What if you never received the Courtesy Notice Letter after receiving a ticket ?

October 19th, 2013

There are cases where you receive a traffic ticket, signed it, but the courthouse never mail you the Courtesy Notice letter.

When this happens, always call or visit the courthouse and give them your Citation number from your ticket, and ask for the status.

There is an “Appearance Date/Time/Location” on your ticket, and since you have signed the ticket, you did PROMISE to appear on or before that Appearance Date/Time/Location.

If you don’t handle this, the courthouse may issue a warrant to have the police arrest you. It is also possible that they did not, and after a few years, you could still contest this ticket, but, I recommend you take care of this instead of waiting for the warrant. Trust me, it’s a good idea.

When you call or visit the courthouse, don’t tell the clerk that you want to contest the ticket, just say that you need more time pay for it.

Otherwise, the clerk will ask you to post bail or attend an Arraignment which is not the best way to contest a ticket.

Make sure you get some kind of paper, receipt from the courthouse to prove that you did appeared at the courthouse before the Appearance Date/Time/Location. It’s important!!!!

If the clerk tells you that there is no such record of your citation, still, get some paper or document from that clerk to prove that you were there. Otherwise, you have no proof later on.

Keep checking with the courthouse. The clerk always make mistakes, and their mistakes will cause you a lot of trouble if you don’t handle it right.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Do your new set of tires need certificate or insurance ?

May 29th, 2013

Say you need a set of new tires. You shopped at America’s Tire or Wheel Works. The sales person ask you to buy the insurance (certificate) for all four tires. The certificate will cover any damage to the tire. Say, your tire has a nail in it, and if they cannot repair it, with the insurance, the tire company will pay for your tire. But here are the catches:

1)
Some tires have a shorter life span. For example, those tires for the sport cars has 15000-20000 miles. Say, after 1000 miles of use, you got a nail in your new tire, and they cannot fix it since the nail is at the edge of the tire, according to the insurance, they will pay for your tire. But, the problem is that if you don’t have the insurance, they will still give you the credit to buy the new tire since it has only 1000 miles on it. It is suppose to have 14000 to 19000 more miles. You will get at least 80% of the credit for the new tire. So, in this case, those insurance is useless, and its too expensive.

2)
Your certificates are for all four tires. But, once you chance a tire, most likely, you will change a pair of tires, both front tires, or both rear tires, or all four tires. That means, you will have to re-purchase all four new insurance (certificate) for all four tires. You bought four insurances for all four tires for one tire only. Those insurance is expensive, about 10%-15% of the tire cost.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Drivers!!! Please share the road with the cyclists – By Mr. MC

December 21st, 2012

Drivers!!!

Please share the road with the cyclists while both drivers and cyclists should obey and follow all traffic laws, rules, and regulations.

Drivers!!!

As you pass the cyclists on the road, please allow enough space between your car and the cyclist as follow:

(Reference: California DMV Driver Manual)

Thank you for your concern…and we appreciate that.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Don’t run the red, it could be fatal at most time ! – By Mr. MC

November 9th, 2011

Last Friday, I left work early for a doctor’s appointment. As I was driving towards Hwy 101 Northbound entrance from Trimble Rd westbound, San Jose, CA, I saw two car already crashed. One small pickup truck had been flipped over, and it hit a light pole, and stopped. Another Lexus RX300 also hit the pole, and stopped, but not flipped.
I believe one of them ran the red light, and as they collide, the lighter pickup flipped over. I think it was fatal since the top of the pickup had been 50% damaged, and collapsed. The Lexus RX300 seems to be fine since only the front has been folded.
I used to run the yellow a lot, but I recently started to run the first half second of the red light. After I saw this accident, I know I must not run the red, or the yellow.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

On rainy days, turn on headlights, and replace windshield wipers – By Mr. Mc

October 4th, 2011

Just a friendly minder, during rainy days, remember to turn on your headlights, check your windshield wipers, and replace them if possible. As for the selection of windshield wipers, there is no need to get the most expensive one since you will have to replace them every year. Just get those between USD$4 to USD$8 each from WalMart.

