An Update on Our 2020 Goal

Last time we posted, we asked you what you’re 2020 goals are. We believe everyone should have one, even if a new year’s resolution is kind of corny. We hope you’re doing well with your goals. Indeed, we wish the best for everyone in Kelowna BC. If you haven’t acted on your goals yet, then here’s a reminder: ACT ON YOUR GOALS!

Our 2020 goal was to help as many people as we can. As automotive experts in Kelowna BC, we have the potential to help many people, and we’ve been very successful so far. We wouldn’t write this post if we weren’t proud of what we’ve accomplished since January. We’re almost at the halfway point of the year and now’s the time to really hone down on what we set out to do.

We’ve been helping people in Kelowna by helping our neighbors do their gardening and landscaping, neighbors that are too old to do it themselves, and we’ve been doing it for free. That’s not all! We’ve also been helping friends of friends and family of friends with free automotive services like tire repair and engine detailing. It feels good to help people, and not everything we do is for free, but the free stuff we do to help people is the most satisfying and that’s how we know we set the right goal.

Thanks for tuning in to our update. Once again, we remind you to act on your 2020 goals because we’re almost halfway through the year and before you know it you’ll have to set your 2021 goals. So, act now!

What Are Your 2020 Goals?

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It’s January 8, 2020, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to set a resolution if you haven’t yet. No matter your age, setting goals is the most powerful things you can do to improve your life and success besides accomplishing them.

Our goal here in Kelowna BC is to help as many people as we can, and that means helping people with more than just their their automotive problems. This might mean we won’t be able to blog as much as we want to, but there’s more important things to do than blogging. With that said we can’t deny that blogging doesn’t have the chance to help people, and that’s why we’re making this post today.

We want you to close your eyes and think about a goal you can set and accomplish this year, a goal that will improve your life and success, whatever success means to you.

So think about it, and stay tuned to your Kelowna car and truck experts for more in the future.

Renting a New Car for an Icy, Winter Road Trip: Tips and Advice

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If you know your car can’t handle a road trip on a snowy road, then why not rent one? Many navigate around the costs of renting a snow worthy car by getting cheap winter tires, but is this really safe? Sometimes a car just doesn’t have enough torque to climb a hill that’s covered in ice. If you let go of the gas at all you could find yourself sliding back down the hill and that isn’t safe. From my experience working in and around cars my whole life, I vouch that renting an up-to-date car with the latest anti-winter technology is your safest bet, even if you think your care is snow worthy.

I lost a dear friend to an icy road some years back and that’s why I tell this to you now. I don’t have to be Nerd Stark to say that “winter is coming”. If you’re planning a trip on the road, please think about the consequences of driving a car that can’t handle the snow and ice. You need something powerful with gripping tires. A truck might do, or an SUV with good tires. Whatever your choice is, I hope you make the correct one!

The Best Tip for After Buying a Used Car: Auto Detailing!

Have you just bought a new car? Here is the top tip that you could ever hear. But first I want to get past the 101. This tip only applies if you’ve already gotten a car inspection and an oil change. Have you refilled all the fluids, the break fluid, anti-freeze, etc.? If your answer is yes then there’s one last thing you need to do, one thing you’ll never regret…

Auto Detailing: The Best Thing For a Used Car Besides an Oil Change!

If your car is used then there’s a good chance you have a few paint scratches, dirty rims, salty windows, etc, and one way to get all this touched up in one fowl sweep is to get professional auto detailing services! Not only will these expert car washers touch up your paint scratches and clean the exterior of your car, they’ll also do engine detailing and, best of all, interior car detailing. This means that they’ll vacuum AND steam clean your seats so they’ll be like brand new again, removing any stains and odors from the inside of your automobile. And did I mention that they polish your dashboard, too?

The reason we here at Kelowna Auto stress getting professional auto detailing is because most used car owners will go years without ever getting a car wash let alone a professional service. It makes such a huge difference to the overall value of any vehicle when it’s in supreme condition. And I even know some auto detailing shops that will come out to your location. Mobile car washes are the best for people who live out in the boonies and have more than one vehicle they wish to clean at once.

Also, auto detailers will remove bumps and dents and they’ll spray the bottom of your car with anti-rust formula. They can also apply a protective polish to your car after buffing it so you’ll swear that even if your car is from 2001 you’ll swear it’s brand new!

Remember, all of this is assuming you even decided to buy a car in the first place. Recently we talked about why you should drive. In case you’re not persuaded yet and still want to wash and vacuum the inside of your car yourself, here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should get professional auto detailing tomorrow!

