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Interesting Canadian Car Related Facts

Love cars? So do we. Here are some interesting facts related to vehicles in Canada just for you.

Stolen vehicles

CBC news reported in December 2018 that car theft is up in Canada by 6% with some provinces effected more than others. And interestingly, the most stolen car is the Ford F-350 with 8 different versions in the top 10 stolen cars.  

In 2017, 85,000 vehicles were reported as stolen in Canada. Stolen Canadian vehicles end up being smuggled into countries such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Belgium, Germany, and Italy.

Accidents

It is estimated that there are 160,000 car accidents every year in Canada.  Over $1 million worth of vehicle damage is caused by moose related car accidents each year.

canadian car factsSnow removal

A large portion of city budgets goes towards snow removal each year, but one Canadian city spends more than the others. Montreal has half the population of Toronto but ends up spending double (about $155 million) on snow removal each year.

Left or right?

Driving in Canada was mixed in the provinces with being left or right sided until 1947 when Newfoundland made the final switch to the right-hand side. The differences occurred because of having both the British (left) and French (right) influences. The right-hand side was seen as preferable because driving is on the right in the US and therefore the border changes would have become an issue if Canada continued to drive on the left.

Most popular vehicles

The best-selling vehicles in Canada in 2018 were the Ford F-series, Ram 1500 and Honda Civic. The Canadian vehicle market is leaning increasingly more towards SUVs and pick-up trucks, and small vehicles such as the Fiat 500 and Smart Car will soon be disappearing.

interesting facts carsVehicle production

In 2016, 1.3 million vehicles were produced in Canada. Canada contributes 13% of all vehicles produced in North America and is the 10th leading vehicle producer in the world.

Winter tires

Quebec is the only province where it is legally mandatory to have winter tires between December 15th to March 15th. It isn’t legally mandatory across the entirety of British Columbia, but there are some places particularly in mountainous areas where winter tires are also required.

Although Canada is one of the coldest countries in the world, it is surprising that winter tires are not required by law. In Germany, the rules regarding winter tires have recently been tightened and Germans know that they should ideally have winter tires on from October to Easter. If they are caught without them and there is snow or ice, or if they are involved in an accident, they have to pay a special fine.

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Guest Blog: Factors to Consider When Buying a Used Car

Factors to Consider When Buying a Used Car

A pre-owned vehicle can be a smart option when you want to purchase a decent ride without breaking the bank. New vehicles depreciate very quickly; according to wheels.ca, in the first few years of ownership, it can be more than a dollar an hour that gets pumped out of the car. 

Factors to Consider When Buying a Used Car

While used cars are a sensible option, there are still many things you need to consider before making a decision. The process can be confusing and stressful at times. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a car expert to get a good deal. Here’s what to pay attention to when buying a used vehicle.

The History of the Vehicle

One of the first steps of buying a used vehicle is learning its history. When purchasing a c, the dealer or owner may not provide you with all the information about the car. A VIN(vehicle identification number) check uncovers critical details about the car’s past and enables you to spot any red flags. 

A full VIN report helps you to know whether the vehicle has been involved in any accidents, has ever been extensively damaged, has a junk title, has changed hands many times before or it was recently recalled due to safety issues. The information revealed by a VIN check has the potential to sway your purchasing decision. Sites like VINCheck.info offer free, fast, and reliable online VIN lookup services.

The Exterior and Interior Condition

The outward appearance of a vehicle can tell you much about its condition. To get the perfect view, park the car on level ground. This will help you to see whether all parts are even and no side is sagging. On the exterior, start by inspecting the paint for dents and bends as they may indicate traumas that the car has previously suffered. Also check the tires, trunk, the exhaust, and the hood for signs of rust or any form of damage.

The next step is to check the interior of the vehicle. Sit on the driver’s seat and look at all dashboard components to ensure they are functioning. Also, ensure all the seats are adjustable. Check around for tears on the upholstery, and test the air conditioning, lights, wipers, and signals. To further protect yourself, bring along a certified mechanic to check whether the car is mechanically sound, as noted in The Guardian.    

The Results of a Test Drive

If the exterior and interior of the car are perfect, the next step is to go for a test drive. If possible, do the test drive in conditions that reflect those of your day-to-day driving. Preferably a busy road where you can test all the vehicle’s components in a real-life situation. Take note of how long the car takes to start, the effectiveness of the brakes, strange noises, vibrations, burning smells, and how the car responds to different actions. 

The Warranty

Factors to Consider When Buying a Used CarSome drivers view pre-owned cars as unpredictable, and decide they would like an extended  warranty in case they have car repairs. It helps lighten future financial burdens when your vehicle needs repair, as noted in a Forbes article. Find out more about extended warranty online in Canada with Obvi or get an instant quote

Final Thoughts

When scouting for a pre-owned vehicle, it’s essential you take your time and equip yourself with the right information. Start by checking the car’s history, performing a detailed inspection, and taking a test drive. These steps will help you decide whether to pull off with the deal, negotiate, or walk away.

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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