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good mechanic monctonAs with most things, repairing usually more cost effective than replacing. But even more cost effective is preventative maintenance. In the province of New Brunswick, a once a year Motor Vehicle Inspection helps with the things that can cause safety issues. But what about the things that aren’t necessarily safety issues, but can still cause you a pain in your wallet?

Preventative maintenance is sort of like a check up, or a physical for your car. Let your repair shop do a once over on your vehicle to find out what can be done to keep your vehicle in tip top shape and keep you from forking out a bunch of money to replace something that could have been fixed.

Routine maintenance can also help with your fuel efficiency. Simply having routine oil changes, and [...]

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Pay attention...or pay the price.

distracted-drivingDespite knowing the dangers, nearly 75% of Canadians surveyed admit to driving while distracted. Distracted driving is now the leading cause of traffic accidents, contributing to 8 in 10 collisions.  And we’re not just talking cell phones, here. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes off the road. This obviously includes cell phones, but can also include common things like fixing your mirrors, or skipping through radio stations, or the really out there stuff like applying make-up during your morning commute.

You are 4 times more likely to be involved in a collision if you are talking on a cell phone while driving. This includes a hands free set. That stat jumps to 23 times if you’re texting. Someone who is driving while distracted is failing to see up to half of the information in their [...]

bad credit car loanFebruary is gone and March is here, which means that spring is on the way. With the change in the weather, comes a change in what your vehicle will face on the highway and bi-ways. Cold weather and harsh conditions will take a toll, so here’s what to do to help your vehicle face the melting snow with some renewed vigour.

  1. Check your wheel alignment: Over the winter months, roads are usually bad at their best. With that come ruts, ice chunks and other things that can throw off your car’s alignment. If your car is pulling to one side constantly, or doesn’t drive straight ahead when your steering wheel is centred, it’s time to visit your mechanic. A well aligned car saved your tires from wearing your prematurely, and can [...]

Getting Your Car Through Winter

...in 6 easy steps!

 

winter-car-imageThey say preventative maintenance is the best kind. But what if you didn’t get your car winterized?  What can you do to make sure you and your car get through unscathed?

Plug in your vehicle. If your vehicle has a block heater, use it, especially on those nights that the temperature dips below -15 Celsius. The block heater will keep your engine warm so when you’re freezing, it will still start up and get you ready to roll.

Check your tire pressure.  The colder it gets, the lower your tire pressure. That makes it very important to keep an eye on it throughout the winter months. Ideally you should check it every time you get gas, but at the very least once a month. Keeping tires at the right pressure allows them to grip the road [...]

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