  1. They call it “detailing” because they touch up all the little details that a drive-through car wash simply can’t attend to, like polishing every bell and whistle.
  2. It may cost a pretty penny to get the job done, but we can promise you won’t regret it, especially as the polish lasts for a long time to come.
  3. The inside of your car will smell new again, making you forget that your car is used.
  4. It’ll bring prestige on your side, for the sake of everyone who knows you.
  5. You’ll drive away from the auto detailing shop having tried something new, and even if we’re wrong and you do regret it then at least you’ll have this experience under your belt.

With all this said, we have to give a shot out to our favorite car cleaning company, that is Auto Detailing Saskatoon. The reason why we love the guys over in Saskatoon and trust them to do a good job is because when we make our annual road trip to the East Coast of Canada, we always stop in Saskatoon for three days to visit friends and the boys at Auto Detailing Saskatoon do a great job, hands down. Check them out and feel free to ask them questions about what a professional exterior and interior car wash entails because they’re friendly enough to answer any questions you might have, even if you don’t live in Saskatoon.

So just remember this tip even if you don’t plan on buying a used car any time soon because this advice could help out a dear friend or stranger who is looking for the best tip. At the end of the day, we could always die tomorrow. So why not enjoy life to the fullest and get your car spotlessly washed? You decide!

How Can You Possibly Live Without A Car?

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This is coming from someone who grew up around cars all his life and had a car at the age of 7. Their more useful than horses for everything, but maybe not companionship, but I may argue against that, too. Cars can give you so much perceived love that it almost outweighs the real love a thing like a horse can give. I’ve already gotten sidetracked. My point is that I can’t understand why a person who could easily afford it prefers to live without a car? The methane that cows make is worse than the use of cars. That’s not an excuse the forget the environmental impact of cars but so then why not get a Tesla? Personally, I’m waiting till there’re Tesla’s under $20,000. I love my old fashioned gasoline cars with big sexy muscles on ’em. I love drag racers and trucks that can make shrubbery and other obstacles look like chicken dinner. To find out generally why a young person who CAN afford it still prefers to live without a car, I did some looking around. Keep in mind though that my knowledge in this regard comes from asking a few university students after they asked me how my day was.

I heard that young people these days find it so easy to get around in cities without cars that they don’t see the point in going through the hassle and all the expenses even though they could afford it. Some people can’t afford it but they still say they would not get a car even if they could. The people I talked to, maybe in their late twenties, didn’t seem to judge the use of cars as a bad thing and understood the benefit of them, but they never go in and out of town that often and even if they did there’s a bus that could take them anywhere they want. Now after hearing what these city boys said, me being a city man, I want to hear what a young man from the 1930s would say to the question I posed to those university whelps. They might have a similar answer to the country boys in the Canadian plains today. I bet they listen to their grandpa complain about the horses and would buy a car in a heart-beat if they could. Even if you live in a city you got to admit that when it’s rainy and you want to go to this place across town that you need to transfer on three buses to get to then having a car is a really awesome thing. If you’re a young person reading this then I’d recommend that you begin to see yourself driving a car as an upgrade to life maybe at some point down the road in life. My nephew is in the same boat as most of these university students and he said he wants to wait till he’s 30 before he starts driving because then it would really feel like his life had changed dramatically, like an upgrade or enhancement. I think that would be cool to experience, but something like that is too late for me. I’ve been hooked by cars for far too long. I love ’em a lot.

Anyways, thanks for entertaining these thoughts with me and expect more rambling blue collar rants in the future! Visit the homepage for more.

Renting Motorcycles for a Road Trip with the Boys

In a week from today something very special is going to happen, and it all started with me losing a bet in a bar four months ago. The bet was that if I can’t beat Larry at pool than I have to convince all the boys in the auto shop to go on a motorcycle road trip to Vancouver BC wearing nothing but speedos and pink vests. In order to convince the boys I had to buy them tickets to a hockey game and pay for all their beer during the trip, because I never go back on my word.

So if you’re doing nothing next Wednesday, you might want to stand on the highway from Kelowna to Vancouver to see six dudes on rented motorcycles wearing speedos. It’ll be hilarious because we’re also all fat and have overly hairy legs. We wanted to share this news on our blog because we have some readers in Vancouver who’ll be excited to learn that we’re coming for a visit. We’ll be there for four days ready to party and, of course, go shopping for some proper pants.

I hope the weather will be nice for us but even if it is our legs are bound to get very cold. Larry was kind enough to supply the pink vests and we’re going to donate them to charity as soon as we reach Vancouver to pass on the good vibes. So if you want a pink vest that smells then give us a shout! See you in Vancouver!

