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Is it safe to keep a container of gasoline in my trunk?

03 Oct 17
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I don’t worry about running out of gas since I keep a container of gas inside my vehicle and minivan. At the car, it’s in the trunk. I make sure that there’s no gas on the outside of it. My 14-year-old son says it is dumb — and an explosion waiting to happen. — Kevin, Airdrie, Alta.

Odds are, maintaining gas in your vehicle could end up being a fairly bright idea. Yep, we mean glowing as in fire.

“It is not safe. It’s not recommended,” said Carol Henke, spokeswoman for the Calgary Fire Department. “If the lid isn’t tight or if there is any escape, the fumes can escape and if they reach a certain concentration any heat source may cause them to ignite.”

And even if the fumes do not find a spark — from wiring or static power — you should not be them in.

“The fumes and vapours can make a driver light-headed and nauseous,” Lewis Smith, director, national projects with the Canada Safety Council, said in an email. ” [Jerry cans] should always be saved in well-ventilated locations, which rules out the passenger cabin of vehicles for obvious reasons.”

Just as there are still That static could , there is a long list of warnings on the sides of fresh Jerry cans, such as “keep out of reach of children and direct sunlight,” “shop in a well ventilated place” and “don’t store in home or automobile.”

Leaks inevitable?

There is a difference between carrying a gasoline can inside the cottage or trunk — for example, when shooting the can home from the gas station so that you can fill up your lawnmower — and keeping it all the time. Even if you’re sure the can’s lid is cozy, vapour can still get out.

“Plastic gas containers are designed for short periods of transport for flammable liquids, not for storage in confined spaces,” Maya Filipovic, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services spokeswoman, said in an email. “As temperature increases, gas expands, and so as to equalize the pressure, the container could discharge pressure by allowing gas vapour to escape{}”

That identical expansion occurs in your car’s gas tank, but it is intended to discharge the vapours safely to the outside, Filipovic said. And, unlike that plastic Jerry can sitting in your back, your car’s gas tank is protected from static and electric sources.

While fire department could point us to certain cases of vehicle fires caused by a Jerry can, the threat of fumes When a backyard shed exploded from the U.K. this summer. Researchers believe a faulty fluorescent light ignited fumes from containers and garden equipment.

“To make a potentially explosive atmosphere, there simply has to be a little bit of gas vapour present, no more than 1.4 percent,” Jamie Lister, West Yorkshire fire investigation officer, told reporters.

Unlawful to take unleaded?

Both Calgary and Edmonton Fire stated they were not aware of a provincial law against carrying a container of petrol in a car.

Gas is covered under Ottawa’s .

“It is essential that drivers understand that gas is dangerous and has to be transported safely,” Julie Leroux, Transport Canada spokeswoman, said in an email. “Gasoline must maintain one or more small containers designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there’ll be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety.”

The penalties could be $500 to $800. You need to use approved containers no two-litre soda bottles.

You’re permitted to continue to 150 kg of gas, so long as every container weighs 30 kg or less.

Better alternatives?

The Canada Safety Council does not advocate keeping gas inside your car or truck. So what is left?

“Preventing a [Jerry can] into a roof rack can be a possibility, but given the relative weight of the fuel it is important not to overload the car and throw off its center of gravity,” Smith said. “The roof-rack solution also includes the additional concern of a loose could flying off at highway speeds — clearly less than perfect.”

For those who have a truck, you can safely maintain a gas container at the bed of the pickup. And, for those who have an SUV, you can find a metal Jerry can mount installed on the rear of your car or truck.

“Ideally, gas should be kept at room temperature and away from heat sources [such as the sun],” Smith said.

When you are filling up a container, then take it from your car or truck. It has to come into contact with the floor to be able to eliminate any possibility of static electricity igniting fuel vapours.

And leave some space in the can. “They shouldn’t be filled to the brim, as gas can expand,” Smith said.

Better yet? Do not run out of gasoline. Be certain that you fill up early, particularly if you’re on a long road trip — do not test that number that reveals the amount of kilometres you have left in your tank.

“There could be extenuating circumstances where there are no gas stations, but on most highways in Canada, that is not true,” Calgary Fire’s Henke said.

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Why can not Canadians show police evidence of insurance on their phone?

26 Sep 17
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We just moved to Surrey from San Diego, and I was amazed when the insurance guy here said ICBC does not allow you to reveal police your insurance information with a program, like we could in California. Is that true? It sounds kind of backward. — Ron, Surrey, B.C.

Even in British Columbia, you still must keep loads of paper in your glove compartment.

“You must legally take the first or unaltered photocopy of the owner’s certificate of insurance and vehicle licence from the automobile while it’s operated,” said Lindsay Olsen, spokeswoman for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

You will need the paperwork even though, in B.C., your license plate stickers demonstrate that you are insured for the year.

