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How to Drive in Fall Construction

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 8:25 PM

The snow hasn’t fallen yet, and Winnipeg is still in construction season! Driving through construction zones in the fall has their own problems such as a change in speed limits or larger crews. Here are our tips to safe driving in Winnipeg construction zones. 

 

 Yellow Tractor

 

Cold Construction Workers 

The first difficulty in driving around constructions zones is that workers are getting colder. This is a difficulty because while workers are trying to find ways to keep warm, they may wear larger sweaters, or be standing closer to equipment to keep warm. It is especially important to watch out for construction working standing un unexpected places in the colder months. Use your sensors and mirrors to help you watch out for road workers. 

 Man Working on Road

Changes in Lanes 

Construction carries into the fall with a different kind of motivation. Road work is speeding up to finish on time, and many construction projects in Winnipeg plan to prepare for the snow in the fall. Lanes may change directions now that the focus has shifted. Keep your eyes peeled for lane changes and slow down. 

 

Speed Limits 

Along with lane changes, speed limits also change in the fall thanks to school zones. Remember to slow down to avoid fines. Just because the speed limit was fifty yesterday doesn’t mean it can’t be thirty today. Stay alert and read the signs. 

 

Creeping Critters 

Many animals start exploring new ways to find food in the fall which may lead to them crossing roads. Not only are you watching out for people, but deer, raccoons, and even wandering geese may be close by. Watch for moving things while driving in the fall, especially at dusk when animals tend to accidentally wander onto the road more often.  

Brown Deer Beside Road

Fall Uh-Ohs

Colder weather caused your vehicles to react differently than in the warmer months. The pothole you regularly drive over can cause issued if your vehicle is cold and stiff, or your conventional oil may not perform well in the cold. Don’t leave your vehicle out in the cold. Visit our service shop to keep your vehicle in top condition.

 

 

Do you have your own fall construction driving tips? Leave them in the comment section below! 

Common Car Questions

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 7:21 PM

As a car owner, we have lots of questions about the complicated machines we drive every day. Most of our common car questions are ones about everyday vehicle maintenance that we Google before asking anyone. At CROWN Auto Group, we make car ownership easy, which is why we want to help answer your car questions. 

 

 

Here is a list of common questions about the everyday use and maintenance of your vehicle. 

 

 

How Often Should I Check My Tire Pressure? 

Newer vehicles often have tire pressure sensors that alert you when your tire pressure is low. If your vehicle does not have tire pressure sensors you should check your tire pressure every month and after a tire change.  

Vehicle Tire 

 

 

What Does PSI Mean, and PSI Should My Tires Be? 

PSI means pounds per square inch. Tires are typically recommended to have a PSI of 32. This means your tire has 32 pounds per square inch. 

Each vehicle has its own recommended PSI which can be found on a sticker located on the inside of the driver’s side door. We recommend following your vehicle’s instructions. 

During your next visit to our Winnipeg service shop, ask your service advisor to show you how to check tire pressure, and where to find your vehicle’s PSI. 

 

How Often Should I Wash My Car? 

Wash your car weekly and detail it every three months to keep your vehicle in top condition.

 

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How Often Should I Check My Oil? 

You should check your oil levels every month. To do so, open your hood and locate the dipstick. Pull it out and look at the dipstick to see if your oil is clear and reaches the top line on the dipstick. 

 

 

 

 

What’s the Best Type of Gas To Use? 

The best fuel type for your vehicle is the recommended fuel type. Each vehicle’s engine has different requirements. Do not add premium gasoline to your vehicle if it is not recommended by the manufacturers.  

  

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Do you have more questions about your vehicle? Give us a call! 

 

What You Need to Do Before School

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Summer vacation is over and it’s time to get your vehicle back in shape for the daily commute. As a family-owned and operated business, we know that getting your kids in the car for school is not an easy task. Here are our tips on how to make the first ride to school easy.

 

Car Seats 

Now is the perfect excuse to adjust your child’s car seats before the snowfalls.  Weigh your child before checking your car seat’s weight restrictions to have the most up-to-date numbers. Reweigh your child in a month if your child is close to outgrowing their car seat to assure their comfort and safety. All straps should be adjusted snuggly and check for tears.

