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Mark Toljagic

Contributor, Autofile.ca

Before there were Hot Wheels there were Matchbox miniature cars, and Mark would get a shiny new one every week simply for attending school. He grew up in east-end Toronto learning the names of every car and truck on the road. Mark studied urban planning (Ryerson) and then journalism (Carleton University), and parlayed his interest in used cars – he’s bought more than 35 of them – into his specialty as an auto writer. He earned AJAC's Automotive Journalist of the Year Award in 2007 and some other stuff. What keeps Mark up at night is the rapid demise of the manual transmission.

Recent Posts by Mark Toljagic

18 reasons to admire Canadian auto production

Taking stock of Canada’s auto plants in the face of looming auto tariffs Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People Jul 26, 2018, 2:30 AM

10 good and 10 not so good brands in Initial Quality

J.D. Power polled 75,000 new buyers during their vehicle’s first 90 days Read More

Auto Industry Auto Awards Jun 20, 2018, 8:00 AM

Nine ragtops you can get for less than $12,000

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Used Cars Auto Industry May 17, 2018, 2:30 AM

10 things you can buy with your Income Tax refund

The average Canadian worker will receive an income tax refund of $1,800 Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Auto Accesories Apr 5, 2018, 9:30 PM

J.D. Power's 11 Most Dependable Auto Brands

2018 survey involved almost 37,000 owners of 3-year-old models Read More

Auto Awards Car Buying Car Care Mar 8, 2018, 12:55 PM

J.D. Power study reveals 10 least-reliable auto brands

FCA brands claim five of the 10-worst rankings in the dependability study Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Feb 22, 2018, 10:45 AM

Toyotas dominate 2018 Best Retained Value Awards

Toyota won Canadian Black Book’s Overall Brand Award for both cars and trucks Read More

Auto Awards Used Cars Feb 13, 2018, 2:00 AM

If you fancy that, consider this

The newest and flashiest models aren’t always the most reliable buys Read More

New Cars Used Cars Jan 26, 2018, 10:30 AM

10 forgotten models that make great used-car buys

These rare non-collectibles can be found at discounted prices on the used-car market Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Nov 17, 2017, 8:55 AM

11 budget beaters for commuting to campus

These reliable but inexpensive cars are the automotive equivalent of mac and cheese Read More

Used Cars Aug 18, 2017, 11:30 AM

Korean brands top the reliability/durability charts – in Germany!

There are some surprising absences near the top of the list and inclusions near the bottom Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Auto Industry Jul 27, 2017, 12:55 PM

10 best auto brands for new-vehicle quality

Kia maintains its #1 J.D. Power IQS ranking for a second consecutive year Read More

New Cars Auto Awards Jun 27, 2017, 3:20 PM

J.D. Power’s 10 Poorest Brands for Initial Quality – 2017

There are some surprises in the brand names near the bottom of the 2017 IQS survey Read More

New Cars Auto Awards Jun 22, 2017, 10:30 AM

Should you buy a used Ford Mustang?

Strong sales of current models mean there are plenty of 2010-14 Mustangs available Read More

Used Cars Car Nuts May 29, 2017, 9:05 AM

How to survive the ‘Business Office’ when buying a new car

There’s an entire second process involved in closing the deal in the Business Office Read More

Car Buying New Cars May 8, 2017, 9:35 AM

12 smart car-buys for your income tax refund

High retained value and documented dependability make these 12 prudent choices Read More

New Cars Car Buying Apr 5, 2017, 3:50 PM

‘Family Vacation’ test of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

From Toronto to Amelia Island and back in Chrysler’s elite new hybrid minivan Read More

New Cars Green Cars Automotive Reviews Mar 27, 2017, 3:30 AM

Beware these nine common causes of car fires

Car fires have become common occurrences in daily traffic reports Read More

Safe Driving Tips Car Safety Mar 16, 2017, 12:40 PM

10 car brands you can (usually) count on for dependability

On average, dependability across the industry has declined the past two years Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Car Buying Mar 15, 2017, 11:00 AM

Should you buy a used Volkswagen Tiguan?

Drivability trumps durability in Volkswagen’s compact sport ute Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Mar 7, 2017, 1:05 PM

The 10 least-dependable car brands

J.D. Power ranks car brands in terms of dependability after three years of use Read More

New Cars Auto Awards Auto Industry Feb 23, 2017, 9:15 AM

Should you buy a used Chevrolet Equinox – or GMC Terrain?

Is the fact these GM crossovers are made in Canada reason enough to buy? Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Automotive Reviews Jan 30, 2017, 7:50 AM

We rank the top seven used minivans

The humble minivan remains a superior way to cart a family around with space to spare Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Jan 4, 2017, 7:45 AM

Should you buy a used Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra truck?

2007-13 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 were a big step forward in GM truck design Read More

Used Cars Automotive Reviews Car Buying Dec 15, 2016, 4:15 AM

10 fun AWD winter beaters for under $12K

A good used AWD crossover offers the benefits of AWD at an affordable price Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Weather Driving Nov 27, 2016, 9:30 AM