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Will gas prices put the brakes on road trips?
May 11, 2022 by Adam Malik

A new industry survey reported that a significant number of Canadians will be staying closer to home this summer as gas prices keep setting new record heights. Canadian woke up on Mother’s Day to the highest national average price for

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The effect of high gas prices on auto repair
May 10, 2022 by Adam Malik

High gas prices will affect how consumers view auto repair needs in a few ways, according to a recent report. An Aftermarket iReport from Lang Marketing listed the mode of repair, how auto repairs are purchased, and where do-it-for-me (DIFM)

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April new car sales continue dim outlook
May 6, 2022 by Adam Malik

It was one year ago that the semi-conductor shortage hit the new vehicle market in a drastic way. Today, things are not any better, according to new analysis from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The group releases sales numbers from April 2022

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Why Canadians choose dealers over independents
May 3, 2022 by Adam Malik

More Canadian vehicle owners choose to only go to dealerships for maintenance and repair needs than those who only choose to visit an independent shop, a new industry survey has found. The Automotive Industries Association of Canada releases a report

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Can customers handle price increases as inflation continues?
April 29, 2022 by Adam Malik

Inflation doesn’t show any signs of slowing down but it doesn’t appear consumers are changing their purchasing habits as a result, according to financial experts speaking at a recent aftermarket conference. While the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, consumers are feeling

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How new vehicles sales are predicted to trend
April 29, 2022 by Adam Malik

In the short term, new vehicle sales will be negatively impacted by supply chain constraints and semi-conductor shortages. Longer-term, however, as these issues ease, numbers will go up despite some barriers, according to a new report. Retail sales of new

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How distracted Canadians are when driving
April 28, 2022 by Adam Malik

More than four-in-five Canadians admit to driving distracted and more than half see it as more dangerous than impaired driving, according to a pair of new surveys. The fourth annual distracted driving report from RatesDotCa found that 83 per cent

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What Canadians are saying about how much they’ll drive
April 27, 2022 by Adam Malik

The pandemic and the need to commute to the office are influencing how much Canadians are driving and what kind of vehicle they want to own, according to a recent survey. Nearly half (48 per cent) of Canadians told a

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EV sales on the rise, stats show
April 27, 2022 by Adam Malik

While there has been much talk recently about an increased interest in electric vehicles, there is now data that is indeed showing an upward trend. Sales of EVs were up 60 per cent in 2021, according to Statistics Canada. In

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Ford F-series sales plummet in Canada
April 27, 2022 by Adam Malik

Supply chain issues wreaked havoc on the sales of Canada’s top-selling vehicle. Ford F-series vehicles sales took a tumble to start 2022, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The Ford F-series has been the top-selling vehicle in Canada every year since

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Why miles driven numbers should remain high
April 22, 2022 by Adam Malik

Mileage among drivers has returned to around levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic forced vehicles owners to park their cars in their driveways and garages. That can be attributed to the fact that people are eager to get behind their

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Used vehicles keep getting more expensive
April 22, 2022 by Adam Malik

The price for a used vehicle continued to rise in March but the pace at which it’s increasing seems to have slowed. Canadian Black Book released its monthly index for March recently. The index sits at a new record high