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Hellaflush cars get hella banned in Quebec, rest of Canada to follow?

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Okay boys and girls, you’ve been warned! The hellaflush movement is now forbidden by the Quebec government SAAQ (Société de l’assurance du Québec), meaning the practice of stancing out your wheels on a sweet hellaflush ride will no longer be tolerated.

While making extensive custom car modifications to your wheels, tires and suspension is nothing new, (especially in the world of aftermarket tuning), the popularity of hellaflush style among car enthusiasts is undeniably a huge trend these days. So much so, that it’s even spawned its own hellaflush-specific car shows like Fitted Lifestyle alongside countless websites and forums dedicated specifically to finding the right stance and achieving the most outrageous hellaflush fitment.

Regardless of how good or bad you think it looks, Quebec officials say drivers with hellaflush rides are being ‘hella dangerous’ on the road, citing that this type of now illegal modification affects the handling and maneuverability required of any cars on public roads… READ MORE

Hellaflush cars get hella banned in Quebec, rest of Canada to follow?

Hellaflush cars get hella banned in Quebec, rest of Canada to follow? originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The worst cars for resale value

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When it comes to buying a new car, one thing consumers often forget to factor in is resale value. Unless you plan to literally drive a car until it dies or becomes nearly worthless (whichever comes first), you’ll want to pay close attention to this list of 10 vehicles with the worst resale value based on the per cent of its original value after 5 years.

Make sure you carefully consider a car’s resale value before you decide to buy, sell or even trade-in your next vehicle. While it may not initially seem as important as knowing the top 10 best and worst cars for rust, the most fuel efficient cars of 2014 and 10 most reliable new cars, this list of the top 10 worst cars for resale value is worth a look.

The worst cars for resale value originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 5 Most Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

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Cars are expensive and complex machines that need to be maintained properly so that they don’t break down prematurely. If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 200,000-300,000 kms without needing major costly repairs. However, neglecting you car’s maintenance needs (or attempting some of the world’s worst DIY repairs yourself) can leave you with additional damage done and a larger bill that could have been avoided.

Click here to view the top five most commonly-made mistakes to avoid making with your car. Doing so will save you loads of money and ensure that your vehicle has a long, healthy and happy life.

Top 5 Most Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

Top 5 Most Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Edmunds’ long-term Tesla Model S has been wonderful, woeful

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We generally don’t report on other outlets’ long-term model tests, but Edmunds just completed a 17-month ownership experience with a 2013 Tesla Model S. It’s just too interesting not to share.

The site bought a 2013 Model S Performance model for the added range of its 85-kilowatt-hour battery and tossed on a good variety of options for a total price of US$105,005, including a wall charger. In terms of driving the electric hatchback, the folks there seemed to love it. There were a few minor gripes, but for the most part it offered sufficient driving range, plenty of space and generally good quality.

However, the ownership experience was hardly flawless. The journalists there were never quite able to hit the Model S’ promised range of 265 miles (427 kilometres), with a best real-world result of 230.4 miles (370.8 kilometres) during their ownership. Also, while they had it, the Model S had a rash of unscheduled trips for service – seven times – and their Tesla left them stranded by the side of the road once.

These weren’t just some minor quibbles, either. The drive unit was replaced three times and the main battery once. That massive center info screen had to be manually reset nine times and was completely replaced once, as well. Edmunds writers forgave some of the faults, though. Their Tesla was an early production model, and some of the fixes were a result of technical service bulletins. They never had to pay for any of it, other than buying a new set of tires.

While this is all anecdotal evidence based on just a single Model S, it doesn’t make the Model S sound like an easy car to live with all the time. You can get the full skinny on the love/loathe affair directly from Edmunds by clicking here.

Edmunds’ long-term Tesla Model S has been wonderful, woeful

Edmunds’ long-term Tesla Model S has been wonderful, woeful originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Here’s how Nissan’s bird poop proof car paint works

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It looks like Nissan maybe about to win the first ever battle in the long running war between cars and birds. Imagine a new car paint technology that’s resistant to bird poop as well as water, dirt ,and all sorts of other road grime (as shown here)

Imagine no longer folks, as we head to Nissan North America HQ in Nashville, TN for a tech demonstration of Nissan’s new technology aiming to even the score in the battle of cars vs. birds. Click here to watch the video above and see it in action for yourself.

