12/23/2011 Ten events that shaped the car industry in 2011 Although the new car market improved slightly in 2011 (Canadian vehicle sales rose 1.8 per cent), with November being a particularly good month (sales rose 4.4 per cent), this year has been unpredictable at best.
11/25/2011 10 things to remember if you’re in a car crash One of the realities of driving an automobile is the possibility of being involved in a collision. It’s estimated that one out of every four people who drive will be involved in a traffic accident in their lifetime.
10/27/2011 What you can do to keep car thieves at bay In the time it takes to read this column, a vehicle somewhere in Canada will be stolen, according to Statistics Canada (2009). That’s about 300 vehicles per day and 108,000 per year.
10/21/2011 6 car warning lights you should never ignore As today’s vehicles have become more sophisticated and dependent on technology, the number of warning lights has multiplied, and they have become far more sensitive to the inner workings of your car.
09/16/2011 Customers Should Know a Dealership’s Door is Always Open Judging from the feedback I receive from Wheels readers, I sometimes get the impression that consumers regard auto dealerships as palaces of mystery and intrigue, where dealer principals and staff members sit around plotting ways to hoodwink the public.
09/09/2011 Why It’s Worth it to Lease Your Next Car Between 2008 and 2009, auto leasing declined dramatically in Canada, mostly as a result of lower residual values, a tightening of the credit markets and weaker consumer demand.
07/22/2011 Checklist: How to have a safe holiday weekend One of the great Canadian traditions is the holiday long weekend, especially during summer. Canadians climb into their vehicles and head to cottages, beaches and campgrounds for a few days of fun and relaxation.
07/01/2011 Race cars and their technology One of Canada's premier auto races is the Honda Indy Toronto, which takes place on the streets around Exhibition Stadium next weekend. As that event draws near, I'd like to reflect on the relationship between auto racing and passenger vehicles over the past century.
06/24/2011 Preparation's the key to stress-free road trip Many families and individuals are planning road trips this summer. Some of those trips will involve hundreds of kilometers (or more) of driving in a variety of weather conditions.
06/03/2011 Wanted: A few good men and women When young people are asked to describe their ideal career, they often point to respected professions such as law, medicine, engineering, technology and banking. The automobile industry rarely makes the list.
05/27/2011 Young auto school graduates carry the torch forward As more and more automotive sales managers, salespeople, technicians, and service advisors retire over the coming years, new car dealerships will be challenged to find the right individuals to fill those positions.
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BOB REDINGER SIGNS OFF AS TADA PRESIDENTThis is my final Wheels column as president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA).
It has been my pleasure serving as president, and I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed being a Wheels columnist in Canada’s largest circulation newspaper for the past year.