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  • Winter is almost with us once again which means that driving conditions are about to get a whole lot worse; however, you can significantly improve your chances of staying safe just by taking a few simple steps. The following winter driving tips will have you on the right track. Monitor the conditions Get into the habit of checking the road and weather conditions before you head out, because apart from making it easier to find the fastest route to wherever you need to go, this can save you from dealing with potentially deadly hazards, such as black ice. If the ...

  • Winter is slowly creeping closer once again, which means that now is the time to ensure that your ride is ready for those challenging conditions ahead. The following tips will help keep your vehicle running at its best, no matter how icy, cold and snowy the weather may get. Check your charge Extreme temperatures can take a serious toll on your vehicle’s battery, undermining its ability to hold a charge and leaving you vulnerable when you need it most. This is a particularly common problem with batteries that are more than 3 years old. Do yourself a favour and have ...

  • Taking on your first towing mission can be a little nerve-wracking to say the least; however, getting that precious load from A to B safely is simply a matter of following a few important steps. For best results, keep these simple towing tips firmly in mind. Know your limits Before you even consider loading up find out how much weight your vehicle was designed to handle and stick well within these limits; otherwise, you not only risk causing serious damage to your ride, but jeopardising the safety of everyone on board. You will find all the information you need in ...

  • Want to take your driving skills to the next level this year? If so, we’ve got good news for you, because doing so can be fast, cheap and easy, and whether you are a new driver or a veteran behind the wheel the following simple tips are sure to help.  Slow down Staying safe on the roads can come down to split second decisions, which means that the faster you are going the less time you will have to respond. Do yourself a favour and give yourself a little extra time to work with; after all, slowing your speed by ...

  • As sad as it may be to admit it, summer can’t last forever, which means that colder, wetter weather is just around the corner. It also means that now is the time to ensure that your ride is ready for those challenging conditions ahead. The following simple upgrades provide a great place to start. Update your wipers Fall in Canada can certainly be a beautiful time of year; however, it can also be rather wet, therefore, you can end up spending a whole lot of time relying on your windscreen wipers to maintain visibility for you. So if it has ...

  • While much has been written about the importance of caring for your vehicle prior to a road trip, what you do when you get back home is just as important, so if you’ve just got back from an awesome road trip, for the sake of your vehicle, read on. The following tips will ensure that your beloved ride not only recovers from its epic adventure but that it is primed and ready for the next one. Empty it Start by cleaning out any garbage that has accumulated inside your vehicle, especially anything food-related; otherwise, it won’t be long before it ...

  • Got plans for an awesome road trip this summer? If so, we’ve got good news for you, because making your adventure memorable for all the right reasons is a whole lot easier than you may think. For best results, simply keep the following elements in mind. BYO snacks Whether your favourite snacks are chips, chocolate or veggies and dip, bringing your own from home will save you a small fortune on your trip, not to mention mean that you won’t constantly need to be on the lookout for places to stop and eat along the way. Taking a BYO snack ...

  • Few things in life can compare with getting your first set of wheels; however, for that beloved ride to be everything you want and need it to be it is vital that you take your time making your decision. The following tips will help make this often difficult choice a whole lot easier. Establish a realistic budget No vehicle is worth sparking a personal financial crisis; therefore, before you even begin your search it is wise to determine how much you can comfortably afford to spend. Keep in mind that the cost of owning a vehicle is always far more ...

  • Vehicle technology has come a long way in recent years, making every drive smarter, easier and more enjoyable, and no high-tech capabilities are more important than those that focus on safety. Here we will look at a few modern vehicle safety features that are well worth investing in. Blind-spot monitoring Never again will you need to worry about dangers lurking in your blind spot because this great feature ensures that any and all hazards remain visible. Blind-spot monitoring uses a system of sensors and cameras to detect the moment a vehicle enters your blind spot and then uses audio and ...

