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Not everyone dreams of a brand-new car. Many drivers prefer to buy relatively new second-hand models at lower prices and with easier consumer financing. As a useful costly option between under-warranty new and buyer-risk second-hand cars, some dealerships offer certified pre-owned vehicles. 

Typically less than five years old and with 800,000 kms on the odometer, these smart buys are often trade-ins from lease customers upgrading to a new model. This is a great choice for anyone wanting all the advantages of a used-car, without too many of the drawbacks.

Used Car Financing Options

Generally speaking, there are two ways for Canadians to finance better-quality used cars with less than 80,000 kilometres on the clock, and under ten years old. The easiest way is through the car dealership, or else through a bank, particularly for account-holders.

Either way, auto financing approval depends heavily on your credit history. However, auto financing is basically available to [...]

It’s hard to believe, but the Nissan Micra has been around now for three decades. One of its models was voted Car of the Year, way back in 1993, so it has a lengthy pedigree underpinning its renowned reliability. 

Designed as a low-cost world car from 2013 onwards, it proved a hot favourite in emerging markets. For easy driving, it rivals other long-term top sellers like the Renault Clio, the Vauxhall Corsa, and the Ford Fiesta. 

International Star

Distinctive, efficient and light to handle, the Micra was sold in 160 different countries, making it a real international hit. Its manufacturing history is just as cosmopolitan. Initially built in Japan and the UK, Micras have been built at the second factory in India since 2010. 

With a bold design, it sits on the Nissan V Platform. In turn, this is a development of the Nissan-Renault B Platform that once supported earlier generations of the [...]

Famed for being environmentally friendly, electric vehicles are also becoming the best friends of your wallet. However, it’s not easy to dump the gas-fuelled mindset that fuelled the expansion of the auto industry for well over a hundred years. 

That’s why New Brunswick is actively encouraging its residents to take the leap and invest in electric vehicles. These steps range from tax credit incentives to steadily expanding network of charging stations. This means borrowing less to finance EV purchases, often under special conditions.

Are you Worried about Charging your EV?

A huge country famed for its wide-open spaces, Canada is driving ahead steadily towards its 2035 zero-emission target for light-duty vehicles. Notable for its progressive stance, New Brunswick stands out among Canada’s provinces for its electric vehicle charging station network. 

With only some 65 kilometers between each charging station, and more than 200 service points, drivers can top up their electric vehicles easily, [...]

One of those rare designs that are just as much fun to drive both on and off the pavement, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4WD is a great choice for all-round comfort. A smooth and well-balanced ride that’s quieter than many of its peers, its fast and accurate steering can handle even the sharpest turns with effortless precision.

Off-road, the Trailhawk really delivers the goods, particularly over ground that is rougher than the average country place driveway. Although lacking the heavy-duty axles and generous ground clearance of the noisier and choppier Wrangler, the Cherokee is a better choice for drivers following trails rather than setting out on cross-country adventures.

User-Friendly Controls 

The simplicity of its off-road settings means it’s easy to switch between road mode and rougher rides. Drive modes are quickly selected by just spinning a dial or pressing buttons, with terrain response settings for sport, snow, mud, sand, or rock. 

In [...]

The elegantly angular lines of the 2020 Elantra Limited follow in the footsteps of its hugely successful 2019 model. The marque’s top-seller that year, this compact sedan is becoming a golden goose for Hyundai. 

While sticking to largely the same working formula, the main differences in the 2020 models are mechanical. Both automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are replaced by Hyundai’s innovative continuously variable transmission. 

For buyers concerned with maintenance costs, an outstanding advantage of the Hyundai Elantra range is its ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Practical but unexciting, this could save them thousands of dollars over the course of a decade.

Far lower than Canada’s comparatively high average fuel consumption of 8.6 Leg/100 km, the SEL, Value, and Limited models post a budget-friendly 6.5 Leg/100 km. All are fitted with the same four-cylinder 2.0 L engine, rated at 132 pound-feet of torque, with a useful 147 hp. 

