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Tips & Tricks

  • One of the easiest ways to make your favourite set of wheels look better, is to park it on a bright, shiny, clean garage floor. But before you rush off to your the paint store [...]
  •      Is your garage a little too crowded for a good-sized workbench? Fear not. All you need is as sheet of 3/4 inch plywood, three or four strong hinges and a couple of eight-foot 2x6s. [...]
  • A few weeks ago I told you about ArmorAll Wash Wipes, an effective and simple way to clean the paint on a vehicle. The second step in that process is usually to apply a coat [...]
  • 10 tips for safe driving 1 – Expect the unexpected Processing all the visual information around us on the road and prioritizing it, is the answer to safe driving. We must be able to ask [...]
  • Fogged Up Windows

    March 25, 2017 0
      How to deal with fog on the inside of your windshield Most motorists know to use the defrost position of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system to clear the inside of the windshield. [...]
  •     Like everything else in life, tires get old. And just like us, they may look OK and be fine in everyday use, but they reach a stage where they are no longer able to [...]
  • oil change
    Don’t hurry to change your oil Chemistry and technology have made huge changes in the past couple of decades. This is especially true for engines, where manufacturing tolerances and emission regulations are both tighter. Engines [...]
  • An ideal garage

    March 24, 2017 0
    For many true car nuts the garage is more important than the house. Sure, you need a place to cook your food and a bathroom, but you can eat, sleep and live in a garage. [...]
  • If regular fuel is good, then premium fuel must be better – right? Not necessarily for most vehicles. Going to that more expensive stuff may provide no benefit at all. You won’t get more power, [...]
  • Now that winter is over, perhaps you’ve noticed some unpleasant smells inside your vehicle. Or you may notice your allergy symptoms on the rise. The smells may have been sneaking up on you over the [...]

Reviews

  • 2017 Ford Escape

    April 4, 2017 0
    The 2017 Escape has come under scrutiny as part of a mid-cycle makeover. While much of what you see has been carried over, the 2017 Escape boasts a raft of technical upgrades and a pair [...]
  • The Kia Optima HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) drives like a conventional car with little evidence it is anything other than ‘normal’ — except for its impressive fuel mileage in town and on the highway. Click [...]
  • The 2018 Acura TLX is a pretty slick little piece, especially with the V6 engine. Click here to read my review
  • AMG
      click here to read about my experience with this Mercedes convertible    Click here for another Mercedes AMG revfiew 
  • At $48,100 plus freight and any extras, you pay a 10 per cent premium for the 2017 Mercedes C-Class coupe compared to its sedan sibling. But if you wish to stand out and only have [...]
  • 2017 Audi Q3

    March 24, 2017 0
    The 2017 Audi Q3 is the company’s entry level utility vehicle, bringing the company’s design prowess to the small luxury segment. Click here for my review as it appears in the Halifax Herald. I have reviewed [...]
  • 2017 GMC Yukon Denali

    April 14, 2017 0
    Luxury SUV sales are growing in significance. All the big names are there — Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes and Porsche. And they are about to be joined by Jaguar and Bentley. Which brings me to [...]
  • 2017 Nissan Titan

    April 2, 2017 0
    Pickups are the last bastion of owner loyalty. Breaking that bond between brand and buyer is a tough task. The 2017 Nissan Titan is equipped to go head-to-head with the established players from Detroit. This [...]
  • click here to learn more about the all-new 2018 Camry
  • Elantra
    The 2017 Elantra Sport may well be the best Hyundai yet. Click here to see my review

More about cars

  • wipes
      All who know me, are aware of my obsession with keeping vehicles clean. My wife complains that I try to restrict her from driving in the wet or on gravel roads. It should come [...]
  • F150
    Boosted by a strong economy, low interest rates and hefty incentives, the Canadian love affair with the automobile continues unabated. We bought more than 200,000 new vehicles in June. That record pushed the total for [...]
  • teens
    A few years ago, the Ottawa-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) conducted a study that showed teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of serious crashes.  Driver training may be a provincial issue, but [...]
  • Every time I see someone driving down the road with a pet in their lap, I cringe. Obviously these people have no idea of the catastrophic results of an airbag deployment. The dog they so [...]
  • GMC
    You just bought a new car, or are considering one. How does your choice compare to the rest of the country? Let’s take a look a sales figures for the first eight months of the [...]
  • March sales

    April 4, 2017 1
    March was a good month for the auto industry in Canada with most companies setting all-time sales records. Here is the news from the companies that sent reports to me. FCA FCA sales for march [...]
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    Safe design

    March 8, 2017 0
    Safety has always been a factor in vehicle design, but took on a more critical role in the seventies with the first 5 mph (8 km/h) bumpers. Remember those beauties that protruded about one foot [...]
  • 10 tips for safe driving 1 – Expect the unexpected Processing all the visual information around us on the road and prioritizing it, is the answer to safe driving. We must be able to ask [...]
  • A few weeks ago I told you about ArmorAll Wash Wipes, an effective and simple way to clean the paint on a vehicle. The second step in that process is usually to apply a coat [...]
  • You will often see J D Power studies quoted in vehicle reviews and advertising, the latter only if the results are positive! Who is J D Power, what are his studies and why do they [...]