Your Corner Wrench: How to find good service away from home

first_img See More Videos The sinking feeling that occurs when your car sputters its death rattle and coasts to the side of the road while in the middle of a family vacation has to be the absolute worst. Soon, the noise of an engine cranking without coming to life is drowned out by moans and groans from the back seat, and the only cool feeling you get is an icy stare from your partner as if it was all your fault in the first place.But when traveling in an unknown region, how do you know where to turn for assistance? If you constantly worry about getting ripped off by your go-to hometown service centre, what are the chances of getting back on the road without blowing the budget when you’re a complete stranger in a strange land?Fortunately, most of us have an electronic umbilical cord to our smartphones and with it, we can access a world of info. First, if your chariot isn’t drivable, check for the closest towing service. Look for any associated with a major auto travel service, such as AAA or CAA. While you might not have a membership in such a club, you can still access and pay out of pocket for a tow, knowing if that rescue truck is affiliated with a reputable service, your chances of getting a fair rate and some valuable advice are much better than dealing with highway vulture types. advertisement Trending in Canada Finally, if you are considering a long family vacation road-trip, think about purchasing a membership plan with AAA or CAA, depending on where you live. Many drivers think these organizations became outdated when GPS systems arrived, but they offer much more than just route planning, travel discounts and roadside services can more than make up for the modest costs of enrollment. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” If your vehicle is still within terms of factory warranty, check for their recommended roadside service provider – remember that owner’s manual? Most automakers provide this benefit beyond the average base warranty coverage. And like AAA or CAA, even if your coverage has lapsed, you can still call and pay for the tow yourself.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 When you’re road-tripping, this is the last thing you want. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Your Corner Wrench: Make sure your ride survives that cottage road tripWhen it comes to finding a repair center, both CAA and AAA offer recommended listings and these shops are put to serious rating tests before being placed on either organization’s websites. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers more choices, but the requirements for BBB recognition are more relaxed. When checking out BBB grades, look for the number of complaints, resolutions, and reviews – an A+ rating doesn’t mean much if it’s only based on one or two consumer entries.While the opinions on small independent shops versus major chains are varied, with the latter you have the added protection of an upper layer of management/oversight from a head office to resolve any complaints. And with most larger chains, including dealerships, you usually get nationwide warranties on any work that’s completed.Don’t simply assume because it’s a Saturday or weekday evening, only small shops will be open. Most chain outlets and dealerships offer extended hours. A phone call or web-search is all it takes to find out. If you have any doubts about the repair that’s being recommended, ask for any old parts that are removed, and if possible, have them show you the replacement parts on your vehicle. RELATED TAGSNewsBetter Business BureauCulture and LifestyleDriving.caFamily TravelTravel and TourismVacations COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

No. 20 UWF Baseball Takes Series Opener At Montevallo

first_imgNext Game: at Montevallo 4/21/2018 – 1:00 pm Preview Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster MONTEVALLO, Ala. –  No. 20 UWF Baseball (28-14, 18-6 GSC) snapped its three-game losing streak at exactly the right moment Friday evening, opening a pivotal GSC series at Montevallo (30-14, 16-8 GSC) with a convincing 12-2 win in seven innings. Nick Kerkmann finished with four RBIs, Matt Estrada racked up three doubles, and Tony Kucera turned in a complete game four-hitter to power the win.”It’s big, and that’s how you’ve got to start every conference series, you hope, is with a W,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “It puts us in a position for the series win. So we’ve got to come out with the same intensity tomorrow.”The Argos opened the scoring early. Kerkmann tagged UM starter Cas Silber for his first of two doubles in the game, scoring Matthew Jones and Matt Sullivan to make it 2-0 in the first. The Argos added two more in the second. Brandon Harmon picked up an RBI with a triple that scored Trevor Payne, and Estrada added a double of his own to score Harmon and make it 4-0. Silber (8-4) would go on to suffer the loss after allowing five runs (five earned) on seven hits while pitching into the sixth.”We liked that we were able to get on the board right in the first inning and tack on two more in the second,” said Jeffcoat. “Just swung the bats up and down the lineup, something we hadn’t done for a week now. Great way to start the series.”Kucera allowed a two-run home run to Mark Castellucci in the bottom of the second but otherwise held the Falcons in check. The lefty spun seven innings, allowing only four hits. He struck out six and walked one. The complete game was his team-best second of the season.”He just filled the zone up again and really changed speeds well,” said Jeffcoat. “[Montevallo] is the kind of team you’ve got to be able to throw offspeed for strikes, and he was able to do that. Once again he gives our team a chance to win.”The Argos scored six times on eight hits in the sixth to cement the win. With the lead at 12-2 after 7, the conference run-rule was triggered.Kerkmann finished 3 for 5 with two doubles, four RBIs and one run scored. Estrada finished 3 for 4 and recorded the first three-double game of his college career. Jones finished 2 for 5 with three runs and one RBI. Payne was 1 for 3 with three runs and one RBI. Harmon finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI. Eight of the Argos’ 16 hits were for extra-bases.With the win, the Argos moved into second place in the GSC standings, 1.5 games behind conference leader Delta State, 0.5 games in front of third-place North Alabama and 1.5 games ahead of fourth-place Mississippi College and 2.0 games in front of fifth-place Montevallo.The Argos and Falcons close the series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. UWF is expected to start Dylan Mills-Derouen (4-0, 1.81 ERA) and Trace Penton (0-1, 7.36 ERA).”We’re going to go with Mills in Game 1, and we’re going to give Penton his first start this year,” said Jeffcoat. “He’s had experience, and we wanted to break up the lefties a little bit… We’re hoping that combo can get it done for us tomorrow.”For the latest information on the Argos, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more