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

Southern California, United States
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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

How to Clean and Protect Your Car’s Leather Upholstery

cleaning leather car upholstery

So you’ve invested in a leather interior for your car. Good choice! We love leather for how sleek it looks and how good it feels, but we admit we love it mostly for the fact it is so much easier to clean than its fabric counterpart. No bulky shampoo machines required.

The key to keeping your leather upholstery looking as good as it did the day you drove away with it is regular cleaning. Same goes for a lot of things in life, right? Cleaning is the root of all things looking good! Read More

8 Things to Look For When Buying a Classic Car

Searles Classic Cars

Ah, summer! Arguably everyone’s favourite time of year. What’s not to love? The sun is shining, the BBQ is fired up, beaches are getting lots of attention, and everywhere you look there’s a beauty on the road with her top down, all shined up and putting on a show.

It’s almost enough to want you to go out and buy a classic car of your very own.

Whether it’s been a dream of yours for years, or you’re just starting your search, buying a collector takes a little bit of research, a can-do attitude and the willpower to resist buying the first one you fall in love with. Read More

10 Great Vancouver Island Road Trips

Long Beach in Tofino, BC

 

Compared to other places, driving on Vancouver Island is a relaxing experience for many. Whether our trips are for work or recreation, we appreciate Island driving because traffic is minimal, roads and routes are straightforward enough, and there isn’t a whole lot of treacherous terrain to contend with.

Plus, you can’t beat the lakes, mountains, farmland, artisan shops and vineyards along the way. While Vancouver Island is only 460 kilometres, give or take, from top to bottom, there is a lot to see in between.

Long weekends are the ideal time to explore the Island via a road trip excursion, so if you find yourself longing for just one more get-away before it’s back to school and cloudy weather, might we suggest taking a mini get-away this Labour Day weekend. Read More

10 Steps to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a Flat Tire

If you don’t know how to change a tire, getting a flat can be a nightmare. Depending on where you are, how much traffic is flying by, and whether or not you have a roadside assistance package it can be a very stressful experience.

Like parallel parking, and knowing which streets in Downtown Victoria are one-way, changing a flat tire is a handy and necessary skill for all drivers. Read More

The Difference Between Quickie Oil Changes and a Searles Service Package

Searles Oil Change

Quickies are often tough to resist. After all, doing things the long way requires pre-planning and a bit more effort. But often times after a quickie oil change, your car isn’t satisfied. And that’s a problem.

By their very design, quickie oil change depots are convenient, especially in larger cities like Victoria where it’s nice to get all of your errands done in one outing to avoid traffic. But more and more, as CBC’s Marketplace reports, car owners are starting to speak out about how much they prefer getting their oil changed by a local auto mechanic instead.

Why the growing dissatisfaction with all of this convenience? Read More