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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Alberta Fines and Demerits
Driving even a little too fast in Alberta can have unpleasant consequences.
Yes, it’s true that sometimes we can be in a little too much of a hurry, and it’s easy to press on the gas pedal a little harder, or to simply get preoccupied or distracted and miss noting the speed limit, only to be startled by the flashing lights; either red and blue ones or the flash of camera.
If you are a driver in Alberta and commute any distance regularly, there is a good chance that you may be tempted to try and pick up the speed and arrive at your destination sooner.
Driving over the speed limit is considered reckless driving, since the limit is put there to limit speeds to what is considered 'safe' for that area or location.
In 2016, Alberta Transportation Traffic Collision Statistics reported that,
“Nearly one quarter (23.8%) of drivers in fatal collisions were reported as traveling at an unsafe speed compared to 7.7% in injury collisions. Collisions involving these 1,194 drivers resulted in 72 fatalities and 1,699 injuries.”
A Few Things to Remember
In addition to receiving a ticket, getting fined can have adverse effects on your Alberta Auto Insurance rates. When an insurance company determines your rates, a number of are looked at, including how many tickets you have received, how long you have been driving, the type of offence and how fast you were driving over the speed limit.
Alberta speeding tickets will remain on your driving record for three years from the date you are convicted. Photo radar tickets do not have any demerit points associated to them.
Demerits for Alberta Speeding Offences:
Speeding ticket fines in Alberta:
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More Than 18 Million In Tickets On The Way to Driver's in Edmonton and Calgary
Our Founder and CEO talk with Global News about the massive traffic ticket backlog on the way to drivers in Edmonton and Calgary.
More Than $1.8 Million In Ticket Discounts Available To Drivers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 28, 2018
Calgary, Alberta: Pending fears of a Canada Post work stoppage, both Edmonton and Calgary decided to stop mailing photo radar and red light camera tickets. This created a massive backlog of more than 120,000 tickets.
According to the Alberta Government, “Because of potential and actual postal service interruptions, the mailing of photo enforcement tickets was suspended from September 20 to December 3, 2018 by many law enforcement agencies to ensure service of violation tickets by mail would be legally valid.”
Drivers, already in the annual post-holiday money crunch, are now receiving tickets from as far back as September. Rooco Founder and CEO, Andrew Ashton, talks about how Rooco can help you save money on your ticket. “Rooco is Canada’s first traffic ticket sharing app. We guarantee anyone who pays their ticket at Rooco.ca saves 10-15% off the fine amount. There’s no line-ups, fees or service charges to worry about and you can do it all from your phone or computer in less than 90 seconds.”
Ashton, on Rooco helping people save more than $1.8 Million on outstanding traffic tickets. “January brings a new year and a fresh start, after a hectic and expensive holiday season. Most people don’t set money aside to pay a photo radar or red light camera ticket, so that money comes directly off the bottom line of their budget. Being able to save fifty or even twenty dollars, goes a long way this time of year.”
About Rooco: Rooco Limited, is a Calgary, Alberta based tech startup that developed Canada’s first traffic ticket sharing app. Pay your ticket with Rooco and you’re guaranteed to pay for 10-15% less than the fine amount. Rooco.ca is a web application, so there is no app to download. It uses technology to help select tickets with a higher likelihood of being reduced, and passes that onto each customer. Regardless of what happens on any individual ticket, nobody ever pays more than the initial discounted amount. Rooco is accepting tickets from Calgary and Edmonton, but plans to add more cities throughout 2019.
More than 104,000 tickets are on the way to Edmonton drivers alone.
The senate has approved back to work legislation for striking Canada Post workers. This will help to clear a massive backlog of more than a million pieces of mail.
Both the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary put in reactive measures to deal with the Canada Post work stoppages.
The City of Edmonton, stopped sending all photo radar and red light camera ticket notices as of September 20, 2018. According to city officials there are now more than 104,000 violation notices that will be mailed to drivers.
In Calgary, photo radar and red light camera tickets are issued by the Calgary Police Service (CPS). As of September 20th, 2018 CPS received authorization to individually serve all violation notices. So some drivers were still receiving tickets it was just a much slower pace.
Both cities are now facing a massive backlog of outstanding violation tickets.
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We're adding new features to help make Rooco better
There's a lot of exciting changes coming to Rooco, not only are we looking at expanding to more cities but we're constantly looking to improve the function and features of both our website and web app.
Facebook Messenger Rooco Support
There's now one more way to get in touch with Rooco Support, Facebook Messenger. Our goal has always been to make contacting support as effortless as possible, this is one more way we are showing our commitment to customer support.
We've also updated our Rooco Support phone number to a toll free number. You can reach us at 1.888.294.8699.
Account Login and Ticket Updates
We are adding User Accounts to our web app. This will allow you to login, submit tickets and view the status of your tickets.
Have another idea of how we can make Rooco better? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you.
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We're updating the look, feel and functionality of Rooco's web app and services to better meet the needs of our fantastic customers.
We've received a huge amount of feedback and we can't wait to make these improvements. Everything we're doing is to help serve you better.
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Tech Startup Rooco, Lets Calgary Driver’s Save Money on Their Traffic Tickets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 21, 2018
Adam Ashton, Co-Founder and COO
Rooco - Your Ticket #GoneIn90Seconds
Ticketed Calgary Drivers Quick To Embrace Fine-Sharing Startup
Tech Startup Rooco, Lets Calgary Driver’s Save Money on Their Traffic Tickets
Calgary, Alberta: Rooco Limited, a Calgary based tech startup, launched in Calgary on June 1, 2018 and drivers in Calgary have quickly shown they love being part of the fine-sharing community. Anyone that pays their traffic ticket with Rooco is guaranteed to save 10-15% off the fine amount.
On why the people of Calgary have embraced Rooco and it’s fine-sharing concept, the company's Co-Founder and COO, Adam Ashton said “Calgary is known as a progressive city that welcomes new opportunities but I think it’s sometimes overshadowed by some other Canadian cities as the tech hub that it is. The people of Calgary love technology, you see that with some of the other companies gravitating to Calgary, and it’s clear for us, in the way they’ve quickly turned to Rooco to pay their traffic tickets.”
Adam talks about what types of tickets are most common to Rooco from Calgary drivers, “ Most of the tickets we see from Calgary are photo radar and red light camera tickets. These are a ticket issued to the registered owner, not necessarily the driver of the vehicle, so there are no demerits attached to the fine amount. People are happy to get the Rooco discount on these types of tickets and avoid all the hassles that come with taking a day to go to court.”
About Rooco: Rooco Limited, is a Calgary, Alberta based tech startup that allows people to pay their traffic tickets right from their smartphone, for 10-15% less than the fine amount on the ticket. Rooco.ca is a web application, so there is no app to download. It uses built-in technology along with a high volume of tickets to help find the ones that can be reduced and passes that onto each customer that pays their ticket with Rooco. Regardless of what the outcome is on any individual ticket, all the customer ever pays, is the initial discounted amount.
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