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No Insurance Renewal for Vehicles without PUC

NO ‘POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL’ CERTIFICATE? FORGET YOUR INSURANCE!

All automobile owners, please take note! The time has come when we are to take responsibility to protect our environment, whether by our choice or not. An important Court directive has been passed today.

In what has turned out to be a landmark direction with respect to environmental standards, The Supreme Court has laid down a crucial condition for vehicle owners who want to avail their regular annual insurance. Henceforth, all vehicle owners who fail to obtain the valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate from the appropriate authority will not be eligible whatsoever for availing their annual insurance. Only upon producing the PUC Certificate will they be considered for annual insurance.

ABOUT THE DIRECTIVE

After years of raising public awareness for this cause, the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority had recommended the linkage of the PUC with vehicle owner’s insurance procurement. A Bench of Justices accepted the recommendation and has passed this direction with immediate effect.

The Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has accepted the decision and ensured that the necessary steps to educate owners for obtaining PUC will be taken as soon as possible.

Pollution in India

This decision has been taken also keeping in mind that hardly 20% of vehicle owners today approach Testing Centers to ensure their vehicle emission is under control. Now, with this compulsion, the Court and the authorities hope to ensure that emission is under control & vehicle owners get a sense of moral obligation as well.

ABOUT POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL (PUC) CERTIFICATE

While purchasing your new vehicle, a PUC certificate is issued, the validity of which is generally 1 year. After one year, your car will need to undergo the PUC test at periodic intervals and subsequently a new certificate will be issued to you each time. The validity of this new PUC certificate is usually six months. If in case an adverse reading is obtained in your PUC test, validity of your certificate will be decided on the basis of your current reading.

Pollution Control Testing

The cost of a PUC test is very minimal. It can be anywhere from Rs. 60 to Rs. 100, based on vehicle and fuel type. If any vehicle is seen exhibiting higher levels of emission than prescribed limits, its registration number will be informed to the RTO, Assistant RTO or Deputy RTO by the Testing Center within 1 day.

HOW TO OBTAIN

For your convenience, we would like to add that you can get your emission levels checked with your nearest PUC Center Affiliated Emission Center which you can locate on your Internet. These Emission Centers would give you an accreditation based on your car’s emission levels.

Using the accreditation, you can obtain your Pollution Under Control Certificate from any PUC Center near you.

Now that you have obtained your PUC Certificate, you will have no trouble in claiming your annual insurance!

So hurry and obtain that PUC Certificate as soon as possible, to avoid any hiccups in future. Save the environment as well as your pockets! We have tried to make it as clear as possible for you regarding its importance and effect. Keep reading this space for more important updates. Here’s wishing you the best of days! Happy Riding!

Independent Garages vs. Authorized Service Centers

What happens if one day your money-saving warranty runs out and you need to get your car serviced? And say you decide that the safest is to get it done in a dealership garage, since they are authorized. But what if your neighbor or cousin says he knows this really good mechanic who will do a much better job? He also says that you will save a lot of money by him. How do you decide?

For a start, let us see how each of them operates on a daily basis:

Dealership service units:

  • Dealership units work on hundreds of vehicles each month and have many reliable service bays and factory-trained technicians who are aware of the expertise.
  • The most assuring characteristic of dealerships is that they specialize in repairing and maintaining your particular car brand only.
  • Under dealership, if your car is under a warranty, the manufacturer covers the cost of most of the repairs. After the warranty expires also, you can buy an extended warranty.

Independent mechanics

  • These are comparatively smaller garages, however with multi brands in their consideration.
  • In this type of service, the customers meet directly with their preferred independent mechanic who is working on their car and give them their inputs.
  • Generally many independent garages are started and staffed by former dealership technicians and managers. Thus, it cannot be said that these mechanic services are any less than the authorized dealerships.
  • Some of the independent auto shops also honor third-party warranties.

These are the basic features of the independent and dealership service units. Observing these, one can say both have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, we must undertake a detailed analysis to compare both and see which one suits us more.

