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!