  • One of the most important skills every driver should have is knowing how to jump-start their vehicle; after all, this simple skill can prevent a flat battery from leaving you stranded when you least expect it. Thankfully, this vital skill is also extremely easy to learn and here we will walk you through all you need to know. Invest in your own set of cables If you don’t have your own set of jumper cables yet, get some, as this way you won’t have to rely on someone else to be carrying cables for you. You can pick up a ...

  • There is no better way to celebrate your retirement than by upgrading your vehicle; however, for your next ride to be everything you want and need it to be you need to know which features and functions to look for. For best results, keep the following essential elements in mind when making your decision. Reliability You won’t want to waste your hard-earned savings on repair and maintenance expenses, so make sure that whatever vehicle you choose is known for reliability above all else. An easy way to tell how reliable a vehicle may be is by researching what industry experts ...

  • For your vehicle to be at its best for long you need to be looking after it and a great way to do so is by putting some time and effort into getting to know it a little better. The following simple tips are sure to help, regardless of whether you are a new driver or a seasoned professional. Read your owner’s manual You will find everything you could ever need to know about your ride in your vehicle owner’s manual, so dust yours off, crack it open and educate yourself. You’ll find details relating to your towing capacity, step-by-step ...

  • Summer is almost with us once again, which means that Canadians right across the country are gearing up for adventure; however, all that beautiful warm weather also comes with its own unique set of challenges, especially when you are out on the roads. Make sure that your summer is memorable for all the right reasons this year by keeping the following summer driving tips in mind. Cover up Extreme heat isn’t great for your vehicle, as it can drain the battery, increase the chance of rust forming, and lead to interior fabrics cracking, warping and fading, but thankfully, there is ...

  • If you are in the market for a vehicle upgrade this year trading in your current ride can certainly save you a pretty penny; however, if you expect to get a good return for it you will need to be prepared. The following tips will ensure that you get the maximum trade-in value for whatever it is that you drive. Deal with damage One of the biggest factors impacting what your ride is worth will be the way that it looks, so if there are dents, scrapes or scratches clearly visible have them taken care of. While your vehicle doesn’t ...

  • There is a lot to be said for being ready for anything, especially when you are out on the roads, because an unexpected issue can arise extremely quickly and unless you are equipped to handle it you will be left relying on others for help. One of the best ways to stay ready is by keeping an emergency road kit in your vehicle at all times, ideally one that includes at least the following important items. Booster cables If your car battery goes flat unexpectedly it is crucial that you have a way to spark it back to life, at ...

  • Canada’s long and brutal winters can take a serious toll on a vehicle; therefore, if you want your ride to survive for very long it is vital to give it some much-needed care and attention this spring. The following spring car care tips will help ensure that your beloved chariot will be ready to thrive all year long. It’s time for a wash! A winter’s worth of dirt, salt and mud will likely have your vehicle looking a little worse for wear and the longer you leave it caked in muck the greater the chance there is of rust starting ...

  • Families rely on their vehicles nowadays more than ever before and for your ride to keep your mob happy all the way from A to B it needs to have the right elements on board. For best results, keep the following features and functions in mind when choosing your next family vehicle. Cargo space As any parent will tell you, having a family comes with a huge amount of baggage, from all those toys, diapers, and strollers to the ever-growing collections of books, games and devices; therefore, your ride will need to have more than enough room to accommodate it ...

  • It seems like every vehicle advertised nowadays claims to have won an armload of awards; however, it can often be difficult to tell exactly what those many and varied titles are actually worth. Here we will take a brief look at a few of the auto industry’s oldest and most highly respected awards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – Top Safety Picks One of the best ways to judge the safety of any vehicle is to see how it performed on IIHS testing; after all, the IIHS is one of the most respected safety-focused bodies in the entire ...

  • Aside from the cost of buying your car and paying for repairs and maintenance, the next biggest expense will almost always be fuel, and it can get expensive quickly. Take a little pressure off your budget this year by keeping the following fuel saving tips in mind. Lighten your load Stop carrying heavy and unnecessary items around with you in your vehicle and you’ll likely notice that you get far better mileage out of every tank of gas. While you should obviously keep your emergency road kit and spare tire on board at all times, remove bags, coolers, sporting equipment, ...