If you are having difficulty installing the car seat, there are experts in Winnipeg that can help you. The Winnipeg Fire Department no longer checks car seats so it is important to find someone who can do it safely is you are not confident in your installation job.

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Clean Car 

Children are messy. The back to school rush will increase the wear and tear on your vehicle regardless of if they eat in your car.

 

The morning rush can sometimes mean breakfast on the go. Kids LOVE eating in the car, but we don’t love their mess. Invest in spill-proof sippy cups and travel mugs for the family and keep a garbage can with a lid within arm’s reach. Keep a rechargeable vacuum and set of wipes on hand, just in case. It also couldn’t hurt to brush up on your first aid and CPR if your kids eat in the car more than once a month.

Backpacks, shoes, and zippers are all guilty of scratching your vehicle’s interior. We suggest installing an organizer to the back of the driver’s and front passenger’s seat to help protect your interior with the bonus of extra storage pockets. If your child is older and has a big kid backpack, hooks can be hung over the seat to hand their bag. If you have young children that can’t help pulling everything out of their backpack, keep their bags in the trunk. Our parts team can help you find the perfect solution to any storage issue you may be having. You can reach out to our team here to learn more.

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Vehicle Check-Up 

If you are taking your kids to daycare and school, your vehicle will probably be stopping and going more than it did before. During your next oil change, your advisor will tell you how much left you have on your brakes. If they need to be replaced, the sooner the better for driving in areas with kids. Lights, battery power, and overall safety mechanisms should also be regularly checked.

Fuel Up 

This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes filling up with kids in the car isn’t worth the hassle. If your children tend to get into trouble the moment you look away, consider filling up before you pick up your family or going to a full-service gas station. If all else fails, bribery is a good incentive.

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Happy back to school! If you aren’t sure your vehicle can make it through another school year, visit our service shop!

Tire Infinity and Beyond

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 at 7:26 PM

The world of wheels seems to have stopped turning to the average consumer’s eyes but new technologies are being discovered every day.

 

People have been trying to reinvent the wheel for centuries despite the popular expression. Some companies have invested heavily in blending today’s technology with one of man’s oldest inventions resulting in curious innovations. 

 

 

The first segment of new tires is what I am calling Moving Parts. Reinventing the wheel is no easy task but there are some new ideas rolling around. 

 

1) Airless Tires 

These tires are a dream come true for many drivers. Airless tires allow for tires to last longer without fearing of a puncture. Their unique shape also gives drivers an advantage when driving over uneven terrain. We can expect this type of tire to be used by avid off-roaders in the future. 

Some examples of airless tires in the works include the Airless Concept Tire from Bridgestone and the Puncture Proof Tire from Michelin 

 

 

FUN FACT: The Michelin Star system was created by French tire company Michelin Tires to rank restaurants. They guided motorists of which restaurants were worth driving to through a system of one to three stars. 

 

 

2) Omni Directional Tires 

Vehicle Mechanics stress the importance of rotating your tires to prevent uneven wear and tear, but this may no longer be a concern with these scale-like tires. A tire that can move by itself was invented by an Ontario man may be the key to improved mobility.  

 

These tires have individual moving parts that allows for it to move sideways. While these are still in a prototype phase, the public can expect the invention to inspire tires that can adjust to the road instead of your shocks doing all the work. 

 

 

3) Puncture Proof

Driving home only to discover you have a nail lodged in your tires is not only annoying, but also expensive. Tires made of tougher materials may not be the answer. Cycling companies have been investing in tires that are puncture-resistant and hopefully, the automotive industry will follow their lead. 

 

 

 

Smart Tires 

 

Computing technology has skyrocketed in the past thirty years, allowing for better communication. Vehicles have recently advanced in these fields, including tires.  

 

1) Retractable Studs  

Recently tires have been created to be able to sense the ice and deploy when are needed. These tires are still being tested, but they could save roads from unnecessary damage.

 

2) Sensors 

Tires with sensors are being developed where the tire can tell what the road conditions are like, read it back to the car, and adjust the tire itself to adapt to the changes. 

 

 

Eco  

 

The next step in tire tech is sustainable tire materials. Tires that are made from recycled materials are still not available, but many companies have been sourcing sustainable materials such as sugar cane. The growing movement of sustainable business practices in North America has also led to companies considering all aspects of their production, not just the material used.  

