10 Reasons Why You Need a Separate Emergency Fund for Your Car

What’s the most expensive and unpredictable thing in your life? If you answered, “my car,” then you are definitely not alone. The convenience of having a car at your disposal is practically unmatched, especially when you live in a Canadian suburb, or a rural town, or a city, or anywhere really. Unfortunately, the time and money required to maintain a vehicle can often outweigh the convenience of being a car owner.

You probably don’t need to be reminded, but we’ll say it anyway: Canada’s ever-changing climate can be very tough on a car. Therefore it’s important that you are financially prepared to deal with whatever your car throws your way. Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Need a Separate Emergency Fund for Your Car

Canada 150 road trip ideas: a guide to visiting Ontario’s national parks

If you haven’t heard already, Parks Canada is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with a free Discovery Pass, giving us an unlimited opportunity to enjoy the country’s national parks, marine conversations and historic sites—an opportunity that begs for a road trip!

These are the six parks that are free to access in Ontario:

  1. Thousand Islands National Park
  2. Pukaskwa National Park
  3. Point Pelee National Park
  4. Georgian Bay Islands National Park
  5. Bruce Peninsula National Park
  6. Rouge National Urban Park (this one is basically in the GTA, so it’s not a GTA roadtrip park, technically).

This is our cheat sheet for the road trip to one (or all!) of these sites this summer! Continue reading Canada 150 road trip ideas: a guide to visiting Ontario’s national parks

Why and when to change your vehicle’s transmission fluid

We’ve all heard of oil changes for our engines, but what’s up with transmission fluid changes? The transmission is a key component of the car, where all the gears change to get the car moving forwards and backwards; and where there’s movement—there’s friction. It makes sense that there’s some sort of fluid required in there to keep things cool and lubricated. But there’s not a one-size-fits-all fluid for all transmission types! Automatic and manual transmissions require different kinds of fluid.  Continue reading Why and when to change your vehicle’s transmission fluid

The oil change: a classic

Changing a vehicle’s oil is the most frequent required maintenance activity for sustaining a car’s health. At least until Teslas take over the world. An oil change should happen about every three months or 5,000 kilometres (or thereabouts. Your owner’s manual should provide a recommendation). Don’t worry too much about keeping count though; almost every modern car will notify you when it’s hankerin’ for some new oil. Continue reading The oil change: a classic

Milestone: 100 GTA auto shops are now on RepairMatch

One hundred is a nice number—it traditionally lends itself to celebration and reflection, so here we are! After five months of hustling, visiting shops, calling head offices, onboarding, emailing and coordinating, we’re proud to say that we’ve been able to get to this point.

We asked our Product Manager, Hafiz Kanji, what the biggest challenge and biggest reward was during this journey to 100.

Continue reading Milestone: 100 GTA auto shops are now on RepairMatch

Used vehicle inspections and safety standards certificates: what’s the deal?

The concept is pretty simple: a licensed mechanic puts your vehicle through a battery of safety tests and if it passes you’re awarded a certificate that says so.

There are many legally required reasons for a used vehicle inspection, such as selling or purchasing a vehicle. You’ll also need that certificate in order to start driving for ride sharing platforms such as Uber or Lyft. Continue reading Used vehicle inspections and safety standards certificates: what’s the deal?

Synthetic oil versus conventional oil for your vehicle

If you use a vehicle a lot, then you’ve (probably) had its oil changed quite a lot too. Every 5,000 km is a general rule of thumb. And like most regularly used products out there, there’s a dozen versions of a dozen brands to choose from. Rather than go down the slippery, greasy rabbit hole of oil types, this article focuses on one of the big differences: synthetic oil versus conventional oil. Continue reading Synthetic oil versus conventional oil for your vehicle

Changing from winter tires to summer or all-season tires

Our Canadian winters can be bad. Real bad. That’s why provinces such as Quebec require all vehicles to be equipped with four winter tires from December 15 to March 15 each year. The rest of Canada is also starting to embrace the need for a specialized set of tires, with 68% of motorists using winter tires in 2016. Clearly, there’s value behind winter tires. But do we really need to swap tires when the seasons change? (Spoiler: yes.) Continue reading Changing from winter tires to summer or all-season tires