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$2,500 raised for Toys for Tots this Holiday Season! Thank you!

Toys for Tots Presentation

Toys for Tots Presentation
**THANK YOU!!**
During the 2013 Toys for Tots Season, Mark’s Auto Service along with 4 other
automotive shops, raised $2,500.00 plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers
of these businesses.  All went to needy children this Christmas season!

$2,500.00 raised for Toys for Tots This Holiday Season! Thank You!

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During the 2013 Toys for Tots Season, Mark’s Auto Service – along with 4 other automotive shops – raised $2,500.00, plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers of these businesses. All went to needy children this Christmas season!

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* * THANK YOU for your support!! * *

January Charity: Toys for Tots

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Our January Charity of the Month is TOYS FOR TOTS.

Toys for Tots’ mission is to “bring the joy of Christmas to needy children.”

Marks Auto Service will donate $5.00 to Toys for Tots for every online appointment scheduled this month.
Schedule Your Online Appointment Here.

When booking an appointment online, please select the charity you want to donate to from the Charity Drop-Down box.

* * THANK YOU!! * *
During the 2013 Toys for Tots season, Marks Auto Service – along with four other automotive shops – raised $2,500.00, plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers of these businesses. All went to needy children this Christmas season!

Thank you helping us support Toys for Tots!
Learn more about Toys for Tots here.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas 2013
Please Note Our Holiday Hours:

Closing early Tuesday, December 24th
Closed December 25th-27th

Closing early Tuesday, December 31st
Closed Wednesday, January 1st for New Years

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Please Note Our Holiday Hours:
Closing early Tuesday, December 24th
Closed December 25th – 27th

Closing early Tuesday, December 31st
Closed Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s

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Please Note Our Holiday Hours

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Blog_FI_holidayHrsPlease Note Our Holiday Hours:

Closing early Tuesday, December 24th
Closed December 25th-27th

Closing early Tuesday, December 31st
Closed Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s

Merry Christmas!

Winter Tire Rebates Coming Soon!

Winter Tire Rebates Coming SoonWinter Tire Season is coming & Tire Rebates are coming too!
Watch our blog for tire rebate announcements coming soon!

Contact Mark’s for details! 905-844-1111

Time for Summer “Grilling!”

In the month of May we take a break away from automotive writing and focus on what’s more important at this time of the year. That is BBQ’ing, or to some people, “Grilling!”

We have attached a simple but great Rib Recipe and I hope you all have some family time over the summer weekends to sit around the back yard with a drink and some great food.

Cheers, Mark

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Recipe – RIBS

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon onion power

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon paprika

Lightly salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds baby back pork ribs

1 cup barbeque sauce / or like we do – Slobber it on…Mmmmm
(Our Favourite is BULLS EYE – Honey Garlic for Ribs and Original for Wings)

Directions:

  1. Preheat a gas grill for high heat, or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the barbeque. Lightly oil the grate.
  2. In a small jar, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Close the lid, and shake to mix.
  3. Trim the membrane sheath from the back of each rack. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane and each rib, and snip off the membrane as much as possible. Sometimes small needle nose pliers will help grab the membrane to remove it. Sprinkle as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired. To prevent the ribs from becoming too dark and spicy, do not thoroughly rub the spices into the ribs. Store the unused portion of the spice mix for future use.
  4. Place aluminum foil on lower rack to capture drippings and prevent flare-ups. Lay the ribs on the top rack of the grill (away from the coals, if you’re using briquettes). Reduce gas heat to low, close lid, and leave undisturbed for 1 hour. Do not lift the lid at all. (REMEMBER! Slow & Low)
  5. Brush ribs with barbecue sauce, and grill an additional 5 minutes. Serve ribs as whole rack, or cut between each rib bone and pile individually on a platter.

Enjoy!

May is Canadian Car Care Month

Be Car Care Aware!

Celebrate May – Canadian Car Care Month by bringing your vehicle into Mark’s Auto Service Today! Book your appointment online!

Learn more a www.carcarecanada.ca.

