Making the Case for Winter Tires
Then snow has fallen and winter has finally come to Manitoba.
That’s why Wade Lee, the General Manager at Crown Honda, recommends that all his customers think very seriously about getting winter tires for their vehicles.
“Often overlooked, the case could be made that the tires are the most important part of a vehicle,” said Lee. “After all, they are the only parts on your vehicle making contact with the road.
“As temperatures get colder, regular tires freeze up like hockey pucks and make it extremely difficult to stop under regular/emergency braking situations. Winter tires are composed with a much softer and grippier rubber compound which allows them to stick to icy or slippery surfaces making it much easier to brake in winter conditions.”
And, don’t forget that MPI has just announced a program that allows you to finance your winter tires, without having to pay for the entire amount up front.
It’s called the Get-a-Grip Program and it demonstrates that Manitoba Public Insurance wants everyone to put winter tires on their cars. In fact, the new Get a Grip program, offers a low-interest loan for anyone buying winter tires.
The financing program is offered for winter tires up to $2,000 and last for 48 months. In other words, if you finance $1,000 in new snow tires over a 12-month period, you will pay an extra $85.25 a month on your insurance. Two years will cost you an additional $43.69, three years, $29.85, and after 48 months, $22.93 extra per month.
“This loan is low cost, prime plus two per cent,” said Brian Smiley, spokesman for MPI. “It will allow people to purchase snow tires at a reasonable cost and up to 48 months.”
“We know that they reduce sliding on ice and snow, we know they can help drivers avoid collisions altogether, but the onus is really up to the driver.”
To apply for MPI’s Get a Grip program, just go to Crown Honda, fill out an application and Dilawri will send your application to Autopac. The driver is expected to pay for the first month while at the shop. Every additional monthly payment will be added to insurance fees.
“No excuses now,” Wade said with a laugh. “So come and visit Ken and the boys at the Crown Honda Parts Dept today.”
We’re at 2610 McPhillips Street. We’ll get you ready for winter.
The Dilawri Automotive Group
Founded in 1984 by Ashok Dilawri, the Dilawri Automotive Group has more than 400 employees and includes seven Winnipeg-based car dealerships. It also provides customers with the Waverly Auto Mall (WAM) Collision Center, a 24-bay glass, paint and auto body center; D-MAX, a 14-bay detailing center; and GAS Performance, a specialty aftermarket and performance accessory showroom with the largest inventory of custom wheels and tires in Winnipeg. The Dilawri Automotive Group has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.