  • Winter can be an extremely challenging time of year for your vehicle; however, you can make life considerably easier for your ride just by taking a few common sense precautions. For best results keep the following tips in mind. Invest in mats or liners Make sure that all those wet, muddy and snow-covered boots don’t damage your ride by investing in a set of protective mats or liners for its interior. Interior mats with deep wells and channels can do a great job keeping all that water, mud and crud contained, especially if you get into the habit or removing ...

  • Getting stuck somewhere in freezing temperatures can quickly become a very dangerous situation, which is why every driver should have a winter emergency road kit on board. Here we will look at some of the most important elements to keep in mind when preparing your road kit this winter. Jumper cables Invest in a set of jumper cables; learn how to use them, and keep them in your vehicle at all times. Aside from not needing to rely on other drivers to have cables if your battery goes flat unexpectedly, having your own cables means you can play hero for ...

  • Staying safe on winter roads isn’t always easy; however, you can stack the odds in your favour just by investing in a set of quality winter tires. This is a brief look at some of the many reasons why winter tires should be considered mandatory on every vehicle. The 7° Rule One of the main ways that your tires maintain traction with the road is by remaining soft and supple enough to grip the road’s surface; however, when temperatures fall below 7°C that natural rubber hardens, undermining its ability to provide the traction you want and need. Winter tires are ...

  • Rather than lock yourself away indoors this winter, get out and make the most of this spectacular time of year by taking a road trip or two. Here we will look at all you need to know about how to plan the ultimate winter road trip. Prepare your vehicle Nothing matters more than having your vehicle prepared to handle the conditions; otherwise, things can get dangerous in a hurry. Have your mechanic give your ride a thorough inspection as well as make any fixes necessary, and if your winter tires are more than 5 years old invest in a new ...

  • If you are looking for a way to boost your driving safety and enjoyment this year, investing in additional driver training is a savvy move, especially considering that those extra skills you get could well save your life or that of a loved one. If you are ready to take your talents behind the wheel to a whole new level, each of the following courses provides a great way to do so. Defensive driver training Learning the art of defensive driving can dramatically reduce your chances of being involved in a collision; after all, a typical defensive driving course will ...

  • If you are gearing up to make the most of your retirement there is no better way to celebrate this important milestone than by investing in a quality vehicle. Make sure that your next ride is designed to help you thrive in your golden years by keeping the following important factors in mind. Maximise visibility Being able to see the road clearly as well as all your vital vehicle data should always be a top priority. Vehicles with large mirrors can certainly help; rear view cameras will mean even hazards behind you are visible, while higher set seating can improve ...

  • If you are like most Canadians and spent your summer heading out of town as often as possible, now is the time to make sure that your ride has made it through all those awesome adventures unscathed. For best results, keep the following tips in mind when conducting your vehicle maintenance this fall. Upgrade old wipers Leaves won’t be the only things falling from the sky this fall, there will likely be a whole lot of rain coming down as well, so make sure that your windshield wipers are primed and ready to handle it. If your wipers are old, ...

  • One of the most challenging things you can ever do with a vehicle is use it to tow a large or heavy load, so if you are new to towing or are simply out of practice, do yourself a favour and read on. The following tips will ensure that you, your vehicle and that precious load of yours makes it from A to B safely. Check your specs Find out how much weight your vehicle was designed to handle before you do anything else. Your vehicle owner’s manual will contain all of those important details and you will usually find ...

  • Getting the best value from your vehicle purchase can save you a small fortune over its lifetime; however, finding those gems and avoiding the lemons can be easier said than done. Thankfully, Vincentric have done all of the hard work for you by way of their annual Retained Value Awards. Here we will look at who Vincentric is, what their annual awards are all about, as well as who were named winners for 2016. Who is Vincentric? Vincentric is an expert in all things to do with vehicle ownership costs. Not only are they considered a leading auto industry expert, ...

