Do I really need to rotate my tires?
The answer is yes, but let us examine why it is pertinent to your particular vehicle. Each vehicle wears tires differently. Front wheel, rear wheel, all wheel drive or part time 4x4, they all have different wear patterns, advantages and ...read more
The truth underneath the hood
I spent the day today “googling” this topic. It seems like every garage from the fly by nights to the well-established dealerships offer what they claim to be “convenient service”. Most service centres offer anything from an 18-30 minute turn-over ...read more
How to read your V.I.N.
Every vehicle has a unique V.I.N. (vehicle identification number). The V.I.N. is stamped onto a small metal plate and is attached to the driver’s side of the dash board where it meets the windshield. The V.I.N. is a 17 digit ...read more
How to avoid being overcharged at you garage
If you are like the majority of motorist, your car is over seven years old, well past its warranty period, and all you know about it is where to put gas and washer fluid. When it comes time to repair ...read more
Tips to reduce fuel costs and consumption
In the past year we have witnessed record high prices for fuel. In 2014 I paid as much as a $1.40 per litre at the pump. In this blogger’s humble opinion, that is just insane. I think now is ...read more
Why are so many cars being recalled lately?
It seems as if every month there is a new recall, affecting millions of vehicles, across a wide spectrum of manufacturers. Recalls are up 4% from the previous decade while sales are down 10%. There are a few reasons why ...read more
Will aftermarket parts void my warranty?
Motorists trying to save money on their vehicle’s maintenance will invariably choose independent shops as an alternative to having their vehicles serviced at a dealership. The rules surrounding your vehicle’s warranty, and more specifically the voiding of the warranty, can ...read more
Are all gasolines the same?
Most vehicles today require 87 octane fuel to perform as designed. Some luxury and high performance vehicles require the use of 89, 91 or even 94 octane gasoline to provide peak performance. There is no benefit to putting a ...read more