Start 2020 Right with These New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers

New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers | Toronto, ON

Every time the calendar begins again on New Year’s Day, people around the world set new resolutions to improve themselves. Are you planning to join them? This year, consider one of these New Year’s resolution for drivers.  

Practice eco-friendly habits. If you want to help the environment, you don’t have to trade in your car for a hybrid model — though that will certainly help. Instead, begin by practicing eco-friendlier habits. Avoid idling in rush-hour traffic, make sure you accelerate smoothly, and take public transportation if you can. This will help you reduce your fuel consumption, therefore reducing the impact you have on the Earth’s atmosphere.

Don’t forget your car’s routine maintenance. Life can get busy, which makes it difficult to remember your car’s regular maintenance. Vow to make sure your vehicle gets the maintenance it needs — when it needs it.

Go on an adventure. A fresh start means it’s time for some adventure. Rather than putting off your dream road trip, why not take it in 2020? Create a bucket list of road-trip destinations you want to see, pack up your car, and head out on the open road.

Here at Downtown Autogroup, we encourage you to consider these resolutions for drivers as you strive to meet your goals in 2020.

Get Merry with These Holiday Events in Toronto

Holiday Events in Toronto, ON

Do you hear the sound of jingle bells in the distance? It’s that season again, and we’ve rounded up a few holiday events in Toronto that you can enjoy.

Toronto Christmas Market

Whether you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done early or merely want to get into the holiday spirit, head on over to the Toronto Christmas Market. Located in the Distillery Historic District, this market takes place every year, bringing you the opportunity to enjoy festive food and drink while shopping for local artisan products. Held from Nov. 14 to Dec. 22, it will be open every day during this time except for Mondays.

“The Nutcracker” at the National Ballet of Canada

Start a new holiday tradition with your family by going to see “The Nutcracker” as performed by the National Ballet of Canada. Set in 19th century Russia, this ballet performance will transport you directly into the magical world of sugarplum fairies, giving you the chance to experience nonstop dancing, magnificent sets, and beautiful costumes. The company will be performing this classic ballet from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4.

The holidays should be a time for fun, friends, and family, and our staff at Downtown Autogrouphopes these events help you make the most of the season.

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Get Your Car Ready for Winter | Toronto, ON

The days are growing shorter and the weather’s getting brisker, which means it’s time to start thinking ahead on car care. Make sure you’re prepared for lower temperatures with these tips to help get your car ready for winter.

Change to winter tires. The lower temperatures of Canadian winters bring icy, snowy, and rain-slick roads. Be sure you’re getting the best traction possible by bringing your car into Downtown Autogroup to get your winter tires put on.

Be ready for anything. You never know what life will throw your way, so make sure you’re prepared for any emergency. Gather emergency tools that will come in handy when the weather gets colder and the snow starts to fall, such as a flashlight, shovel, jumper cables, ice scraper, a bag of sand, flares, and warm clothing.

Get a new battery. Low temperatures can affect your battery’s ability to work. Because of this, now is the perfect time to get a new battery. If your battery is relatively new, then make sure it’s in proper working order before you get caught with a dead battery in the cold.

Top off your car’s fluids. Your car needs fluids to run, so make sure you have all of them at the appropriate levels. This includes your windshield wiper fluid and your antifreeze.

Contact one of our many DAG locations for service today and get winter ready!

Buying a Vehicle for a Teen Driver

Vehicle for a Teen Driver | Toronto, ON
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Now that your teenager has her driver’s license, it’s time to help her purchase her first car. To make the process easier, check out these tips on buying a vehicle for a teen driver.

  1. Plan ahead. Before you start shopping, make sure you and your teen discuss a few things. Figure out who will be paying for what when it comes to car expenses, set ground rules for car use, and make sure your teen driver understands the type of vehicle she will be receiving.
  2. Think about efficiency. Throughout Canada, gas prices continue to rise. That means owning a car can be expensive, especially if you’re using it every day. Whether your teen driver is heading off to high school every morning or plans on commuting to her university a few times a week, purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle might be a solid option in the long run.
  3. Consider buying used. Used vehicles tend to be a better option for a new driver than a brand-new one. A used vehicle saves you money in the short term, while also allowing your teen driver to get used to being out on the road without the stress of being behind the wheel of an expensive new vehicle.

Still have questions about buying the best vehicle for your teen? Stop in to one of our Downtown Autogroup locations and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

4 Terms to Know When Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car | DAG Blog | Toronto, ON
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So, you’ve done it — you’ve decided that you want to purchase a used car. Before you begin the process of purchasing, though, it’s important that you understand the specific terminology that come with buying a used car.

  1. Equity: If you’re trading in your own vehicle, you might still owe money on it. If the money you owe happens to be less than the trade-in is worth, then you have equity on the vehicle. This equity can likely be applied to the purchase price of your new used vehicle.
  2. Wholesale Value: Also known as the trade-in value, this term applies to the amount you can expect your trade-in car to receive from a wholesaler or re-seller (a dealership). The wholesale value of your car will vary based on multiple factors.
  3. Down Payment: When you choose the used car you want to purchase, unless you’re paying for the vehicle entirely in cash, you will likely have to make a down payment. This is a one-time payment made towards the purchase price of your used vehicle, helping to reduce the monthly payment amounts of your loan.
  4. Finance: If you opt for a loan to purchase your new used vehicle, you will be financing the vehicle. This means a lender will pay for the up-front purchase and you will receive a loan that you’ll repay over time.

To learn more, contact one of our location’s finance department as a part of the Downtown Autogroup. We’ll be happy to walk you through what you need to know to purchase a pre-owned ride.

