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British company bodyshells make Mini restoration easier

Brit company BMH makes MK1 bodyshells from original British Leyland specs

Shells cost £9,950 (roughly $17,000 Canadian), making them a cost-effective solution for people restoring classic Minis, many of which are approaching 60. Read More

Classic Cars Used Cars May 23, 2018, 2:30 AM

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

What's happened with convertibles in Canada? Read More

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Ford recalls 350,000 vehicles over transmission woes

Two recalls affect F-Series, Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator Read More

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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

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More than 158,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in March

Non-latching seats and loose steering wheels among the issues addressed Read More

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Toyota recalls vehicles over loss of braking assist

Recall affects 220 Toyota and Lexus models in Canada and 6,000 in the US

Some 2017-18 Toyota Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Tacoma, and Lexus RX350, may have a vacuum pump assembly with an incorrectly manufactured component. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Apr 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

Vincentric hands out first Certified Pre-Owned awards

Vincentric Best CPO Value in Canada awards recognize strong CPO programs

Inaugural awards saw Honda named brand winner in Car and SUV/Crossover/Van, Lexus in Luxury SUV/Crossover, Audi in Luxury Car and Ford for Truck. Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Apr 2, 2018, 2:30 AM

FCA recalls more than 300,000 Ram pickups

Pickups in snow-belt regions may have corroded fuel tank brackets

An internal Fiat Chrysler Automobiles investigation revealed a fuel-tank bracket may corrode over time, allowing the fuel tank to sag out of position. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 18, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Ford recalls 1.4M cars over control, fire issues

Ford Focus and Fusion, Lincoln MKZ recalled for steering, clutch problems

2014-18 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs may lose steering control, 2013-15 Ford Focus and Fusion gearbox clutches may crack, potentially leading to a fire. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 15, 2018, 2:30 AM

Nearly 110,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in February

Biggest recalls involved Ram pickups and Mitsubishi RVR compact SUVs

23 models from 12 marques recalled for a variety of issues ranging from fuel leaks and water drainage, to faulty shift interlocks and incorrect labels. Read More

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Ford recalls Taurus models on rollaway fears

Recall affects 2,100 sedans all in the US and federalized territories

Affected cars are equipped with an ignition key that can be removed without the shift lever in Park, which might allow an unbraked car to roll away. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 3, 2018, 3:30 AM

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

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

J.D. Power study ranks car brands annually in terms of dependability after three years of use, so these 2018 rankings are based on 2015 models. Read More

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

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Ford, Lincoln recall crossovers over braking issues

Ford Escape, Lincoln MKC siblings may have incorrect front brake hoses

Vehicles might lose braking ability because of incorrect front brake jounce hoses that could wear prematurely due to contact with surrounding components. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 17, 2018, 10:30 PM

Ram expands shift interlock recall; adds 229,000

Ram HD trucks with column shifters may shift out of Park unintentionally

The shift lever can move out of Park without the necessary safety feature of applying the brake pedal, and can even shift without a key in the ignition. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 16, 2018, 10:30 PM

Toyota recalls 23,000 cars over fuel leak concerns

Toyota Camry, and Lexus GS F, LC 500, RC F affected in separate recalls

Camrys from 2018 may have improperly connected fuel pipes and hoses; Lexus GS F, LC 500 and RC F may have cracked covers on high-pressure fuel pumps. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 15, 2018, 3:30 AM

Toyotas dominate 2018 Best Retained Value Awards

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

New models traditionally lose 20% of their worth in the first year of ownership and half of a vehicle’s value can evaporate after just three years. Read More

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

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Nearly 880,000 recalls in Canada on January

Over a half million vehicles added to massive Takata airbag recall

879,883 vehicles, made up of 88 models from 27 brands, were recalled for issues such as faulty engine, transmission and brake parts, to incorrect labels. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 3, 2018, 10:35 PM

Toyota recalling 53,000 vehicles over airbag issues

2016 Prius, 2016 Lexus RX, 2015-16 Lexus NX airbags may not deploy

Airbag system sensors may develop an open circuit, which might prevent side-impact, side air curtains and/or front airbags from deploying in a crash. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 1, 2018, 3:30 AM

If you fancy that, consider this

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

We take a close look at the reliability record of some popular models and suggest what may be more reliable alternatives within the same segments. Read More

