Key tips from experts on Keeping your first car

In the past month, a veritable army of students packed up their belongings and headed to college or university. Many carried those possessions in their first car, whether it was a rusting junker purchased with summer earnings, a heavily funded newer version or a brand new automobile courtesy of the Bank of Mom and Pop. Irrespective of the quality of their rides, most will have something in common: A whole lack of comprehension of car maintenance. Nothing against pupils or millennials; it is only a simple fact of life for those lacking experience. Add in the fact that they are…

Why is it illegal to put gas in my car on a Quebec highway shoulder?

My son-in-law ran out of petrol on Highway 20 in Dorval, Que. While he was on the shoulder of the road waiting for somebody to bring him a gallon of petrol, a routier [Quebec highway safety patrol] truck stopped and told him it was illegal to put petrol in his car on the side of the street, and he has to be towed. He explained that when the police came by he would find a $300 fine and demerits, and anyone who brought him petrol could find an $800 fine plus demerits. I have never heard of this and could…

My Kia Sorento makes awful noises when riding over bumps. What can I do?

Whenever I drive over a bump in the road or maybe a crack repaired with road tar, it sounds and feels like the wheels will come through the floor panel. The Kia dealer’s mechanic tested the car and told me all of the Sorentos have the identical issue. The problem began about eight months ago. All was fine up until then. What can I do? — Warren My study left me with a lot of factors, so that I reached out to Larry Morrison, fixed operations manager at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga. He guided me to a Kia Technical…

Can I get a ticket if I get pulled over and do not have my licence?

If I am driving my wallet and I get pulled over, will I be charged for driving without a license? I thought I had been allowed to make it within 24 hours. Can I save a photo of my license in my iPhone, just in case? — Dorothy, Oshawa, Ont. Authorities have licence to bill you — or maybe not — if you are driving without yours. However, a photograph on your phone will not help you — at least not yet. “It is up to the officer’s discretion — you might get lucky,” said Sergeant Kerry Schmidt of the…

What’s the least expensive way to replace my car’s bushing?

I have been advised that the driver’s side bushing requires replacement in my 2011 Toyota Venza. The part is known as a “knuckle” but it is $500 and you will need to get the entire part, since they don’t replace the bushing. Is there someplace that does take the present bit off and replace the bushing? — James The information you’re working with is faulty, since the knuckle on your automobile doesn’t have a bushing contained inside. The knuckle is the focus of the front suspension using the steering tie rod, strut and ball joints attaching to it. What you…

What does a previous accident do to my car’s resale value?

My car was rear-ended, causing a small crack to the back bumper. The fix was about $5,000 and now my car looks brand new. But when I try to sell it (I will sell privately because I will get more than when I tried to trade it in at a merchant), what will the car history report show? Can it show that $5,000 claim? And does this mean I am pretty much stuck losing that money when I sell that, realistically? — Cole, Edmonton When you are selling a car that has been in a crash, it’s easy to feel…

What does a previous accident do to my car’s resale value?

My car was rear-ended, causing a small crack to the back bumper. The fix was about $5,000 and now my car looks brand new. But when I try to sell it (I will sell privately because I will get more than when I tried to trade it in at a merchant), what will the car history report show? Can it show that $5,000 claim? And does this mean I am pretty much stuck losing that money when I sell that, realistically? — Cole, Edmonton When you are selling a car that has been in a crash, it’s easy to feel…

How to choose the pickup best suited to your needs

When Rick Lang drives Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary on a frosty winter day, he has developed a habit of counting the kinds of vehicles that he finds off the street, axle-deep in snow, or even worse. By his figuring, a disproportionate number of these are pickups. That is not just because there are so many of them nowadays. To Lang, director of operations in the Alberta Motor Association, it is because lots of those drivers do not understand that pickups with electronic stability systems are different beasts than a family sedan. “People think it is possible to drive…

The Insurance Company won’t write off it, although my car lost value in a rear-ending

I was rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic on the street. I wasn’t to blame. The insurance provider would like to repair it and I want to get it written off — although the residual value of the car is affected. It states repairing it’s going to cost $ 8,100 and has overappraised my car. However, I checked with dealerships that say my car was worth only $6,000-$9,000 will be worth $ 3,000 and before the collision-$4,000 after the repairs. I have a loan of $ 10,150, but I am willing to meet involving the repairs and the expense of the vehicle…

Is it legal to ride your bike once the street is busy?

I understand bicycles are considered vehicles and need to comply with the rules of the road. We walked amongst countless others on a Front Street after the baseball game. An older guy riding a bicycle with his dog running on a leash rang his bicycle bell to force his way through the traffic. I commented that it was illegal for him to be riding on the sidewalk as he passed. He responded that there was no bike lane on Front St. — as if that justified his being on the sidewalk. Was he right? — Tricia, Toronto You can not…