The New Drive Clean Program

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Drive Clean plays an important role in safeguarding Ontario’s air quality by identifying excessively polluting cars and trucks with emissions problems and requiring them to be repaired. While today’s vehicles are cleaner through advances in emissions technology, all vehicles require regular maintenance to keep them operating properly. Learn more>>

Over the past decade, Drive Clean has tightened emissions standards and focused the program on the vehicles that are most likely to pollute. On January 1, 2013, Ontario introduced changes to the emissions test to make the Drive Clean program even better. The new test takes advantage of the computerized monitoring equipment in today’s technologically advanced vehicles

The modernized Drive Clean program will provide significant benefits by:

  • Providing a faster, more accurate emissions test;
  • Identifying vehicles with emissions systems failures before they become gross polluters
  • Identifying emissions systems problems for more effective repairs;
  • Reducing more smog-causing pollutants from vehicle emissions; and
  • Minimizing fraud.

>>Learn more about the New Drive Clean Program

Alarming Generation Gap Identified When it Comes to Vehicle Maintenance

What happens when your kids grow out of the backseat and into the driver’s seat?

img_studentDriverWho’s looking after their vehicles? Results from consumer research recently conducted clearly shows today’s youth are neglecting their vehicles. This poses a safety threat to themselves, as well as others on the road. We are facing a generation gap when it comes to vehicle maintenance.

Today’s driving youth (18 to 24 years) don’t know what their cars need and are not taking care of their vehicles. Youth are less likely to change their oil every 5,000 km than more experienced drivers. Many young people (22%) had no idea when to change it at all or wait until the oil light comes on.

Only 45% of youth bring their vehicle in for maintenance at least once a year versus 76% of people over 50. 22% never bring it in or only when it breaks down and 34% wait for a warning light or a strange noise. 10% of young drivers reported that they never put air in their tires and an additional 9% admitted they do not know how to determine the correct tire pressure.

These results identify an urgent need to educate today’s young drivers about the need for regular vehicle maintenance. “Automotive preventive maintenance and repair knowledge is like algebra”, explains Kelly Williams, spokesperson for Car Care Canada. “We’re not born knowing it, it has to be learned. It is important that we teach young drivers the basics about their cars before they get the keys.” If you don’t know much about automotive maintenance and repair, do yourself a favour and learn it along with your kids.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We will be closed for Christmas – December 24th, 25th & 26th
and for New Years – December 31st & January 1st.
We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013.


We have donated the funds normally spent on paper cards and postage
to our featured charity: Toys For Tots.

7 Car Maintenance Issues Teens Need to Learn

September Means Back to School Driving
7 Car Maintenance Signs Your Teen Needs to Know for a Better, Safer Car

SIGN #1 – Car Alignment
Potholes.
There are many things that can cause car misalignment. One of these causes is constantly hitting potholes. We all hit them, but if your teen just got access to a car and the car was perfect beforehand, then he/she might need to be told about avoiding potholes.

Hitting Curbs.
There are also alignment issues from hitting curbs. There aren’t many reasons why your teen should be hitting the curb. Perhaps your teen is in need of some more parking lessons.

Speed bumps/Railroad Tracks.
Another cause of misalignment is going over speed bumps and railroad tracks too fast. Even after many years of being on the road, adults also tend to forget there’s a speed bump until it’s too late to slow down. You might let that one slip a little except driving too fast is dangerous. Your teen can lose complete control of the car. This car maintenance sign might save your teen’s car, but most importantly, your teen’s life.

SIGN #2 – Tires
Wear and Tear.
Another sign often seen in teen cars due to lack of car maintenance is over worn tires. Going too fast on the road and then having to brake will cause a lot of damage to the front tires.

Air Pressure.
Tires should have enough air pressure. If you teen isn’t checking his/her tires’ air, then it’s likely he/she isn’t checking other less obvious areas that need car maintenance. An overinflated tire can pop on the road if the temperature is too high. One way to check for an overinflated tire is by checking if the wear is across the center of the tread. An under-inflated tire will wear on both outer edges of the tire.

SIGN #3 – Fluids
Engine Oil.
Check the engine oil. Black oil tends to indicate bad maintenance.

Coolant Levels.
Yet another sign is the coolant levels. If they are below the necessary level, then your teen may need to learn this car maintenance tip. The car can easily overheat without enough antifreeze and/or water.

(FYI #1: Brake fluid is one of the most important fluids in the car. You need it for safe driving. Therefore, it’s better to have a professional car center change it for you. Of course, we can do this for you at Mark’s Auto Service).

SIGN #4 – Air Filter
Staining.
Staining on the air filter can be an indication of engine wear.
(FYI #2: Changing the air filter will improve gas mileage.)

