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Trusted Regina welcomes it newest Trusted Partner Regina Battery Depot to the directory!

The Trusted Regina team are proud to announce it's newest member of the Trusted Regina directory Regina Battery Depot! 

You may know their sign but we want you to know how excellent it is inside this long standing Regina business.


You can now find them under the specialty retail category in the directory.

Why did we put them under specialty retail? Because they sell so much more than just vehicle batteries!

After four decades of energizing the rapidly evolving world of electronics, one thing has always stayed the same about the Regina Battery Depot: they are able to provide almost any type of battery a customer can imagine; from automotive to commercial, from hearing aids to digital cameras, from alkaline to rechargeable, they carry a battery for virtually anything. If they do not carry the battery, or they can’t rebuild it, they will do their best to source it for the customer.

While putting them thru the vetting process we quickly found out how great their service is.  

Here is what some of their customers had to say:

"Love this place always great service and honest" Pat MacKay

"Their Customer Service is outstanding will be a customer for a long time" Gary Winslow

"Battery Depot staff are very knowledgeable with their products and have great customer service for business and personal use thanks!"  Amanda Beck

"My favorite place for any kind of battery, so helpful" Carol Adams

The Regina Battery Depot has decades of helping the people of Regina and area!  Originally opened in March of 1971 in a small shop on 1301 Winnipeg Street. The business has remained on Winnipeg Street all along, but not always in the same location. In 1974 they moved down the block to 1500 Winnipeg, and in 1991, they moved again to their current location, right across the street.  

To find out more about them and their products check them out on their listing on the directory. 



Trusted Regina welcomes Frame and Wheel Alignment Co. Ltd. as a new member to the Trusted Regina directory

The Trusted Regina team are proud to announce Frame and Wheel Alignment Co. Ltd. as a new member to the Trusted Regina directory. You can now find them in both the Auto body and Auto Repair and Service Categories.  


Frame and Wheel Alignment Co. Ltd. have been servicing Regina and area since 1988.  Locally owned and operated they strive hard to ensure the quality of their work.  The attention to detail when providing Fleet services, restorations or everyday paint and repair projects is exceptional.   Weather you have a semi trailer, camper, classic car or new, Frame and Wheel can help you get back on the road and make it look great too!  They really are your one-stop vehicle center with the most reasonable prices.


While talking to their customers we quickly found out how great their service is.  Here is what some of them had to say:

"New to the area and asked around for good fair shops. Glad to have been pointed here. Could have easily charged more than they did for their work. Great friendly service. Thanks Steve and team." -Andy-Marcia Holmes

"Friendly staff did my inspection quickly and explained all repairs" -Al Zieglgansberger 

" Great service! The General Manager took the time to listen to my vibration issues with my truck, came up with a plan and promised not to install anything unless absolutely required.  One of the mechanics took it for a test drive then back to the shop for inspection and measurements then took the appropriate repairs.  I asked for some higher end parts which they sourced for me and they quickly installed.  I checked around at two other shops for pricing and they were very competitive.  I was happy with service and price.  My son also had his truck wheel alignment done here and he too was impressed" - Mike Nijman

Frame and Wheel honour all heavy duty truck and trailer insurance claims and are SGI accredited for Heavy Truck and Trailer collision repairs. They are SGI Safety Certified for all vehicles. They are members of the Truck Pros organization and the Commercial Vehicle Repairers Association of Saskatchewan. Frame and Wheel Alignment service is always fast and done with the utmost expertise in product knowledge. 


To find out more about their services find their listing on the Directory here - Frame and Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) ltd. 


Our Trusted Regina Auto Body Repair professionals at MAACO Regina tell us why Certifications matter.

When you’re trying to find an auto body shop, comparing pricing alone is tough. You may end up with a bunch of estimates that are all completely different. How do you tell what you’re getting for your money? How do you choose the best auto body shop? One of the biggest things you should consider is their certifications.   You want to make sure whoever works on your vehicle is properly qualified and trained. Certifications are one way to make sure both the collision repair shop and the repair technician you choose have been trained in the most current repair techniques and technologies available.

Maaco Regina has gone to great lengths to ensure they are Certified in many ways.  In addition to having been given the thumbs up by Trusted Regina.  Here is a list of their certifications and some descriptions to explain why they are important and what they mean to you. 



I-CAR Gold Class Certification is a independent third-party certification process that is quite literally the gold standard for collision repair. That means this Center is extensively trained in the latest tools and technologies of the trade.  I-CAR (The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those in the collision repair industry with the knowledge and skills to achieve a complete and safe repair. Shops who achieve I-CAR’s highest level of training are designated as I-CAR Gold Class Professionals, considered the highest level of training in the industry.

