Cars

Selling Your Car: Top Three Tips

(NC) — For just about every Canadian car owner, selling a vehicle can be a stressful no matter how savvy the sales pitch. But getting the best deal possible is all about planning, according to Ian MacDonald, director of marketing at autoTRADER.ca. He says that following a few simple rules of thumb will help guide even sellers with even little to no experience. “We know that it can be nerv ....

You might not be the best driver on the road after all

(NC) – Do you consider yourself a good driver? Are you better than the people you share the road with? Chances are, you think so. Most Canadians possess unwavering confidence in their abilities behind the wheel. Similarly, they have a general distrust of others. A recent study from Environics delved more deeply into drivers' perceptions of one another and themselves. It focused on habits, ....

How to navigate the “winding road” of renting a car

Rental cars provide freedom to hit the road when vacationing outside our home base. Whether it's a road trip to the cottage or a short visit out of town, navigating the ins and outs of car rental can be tricky if you're not prepared. Canadians take millions of trips abroad and without a doubt many of these travelers rent vehicles for their expeditions. In order to be prepared for the wide ar ....

Stop wildlife collisions in their tracks

(NC) -- Canada is a country where people and wild animals happily co-exist – except that is, for the times when some of us get behind the wheel of a car. Wildlife collisions are a real worry for Canadian drivers, particularly between April and June, when wildlife collisions are most frequent. The most costly result is injury or even death of both the animal and the driver. They're more com ....

Cars: Today's 9 Tips To To Extend the Life of Your Car

Care and Maintenance Tips Keep Your Car Running in Top-Notch Condition
We’ve compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care tips to prolong the life of your automobile! 1. Be patient during the break-in period You’ve bought your dream car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in top condition. Here are some things to rem ....

Top 10 Tips For Bike Care

These tips made the top ten because they apply to all riders and bikes whether you are experienced or not, or whether your bike is a heap or cost 10 grand. There are a few exceptions which will be obvious to those they apply to, like the tips about shifting for singlespeeds, standing on the pedals for recumbents and the like. 1) Gear shifting should only be attempted while pedaling sm ....

Canadian fuel consumption ratings are changing

(NC) -- The federal government is updating the test methods used to determine fuel consumption ratings for new light-duty vehicles to better reflect real-world driving conditions and behaviours. Fuel consumption ratings help consumers compare the fuel consumption of different vehicles for both city and highway driving. Instead of the two test cycles for stop-and-go city driving and highway ....

How to find the right used car online

(NC) -- It's true that the Internet is a great place to research and shop for used vehicles. Online classified sites connect buyers to more sellers than ever before and dealerships also post their inventory online. This means you don't have to visit the car lot until you've narrowed down your search. Here are tips to help you find a great used car online: Research the vehicles you'r ....

Ten tips to negotiate a used car purchase

(NC) --You've found a vehicle that is right for you, and you're ready to talk with the seller about a potential agreement. When it comes to negotiating the price, the key is to settle on a deal that will benefit both parties. Here are some things you should keep in mind before you commit: Do your research. Check out the Canadian Black Book, use the value finder tool ....

Tips for getting the best price for your car

(NC) --  Everyone wants the best price possible when selling their car. To do this, it's important that you know what your vehicle is worth in the current market – and you will also want to practise how to up-sell the car's great features and benefits. Here are some useful tips to help you sell your vehicle for a great price: Price it right – Start with the Cana ....

Automobiles: Is your spare tire in good working order?

(NC) -- There is nothing drivers dread more than the sound of rubber flapping on asphalt. Typically, the first reaction to a flat tire is disbelief, followed by annoyance and then a quick phone call to a towing company. But what happens when there is no phone signal and no tow truck in sight? Emily Chung, a licensed mechanic, and the brand ambassador for Hankook Tire Canada, gives us fi ....

Cars: How much horsepower do you really need?

(NC) — Automakers are building vehicles with twice the horsepower of their counterparts from 30 years ago. In the early 1970s, typical subcompacts and compacts had horsepower ratings in the range of 50 to 75 horsepower whereas today, the same class of vehicles range from about 100 to more than 200 horsepower. While dreams of race car driving may be dancing in your head, you have to ask yo ....

Cars: Where do vehicle fuel ratings come from?

(NC) — An informed consumer is an empowered consumer especially when it comes to understanding the fuel efficiency of the vehicles we drive. Vehicle manufacturers test their own vehicles using standardized testing procedures. The information from these tests is then used to generate fuel consumption data. Environment Canada collects this data from manufacturers and Natural Resources Cana ....

Cars: What is direct fuel injection?

(NC) — Manufacturers are using innovative technologies such as direct fuel injection in an effort to offer consumers more fuel-efficient vehicles. Direct fuel injection systems are better on fuel, lower emissions and increase power by injecting fuel directly into the cylinder at a high pressure. Direct injection systems allow for better control of the fuel-air mixture and can reduce fuel ....

Save money and fuel with these winter driving tips

(NC) — Winter driving will soon be upon us and that means navigating Canadian roads in all kinds of conditions. By understanding the toll that winter driving takes on our roads, vehicles, bank accounts and the environment, we can all contribute to safe, responsible, fuel-efficient winter driving. For starters, it simply costs more to drive in winter because our vehicles use more fuel. Fac ....

How cold weather affects fuel consumption

(NC) — If there's one thing Canadians know how to do, it's drive in the winter. But did you know it's a scientific fact that winter driving costs more? Here are some facts about fuel consumption and winter driving you may not know: • Expect to use more fuel in the winter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that a drop in temperature from 24°C to 7°C increas ....

Cars: Top negotiation tips for buying your next vehicle

(NC) — You may not be a natural wheeler and dealer, but that doesn't mean you can't come prepared to negotiate the purchase of your next set of wheels. According to the experts at autoTRADER.ca, negotiating is part-art, but it's also part-science. “The process goes through some expected phases, and recognizing them can have a definite say on your final purchase price,” says Ian MacDona ....

Winter tires save lives and money

(NC) -- There is nothing more beautiful than a highway lined with autumn colours. They take one's breath away. But, just as soon as they appear, they'll be gone and the sub-zero temperatures will be the next thing to take one's breath away. While we can all agree that the prospect of winter is pretty miserable — unless you're a skier — there's really nothing worse than hitting a patch of ....

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