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New Services From CarPoint

Techstination feature for Tuesday, December 22, 1998

What your car says about you. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Just what you need. A psychotherapist analyzing your relationship with your car. Actually, it's fun and it's one of the new service offered at Dr. Will Miller has been enlisted by Microsoft to do the online analyzing. Tell him the make, model, year and color of your car companion and he'll give you the low down....

"For instance, you know the most popular vehicle right now is the sport utility vehicle. Now, psychologically, that's not very surprising because today people hear a lot about road rage. People know that driving is very competitive. In a sport utility vehicle, you're higher than the other cars, you're heavier, you're more powerful and it gives people a feeling of security and power. When you get in your sport utility vehicle, even though it might not be the best car choice for you, it alleviates your fears and makes you feel more secure on the road."

Another new service on CarPoint is your personal auto page...

"It will not only alert you by email when the next maintenance is required, when your next oil change should be, but in addition, it will alert you to recall notices."

Which you may not receive by mail, especially if you have a used car.