Here’s how Nissan’s bird poop proof car paint works originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skymeet 2014 features rare collection of Nissan Skyline GT-Rs in Canada

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Here at Autoblog Canada we often drive the latest new cars, but to be honest, we will always make time to appreciate the classics out there. The Nissan Skyline was a performance staple in its native Japan for nearly 20 years before the company finally unveiled the GT-R to the world in 2008. For most North Americans, the R35 is all they know and have never had the opportunity to experience some of the legacy models like the: R32, R33 and highly advanced R34. However, the annual Skymeet event held in Toronto each summer draws in record numbers of them from across the country.

Here in Canada, our vehicle importation laws allow any vehicle 15 years old (or older) to be easily brought in. And when late 2004 came around, the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R was eligible and ships carrying them started flowing into western ports. As the most winning GT race car of all time, the R32 was the dream of those fascinated with its 29 consecutive race wins, spanning four straight seasons of Japan touring car series. With a 280 hp 2.6L twin turbo inline-6, all-wheel steering and intelligent all-wheel drive, the featherweight chassis was lightyears ahead of other street cars and totally dominated in race trim.

Enthusiasts also imported other Skylines including the RWD, single turbo GTS-T and the 4-door GTS-4 but often swap in the more potent RB26DETT mill to push them. More recently, the R33 GT-R has become a more common sight, with the holy grail of the lineup still being the R34 GT-R, which will be eligible for import this year in late 2014.

Skymeet 2014 brought out many Skylines from different provinces for a day of sun, food and awards. Click here to check out our full photo gallery from the team at AMS Motorsports who photographed most of these nearly quarter century classics for us to share with all of you.

Skymeet 2014 features rare collection of Nissan Skyline GT-Rs in Canada originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 popular gas-saving myths revealed

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The summer road trip season is officially here and after spotting the worst gas prices in Canada earlier this year, we wanted to share and more importantly debunk some of the most common gas-saving myths we often hear.

While there are plenty of gas-saving tips to put extra dollars in your pocket, some may actually cause you to burn more gas and even damage your car. Click here to continue reading about the most common fuel-saving myths and then head over to our list of proven ways you can actually save more money at the pumps.

11 popular gas-saving myths revealed

11 popular gas-saving myths revealed originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 10 toughest new cars to negotiate

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Shopping for a new car doesn’t have to be a stressful and frustrating experience. Here at Autoblog Canada, we’re always working hard to provide car shopping tips and advice on things like the cheapest all-wheel drive cars in Canada, biggest car buying myths and misconceptions and how to score a better deal: The complete guide to car price quotes.

With help from TrueCar.com, we’ve come up with a list of top 10 the most difficult new cars to negotiate on right now. Our list features vehicles selling at very near or even in some cases above their sticker price. Why? Because these cars are either extremely in high demand or still very new to the market for 2014, meaning dealerships are much less inclined to negotiate on price or offer any discounts on them right now.

Many of these top 10 toughest new cars to negotiate aren’t just expensive luxury cars either, as our list includes a wide range of cars from the 2015 Honda Fit and all-new Porsche Macan. While we all want a good deal, most of the vehicles found on our “no-negotiation” list are still among our favourite cars out there right now.

If you’re looking for a big discount on a new car, you’ll be better off either waiting longer to buy one of these popular picks or skipping them all together. Click here to see which new cars are the toughest to negotiate if you’re car shopping this Summer.

Top 10 toughest new cars to negotiate originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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8 simple car repairs you can fix yourself

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Don’t let our list of top 10 worst do-it-yourself car repairs scare you off, as there are still plenty of simple car repairs you can actually perform yourself in order to easily avoid costly repair bills you really shouldn’t have to pay.

Although many car maintenance items and major repair should be left up to trusted professionals, things like installing a new battery, replacing a light bulb or changing a tire (see: How to properly change a tire) don’t often require much effort and can end up saving you a lot of time and money.

Click here to countdown the top 8 most simple car repairs you shouldn’t have to pay for and can easily perform yourself.

8 simple car repairs you can fix yourself originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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