All ProFirst Certified shops are validated for their skill and expertise, commitment to a complete, proper and safe repair, to ongoing industry education, and to customer satisfaction. Each shop is validated annually by an independent third party to help ensure a high standard of repair quality. Honda is committed to providing safety for everyone, in the way Honda and Acura cars are built, and in the way they are repaired after a collision. 


The Ford National Body Shop Network program was created to promote Certified dealership and independent collision repair providers to Ford vehicle owners and insurers.  The program will ensure that Ford vehicle owners can choose a Certified collision repair provider to return their vehicle to OEM specifications, and ensure the vehicle's fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved.  This is particularly important based upon the increasingly complex vehicle design and repair requirements of Ford vehicles.


This new program allows dealers and independent collision repair facilities to meet the qualifications necessary to be certified by FCA Canada as a collision repair facility of choice for its vehicle owners. According to Certified Collision Care, the program will ensure that FCA Canada vehicle owners can choose a certified collision repair provider, that has the proper tools, equipment, training and facility required to repair their vehicle to OEM specifications and ensure the vehicle's fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved.




Assured Performance has launched the Canadian Certified Collision Care Program. This program provides complete national coverage of Certified repair providers - best in class businesses that have met or exceeded the advanced technical requirements to become officially Certified. With Canadian management and an inspector team that is trained, tested and trusted covering Canada, Certified Collision Care is rapidly expanding, providing critical benefits to the Canadian market.


Our Maaco Certified Centres are the "best of the best." These Centres are distinguished for their quality of work in both auto painting and body repairs. Certified Centres have to pass a rigorous certification process annually that is a comprehensive review of their business and repair services.


All accredited repairers are required to meet or exceed the highest levels of equipment, certification and training and must warranty the repair for a minimum of 1 year. There are 4 levels of accreditation for SGI-approved repair shops: Elite*** - Top level of recognition, exceeding SGI’s requirements for certification. Can perform vehicle damage estimates on eligible claims.



If you are looking for a qualified Auto Body shop that is locally owned Maaco Regina. They are a Trusted Regina Auto Body Shop.

Need to book your car in?  Contact MAACO Regina today!

Confused about what type of oil to use in your vehicle? Our Trusted Regina partner shares some insight.

What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?


There are differences between the types of motor oil available to consumers.  Here we try to provide information that will help you make a choice for your vehicle.


We offer a choice of synthetic blend (semi-synthetic), conventional and synthetic oils


What is the difference between regular and synthetic oil? 


Regular motor oil, also called “conventional” oil, is a mineral grade oil derived from crude liquid oil from the ground.  It is created by a refining process.


Synthetic motor oil is also refined from crude oil from the ground.  However it is processed further than conventional oil is.  Synthetic oil is distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. This process not only removes more impurities from the crude oil but also enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines.


Some customers choose full synthetic oil for their vehicle


What are the advantages or benefits of using synthetic oil?

A synthetic lubricant contains more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, offering you superior protection and performance. Synthetic engine oils provide a variety of benefits that keep your engine running at optimal performance for years.

Here are some of the benefits of using synthetic oil:

Synthetic lubricants protect better at any temperature. In the summer, your engine will stay cooler and therefore use less fuel. In the winter, the engine receives lubrication sooner than with mineral grade oil.  At any temperature, when an engine is first started, a mineral oil takes some time to circulate, allowing friction between non-lubricated parts to cause wear.  In contrast, a synthetic lubricant starts circulating straight away, protecting every moving part within the engine. This results in less metal-to-metal contact and thus extends the life of the engine.

Synthetic oil keeps your engine cleaner. As oil circulates through your engine it can pick up deposits. Over time, conventional oils can sometimes form sludge, which can reduce your engine's efficiency and, ultimately, reduce the life of your engine.  Sludge deposits can turn into varnish (sludge deposits that have hardened and coat internal surfaces) over time, thus synthetic oil helps protect against varnish as well.

Use of synthetic oil helps to cut engine emissions when compared to conventional mineral oils.  This makes them more environmentally friendly compared to regular oil. Conventional mineral oils contain greater amounts of impurities, such as sulphur, reactive and unstable hydrocarbons, and other undesirable contaminants that cannot be completely removed by conventional refining of crude oil.

Synthetic oils can also significantly improve fuel economy and efficiency. During the warm-up period of a typical truck journey, mineral oils are thicker and move more slowly, making the engine thirstier and less efficient. Synthetics, however, get to work much more quickly, so the engine reaches peak operating efficiency that much sooner.


What about synthetic blend oil?


Synthetic blend oil is part synthetic oil and part conventional oil.  It was created to counter the high price of pure synthetic oil, and imparts some of the benefits of synthetics into conventional oil, but at a lower price. The downside is that your vehicle won't reap the benefits of a fully synthetic product.


