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Understanding British Columbia’s Snow Tire Requirements

Winter in British Columbia transforms the picturesque landscapes into a snow-covered wonderland, but it also brings challenges for drivers. B.C., known for its diverse climates and varying terrains, implements snow tire requirements to ensure road safety during the colder months. Here’s what you need to know about provincial winter tire rules. The basics of B.C.…

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Importance Of Using Proper Windshield Washer Fluid Instead Of Water To Prevent Freezing

Drivers must take extra precautions in winter to ensure their vehicles remain safe and functional in challenging weather conditions. Often overlooked is using proper windshield washer fluid instead of water. Here’s why choosing the correct fluid can make a significant difference in maintaining clear visibility and preventing potential hazards on the road. What’s windshield washer…

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Consumer Choice Award Winner for the 18th Consecutive Year

For nearly 50 years, Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres has been the trusted one-stop shop for all your automotive repair and car care needs. Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres proudly operates 14 locations across British Columbia, offering simple services such as oil changes and tire rotations to complex mechanical and electrical repairs such as engine,…

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Safe Winter Driving: A Guide For Navigating Icy Roads

Driving on icy, snow-covered roads demands unique skills and preparations to ensure you arrive at your destination safely. Hazards — like reduced traction, decreased visibility, and an increased risk of skidding — require a proactive approach to driving and a commitment to equipping your vehicle with the right tools. Here are some must-haves to ensure…

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The Importance Of Antifreeze In Engine Health

A crucial part of winter car maintenance is your engine’s antifreeze level and concentration. Understanding and maintaining the right balance can prevent engine freezing issues and ensure your car operates smoothly. Here’s a guide for keeping your engine running optimally, even during the most bitter cold snap. Antifreeze explained Antifreeze — known as coolant —…

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Can I Mix Tires from Different Brands on My Vehicle?

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Tires are one of the most significant safety features of your car. However, many vehicle owners overlook the need for all four tires to match — not just in brand but also in size, tread pattern and ratings. Here’s why matching tires from the same brand matters. Consistent handling and performance. Tires aren’t just round…

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Tips to Save on Fuel Costs for an Upcoming Road Trip

Planning a summer road trip? While less expensive than flying to Europe or a tropical resort, the cost of a family road trip can add up quickly — and a big portion of that will be fuel. Here are some ways to save on gasoline costs for your family road trip this summer. Take Your…

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Consumer Choice Award Winner for 17 Years Running

Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres is proud to announce that we’ve received the 2023 Consumer Choice Award for Best Automobile Repair in Vancouver! This marks the 17th year in a row that we have earned this prestigious honour, a true testament to the exceptional service we provide to each and every one of our valued…

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How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

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All-season tires may seem like an easy, less-expensive choice for your vehicle, but they’re not necessarily the best. Choosing quality winter or summer tires can make driving safer on Vancouver streets and British Columbia’s highways. Here are some tips for choosing the best tires for your car. How to Determine the Correct Tire Size When…

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