And, no, there is no app for it. Olsen said that there are “no immediate plans” to allow drivers to take evidence of insurance on their own phones.

At the moment, no state allows electronic evidence of insurance if you are pulled over — but 46 U.S. states do.

“It is all about convenience,” said Alex Hageli with the (PCI), a business group that encouraged the laws. “I’ve heard countless stories about how people got pulled over and they realize, ‘Oh, this is expired’ or ‘I have three cards, and they are all older than three months, so I will find a ticket.'”

Connecticut, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. do not yet allow it. Massachusetts does not require evidence of insurance and New Hampshire .

In its , Ontario announced it would allow digital evidence of insurance and require insurance companies to give discounts to customers who opt for it, but no date was set, and the state is still trying to work out how it will work, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) stated in an e-mail announcement.

“Electronics cards would enable drivers to verify their proof of insurance via their mobile device, rather than the present paper pink cards issued by insurers,” stated FSCO spokesman Malon Edwards. “However, drivers would continue to be responsible for confirming their proof of insurance, either electronically or with a paper copy, upon request{}”

We checked with other states, and no one else has immediate plans in the works.

Slips sliding off?

In Canada, the insurance industry says clients are asking to eliminate paper.

“Especially with the dilemma of identity theft, leaving private documents within the car is not the best thing to do,” said Pete Karageorgos, manager of Ontario consumer and business relations with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Can it also cut costs for insurance companies?

“You gotta recall, from the insurer’s perspective, they might need to administer unique lists because not all people will want to receive it {}” Karageorgos said. “There might be a cost to doing both simultaneously.”

So, should you carry your license on the telephone, will you still require a paper backup?

In the USA, a paper backup is recommended but not mandatory. Rather, states require that you carry either an electronic copy or a paper copy.

“There was some discussion of requiring both, but that would have defeated the purpose,” Hageli stated.

This works in practice can vary. Some companies provide apps. Others allow you to click on an email to set your insurance card into your smartphone’s wallet, together with your credit cards, frequent flyer cards and concert tickets.

“So if I am driving in the middle of nowhere without a reception, I am still able to get my e-card,” Hageli stated. “Theoretically, you can print something out or simply have a photo of your card on the internet and that is good enough.”

Privacy risks?

But there are concerns: Authorities were worried that if a motorist reaches into his pocket to catch a telephone, officers might think he’s a gun, Hageli stated.

And what happens to your telephone if officers take it to the squad car to test it? Could they access your surfing history, personal texts and e-mails? Should they fall your phone or scrape it, could you sue?

If you are using a card on your iPhone’s wallet, by way of instance, you can put your telephone so only the wallet can be obtained while the phone’s locked, preventing someone from viewing anything else, but that would not work for programs or a PDF.

Rather, state laws generally say that officers can not access your data, and they are not accountable for damage to your cell phone.

For Instance, States, “Presentation of evidence of insurance in digital format will not constitute consent for law enforcement, justice of the peace, or other state officials to get other contents of the mobile phone or other mobile electronic device, and won’t enlarge or restrict authority to conduct a search or investigation.”

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Key tips from experts on Keeping your first car

20 Sep 17
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In the past month, a veritable army of students packed up their belongings and headed to college or university. Many carried those possessions in their first car, whether it was a rusting junker purchased with summer earnings, a heavily funded newer version or a brand new automobile courtesy of the Bank of Mom and Pop.

Irrespective of the quality of the rides, most will have something in common: A whole lack of comprehension of car maintenance.

Nothing against pupils or millennials; it is only a simple fact of life for those lacking experience. Add in the fact that they are the products of a few decades of computer-driven cars and you have a significant shortage of maintenance knowledge.

“People do not do any maintenance at home any more, so it is not being passed on from generation to generation like it was,” says Angelo DiCicco, general director for Young Drivers of Canada’s GTA branch. “Your grandma was better than me or you on fixing cars.”

Therefore, in the desire to bring rookie automobile owners to grandma’s degree of knowledge, here are a couple of important things to take into account, according to driving specialists.

Tires

They are the Rodney Dangerfield of automobile components, getting no respect from most motorists. “It isn’t necessarily new drivers, but folks just don’t listen to tire pressure,” says Brett Delaney, assistant manager of OK Tire at Langley, B.C. Delaney suggests assessing pressure once per month, making sure the tire-gauge reading fits the recommended pressure recorded on the driver’s side door post.

If the tires which touch the street regularly get no respect, the spare may as well not exist. Check that with all the other tires, particularly since they tend to shed air even faster.

