Buying a used car? Beware of advertisements on Canadian sites of Autotrader, Wheels, E-bay, Craigslist, Kijiji and Autocatch.

CANADIANS: Beware of Ambient Auto Center of Oklahoma ads

TORONTO, ON – OMVIC, the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, has been alerted by the Oklahoma Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission (UMVPC), of a potential on-line scam specifically targeting Canadian car buyers.


Address of Ambient Auto Center of Oklahoma

UMVPC alleges Ambient Auto Center of Oklahoma City advertises on the Canadian sites of Autotrader, Wheels, E-bay, Craigslist, Kijiji and Autocatch: their ads offer high-end late model vehicles at prices that may be ‘too good to be true’. UMVPC Investigator John Cobb states, “We have received numerous inquiries about this operation. Their website became active in October and yet they are not a licensed dealer. From what we have seen thus far, all their advertising is targeting Canadians.” Continue reading

A Hybrid May Take A Few Years To Pay Back The Extra Purchase Cost, But You May Never Feel The Financial Hit

[NOTE: this is U.S. information, but still relevant to Canadians]

Hybrid Logo, Road-Test.orgOne of the knocks on hybrid vehicles is that it may take you several years to break even on the extra cost of the hybrid technology despite the money you’ll save on gasoline. That’s true.

However, if you add that additional cost to your loan, rather than your down payment, you may never feel that initial financial “hit” that discourages some from purchasing a hybrid. Plus, you could save thousands during the time you own the vehicle. has developed a tool to help you decide if paying the extra cost of a hybrid makes good financial sense for you. It allows you to base your analysis on several factors, such as fuel costs in your area, the number of miles you drive each year, and how long you plan to keep the vehicle. It also allows you to calculate how much the extra hybrid cost will add to your total car loan and monthly payment. Continue reading

Buying A New Vehicle – Is It A Pleasure or Painful? I Put My Own Money On The Line To Find Out

Road Test Special: Buying A New Vehicle – Is It A Pleasure or  Painful?
I Go Under Cover And Put My Own Money On The Line To Find Out
Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Every day, many people purchase new and used vehicles over the internet through eBay and other similar sites. In fact eBay claim they sell just short of 1,500 vehicles EVERY DAY! That’s over 500,000 per year. Now I’ve bought plenty of things over the internet, but a new vehicle is one thing I don’t think I could ever do. I do lots of research and comparison shopping before I buy and the internet is used 99.9% of the time to do that, but I have to see and touch things before parting with my cash – especially anything over $50.

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgSo why am I even mentioning this if you know I won’t be giving you my experience of purchasing a vehicle over the internet? Well, I did use the internet to purchase my new vehicle, but I also touched and drove it before handing over my money. Let me explain… Continue reading

Hybrid Vehicles – How Do They Work And Should I Buy One? – Road Test Special

~ 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid

In 2006 I had the opportunity to Road Test my fist two hybrid vehicles – the Ford Escape and the Toyota Camry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than good gas mileage and a very quiet engine. That was a long time ago and hybrids have come a long way since then with numerous manufacturers throwing their hat into the fuel-savings ring.

Each time I get the opportunity to drive a hybrid, my main goal is to learn if they actually sipped fuel as promised, or whether all the hype is just another game of smoke and mirrors that tree huggers have become so adept at feeding the general public by way of the media. I always get numerous questions come my way from friends, family and complete strangers. Most are somewhat confused about what exactly a hybrid is, and that got me to thinking – how many other people are confused about them? So, with my readers in mind, here is a brief explanation and summary of my experience with hybrids – the good and the bad – if there is any. Continue reading

Is It Worth Buying A Hybrid To Save Money On Fuel? – Special Report

We Take the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid On A 2-Week Summer Holiday To Get The Answer

A couple of years ago I drove a Toyota Camry hybrid on an extended run of a whirl-wind trip from Niagara Falls to the Road America Racetrack  in Wisconsin. We wanted to get there as fast as possible and return even quicker. To that end we succeeded in averaging 6.7 L/100km during our hour upon hour of highway driving at or in excess of 130 km/h for the vast majority of the trip. To say I was impressed would be an understatement – not just with the fuel economy, but also with the car as a whole.

Since that eventful trip, I’ve tested quite a number of hybrid vehicles, but no other hybrid impressed me like quite the Camry – in fact, most didn’t even warrant the extra expense of purchasing a hybrid over the tradition vehicle, because the fuel saving were less than impressive.
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Should I Trade In My SUV Or Truck For An Economy Car? Road Test…and Beyond

Road Test … and Beyond
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain & Gail Shankland

Should I trade in my SUV for an economy car, Iain Shankland,

With the price of gas going up and up, does it make sense to get rid of the SUV or V-8 car you’re now driving to buy a much smaller, more economical car?

The quick and short answer is… NO!!!!

All we ever hear nowadays is “Going Green.” But what is the cost to you and I for going green? After all, we are the ones that have to use our disposable incomes to purchase products and services in order to make it work. We are constantly being bombarded with people telling us to do this or that, but what is right for you? And at what cost? Continue reading