SIGN #5 – Brakes
Squeaking.
Squeaking brakes can also indicate bad car maintenance. Brake pads are made with a warning tab, which measures how much surface you have left on your brake pad. When it produces a squeal it means it’s become worn. Ask your teen how long the squeaking has been going on. If it’s been a while and he/she hasn’t mentioned it, then he/she most likely hasn’t mentioned other car maintenance issues, or may not know about them.

Pedal Pulsing or Thumping.
A pulsating brake pedal, which may be accompanied by a shuddering or jerky stop during normal braking, usually means a warped rotor or an out-of-round drum — although it can sometimes be caused by loose wheel bearings, a bent axle shaft or loose brake parts. If the vehicle is equipped with ABS, however, some pedal feedback and noise is normal during panic stops or when braking on wet or slick surfaces. But you should not experience any ABS pedal feedback when braking normally on dry pavement.

SIGN #6 – Battery
Battery Light.
Check if the battery light is on. Always an indication of a problem

Voltage Meter.
You can also check the voltage meter. This should be located near the temperature dial. The volt reading should be on or around 14 volts when the car is on. When the car is off, the volt reading should be on or around 12. Anything significantly off indicates a battery problem. A bad battery might be caused by leaving the car lights or radio on too long without restarting the car. A common issue among teens.

SIGN #7 – Engine Noises
Ticks/Tapping.
Any noise is a bad noise when it comes from a car. It can indicate many bad car maintenance issues, especially if it’s coming from the engine. If your teen’s car engine is making a noise it could be caused by revving the engine too hard.

Pings/Knocks.

If you hear noises when accelerating, it could be due to engine overheating from not refilling the coolant fluids.

Rapping/Knocking.
Deep rapping or knocking sounds coming from the engine could mean a neglected oil change.

As parents, we know teen car maintenance is a serious matter. It can be lifesaving to our kids and everyone else on the road. Make sure you student drivers are prepared for Back to School Driving.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Toys For Tots Donations Due Monday, Dec. 12th!

Don’t forget to bring in your Toys for Tots toy donations into our shop by Monday, December 12th! We are especially looking for gifts for children ages 12-16, who are often forgotten this time of year.

How Can You Help?

  • Drop off your Toy Donations at Mark’s Auto Service now through Monday, December 12th!
  • Donate your existing Mark’s Auto Service Rewards Card Dollars towards purchasing toys. 
We will use your Rewards Card Dollars to purchase toys for underprivileged children this Christmas through Toys For Tots. Call or come into our shop for details. 905-844-1111

Learn more online at the Toys For Tots website.

It’s time for Winter Tires!

Some insurance companies are offering discounts for using Winter Tires – Ask Yours!

Mark’s Auto Service  offers these great services:

The facts about winter tires and why all-season tires just won’t do.

Ever since the introduction of the all-season tire, Canadian drivers have slid and spun their tires through the coldest months of the year. Here’s the kicker: it doesn’t seem to matter whether there’s snow on the ground or not.

Unlike all-season tires, winter tires (identified by mountain and snowflake symbols on their sides) have tread patterns and softer rubber compounds that are tailored for colder conditions. And that helps them perform better once temperatures plummet, whether or not they have to dig through the white stuff.

All-season tires can turn into four round black rocks when the cold hits. Even on dry pavement, this starts at about 7c. So have them installed at Mark’s anytime after Labour Day. Don’t wait until November, it may be to late for black ice. And a study conducted by the Quebec Ministry of Transport showed that a proper winter tire can improve braking by up to 25 percent over an all-season radial and CAN IMPROVE COLLISION AVOIDANCE BY ABOUT 38 PERCENT!

Just add 2? No, it’s not your grand dad’s old Buick any more, where 2 snow tires were on the back to get moving . Today’s cars are lighter and use low profile all-season tires and in Winter you need 4 Winter tires. To maintain control in turns and to Stop. Have you ever tried to walk in snow with 1 running shoe and 1 winter boot? Well you car wouldn’t like it either.

One last note, the temperature can easily slide from 5 degrees to -15 degrees overnight, dropping tire pressure as much as 4 p.s.i. If you have an under-inflated tire, that could put you into the danger zone. Tires should be checked monthly. This is why we check the tires with every service.

Cheers Mark

Help us collect toys and raise money for Toys For Tots!

Mark’s Auto Service has teamed up with seven other automotive repair facilities to support the Toys For Tots campaign this holiday season. Each one of these seven participating facilities will be donating $500 in cash along with all the presents collected for Toys For Tots.