Should you get a flat, do not attempt to alter it on a busy expressway. “Drive off the highway to a safe place, even in the event you hurt the tire,” Delaney says. “It’s far better than putting yourself at risk on a freeway.”

Winter treads

When temperatures fall consistently below 7C, bring out the winter treads. And if funding dictates used tires, make sure they are made for your car or truck and that they’ve at least 7/32″ of tread depth.

“Ideally, it needs to be 11/32,” states Ryan Peterson, director of automotive services for the CAA. “If it is 5/32 or under, you have lost all grip. Therefore, should you purchase one that is 7/32, you are almost there.”

Fluids

Oil changes are a part of any maintenance program, but notice that not all cars are created equally. Since Delaney points out, some cars require a change every 5,000 kilometres, while others can go 12,000 without new oil.

However, if tires are the Rodney Dangerfield of automobile components, windshield washer fluid is his uglier step-brother.

“People do not listen until they’re outside,” Delaney says. “Then you end up driving on a highway with a windshield you can hardly see out of.”

And do not just pour in any washer fluid. Make sure it’s designed for either hot or cold weather.

Maintenance tips

Possibly the most important thing to do to avoid expensive repair bills would be to learn the fundamentals about your car. By way of example, understand that those gauges and lighting are not just decorative.

“You’d be amazed how many people, and not just young people, can not identify what those warning lights and gauges mean,” DiCicco says.

“But bear in mind, you can not rely on these gauges and lighting totally. As soon as they come on or send out an alarm, you are getting very near the end. That’s dangerous. You will need to grab it {}.”

The means to do this, Delaney suggests, is to establish a routine maintenance schedule to examine oil, wiper fluid and tires. Make it a date you won’t forget, like the last or first of each month.

And do not try to cut corners. You will pay a hefty price.

“Automobile maintenance is a great deal cheaper than car repair,” Delaney says.

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Why is it illegal to put gas in my car on a Quebec highway shoulder?

19 Sep 17
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My son-in-law ran out of petrol on Highway 20 in Dorval, Que. While he was on the shoulder of the road waiting for somebody to bring him a gallon of petrol, a routier [Quebec highway safety patrol] truck stopped and told him it was illegal to put petrol in his car on the side of the street, and he has to be towed. He explained that when the police came by he would find a $300 fine and demerits, and anyone who brought him petrol could find an $800 fine plus demerits. I have never heard of this and could not find anything on the world wide web to imply that this is accurate. Was this routier guy stringing him a line? — Norm, Montcalm, Que.

Whether you break down, run out of gas or get a flat on highways around Montreal, you are stuck with a single choice — you need to get towed.

“This area of Highway 20 is an especially dangerous place to run out of gas, so if someone does break down, they must be towed to a gas station with an organization which has contracted with the MTQ [Quebec Ministry of Transportation],” said Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau, spokesman with Sûreté du Québec (SQ). “Several highways in Quebec have been designated , and that’s based on safety concerns concerning the setup of the highway{}”

If you break down on — designated by green signs that reveal a tow truck and state exclusif — you must be towed by the company that has the contract for this zone. Each company handles just 1 zone, so that they can arrive quickly — within 15 minutes — combined with a routier protection truck with a flashing arrow.

“These tow trucks are quickly available, whereas in the event you call the CAA or a buddy, the delays could create serious injuries or injury,” Thibaudeau said. “It is too dangerous to be wandering around outside the vehicle.”

That means it is also illegal for that friend to bring gas or booster cables to come to your aid, Thibaudeau said.

Two trucks required

How can you know which tow truck company to call?

You call the police at *4141 and they send a truck for you. There could be one on the way — MTQ staff track highway cameras for vehicles that are stopped, and ministry trucks patrol the highways, Thibaudeau said.

And if you think it’s something that you can manage yourself, like placing the spare tire? If you attempt to DIY, you can die, a tow truck driver said.

“It’s illegal in Quebec to step out of your automobile if you stall on our highways. It is extremely dangerous,” said Dan Drozda, who works for a Montreal towing company and runs the Facebook page . “Even us, once we respond to some highway telephone, we can’t step a foot from our car until a protection vehicle is behind us blocking the lane{}”

That protection vehicle was required in exclusive towing zones because 2006, according to recommendations following the deaths of an SQ officer and a street supervisor who were struck while putting up security cones following a bus broke down. The Excess vehicle nearly doubled the price of towing to over $100, La Presse in 2007.

We requested several Montreal-area towing firms what the speed may be now and did not get an immediate response.

Everywhere else

If you break down on another street in Quebec, the safest thing to do would be to call authorities, roadside assistance or a tow truck in lieu of a friend, Thibaudeau said.

You are not supposed to walk across the street, and neither is the friend with the jerrycan, Thibaudeau said.