INDEPENDENT SERVICES

Overall Verdict: More personalized, often cheaper

Independent mechanics are ranked higher than dealership servicing for their customer satisfaction they offer, their price, their quality, their courteousness and on-time repairs, which has been highlighted according to a 2014 Consumer Reports survey.

Multi-Brand
GoBumpr multi-brand partner garage
  • As has been learned above, independent mechanics can be as technically proficient as the factory-trained dealership mechanics due to several undeniable reasons such as their owners being former dealership employees.
  • Independent garages can get you the original manufacturer parts for repairs and servicing if you are a fussy customer for originality, but they can also offer less expensive alternative parts or even rebuilt parts that would perform the same function.
  • As communication is a vital part of carrying out a successful service activity, it can be easier to build a personal relationship with the independent garages, since you speak directly with the mechanics there.
  • Independent mechanics mostly answer to you as they have no loyalty to the manufacturers. This is difficult for dealerships as they must show loyalty to the manufacturers.
  • All garages often start from scratch to build strong relationships with the paying customers without the years of free service to foster all goodwill they can.
  • Facilities in the garages are usually smaller and have fewer overheads than the dealerships. This means significantly lower prices for its customers.
  • Due to large numbers, it takes more work to find the right kind of auto shop, because there can be dozens of corner garages in the same town.

AUTHORIZED DEALERSHIPS

Overall Verdict: More specialized, may be a little expensive

Authorized
Authorized Service Partner

The biggest advantage with dealership service departments is that they can offer to you manufacturer-backed extended warranties and check for the latest repairs and recall bulletins every time you bring in your vehicle. But one thing is certain, if you stay with the dealership way, be prepared for slightly higher prices than usual. Always keep your owner’s manual handy so that you don’t have any unnecessary work done on your car. You may also consider signing up for the dealership’s mailing lists that are useful to know the updates. Coupons and deals it sends you may add up to big savings.

  • Dealership units pay higher salaries for their manufacturer-trained and highly experienced service technicians. This also means you’ll be paying higher prices for their services.
  • The technicians in dealerships are specifically and regularly trained for your auto brand only.
  • Dealership service departments are also required to use factory-made equipment and authorized parts from the manufacturer. This definitely ensures a high quality control on their part. But if a part is out of stock, the shipping times can be longer and the prices higher.
  • Dealership units have a regular flow of cars coming in for free repairs under their warranty plans, so they don’t have to work as hard to attract or keep their customers.

Thus stands the comparison between both dealership and independent units. We really hope we helped in getting you to decide which one is best suited for you. Happy Motoring! Let’s GoBumpr!

On Board Diagnostics (OBD) for Cars

On Board Diagnostics refers to any vehicle’s inherent ability to register and report issues and glitches that may occur, or have occurred within the system. One of OBD’s strengths is that it can detect problems long before the driver is even able to notice any symptoms, such as low-performance, lesser economy and heavy emissions. 

The OBD system functions by placing different kinds of sensors in vital areas of your vehicle, which report back to the diagnostic system whether those particular areas are working perfectly or not. When one or more sensors find a part of the vehicle that isn’t working within its designed specifications, the sensor triggers that warning light on the vehicle’s dashboard, indicating that the area needs to be addressed immediately.

There are something called as Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) that are stored in the system. The codes are not the same across all vehicles. A mechanic can connect to the OBD port and diagnose the problem by reading the corresponding DTC. Let us see the various types of Diagnostic Systems.

VARIOUS TYPES OF OBD

OBD I:

The primary diagnostic system OBD I has certain Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in vehicles that can usually be found without an expensive scan tool. All manufacturers can use the DTC’s to diagnose location, definitions, procedures, connectors etc. DTCs from the OBD-I cars are often read through blinking patterns of a ‘Check Engine Light’ (CEL) or ‘Service Engine Soon’ (SES) light. The ‘Check Engine’ light will output a two-digit number that corresponds to a particular error condition. 

