10Jan

How Defrosters Work (and don’t)

By Parkside Motors / January 10, 2017 / Need To Know / No Comments

A defroster is a part of your car that you may not think about every day, but you sure notice whether it’s working or not, come those cold winter days when you need to get rid of ice on your windshield. Let's look at how they work and what can go wrong (at the worst possible time).

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3Jan

Q&A: Why Are My Winter Tires So Loud?

"I followed the instructions from the Government Canada website and got a set of winter tires for my car. I took a road trip over Christmas and I could not believe how loud my snow tires were compared to my regular tire. What gives? It made my car sound like airplane taking off!"

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13Dec

Merry Christmas from Parkside Motors

By Parkside Motors / December 13, 2016 / News / No Comments

From all of us at Parkside, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. Click here for hours and more info.

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11Dec

Need to Know: Storing Your Car For Winter

By Parkside Motors / December 11, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / 1 Comment

There are a few steps you should take to get your vehicle ready for storage and a few little tricks to make the actual storage of your vehicle more successful. Let's take a look at the best practices, most steps just take a few minutes.

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4Dec

Need to Know: Winterize Your Car

By Parkside Motors / December 4, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Here is a quick checklist of things you should do to get ready for winter driving. Some of them only take a few minutes and many can be done for you if you are just too busy to take care of them yourself.

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30Nov

Must Have: Emergency Car Kit

By Parkside Motors / November 30, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / 1 Comment

The vast majority of road accidents and emergencies occur when the weather is at its most harsh and conditions on the road are extreme. Let's look at how to make an emergency car kit to get you through a winter car accident.

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22Nov

Need to Know: Zipper Merge

By Parkside Motors / November 22, 2016 / Need To Know / No Comments

When should you merge, early or late? If we all do it right traffic will be much faster all around Victoria. Learn more right here.

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15Nov

Apple CarPlay vs. Android Auto vs. MirrorLink

By Parkside Motors / November 15, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know, Tips / No Comments

Over the last few weeks we have been going through the latest connectivity options available today for your vehicle's entertainment system. In each review we found the same general PROs and CONs. Namely that having a connected infotainment system keeps your eyes on the road, and that they are proprietary so each one is only suited to people in that ecosystem. Below we round-up each of our articles and point you towards the info you need to make an informed choice.

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8Nov

Get to Know: MirrorLink

By Parkside Motors / November 8, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / 1 Comment

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at 3rd party, aftermarket options for connecting your digital life to your vehicle. While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are wonderful options, they are also proprietary. For this reason, we thought we should take a moment and outline MirrorLink, a completely open source option.

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25Oct

Get to Know: Apple CarPlay

By Parkside Motors / October 25, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Our new vehicles have great screens, but do they have an intuitive user interface? Not really. This is where Silicon Valley comes into the picture. Let's look at Apple's take on a handsfree UI and see how it fits the bill.

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18Oct

Get to Know: Android Auto

By Parkside Motors / October 18, 2016 / Articles, Need To Know / No Comments

Car manufacturers knew they should put beautiful screens in our new cars, but making an intuitive interface was not really their speciality. This is where Silicon Valley comes into the picture. Let's look at Google's take on a handsfree UI and see how it fits the bill.

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11Oct

The Dutch Reach: Save a Biker

By Parkside Motors / October 11, 2016 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

For decades now in the Netherlands drivers have been trained (and tested for their licenses) on a behavior that dramatically reduces the risk of doorings. Let's spread this great idea and make Victoria's streets safer for cyclists.

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4Oct

Why does my truck have two batteries?

By Parkside Motors / October 4, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

Why does your big truck have two batteries under the hood? A great question! We tackle it in this week's "From the Mailbag."

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27Sep

Q&A: Why Won’t My Sunroof Close?

By Parkside Motors / September 27, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

This week we answer an urgent question from a long time reader "My electric sunroof won't close, what can I do to fix it? The rainy season is coming and I have to sort this out ASAP!"

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20Sep

Why won’t my car go past second gear?

By Parkside Motors / September 20, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

Q: "I am having a problem with my car's transmission. It is an automatic, but it won't seem to go past second gear, it just revs and never shifts. What is going on?" Spinning My Wheels in Victoria, BC.

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13Sep

Q&A: Why can’t I get my car out of park?

By Parkside Motors / September 13, 2016 / From The Mailbag / No Comments

This week we answer a question from a frustrated client. Why won't my vehicle shift out of park?

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