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Drive Clean Vehicle Program Cancelled

It has been announced by The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that the Ontario Drive Clean program has been canceled effective April 1, 2019. This mandatory vehicle emissions testing program will no longer be required after the cancellation date, but vehicle owners will still be required to make sure that their vehicle’s emissions systems are working properly at all times.  Ontario has cited that the reason for the cancellation is to avoid taxpayers costs by up to $40 million a year. Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to have a Drive Clean emissions test performed for their vehicle. If your vehicle is due for a Drive Clean test before the cancellation date, you will still be required to have the test performed on your vehicle before you can renew registration. Until the effective cancellation date, the first Drive Clean emissions test to renew registration for light duty vehicles will be free.  While the Drive Clean program ... read more

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DRIVE CLEAN CHANGES APRIL 2017

DRIVE CLEAN CHANGES APRIL 2017

So come April 1 2017 there will be changes to the Drive Clean Emission Program. Some, oh probably most of the drivers out there dislike the program and I would agree even as an owner a business that has done thousands of them, i have my issues as well. The program does have some merit in that those who choose to disregard maintaining there vehicle have some sort of accountability to ensure its care and environmental footprint is reduced.  As basic as I can translate all the information coming my way here of some of the changes coming.  No more $30.00 test fee on the initial first test. You pass great, the government pays. You fail the government pays.  Ok, you failed. Your retest at the original testing facility is Customer Pay $17.50 + tax, if you choose another facility for the re test then it's Customer Pay $30.00 + tax.  No, you can't cheat and go from one fail to another - as your VIN# of your car will tell the fa ... read more

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Michelin Tire Safety Recall

MICHELIN ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR COMMERCIAL LIGHT TRUCK TIRES Laval, QC (Dec. 13, 2013) – Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. today announced a safety recall of approximately 76,000 of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires in Canada. These tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs, and some large pickup trucks. No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires. This recall, which has been reported to Transport Canada, is being issued because an increasing number of tires are experiencing tread loss and/or rapid air loss. The recalled tires were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. The Department of Transportation (DOT) date range that appears on the tire sidewall is represented by four numbers, with the first two digits denoting the week, and the last two digits representing the year. The DOT range and product identi ... read more

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Drive Clean Price Changes April1,2014

Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test Ontario Committed to Fair Pricing and Clean Air Starting April 1, vehicle owners will pay five dollars less for their Drive Clean emission tests. After 12 years in deficit due to start-up costs, Drive Clean went into surplus in 2011. The province is reducing the test fee from $35 to $30 to make sure the program does not take in more money than it costs to run. According to the Ontario Medical Association, smog contributes to 9,500 premature deaths each year. Repairs made to cars and trucks as a result of Drive Clean tests reduce smog emissions by more than one-third. Ensuring fair prices for government programs and services is part of Ontario’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. Quick Facts Drive Clean has kept more than 335,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants from entering the air since 1999. Drive Clean fees for heavy duty vehicles are set by individu ... read more

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CTV News Consumer Alert New Car Warranty

I thought this was a great clip from CTV News Consumer Alert the other night. For years we educated about maintenance and care for vehicle longevity. However, our emotional concern for fear of vehicle failure leads us to either purchase new cars when the older one is still fine or purchase extended warranty when with proper care the car should operate fine for many years. Average vehicle now goes 260,000 kms before being crushed. In the coming years they say that will move towards 333,000 kilometers. Sils Auto has industry leading base warranty and on top of that the Sils Auto Lifetime Protection Plan. Check out the website for details. Here is the link to the CTV clip with Pat Foran. CTV News carlo sabucco

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