Author Archives: Lorraine

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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Mastering the not-so-festive dance of Christmas mall parking

No one likes to be there, but these tips can make finding a spot a bit more tolerable for everyone Originally published December 5, 2016 Decorations are up and Christmas music is playing in almost every store you visit; yup, … Continue reading

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Planning for your retirement – from driving

With our skills diminishing as we get older, being proactive will put the decision in your hands, not those of someone else Originally published November 28, 2016 Have you planned for your retirement from driving? Not as crazy as it … Continue reading

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Teaching (and learning) the art of the manual gearbox

Patience is the key, no matter what seat you’re in Originally published November 21, 2016 (with video) There has been a steady, notable decline in young people bothering to get driver’s licences. That’s a fact bolstered by insurance surveys as … Continue reading

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Don’t persecute the tinkerers, celebrate them

Do they make your neighbourhood ugly? Maybe, but they also make everything work again Originally published November 14, 2016 Sometimes people work from home. Maybe you have no idea this is so, if it’s someone like me who quietly types … Continue reading

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