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Three Things to Start Doing TODAY for Your Vehicle

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 7:24 PM

Are you thinking of trading in your vehicle someday? We do it every day at CROWN! These are the top three things you need to start doing TODAY to help us get you the most for your vehicle.

 

Take Care of the Little Things

          The chip in your windshield might not be a big deal, but fixing it before you come in could help improve the value of your trade-in. Little things like untwisting your seatbelts, defogging your headlights, or getting your trunk latch fixed show us you take care of your vehicle.

 

 

Red and Black Banner

 

“If you take good care of your vehicle it will show. Doing little things like washing your car every week, especially in the spring months when there’s salt still on the roads, will make a huge difference in the long run.”

– Garrett Krieg, Pre-Owned Car Manager

 

Regular Service Appointments and Their Documentation

          Keeping a binder of everything you’ve had done on your vehicle will give us a better understanding of what’s going on under the hood. If you service your vehicle at any of our CROWN locations, we will already have a record of this for you.

         Regular maintenance on your vehicle will improve its value and lengthen the lifetime of your vehicle. If you have any outstanding recalls on your vehicle get them fixed.

Pile of Folders

 

 

Drive to the Conditions

         We normally say this about bad weather, but road conditions play a part in this too. If you are an aggressive driver your vehicle will accumulate more wear and tear damage than most vehicles. Watch out for potholes, stick to the speed limit, and use the right tires to protect your vehicle.

 

Taking care of your vehicle is easy! If you are planning on trading in your vehicle, don’t forget to get it cleaned and detailed before your appraisal to get more for your vehicle.

An Adventurer’s Muddy Checklist

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 7:58 PM

          It’s no secret that Manitobans love off-roading! Off-roading is about experiencing nature with your vehicle, but in order to do it right, you must be prepared. We spoke with our CROWN off-roading specialist Matt Salaam about what he thinks every off-roader needs to have to be prepared.

Equip Yourself

         You must take care of yourself before you take care of others, which is why the first step to having a good off-roading experience is taking care of yourself. Here’s what you need before you go on an adventure:

First Aid Kit 

         Do not leave home without a first aid kit. Anything can happen when off-roading and you never know when you’ll need a Band-Aid!

A Map 

         Bringing a physical map may seem outdated, but you may not always have service in the areas you are travelling to. Make note of where you want to go, major landmarks, and if you are going with others, a clear meeting spot. Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.

Person Pointing on White Textile

 

 

Cell Phone and Battery Pack 

           Using your data will drain your phone’s battery. If you are planning on using your phone for most of the trip you will need a way to charge it. An extra battery pack will make sure your phone is fully charged. Keep in mind that there may not always be cell phone reception when you go off-roading.

A Good Pair of Boots 

           Anything can happen off-roading. That’s why you need a tall pair of rubber boots. An old pair of sneakers will be no help if you need to push your truck out of the mud.

 

 

Gumboots, Mud, Dirt, Wet, Rainboots, Wellies, Boots

Snacks! 

          Everyone’s favourite part of any road trip is the snacks. Bring enough to last you a couple of days with plenty of water just in case you are out longer than expected.

Tools for the Truck (or SUV) 

Recovery Gear 

           Recovery Gear is a kit that includes recovery ropes, shackles, and much more. You can purchase them as kits or create your own. Include a basic toolkit with your recovery gear.

          A winch with proper recovery points will make your experience much smoother if you have the means to install it on your vehicle.

Extra Fuel

            Off-Roading takes more fuel than you think! Always keep a jerry can or two on hand to fuel up.

 

Snorkel 

           Not only used for scuba diving, but this tool is also a must-have for off-roaders in the spring. Driving through water are no fun if you are worried about flooding your engine. This is also beneficial while driving through Winnipeg in pothole season…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traction Boards 

          Use this as a grip for your vehicle’s tires if it gets stuck in the mud, which is likely to happen when you go off-roading.

A Shovel 

If the recovery boards don’t work, you’ll have to dig yourself out.

A Spare Tire (or two) 

          A prepared off-roader always has a spare tire on hand. Tough terrain can stress your vehicle’s tires and it is difficult to give CAA instructions to you when you are in the middle of nowhere.

          All-terrain and mud tires are your best option when off-roading. Your all-season tires won’t quite cut it in difficult terrain. If at all possible, bring along a tire inflator and patches to repair on the go!

 

 

Now that you’re ready, go out and have fun! Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!