OBD II:

OBD II is a comprehensive update of the OBD I.  The OBD-II standards specify the type of diagnostic connectors and its pin-outs as well as all the electrical signaling protocols available and the messaging format. OBD II is predominantly used by garages and pro-mechanics. However, solutions are available now for consumer use as well. 

Due to it being a more holistic system, OBD-II is heavily used by all professional mechanics for diagnosing. However, there are consumer oriented products that can also take advantage of its diagnostic abilities.

OBD Port
OBD Port

Having seen these types, we must realize that unless we really derive some benefits from this system, we cannot really understand its efficiency. Let us see some key benefits of OBD.

BENEFITS OF OBD

  1. OBD helps the technicians properly diagnose and repair complex problems.
  2. It encourages the design of durable and robust engine optimization systems.
  3. Exhaust Emissions can regulated by identifying the emission controls in need of repair and also provides for effective/inexpensive emission inspections.
  4. It generally works for life of the vehicle.
  5. Early detection of malfunctions to prevent secondary malfunctions (e.g., detect misfire before catalyst damaged).
  6. Fault codes are given out by the system that can be negated Apart from this it can provide vital data about area of malfunction or the specific component where attention is required.

The OBD process consists of four simple steps that is carried out by the system in aid to diagnose the issues.

THE PROCESS OF OBD:

  1. Your system continuously monitors and assesses operating conditions.  
  2. It observes the signals entering the computer directly from the component/system, or related to the performance of the component/system.
  3. It then verifies the performance / functionality / rationality of the malfunction criteria.
  4. It finally notifies the driver of the particular fault by the illumination of warning indicator or stores the unique fault code and throws up an error on the instrument panel.

IMPACT OF OBD ON MULTI-BRAND GARAGE SERVICES

It is easy to make the assumption that a Toyota service center can diagnose a Toyota car to perfection, that being its product. However, the same is not easy to do for a multi brand garage as they spend more time to even diagnose the issue. An authorized service center of a brand would have no trouble in diagnosis simply because they built the cars they have to service. The same is not the case for multi brand garages which have to fulfill multiple demands. This is where the On Board Diagnostic System proves to be a huge boon. As shown in the benefits of OBD, it can prove a life-saver for garages servicing multi brand cars. Their technicians just have to combine their expertise with an apt reading of the OBD codes to diagnose the problems. This in turn leads to faster checkout of serviced vehicles, easier diagnosis and better quality of service rendered.

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OBD Diagnosis

Here at GoBumpr, On Board Diagnostics plays a big role in satisfying customers’ needs. We place our confidence with our own preferred multi-brand garages which carry out various responsibilities from our side. The garages affiliated with us make use of the benefits of OBD to diagnose and detect problems easily, assisting in proper application of apt solutions. So rest assured, you can safely contact us to service any car of yours that has any issue, small or big. Catch us on the Play Store under the name GoBumpr! or simply visit our website for more info.  

We hope we have given you a basic outline about On Board Diagnostics, its usage and benefits & hope that it helps you.  Wishing you a happy weekend and joyful rides!

Switched Fuels In Your Vehicle?

petrol in a diesel car engine
Switched Fuels In Your Vehicle? Did you fill up petrol in a diesel car & drove it! This mixing up can happen to petrol car owners too. Do you know what it does to your car engine?

Have you ever been unlucky enough to have your car filled in with the wrong fuel by a careless attendant? Were you careless enough to do get your diesel tank loaded with petrol in full volume?

Or are you simply curious as to what happens if you put diesel into a petrol car? Well, read on to find out what really happens and maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to undo your crimes.

Diesel In A Petrol Engine

With so many people switching to petrol cars as of late, it might so have happened that one petrol pump worker, while absent-mindedly talking on the phone, put diesel in petrol car by mistake. Well, undoing what’s done is a hard task, but all’s not lost.