“It is a $15 fine,” he said. “It’s a little fine, but it is an issue of safety.”

The Société p l’assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ), a Crown corporation responsible for licensing drivers and vehicles, said in an email it recommends planning ahead to be certain you have enough gas in your vehicle.

If your car does break down, slow down and reach the shoulder or as far right as possible. Put in your hazard lights and stay in your car until emergency services arrive.

“If there’s a possibility of collision, leave the car, lift the hood and move to a safe location,” the SAAQ stated.

We checked the other states and did not find any bans on filling up with petrol or changing a flat tire on the street.

But in Ontario, for example, it is illegal to walk on many sections of the 400-series highways.

And it is dangerous everywhere — in 2015, a 22-year-old guy was When he was hit by a semi while changing a tire on Highway 16 in Saskatchewan. Also in 2015, some time changing a tire on Highway 400.

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My Kia Sorento makes awful noises when riding over bumps. What can I do?

17 Sep 17
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Whenever I drive over a bump in the road or maybe a crack repaired with road tar, it sounds and feels like the wheels will come through the floor panel. The Kia dealer’s mechanic tested the car and told me all of the Sorentos have the identical issue. The problem began about eight months ago. All was fine up until then. What can I do? Warren

My study left me with a lot of factors, so I reached out to Larry Morrison, fixed operations manager at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga. He guided me to a Kia Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) that I think will you resolve your problem.

TSB #CHA01201402 copes with noises over lumps which were traced back to a small inference involving front strut insulator and the upper strut bearing.

There are two repair solutions.

If the strut itself isn’t noisy and doesn’t have a fluid leakage, then only the top spring pad and front bearing mounts beed to be substituted with upgraded pieces. If the actual strut be leaking fluid or there’s concern that the strut could be the source of the sound, then Kia will replace the whole unit.

Warranty coverage on these items is limited to 100,000 km or five decades.

Lou Trottier is owner-operator of All About Imports in Mississauga. Have a question about repair and maintenance? E-mail , putting “Lou’s Garage” in the topic area.

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Can I get a ticket if I get pulled over and do not have my licence?

12 Sep 17
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If I am driving my wallet and I get pulled over, will I be charged for driving without a license? I thought I had been allowed to make it within 24 hours. Can I save a photo of my license in my iPhone, just in case? — Dorothy, Oshawa, Ont.

Authorities have licence to bill you — or maybe not — if you are driving without yours. However, a photograph on your phone will not help you — at least not yet.

“It is up to the officer’s discretion — you might get lucky,” said Sergeant Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police. “You should surrender your licence when asked to, and a picture wouldn’t satisfy an officer since it may or might not be valid”

Of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states all drivers need to carry a license at all times while “in control of a motor vehicle or street car.” There is an $85 set fine. Or, if you are convicted, a judge can choose a fine of anywhere from $60 to $500.

There is nothing in the law which states you’ve got 24 hours to make it. Still, an officer may choose not to charge you, but you need to give your name and address to identify yourself.

Authorities in Ontario can look it up on the spot to find out if you look like your driver’s license photograph on file, Schmidt said.

Still, you are supposed to be carrying your true licence. And you are supposed to hand it over when requested.

“The ministry doesn’t currently accept photographs of licences instead of the actual card,” Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation said in an email announcement. “Therefore, drivers need to carry a drivers license card.”

Selfie control?

And everywhere else in Canada? We checked — every state requires you to carry your license with you. And nobody has a law which lets you use an image of your licence.

But in a few states, including British Columbia and Quebec, authorities might not have the ability to see your driver’s license photograph in their system.

“Will we take a photograph on your phone? Photoshop is a terrific thing, so, no,” said Constable Jason Doucette, spokesman for the Vancouver Police Department. “The most important thing, you need to carry your card. But if the officer wanted to use discretion, [we] could use another photo ID in addition to the police database to identify you.”

The fines vary. As an example, it has $30 and fees in Quebec, $81 in British Columbia and $172 in Alberta.

“You are supposed to have your permit with you,” said Sergeant Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman. “However, it really depends upon the circumstance. Maybe if you’re in a little town the officer might allow you to go home to get it, but there is nothing in the law which states they must.”

And if an officer is not convinced that you are who you say you’re — if you do not understand your zodiac sign, postal code or previous address, say — you might be arrested until you can prove it. “But from my experience on the street, that is really unusual unless it is a criminal matter,” Bilodeau said.

An app for it?

Just how close are we to a driver’s license that would appear on your smartphone’s wallet, like a credit card or concert ticket?

Nobody has one yet. Iowa and Have been in a hurry to be the first American state to provide digital licences.