Also, make sure your headlights, brake lights, and brakes are functioning properly.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Live car GPS tracker – By Mr. MC

October 1st, 2011

If you wonder where you car have traveled to, or you want to know its current location.You may consider installing a GPS tracker from Brick House Security.

This product is called “LiveWire Unlimited™ Fleet/Car GPS Tracker” which is a true real time hardwired GPS tracker. According to its product description, “With LiveWire, you gain real-time visibility and control over your mobile assets. Livewire is, without a doubt, the industries most powerful GPS tracking and communication system. This is the only GPS system that provides TRUE real-time locations online. The location of your mobile assets are updated every 5 seconds on LiveWire’s high quality mapping protocol. If you want the fastest most powerful GPS Tracking System Look no further. Best of all, because this unit wires directly to the vehicle’s electrical system, it transmits signals continuously. No need to recover the device to replace the batteries.
Watch instantly as your car moves turn-for-turn on the map.”

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Rent a Tesla Roadster for USD$75 an hour – By Mr. MC

September 15th, 2011

My friend introduced me this website, Getaround, where I can rent a USD$120K Tesla Roadster for USD$75 per hour or $900 per day. I think it’s a cool idea to rent this for an hour or two hours on your birthday. Take some photos, and have fun ! You don’t have to be rich to drive one.

Then, they also have BMW 328i Coupe for USD$15 per hour, and more.

Try it out….

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

California Fix-it Ticket – By Mr. MC

September 13th, 2011

In the past, fixing a fix-it ticket in California is simpler and cheaper. Just fix whatever needed, and look for a cop on the street, and asked the cop to sign off your ticket, then, visit the court and pay about USD$25.

I recently got a fix-it ticket, and it is a bit more trouble, and expensive (USD$15 more, total: USD40.00). To fix it:

  1. Fix whatever needed on the car.
  2. Visit a police station during their office hours, pay USD$15, and an officer will check on your car with those fixed items. An officer will sign off your ticket at the back. The cops no longer check this on the field or street.
  3. Mail the signed ticket to the court, and pay an extra USD$25.

Here are my advices:

  • Call the police station to find out if they handle fix-it ticket or not. Ask for their office hours and address. Also, ask for all required documents before you go there. Avoid large city’s police station since they are always business.
  • Make copies for all documents:

    Notice To Appear (fix-it ticket)


    Courtesy Notice Letter (fix-it ticket)

    Court Receipt (fix-it ticket)
  • Pay by personal check only
  • Always ask for a receipt. Don’t leave without a receipt !

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Armored Security Vehicles around Apple’s HQ Cupertino, CA – By Mr. MC

August 30th, 2011

Last weekends, I saw two M1117 Armored Security Vehicles on Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA (Eastbound), and on De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA (Southbound) on two separate days (Sat and Sun). They seem to be patrolling the area around Apple Computer’s HQ at Cupertino, CA. I think they are there to secure Apple during Sept 11 period. While I drove by those vehicles, I could see 4 or 5 armed guards (Army-like) inside each vehicle. They are all serious, and they seem to be searching for something. They keep checking their surroundings while cruising.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Avoid being rear ended, leave more room for the back – By Mr. MC

August 24th, 2011

This morning, while I was on Hwy 101 southbound in San Jose, CA exiting onto Trimble Rd, there was a long line on that circular freeway exit. For most exiting drivers, they will just follow the line closely, but if one does not leave enough room for the back, what if the driver at the back could not stop on time ? That freeway exit is pretty dangerous. The reason is that 50 feet before that exit, there were cars also entering into the freeway from Trimble Rd at an accelerating speed, so, the safely exit, one has to merge right between those accelerating cars, then, immediately slow down to a complete stop when the exit line is extremely long. It is always long during busy hours.

I have a habit of leaving two car spaces between my car and the front. I would wait for the car from the back to show up, and when it approaches and if it could does not have enough room to slow down to a complete stop, I then have at least two car spaces to advance forward, and therefore, I create more room for the car to slow down safely. This morning, I also realized that the car in my front was also dong the same thing. A very smart and safe driving habit. I think this is part of defensive driving behavior.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com