’re located in. Vehicle wraps are inarguably the most effective. They turn your vehicle into a moving billboard, advertising with a detailed message and an eye-catching design. Considering how much these wraps can last and their installation costs, you’ll have saved a huge deal of money that you can invest elsewhere.

Vehicle Wraps Utah

We’re yet to hear a client who claims that wrapping their vehicles had no effect on their business. All we’ve been hearing are stories about how businesses sales are drastically increasing. Combining all the factors above implies a wider audience reach, meaning more sales leads. Sales leads automatically translate to more sales and higher revenues.

Wrap installations have low chances of failing and are quite easy. Invest in a top notch design, and make use of an experienced firm to produce and install your desired wrap. Vehicles of all sizes can be wrapped. You may consider asking for a warranty. This can be the most efficient and effective means of out-of-home advertising.

Dirt Nibs

2-collision-repair-advertisementI work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. There are two auto painters who work under me whom I supervise. One is named David and the other is named Bobby. Yesterday the two of them were working on a Crown Victoria that required a repaired metal frame to be repainted. I thought everything was going fine between them but around 3:00 PM in the afternoon (I remember because the Rush Limbaugh program had just ended) I heard them arguing about something. It sounded pretty heated.

First I heard David yell, “Damn it Bobby, we sanded the dirt nibs from a metallic base coat before applying the clear coat!”

“Yeah,” replied Bobby. “So what?”

“So the clear coat can now be applied directly over the sanded basecoat,” said David.

“You got that all wrong,” said Bobby.

“How so?” asked David.

“We have to apply another basecoat,” said Bobby. “It will help prevent the sand scratches from showing up.”

I heard all this from the other room. Of course I agreed with Bobby on this one. Those sand scratches would show up clear as day without the second basecoat. But I wanted to see if they could work it out on there own. That way I did not have to intervene.

Luckily the next thing I heard was David say, “Okay we’ll do it your way.”

I breathed a sigh of relief. I do not like to intervene if I have to. It just causes unneeded friction that I do not want to deal with. This is one of the many things I have learned not to do while working in this collision repair shop in Salt Lake City all these years. It is not merely about fixing cars in this shop. It is also about keeping relationships from needing fixing.

 

Road Trip Adventures

auto-enthusiastsI am now going to tell you the story about how my wife and I found ourselves sitting in the lobby of an auto body shop in Salt Lake City. There is a little bit of background information I need to lay out before we get to that point but don’t worry. I will get you there.

So we planned a road trip of the southwestern United States because neither of us had spent much time in that region. We flew to Phoenix, Arizona and spent a few days in a nice hotel. When we went to pick up our rental car the dealer did not have the model we reserved and upgraded us to a Cadillac. Let me tell you it was one sweet ride.

From Phoenix we drove north to the Grand Canyon. We hiked down the Kaibab trail. We both grew up in the northeast and had never seen such scenery before. I remember having the experience upon first seeing the canyon that my brain did not believe what my eyes were seeing. At the bottom of the canyon we ate a glorious hiker’s stew in a cabin mess hall and then spent an uncomfortable night camping at a campsite that must have had thousands of previous occupants because the ground was as hard as cement. The next day we hiked up the Bright Angel trail which was longer, but not as steep as the trail we hiked the day before. This hike taught me to carry only what I need and nothing more, bring plenty of water, and never wear boxers hiking because they ride up the legs and chafe my inner thighs. By the time we made it back to the Cadillac our legs were dead tired. From the Grand Canyon we drove north to Sedona. On the way we stopped for gas. I could barely lift my legs out of the car to get to the pumps.

Little did I know, in less than a week I would be sitting in the lobby of a collision repair shop in Salt Lake City.

To be continued…

Warranty 101

2-collision-repair-advertisementPeople in need of an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City should only use auto body shops that offer a full and written warranty for their repairs. What does “warranty” mean in this context? Very simply, a warranty is a guarantee or promise made by the auto body shop to its customer that their work will actually fix the damage to the car and the car will then operate normally after it has been repaired. If the damage is not repaired by the auto body shop to the customer’s satisfaction then the auto body shop will be obligated to complete the repairs at no additional cost to the customer. If the auto body shop refuses to complete the repairs, the warranty can then be legally enforced by a court through legal action. If it comes to this the auto body shop will typically be required to pay money damages to the customer.

 

Sometime the auto body repair shop will be ordered to make the repairs by the court. This is called “specific performance.” However, this is not a remedy courts normally like to use in this situation because if the repair shop refused to fix the problem correctly the first time it is unlikely the repair shop will be motivated to do the best job the second time around. Specific performance is usually used when there is no other person who can perform the work that was originally warrantied in the first place.

 

Fortunately, there are many auto body and collision repair shops in Salt Lake City. This competition makes it unlikely that a reputable auto body shop would fail to offer a full, written warranty for their work. But it is always a good practice to make sure there is a full, written warranty agreed to by both the auto body repair shop and the customer.