3 Car Problems to Stay on Top of This Winter

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Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are officially a wrap, it’s time to get back to the daily grind, and for some of you, the daily commute. If one of your resolutions for 2017 was to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule a little bit better, this post ought to help out with that.

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All-Season, All-Weather, or Winter Tires – What’s the Difference?!

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Now that we are well into Fall, Thanksgiving 2016 is all but a distant memory and Halloween has now arrived. While these dates on the calendar give us plenty of reasons to celebrate the onslaught of fall, they also make it all too easy for us to avoid the looming task of switching to our winter tires before the weather truly turns nasty.

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Best Tech Gadgets for Your Teen’s New Ride

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Let’s face it, the majority of teenage drivers on the road aren’t driving anything too fancy. Their first rides are usually something a little older, whether that’s their parents’ thoughtful hand-me down vehicle, or their older sibling’s beat-up old ride.

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Getting to Know Your Vehicle’s Exterior Sensors

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As much time as you spend taking care of your car, it spends a great deal of time taking care of you. And I am not just talking about getting you from point A to point B in a timely fashion. I am talking about all of the many ways it keeps you safe on the road.

Have you taken a newer car on a test drive lately? How safe did you feel? Very? It’s no surprise. Many vehicle makes and models out there now come equipped with advanced safety features in the way of exterior sensors. These exterior radars and sensors alert you when objects creep into your blind spots. Depending on the type of system, your car might also apply the brakes on your behalf. Whoa, Nelly!

These advanced safety features are considered add-ons for the majority of makes and models out there and are marketed under various trade names. This means each system’s capabilities will vary by manufacturer and model. For example, right off the top there is Acura’s Collision Mitigation Brake System, Cadillac’s Automatic Collision Preparation and Volvo’s Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, which are just a few options out there. Read More

Important Things You Should Know About Your Car Battery

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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

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

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

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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

Classic Car Shows Around the World

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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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Come On In For a Searle’s Auto Repair Shop Tour!

Join our owner, Chris Wylie, for a Searle’s Auto Repair Shop Tour!

Searle’s Auto is located at 517 Kelvin Rd in Victoria, BC, and is known by many for its quality work and honesty. Whether you are male or female, you can put your trust in Searle’s Auto Repair. Our team of professionals takes the time to explain what needs to be done, step-by-step. We feel it is our duty and responsibility to treat you as one of the family. We understand that without our customers trust; we would not have a growing business.

Watch this shop tour video and check out our service offerings here.

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Have you checked your Tire Pressure lately?

Tire pressure is a measure of the amount of air in your car’s tires, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). You should be checking your tire pressure routinely to ensure that your tires are inflated to their optimal pressure for your particular vehicle.

Why is correct tire pressure important?

Having the correct tire pressure is important for a few reasons, including safety, fuel economy and the life of your tires. Next to your brakes, your tires probably have the most impact on your driving safety. If your tire pressure is off, it can affect braking, cornering and the overall stability of your vehicle. With the correct tire pressure, your tires will last longer, save fuel and improve the handling of your car, preventing accidents.

Correct tire pressure will give you comfort, durability and you will experience the intended performance of your vehicle..

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