Following a trial run last year with 100 state employees, Iowa To offer you a licence app statewide prior to the end of 2018.

“We definitely have to have the ability to accept this as evidence of identity and driving privilege where necessary,” Mark Lowe, Iowa interim department of transportation manager, told the Des Moines Register. “Our law enforcement ought to have the ability to interact with it and we need to be able to use it to rent a car, get a hotel room, buy cigarettes, buy alcohol — matters where you’re typically expected to supply some evidence of identity.”

The program shows a licence rotating picture that programmers call the “Harry Potter feature{}” Users upload a selfie that’s verified from their official driver’s license photograph on file.

There are potential problems, though. What if your battery dies? Or, more seriously, what if a crook hacks to the machine and steals your identity? And would you be comfortable handing your phone to authorities?

Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. — are a part of a , while many other states are looking into them, along with , in Australia, the Netherlands and Brazil.

And here at home? We checked with every state, and there is nothing formally in the works. “Alberta is open to exploring options for upgraded ways to display a driver’s licence and will consider this as part of future modernization efforts,” Cheryl Tkalcic, Service Alberta spokeswoman, said in an email.

Renewed hope?

Nonetheless, there are several nods to the current here.

Ontario and Newfoundland enable drivers to renew licences online, though you’ve got to appear in person if you will need a new picture. And the licences continue to be sent via the mail.

Both states require renewals every five decades and new photos every 10 years.

Ontario’s 2017 budget announced the acceptance of digital proof of insurance — that can be found in most American states — but no official launch date was set.

There haven’t been statements from any other states, though most say they are considering it.

While they may not replace paper completely, a pink slip in your telephone would mean you would not have to rifle through a nest of newspapers on your glove box if you get pulled over for speeding.

And they are updated automatically each time you renew, make a change to your coverage or proceed.

“Insurance companies are supportive of this because it provides consumers with some choice and convenience — not everyone goes and checks their mailbox on a daily basis,” stated Pete Karageorgos, manager of Ontario consumer and business relations with the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “But we must develop methods that are fraud-proof and protected.”

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What’s the least expensive way to replace my car’s bushing?

10 Sep 17
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I have been advised that the driver’s side bushing requires replacement in my 2011 Toyota Venza. The part is known as a “knuckle” but it is $500 and you will need to get the entire part, since they don’t replace the bushing. Is there someplace that does take the present bit off and replace the bushing? — James

The information you’re working with is faulty, since the knuckle on your automobile doesn’t have a bushing contained inside.

The knuckle is the focus of the front suspension using the steering tie rod, strut and ball joints attaching to it.

What you are searching for is a common-to-fail bushing located within the front lower control arm.

The internal mounting point of the control arm is connected to the chassis at two points by means of these bushings. The outer end connects to the knuckle through the ball joint.

The suspension is designed to keep the tires in contact with the road surface and has to travel up and down, absorbing road irregularities.

These bushings facilitate this movement.

The easiest of bushings are made from rubber, and as with all parts made from rubber they’ll deteriorate with age.

Unfortunately, Toyota hasn’t made these bushings available separately and the comprehensive control arm has to be purchased.

After-market control arms can be found which will produce the repair cost somewhat easier to consume, but I am unaware of any convenient source for this bushing.

Lou Trottier is owner-operator of All About Imports in Mississauga.

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What does a previous accident do to my car’s resale value?

08 Sep 17
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My car was rear-ended, causing a small crack to the back bumper. The fix was about $5,000 and now my car looks brand new. But when I try to sell it (I will sell privately because I will get more than when I tried to trade it in at a merchant), what will the car history report show? Can it show that $5,000 claim? And does this mean I am pretty much stuck losing that money when I sell that, realistically? — Cole, Edmonton

When you are selling a car that has been in a crash, it’s easy to feel as if you are on the losing side of history.

However, a record of the harm does not necessarily mean that you’ll have a hit for this full amount when it is time to market.

“I had a Tahoe that I scraped a railroad column and had an $1,800 damage claim to repaint the 2 doors,” said Joe Varkey, vice-president of marketing for Carproof. “If I went into a dealership or a respectable body shop and had it repaired, those doors are like new — by no means does this decrease the value of my vehicle by $1,800.”

What exactly does a vehicle history report from Carproof or Carfax — that have been owned by the same U.S. firm since 2015 — really show? It depends upon what they can find.

“To the extent we have this information available, we would report the date of this incident, the price estimated or compensated for the repairs and other expenses, the city and state of the episode, and a few details of the nature of this damage/incident,” Varkey said.

So, your $51.95 Carproof report may show that $5,000 claim. Or it may just reveal the initial quote from the repair shop — that could be lower or higher than the true cost to fix.