A blended (semi-synthetic) oil is another choice that customers may make.


What are the benefits of synthetic blend oil? 


An analysis of the differences between synthetic, synthetic blends and conventional oil by Valvoline, suggest that SOME of their blends (not all) offer benefits that approach that of a full synthetic in the areas of protection, cleanliness & horsepower, and other areas.  Some provide anti-wear protection and better cold start protection that conventional oil.  Some help minimize sludge and prevent deposit formation.  Some are better designed for today's most advanced engines, and some contain special seal conditioners that rejuvenate engine seals to help prevent leaks.  These advantages do not apply to all blends equally. This all means that if you choose to use a synthetic blend oil, you should choose which one to use carefully according to what benefits you are looking for.

According to Valvoline’s information, if you are looking for an oil to provide help maintain fuel efficiency for the life of the oil, or provide excellent protection in extreme hot and cold temperatures, you should look at a FULL synthetic.

For more detailed information, refer to the easy-to-read motor oil comparison chart found on the Valvoline website.


Superior quality conventional (regular) motor oil is also available.


If I just want to use conventional oil, what do you suggest?


If you choose to use a regular or conventional oil, you will be happy to know that there have been improvements to conventional mineral oil over the years.  Brands such as Valvoline produce premium conventional oils.  Their premium conventional oil  is an all-climate motor oil with stated benefits of:

Helping to keep the engine clean by minimizing deposit formation

Resisting oil thickening by providing solid oxidation control

Improving gas mileage with the most commonly recommended grades by reducing friction.

Providing anti-wear protection exceeding current U.S., Japanese and European wear tests for gasoline engines where each grade is specified


Our technicians do the job right!


Visit Great Canadian Oil Change for all your oil change needs


At Great Canadian Oil Change we offer a wide variety of oil products to meet your needs.  We will recommend the conventional and synthetic oil products which meet your vehicle manufacturer warranty requirements and leave the choice to you.  Visit the services page on Great Canadian Oil Change Regina’s website for a description of the quality Valvoline products we offer.


At Great Canadian Oil change in Regina, we follow the recommendations of the manufacturer of your vehicle.  We will verify that your vehicle is due for an oil change before performing it.  We look forward to seeing you for an oil change or for one of the many other services we offer!  See here for the services we offer. http://gcocregina.ca/ 


 

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance Street and North Albert Street in Regina deserve the Thumbs up from www.trustedregina.com in our Regina Automotive General Category and they are Regina's Trusted oil change experts!

 


Top 10 reasons to give Dad the “Oil Change Spa” this Father’s Day

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance and North Albert Street in Regina provides oil changes in 10 minutes. No appointment needed! At Great Canadian Oil Change they will always do their best to keep you traveling safely, in a cleaner environment.

They are your Trusted Regina Oil Change experts in the Regina Automotive General category.


Pamper him AND his vehicle!

Dad deserves a gift that he will appreciate and feel treated by!  Is he the type of guy who likes to pamper his vehicle?  Pamper them both by sending him to the Oil Change Spa to relax while our experts take care of the car or truck he loves.  We’ll make sure his vehicle is kept in tip-top shape.  This is the kind of spa that dad will really appreciate!

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1. NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

We have great hours and no appointment is ever needed.


2. WARRANTY-APPROVED WORK BY TRAINED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, FRIENDLY TECHNICIANS

Our technicians have the expertise you need – some of our technicians have 20,000 oil changes under their belts.  All work is warranty-approved which means the manufacturer of your vehicle recognizes the work that we do.


3. CHOICES

We make recommendations based on information from the manufacturer of your vehicle.  You choose the type of oil you want and add any other service we offer as desired.


4. QUESTIONS ANSWERED

We’ll answer your questions or help you find the answer.


5. RELAX WHILE WE DO THE WORK

Stay in your car and relax how you choose. Our friendly hostess will offer you a choice of complimentary beverage and something to read.  Be entertained by our informative GCOC-TV or watch what is happening below with the undercarriage camera.  Enjoy our free WIFI or even take a (short) nap.


6. TOP UP OF FLUIDS

A top up of fluids is included in the service.


7. MULTI-POINT INSPECTION

A multi-point inspection is also included in the service including checks for leaks and the lights.  We will give you an indication of problem areas in your vehicle if there are any.


8. FAST

An oil change at our shops typically takes less than 15 minutes – you have the rest of the day free and do not have to be without your vehicle for hours


9. NO PUSHY UP-SELLING

You choose what to do with the information about your vehicle from the multi-point inspection.


10. THE AIR FRESHENER

Many of our customers love the complimentary air freshener and other extras like a dash wipe and garbage bag.