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New Rules to Protect Car Buyers from Sticker Shock

New rules were proposed Monday by the Manitoba government to protect consumers from false and misleading advertising on cars.

“All-in” pricing will be required by all auto dealers to prevent sticker shock and include all associated fees and taxes on the total value of a vehicle.

The protections would include:

  • Requiring advertised prices for vehicles to include all fees, charges, levies and taxes, unless the advertisement indicates PST and GST are not included;
  • Requiring vehicle advertisements for the current and previous model year to state if the vehicle is used; and
  • Prohibiting false advertising and the providing of false information to consumer.

The Canadian Automobile Association was one of the organizations on hand for the announcement, held at Focus Hyundai on Nairn Avenue, and applauds the new consumer protection measures.

“CAA Manitoba gets several calls a day from Manitobans looking for advice about buying cars,” said Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba. “These proposed rules will help ensure that consumers making one of the largest purchases of their lives are well-protected and informed.”

Spotted: Google Street View Car in Winnipeg

The Google Street View car was spotted in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The Google Street View car has been spotted on the streets of Winnipeg once again.

The car, which has several cameras mounted on it, snaps photos of its surroundings. The photos are then uploaded to Google and stitched together for its highly-popular “Google Street View” for its Google Maps website.

People who use Google Maps are able to zoom into a particular street and get a 360-degree view of the area.

While Winnipeg has already been mapped, Google announced earlier this year it was planning to reshoot cities and streets where lower-resolution cameras were used.

Street View has not been without controversy, as Google tried to make sure people’s faces and licence plates were blurred.

— Staff

Collector Cars to Pack Legislative Grounds on Friday

Collector Cars to Pack Legislative Grounds on Friday

Collector Car Appreciation Day is Friday, July 13. (HANDOUT)

The Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs will host the second annual Collector Car Appreciation Day on Friday.

More than 600 vehicles are expected to be on display at the Manitoba legislature and in Memorial Park.

Organizers are also thrilled that the province has designated the month of July 2012 to be Collector Car Appreciation Month. Manitoba joins several states and cities in the U.S. that have already officially recognized the celebration.

The car show will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with opening ceremonies planned for 6 p.m. on the main stage in Memorial Park.

Attention-Grabbing Fundraiser Held for Friend in Need

A group of 100 bikini-wearing girls held a charity car wash on Saturday, August 13, 2011 in support of their recently-paralyzed friend. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A group of 100 girls gathered Saturday at a Pembina Highway bar to hold a fundraising bikini car wash, in support of one of their friends who is now wheelchair-bound after a swimming pool accident.

Dozens of cars lined up to get a wash during the six-hour event. Not surprisingly, the majority of those making donations were men.

The group had the idea after their close friend dove into the shallow end of a swimming pool three weeks ago, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. They hope he will one day walk again, but in the mean time are helping him cope with his new life. The friend, who remains unnamed citing privacy concerns, will have to get his home retrofitted for wheelchair access. The money raised on Saturday will help him to make the appropriate alternations needed for this, as well as help cover his physiotherapy bills.

Organizers did not immediately have a final total of how much they had raised, but close to 1,000 people committed to attending on Facebook and making a $10 contribution.

Clean-All Mobile Wash provided the equipment for Saturday’s event.

View the photo gallery below.

Bikini Car Wash Fundraiser Planned for Saturday

If this weekend’s fine weather doesn’t have you soaking up the rays on a beach somewhere, you can still ogle at women in bikinis, albeit in the parking lot of a local bar.

About 100 girls in bikinis will be holding a car wash at Rock Bar, 1931 Pembina Highway, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The ladies are raising money in support of their unnamed friend, who suffered a severe spinal injury and will now have to get his home retrofitted for wheelchair access.

Tickets have been pre-selling for $10 and nearly 1,000 people have committed to showing up through Facebook.

Those wanting to donate, but don’t have a car or can’t make it out, can still do their part by e-mailing carapryce@hotmail.com.

The rain date for the event is the following day, August 14.

