Tire Care For Families

By Parkside Motors / July 9, 2015 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Since your tires are the only part of your vehicle that is actually ON the road, you can assume that they are integral to essentially all aspects of how your vehicle handles, rides, starts, stops, accelerates, and handles all manner of weather. Tires can be a bit confusing though, and we field quite a few basic questions about how to check them for damage, maintenance, and replacement. This infographic will tell you everything you need to know and then some.

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When to Change to Summer Tires

When the weather is starting to warm up, but you think that there might be another bout of cool weather coming, it can be difficult to decide when you should bring your vehicle into the shop to have your winter tires replaced with your summer set. There is a simple rule of thumb to take into consideration that makes the decision very simple, read all about it, right here.

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Tips: Name That Leak

What do you see? How does it feel? What does it smell like? We help you use your senses to save you maintenance costs and keep your vehicle safe for you and your family.

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Tips: Sunroofs in Winter

By Parkside Motors / January 13, 2015 / Articles, Services, Tips / 1 Comment

During the winter, which is more like the rainy season in Victoria, there is a common problem that pops up in regards to sunroofs. We live in the perfect city for an open top vehicle, but the constant wet and rain brings leaks and flooding along with it. This is the type of problem where the maintenance is cheap and effective, while the damage caused by leaving it too long can be expensive and inconvenient.

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DIY: Battery Clean-Up

By Parkside Motors / September 30, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Batteries become corroded over time, and this build up of material on the terminals of you car battery can stop the flow of electricity and give you a headache. Here is a quick and simple home remedy that can fix it in under 5 minutes for next to nothing. Check out the slideshow here.

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Warning Lamps: Red Edition

By Parkside Motors / August 26, 2014 / Articles / No Comments

See which warning lights you most need to worry about in Warning Lamps: Red Edition. Red means bad, and with this interactive mouse-over of the most dangerous dashboard lights we will show you exactly what to do when you see them.

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Tip: How to Budget for Repairs

By Parkside Motors / July 16, 2014 / Articles, Tips / 1 Comment

According to the experts in personal finances, the best way to create a budget is to base it on past spending habits. This means that if you are trying to plan ahead and save for car maintenance, the best and most accurate way to do so is to base the amounts you use on similar expenses from the past. Here is how we help our customers budget at Parkside Motors.

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Tips: Paint Colour & Value

By Parkside Motors / June 25, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Researchers at iseecars.com just came out with some very interesting research on the depreciation of cars based on their paint colour, and the results may surprise you.

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Tips: Spring Fever

By Parkside Motors / June 5, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

When the sun is out and the frost and rain are a distant memory, there are a handful of things you need to do to get your car ready for the busy driving season. Here is a quick list with a few pro tips to make your transition even easier next year.

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Tips: The Best Diagnostic Tool

By Parkside Motors / April 7, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

A running car is a cacophony of sound. Most of it is soothing—tires humming, engine rumbling, tailpipes roaring. But every now and then a dissonant note creeps into the mix, and an alert driver's ears prick up. When you hear an oddball sound that just won’t recur when you bring it to the shop, reach for your nearest mobile device. The best diagnostic tool is the one that is with you.

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Tips: Not filling up can be costly

By Parkside Motors / March 24, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

Do you hesitate to fill your tank when you see the prices at the pump increase? At $1.30 a litre it can be tempting to put in a few dollars here and there while you hope for the price to drop so you can fill the tank. For those who put off the fuel stop until the last possibly moment, the cost could be even higher.

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Why you should use your A/C in the winter

By Parkside Motors / March 6, 2014 / Articles, Tips / No Comments

How is it possible that using your Air Conditioner year round can actually be good for your car? It is a common misconception is that air conditioning systems are strictly for cooling air in the summer (even though that is a great luxury) but in fact, it is almost more important to use your cars air conditioning system during the cold and rainy seasons. How can this be?

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Ten Tips for Buying a Used Car

By Parkside Motors / February 18, 2014 / Articles, Tips / 2 Comments

Back in the day, buying a used car often represented a leap of faith and a measure of good luck. Sometimes you ended up with a reliable automobile and years of worry-free driving...Sometimes you did not. If you decide to buy a used car, there are definite advantages. But consumers still need good information if they are to make an informed decision. Here are 10 top tips for the used car buyer.

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What makes an honest mechanic?

By Parkside Motors / January 2, 2014 / Articles / 5 Comments

When you have limited knowledge in an area like auto mechanics, it can be hard to know what the best practices are for your vehicle maintenance, where to go for quality service, and who you can trust. Click here for a short list of what you should be looking for in an honest mechanic.

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