When there’s structural damage, the report must show it but it may not, said George Iny, manager of the Automobile Protection Association (APA).

“The reports do indicate when structural damage, but the data isn’t always reliable and moderate structural damage is occasionally missed,” Iny stated.

Missing history?

Services like Carproof are not foolproof, Iny stated. “The most likely mistakes we see would be the wrong point of impact — left back, when it needs to be left {},” Iny stated “[Or] the quote doesn’t have any connection with the damage observed. … it could be inflated compared to the real damage.”

In an investigation four decades back, the APA found that Carproof was more precise than Carfax. Carproof showed about 75 percent of real fixed damage in Ontario and 90 percent in British Columbia, where it included data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. But both missed asserts, Iny stated.

“We have always told people that there is differing amounts of data based on whether it is police-reported,” Varkey said. “The best way to protect yourself is Carproof and a review — so if you are considering purchasing, take it to a trusted mechanic to tell you how well it had been repaired.”

What is your deal?

Even if harm from a fender-bender is repaired perfectly, somebody contemplating buying you car might observe the crash for a means to get a better deal.

That reduction in your car’s value is known as diminished value and while insurance companies in certain American states pay for it, insurers in Canada .

There are diminished-value calculators available — often to get a price — online, which state they reveal what a U.S. insurer might pay out. When there’s no structural damage to the automobile and it is only a panel replacement, then it .

What exactly does any of this have to do with what you can get for your car if you sell it on Kijiji?

Probably not much. Negotiating a selling price is determined by convincing the buyer that the car’s in top shape — and that the damage was minor.

The price is right?

That is what car dealers do. And they are good at it.

“You can go buy a used car in the dealer and they’ll say, ‘Yes, there is this claim but here is the job order and you can see that there’s no structural damage,'” auto appraiser Maurice Bramhall said. “And then they’re going to sell it for a rather normal cost.”

So, once you’re selling it yourself, show the buyer the paperwork in the body shop — if you’ve got it. Even better? Enable them to see themselves that it really was only a crack in the plastic.

“The best would be to demonstrate the buyer photos of the damage before it had been repaired,” Iny stated. “So their creativity does not run wild.”

So, how much of a hit will you’ve got to take?

“It varies case by case back to my case, $1,800 on a Tahoe means a completely different thing than $1,800 on a BMW,” Varkey said. “If I am selling you my Tahoe for $20,000, you might say, ‘It seems like it was painted nicely, but I think you should sell it for $19,000.'”

Supplying the buyer together with the report and inviting them to get an inspection, shows that you are not hiding anything, Varkey said. That goodwill might assist in the discussions, he said.

“You could not be more transparent,” Varkey said.

Disclose for relaxation?

Therefore, if the buyer does not request a history or inquire about mishaps, do you need to tell?

In Alberta, the Fair Trading Act says dealers can not misrepresent an automobile’s history — so if there has been an insurance claim on it, they need to inform you before you sign the contract. But that law does not apply to private sales.

“Private sales aren’t regulated,” said Cathy Housdorrf, spokeswoman for the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry, the state’s motor vehicle regulator. “But if a dispute occurs, it’ll be a matter for the civil courts{}”

As a private seller, you are not required to volunteer your car’s been damaged in a crash, Iny stated.

“However, if requested by the vendor, they need to answer truthfully or they’d be responsible for the consequences,” he said. “In practice, [that is] difficult to perform.”

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What does a previous accident do to my car’s resale value?

05 Sep 17
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My car was rear-ended, causing a small crack to the back bumper. The fix was about $5,000 and now my car looks brand new. But when I try to sell it (I will sell privately because I will get more than when I tried to trade it in at a merchant), what will the car history report show? Can it show that $5,000 claim? And does this mean I am pretty much stuck losing that money when I sell that, realistically? — Cole, Edmonton

When you are selling a car that has been in a crash, it’s easy to feel as if you are on the losing side of history.

However, a record of the harm does not necessarily mean that you’ll have a hit for this full amount when it is time to market.

“I had a Tahoe I scraped a parking pillar and had an $1,800 damage claim to repaint the 2 doors,” said Joe Varkey, vice-president of advertising for Carproof. “If I went into a dealership or a respectable body shop and had it repaired, those doors are like new — by no means does this decrease the value of my vehicle by $1,800.”

So what exactly does a vehicle history report from Carproof or Carfax — that have been owned by the same U.S. firm since 2015 — really show? It depends upon what they can find.

“To the extent we have this information available, we would report the date of this incident, the price estimated or compensated for the repairs and other expenses, the city and state of the episode, and a few details of the nature of this damage/incident,” Varkey said.

So, your $51.95 Carproof report may show that $5,000 claim. Or it may just show the original quote from the repair shop — which may be lower or higher than the true cost to fix.

