Day: June 5, 2021

Here’s how to check if your car has a recall

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Car recalls happen far more often than you may realize, and the truth is, your car may be part of one at any moment. Whether you purchased a car new or used, owned it for months or years, open recalls happen all the time — and you’re entitled to a repair for your car, truck or SUV. Automakers are required by law to send out recall alerts to owners, including via mail, email and sometimes over the phone, but these notices can be pretty easy to miss. Thankfully, keeping tabs on open recalls is actually a very simple process.

If you’re wondering if your vehicle is part of a recall, read on to follow the simple steps to check.

1. Locate your VIN

Your unique 17-character vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be found in a number of places on your vehicle. Think of it like your

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Top Gear America Puts Dream Cars to the Test at Thunderhill Raceway Park!

Everyone remembers them, you probably had one growing up (possibly still do)—a Lamborghini Countach poster circa the 1980s. The Countach is a dream car unlike any other, adorning more walls and inspiring generations of automotive enthusiasts all over the world. But everyone knows it’s a piece of crap. Never meet your heroes, kids, you’re often disappointed. Is that always the case? The Top Gear America hosts beg to differ and the producers aren’t going to make it easy on them, so they’re back at Thunderhill Raceway Park to find out if dream cars are more than just poster art.

Dream cars aren’t always the flagship models of boutique Italian sports car makers. Take the  Top Gear America hosts for example: Right off the bat, Rob Corddry has a polarizing vehicle in this category, a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Eccentric as always, Rob, but that’s why we love you. Dax

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How to increase confidence when buying a used car

a group of people standing next to a window: A young family shopping for a used car at a dealership

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A young family shopping for a used car at a dealership

Let’s take a look at the results of a recent survey by Kijiji Autos Canada, and what it tells us specifically about buying a used car during the pandemic. As car shoppers do more than ever online, online auto marketplaces are taking extra steps to understand the changing habits of those shoppers during the pandemic. Analysis of this information can help reveal what’s driving more shoppers to used cars, what challenges they’re facing along the way, and what a shopper can do to anticipate and mitigate those challenges and stresses.

According to Kijiji’s survey data, close to one quarter of Canadians say they’ve considered buying or upgrading their car since the start of the pandemic, with about 19 per cent having visited at least one car dealership.

Canadians are buying a lot of used cars

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