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This week we talk about the latest auto industry trends with Al-Karim Awadia, head of auto industry for Google Canada. We talk about some of the latest, increasingly popular trends such as the rise of e-commerce, online vehicle purchasing, and contractless vehicle delivery. We discuss the various benefits and potential concerns of these trends and how they are forcing dealerships to change their selling practices. Finally, we share our thoughts on the latest test drives of the week, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and 2021 Kia Sorento. 
This week we are joined by Lou Camilli from Pulstar to talk about what drivers can do to modify their cars now to make them as efficient as possible and participate in the sustainability movement. We talk about the most effective steps drivers can take to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of their car. We also talk about Pulstar's high-power ionized plasma spark plug technology and the benefits it provides. Finally, we talk about a Lexus winter driving event we attended and a test drive of the 2021 Lexus IS 350 sport sedan. 
This week we talk about the electric car future with Matt Girgis from Volvo Canada. We discuss Volvo's plan to go all electric over the next decade and how this will impact the automotive landscape. We also talk about the latest electric vehicle products, such as the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, which is Volvo's first 100 percent vehicle. We also share out thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Lexus RC 350 Black Line Edition. 
This week we answer your email questions and share some exciting news. We are announcing the launch of our new YouTube channel: Car Help Corner! If you want more car content, including car buying tips, recommendations, and help with all things car related, make sure to subscribe to our channel. In addition to answering your email questions, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Genesis G80 and GV80. 
This week we have Eli Melnik from Start Auto Electric joining us to discuss the pros and cons of all-wheel drive. We talk about the benefits of having all-wheel drive and whether it is necessary as a winter safety aid. We talk about the performance of a two-wheel drive car with winter tires versus an all-wheel drive car and which option may be best suited for your needs. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. 
This week we reflect back on 2020 and talk about the best and worst new cars of the year. We share thoughts on the highlight test drives in different price categories and vehicle types from small crossovers to SUVs to high end sports cars. We also pick one that stood out as the car of the year. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Mazda3 Turbo. 
This week we chat with Michael Epstein from Nissan Canada about the new Nissan Studio and how the car shopping experience is moving in a more digital direction. We talk about how the pandemic has accelerated the move towards online car shopping for both car manufacturers and dealerships. We also talk about how the Nissan Studio, and how it assists consumers with their car shopping before visiting a dealership. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. 
This week we have Eli Melnick from Start Auto Electric joining us to talk about vehicle servicing and maintenance. We discuss how to avoid paying for unnecessary servicing and maintenance that is recommended by the dealership or shop. We talk about what kinds of maintenance items are required and which ones might be money grabs. We also go through the steps to maintain your car properly without overpaying or voiding your warranty. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week,, the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V. 
This week we talk about a new Car Help Canada research report on dealership advertising practices and how they may be harmful to consumers shopping for a car. We share the results from the report survey and what it says about dealer honesty and taking advantage of consumers. We also talk about the implications of the report in terms of consumer rights and what you need to do to protect yourself when shopping for a car at the dealership. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. 
This week we have Debbie Arnold from Sound Insurance joining us to talk about a few useful money saving tips for auto insurance. We talk about the value of an insurance broker and how they can save you money on your insurance policy. We also go through several strategies and pointers that can help reduce your premiums as well. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. 
This week we chat with Robert Karbaum from Kijiji Autos about the latest Brand Spark Study. Robert shares the survey results as we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the car buying behaviour of consumers. We discuss how the pandemic has had an impact on vehicle availability, the way consumers are buying cars, and the timing of when they are buying cars. We also talk about what to watch out for when shopping for a car and how Kijiji Autos has the tools to assist you throughout the process. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid crossover. 
On this week's car help Q & A we answer various email questions regarding car buying. We talk about the best affordable used cars to consider on a tight budget, whether you can cancel a contract, and we compare some of the best small crossover SUVs. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Polestar 1. 
This week we test drive the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue and speak with Marcel Guay, chief marketing manager for Nissan Canada, about why this is such an important model for the brand. We compare it to popular compact crossover SUVs in the segment and discuss the major highlights. We also talk about a few new models on the horizon and the new Nissan Studio which as a new way to see and explore the model lineup. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the Mini Cooper SE electric. 
