We Won!

Budds’ Subaru is excited to announce that not only were we considered for a DealerRater award, but we won in three categories!

2018 Dealer Of The Year AwardWith 169 Lifetime Reviews, and a 4.8 overall star average, Budds’ Subaru took home “2018 Subaru Dealer of the Year” for Ontario. But the icing on the cake was being awarded “2018 Subaru Dealer of the Year” across all of Canada! We are proud to be one of the top-rated Subaru Dealers in not only the province, but nationally. We also took home the “2018 Consumer Satisfaction Award” for Ontario as well!

Many thanks to all of our staff who continue to work hard and provide great experiences. We would also like to thank our customers for taking the time to give us feedback. It is greatly appreciated, so we can help give you an even better dealership experience. Details on how the score is calculated is below. Once again, thank you to staff and customers, and we hope we can score again next year! To read our reviews, click here.

Dealer of the Year Award

DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year Award Program recognizes a select number of car dealerships throughout Canada and the United States for excellent customer satisfaction as expressed through customers’ online reviews posted on DealerRater.

The Dealer of the Year Awards will be given to car dealership that have the highest PowerScore™ in their brand (Subaru) category, both at national and provincial levels.

The score is determined by using a Bayesian average for each dealership’s reviews. It takes into account both the rating of the reviews, as well as the number of reviews during the calendar year. (Jan 1 2017 – Dec 31 2017)

To be considered for the Dealer of the Year Awards a dealership must have:

  • Minimum of 25 reviews on DealerRater for the calendar year
  • Average minimum star rating of 4.0 on DealerRater, with 5.0 as the highest possible rating
  • At least one review on DealerRater per quarter during the calendar year
  • Must not have been blacklisted within the calendar year

Consumer Satisfaction Awards

Consumer Satisfaction Award recipients must meet the same requirements as the Dealer of the Year program as described above. The Consumer Satisfaction Awards are given to the following:

  • The Top 10% U.S. franchise dealers based on their PowerScore
  • Top U.S. used car dealerships based on their PowerScore
  • Top Canadian car dealerships based on their PowerScore

Current Dealer of the Year Award recipients are also eligible to receive the Consumer Satisfaction Award.

Visit Budds’ Subaru to see for yourself why we are an award winning Subaru dealership.

Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night is Full! Second Date Added!

Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night

Our Ladies Night Car Care Clinic on September 14th is full! Can’t wait to see everyone out for this great workshop.

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We’ve added a second night on Wed. September 21st for everyone to attend. Register here if you haven’t – only 6 spots left!

Next time your Subaru needs service, book an appointment online with our Service Department.

While your Subaru is in being worked on, relax in our lounge, enjoy fresh coffee, browse the internet on our free WIFI or watch your favorite show on our big screen TV. If you choose not to wait we have a shuttle and replacement vehicle options to suit your needs.

Subaru Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night!

Join Budds’ Subaru Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night! You’ll learn about preventative maintenance in a comfortable environment. Register today!

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Visit Budds’ Subaru for all your vehicle maintenance. Book an appointment online today!

While your Subaru is in being worked on, relax in our lounge, enjoy fresh coffee, browse the internet on our free WIFI or watch your favorite show on our big screen TV. If you choose not to wait we have a shuttle and replacement vehicle options to suite your needs.

#TipTuesday

Roadside Assistance

With road trip season approaching, have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road. Also keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. CAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call. #TipTuesday

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Don’t Forget – It’s Almost Time To Take Off Your Winter Tires!

Remove Winter Tires

Once temperatures reach a steady 7 degrees or above, it’s time to get them off! At temp’s above 7, the pavement starts to get hot. This heat can wear down and eat away at the soft rubber of your winter tires. This means they’ll wear faster, and need to be replaced sooner. Which you definitely don’t want to have to do. So if you want to keep these tires for as long as possible, keep an eye on the forecast and get them off as soon as the weather starts to change! (Oakville forecast: Late April-Early May)

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Spring Clean Your Car

We spring clean our closets, our houses, our yards – so don’t neglect your car! Paying extra attention to your vehicle after the cold winter is especially important. Give it a little TLC by using this spring clean list guide to getting the best out of your ride!

Spring Clean

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  1. Shower And Shine!

After winter, salt can start to build up and erode the paint and other parts on your car. Washing and waxing can help extend the life and looks of your paint job. Start by using the hose and spraying your vehicle from top to bottom. This gets rid of any dirt of leaves that have accumulated that might scratch your paint while scrubbing.