  • If you have been toying with the idea of investing in a hybrid consider yourself in good company, as millions of hybrids have now been sold worldwide and they continue to provide one of the smartest ways to become a more eco-friendly driver. The following guide will get you up to speed on all you need to know. How do hybrids work? Hybrid vehicles are powered by two engines; one gas and the other electric. Together they ensure that you have the power you need when you need it, while also ensuring that you are conserving fuel at every opportunity. ...

  • Canada’s vast array of wildlife is easily among its most special features; however, those many impressive animals can pose a serious threat to themselves and others when they venture out onto busy roads and highways. For the sake of you, your passengers and all those amazing creatures out there learn how to safely deal with a wildlife encounter; the following tips are sure to help. Avoid peak times Many large mammals are most active around dusk and dawn, which means you can drastically reduce your chance of an encounter simply by avoiding these peak times. Mating and migration seasons can ...

  • There are plenty of great ways to get to know your vehicle, from taking a course to talking to your mechanic to researching your vehicle online; however, one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective approaches is to simply read your owner’s manual. Here we will look at a few of the many crucial pieces of information you will find in there.   Towing tips There is a lot more to towing than just driving around with a heavy object attached to the back of your vehicle, as everything from attaching and packing the trailer to braking, accelerating and controlling ...

  • If you have a friend or family member that has recently become a new driver make celebrating this important milestone even more memorable for them with a thoughtful gift; better yet, give them something that will make every drive safer, easier or more enjoyable. The following gifts are all guaranteed to hit the mark.  Booster cables With a set of booster cables on board your loved one will never be left stranded by a flat battery as it will always be quick and easy to get the charge they need to get home safely. Owning a set of cables will ...

  • If you are looking to celebrate the warmer weather by doing a little exploring this summer there is no shortage of amazing destinations to head to right across Canada; however, few places have anywhere near as many highlights as Alberta. Here is a brief look at some of those must see spots within day trip range from Edmonton. Pembina River  Just an hour west of Edmonton you will find the gorgeous Pembina River Valley and there is no better way to appreciate it on a hot summer’s day than by floating down its majestic Pembina River. The average time to ...

  • Finding a great deal on a pre-owned vehicle can feel like pulling teeth, especially if you have no idea what you are looking for, though you can save yourself plenty of time, effort and hassle simply by focusing on the right features. If you are in the market for a second-hand vehicle this year, read on, because the following guide will make spotting the difference between the gems and the lemons easy. Quality tires A vehicle’s tires will impact everything from its traction and handling to its fuel efficiency, so don’t even consider buying a vehicle until you have closely ...

  • It is amazing how far vehicles have come over the years, with automotive technology having evolved to the point that modern cars can just about drive themselves; however, even the highest quality vehicles still need some occasional TLC so make sure that you aren’t neglecting your beloved ride. Here we will look at some of the many benefits you will get from staying on top of your vehicle maintenance. Spot problems early Every vehicle will have minor complications occasionally and while most issues can be taken care of quickly and easily if you catch them soon enough, even a small ...

  • As a vehicle owner you have a number of crucial responsibilities, such as keeping your vehicle maintained, abiding by the rules of the road and doing all you can to prevent a collision, and nowadays it has become increasingly important for drivers to get a little greener as well. Thankfully, some of the best ways to do so are fast, cheap and easy, so become a more eco-friendly driver this year by keeping the following tips in mind.  Idle less Anytime you are stopped somewhere for more than for a few seconds turn off your vehicle as it will require ...

  • Your tires play a vital role in the safety, efficiency and performance of your vehicle; however, a damaged tire can also be extremely dangerous, making it crucial that you know if or when your tires need replacing. Here we look at some of the tell-tale signs that your ride may need a fresh set of rubber. Shallow treads For your tires to perform at their best they need treads at least 6/32” deep, especially when dealing with wet or icy conditions, so measure those treads regularly and as soon as they fall below this mark start planning for their replacements. ...

