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3 Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying used is a good way to save a large amount of cash on a vehicle purchase. That said, buying a used vehicle still takes a significant investment and you want to be sure the vehicle that you are buying is going to last you for years to come. To help you with that task, we have put together 3 tips for used car shopping! Regardless of whether you’re buying from a dealer or a private seller, these tips will be useful for used car buyers. Do Your Homework Take advantage of the power of the Internet and do some research on the vehicle you are looking at. What does that particular make, model and year typically sell for? Is it generally considered a reliable vehicle? Perhaps you have a family member, friend or work colleague who owns a similar vehicle to the one that you are interested in? If so, ask them about their experiences with their vehicle. Don’t Rush Into It Don’t be dazzled by a cool looking ride - a significant investment such as this ... read more

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Inflating Your Tires with Pure Nitrogen: Is It Worth It?

Over the last few years, you may have heard the buzz surrounding the idea of inflating your vehicle’s tires with pure nitrogen and how this will improve tire reliability and performance. The concept comes to us, as many new auto concepts and technologies do, from Formula One. In Formula One, tires on all vehicles are inflated with pure nitrogen, and for good reason. However, is it worth the extra expense to inflate your tires with pure nitrogen? The answer is no. For Formula One, it’s necessary and the science backs that up. However, for those of us who aren’t Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton, in other words, regular road users, it really isn’t worth the extra expense. Allow us to explain… The content of the air around us is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% various other gases such as carbon dioxide etc. and water vapour. As you can see, even with classic compressed air, there’s already quite a bit of nitrogen in your tires. However ... read more

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Tips for Navigating Summer Traffic in Kelowna

What a beautiful city Kelowna is, especially in the summer. It’s no wonder we get so many visitors this time of year! The tourists, returning snowbirds and longer evenings give the city a certain buzz during the warmer months and we love it. But while it is nice to see the city come alive, one thing I don’t think any of us enjoy is the increased traffic on Kelowna’s roads. Sure, things have gotten much better since the new bridge went in, but our streets can still be pretty crazy in the summer - trust us, we’re located at 1630 Water St. downtown! So with that in mind, we’ve put together some tips for navigating the summer traffic in Kelowna... Avoid Driving at Peak Times A fairly obvious one, but if you can avoid driving during rush hour, as well as during peak tourist times, such as long weekends, that will help ease some of your congestion pain. Avoid Heavily Trafficked Routes Some routes in t ... read more

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Important Changes to B.C.’s Winter Tire Regulations

Thanks to the Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation has decided that winter is now one month shorter on British Columbia’s high mountain passes! Ok, not quite, but the MoT has changed the rule surrounding when winter tires must be worn, or chains carried, on our province’s high mountain roads. After some technical analysis, the MoT has decided that winter tires/chains are necessary on high mountain passes from October 1st to March 31st (it was previously October 1st to April 30th). In addition, the Motor Vehicle Act will be altered to make it clear that Mud and Snow (M+S) and mountain/snowflake tires are considered winter tires and the regulations for tire-chains and studded tires will be updated and modernized. Among many other changes, the MoT will also be instituting a new maximum speed limit on selecte ... read more

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Crash Course: What Makes up a Vehicle’s A/C System?

In the summer, your car’s A/C is your best friend. Not only does it keep you comfortably cool (even in Kelowna’s summer sun!), but the cool air can also help to keep you more alert on those longer road trips too. However, many people don’t know too much about their vehicle’s air conditioning unit. After all, most of us turn the A/C on without giving it a second thought. It’s one of those pieces of equipment that we only really notice when it isn’t working properly. So how does your air conditioning unit work and what are the various parts? Your car’s A/C system consists of the following key components: Compressor - the compressor is responsible for compressing the refrigerant in your A/C system. It hates moisture. Condenser - the condenser (AKA mini-radiator) is one of your compressor’s buddies. It takes hot gasses from the compressor and converts them into liquid form. The liquid is passed on to th ... read more

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