Wash it like you mean it! Wash everything, including the spokes of your wheels and your license plate covers. Dirt can build up in these smaller nooks. Don’t forget to rinse completely, or leftover soap can build up causing streaks. Dry with a microfiber cloth or a chamois to prevent water marks.

Give your mats a good clean too! They’ve probably accumulated salt and dirt as well. A good hose down with a pressure washer is great to loosen up ground in grime. Hang to dry!

If you wax as well – keeps your paint looking fresh, and gives a protective barrier – always follow the manufacturers instructions. Most brands mention not to apply in direct sunlight. Why? If the surface of your car is too hot, the wax doesn’t bond properly, and can be harder to remove later on. It can also dry to quickly, leaving streaks and an uneven coat.

  1. Declutter!

During the winter we tend to get a little lazy and not clear out our car as much. Travel mugs, extra mittens and shoes can make your car feel cluttered. Take a minute to bring the things you don’t need in your car anymore, into your house, and clean out the trash as well. It’s a great idea to keep a small plastic bag in the door sill to collect your empty coffee cups and wrappers while on the go, and super easy to empty every week or so.

Don’t forget about the glove compartment and the console box if you have one. I know I’m super guilty of shoving gas receipts in there! Try and keep only important info in your glove box – insurance, ownership, dates of your last oil change and service – as well as your emergency roadside assistance number! A flashlight and a map never hurt as well.

  1. Check Those Wheels!

If the weather is staying about 7◦ or warmer, then it’s time to take your snow tires off! As the weather gets warmer, the pavement gets hotter. This can lead to the road eating up your winter tires much faster then you want it to.

If it’s not quite warm enough yet, then it’s always a good idea to give them a quick check. Make sure they aren’t worn down and that the tire pressure is correct. Doing so will ensure you get even tire wear, which leads to longer last tires. Believe it or not, it also helps with your fuel economy! Tires that are properly inflated require less energy and force to start moving, which means they use less gas.

  1. Get The Junk Out Of Your Trunk!

If you happen to be one of those people that uses their trunk as extra storage, it might be time to reorganize! Take out the hockey bags, the spare winter brushes and anything else that isn’t used everyday.

  1. Bring Your Car In For Service!

Spring is a great time to perform a quick inspection and general maintenance on your vehicle. If there’s anything that looks off or is concerning you, bring it in for a check up. Spring time is also a great time to get your alignment checked, as potholes and built up snow bumps can throw it off.

This small spring clean guide will help your car look as fresh as the spring air. Roll down those shiny clean windows, and enjoy your drive!

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Benefits Of Proper Tire Inflation

There are actually a lot of things that you can do to save money and improve the longevity your tires. Unfortunately, not all drivers know about these simple tips for vehicle maintenance. When tires are not inflated to the pounds per square inch (PSI) rating recommended by manufacturers, they are less round and require more energy to begin moving and to maintain speed. As such, under-inflated tires do consume a little more energy and fuel. Proper tire inflation in all four tires provides better safety and efficiency on the road. Here are a few reasons to keep your tires properly inflated.

Tire Inflation Benefits

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Get Better Mileage With Properly Inflated Tires

An informal study by students at Carnegie Mellon University found that the majority of cars on U.S. roads are operating on tires inflated to only 80 percent of capacity. According to the website, fueleconomy.gov, proper tire inflation can improve mileage by about 3.3 percent, whereas leaving them under-inflated can lower mileage by 0.4 percent for every one PSI drop in pressure of all four tires.

Fully Inflated Tires are Safer

Besides saving fuel and money and minimizing emissions, proper tire inflation is safer and less likely to fail at high speeds. Under-inflated tires make for longer stopping distances and will skid longer on wet surfaces. Properly inflated tires will last longer as they wear more evenly.

Less Wear on Tires

It’s also true that good tire pressure means tires won’t wear out as quickly. Along with other tire tips like tire rotation, alignment and balancing, keeping tire pressure accurate will decrease the issue of “bad wear patterns,” where some parts of the tire can get worn down quickly. Good tire pressure also provides better handling in a vehicle. When tire pressure is low, on the other hand, the risk of some kinds of accidents can increase. When the vehicle is not as able to maintain traction on the road, driving gets generally more dangerous.

How to Extend Your Tire Life

In order to ensure maximum tire life, you have to perform regular tire maintenance. There are a few very quick things that you can do to extend your tire life and there are things you should do when the car is stopped or has been sitting for any length of time.

