Drivers have little control over the rising cost of gasoline, but they can have some control over how efficiently their cars burn gasoline. A few simple maintenance steps will help stretch a gallon of gas further and cut down on how often you have to fill up the tank.
Use the Right Oil: Using the manufacturer’s recommended oil weight will reduce friction in the car’s engine so that it runs more smoothly. Using the wrong oil grade could gum up the engine somewhat so that gasoline is wasted because the engine has to work harder to keep the car running. Synthetic oil, in addition to allowing longer oil change intervals, can also reduce engine friction and save gas.
Keep Tires Inflated Properly: Tires that have too much air pressure or too little air pressure cause the car to burn more gasoline because they don’t grip the road the way they should (not to mention, improper pressures increase tire wear). Look for the recommended air pressure on the side of the tires at least once a week to make sure they are always inflated appropriately.Read More
According to the Toronto Star, more and more Canadians are taking advantage of parity with the US dollar to find a deal on a new or used car.
By some estimates, Canadians can save as little as a few hundred loonies buying across the boarder to as many several thousand – depending on the car.
Wheels.ca reported savings of nearly $10,000 when a Canadian purchased a Kia Sorento in the USA when compared to Canada. Other stories show savings of $5,000 on a used Porsche Cayman or no savings at all on some brand new economy cars like the Mazda 3.
Beware Warranty Issues
Warranty problems are becoming more and more common for Canadians who import. Toyota, for example, may not remove a US vehicle from their open recall list – even if the recall is performed in Canada. This type of manufacturer roadblock is only the tip of the iceberg – some manufacturers refuse to warranty vehicles purchased across the boarder.
Another issue for Canadians buying a vehicle in the US is the lack of special financing offers – in fact, most Canadian citizens are required to pay cash.
Still, the hassle of paperwork and border inspections can often be rewarded by thousands of loonies…so it might be worth the trouble. Just be sure to follow our instructions on how to import a car into Canada before you sign any paperwork.
It’s Easier Than You Think!
Many people are intimidated by the prospect of buying a car in the U.S. and bringing into Canada. Between the paperwork, the concerns about bureaucratic headaches, and general concerns about dealing with unfamiliar rules, the idea of importing a car can be discomforting.
But the plain truth is that buying the car from the dealership is harder than bringing it across the border. US dealers can be notoriously difficult to work with (sort of like Canadian auto dealers, eh?), and often times a US auto dealer will not accept standard forms of payment. If you’re willing to:
- Shop for a US vehicle online
- Contact US dealers to check availability and price
- Travel to the US to view the vehicle and
- Arrange for payment
Then you’re already willing to do more work than it takes to bring a car across Canada’s border. It really is much, much simpler than most people think.Read More