With your help, we are collecting toy donations at our shop now through December 12th! We are especially looking for gifts for children ages 12-16, who are often forgotten this time of year.

How Can You Help?

  • Drop off your Toy Donations at Mark’s Auto Service now through Monday, December 12th!
  • Donate your existing Mark’s Auto Service Rewards Card Dollars towards purchasing toys. 
We will use your Rewards Card Dollars to purchase toys for underprivileged children this Christmas through Toys For Tots. Call or come into our shop for details. 905-844-1111

Toys for Tots’ initial objective, which remains the hallmark of the program today, is to ‘bring the joy of Christmas to needy children’. Its goal is to deliver a message of hope that will build self-esteem and motivate children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. Learn more on the Toys For Tots website.

May is Canadian Car Care Month

Be Car Care Aware!

Celebrate May – Canadian Car Care Month by bringing your vehicle into Mark’s Auto Service Today! Book your appointment online!

Learn more a www.carcarecanada.ca.

Fuel Saving Tips as Gas Prices Soar

Record Gas Prices Make it Perfect Time to “Be Car Care Aware.”

With gas prices soaring, Car Care Canada is offering gas-saving maintenance and driving tips that really work.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gasoline is wasted every day by motorists, because simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance is neglected,”
says Car Care Canada’s Marc Brazeau. “Loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy.”

Car Care Canada offers these fuel-saving tips:

  • Vehicle gas caps – In Canada, the provinces with emissions testing programs suggest that this is a common cause for failing an emissions test – yet it is simple and inexpensive to fix. According to US studies, about 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether.
  • Under inflated tires - When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake.
  • Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,500 km, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
  • Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

Other fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don’t be an aggressive driver - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 2 to 15 cents per litre. Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero miles per litre. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 100kph. Each kph driven over 100 will result in an additional 3 cents per litre. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

Not only will maintaining your vehicle save you money, it will also help you to protect the environment by reducing emissions.

Article by carcarecanada.ca

Independent Service Beats the Dealers

Independent Service Is More Satisfying

More customers are satisfied with the work of independent mechanics than with that of dealership mechanics.

People who took their car to an independent mechanic for maintenance were generally more satisfied than those who went to a dealership, according to a Consumer Reports survey involving 349,000 vehicles.

Eighty-four percent of owners reported being very satisfied with maintenance performed at independent shops compared with 77 percent at dealerships.

Most customers agreed that their independent shop was “very thorough and thoughtful, and always gives a good sense of how important something is to fix.”

Among owners whose cars needed repairs and maintenance, the difference in satisfaction with dealers and independent shops was even more pronounced: 75 percent were very satisfied with independents vs. just 57 percent with dealerships.

Bring your vehicle into Mark’s Auto Service next time you need service!
Schedule your next appointment online!

By the Editors of Consumer Reports

Mark’s Supports Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar’s Online Auction 2010

Mark’s Auto Service helped the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar’s 2010 Online Auction raise $35,000 this past November.

Did anyone see the two $100.00 Gift Cards we donated?

One hundred percent of the funds raised by the Rotary Club are going towards local and international charities that we support!

We are expanding – Mark’s Truck Centre is Open

We have added “Mark’s Truck Centre” a full service Truck and Trailer repair facility, to our Car division, so now we can take care of our larger fleet’s that would normally take ther 18 wheelers to a diffent location for servicing,   I would like to introduce to you Pete Naughton as my manager, Pete comes from the trucking industry and brings with him alot of experience from Canada as well as the UK.

We started Mark’s Truck Centre in October 2010 and have been growing ever since. We can be reached at Mark’s Truck Centre 905-844-2389

Thanks Mark

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The Time To Buy Your Winter Tires Is Now

Toronto Star Wheels
Saturday, October 30, 2010.

Now is the time to buy winter tires. Not tomorrow, not next week and certainly not next month.

The reason for this is that by mid-November, there will be nary a winter tire in the manufacturers’ warehouses. All of the 2010 winter tires will be at dealers and tire distributors. The racks will be empty waiting for next spring’s tires to start trickling in.

For the consumer, that means choices in brands and haggling ability over price diminish as the clock ticks. This is especially true if you have a size that is not common. By mid-November, the tire dealer will be telling you what brand you can have and what price you will pay.

When you start shopping for winter tires, arm yourself with some basic information. Start by knowing what your tire size, speed rating and load index numbers are. READ MORE


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