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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