When there’s structural damage, the report must show it but it may not, said George Iny, manager of the Automobile Protection Association (APA).

“The reports do indicate when structural damage, but the data isn’t always reliable and moderate structural damage is occasionally missed,” Iny stated.

Missing history?

Services like Carproof are not foolproof, Iny stated. “The most likely mistakes we see would be the wrong point of impact — left back, when it needs to be left {},” Iny stated “[Or] the quote doesn’t have any connection with the damage observed. … it could be inflated compared to the real damage.”

In an investigation four decades back, the APA found that Carproof was more precise than Carfax. Carproof showed about 75 percent of real fixed damage in Ontario and 90 percent in British Columbia, where it included data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. But both missed asserts, Iny stated.

“We have always told people that there is differing amounts of data based on whether it is police-reported,” Varkey said. “The best way to protect yourself is Carproof and an inspection — so if you are considering purchasing, take it to a trusted mechanic to tell you how well it was mended.”

What is your deal?

Even if harm from a fender-bender is repaired perfectly, somebody contemplating buying you car might observe the crash for a means to get a better deal.

That reduction in your car’s value is known as diminished value and while insurance companies in certain American states pay for it, insurers in Canada .

There are diminished-value calculators available — often to get a price — online, which state they reveal what a U.S. insurer might pay out. When there’s no structural damage to the automobile and it is only a panel replacement, then it .

What exactly does any of this have to do with what you can get for your car if you sell it on Kijiji?

Probably not much. Negotiating a selling price is determined by convincing the buyer that the car’s in top shape — and that the damage was minor.

The price is right?

That is what car dealers do. And they are good at it.

“You can go buy a used car in the dealer and they’ll say, ‘Yes, there is this claim but here is the job order and you can see that there’s no structural damage,'” auto appraiser Maurice Bramhall said. “And then they’re going to sell it for a rather normal cost.”

So, once you’re selling it yourself, show the buyer the paperwork in the body shop — if you’ve got it. Even better? Enable them to see themselves that it really was only a crack in the plastic.

“The best would be to demonstrate the buyer photos of the damage before it had been repaired,” Iny stated. “So their creativity does not run wild.”

So, how much of a hit will you’ve got to take?

“It varies case by case back to my case, $1,800 on a Tahoe means a completely different thing than $1,800 on a BMW,” Varkey said. “If I am selling you my Tahoe for $20,000, you might say, ‘It seems like it was painted nicely, but I think you should sell it for $19,000.'”

Supplying the buyer together with the report and inviting them to get an inspection, shows that you are not hiding anything, Varkey said. That goodwill might assist in the discussions, he said.

“You could not be more transparent,” Varkey said.

Disclose for relaxation?

Therefore, if the buyer does not request a history or inquire about mishaps, do you need to tell?

In Alberta, the Fair Trading Act says dealers can not misrepresent an automobile’s history — so if there has been an insurance claim on it, they need to inform you before you sign the contract. But that law does not apply to private sales.

“Private sales aren’t regulated,” said Cathy Housdorrf, spokeswoman for the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry, the state’s motor vehicle regulator. “But if a dispute occurs, it’ll be a matter for the civil courts{}”

As a private seller, you are not required to volunteer your car’s been damaged in a crash, Iny stated.

“However, if requested by the vendor, they need to answer truthfully or they’d be responsible for the consequences,” he said. “In practice, [that is] difficult to perform.”

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How to choose the pickup best suited to your needs

01 Sep 17
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When Rick Lang drives Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary on a frosty winter day, he has developed a habit of counting the kinds of vehicles that he finds off the street, axle-deep in snow, or even worse. By his figuring, a disproportionate number of these are pickups.

That is not just because there are so many of them nowadays. To Lang, director of operations in the Alberta Motor Association, it is because lots of those drivers do not understand that pickups with electronic stability systems are different beasts than a family sedan.

“People think it is possible to drive a hundred and ten on the QE II,” he chuckles. However, pickups, with a high centre of gravity and light back ends, react differently when you brake hard on icy streets. “You can get yourself stuck in places you have never been before.”

Everyone, it appears, needs a truck. Statistics reported by auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers reveal that 123,803 light trucks (including SUVs) were sold in July, 2017. And the lowly passenger automobile? Just 58,231 units. Fully two-thirds of the vehicles sold in Canada were some kind of truck.

More and more, they are pickups — not only in a state where they’re actually put to work on ranches and at oil rigs — but at the sleepy fishing towns of Nova Scotia, the lush back streets of Vancouver Island and the suburban sea of rooftops in the GTA.

