10-11-19

When will the 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel be released in Canada?

When Chevy announced that the 2017 Chevy Cruze would have a diesel engine option, we were excited to say the least. The diesel engine will be paired with the driver’s choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or 9-speed automatic transmission. Wondering when the 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel will arrive in Canadian showrooms? Read on for details!

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2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Canadian release date

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel is set to arrive in showrooms around the country during the first half of 2017, so make sure to keep an eye on our blog and we’ll let you know when the new sedan makes it Craig Dunn Motor City. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our team with any questions about the upcoming vehicle!

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The 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel won’t be released until a little later this year, but drivers interested in meeting the 2017 Chevy Cruze sedan up close and in person are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online. Have additional questions about the sedan before hopping in the driver’s seat? No problem! Feel free to contact a member of our team or drop us a line in the comments below!

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10-11-19

What can I do if I see a dog in a car this summer?

What to do if you see a dog locked in a car on a hot day

With a hot summer like this, it can heat up inside your car very easily and quickly. We want to help people know what to do if you see a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Let’s take a look at these steps to show you what you can do in this situation.  


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How to help a pet locked inside

There are some steps you can take to help a dog that has been left by its owner in the vehicle. You should follow these tips to make sure that you can find the owner as soon as possible to retrieve their pet.

Step #1: Take note of the vehicle’s make, model, and licence plate to be able to identify which vehicle it is.

Step #2: Go to the nearest business or businesses to announce that someone forgot their pet inside their vehicle. They will return to the vehicle and get their dog out of the heat.

Step #3: If you can’t find the owner, you should call the non-emergency number and wait by the vehicle until the police or animal control come to the vehicle.

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Make sure to look up any laws about saving animals from hot cars to make sure your actions are in line with the code of law. If you are looking for a vehicle this summer, you can visit our online inventory and schedule a test drive with us at Craig Dunn Motor City today.

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10-11-19

What causes a car to overheat?

Seeing steam emerging from under the hood of your vehicle is a driver’s worst nightmare, and unfortunately, overheated engines are pretty common in the hot months. There are many conditions that can cause a car to overheat, but we’re giving out our best tips and tricks for preventing that from happening! Read on for details. 

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How to prevent your car from overheating

Check for leaks 

Although a leak in the cooling system doesn’t directly lead to an overheated engine, the two are closely related. When the cooling system leaks, coolant levels drop, allowing air to enter in and circulate throughout the system. When the air rises to the top of the cooling system, an airlock occurs, which basically means that big bubble is stuck in the cooling system. In turn, the coolant remaining inside the engine becomes heated, causing the engine to eventually overheat.

Change oil on time

Changing your engine oil on time is actually pretty important if you want to keep your car from overheating. Although it isn’t commonly known, engine oil is a vital component to keeping the engine cool. Oil lubricates the engine parts to prevent the parts from rubbing together and causing friction, and if the oil is old, it won’t properly do its job. Parts causing friction creates heat inside the engine, which can and probably will lead to overheating.

Make sure coolant is concentrated 

If you’re buying coolant from the store, you’re going to want to make sure you read the instructions before dumping it into your vehicle. While some coolants come pre-mixed, a huge variety of coolants available at the store aren’t concentrated. If the coolant isn’t ready-to-use straight out of the bottle, make sure you follow the instructions to get the correct concentration.

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Drivers in need of scheduling a service appointment for their overheating engine are encouraged to do so online or by phone at 888-611-6021. Those with additional questions about how to prevent your vehicle’s engine from overheating are invited to contact a member of our team today!

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10-11-19

Do you save or burn more fuel using cruise control?

We love saving money. Who doesn’t? So we’re always looking for different ways to save money, especially on fuel. Experts are now saying that using cruise control may affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, but do you save more fuel or use more fuel when you use cruise control? Read on to find out!

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Tips for saving money on gas

When you are driving on the highway without cruise control, you probably aren’t maintaining a constant speed. We would be impressed if you were, however! You’re more than likely slowing down, speeding up, and slowing down again. Or maybe you’re driving along, minding your own business, and you look down only to realize you are going way too fast. Both of these issues are big fuel-wasters, and both of these issues can be combatted by using cruise control. Cruise control actually does help you save fuel because it keeps you moving at a very steady speed rather than constantly slowing down and speeding up. It also helps fight wind resistance, which tends to negatively affect gas mileage in a big way. Wind resistance increases by speed, so when you zone out and realize you are way above the speed limit, the wind is taking a big toll on your fuel efficiency.

