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The next installment of A Shunpiker’s Journal begins airing Wednesday, September 13th and
will run for about 3 to 4 weeks.

 Listen to a live-stream at every Wednesday at 1 PM and 7 PM 
and every Thursday at 1 AM and 7 AM, or go to the Website, click on “Hosts,” find me, and download the Podcasts - available a few days after the show’s first airing. 

Attorney Dani Leblang, is one of Michigan’s leading Lemon Law experts and has been on our show before. She joins us this time to talk about an important element of the recent flooding in Texas and Florida - what happens to the tens-of-thousands, maybe hundreds-of-thousands, of vehicles damaged by water. Can they be salvaged? How are they identified? Do some make it into the used car markets? What can we do if we inadvertently buy a flood-damaged vehicle? How can we protect ourselves? Of course Carfax is one registrar of vehicle histories, but Ms. Leblang reveals that an insurance consortium’s data is quicker, better and cheaper: You can reach Ms. Leblang at:

Continuing our discussion on flood-damaged cars we talk to our regular guest from Hagerty Insurance of Traverse City, VP of public relations Jonathan Klinger,  about storm damage to classic and collector cars and what owners can do in cases of natural disasters like these. Collector car insurance is considerably different than conventional coverage in many ways, most notably that the vehicles are insured for an agreed value that often does not include its intrinsic or sentimental value. We also talk about a collector cars’ salvage value that comes from an interesting source. Jonathan is a font of knowledge and Hagerty does more to support the collector car hobby than just about any other entity. 

While covering the Centre for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City recently we talked to some experts on self-driving technology, including Continental Automotive’s Stefan Hartmann. Continental partnered with Pure Michigan and a few others to demonstrate this technology by driving from Windsor to Traverse City in mostly autonomous mode. Amazing!