Drive Safe – Things to remember

Driving the open road on a sunny day can be truly joyful. On the other hand, driving in the GTA in rush hour in the rain – not so much joy there! As well, today’s complex cars, gridlock and sometimes a lack of driver courtesy all result in increasingly high accident rates. As the line from an old TV police show says, “Be careful out there.” With that in mind, here is a “Top Ten List of Safe-Driving Tips to help you and your vehicle arrive … [Read more...]

General car care tips

A vehicle purchase is not only expensive but time consuming and most people want their cars to last for as long as possible. Properly maintaining the vehicle is one way to ensure this happens. To help our customers maintain their vehicle, we'd like to offer some helpful tips. Here are some of our favourites: Rinse your car before washing it. Make sure you get any harsh grime and dirt off the car before you start washing it. If you just … [Read more...]

Private Repairs-Procedure

If you are involved in an accident where you are not at fault & know who is responsible for the damages, start by getting as many estimates as you feel comfortable with. Three or four should be plenty. If you have a shop you have dealt with in the past or want to use through a recommendation that is your choice although you should still have more than one estimate on hand. With the help of your repair body shop rep make sure you understanding … [Read more...]

Ontario Reporting Centres

The ability to self-report collisions is the main function of the province’s Collision Reporting Centres. Drivers involved in collisions causing property damage are required to report the incident to the Reporting Centre within twenty-four hours. Here, a police officer will inspect the vehicle for damage and complete a report. During this visit, the driver will also complete a simplified government collision report form, which is also checked … [Read more...]

Motorists’ rights

When a driver is involved in a collision, many people feel that what happens afterwards is out of their control. Drivers should not feel this way because they do have a number of rights that must be maintained following an accident. As the owner of a vehicle involved in an accident it’s up to you to decide where you want your car towed and repaired. Don't let anyone from the reporting centre, tow truck company or another person involved in the … [Read more...]

The run-down on rentals

Whenever you are involved in an accident it’s likely you will have to get a rental car either while your vehicle is repaired, or if it is determined that your vehicle is unsafe to drive. The use of a rental car is an optional coverage on your insurance; however in accidents where you are deemed to be 100 per cent not-at-fault, you should have a rental car at your disposal. With that said, it is important to confirm with your insurance company … [Read more...]

Prepare your vehicle for the hot summer sun

The first thing you should do is replace your air filter. Full of dirt and debris, a dirty air filter will blow dirty air at you whenever you use the air conditioning. Don’t contaminate your car and your lungs with that, and make sure you have a new, clean air filter at the beginning of every summer. You should also check your coolant and all fluids. When it’s very hot outside the engine will run at a higher temperature, too. If your coolant … [Read more...]

Windshields: to repair or replace

It used to be that a cracked or chipped windshield instantly meant it had to be replaced. But times have changed and many minor damages can now be repaired instead. Before you can decide between repairing and replacing, however, the damage must be appraised by a professional to determine if it has caused any structural issues to the windshield. If you’ve ever had a small crack before, then you’ll know it can quickly turn into a large … [Read more...]

Driving Habits -The Good, The Bad and the “Huh”??

For most people driving has become so routine that they don’t really think about how they drive. Yet all drivers should consider their driving habits in order to ensure a safe and less stressful ride; unfortunately, in the case of some drivers, they cause the stress to other drivers around them. Driving habits can be categorized as good or bad and those that make the rest of us shake our heads and say “Huh???” The Good Habits Paying … [Read more...]

What to do in an accident

A vehicle accident puts a wrench in your day and adds stress to your life that many of us could simply do without. When accidents happen we're almost always caught off guard, which can lead to panic and irrational behaviour. Though it's difficult to keep a sound mind in an accident, there are a few steps you should follow to ensure that you, your passengers and your vehicle are all safe at the scene. First and foremost, stay as calm as … [Read more...]