  •   There is no better way to celebrate the end of winter than by heading off on an awesome road trip; however, for that adventure to be memorable for all the right reasons you need to be prepared. For best results, start planning early, choose a destination you haven’t been to before and keep the following tips in mind. Time for a tune up Make sure that your vehicle is ready for that epic adventure you have planned by having it fully inspected by a qualified mechanic before you head off. Apart from ensuring that all those vital fluids are ...

  • Regardless of how experienced a driver you may be there is always room for improvement, so do your part to keep Canadian roads a little safer this year by putting some time and effort into boosting your skills behind the wheel. The following is a brief look at a few of the easiest ways to take your driving skills to a whole new level. Relax If you are stressed, agitated or angry when you are driving you will struggle to stay focused enough to make the right decisions and will therefore be relying on luck to keep you safe. Try ...

  • The ideal vehicle for you needs to be one that you can comfortably afford; otherwise, you will struggle to keep it on the road for very long. For best results, take a close look at your finances, establish a realistic budget and keep the following important factors in mind.  Fuel A vehicle’s fuel consumption will have a huge impact on what it costs to keep it on the road, making it wise to look for options that offer maximum miles per gallon. Keep in mind that efficiency ratings will vary considerably depending on how and where the vehicle is driven, ...

  • There is no more important quality in a vehicle than its ability to keep you and your passengers safe, making it vital that you can tell a safe vehicle from one that isn’t quite up to scratch. To ensure that your next ride can provide comprehensive protection carefully consider the following factors before purchasing anything. Quality tires Your tires play a huge role in the overall safety of your vehicle, especially when the road conditions are less than ideal. Quality tires will help you to stop quickly; they enable your vehicle to maintain traction with the road and will withstand ...

  • Owning a vehicle can require a sizeable investment, because apart from the sale price there is also the cost of extras such as fuel, insurance, repairs and maintenance; however, you can save a small fortune simply by taking a savvy approach. The following tips will help keep the cost of owning your next vehicle from getting out of control. Prioritise your needs Before you even consider starting your vehicle search establish a clear list of features and qualities that are most important to you – this will prevent you from being tempted by extras you don’t need and can’t afford. ...

  • Caring for your vehicle this winter There is nothing better than having a reliable vehicle when the weather turns sour, and you need a safe, warm way to get where you need to go, but if you expect your ride to do right by you this winter you need to play your part as well. The following tips will help ensure that your vehicle is raring to go regardless of the conditions this winter. Get a pre-winter check-up To stay safe on the roads this winter your vehicle needs to be at its best, because not only will your brakes, ...

  • Why buy a used car from a used dealership? If you are in the market for a quality used vehicle your two main options are to either buy from a private seller or from a used car dealership. Here is a brief look at some of the advantages you get from buying used from a dealership. Convenience Finding the perfect vehicle can take a lot of time, effort and research, but having dozens of great options under the same roof can sure make life easier. Dealerships also offer a range of financing options that you can sign up for on ...

  • The range of interior upgrades available nowadays is staggering to say the least, the hard part is choosing between all those fantastic options. If you are overwhelmed by your options consider the following, as they will make your vehicle a dream to drive and the envy of all your friends. New upholstery Whether you are looking to add style and comfort or prevent kids, pets or tools from ruining your vehicle’s interior, upgrading your upholstery is a smart move. For classy look and an opulent touch, nothing can compare with quality leather, while a full vinyl cab can make cleaning ...

  • Here at Bargain Auto we know finding the perfect vehicle requires time, effort and restraint, because the right vehicle for you is unlikely to be the one that first catches your eye. Regardless of whether you need a vehicle for camping, towing, off-roading or gentle Sunday driving, establish a clear set of priorities and keep the following elements in mind. Budget Before you even start looking for a car establish a budget that you can afford and be sure to consider the true cost of ownership, because factors like fuel efficiency, insurance, maintenance and repairs can make a huge difference ...