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

Mazda issues "stop drive" recall for B-Series

2006 pickups recalled following driver airbag fatalities in Ford Ranger

Recall affects trucks with non-desiccated Takata driver airbags not covered under the original recall that affected millions of vehicles worldwide. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Jan 19, 2018, 3:30 AM

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Ford Ranger airbag ruptures claim two lives; force recall

Affected 2006 pickups fitted with Takata airbags built on the same day

Ford requests that owners stop driving their vehicles and make arrangements to immediately have dealers pick up the trucks to replace airbag modules. Read More

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Chrysler recalls more than 162,000 minivans

Pacifica minivans may have software glitch that causes engine to stall

Recall affects 2017 Pacifica minivans (but not Hybrid models), whereby the engine control module could incorrectly assess the engine’s operating status. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Jan 12, 2018, 5:30 PM

It's time Santa traded in sleigh for newer model

Excessive mileage, condition and insurance costs all point to upgrade time

UK vehicle history checker HPI suggests that sleigh replacement might help jolly old elf perform annual duties much more comfortably and efficiently. Read More

Used Cars Dec 26, 2017, 4:30 PM

10 forgotten models that make great used-car buys

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

Tired of seeing the same cars and trucks on every corner? You can still draw curious glances in a rare model nobody else is driving, at a bargain price. Read More

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

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33 models of the 60 recalled in Canada in October

Nearly 630,000 vehicles were named in recalls during October in Canada

Thirty-three recalls issued in October for 628,884 vehicles, citing 60 models from 23 brands over issues ranging from incorrect labels to fire risks. Read More

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11 budget beaters for commuting to campus

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

For around $8,000 – less than the price of many residence fees – a smart student could be driving to class and acquiring some essential life skills. 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

Kia and BMW are at opposite ends of the reliability/durability rankings and not in the order one might expect based on their prices. Read More

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Data shows higher priced used cars not always better

UK used car history provider shows Fords with fewer warnings than BMWs

Of mycarcheck.com’s most checked, Fords registered warnings in just 37% of checks, while BMWs registered warnings in 58%, and Audis registered in 53%. Read More

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Should you buy a used Ford Mustang?

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

The 2010-14 Mustangs are worthy representatives of the nameplate but the V-8 models may be better choices than the more-troublesome V-6s. Read More

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

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

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

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study ranks 31 automotive brands according to problems reported by owners of three-year-old vehicles. 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

The Tiguan impresses with its thoughtful engineering and refined, fun-to-drive character but it can disappoint with post-warranty repair costs. Read More

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

Subaru, Toyota, Porsche hold their value best of all brands

2017 Canadian Black Book Retained Value Awards separate the best from the rest

Depreciation is the single largest expense of owning a vehicle, which makes value retention hugely important in selecting what model to buy. Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Car Buying Feb 14, 2017, 11:30 AM

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

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

There’s much to like about the 2010-16 Equinox and Terrain but there are more reliable and more fuel-efficient compact crossovers to consider. 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

Here are all the late-model used minivans on the market, ranked from worst to best in terms of minivan function and reliability. 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

GM sweat the details to remove the “truckiness” but not the functionality of the 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. Read More

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10 fun AWD winter beaters for under $12K

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

A small crossover offers the benefits of AWD without the lofty price or heavy fuel consumption of a big SUV – and it’s even more affordable used. Read More

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

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New Aston Martin used car program goes global

Aston Martin’s pre-owned sports cars come with full factory backing

Program covers last 10 years of Aston Martin models, including DB9, DBS and V-12 Vantage, as well as exclusives such as the V-12 Zagato and One-77. Read More

Used Cars Nov 2, 2016, 8:30 PM

Should you buy a used Mini Cooper?

The Mini Cooper is a fun car to lease and return before the warranty ends

Long ranked in the basement of J.D. Power dependability ratings, the Mini can induce headaches both within and beyond the warranty period. Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Nov 2, 2016, 5:30 PM

Ten truly scary used cars to avoid

What brings true terror to adults is the prospect of big auto repair bills

Here are ten scary late-model used cars that tend to break down, terrifying their owners with high maintenance and repair bills. Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Automotive Reviews Oct 19, 2016, 8:05 AM

11 used-car bargains thanks to big up-front depreciation

It pays to let the original buyers take the big initial depreciation hit

Brand-new cars and trucks hemorrhage value in the form of depreciation, the unseen scourge of household budgets. Read More

Car Buying Used Cars Luxury Cars Oct 5, 2016, 3:55 AM

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