 

 

Recycled Tires 

The final stage for many tires is the dump. Millions of used tires can be found abandoned in dumps, but recent DIY and home improvement trends are changing the game. Old Tires are being repurposed into many things, not just an old tire swing in the backyard. 

 

Companies are shredding used tires to create new materials, such as softer playground surfaces or artificial turf called Crumb Rubber. Many communities are welcoming the re-tirement. 

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Pinterest’s DIY craze has also inspired new used for tires. From ottomans to planters, tires can have a new life in your home. 

 

These tires may not be available for years to come, but our tire experts can help you find the most advanced sets to fit your vehicle and driving conditions. Contact us to learn more!

Manitoba Public Insurance Direct Repair

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at 9:14 PM

Manitobans have heard of MPI Direct Repair but not many know what that means.

When someone gets into an accident, they need an MPI claim number to receive coverage from their repairs. This is where you find out if your vehicle is eligible for a Direct Repair.

 

Direct Repair means your does not need to visit an MPI Claim Centre. You can visit CROWN Autobody & Glass to have your vehicle inspected by our trained estimators.

When your vehicle goes through the Direct Repair process you need to bring in your vehicle and the claim number you were provided with from MPI.

 

Once you arrive for your appointment with CROWN Autobody & Glass you will be provided with a courtesy car for the day. Our team has a unique approach that finds all the damage, even the damage most estimators at the MPI Claim Centers miss because our team disassembles the whole vehicle to find any hidden damages, removing the element of surprise.

 

 

Once your vehicle has been inspected we know exactly what we need to repair and which parts your vehicle needs. There is no guesswork or hidden damages when you bring your vehicle to CROWN Autobody & Glass because they’ve already done the work.

Most of CROWN Autobody & Glass’s repairs are MPI Direct Repair Claims because of how quickly the team works.

Advantages of going to CROWN Autobody & Glass

  • Courtesy Car Provided for Inspections

  • Faster Repairs

  • Used Vehicle Manufacturer Parts

  • No Surprises – Complete Interior Inspections Done

  • I-CAR Gold Class Repair Location

 

 

Have more questions about the Direct Repair Process? Send them an email! info@crownautobody.ca 

A World of Roads

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at 7:05 PM

Since the invention of the automobile in 1886, the world has seen many different types of vehicles, but we often overlook the roads they have travelled on. Moving from buggy trails to GPS linked highways, here’s the latest technology the world is steering toward. 

 

Bicycle Lanes 

Before we drive right into it, you may have noticed that there are more and more bike lanes across the city. Neighbourhoods such as Downtown or the Exchange District have many different bike paths, often painted green, but as cycling becomes more popular, more bike lanes will be built in other neighbourhoods. It’s important to know how to share the road if you are driving beside a bike lane. 

 Gray Grass

 

Roundabouts 

I know what you’re thinking. Roundabouts aren’t new or exciting, but roundabouts are popping up all over Winnipeg and many people still see this as a new way to divert traffic. We all know how to use them, but expect roundabout to show up in unexpected places, moving from residential streets to Manitoban highways. This new type of road aversion is an easy way to move traffic instead of stopping it, getting you back to what you love doing the most, driving.  

 

 

Solar Power Lights 

Streetlights are going green! Winnipeg’s crosswalks and school zones are turning to solar power, but more cities are using solar or even wind power to energize their lights. These changes might seem minor, but they have a big impact on the environment. Keep an eye out for cleaner, greener initiatives on the roadways themselves. 

 

 

24/7 Construction 

Everyone knows what it feels like to get stuck in traffic, only to drive past and see no one is working on the road. Newly proposed plans to use 24/7 construction crews for nonstop road work will alleviate construction traffic and hopefully will mean roads will open sooner. 

 

 Yellow Payloader

 

Plastic Roads 

Roads are traditionally made from asphalt, but researchers are exploring new ways to create better roads. The most popular solution so far is to use our recycled plastics. It’s even been speculated that plastic roads could last longer because they are less suspectable to the freeze/melt cycle, unlike asphalt.  

 

 

Paint Progress 

Road Paints are constantly looking to be improved. Glow in the dark paint and paint that tells the temperature are all in the process of being tweaked, but the real issue is making the paint stay on the road. Our pavement goes through a lot of stress, but the paint fades away with the weather. New paint is being tested, but for now, roads still get repainted in the spring. 

