by Lori Straus Van life has become a lifestyle in the past decade, like minimalist living and the tiny house movement. Only, instead of retaining your apartment or home, or trying to find a place in the city that allows for a tiny home, van life is transitory. You get rid of almost everything, pack... Read More.
Today, upscale European automakers are the only ones that believe there’s some life left in the station wagon segment, mostly because these vehicles are still considered desirable by drivers in their home market. In North America, that means the only station wagons left are sporty premium models whose prices may be out of your reach.... Read More.
In the first two instalments in our high-versus-low series comparing similar mainstream and upscale vehicles, we pitted pairs of new vehicles against each other. This time, we’re switching our focus to the used-vehicle marketplace. In this matchup, our “high” option is the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a compact wagon that packaged some of the brand’s upscale touches... Read More.
by Chris Chase As we discussed in the first instalment in our High vs Low series, upscale automakers have injected a lot more variety into the marketplace in recent years. Much of that change has been driven by the addition of compact models aimed at first-time car buyers or shoppers looking for their first luxury... Read More.
by Chris Chase After the purchase price and maintenance costs, paying for fuel is one of the most expensive aspects of owing a vehicle. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the annual cost of keeping a car or truck fueled up ranges from $1,000 to more than $7,000, depending on the model you choose. With... Read More.
by Lori Straus An important factor in deciding what car you want to buy is what other people think about that car. You’ll likely research reviews, both by professionals and by car owners. A statistic related to review research is brand loyalty: how many people buy from the same brand again? In this blog post,... Read More.
Every new auto industry model year is a reminder that just because a vehicle is popular doesn’t mean it will stick around forever. The end of 2020 will see several well-known cars vanish from Canada’s marketplace, including a few mainstream favourites. Unsurprisingly, most of the cars disappearing from showrooms this year are sedans and hatchbacks,... Read More.
By Chris Chase When SUVs and crossovers first became popular as vehicles for daily driving, they were aimed mostly at buyers seeking off-road or all-weather traction and the general utility that comes with a larger, boxier vehicle. But as utility vehicle sales began to outpace those of cars, automakers realized there was an appetite for... Read More.
by Chris Chase Depreciation is a term you’ll see mentioned frequently at OntarioCars.ca, given our focus on the used vehicle market. It’s the rate at which a car or truck loses value after it’s purchased new. Where depreciation is concerned, all vehicles are not created equal. A vehicle’s rate of depreciation depends on a number... Read More.
by Chris Chase Eight-cylinder engines are out of fashion in many vehicle segments, thanks to modern technology that allows six-cylinder motors — and even some four-cylinders — to make as much power as V8s used to be known for. Still, a V8 remains one of the most straightforward ways to generate the power needed for... Read More.