Water and electronics don’t mix. It doesn’t matter what the technology is: water causes electrical issues. This is why flood damaged cars should only be sold as salvage vehicles. A salvage vehicle requires repairs and an inspection before registering it as a driveable vehicle. Unfortunately, many vehicles with flood damage still end up on the... Read More.
The proliferation of SUV models in today’s marketplace means there’s one out there to suit almost anyone’s needs. This is especially true in the luxury categories, where many upscale automakers now offer crossover coupes that share their rugged drivetrains with SUVs but look sportier. Most of the mid-size SUV/crossover coupes come from German luxury brands,... Read More.
Compact cars are still an important part of the Canadian auto marketplace, but you wouldn’t know it if you visited a General Motors, Ford or Dodge dealership. These domestic brands, formerly known as the Big Three, have abandoned most of their car models in favour of satisfying the market’s appetite for SUVs. That makes the... Read More.
by Lori Straus Finding a decent car for $10,000 is doable, but you have to do your research. In this blog post, we’ll share with you a few tips and resources to help you on your treasure hunt. The Age of the Vehicle Unlike vehicles under $5,000, which will most likely be at least 10... Read More.
by Lori Straus Finding a decent car for under $5,000 CAD isn’t impossible, but it can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll share with you a few tips to help your hunt, and we’ll lay to rest a few assumptions about cars in that price range. Are Cars Under $5,000 Really Old? Yes and... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’re looking for a way to move a family of five or six, no vehicle can beat a minivan’s practicality and interior space. And for family buyers on a budget, a minivan that’s about 10 years old could be an affordable way to meet your daily driving needs. However, as when... 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.
The debate over whether it’s smarter to buy a vehicle new or used will never end. Used-car proponents cite depreciation-related savings and the fact that pre-owned cars come with fewer fees added to their prices. Meanwhile, the peace of mind of a full manufacturer’s warranty plays most heavily in favour of a new car. But... Read More.
by Lori Straus Have you ever thought about renting a car as part of your car-buying research? It might be useful if you’re considering changing the type of vehicle you want to drive. Test drives in those instances might not give you enough time to evaluate the new vehicle. After all, how will you know... Read More.