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June 2019

Popular European cars you don’t see in Canada

peugeot 208Popular European cars you don’t see in Canada

Here in Canada, we love our big vehicles; Ford F-series, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Rav4, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500 and more. But our European counterparts don’t share the same view of larger vehicles as we do. With space a serious issue in many European cities, smaller vehicles are easier and more practical on a day-to-day basis. So what cars are popular in Europe that aren’t so popular here, or that we don’t have at all? Here is our top list (data taken from best-selling-cars.com):

Volkswagen Polo

Nearly 300,000 VW Polos were sold in Europe in 2018 compared to…. 0 in Canada. Although the VW Golf is sold here, the Polo is not available in North America. Volkswagen have talked about the possibility of bringing the Polo over in the past, but it looks like there will be no change on that front in the near future.

volkswagen poloSkoda Octavia

Although the Octavia is a popular choice in Eastern Europe (223,352 sold in Europe in 2018), Skoda currently does not sell vehicles in North America. Again, there have been rumors about this changing, particularly if car sales continue to slow in Eastern Europe, but nothing concrete yet.

Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus

The Fiesta and Focus are currently available in Canada, but their sales here are nowhere near as impressive as Europe with around 476,000 sold there last year. In fact, Ford announced in 2018 that they are dropping the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus in North America as of 2020 in order to focus purely on trucks and SUVs.

ford focusPeugeot 208

The most popular Peugeot model has to be the 208 and 230,049 were sold in Europe in 2018. It was reported last year that Peugeot and Citroën were thinking of selling their cars back in Canada within the next 8-10 years, but with that goal so far away, it’s hard to tell whether it will actually happen.

Renault Clio

The Renault Clio outsold the Peugeot 208 in 2018 with 336,268 models sold. The Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 are, of course, the two top selling vehicles in France but unlike Peugeot, Renault has made it clear that they have no desire to come back to the North American market.

renault clioFiat 500 & Smart Car

Although we do have these two tiny cars in Canada, they are nowhere near as popular here as they are in Europe.  In fact, the Smart Car will soon be disappearing from the North American market altogether. The micro-car market has been declining in North America, and larger vehicles such as SUVs have been dominating the market meaning that the Fiat 500 is also in danger of leaving North America.

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Obvi’s Top 5 Road Trips in Western Canada

obviroadtripObvi’s Top 5 Road Trips in Western Canada

As a Calgary based company, we love getting out of the city on road trips! When we’re not working hard you can often find our team in the mountains biking, hiking, or relaxing at one of the hot springs. Looking for some inspiration for your next road trip? Here are Obvi’s Top 5 Road Trips in Western Canada.

Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway is considered one of the best drives in the world and connects Banff to Jasper. There are plenty of places to stop off on the way from lakes to glaciers and waterfalls. Our favorite things to see are turquoise Peyto Lake (you can get the best view from Bow Summit) and the glaciers at Columbia Icefields.

peyto lake

Peyto Lake

Sea to Sky Highway

Connecting Vancouver to Whistler, the Sea to Sky Highway is spectacular. Driving straight through takes about 1.5 – 2 hours, but there are plenty of awesome things to see and do on the way. One of the coolest things is the gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The route is 4.4km long and over 400m above the ground, and although it’s not guaranteed there are often sightings of numerous bears below you.

Vancouver Island

A trip to Vancouver wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t go to Vancouver Island, and a road trip is a brilliant way to explore and see what the island has to offer. For the most epic trip, spend a week or so on the island and follow the Heritage Discovery Circle Route on the East Coast from Victoria to Port Hardy. Explore everything in-between and with plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and see wildlife, you’ll have a great time.

Trans-Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada Highway is a ridiculously long road running all the way across Canada, but our favorite part is between Lake Louise and Banff.  Coming from Calgary, we like to start in Banff and make our way slowly to Lake Louise, stopping off on the way to enjoy the scenery.

Once there, you can do a hike from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes Tea House (open from June to October) and enjoy the breath-taking view. Return back along the Trans-Canada highway and spend some time in Banff – maybe even head up Sulphur Mountain if you’re feeling adventurous or if you’re looking to chill, take a dip in the hot springs.

lake louise

Lake Louise

Drumheller and the Badlands

Drumheller is famous for the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, about 135km away from Calgary. The area around Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the richest place in the world in terms of dinosaur fossils, and this museum has a humongous collection. In fact, most of the 130,000+ fossils aren’t even on display and are behind the scenes, meaning that paleontologists from all over the world come to Drumheller to see specific fossils.

But another great thing about Drumheller is the Badlands; this spectacular area where the dinosaurs used to roam is an awesome destination when on a road trip. The hoodoos (a certain geological structure) seem unreal, and it’s an amazing place to explore and take photos.

Did we miss your favorite road trip spot? Send us a note and let us know where yours is!

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Where to buy extended warranty for a used car?

buy warranty for used carWhere to buy extended warranty for a used car?

Have a used car? Thinking about purchasing one but not sure where to buy the warranty for your used car? You have a few options for buying an extended warranty for a used car in Western Canada.

  • Buying from the dealership

When you purchase a vehicle from the dealership, you are likely to be offered extended warranty (or even Gap Insurance). There are several things to consider when being offered extended warranty at the dealership. This can be an expensive way of buying extended warranty coverage for your used car because of the layers of commissions built in. You should also consider who the actual warranty provider is. You may like your dealership but is that who will be approving any warranty claims? In most cases it isn’t.

The finance office may also suggest the cost of extended warranty is rolled into your monthly payments. This can hide the total cost of the warranty and mean you are not paying a fair price. Even if you do end up paying in monthly installments, it’s clearer to see the total price first and then you can decide if you want to pay it upfront or monthly. Without the total price, it can be confusing and unclear, and you could end up paying more than you expected.

  • Buying online

Instead of going through the dealer, you can now go online direct with Obvi.ca.

Buying warranty for a used car online means several things; you can take time to do your research, you don’t have sales pressure because you can do it online from home, and you get a fairer price by cutting out multiple layers of sales commission. Obvi understands that consumers deserve a fair price, and they also deserve to understand exactly what they are paying for, which is why we strive to be transparent and have an easy-to-understand, simply worded policy.

Going online doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice customer service. Obvi strives to bring some of the best customer service to you by making experts available through online chat, phone, and email, whichever is most convenient for you. Obvi is also with you from purchase to claims so you always know who you are dealing with.

Should I buy a warranty for my used car?

There are several things you might want to think about when deciding whether to buy extended warranty for your used car.

1) How old is your vehicle?

Manufacturer’s warranties generally cover the first 3 – 5 years of a vehicle’s life so you will want to check your make and model’s coverage out first. Not every vehicle on the road is eligible for extended warranty when it is used so be sure to check the various coverage options available.

 2) Is your car used?

Used cars are more affordable to purchase but you may not know how the previous owner treated the vehicle. For example, was the vehicle always properly maintained? What kind of a driver were they? You may find extended warranty is worth it because you cannot predict when you might need expensive car repairs and if the price and coverage are reasonable you can be covered for a long time.

 3) Do you worry about the cost of car repairs?

The cost of car repairs can be a big issue and having a sudden and unexpected bill could put you in a difficult financial situation. If this is a concern, then an extended warranty policy might be for you.

Find out more on our extended warranty page or get an instant quote.