Car Hacks 101: Simple Tricks to Extend the Life of Your Car

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We all know that giving your car a long and happy life boils down to two things: regular maintenance and good driving habits. But it also pays to look around for new and unconventional ways to extend the life of your car. Here are some car hacks that you may not have thought of:

Ditch the extra keys

Is your keychain unnecessarily heavy? Probably. If you’re like a lot of people, your keychain is bogged down by keys to houses you no longer own, to your garden shed, to your grandma’s house, to that bike lock you lost 6 years ago…you get the idea. You may even have a few non-key items dangling from it, like a bottle opener or that obligatory “I Heart Hawaii” keychain that everyone seems to have.

While it’s convenient to have everything all in the same place, the heavy load might be damaging your ignition. The constant downward tug on the ignition switch can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.

So, lighten up! Separate your car keys from everything else on your keychain to place as little stress as possible on the ignition. Read More

5 Driving Habits That Are Killing Your Engine

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We all have bad habits. We bite our nails, put the empty cereal box back in the cupboard, and twiddle our hair during important meetings. These habits are annoying for sure, but for the most part they’re harmless.

Not so for your bad driving habits. While you’re zipping around town doing what you need to do, you’re hurting your engine and you probably don’t even know it. That’s why it’s so important to step back and take a moment to really think about how you drive. Are you guilty of these bad driving habits?

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Moving to Victoria BC? How to Switch Over Your Out-Of-Province Vehicle

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When you first arrive in Victoria, your to-do list is probably quite intimidating. You have to check out downtown, find all the great restaurants, and explore a few local beaches. And what about a hike along the coast? Or a weekend in the Gulf Islands? Or maybe a surf trip to Tofino? Or…

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Brakes

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If you’re like most drivers, you don’t think about your brakes very often. You press the brake pedal, your car stops, and that’s that. The only time you give them a second thought is when they make a horrendous noise or stop working (hopefully not while you’re careening down the Malahat).

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The 2 Most Important Things You Need to Know About Driving in the Rain

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Here in Victoria, we’ve got it pretty easy. While the rest of the country is shoveling and shivering, we’re strolling on beaches and smelling the flowers.

But even though we don’t have to worry about frostbite, we do have to put up with misty mornings, torrential downpours, gale-force winds, and the annual Snowpocalpyse that coats our city with a fine layer of mush. All of this dreary weather results in slippery roads and low visibility that make our morning commute a tricky one.

It’s not all gloom and doom, though. Preparing your car for driving in the rain comes down to two simple things: windshield wipers and tires.

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Buying a Used Car? This is Why You Absolutely Must Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection

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Found the car of your dreams? The perfect ride? The one you want to spend the rest of your life with? Well, the near future, anyway…

Hold on. Before you fully commit, you need to do one very important thing: You need to bring your car into Searles for a pre-purchase inspection.

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The Top 9 Auto Maintenance Mistakes (Are You Guilty?)

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We all know it’s important to take care of our vehicles. After all, it’s a well-known fact that a little mechanical love once in a while is the key to a safe, efficient and long-lasting ride.

But as we go about our daily routines, driving from point A to point B and back again in a vehicle that’s running just fine, it’s easy to ignore or forget about vehicle maintenance. And while you probably won’t notice any immediate issues, that doesn’t mean a potential problem isn’t brewing.

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4 Signs You Need an Oil Change

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Oil changes are one of the easiest—and most inexpensive—ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly. All it takes is a quick appointment every now and then and you’re good to go!

But even though it’s a painless task that’ll save you a bundle in car repairs down the road, oil changes are often shoved to the bottom of the priority list (right next to the dentist). It’s a shame, because your engine needs a steady diet of clean oil in order to do its job.

The best way to know if it’s time for an oil change is to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval. If you haven’t been doing that, or haven’t been keeping track, here are a few other signs that will tell you it’s time:

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Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

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Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

While your body’s circulatory system is busy transporting oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs, your vehicle’s hoses are busy transporting coolant to your engine. And power steering fluid to your steering gear. And brake fluid to…you guessed it, your brakes. If there’s a part of your vehicle that requires life-sustaining fluid, your hoses are the only way to get it there.

So if there’s ever a leak in the system or not enough fluid to go around, you’re looking at anything from sweaty discomfort to a major engine repair. And sometimes, you may even find yourself in a dangerous situation.

That’s why it’s so important to regularly inspect your hoses. Much like your circulatory system, your vehicle depends on them for survival.

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6 Maintenance Tips for Better Fuel Economy

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Everyone wants to save a buck at the pump (especially here in Victoria BC, where gas prices can be a little bananas). And we all know that bad driving habits are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to fuel economy. We’ve all heard the same fuel saving advice: lay off the brakes, stop idling and quit being such an aggressive driver.

But did you know that vehicle maintenance also has a big impact on gas mileage? Here are 6 easy ways to maximize your dollars at the gas pump and create the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

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