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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - December 2015

 

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2015 is quickly coming to an end. I hope that everyone had a good year and that an even better year is in store! If you are going anywhere to ring in the New Year be sure to plan for who will be driving or find an alternative mode of transportation. I recently read that York Region’s number of charges for driving over the limit is up 6% from last year. So obviously people still think they can drink and drive. On another note, I’m always looking for different topics to write about, so if there is something you would like me to cover in one of the newsletters, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Happy New Year everyone!

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Starting January 1st, at a school crossing or pedestrian crossing a driver will need to wait until the person has completely crossed to the other side.  If the driver doesn’t do this and is caught, the driver could face a fine anywhere from $150-$500.

This month's topic: Buying a used car

 

Buying a car can be a stressful experience, speaking from my own experience. My best advice I can give someone is to do your research and don’t make it an impulse purchase. Part of your research should involve going on Kijiji to see what’s out there and what kind of money people are asking as well as the number of kilometers the vehicle has. If you are buying a “new to you car”, a little bit of aggravation up front could prevent a lot of costly aggravation down the road. When you are buying a “new to you car” you will either buy from a car dealer or you will buy privately. Usually when you buy from a car dealer the vehicle will come both certified and e-tested. If you buy privately it may not be certified or e-tested, both of which need to be done in order to get it on the road. I highly suggest if you are thinking to buy privately that you take it to your local Active Green and Ross and have an inspection done on it. ( To find a location, visit www.activegreenross.com) This will cost you a bit of money upfront but could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The shop will be able to give you an honest opinion about the vehicle on whether it has been maintained well or not. You could also ask the seller if they have copies of the work/maintenance that has been done to the vehicle over the years. A really important question to ask is if the vehicle has a timing belt and if/when it has been changed. When you are buying an older car be realistic in your expectations of how it will be. You aren’t buying a new car and therefore you may experience some issues early on into your ownership. Sometimes people are selling their vehicle because they know they are going to start having problems with it due to its age and don’t want to invest the money into it. Guess what, you might be the person inheriting those problems if you don’t take the time to have it inspected up front. From my own past experience I’ve almost always bought used cars and I’ve had good experiences every time. I’ve bought both from a car dealer as well as privately. Happy car shopping if that is what you have in mind for 2016.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - October 2015

 

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I thought it fitting to write about winter tires this newsletter since that is exactly what I am doing as I write.  I’m having my winter tires installed!  Talk about peace of mind when you are driving, especially with the number of kilometers I drive.  Now is the time to start thinking about installing your winter tires if you have them or inquire into buying winter tires.  I highly suggest you do it before the snow flies if you want to get good service.  The other reason is that you don’t want to find out the size of tire you need isn’t available as it has been sold out.  Tire manufactures have to predict a year in advance how many tires of each size they are going to produce and sometimes they don’t predict correctly.  So don’t be caught out and don’t forget to roll the clocks back one hour this Sunday.  An extra hour of sleep, yippee!

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If you install winter tires you may get a discount from your insurance provider.  So make sure you give them a call.

This month's topic: Winter Tires

Winter tires are something a lot of people either don’t understand or want to purchase since they don’t see the value. If you’ve never had winter tires, then you have no idea what you are missing! It’s that big of a difference. I equate putting winter tires on your vehicle like putting Kodiak boots on your feet in the wintertime versus flip-flops. Once it gets colder than +7 degrees Celsius your All season tire’s ability to grip the road is significantly diminished. The rubber on the tire gets hard and therefore makes you feel less confidant when you are driving. The value of a winter tire is how soft the rubber is. The softness of the rubber is what allows the tire to grip the road when it’s cold. A winter tire also has a lot of sypes. These are cuts in the tire that allow the tread block to flex and grip the road as well.

When it comes to winter tires, it’s four or nothing. I often hear of people asking to just get two winter tires and they want to install them on their drive wheels. Many years ago this used to be a common practise as many of our vehicles were rear wheel drive. Now with many of our vehicles being front wheel drive this would be a recipe for disaster. It would be like having your Kodiak boots on the front and your flip-flops on the rear. You’re driving down the road and all of a sudden a dog runs out in front of you; you swerve and the front tires are able to grip the road, but the rear tires are not able to and around you go!

Be proactive when getting your winter tires either installed or purchased. As I mentioned above, don’t wait for the first snowfall. You won’t get good service and you might have an accident before you had time to get your tires installed. The general guideline is, Halloween to Easter and guess what Halloween is this weekend. Active Green and Ross has a great tool on their website to help you determine what tires you need and what they will cost. I suggest checking it out. www.activegreenross.com. When I was on the site, I also noticed that both Yokohama and Michelin are offering rebates until December 15 so don’t delay!

When you are looking at your options for tires the one thing to keep in mind is that the more expensive the tire the softer the rubber is and therefore will have better grip. As you go down in price you also lose softness. Look at your budget and look at your driving habits as well. If you are commuting a long distance everyday than it would be in your best interest to get the most expensive set of winter tires you can afford.

Tires are a bit of a grudge purchase but they are the only things you have in contact with the road and they could save your life. You won’t be disappointed if you buy winter tires.

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