Auto Clubs Putting on Car Show Friday

Auto Clubs Putting on Car Show Friday

By Brian Schultz

Vintage cars will be on display downtown on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs will show their appreciation for the culture, history and heritage of the automobile on Friday, when they host a car show in downtown Winnipeg.

The club’s first Collector Car Appreciation Day will showcase a number of rides stretched out between the Manitoba legislature grounds, Memorial Boulevard, Broadway and Memorial Park.

Vehicles will be on display from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at all locations.

The Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs represents over 70 collector vehicle organizations throughout the province.

Manitobans to Be Better Protected When Buying a Vehicle

By Sarah Klein

Consumers who purchase new or used vehicles in Manitoba will be better protected under the proclamation of the Business Practices Amendment Act.

Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh announced Wednesday regulations aimed at protecting buyers by having specific information about the vehicle disclosed.

“We know the majority of car dealers are honest and don’t withhold information from their customers. Unfortunately, we also know that sometimes, consumers are misled when buying vehicles,” Macintosh said in a statement. “We want to avoid situations where consumers discover important facts about their car after they have purchased it.”

Effected December 31, 2011, dealers will need to provide more information about the history of the vehicle, such as whether it was ever used as a taxicab, police car or rental car.

Other information that will need to be disclosed includes whether the vehicle has had significant repairs, was ever declared an insurance write-off, was damaged in a flood, or whether it was declared a lemon in another jurisdiction.

Dealers who don’t comply with the new rules could face fines and/or imprisonment, or court-ordered consumer compensation.

The Manitoba government also plans to later introduce rules when it comes to advertising vehicles.

Google Engineering Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

By Brian Schultz

The masterminds at Google are once again experimenting with vehicle technology and have developed a fleet of cars that drive themselves in traffic.


The vehicles have been tested on the busy streets of California for the last several months and use sensors to determine other cars in its vicinity. If another motorist should veer into the path of a Google vehicle, the on-board computer mimics a human’s response to avoid a potential crash.

In the months during the tests, only one accident occurred, but was caused by human error when another vehicle rear ended a Google car at a stop light.

Each car is manned during the tests for obvious reasons and the computer can be overridden by a human at any time. The driver oversees the driving aspect, while an engineer in the passenger’s seat monitors the computer’s reaction and software operation.

Analysts say this technology is at least eight years away from the market and even when it’s ready, will not likely debut until traffic laws are rewritten to allow for such a thing.

— With files from the Google Blog

Antique Winnipeg Police Cruiser Restored for Museum

By Sarah Klein

This 1978 Ford Custom 500 will be on display at the Winnipeg Police Museum. (HANDOUT)

A fully restored 1978 Ford Custom 500 cruiser car was unveiled to the public on Friday.

The vehicle will be placed in the Winnipeg Police Museum after being restored by River City Ford since last winter.

Ford handed the keys over to Winnipeg police Chief Keith McCaskill during a photo op at the dealership.

“We are thrilled to have been a part of this restoration project,” said Barry Skrudland, General Manager River City Ford. “Our body shop did a fabulous job as did our service and detail Departments.”

The vehicle will be on display for members of the public in River City’s showroom the week following the dedication. It will be exhibited at the museum and at cruise nights and car shows throughout the year.

Test Drives Raise Cash for Students’ Grad Committee

Recent Sturgeon Heights Collegiate grads Dana L. and Bryson P. pose next to a 2010 Ford Mustang, one of many vehicles that helped raise money for the school's grad committee on Friday, October 1, 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A fundraiser for Sturgeon Heights Collegiate’s graduation committee proved to be successful on Friday.

Ford Motor Company of Canada offered to donate $20 for every person that took a brand new vehicle for a test drive at the school.

Community members test drove their choice of a 2010 Fiesta, Mustang, Fusion, Taurus, Edge, Escape and F-150 to help raise up to $6,000 in the Drive One 4 UR School program. By 6 p.m., 101 people had already sat in the driver’s seat, helping raise over $2,000 with only an hour left in the fundraiser.

Ford says the most popular vehicle to drive — and not surprising at all — was the 2010 Mustang.