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Interested in learning more tips and tricks from our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City? Keep an eye on our blog, and we’ll continue answering FAQs! If you’re in the market for a new fuel-efficient vehicle, stop in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie! We’ll work with you to find the new or pre-owned vehicle that best fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget!

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3 driving tips for staying safe throughout the Canadian winter

3 driving tips for staying safe throughout the Canadian winter

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10-11-19

3 driving tips for staying safe throughout the Canadian winter

Although we were hoping for a quick winter this year, that famous little groundhog saw his shadow earlier this month. So we are preparing ourselves for a few extra weeks of the coldest season. Our team at Craig Dunn Motor City has learned some valuable tips and tricks throughout our time in the automotive industry, so we’re passing along our best secrets for staying safe on the road throughout the tough Canadian winters.

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Canadian winter driving tips

Invest in snow tires

It’s no secret that Canada gets piles and piles of snow during the winter, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle the slippery elements. Snow tires are designed to have a better grip on slippery surfaces, which could make the difference between sliding into a ditch and staying safely on the road.

Keep a roadside emergency kit in your trunk

It’s important to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times, but its importance is increased tenfold in the winter. Items that should be kept in your kit include jumper cables, flares or triangle reflectors, a phone charger, a first aid kit, a flashlight and batteries, blankets, and a tool kit with common tools.

Drive cautiously

This tip may seem obvious, but it’s often not taken seriously. When conditions are less than ideal, you’ll want to drive slower and more carefully than normal. Slowing down will help drivers avoid sliding off the road or hitting black ice. And when possible, stay home. Better safe than sorry!

Want to see a few of Chevy’s best tips for safe driving during the harsh winter months? Check out the video below!

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Another important tip we have for safe winter driving is to stay up-to-date on your scheduled maintenance. If your vehicle is due for a little bit of TLC, schedule a service appointment at Craig Dunn Motor City online today! Have additional questions for us? Feel free to give our team a call or drop us a line in the comments below!

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10-09-19

How does GMC’s Lane Departure Warning System work?

GMC Lane Departure Warning System

Automakers are constantly working to make sure their vehicles are as safe as possible, and as technology gets more and more advanced, safety features can be a little tricky to understand. GMC’s Lane Departure Alert is now available on a wide variety of vehicles in the manufacturer’s lineup, so we’re breaking down how exactly this advanced safety system works. Read on for details!

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GMC Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning

GMC’s Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning uses a camera sensor located on the windshield to detect lane markings on the road. The system operates while the vehicle is travelling between 37 mph and 112 mph, and it’s designed to help drivers avoid collisions while on the road. If the Lane Departure Warning System determines that the vehicle is unintentionally deviating from its lane, the driver will be warned with audio, visual and sensory cues. If the driver takes no corrective measures to stay within the lane lines, the Lane Keep Assist system may kick in and provide steering assistance to keep the vehicle in its lane.

So does this mean that every time you try to change lanes while driving, the system is going to alert you that you’re leaving your lane? Definitely not. The system recognizes that a lane change is intentional when a blinker is used.

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Have additional questions about GMC’s Lane Departure Warning System? Feel free to contact our team and we’ll answer any questions you may have. Drivers interested in seeing how this advanced system works in person are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online or stop in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie!

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10-09-19

What happens if you don’t change your car’s oil on time?

Why you should follow your oil change schedule

If you happen to forget to change the oil in your vehicle for a little longer than suggested, it’s not the end of the world but it can be pretty detrimental to your car’s engine. Many car owners don’t realize just how vitally important regularly changing the vehicle’s engine oil is, and our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City wants to make sure your car stays happy and healthy for years down the road. Wondering what happens if you don’t change your car’s oil on time? Read on to find out!