This week we have Terry O'Keefe from OMVIC joining us to talk about all-in price advertising. We talk about what all-in price advertising means, what it includes, and why it is so important that dealerships in Ontario honour it when you shop for a car. We tell you what to watch out for during your dealership shopping experience and how to protect yourself from overpaying for your next vehicle. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE. 
On this week's car help Q & A we answer various email questions regarding car buying. We talk about how to negotiate a fair deal with a dealership, whether you can cancel a contract, and whether it makes sense to buy a lightly used car versus a new car. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Buick Encore GX. 
This week we speak with Farid Kanji about the importance of winter tires. We talk about the safety benefits that winter tires offer and why they are a must for Canadaian winters. We also talk about the differences between winter tires and all weather tires, and why all-wheel drive is not a substitute for having proper winter rubber on your car. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Nissan Sentra. 
This week we have Farid Kanji from Farid's Auto Centre joining us to talk about extended warranties. We talk about whether or not you should consider purchasing an extended warranty plan as part of your car purchase. We go through the different type of warranty plans that exist and what to watch out for when evaluating the different options. If you have any uncertainty about extended warranties, this is the epsiode for you. We also share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2021 Kia Seltos. 
This week we have Kevin Bavalaar from Auto Showplace joining us to share some valuable car buying tips. We talk about how to select the right car for your needs and what to do when researching your next car purchase. We talk about what to look for in a dealership, how to contact them, and how to close the deal properly to achieve the best deal. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
This week we have Kevin Bavelaar from Auto Showplace joining us to talk about dealership myths and facts. We discuss some of the most common misconcenptions and facts about dealerships. Do dealerships make thousands on every sale? Is the end of the month the best time to get a deal? Is cash the best way to get the lowest price? We answer these and many more questions. We also share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe. 
On this week's car help Q & A we answer various email questions regarding car buying. We talk about whether you can negotiate the price at a no-haggle dealership, whether you can get a discount on high demand models, whether private sales are a good way to save money when buying used, and when is the best time of the year to shop for a new car. Finally, we compare two hybrid crossover SUVs to see which one is best, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. 
This week we have Adi Desai from Doubleclutch.ca joining us to talk about buying a new car versus a demo or lightly used car. We tackle the misconception that demos or lightly used cars will always save you thousands of dollars over a brand new car. We talk about scenerios where a brand new can save you more money and when it can be advantageous to consider a demo or used car. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S. 
This week we talk about dealership fees and extras with Adi Desai from Doubleclutch.ca. We discuss the various extras and add-ons that dealerships may try to sell you when making your next car purchase. We talk about which ones to avoid and which ones you may want to consider. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Mazda MX-5. 
This week we have Francois Lefevre from Nissan Canada joing us to talk about electric vehicle and the all-new upcoming all-electric crossover. We talk about how electric vehicles are doing in the Canadian market and some of the advantages they offer over traditional gas and hybrid vehicles. We also talk about the all-new Nissan Ariya, which is an all-electric crossover SUV going on sale in late 2021. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Toyota 86. 
This week we chat with Robert Karbaum from Kijiji Autos about a new Kijiji study. Kijiji Autos conducted a study to understand consumer sentiment towards car purchasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the findings of the study and how the pandemic has impacted the automotive market for both consumers and dealerships. We also talk about some of the new resources that Kijiji Autos has introduced to assist you with the car buying process. Finally, we share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 BMW 228i Gran Coupe. 
This week we have Terry O'Keefe from OMVIC joing us on the show to talk about the dangers of curbsiders. We talk about how to spot a curbsider and why they should be avoided when shopping for a used car. We also talk about the differences between purchasing a used car from a dealership compared to private sellers. Finally, we talk about how to spot a scam or fraudulent ad in general. We also share our thoughts on the new vehicle test drive of the week, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. 
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Podcast Details

Created by
Car Help Canada
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jan 25th, 2017
Latest Episode
Mar 24th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
198
Avg. Episode Length
29 minutes
Explicit
No
Language
English

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