Important Things You Should Know About Your Car Battery

Car Battery Light

Car batteries are the lifeline of the vehicle. These unassuming, small little boxes are the key to starting your vehicle every time you need to go somewhere. Just like your morning cup of coffee provides you with a jolt of electricity every day, it is your car battery that provides your vehicle with the juice it needs to spring into action.

Understanding the basics of how car batteries work will help ensure that you are never stranded with a dead one! Here are some of the most important things you need to know about your car’s battery and electrical system. Read More

Give Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Love Your Car This Valentines Day

Have you ever noticed just how well your vehicle treats you? Just think about it: Your car gets up with you every morning without hesitation, allows you to always pick the restaurant (OK, drive-thru), and constantly keeps you warm and safe. Yes, our vehicles certainly show us a lot of love, and that’s why we believe it’s always good to show them a little love back in order to keep up the healthy relationship.

Whether you’re single or attached this Valentine’s Day, consider spoiling your car with any or all of the following car maintenance ideas. Because isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is really for? Preventing problems from arising in the relationship? (Between car and driver, of course…)

 

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Can an Independent Auto Mechanic Void a Vehicle’s Factory Warranty?

Warranty on car registration plate keyringThe short answer is, probably not!

The world of warranties is a confusing place. There’s often a lot of paperwork involved, a lot of money on the line, and a lot of decisions to be made. Simply put, Consumer Reports defines a warranty as something that is put in place “to ensure consumers that the product performs as promised, with the manufacturer taking responsibility for problems during a predetermined period.” All new vehicles come with a limited warranty of a minimum of three years, with some dealerships offering upwards of 5 and 10 year limited factory warranties. Read More

Seasonal Tire Storage Tips

Seasonal Tire Storage at Searles Auto Repair

 

Every year in Victoria, when the rain turns to snow and the snow turns to ice, do you find yourself always asking yourself the same questions?

  • Are my car’s all-season tires going to be enough to get me through another year of winter-driving?
  • Will the weather even get bad enough to warrant two types of tires this year?
  • Do I even need to worry about it?

Answering these questions is an internal debate many Victoria drivers wrestle with at this time of year. Read More

Give The Gift of Auto Repair: Nothing Says I love You Like a Searles Gift Certificate

Searles Auto Repair - Gift Certificate

How many times have you heard this from your family members when you ask them what they want for Christmas?

“Oh, don’t worry about me, I’ve got everything that I need.”

Sound familiar? It’s what a lot of us end up saying around this time of year, even though gift giving isn’t about giving a person something they need, it’s about giving them something thoughtful, something that shows them you’re thinking about them and that you care.

This year, when someone gives you the runaround to the age-old question, “What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?” you could go the Scratch and Win tickets and bottle of wine route, or try and hand-craft something, or you could just take the easy route and buy a gift you KNOW they are going to need eventually: Searles Gift Certificates! Read More

Plan for a Safe Ride Home this Christmas

Plan for a Safe Ride Home

It’s now the end of November, and you know what that means! With the watering restrictions of summer a distant memory, and the federal election long behind us, and Halloween costumes packed up for another year, it’s finally time to turn our attention to holiday planning, and more important, holiday partying.

For many people, the holidays are a time of great indulgence, more so than Halloween or even birthday parties. For this reason, drinking and driving becomes an even larger concern across the province, so it’s never too early to start planning a safe ride home. Read More

How to Restore Your Vehicle’s Headlights

VW Headlight

Can a car or truck ever be considered totally shiny and clean if its headlights look dull? At Searles, we don’t think so!

Dull-looking headlights might sound like an oxymoron, but they exist. Headlights appear to look dull when the polycarbonate plastic components of most headlights degrade over time, usually due to general oxidation and powerful UV rays—yes, we do get enough sunshine in Victoria to do considerable damage to headlights. Other things that can degrade the look of your headlights include dirt, salt, pollution, water vapour and road damage. This breakdown in plastic creates a cloudy-looking fog or haze over the light’s casing. Read More

Classic Car Shows Around the World

We Service Classic Cars at Searle's

If you’re a classic car enthusiast like many of us here at Searles are, you’ve likely attended or shown off your ride at more than one classic car show on Vancouver Island. The Father’s Day Seaside Cruizers Show ‘n’ Shine in Parksville, the Brits on the Beach Car Show in Ladysmith, and the Rock & Roll for Little Souls Car Show in Saanich always bring out huge crowds of car lovers and their families.

While we love checking out what the locals own, venturing to other parts of the world to see what everyone else is into when it comes to classic cars is always a fascinating adventure.

6 of the Biggest and Best Classic Car Shows Around the World:

  1. Ponoma Swap Meet and Classic Car Show

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How to Choose a Roadside Assistance Provider

Roadside Assistance

It used to be that you’d be hanging out with your buddies in downtown Victoria, and if someone accidentally locked their keys in their car, someone else would know somebody with a BCAA membership. Problem solved.

But these days, BCAA is no longer the frontrunner in the roadside assistance realm, as it seems like every man and their dog is offering some sort of roadside assistance package.

Consumers can now purchase their plans through big box stores, local towing companies and ICBC. Even banks, credit card companies and cell phone providers are throwing in roadside assistance packages to sweeten their deals. Read More

How to Make Sure You’re Not Being Scammed By Your Repair Shop

Car Mechanic - Explaining to Customer

When it comes to auto repair, people tend to feel vulnerable. And why shouldn’t they? The vehicle repair industry is not regulated in British Columbia, which means there is no official association or governing body protecting consumers specifically from shoddy work done by some repair shops.

Pair this with the fact that most people are overwhelmed by what’s under their hoods, and you’ve got a nervous consumer base when it comes to getting their vehicles repaired. This feeling is intensified by the fact that now more than ever, cars and trucks are getting fancier and fancier, with their multiple built-in cameras, sensors, gizmos and gadgets.

Fortunately, you don’t need to know how it all works just to save yourself from getting taken for a ride at the repair shop. Just follow our tips for making sure you’re not being scammed when it comes to maintaining your vehicle.

Know What to Look For

First, start by recognizing the ways you might fall victim to a scam. Read More