At least we’ll be riding some really awesome motorcycles.

Two Appliances in Our Kelowna Shop Broke Down Simultaneously (Fridge & Oven)

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As mechanics who work hard we rely on our appliances to give us the convenience we need to prep easy meals right here in our Kelowna BC shop. Now this is a funny story some of you will appreciate if you know anything about domestic appliances. We keep our eight-year-old Panasonic refrigerator stocked to the brim with meats, snacks, juices and other food and never before have we needed to order major appliance repair services until just now. As I write this pizza is on it’s way and an appliance repair mechanic is working away behind me. My co-workers are just as disappointed as I am, especially as our Maytag oven which we’ve had for nearly three years now somehow broke down at the exact same time. We swear some anti-appliance ninja must’ve broke into the shop when we weren’t looking to sabotage our appliances. Like, seriously, how could this have happened? We were so surprised and thought this situation was so funny that Tom was like, “Hey, man, you got to put this on the blog because people might want to know why we’re extra cranky tonight.” It’s not rare that we work late hours. It’s one of the benefits of working for yourself; we get to sleep in and have a good time in the shop fixing cars and trucks for a local rental company–whom we agreed not to mention their full name so we can add more humor onto our blog.

We realized the fridge hadn’t been working all day when we went to pull out some frozen pierogi and found out they were all thawed out. We wanted to cook them anyways, because, well, why let good food go to waste? But then–lo and behold–the oven wasn’t working either! We don’t have a microwave because Tom’s wife is paranoid about him getting testicular cancer from it, which is also hilarious. Oh, I just got word from the refrigeration technician that the fridge is now working again! Thank heavenly goodness! We have to throw out the meats we got but all the other food we had in our fridge is still fine. Some people might risk keeping the meats but we don’t want to piss off Tom’s wife because she finds out everything somehow. She’ll freak out if we eat meat that’s been room temperature all day, even if we bake it to a crispy blackness. I’m personally still on my healthy diet but tonight is an excuse to order pizza. I think we deserve it.

The oven, however, still seems to be a mystery as to what’s wrong but I can see the appliance mechanic working away. We’re so grateful to have a connection with one of the best appliance repair Kelowna service providers around. They love us because we’re always cracking jokes and sharing beers. In all my life, besides today, I’ve only had to order appliance repair services four times, and they were for as follows:

  1. My home freezer needed repairs when I was in college.
  2. I once ordered washer repair services for my cousin.
  3. During my divorce when I was living with my mom I got her dishwasher fixed… finally!
  4. After living with my new girlfriend for only a few weeks, whom is now my fiance, we desperately needed a dryer repair service.

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What Would You Do If All Your Kitchen Appliances Broke Down At The Same Time?

I ask you this question because the answer for most people isn’t obvious, and that usually surprises people. I just asked this to the repairman working on our Maytag oven and he said he would cook hot-dogs in the backyard with a fire. I think he’s one of those guys who smiles and joyfully grabs candles when there’s a power outage. So, really, what would you do? Think about that. Could you afford to get them all fixed at the same time, or would you need to cook hot-dogs on a fire even if you didn’t want to? To make this interesting, I’ll tell you what I would do.

I certainly wouldn’t want to pay to have all my appliances fixed on the same day. I might get the most important kitchen appliance fixed first, but which one is that exactly? Hmmm? I think I’d have to get my freezer repaired first because I have a lot of fish in there that my buddy Jim got me from a trip he did to some cool lakes in Ontario. Then, after getting freezer repair services, I’d probably eat out for a few days and work extra hard in the shop to get some extra spending cash. I might eventually get fed up with eating out and just put all the appliance repair bills on a credit card, even though my fiance would hate me for it because all our credit cards are hers. So that’s what I would do. It’s not like that would ever happen but after today you never know. Having two appliances break down simultaneously is very strange, indeed. It’s a good thing we have such a great appliance repair company here in Kelowna BC willing to come here at this ungodly hour. By the time I publish this blog post it might be pretty late, but I started this post at around 6:30 P.M. which is pretty late for any appliance repairman who should be at home watching football or something.

Well, I hope you got as much of a kick out of this tale as I did experiencing it. This is surely a day I’ll never forget. And, by the way, if you think my humor is entertaining I have another funny post you might like about a mechanic who dates a super model. It’s quite the laugh-fest. I think you’ll agree. So there we have it. I hope what happened to us today never happens to you, and that you have a great night. Thanks for reading.