1. Daily Inspections

Every time you walk out to your car, you should be looking around it to make sure nothing that can damage them has been placed or blown near your tires. This includes nails, glass and other sharp objects.

2. Monthly Inspections

Mechanics advise drivers to check their tire pressure monthly, if not more frequently. The correct air pressure for tires that come with new vehicles can be found either in the owner’s manual or inside the driver-side door. Remember, that replacement tires may carry a different PSI rating than the originals that came with the car. Almost all tires however, state the correct PSI on the outer sidewall. Also, tire pressure should be checked before heading out on the road for the day, to avoid inaccurate readings.

3. Driving Precautions

Tires are designed to live through some rough treatment. This doesn’t mean that you can drive over those two-foot-wide potholes at top speed. If you can safely avoid them, do so. Next to manufacturing defects and accidents, hitting potholes at speed is the most common cause of premature tire failure.

4. Alignment

Improper setting of your vehicle’s suspension alignment can lead to increased fuel usage, uneven tire tread wear and difficulty maintaining a straight course. Your alignment should be checked every 1-2 years depending on the condition of the roads and your driving habits. Wheels that are improperly aligned won’t always be pointing in the desired direction, causing a condition known as ‘scrubbing,’ where the tires are scrubbed across the surface of the road like a piece of wood across sandpaper, causing increased and uneven wear. If you change your tires for the season, it’s not a bad idea to get it checked then!

5. Regular Rotation

In order to correct for uneven wear patterns induced by road and driving conditions, your tires should be rotated every 10,000 to 15,000km. Regular and consistent tire rotation will distribute any uneven tire wear equally, which will allow you more time to correct any issues.

Hopefully these tips can save you some wear and tear on your tires. Don’t forget, our Service Department is always more than happy to assist with any service or wear related questions, so don’t hesitate to call or stop in!

Congratulations To Our Amazing Technicians

Master Tech Competition

The 2014 Master Tech Competition took place over the weekend with 2 of the twelve participants coming from Budds’ Subaru. On the Friday evening there was a “Get-Together” for all involved and this year’s event was an axe-throwing competition. Mario Brunetti finished 2nd to Patrick Kimmell (Tech Line).

Subaru Master Tech Competition | Budds' Subaru

Congratulations To Our Amazing Technicians

In the main competition our technicians were up against some very talented competitors from across the country. This included one former Master Tech Competition Champion. We are proud to let you know that Andrew Bonnett finished 2nd! To have the opportunity to go to the competition amongst all technicians in Canada is one thing, but to finish second, that is truly amazing. As usual, the Budds’ Subaru technicians proved why we are consistently rated one of the best Subaru service centers in Canada.

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Windshield Wipers: How To Solve Your Issues

Windshield Wipers

Most people rely on a clean windshield especially throughout the winter months when excess dirt from trucks comes spilling onto the front of your car. Apart from keeping some extra washer-fluid in your car for top-ups, is there anything you need to know about caring for your windshield wipers?

Windshield Wipers | Budds' Subaru

Here we outline some of the common problems, and how to find the right solution for your windshield wiper woes.

Common Problems & Solutions

Streaky Windshield: Caused by wiper not making full contact with the windshield.

Solution
: Clean the wiper blade to carefully remove ice build-up from the rubber. Consider replacing the wiper if old (we advise you to have them inspected every 6 months – just ask our service department to have a look for you!) You can tell the wiper needs replacing if the rubber is old and no longer a flat, smooth seam. Also look for tears in the rubber.

Frozen Wiper: The wiper gets buildup of ice or snow.

Solution
: Turn on your wiper de-icer if you have it for a few minutes while you are scraping around the rest of the windshield. Make sure to remove the buildup from the base of the windshield as well, giving them a good bang against the glass. Without the deicer it is good practice to park with your windshield wipers lifted.

Wiper Not Moving: The motor stops running.

Solution
: Common causes of an immobile wiper are motor issues. This is caused by trying to run the wipers as an ice scraper. It’s also caused by running them with a heavy snow buildup on top. Always clear away the excess ice and snow first before running the wipers. Otherwise you run the risk of breaking the teeth within the motor. We will be able to tell whether it is the motor

Ask us if you need a replacement pair, we can find the proper fit for your vehicle model. Not all wiper blades are the same. Genuine Subaru ones have a natural rubber wiping edge to assure a streak-free view. And they don’t rust! Best of luck in the winter driving months!!

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