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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!

Now available – electronic gift cards – instantly redeemable – purchase securely – send to your loved one by email, Facebook, text or print. Press here for more information or to purchase.



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.


You won’t go wrong by getting your dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, spouse or partner a gift card to the Oil Change Spa this Father’s Day

To purchase a gift card securely online, press here.  A convenient way to send a gift he will love!

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – serving Regina and area with pride.


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!

 

Trusted Regina partner shares a guideline for checking your headlights, taillights, running lights and signal lights.

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance and North Albert Street in Regina provide 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.

Have you checked your lights lately?  Great Canadian Oil Change shares a guideline for checking your vehicles lights.


WHY CHECK YOUR LIGHTS REGULARLY

For your safety and the safety of others, it is important that all lights on your vehicle are working properly.  Bright and functioning headlights and taillights are necessary to be visible to other drivers and pedestrians at night.  Well-maintained headlights also help you to see obstacles in the road in front of you.

PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND REDUCE ROAD RAGE

Working lights also help to prevent accidents and reduce road rage.  You know how annoying it can be when the car ahead of you slows down unexpectedly and turns without having a working brake light or signal light.  Or when the driver in front of you slows down without apparently any advance notice because their brake lights were not functioning properly and therefore you did not have time to adjust your speed.  How about waiting behind someone who apparently wants to make a left turn but did not have a working signal light that might have given you the opportunity to choose another lane earlier?  And we all can do without getting a ticket for having a burned out headlight or taillight.  All if these situations could lead to accidents or unnecessary stress.  Don’t be part of the problem!  Take the initiative and responsibility for checking that your own lights are working.



DO I HAVE TO TURN THE CAR ON TO CHECK THE LIGHTS?

It is easy to check SOME of your lights when the car is not running, however most vehicles these days require that the ignition be on (and some vehicles must actually be in gear) to do a thorough check of ALL of the lights.

HOW EASY IS IT TO CHECK THE LIGHTS MYSELF?

It is possible to check the lights by yourself, although not the quickest.  You will need to have a method to have something to hold the brake down (creative use of a long handled windshield scraper or even an anti-theft device might do), and you may have to get in and out of the car a few times.  If you can park the car beside something reflective (such as a window) or plain (a wall), you may be able to see some of the lights without getting our of your vehicle.  It is definitely possible to check the lights yourself, however the job will take less time if you have the assistance of another person.

HOW CAN I CHECK MY LIGHTS EASILY IN THE DAY TIME?

In the day time it is more difficult to see some of the lights on your car.  One option would be to use a dark piece of clothing, like a jacket, when going up close to each light to see how bight it shines on that surface to see if it is working.  Other options include parking beside a reflective surface like a window.  Or even shining your lights onto a building with a plain wall could work.  Waiting until it is close to evening or checking your lights indoors in dim lighting is suggested.



Follow this general plan to check the headlights, taillights, brake lights, running lights and signal lights on most cars.
Every vehicle is different.  Check the owner’s manual for vehicle-specific instructions.  For example, not all vehicles have running lights and some vehicles need to actually be in gear for some of the lights to be checked.
If you have two people and it is dark enough to see the lights easily, this can be a quick and easy job.
Turn on the engine.  Have a buddy on the outside of the car as you go through the list of lights to check.

FRONT – Have your buddy go to the front of the car.
Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
Turn on the headlights. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
Try the high beams. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
Try the right signal light.  Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Now the left signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
 
REAR – Have your buddy go to the back of the car.
Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
Test the right signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Then the left signal. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Press on the brakes to check the brake lights.  Are they working?  Are all lights easily visible?  Are they even on both sides? (Two or three bulbs on each side may come on)
 
That’s it!
If you find that some bulbs are dim or not working, make arrangements to have the bulbs replaced.  In some cases it may be the wiring or fuses that are the problem.
HOW CAN GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE HELP?
At Great Canadian Oil Change we do a complimentary check of all of your lights when you come in for any service.  We also can replace the bulbs if you choose.
Great Canadian Oil Change  – helping you to drive safe and to maintain your vehicle in tip top 


Great Canadian Oil Change a Trusted Regina Automotive and Oil Expert share a tip on Synthetic Oil

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.


Can synthetic oil be used in older vehicles?

Using synthetic oil in an older vehicle is not a problem.  If the vehicle is in good running condition with minimal leaks, running a synthetic oil will not harm anything at all.  You will enjoy all the benefits that a full synthetic oil has to offer.  Read on to find out more about why people are hesitant to change to full synthetic and how to go about it.

You may also be interested in the information provided in our article on “What type of Oil Should I Use?”

Why do people think synthetic oil should be used in older vehicles?

There are some misconceptions out there that lead people to believe that problems may develop when changing from a conventional oil to a full synthetic oil in an older vehicle.

The confusion starts with the idea that synthetic oil is more slippery (lower in viscosity) than conventional oil.  This further leads to the concern that synthetic oil is not as compatible with seals and will therefore leak (or leak more) in places conventional oil might not.  These ideas are unfounded. The truth is that synthetic oils will enhance the engine protection in older vehicles just as they do for new engines.  In addition, most synthetic motor oils are fully compatible with modern seal materials. Most synthetic oils are formulated to condition seals, keeping them pliable to prevent leakage.

Another common misconception is that changing to a full synthetic oil will clean and loosen sludge from the engine and cause it to plug the filter and passageways. This too, is false. Switching from conventional oil to full synthetic oil in routinely maintained vehicles will not cause clogged oil filters or passageways, regardless of how many kilometres are on the vehicle. Sludge, which is caused by poor quality oil and neglected maintenance practices, would have to be present in significant amounts to plug oil filters and passageways. If this excessive amount of sludge is present in an engine, it is just a matter of time before oil filters and passageways clog, regardless of the installation of synthetics.  Regardless of the type of oil you put in your vehicle, it is important to take care of your vehicle by ensuring it gets routine maintenance.

                                                         

How do I switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil?

here are no special procedures for changing from conventional oil to full synthetic oil.  As a precaution in older vehicles or those with high mileage, it may be advisable to perform an engine flush first. This will ensure that the engine is clean and free of any accumulated contaminants which might have an effect on the service life of synthetic motor oils. You may also choose to use a high mileage oil which will have added seal conditioners to combat against engine leaks and friction issues with the motor. However, both of these suggestions are optional and completely at your discretion.  Many vehicles have no problem simply switching to a synthetic oil.

                                                          

How can Great Canadian Oil Change help?

At Great Canadian Oil Change we follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on types of oils and recommended service intervals for your vehicle, regardless of whether you choose to use conventional, a synthetic blend, or a full synthetic.  The choice is always yours! The technicians will answer any questions you have, backed by up-to-date information about your type of vehicle.

We offer high milage oil and engine flushes if this is what you choose when you are making the switch from conventional to synthetic oil in a vehicle with a significant number of kilometres on it.

For more information you may be interested in reading “What type of Oil Should I Use?

Happy and safe driving from the Great Canadian Oil Change Team!

                                             



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