A Reminder to Say Hello to Old Friends

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I’d like to hope that everyone has an old friend they haven’t thought of or talked to in a long time. Maybe it’s an old friend from school or a job you used to have. This evening I’d like to give a reminder to all our readers here at the Kelowna Auto Blog to reach out and say hello to old friends or family members you used to enjoy talking to. Sometimes old friends end up needing support or may even be able to support you. Other times it’s just fun to sit back on the phone with some tea or wine for an hour and chat about good memories. It’s amazing how good you can feel after a conversation like that.

So take this friendly reminder to heart and plan to reach out to an old friend tonight and surprise them. Maybe if you live nearby plan a date to meet up. When life gets boring or mundane in Kelowna BC this is a perfect way to spice it up again. But–WARNING!–don’t contact old friends who may bring back old habits you tried so hard to get rid of. You know those people I’m talking about. Some old friends are better left alone when they can make you feel like going back to old ways that aren’t best for you. Just keep that in mind when you’re thinking of who you should contact.

Either way, us old greasy mechanics over at Kelowna Auto wish you a peaceful and mesmerizing experience with this!

Thinking About Cheese Burgers on the Job…

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I stopped watching The Simpsons years ago, but I can’t help feeling like Homer Simpson every time I wipe my greasy hands on my filthy overalls while working on a truck in the shop and start thinking about those cheesy little buggers known as cheese burgers. I close my eyes with my wrench in my hand and imagine it’s a slithery, fat burger with loads of cheese, pickles and whoppings of all other sorts of topics this article might reference in the footnotes.

I love the taste, the limitless beauty, the POWER!

Every time I go to work, I smile at myself in the mirror and say, “You’re doing it, man. You’re really doing it! You haven’t thought about cheese burgers yet today. Keep it up!”

But by the time lunch rolls around I fall on my knees and pray, “Please give me the power to get a salad, oh Lord!” And I want to say that this has been working. Even though I think about cheese burgers on the job to the point where it becomes a problem, I never eat them! This is my testimony, this is my dream coming true. I HAVE DONE IT!!!

Thank you so much for the support. I know you can do it, too. I feel your pain, sister!

Cheers to Our Tow Truck Friends over in Winnipeg, Manitoba!

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We’re supporters of every Canadian business, whether or not they’re in Kelowna. Of course, we love Kelowna businesses more because we’re awesome, but there’s a special exception to our tow truck driving buddies over in Winnipeg, MB. As usual, you can expect a little a comedy in the story we have to share about them. It all started in 2013 when our auto company was making a shipment of truck parts across Manitoba. After stopping at every fried chicken joint along the way, we finally reached Winnipeg on a stormy night. While trying to find a hotel in the city outskirts, our truck broke down and the rain and wind made working on the engine a difficult task so we decided just to order some tow truck services. Hoping the first company we found on our phone had 24 hour heavy duty towing, we called them, not knowing that night would turn into one of the best nights of our lives. When the tow truck driver on dispatch found out we were an auto company from Kelowna, he treated us a bit differently than we assume he does to average customers. Since we were all chicken gut swaggering Canadian truck lovers, the tow truck driver invited us over to his house for some beers after he finished helping us. He was now off duty and we didn’t feel like sleeping so we said “sure.” Soon enough his co-workers who were off duty joined us, too.

That one would sure would soon turn into many “oh yeahs” and “get somes” as we spent the night playing foosball in his basement. Canadian love poured strong in our hearts that night like true Canadian beer, and we had so much fun that we had to sleep the next day away in a hotel because there was no chance we were hitting the road with that kind of headache.

Now we visit this lovely tow truck Winnipeg company every time we’re in Manitoba. They’re our good friends and they’ll even be coming out to visit our shop soon as we offered to upgrade one of their trucks as a thank you for all the help they gave us on that stormy night in 2013. So if you’re ever in Winnipeg, MB and need a tow truck service, call the boys over at Winnipeg Towing. They’re better at what they do than any towing company in Kelowna, and it ruins our pride to say it but it’s true! We thought they deserved a shot out because some of our readers live in Winnipeg and we thought they’d find this story funny and informative.

We must admit, they’re also a lot better at foosball than anyone we know in Kelowna, and we got our arses whooped. But we’re not giving up! We’ll be challenging them to a foosball tournament sometime this year–Kelowna vs. Winnipeg! Any of our friends are welcome to join us. Just message us on social media or contact us now. You know who you are! We’d love to have you out. This will be the best Canadian truck lovers’ party of the decade!

Thanks for reading and see you next time!