Tips & Advice

Car Care Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of information does a technician need to diagnose a problem with my vehicle?
When you bring your vehicle in, try to explain the problem(s) as fully as you can. For example, if your car is making a noise, pay attention to when you hear the noise. Is the noise present all the time, or does it only occur when you turn the wheel or use the brakes? Some problems only occur when the engine is hot, cold or when traveling at certain speeds. Providing as much information as possible to the technician will save time and money.

How often should I have a wheel alignment performed?
Calgary's assortment of curbs and potholes can alter your vehicle's alignment, causing premature tire wear and/or steering issues. We recommend that your vehicle's alignment be checked twice per year. Alignments should be performed whenever tires have been replaced or any steering or suspension components replaced. Checking alignment protects your investment in your newly serviced vehicle.

How often should I have my vehicle serviced?
Oil changes are recommended every 5,000 kilometers when using conventional motor oil, or up to 8,500 kilometers when using synthetic motor oil. We check the manufacturer's recommendations for specific service items, based on vehicle mileage. We also check all fluid levels and conditions with each maintenance check and advise the client accordingly. 

I am considering buying a vehicle. How can I be sure it's in good condition?
We offer a safety inspection service, which most insurance companies in Alberta require prior to insuring vehicles 10 years or older. Let us do a thorough inspection of the vehicle before you buy it. We can save you hundreds, and possibly thousands, of dollars in repairs. We want to help you make the right decision when buying a vehicle.