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What’s Next? 

We know that autonomous driving is coming. The roads we travel today are not always in perfect condition and has unmarked twists and turns. As new technology emerges, we will start to see our roads adapt to the change. The question is, will our roads keep up with the new technology? 

 

 

 

Can your vehicle handle the drive? Visit us to keep up with all the changes on the road or to upgrade your ride.

Why Is My Car So Hot – and Other Summer Car Questions

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 8:12 PM

The summer months bring opportunities for new adventures with your vehicle, but along with that comes the heat. Enjoy the summer without melting away with these car care tips. 

 

 

 

Why is My Car So Hot Inside? 

Much like an oven, when the sun heats your vehicle there’s nowhere for the hot air to escape. The heat becomes trapped and intensified when there is no airflow. Within twenty minutes the inside of your car will become much hotter than the outside. 

 

To help prevent your vehicle from heating up, park in the shade and roll your windows down an inch if you are parked in a safe area. Windshield Sun Shades can protect your dash from sun damage if you regularly use them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is My A/C Blowing Hot Air? 

This could be from several things, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your A/C is “broken.” If this occurs only when you start your vehicle, this is because your vehicle is full of hot air. The easiest way to prevent this is to simply open your windows until you think most of the hot air has escaped and continue to use your air as normal. 

 

If this does not solve your problem, it could be due to electrical problems or a leak. Visit our service shop to have your A/C inspected if this could be the issue. 

 

Should I Roll the Windows Down or Use Air Conditioning? 

Driving down the highway with your windows rolled down may feel like a scene out of a movie, but it could be costing you more gas than you thought. 

 Car interior / Air conditioner

 

Opening the window creates drag. This will cause your vehicle to use more gas and power than it should. Your air conditioning will use less gas than your engine trying to keep up with the drag. 

 

It’s Not Cold, Why Did My Battery Die? 

Extreme temperatures wreak havoc on your battery, hot or cold. If your vehicle’s battery is having difficulty keeping up it’s time to bring it in for an inspection and possible replacement. 

 

 

How Did My Tires Get So Hot Parked in the Driveway? 

As you already know, you weren’t driving, yet your tires are hot. Newer tires have more rubber and tent to get hotter faster. Hot tires increase the chance of a blowout, so if you think the temperature is too hot for your vehicle to handle, stick to city driving at lower speeds. 

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Check your tire pressure every month to make sure it is between 32-35 psi. 

 

 

Can your car take the heat? Visit our service shop to find out! 

 

Canadians are Buying Cars Online

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 4:17 PM

The automotive software company, Dealersocket, says that 33% of consumers would like the opportunity to purchase cars online but how many people do it?

Online shopping has skyrocketed in the past five years, with Amazon going as far as creating an Amazon Key to unlock your vehicle and put the package in it for you. While this approach is a bit evasive, many consumers want as little to do with going into the store as possible.

Car shopping is traditionally done inside a car dealership with a salesperson but recent trends have shown people are more likely to do a large amount of vehicle research beforehand. Many consumers know exactly what they want and how much they are willing to pay before they even walk through the dealership’s doors.

Shoppers are familiar with browsing online stores or negotiating with people on Facebook Marketplace. When you are negotiating with a private seller, they may not be in the position to answer all your questions. When you speak to a dealership, they have large teams of experts to answer any question. Their expertise is not exclusive to in-person visits and is more than happy to answer questions over any platform, even Facebook!

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So the question is “why aren’t people buying their cars online?” This could be for one of two reasons.

The first reason most people don’t buy cars online is because of the high dollar amount. We all know the feeling of loading up your online shopping cart, only to be discouraged by the price. There is also the question of security. Is it safe to buy a car online?

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Because CROWN Mazda has a storefront, as a consumer you know we are a legitimate business. You can even view our Google reviews to read how others have experienced working with this dealership. As one of Winnipeg’s largest automotive groups, they are well established in their community. When it comes to the buying process, you still need to come to the dealership and pick your vehicle up. Just like with any vehicle purchase, you can always decide against purchasing. We ask that you still come in so you can make your deposit, but by picking out your vehicle online we can have everything ready for you when you come in for an easy car shopping experience. 

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The second reason people choose not to buy online is for tangible experience. Driving is the best part of car ownership. Sitting in the driver’s seat for the first time is a sensual experience for many people.