Benefits of the 2020 [...]

All about affordability, the 2019 Nissan Sentra S is a smart choice for buyers seeking an economic but reliable used car for driving around town. Featuring a honeycomb grille with a metal V-frame, its design leans towards sporty and aerodynamic, enhanced by halogen headlights. 

Safe and Practical

With a reliability rating of 4.0 out of 5.0, it ranks fourteenth in the compact segment. Among the more sensible compact cars, it’s straightforward to drive, with a smooth and comfortable ride, particularly in urban areas. Its user-friendly controls are intuitive, with no need to navigate hi-tech interfaces.

Overall, the 2019 Nissan Sentra S has a great safety track record. Rated as Good in almost every category for 2019, the IIHS ranked its 2018 predecessor as a Top Safety Pick. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitor with a rear cross-traffic alert. 

Sized for Comfort 

Designed to provide more [...]

Lifting the curtain of secrecy covering many of its activities, Tesla recently offered glimpses into its expanding presence in Canada, where this innovative automaker is building some of the “machines that build the machine”, in the words of Elon Musk, its visionary founder.

Released just in time for Thanksgiving, a video introduces its team in Ontario, where new custom manufacturing equipment is being designed and built, that will subsequently be used in its assembly plants elsewhere in the world.

Third Quarter Progress Report

As Tesla was presenting its 3Q 2021 earnings, interest focused on delivery of the first vehicles powered by 4680 cells. Chief Technology Officer Drew Baglino confidently mentioned early 2022, asserting that structural aspects, as well as battery, crash, range, and reliability testing would be completed by the end of the year.

While stressing that the main focus is on quality for producing these battery cells, he issued a [...]

No longer a science fiction favourite, self-driving vehicles are here to stay – especially in Canada. Right on the cutting-edge of this revolution in the automobile industry, artificial intelligence is already taking the wheel, while drivers can relax during commutes and longer trips.

The race is on, and the runners include household names like BMW, GM, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, and even Uber. Related industries – like auto loans and insurance – are also gearing up for this exciting new stage, making sure that these innovations fit smoothly into family budgets.

How Self-Driving Cars Work

Encompassing a vast range of interrelated devices that exchange data among themselves, the Internet of Things (IoT) pervades our daily lives in devices like smartphones and coffee makers. It is also flourishing at the industrial scale, keeping the components of huge machines working smoothly.

In an autonomous vehicle, many complex systems intercommunicate constantly: video cameras and radar sensors [...]

Everyone has to move around in their daily lives, of course. But having a car makes it so much easier to run errands and commute to work or class. However, poor credit can be an obstacle when trying to finance a car in Canada, particularly through banks. But here’s the good news: these financial institutions are not the only way of getting your own wheels! 

Choosing The Best Used Car For Your Budget

Price is not the only factor to bear in mind when looking for a second-hand vehicle. Knowing which vehicles retain their value for the longest time is also a great way of getting your money’s worth on a major purchase like this. As an example, some vehicles retain about 50% of the value at the four-year mark, while others have already dropped to 30%, based on the Canadian Black Book. 

As a rule of thumb, basic versions and neutral colours keep [...]

In today’s gig economy, not having a formal job is a far cry from having no income. There are many reasons for not being in full-time employment: studies, disabilities, family commitments, and freelancing, to name just a few. 

Everyone needs transportation, and driving one’s own automobile is often the fastest and most convenient way of getting from A to B in Canada, particularly for people with tight schedules. However, the absence of a regular income can make it harder to obtain a car loan – for exactly the people who most need their own rides. 

How to Buy A Car Without A Steady Job

However, it’s often people working irregular hours who need their own wheels the most, particularly when public transportation isn’t running. In fact, a reliable car is a major factor in personal safety, particularly at out-of-the-way locations that may be deserted during off-peak hours.

So here are some hot [...]

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