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Why you should change your oil on time

Many car owners realize that oil is an vital factor to keeping their engine running properly, but many are unaware of just how important it is to change the engine oil on time. The oil acts as a lubricant to keep all of the engine parts moving together the way they are supposed to, so if the engine oil is old the parts may rub together and cause friction. This is bad for a few reasons. When the engine parts rub together, the metal-on-metal creates heat, which can cause the parts themselves to weld together. When this happens, the engine seizes, leading to very expensive repairs. Another thing that can happen when you don’t change your engine oil on time is that dirt will accumulate in the oil, which can clog the filter. When the filter is clogged, the engine will quickly wear out, again leading to expensive repairs. So simply put, make sure you change your oil on time unless you want to spend a bunch of money fixing or replacing your engine!

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Drivers who need to have the oil changed in their vehicle are invited to schedule a service appointment at Craig Dunn Motor City online or by phone at 888-611-6021. Have additional questions about our service department or the services we offer? Feel free to contact our team today!

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10-09-19

Chevy Redline offers increased customization option for car shoppers

Last month, Chevrolet announced that its popular Redline special edition series would be expanding to more models in the automaker’s lineup than ever before. We couldn’t be more excited about the announcement, so we wanted to fill you in on some insider information about what Redline is and what vehicles will have a special Redline Edition. Read on for details!

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What is Chevy Redline?

Redline is a special edition model offered on various vehicles throughout Chevy’s lineup. All Redline vehicles are equipped with black nameplates with a red outline, black Chevy bowtie logos, an all-black grille and black wheels with stylish red hash marks. The vehicles are then customized even further, offering vehicle-specific features such as red tow hooks on the Silverado and Colorado.

What Chevy vehicles have a Redline Edition?

Chevy debuted the Redline concept in 2015 after an increased demand in customization options by car shoppers. This year, Chevrolet expanded Redline across a variety of vehicles within the automaker’s lineup. Vehicles that will have available Redline Edition models include:

  • Chevy Camaro LT
  • Chevy Camaro SS
  • Chevy Colorado LT
  • Chevy Cruze Sedan LT
  • Chevy Cruze Hatchback LT
  • Chevy Equinox LT
  • Chevy Malibu LT
  • Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LT Z71
  • Chevy Silverado Double Cab LT Z71
  • Chevy Silverado LT
  • Chevy Traverse Premier
  • Chevy Trax LT
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Chevy trucks Redline Edition

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Drivers interested in learning more about Chevy’s Redline vehicles are encouraged to contact a member of our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City. We’ll fill you in on all of the important details, and we might even get you behind the wheel for an obligation-free test drive!

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10-09-19

What can I tow with the 2017 Chevy Colorado?

If you own weekend toys such as a boat, camper, dirt bike or off-road vehicle, you’re going to need to tow or haul the cargo at some point. One of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for a new vehicle that will be used for towing is the vehicle’s towing capacity. We already know that the 2017 Chevy Colorado has a best-in-class towing capacity among mid-size pickups, but what exactly can you haul with the 2017 Colorado?

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2017 Chevy Colorado towing capacity

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As you can see from the chart above, the maximum towing capacity of the 2017 Chevy Colorado is 7,700 pounds when combined with the available Tow/Haul Mode. But what does that mean exactly? When determining what you can tow with your 2017 Colorado, you’ll want to take a variety of factors into account. You should factor in weight of passengers, trailer weight and cargo weight before determining what your 2017 Colorado can tow. That being said, towing dirt bikes, a small camper or a small boat should be a pretty safe bet for your truck. For more information about Chevy truck hauling and towing capacities, click here.

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Drivers interested in meeting the 2017 Chevy Colorado up close and in person are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online or stop right in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie. For more information about the 2017 Colorado or the truck’s towing capacity, feel free to contact a member of our team at Craig Dunn Motor City or drop us a line in the comments below!

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10-09-19

How inflated should my 2017 GMC Sierra’s tires be?

To find your vehicle’s recommended tire pressures, you’re going to want to check out the Tire Information Label, which is located on the inside of your Sierra 1500’s driver’s-side doorframe. If you can’t find the label or are looking for the information on-the-go, we’ve got you covered. Depending on the type of tires your 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 came equipped with, you are either going to want to have your tires filled to 35 psi or 45 psi. Again, for more specific information to your vehicle and tires, check out the Tire Information Label on your 2017 Sierra 1500.

Although the 2017 GMC Sierra comes standard with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, it’s a good practice to manually check your tire inflation once a month. Driving with underinflated or overinflated tires can cause a blowout, reduced fuel economy, a rough ride, or danger to others on the road, so investing in a quality pocket gauge to manually check your tire pressure is always recommended by our team at Craig Dunn Motor City.