Spring Driving Tips

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Start enjoying the warmer weather and take your car on the drive it deserves! Spring is almost here and it’s time for our spring driving tips.

Here are some things to keep in mind about spring driving:

 

1) It’s Messy Out There

Spring is messy. Dirt builds up underneath and when the snow melts it makes its way onto the roads. Puddles and slush start building up, creating an easier way for your car to spread mud and dirt around. Your vehicle will start to collect dirt on and underneath it, possibly causing issues with rust.

Rust is created when salt and water are built upon your vehicle. Washing your vehicle once a week with undercarriage protection will help prevent your car from rusting out.

Empty Road

 

2) More Pedestrians

Warmer weather means more are people out and about Winnipeg. Watch out for kids playing on the streets or pedestrians trying to cross the roads. The roads will also see an increase in cyclists so be sure to share the road!

 

3) Potholes

Spring in Winnipeg is pothole season! Drive slowly and take your time on well-travelled roads. Other vehicles around you may be swerving to avoid potholes so be sure to watch out for other drivers.

Potholes can wreak havoc on vehicles – they can cause flat tires, alignment issues, and even autobody dents. Take note of any differences you feel while driving your vehicle and make sure to mention it to your technician.

person standing in front of body of water

 

4) Ice

Winnipeg’s snow has a habit of melting and then freezing overnight. Drive with extra caution at night and in the morning as they may be ice covered. Black ice season isn’t over until all the snow and ice have melted away for good.

Winter tires should remain on your vehicle until the temperatures are steadily above seven degrees Celsius. For Winnipeg this means mid-April but if you have studded tires they must be removed by May 1st.

 

5) Vehicle Maintenance

Warmer weather means your vehicle no longer needs to be plugged in and you can pack up your winter survival kit. Many vehicles require an oil change during the spring, depending on how often you drive it. Mention to your technician if you’ve noticed your vehicle pulling in one direction or if your tires are losing air quickly. This may be evidence of hitting a large pothole and your vehicle could require more attention.

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Have more spring tips? Leave them in the comment section below!

Things You’re Too Afraid to Google About Your Car

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 5:53 PM

Everyone has questions that they are too afraid to google. I’ve put together a list of the strangest things I’ve wondered about my car and finally decided to Google them and ask a real person.

 

 

Q: How Often Should I Wash My Car?

A: You need to clean the outside of your vehicle every week, and the interior only needs a good clean every three months if you keep up with taking out the trash and don’t spill anything. Try this Stain Removal Guide from the American Cleaning Institute or use the one below to tell you exactly how to remove even the strangest of stains.

 

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Q: Why does my car smell musty?

A: This means it’s time to change your air filters. You can do this yourself or you can request it during your next oil change.

 

Q) How many post-its do I need to cover a car? Rolls of Cling Wrap?

A: You need 4000 post-its or approximately 40 packs, size depending, and 3 rolls of cling wrap (or about 600 ft of the wrap.)

Several Assorted Pens

 

 

 

Q: How do I remove bird droppings that have baked on the car?

A: Spray Club soda onto the spot and rinse off. If it has been baking too long, it can damage the paint. I suggest that if birds frequent your vehicle to wax and seal your vehicle’s paint regularly.

Part 2:

Q: Why do birds keep pooping on my car?

A: If you are parking underneath trees or in areas close to a bird’s home, you are more susceptible to attract bird droppings. Avoid parking in areas where you see plenty of birds and park underneath a cover or in a garage.

 

Q: How do you hotwire a car?

Hotwiring cars are now a thing of the past. It is dangerous and damages the vehicle, while new vehicles are often too difficult to even attempt.

Blue Sedan on Snow at Daytime

 

 

Q: Is it safe to drive down a snow-covered hill in my car like the ones in commercials?

A: Unless you’re a professional driver with an ambulance waiting for you at the bottom, I suggest avoiding it at all costs.

 

Hopefully, these have answered some of your burning questions about your car. Remember that your service advisor is always ready to answer even the silliest of questions. They want you to feel confident in everything regarding your vehicle.

 

 

Have more questions? Leave them in the comment section below!

Pothole Problems

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 5:52 PM

The snow is melting, and potholes are popping across the city, but did you know that they can damage your vehicle?

 

 

person standing in front of body of water

Some of the potential damage includes:

 

– Flat Tires

– Damaged Bumpers

– Undercarriage Damage

– Cracked Rims

– Brake Stress

– Dented or Broken Exhaust

– Suspension Stress

– Wheel Misalignments

 

More damage could also come from other vehicles swerving to avoid the potholes or braking too hard before a pothole. Other drivers can become more dangerous than the potholes themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

“People come in all the time not realizing that the small pothole they drive over every day has affected how their vehicle performs.”