If you desire that connection with a vehicle before you take the leap and purchase, your test drive can even be set up online! Pick a time, date, and vehicle and our team will have everything ready for you when you walk through our doors. 

Winnipeg may not be ready to send wire transfers for a vehicle they just saw on Instagram, but our team is ready to make car ownership easy for you however you choose to do it. 

The Definite Guide of Vehicle Segments

By gabbyt | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 9:27 PM

With so many different vehicle segments it can be hard to decide which one is best for your lifestyle. Here is our quick guide on the six most commonly driven type of vehicles in Canada.

 

 

CARS

Subcompact 

These are the smallest of vehicle classes regularly found. Often described as “zippy” these little cars typically can’t transport much but have incredible gas mileage. These are often called student cars and are well suited for city driving. These are the least expensive vehicle segment to purchase. These are mostly found in hatchback styles but can be found as with two, three, or five doors.

Mid-Size 

Mid-Size or compact cars are what most people think of when picturing a car. They can comfortably fit five passengers and a small amount of luggage. These are available in a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, or five-door hatchback.

Full-Size 

These are the largest of the car segment. With plenty of legroom in the back and ample trunk space, this is the car for active people. Full-Sized sedans often have additional features.

 

 

SUVs

 

Crossover

You will start to see more and more crossovers on the road. Crossovers are winning the race contest over the once-popular hatchbacks. The higher elevation gives the driver (and their passengers) more visibility and legroom, along with even more road traction and cargo space.

 

 

Mid-Size SUV 

The mid-size SUV is by far the most popular vehicle segment for families and adult professionals. With a winning combination of enhanced safety features and plenty of cargo space, it’s a no-brainer choice for many. Mid-Size SUV’s are available with two or three-row seating and all have a hatch door.

 

 

Full-Size SUV

The adventurer’s SUV is here. Trucks are no longer the only way to off-road with many Full-Size SUV’s offering 4X4 packages. These are not only designed to transport a lot of stuff but to transport it anywhere you need it to go. There is typically a lot of unexpected power under the hoods of full-size SUVs. There are available with two or three rows of seating to give you max cargo space potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you decide to drive, CROWN Auto Group can help you find it! Talk to our team today!

 

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 5:15 PM

Carbon Monoxide is an odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas commonly released by gas-powered vehicles through the exhaust. While Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is uncommon, it can be very dangerous. Here are our tips to help prevent carbon monoxide or other gas poisonings at home in your garage.

 

 

1) Do not Run Vehicles with Doors Closed 

If you wish to start your car before you leave, open your garage door while running it.  

 

2) Open Your Garage Doors 

Our shops often keep their doors open during the warmer months. This allows for fresh air to enter the shop. Open your garage doors if you are using any hazardous goods or open flames. 

 Man Fixing Vehicle Engine

3) Purchase and Maintain Gas Alarms 

Look for alarms that can detect a vary of gasses. Carbon Monoxide is not the only gas that can be harmful. Place your alarms near appliances and away from windows or doors and test yearly. Batteries should be replaced every three to five years. 

 

 

3) Store Dangerous Goods in a Safe Location 

Dangerous Goods should be kept off the floor and away from foot traffic. Storage Cabinets are the safest way to keep these goods. Hazmat containers can be purchased, but all you need is to keep the goods out of the heat and out of reach. 

 

 

4) Install a Ventilation System 

Many people prefer to spend time in their garage working on various projects, but it is important to take precaution if it a regular pastime. Work with your garage doors open and run a ventilation system to give you provide you with fresh air. 

 

If you are working in your garage for long periods of time, let others know where you will be, and how long you intend to work. If possible, have someone check in with you every hour to assure you are safe. 

 

 

5) Do Not Charge Batteries Inside 

Many people are unaware of this, but batteries should never be charged inside the home or garage. Batteries can leak other types of gasses that can be dangerous to your health, as well as can overheat and cause a fire. 

 

 

6) Regular Inspections 

Vehicle inspections are important to keeping you safe from possible poisoning. Visit your shop to assure your vehicle is in good shape with no leaks. 

 

 

Car Fob

Remember: If you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, or vision problems, get into fresh air immediately.  

 

 

 

Is it time for a vehicle inspection? Book your appointment online!