(NC) It’s no wonder many Canadians are apprehensive about shopping for a new car or SUV. Owning a vehicle is often the second largest (and longest) financial investment we make next to real estate. That’s a lot of hard-earned dollars to spend on a single item, so it’s important to choose wisely.
To help navigate the buying process, Hyundai Canada wants Canadians to consider these three factors before heading to the dealership for a test drive:
(NC) Did you know the right tires can be easier on your wallet and the planet?
A portion of your car’s fuel is used up providing the energy required to propel your tires along the road. It’s known as rolling resistance. Premium tires that are properly inflated require less energy to operate –less rolling resistance – which makes cars more fuel-efficient. Lower rolling resistance also helps lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Tire manufacturers work hard to lower rolling resistance, but you can help, too. The key is keeping your tires inflated at their proper level. Under-inflated tires are less fuel-efficient, so be sure to fill your tires to the recommended inflation pressure. You can find that on a sticker inside your driver’s side door or in your car’s owner manual.
Greener tires through better materials and processes
You can impact how full your tires are, but there’s plenty that happens before those tires are on your car. Eighty-five per cent of a tire’s carbon footprint is generated during its use, but the other 15 per cent comes from the way tires are sourced and manufactured. If going green is important to you, be sure to do some research about those processes before you buy your next set of tires.
Some tire companies minimize or eliminate the use of harmful oils in their tire compounds. Others audit their suppliers to ensure their raw materials are sustainably sourced. Manufacturers such as Nokian Tyres are working work hard to reduce emissions in their production processes; the Scandinavian company reduced CO2 emissions at its factories by 38 per cent in 2018.
Hopefully this sound education about how tires impact the planet helps you select tires that are right for you and good for the environment.
NC) When it comes to buying a car, the first question that usually comes to mind is whether to buy a previously owned vehicle or something fresh off the lot.
With market trends closing the price gap between new and lightly used vehicles, and the ability to compare new and used side by side on marketplaces like Autotrader.ca, there are compelling reasons to buy new or used.
“For many car shoppers, this is the hardest question they’ll have to answer,” says Michael Bettencourt, managing editor of Autotrader.ca, Canada's most comprehensive automotive marketplace. “There is no one right answer, because it is based on each person’s unique needs, taking into consideration factors such as budget, lifestyle and personal taste.”
New cars offer important benefits, such as lower interest rates, reliable monthly payments and the ability to get exactly what you want, without any compromises on colour, accessories or add-ons. You’ll also get the added benefit of peace of mind with factory warranties, roadside assistance and the knowledge that you are the first and only owner.
On the other hand, buying a new car can cost more in the long run and depreciation – the biggest expense for car owners – will hurt the value of the vehicle as soon as it’s driven off the lot.
Buying used helps you save money by avoiding new car taxes and depreciation, because someone else has already taken on most of the initial depreciation costs. While the level of uncertainty that comes with buying used may keep some people away, you can shop with a certified pre-owned program to mitigate any unseen issues and an extended warranty can be added for a cost. If you’re buying used, it’s a good idea to complete a pre-purchase inspection to make sure you know what you’re signing on to before picking up the keys.
(NC) Spring has sprung and so have bad habits. This season, ditch your old ways and improve your car maintenance practices to avoid any that may be harming your vehicle.
Here are four bad habits OK Tire recommends changing to keep your car in tip-top shape:
Ditching these 4 habits will keep your car in great shape longer. Warmer weather also tends to bring more photo radar or speeding tickets.
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