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Kim’s Trip of a Lifetime: The 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction

Posted by Mike Wilson on Feb 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

Our first ever “Refer a Friend” contest run in partnership with Hagerty Canada, was a huge success. The lucky grand prize winner, Kimberly Brown-Petitti, whose name was drawn from over 200 entrants and had the opportunity to attend the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this month, billed it “a trip of a lifetime.”

When Kim found out that she had won our contest, she was in shock. She joked that she’d never won anything in the past - except for a Tim Horton’s coffee, so this was both unexpected and emotional. The latter, more so, because of what classic cars meant to her.

The proud owner of a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible, which was left to her when her father passed away in 1996. She’s had such a happy history with what she calls her “classic family car”, she understood what a trip to Scottsdale meant - it was essentially every car lover’s dream come true.

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Topics: Spotlight Stories

How to Fix Your Noisy Exhaust System

Posted by Shelley Cole on Jan 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

If you’ve got a classic muscle car on your hands, you’re probably in love with how it throatily roar when you hit the gas. And that engine, when opened up, is a sight of pure beauty. Sometimes though, we’re faced with having a wonderful classic on our hands that doesn’t sound as it should, it’s simply... loud.

The question, then, is “how should we go about fixing the exhaust system on a classic car?”

Thankfully, fixing a noisy exhaust system on a classic car isn’t that different from fixing an exhaust system on a more recent one. Exhaust systems, for the most part, have remained pretty static, save the catalytic converter and centre resonator developments.

If you’ve got a noisy system, there’s likely a hole or perforation somewhere along the exhaust pipe, the muffler or even the tailpipe. Even a pen-sized hole in the muffler will have a noticeable impact on the sound. Note: This is not to be confused with a “weep hole”. The weep hole is always in a precise location as it allows water to be evacuated from the muffler.

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Topics: Ownership

Top 5 Small Screen Classic Cars

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Jan 26, 2018 12:30:00 PM

 

We can all appreciate the wonderful world of classic cars through the eyes of our favourite car-featuring TV Series. The likes of Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard had even non-car enthusiasts starting to take notice of how awesome the classic cars were.

Here are the top 5 classic cars from the small screen from around the world.

  1.  The Jaguar MK II


 

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Topics: Top Lists

Rust-Proofing Your Classic

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jan 15, 2018 11:30:00 AM

 

If you’re in Canada, or any other place with a beloved northern climate, you may think that rust-proofing your classic isn’t really all that important if you’re not driving it in the winter months. We, the people of the north, have become accustomed to associating rust-proofing and winter, due to the slush, snow, ice and salt that slather our roads.

While it’s true that winter conditions create the perfect storm for producing rust, prevention is the best solution. That said, rust-proofing is simply another smart way to protect your investment and shouldn’t just be left to those vehicles braving the wintery road conditions.

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Topics: Ownership

Classic Cars and the R-Word

Posted by Mike Wilson on Dec 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

If you’ve been around classic cars, you’ve probably noticed a few that need a little TLC, whether it’s just to fix up the interior, restore the paint to its original lustre, give that classic a tune up or remove one of the scariest words out there… rust.

Rust removal and repair can be a huge undertaking for a classic car if the rust significantly corroded the affected area. And although no one likes rust, it doesn’t have to be scary to remove.

There is a slew of cost-effective options for light rust removal such as using apple cider vinegar (really!) to brake fluid for car trims, to a variety of off-the-shelf products that work exceptionally well.

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Topics: Ownership

Winter Tire Guide for Your Daily Auto

Posted by Shelley Cole on Dec 12, 2017 3:00:00 PM

 

Now that your beloved classic car is tucked away for the winter, it’s finally time to shift focus and give a little love to your daily auto.  Because let’s not forget, you’ll need it to soldier through the winter season ahead. So, ask yourself, is your car equipped to handle the icy roads and snow storms this winter? More specifically, do you have your winter tires on yet?

The following Winter Tire Guide offers just the right information to help you decide which tires you need to meet your driving needs and where to buy them in Ontario:

 

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Topics: Ownership

Bluetooth and Your Classic Car

Posted by Mike Wilson on Dec 7, 2017 3:10:00 PM

 

Any classic car owner knows that we have to be careful about which upgrades we allow to find their way into our classic vehicle. This goes for everything from more modern and efficient engine parts, to things that tend to be commonplace today. For example, today’s automobile manufacturers offer default car packages that include Bluetooth connectivity. And why shouldn’t they, it’s fantastic! But as a classic car enthusiast, would you be willing to install a Bluetooth integration unit?

It depends, right? Would it affect your insurance policy? Would it take away from the “classic” appeal of your car?

Well, lucky for us, this minor modification isn’t enough to qualify your classic car as a “modified” vehicle. So, in terms of an impact on your insurance policy, you’re good to take on this small project. As for the other question, it all depends on why you want this upgrade in the first place.

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Topics: Ownership

Classic Car Insurance vs. Regular Auto Insurance

Posted by Mike Wilson on Nov 24, 2017 3:15:00 PM

 

There are a few very important differences between regular car insurance policies and those for classics and other collector cars. For those vehicles, what you buy is known as a specialty insurance policy - one that both you and your car has to qualify for. How do you know if you both qualify? Simply check out the following requirements:

What qualifies a driver for classic car insurance?

Most drivers who already have auto insurance will qualify for classic and collector car insurance if they have a good driving record. Usually, you will have to be a licensed driver for a specified number of years, typically ten years. If you have a clean driving record going back at least 6 years, you should have no problem qualifying. You will need to show proof of insurance on another vehicle - your daily driver - to guarantee that your classic car will not have to handle those duties.

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Topics: Ownership

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Posted by Fabian Aird on Nov 21, 2017 10:22:35 PM

 

Can you believe Christmas is only 27 days away?  Where did the time go? 

Well, as we teased in our Refer a Friend contest wrap up email, we were working on a holiday themed contest. So we're excited to announce our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Starting December 1st, on every business day until December 18th, we'll be giving away a prize to one lucky winner, with each business day having a new prize up for grabs! Check out the prize list below. 

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Topics: Contests

Is Your Classic Car Running Hot?

Posted by Julie Lant on Nov 16, 2017 3:00:00 PM

 

Classic cars are not as sophisticated as today’s vehicles, and while they have some amazing and powerful engines, the tradeoff is that they run hotter for greater efficiency.

Engine temperature relies upon the delicate balance of fine tuning. Too cold, it forces parts to work overtime and affects timing and fuel efficiency. Too hot and you’re looking at damaging pistons, cylinders, caps, gaskets and other things. All that to say, nothing good can come of an engine that’s not running at its optimal temperature.

Here are a few items you may like to check if your classic is running (too) hot.

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Topics: Ownership