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Have additional questions about the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500’s tire pressure recommendations? If so, feel free to give our team a call! If you are in need of new tires or simply a tire alignment, we can help with that too! We welcome you to stop in and see us at Craig Dunn Motor City for all of your tire needs!

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10-09-19

How far can Chevy vehicles go on empty?

The vast majority of us have had the gas light in their vehicle turn on at one point or another. It’s fairly common, and although it isn’t necessarily healthy for your car, it happens to the best of us. Before you start worrying that your car is going to run out of gas and leave you stranded on the side of the road, just remember that your gas light turned on to alert you that you need gas soon, not at that exact second. You have a few miles to get to a gas station before completely running out of a fuel. Wondering how far a Chevy can run on empty? Keep reading to find out!

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Driving a Chevy on empty

Seeing your gas light turn on can be startling if you weren’t paying close attention to your fuel gauge, but before you panic, keep in mind that your vehicle isn’t going to immediately run out of gas. Although it’s certainly not ideal to continue driving while your gas light is on, sometimes you aren’t near a gas station and have no other choice. If you own a Chevy, take a look at the chart below to see approximately how far you can continue driving before your vehicle completely runs out of fuel.

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Drivers interested in learning more about the fuel economy ratings of various GM vehicles are encouraged to contact a member of our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City. Ready to get behind the wheel of any vehicle in our inventory? Feel free to schedule an obligation-free test drive online today or stop right in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie!

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10-09-19

Why is my oil light still on after an oil change?

You never want to ignore an illuminated dashboard warning light, especially if it stays on after you have already taken action to fix the problem. There are a variety of reasons your oil light may stay illuminated even after an oil change, and it’s important to be aware of possible causes. Read on for details!

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Causes of a flickering oil light

If your oil light stays on even after changing your engine oil, you’re going to want to check the sensor first to rule out a malfunctioning sensor as the cause. Dirt and other particles can make their way into the oil pump, causing the sensor to falsely identify oil issues. Replacing the sensor is fairly simple, but if you don’t feel comfortable replacing the part yourself, bring your vehicle into a certified technician. The next common cause is low oil pressure. If the oil pressure is below 5 pounds per square inch, your oil light will illuminate. Although this shouldn’t happen after receiving an oil change, you’re still going to want to check the oil level just to be sure.

The final common cause of an illuminated oil light, even after an oil change, is probably the most problematic. The oil pump may not be circulating enough oil to keep the engine’s parts lubricated and functioning properly, which can in turn cause multiple engine issues. Although receiving oil changes at regular intervals should prevent this problem from occurring, parts do wear over time.

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If your oil light is still on after an oil change, bring it in to see us at Craig Dunn Motor City or schedule a service appointment online today! Likewise, if your vehicle is in need of an oil change, we can do that too! Have additional questions? Feel free to give our team a call today!

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10-09-19

What is the difference in cabin size for trucks?

Crew Cab vs Double Cab

We know that some folks who are searching for a new truck have some questions about the vocabulary used to describe features within truck models. We are here to help and a common question we hear about is the difference between a Crew Cab and a Double Cab. We will compare the Crew Cab vs Double Cab so shoppers can better understand what type of vehicle they want.  


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Differences

The primary difference between a Crew Cab and a Double Cab is the size. The Double Cab, also known as an Extended Cab, is actually smaller than the Crew Cab. The Double Cab is tighter and the Crew Cab gives ample room for passengers or extra luggage and gear you need to bring along. Now that you know the difference between the two, we’ll tell you what each size is recommended for your needs.

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Recommendations

When it comes to choosing a new vehicle, choosing the right cabin size can mean a lot. If you do not need to fit that many people into your vehicle, the Double Cab is a nice choice. If you need more space for passengers or cargo, the Crew Cab is the better choice. There are also other factors to take in that do not have to do with cabin size that also matter when purchasing a new vehicle, but this is a good start.


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That should answer your question about Crew Cab vs Double Cab. If you would like to learn more about what our vehicles offer, you can check out our online inventory and browse our available Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models. Don’t forget to schedule a test drive with us at Craig Dunn Motor City today.

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