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Drivers

Back To School | Toronto, ON
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Summer is almost over and the new school term is just around the corner. As you prepare your kids to head back to class with supplies and new clothes, make sure you’re also preparing yourself to drive through school zones. Here are some back-to-school safety tips that will help you prepare.

Keep an eye out for children. Children are small and easily excitable. This means they might not be paying attention to where they’re going, or dart in the road without looking. Be vigilant as you’re driving around schools to ensure you can stop in time if a child does run from between parked cars.

Follow the speed limit. School zones have a set speed limit to keep students safe. Children on their way to school can easily get distracted, accidentally stepping into the street. Sticking to the speed limit can help ensure you can stop in time to prevent any accidents.

Obey crossing guards. Crossing guards are there to help keep children safe. Don’t ignore any directions you receive from them. If you’re at a traffic light and it turns green, but the crossing guard says to stay stopped, do what the guard indicates — he or she is trying to ensure that children are safely across the road before your vehicle moves.

Want to learn how Downtown Auto can help get you in a new, safe vehicle before school starts? Check out our new and used inventory of multiple brands and locations!

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Car

Service your Vehicle | Toronto, ON

Purchasing a new car is a big financial commitment, which is why it’s important to make sure you get the most out of your vehicle as possible. Here are some tips for extending the life of your car so you don’t have to worry about replacing it sooner rather than later.

Don’t ignore minor issues. Whether it’s a problem with your air conditioning or a slight vibration when you hit the brake pedal, ignoring minor car issues can potentially cause further damage in the long run. These easy-to-ignore problems can lead to an expensive fix, too, so bring your vehicle in to Downtown Autogroup and get looked over no matter how small the issue is.

Keep up with routine maintenance. Cars need to be taken care of at certain intervals. This means getting your vehicle’s oil changed, tires rotated, and brakes checked on time. Check out your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

Take care of your vehicle. It can be easy to forget to take your vehicle for a cleaning or to pick up any trash that has accumulated in your passenger foot well. Keeping your car clean, though, can help extend its life.

Change your air filter. Your air filter collects dust and other pollutants that enter your car. If you don’t remember to change your filter regularly, these particles can accumulate and have a negative effect on your fuel efficiency and engine performance.

Want to extend the life of your car? Find a service location for your vehicle, and make a service appointment.

3 Summer Car Care Tips

Summer car care tips | Downtown Autogroup | Toronto, ON

The weather might be milder in the summer, but your car can still take a beating when the temperature rises. During the warmer months, it’s still important to keep your car running smoothly. Here are some summer car care tips to help your car stay in tip-top shape this summer.

1. Check your coolant system and air conditioning

No one likes being hot during the summer, so make sure your coolant system and air conditioning are working well. Check your car’s coolant levels and get the system’s hoses and the coolant reservoir checked out here at Downtown Autogroup. Also, make sure your air-conditioning system isn’t leaking. These steps will ensure both you and your car’s engine stay cool in hot weather.

2. Change your windshield wipers

Rain happens all year round in Toronto, which means your windshield wipers are paramount to your safety. Make sure they’re in tip-top condition, checking for cracks in the rubber and any streaks when they’re in use.

3. Protect your dashboard

The sun’s damaging rays can really do a number on your car’s interior, not only heating it up but also causing ultraviolet damage to your dashboard’s upholstery. Use a sunshade to protect your car’s dashboard and keep its interior temperature a bit cooler so you won’t have to endure a sweltering interior when you get in.

For more information on Summer car tips or to schedule service, visit one of our great dealerships as a part of the Downtown Autogroup.

Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle | Downtown Autogroup | Toronto, ON
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Purchasing a used car is a smart way to save money while still getting the vehicle you want. But what do you need to ask the seller before you buy? Here are a few questions you should ask when buying a used vehicle.

Do you have the service records?

You want to purchase a vehicle that has been serviced regularly, and the service record will indicate just that.

Has it been in any accidents?

Accidents are usually noted in a vehicle’s history report, but it might not have everything. If you ask this question, make sure you also find out how the vehicle was damaged and fixed, because it can possibly cause issues in the future.

Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?

If you’re serious about buying the car, it’s important to have it looked over by a mechanic you trust. Most sellers will allow you to take the vehicle in for a once-over. If they won’t, then you probably don’t want to purchase the vehicle they’re selling.

What is the ownership history?

This question is important to determine whether the car has been owned a short time or not. It’s better to purchase a used car from a seller who has cared for the car for several years, as it is more likely to be in good working order.

For any other questions contact our supportive sales staff at one of our Downtown Autogroup locations!

Welcome to Downtown Autogroup’s Blog

Here at Downtown Autogroup we want our customers to always feel welcome, no matter the make or model they’re searching for. We pride ourselves in providing exemplary service to everyone who walks through our doors. Therefore, we strive to treat each person as an individual to ensure they find the vehicle they need for their lifestyle. It is important that we attend to our customers’ needs with paramount concern, respect, and professionalism during every visit at every one of our stores.

We know you have high expectations. Let us take on the challenge of exceeding your expectations during every visit with us. We want to make your shopping experience as stress-free and as enjoyable as possible. Our tenured sales staff is ready to share its knowledge, professionalism, and passion with you. So, please allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence to you!

We encourage you to browse our online new and pre-owned inventory. We have multiple makes and models to choose from and encourage you to book a test drive at one of our brand stores today. No matter your needs, we have the perfect vehicle for you. Shop now and investigate your financing options today.

We look forward to meeting you!