Ron Garcia, Service Manager

 

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Winnipeggers understand that potholes can be dangerous to their vehicles, but how can you keep from damaging your vehicle?

1) Avoid Them

If you know that a street is riddled with potholes find an alternative route. A pothole can’t damage your vehicle if you never encounter it.

2) Change Lanes

Change lanes while approaching potholes when it is safe. Do not swerve, but instead fully change lanes to avoid confusing other drivers and always signal your intent. Not only will this help your vehicle avoid further damage but gives other drivers a heads up about the pothole. If you find that all lanes are full of potholes, reduce your speed and stick to one lane.

3) Slow Down

Slow down if you are approaching a pothole. Slower speeds allow for your vehicle to react and autocorrect the stress of the sudden drop.

4) Keep Your Distance

Always leave at least two seconds of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. It is impossible to predict what other drivers will do.

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If you believe a pothole may have damaged your vehicle visit one of our service centerssooner rather than later. Smaller vehicle issues tend to turn into larger issues when left untreated.

Flooded With Problems

By gabbyt | Posted in Community, Did You Know on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 5:51 PM

Flooded With Problems

March 27th, 2019 by 

            Manitobans have been warned that flooding will be an issue this spring, including in Winnipeg. The Red River Valley has been affected by flooding before and experts predict that this flood will be like the one in 2009. While we may be focusing on our homes, our vehicles will need protecting too. 

 

“I didn’t think I’d have to worry about flooding when I moved here from India!”

Viral Patel, CROWN Auto Group Employee

 

Here’s how to prepare: 

 Person Riding a Bicycle during Rainy Day

 

Get to High Ground 

           If possible, park your vehicle on elevated ground. This may seem impossible in the flat prairies but look for areas where water is draining downwards. Avoid parking near ditches, beside other vehicles, or by trees.

 

Seal Your Vehicle 

           Close all doors, windows, and sunroofs. Check that your gas cap is fully closed, and the cover is clicked in place. 

 

Park It Outside 

           Do not park your vehicle in a garage or shelter if your area is expecting plenty of flooding. Water could wear down the walls and the building may collapse onto your vehicle, causing more damage to your vehicle than the flooding. 

 

 

Disconnect Your Battery 

            To avoid doing damage to your electrical, disconnect your battery. This small step could save you hundreds of dollars in damage claims. 

 

Closeup Photography of Tram Rail

 

Pay Up Your Insurance 

             While this may be an obvious one, make sure your MPI plan has everything you might need. Things to consider are if you live outside the city and need a vehicle to get to work, the cost of your deductible, and you don’t have any missed payments. 

 

Ziplock Your Car 

            Flood Guards are a great way to completely seal your vehicle. If you are willing to spend a little bit more, these large bags will seal your vehicle. 

 

 

After The Flood: 

                 Let your vehicle dry off completely before reconnecting the battery and starting it again. Make an appointment with an MPI Direct Repair Centre to assure your vehicle is in drivable condition. 

Annual General Meeting 2019

By gabbyt | Posted in Awards on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 5:50 PM

             Congratulations to everyone who won an award during our AGM! We would like to thank our entire CROWN family for a wonderful year and we look forward to seeing what 2019 will bring!

 

 

 

CROWN Awards:

 

 

CSR Award: Winnipeg Honda

 

 

 

WOW Award Winner: Hang Tae Jo

 

 

 

Top Sales Person: Dylan Foui

 

 

 

Dylan Foui Award:   Adam Cai

 

 

Sales Rookie of the Year:   Darryl De Leon

 

 

 

Fixed Rookie of the Year:   Joseph Montecillo

 

 

 

Top Technician:  Bum Joon Park

 

 

 

Top Auto Body Technician:   Vince Ma

 

 

 

Top Service Advisor:   Graham Loughrin

 

 

 

Top Parts Advisor:  Robert McLeod

 

 

 

Top Support Staff:  Jaime Lopez

 

 

Years of Service Awards

 

10 Years Dedicated Service Award

 

Addison Groth, CROWN Honda

 

 

Melissa Foui, Winnipeg Honda

 

 

 

Cai Chung, CROWN Detailing

Chris Lane, CROWN Acura

Jeremy Sturby, Winnipeg Honda

Alex Allard, BDC

 