Lang worries about drivers who get behind the wheel of a pickup for the first time, noting what’s historically been a work vehicle still exhibits a poorer safety record (according to the U.S. ) compared to the current cars and SUVs. And there are more surprises to get a first-time pickup buyer like the higher fuel consumption, vehicle density and compromised manoeuvrability.

Fear not. If you do your homework, you’ll get a pickup that fits your requirements and needs. And there are loads of choices. All three North American producers offer pickups here, as do Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Here are things to Remember:

SIZE

The choice between a full- or midsize truck is dependent upon how much weight you wish to tow or carry and how much you drive in a town. If you’re an urban customer seeking to get around in traffic without difficulty, think about a midsize truck, such as GM’s Colorado, says Doug Kenzie, manufacturer for Chevrolet. Other midsize trucks comprise the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline. Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and Hyundai have midsize products in the works.

The vehicle’s size is also determined by taxi- and box-size choices. Cabs come in standard (two-passenger), extended cab (cramped rear seats) or crew cab (complete rear seats). Consumers overwhelmingly prefer family-friendly crew cabs. You can also opt for brief (5.5-feet), moderate (6.5-feet) or long (8-feet) boxes. The additional space is handy for distributing, but can be a nightmare in visitors.

MANOEUVRABILITY

Ever heard of the farmer’s turn? It is a long, sweeping arc that takes into account the fact your crew-cab, long-box pickup is more than some yachts. “These things are enormous,” Lang says. For those who get a full-size crew cab, you are likely to get very knowledgeable about the three-point turn. Backup cameras, parking sensors and lane departure warnings make life a bit simpler. “Obviously, a larger vehicle takes up more space on the street,” says Mike Szymkiewicz, head of product planning for Fiat-Chrysler. “That said, size does not mean ponderous driving{}”

And consider parking. City parking spaces are generally 2.6-metres broad and 5.4-metres deep. Full-size pickups with the favorite crew cabs are greater than two-metres wide (also mirrors) and 5.8-metres long (using a midsize box). Those measurements only work if you do all of your shopping at Costco.

USE

If you mostly use your pickup as your everyday commuter, then Lang advises you to think twice. In tight traffic, “Would you rather drive a Yaris?” he asks. On the other hand, Kenzie says, if you are hauling a fifth-wheel trailer or large ship to the wilds on the weekend, a “light-duty” so-called half-ton pickup may not be adequate. Check the specs carefully to ensure that your rig has sufficient power and weight capacity for the job. “It is all about having the ideal capability on hand if you need it,” said , who notes that strong V-8s are designed to use less fuel when not under load.

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Although pickups have enhanced their fuel economy, they will never fit a sedan, Lang says. On the other hand, both Kenzie and Szymkiewicz notice that contemporary diesels, such as GM’s Duramax and Fiat-Chrysler’s Turbo Diesel (formerly EcoDiesel), get great mileage. Even strong V-8 engines now include such fuel-saving technologies as variable-valve timing and deactivation of tanks once the power is not needed. Ford provides 2.7- and 3.5-litre EcoBoost motors in the F-150, but gain little on fuel economy. Following a squabble with regulators over emissions, Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement to The Globe and Mail that its EcoDiesel has obtained emissions certificate and will soon go back to the market. It’s predicted to have best-in-class evaluations of 11.3 litres/100 km from town, 8.0 on the highway and 9.8 combined. Six, eight and nine-speed transmissions further squeeze more kilometres from every litre.

GM’s full-size Silverado delivers the eAssist hybrid option, which uses electric motors on all four wheels to supplement the significant V-8’s power, providing a fuel savings of 13 percent in the city over its gas-only kin.

COMFORT

Forget your initial bone-jarring excursion down a gravel road in Uncle Bill’s Dodge D-Series; today’s trucks are more car-like than ever. It may not equal the ride of a Bentley, but purchasing a truck tuned for relaxation can save your back. Many pickups (except Honda’s Ridgeline) have heavy body-on-frame structure and they have a tendency to ride more demanding than the unibody structure in automobiles and SUVs. Szymkiewicz points into Ram’s cushy four-corner air suspension.

STYLE

Dressed-up pickups do not look weird in the local country club. The pricier pickups (more than $70,000) come as well-appointed as any luxury sedan, with complete leather, all of the latest electronics and custom appearances, such as GM’s all-black Midnight and Ram’s Tungsten variations. You can literally take them anywhere and not feel like the poor cousin.

With some common sense, Lang says, any driver can make the change from car to pickup. You do not have to retake drivers ed. But he’s got two pieces of advice. First, rent a truck like the one you need to purchase and drive it for a couple days — long enough to understand the differences in the driving experience. And think hard about how you’ll use your next car or truck. He calls it getting the right “fit for purpose{}”

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