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 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

When Should You Replace Your Wiper Blades?

Winter windshield Wipers

The unassuming windshield wiper cleans away splattered insects, brushes away heavy piles of snow, scrapes away ice and frost and clears the view at a furious pace during rainstorms — sometimes for hours at a time.

History of the Windshield Wiper

Modern windshield wipers were the brainchild of a country girl from Alabama who visited New York City in the winter of 1902. Mary Anderson was riding in a trolley car and the driver had the front window half down as the falling sleet constantly blocked his vision. Read More

10 Items to Keep in Your Car If You’re Leaving Civilization

Road Map

If you’re considering a road trip off the beaten path, your first job is to make sure your car is in good working order. After that, it’s time to consider what to bring along.

Even if you’re not planning on leaving civilization, there are items that are always good to have at the ready.

Take a look at these 10 items to keep in your car if you’re leaving civilization and ask yourself if you might want to toss a few of these things into your car today — who knows? They could end up saving your life.

  1. Clothes, blankets, plastic bags

You don’t want to overload your vehicle, but putting an old sleeping bag and sweater into the trunk won’t make a significant difference to your gas mileage and their possible uses are numerous.

In addition to keeping you warm, a sleeping bag might become a makeshift shelter and a sweater could be refashioned into a bag. While you’re at it, grab some plastic garbage bags, too. They are surprisingly handy.Lighter

  1. Lighters

With smoking rates plummeting, the old question, “Do you have a light?” is increasingly being answered with a “no.” But lighters are great time savers.  People on TV rub sticks together to make fire … but trust us, it’s not as easy as they make it look.

Having a couple of lighters in your glove box or trunk could mean warmth and light in an emergency, and they sure beat sticks!

  1. Liquids

Water is heavy. A 20 gallon jug of water is going to affect your gas mileage. What’s more, in cold temperatures water will freeze and the container could crack. In searing heat, water left in a hot car gets rancid pretty quickly.

One workaround is bottled water — grab a couple medium-size bottles from the supermarket, and rotate them out when you go grocery shopping. Read More

Buying a Preowned Car? Here’s 5 Essential Tips

The words “used car” strike fear into some folks, but finding and buying a pre-owned car that’s reliable and suits your needs is easier than it seems. Before you sign on the dotted line, though, check out these five tips for navigating your way to the car that’s right for you.

1. Consider Your Others’ Experience

It’s easy to get excited when you see a decently priced 20-year-old BMW, especially if that particular model has always appealed to you. But have you ever driven a BMW? Let alone one that is several-decades old?

The older BMW might be a good buy, but if you don’t have any BMW experience, you might want to consider doing your research and asking around to friends and family who do have experience with BMWs. Also, do research online and read reviews to find out about common issues with that particular model.

Old BMW

2. The Price isn’t Always Right

Cheap cars are cheap for a reason. It cannot be stressed enough: there’s nothing more expensive than a cheap used car. In fact, when a car owner won’t budge much from their original asking price, there might be a good reason — it might be a good car.

Find out the general value of the model you’re looking for and don’t consider vehicles priced significantly below that benchmark as that’s how you end up with a lemon. Read More

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

Gas Gauge

Summer is just around the corner, and for most of is this means ROAD TRIPS!!!!

With the price of fuel these days, we are all trying to find ways to save a few bucks to make our summer road trips a bit more affordable while also doing our part to reduce our personal carbon footprint. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things you can do to help you get better summer gas mileage.

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7 Must-Have iPhone Apps to Rock Your Summer Road Trip

Google Maps App

Summer is coming! And that means that many of you are planning your summer vacation and weekend road trips. Whether that means a trip to the cabin, or camping or a jaunt to visit family, there are a few apps that we recommend installing on your iPhone to rock your next road trip.

As always, before taking off on a big road trip, be sure to bring your car into Searles to have it serviced  to avoid any inconvenient and preventable maintenance issues while you’re on the road.

So without further ado, here are our picks for the 7 must-have iPhone apps to rock your summer road trip: Read More

Car won’t start? How to jump start your vehicle

Car Battery Light

So you leave your house to go to work for an important meeting first thing in the morning. Or you’re excited and nervous on a Friday night as you head out to pick up your date for your first outing together. And your car won’t start! Nooooo! The absolute WORST timing! (Not that a dead car battery ever has good timing…) But all is not lost! Chances are, you can still make it on time if you know how to jump start your car!

Every driver should keep jumper cables in their car and know how to use them. So with this in mind, we are going to explain to you just how it’s done! Read More

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

heavy car keys

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