 

 

Tyler Wrixon, CROWN Toyota

 

 

Corelei Masson, Winnipeg Honda

Doug Thorsteinson, CROWN Nissan

 

 

 

 

15 Years Dedicated Service Award

 

Dylan Foui, Winnipeg Honda

 

 

 

 

Mike King, Winnipeg Honda

Hamlin Bartel, CROWN Honda

 

 

 

 

Anthony Enns, CROWN Detailing

 

20 years Year Dedicated Service Award

Barbara Bernard, Accounting

Mazda Graduate Program

By gabbyt | Posted in Promotions on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 9:16 PM

         Calling all new graduates! Did you know that we have our own Mazda Graduate Program with special rebates? Mazda Canada wants to give you a rebate of up to $1000 on your down payment for your new Mazda. Wonder if you qualify?

Who Qualifies:

University: Undergraduate – Bachelor; or Post-Graduate – Master, Doctorate**; minimum length of the course must be three years.

Community College (outside Quebec): Diploma; minimum length of the course must be two years.

Cegep (Quebec only): Diploma of College Studies in technique; minimum length of the course must be three years.

 

You must have graduated between April 30, 2016, and April 30, 2019. Bring in a copy of your official transcript to Crown Mazda to qualify.

 

 

We Recommend the MAzda6. This sporty car was award as the Top Safety Pick from IIHS and has an available Turbo engine. Recent grads can get $500 off thanks to the Mazda Graduate Program. 

 

Win Your Mazda

By gabbyt | Posted in News on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 7:02 PM

           Fifty years ago, Canada was very different from the majestic country we are today. We still had a Trudeau as Prime Minister and our Canadian flag had just been reviled, but little did we know that our automobile culture was about to change.

          Fifty years ago, Mazda entered the Canadian driving scene. The Japanese car makers had some hurdles to overcome, such as learning how to drive on the right side of the road, but they did it. To celebrate all their milestones in Canada, Mazda is giving away 50 new Mazda’s across Canada.

 

          This contest runs from June 1st to August 31st. To qualify for Mazda’s “Win Your Mazda” you must either purchase a brand-new Mazda between June 1st to August 31st or pen an essay titled “The best thing about a summer drive.” Each month new winners are drawn at 12 p.m. EDT in Toronto, Ontario.

 

         After being contacted, the winners of the draw are invited to a photo op and are presented with the MSRP of their new Mazda.

           In true Canadian fashion, Mazda wants to thank their loyal customers for 50 years of Driving Passion and look forward to seeing what the next fifty years will bring them.

 

For full contest details visit Mazda Canada and check out your next Mazda at CrownMazda.ca

Bringing It All Together

By gabbyt | Posted in About Us on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:45 PM

             Service Advisor Aron Heide spent his childhood taking apart cars, and now as an adult, he’s dedicated to putting them back together. Raised in Winkler, Manitoba, Heide was made aware of the importance of a vehicle at a very young age. Heide and a friend would take apart the destroyed cars of his friend’s older brother for fun.

“I did what all young boys do. They play with stuff.”

 

Photo taken by Garden Valley Collegiate

               Once Heide began high school, he jumped at the chance to learn how to put a car back together. After graduating from Garden Valley Collegiate in a year that is best left unnamed, Heide ventured out to the big city: Winnipeg, Manitoba. This Modern Mennonite started attending classes at Red River College, graduating in 1981 as a Red Seal Technician. That same year, Heide and his wife bought their first home and a cabin in Hecla Island.

           After spending many years in the Auto Industry, Heide finally found his home at Crown Mazda as their Service Manager.

“I like it here. I like the company. I like what I do. I really like what I do.”

            Heide stepped down from as Service Manager in 2017 to spend more time with his family. As a father of three daughters grandfather to two boys, Heide has a very busy home life.

“I like to spoil my grandkids. And I get a lot of heck for it.”

            Heide enjoys his evenings either at his Hecla Island cabin or at home playing with his grandkids. The only engine work Heide does at home is for his grandson’s homemade jeep.

 

“I just piddle around with the small stuff.”

                      You find Hiede in Crown Mazda’s shop doing what he loves, working on cars. With retirement around the next corner, Heide says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. Heide is planning on taking “every opportunity” to spend more time with his family.

 

 

 

You can find Aron Heide in Crown Mazda’s shop or by Phone and Email.

 

Phone: (204) 594-9247

Email: Aron.Heide@crownmazda.ca