Author Archives: Lorraine

Appreciate the power you have to defeat depreciation

There are ways to get your full money back if your car is a write-off in a crash Originally published February 13, 2017 Dilemma of the week: A reader got rear-ended and was deemed not at fault. The car, a … Continue reading

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Alongside Trump, Uber feeling the fallout of its policies

Twitter campaign #DeleteUber a sign that the company took a step too far by taking advantage of demonstration Originally published January 31, 2017 If the 45th president of the U.S. decides to adopt another kid, he might as well make … Continue reading

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A car horn is for safety, so don’t try to bully me

The solution to bad honking? Limit every driver to 100 in a lifetime – if it’s possible Originally published January 30, 2017 For any car in Canada to be street legal, it has to have a horn. It’s a fact … Continue reading

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Zipper merging may be frustrating, but it works

Turns out those people who race right to the end of the merge lane are helping traffic run smoother Originally published January 23, 2017 Zipper merging will never happen until we have autonomous cars. People just hate total strangers too … Continue reading

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Passing along a car in the family isn’t just kid’s play

“Free gift” isn’t so free after the paperwork, vehicle testing and insurance Originally published January 16, 2017 Thinking of giving a vehicle to your niece? Maybe grandma has announced she’s hanging up the keys and is ready to let her … Continue reading

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Gas prices bring plenty of complaints but little change from consumers

Drivers still opting for larger trucks and SUVs despite climbing fuel prices Originally posted January 9, 2017 If I’m asked for advice about buying a car, I offer up one suggestion first and foremost: buy the car based on the … Continue reading

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Car safety systems still can’t replace a competent driver

Electronic safeguards such as automatic emergency braking do help, but they can’t be relied on in every situation Originally published January 2, 2017 I reported recently on Aviva Canada’s decision to lop fifteen per cent from the car insurance rates … Continue reading

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Ten achievable New Year’s resolutions — for your car

Here are a few things you can commit to achieving with your car in 2017 Originally posted January 4, 2016 Go on a diet; get in better shape; stop smoking. Typical New Year’s resolutions destined, of course, to the rubbish … Continue reading

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Emissions regulation slips through the cracks when it comes to recalls

Luckily, Bill S-2 proposes some changes that can fix a few of the holes – some, but not all Originally published December 19, 2016 If there are outstanding recalls on your car that pertain to its emissions systems, you won’t … Continue reading

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Proposed bill aims to give Canada teeth when it comes to recalls

Country currently relies on the U.S. for recall governance, but Bill S-2 would let Canada force automakers to comply Originally published on December 12, 2016 There are millions of cars on the road with open recalls on them, work unperformed … Continue reading

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