What Happens In The Engine

First up, it should be understood that petrol and diesel are different kinds of fuel, with two different types of engines circling it. In engineering jargon, these are classified as SI (spark ignition) and CI (compression ignition) engines. For the sake of brevity, we’ll not delve deeper into what’s what but roughly, SI engines are to be paired with petrol and CI for diesel.

When diesel is poured into a petrol engine, well, nothing happens. Diesel is a fuel too thick even to start burning in an SI (spark ignition) engine. The only thing exploding will be your brain because of your anger. However, things are not so safe the other way around.

Repairing The Damage

If you’d happened to catch that frustration monger while in action, take it easy. If your tank contains less than two litres of diesel, simply top the rest up with petrol. Your car should run fine, though the mileage might take a beating. The worst thing that can happen is minor damage to your engine.

More than two litres and the whole process gets extremely infuriating. But all’s not lost. There are companies dedicated to such cases where people put diesel in petrol car by mistake.

Now, if you’ve mistakenly started the engine, or realised that the engine’s been running on diesel for quite a while now, stop immediately. Just because diesel isn’t combustible in petrol engine doesn’t mean you are out of danger. Diesel is still a highly flammable liquid, capable of bursting into flames any second.

Knowing When You’re On Diesel

If you were oblivious to the fact that you had diesel in your tank, these signs would tell you whether you’re on diesel/a diesel-petrol mixture in your tank.

  • The engine doesn’t start at all. This happens when your tank is filled with diesel for more than half of it.
  • Your exhaust pipe exudes thick black smoke. Your car is mostly running on a petrol-diesel mixture, which is extremely detrimental to your engine.
  • Engine starts misfiring. This happens while trying to start your car with the wrong fuel in it. Loud knocking sound is an indicator that your engine is misfiring.

 

Petrol In A Diesel Engine

A thousand times worse than having diesel in your petrol car is doing it the other way around. Let me give it to you plain and straight – having petrol in a diesel engine as the majority of your fuel will cause an explosion.

Petrol is a lighter in nature and is readily combustible; small amounts of heat generated in a CI engine will simply ignite the fuel. The explosion produced is big enough to dismantle your engine, or simply blow up your whole car to bits.

The incompatibility of engines does not matter here. The intrinsic nature of a CI engine is to have heat omnipresent within the engine; heat from one drive will be a component in the combustion process of the next drive. This is why older cars take some time to heat the engine up before taking off.

Once in contact with the slightest amount of heat, petrol goes berserk, so make sure you keep your eyes wide open to prevent disasters of such explosive nature.

Repairing The Damage

I cannot stress this point enough-DO NOT START YOUR CAR AT ANY COST.

Just in case the magnitude of your mistake wasn’t so colossal, your car might run. A running car is no assurance that your car won’t explode into pieces later on. If you’re already driving, stop immediately.

Now, if you’re of restless and a dare devilish nature, a small amount of petrol in a diesel car might just be offset with topping it up with diesel, though again, we’re not promising you won’t lose your car. We certainly recommend decontamination for even the slightest levels of petrol in your engine.

When the quantity of petrol is noticeably high, that is, more than five litres of petrol, even God’s grace won’t help you in your will drive it. Manually push your car to the side and wait for the fuel recovery companies to take over.

Knowing When You’re On Petrol

If you’ve ever filled petrol in a diesel car by mistake and drove it, chances are you’re already dead. In the off-chance that you’re alive, these on-the-road tips might be useful.

  • When there’s petrol in your engine, your vehicle will become considerably difficult to start. Make sure to take extra precautions so that you don’t attribute this failure to start to something else.
  • A car running on fuel with petrol in a conspicuous quantity will deliver thick black smoke through the exhaust pipe. This is because your car is running on a mixture of diesel and petrol, with diesel in the majority. This is not just bad for your engine; it might ruin It to the point of no return.
  • Engine starts making loud noises under load. If you’re a diesel vehicle owner, treat these three signs with the highest amount of cautionary actions they deserve. Your life is too important to let lethargy make you ignore/delay in reacting to these threats.