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Do You Need Winter Tires in Toronto, ON?

Do You Need Winter Tires in Toronto, ON?

Besides knowing that winter tires are made for the winter (duh), do you know the difference and their benefits? Today, we will go in-depth about how necessary it is to have winter tires for winter weather driving. Similar to how we have to pull out our boots and coats for the winter, we must dress our car for the weather. Winter tires are one of the most effective means to enhance your vehicles' traction on the wet, icy, snowy, slippery winter road. While winter tires are considered an additional expense, it's 100% worth the investment if you consider the other expenses resulting from poor tires. Three unique characteristics differentiate winter tires from your everyday tires: the rubber, the edges, and the tread.  Rubber Snow tires are made of a softer rubber that stays flexible to preserve traction in cold weather. Winter tires can keep your vehicle from fishtailing and sliding on ice. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are overly firm to take on the winter roads.&n ... read more

Fall Driving Hazards and Safety Tips!

Fall Driving Hazards and Safety Tips!

Fall is one of the best times of the year to be in Toronto, ON. The temperatures are down, the leaves change colors, and there's an intense build-up to the holidays right around the corner. As wonderful as it all sounds, you may also face some road hazards that you didn't necessarily have to deal with in the spring and summer. Here's what to be mindful of when driving in Toronto this fall. Change in the Weather You may think of winter as the most dangerous season to drive, but fall runs close. There's going to be rain, fog, and morning frost may even make a sneaky appearance. As a result, you'll need to rely on a good set of windshield wipers to clear off your windshield and working brakes. The weather may also lower your tire pressure. This is why it's essential to take your vehicle in for a tune-up so that we can inspect your blades, brakes, and tires.   It Gets Dark Out Quicker Daylight savings officially end next month on November 7, and that m ... read more

Why Is the BMW M3 So Loved By Many?

Why Is the BMW M3 So Loved By Many?

At Central Import Automotive, we specialize in European Imports, including Audis, Mercedes Benzs, Porsches, Land Rovers, and BMWs. One of the most popular cars we service is the BMW M3. And it made us wonder, "What makes the BMW M3 So Special" and "Why is this car loved by so many." We did a deep dive and put a little knowledge to break down several reasons why the BMW M3 is a superior sedan.   Wide Range of Colors BMW's M series has a history of a wide range of unique color selections. M-series specific paint colors have always been popular among BMW lovers. More M buyers choose the M-specific choices over the traditional BMW color range. Thankfully, the preferences are still present for the 2022 model in the 14 whopping color options available on the BMW website. Sporty, Luxurious, and Smart at the Same Time The M3 has a sharp, dynamic, and exciting exterior design for a sedan. However, its interior screams "luxury"! The seats are very comf ... read more

4 Things to Look For When Inspecting Your Engine Oil

4 Things to Look For When Inspecting Your Engine Oil

Whether you know much about cars or not, it is effortless to check your engine oil using the dipstick found under the hood. If you have issues finding the dipstick, please refer to your owner's manual for further instructions. It is highly recommended that you take several minutes every month or so to monitor your engine oil. Doing so can give you better insight into your engine's health. Here are the four things you should look for when examining your engine oil:   LEVEL The first thing to make a note of is the oil level. The dipstick has markings on it to show you the ideal level range for your car. If it is below the markings, then you must add oil to it immediately. Whatever the situation, a low oil level is worth getting looked at by an auto pro.   COLOR New oil will usually be a light brown/golden color. If your engine oil looks too dark, discolored, or contaminated in any way, then it's probably time for an oil change. If it looks milky, then you may ... read more

What Should I Do If My Check Engine Light is Flashing?

What Should I Do If My Check Engine Light is Flashing?

The check engine light is the most fearful thing to come across in your car. This light is a telling sign that something is very wrong with your engine, and the truth is the average person can not simply diagnose it. Check engine lights could mean a handful of things, but don't worry, we can figure it out for you at Central Import. Your only task is to determine whether the light is steady or flashing because that ultimately dictates the severity of the problem.    Flashing vs. Non-Flashing Check Engine Light In some cases, the engine light will light up but not blink. That means there is a persisting issue with the endine; however, it does not require immediate attention. Nevertheless, do not take the situation "light"ly (no pun intended). It is highly frowned upon to ignore the light, as the problem could escalate quickly. The next thing you know - it will turn into a flashing light.   A blinking check engine light is a cause for concern. If you catc ... read more