Many people can feel intimidated walking into an auto repair shop. Steve and his team at Phobia Auto have a reputation of being respectful and honest and they pride themselves on setting people at ease from the minute they walk through the door of their shop in Martensville. Who doesn’t want peace of mind when it comes to their vehicle? Phobia Auto in Martinsville is a Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair Shop & they are Trusted Saskatoon Performance Vehicle Specialists. In their first tip, owner Steve shares his story.
Phobia Auto's Owner Steve Shares His Story.
Before I was a professional mechanic I’d work on my own things. That’s how I discovered and honed my passion and eventually decided to making it my profession. Like most customers, before I had training and education I would often question if I was doing it right and would sometimes take my vehicles to a repair shops to get advice. It’s a tough industry when it comea to trust and many people have a phobia about taking vehicle into the mechanic. I have been on both sides and understand the stress related to auto repair. But the fact is today a “mechanic” is actually a “technician” and most have more training than those who choose other career paths, we are experts in our trade.
Times Have Changed In The Auto Industry
A mechanics role has changed and adapted rapidly over the last decade. Today’s vehicles aren’t what they used to be. For comparison, think how much cell phones have changed in 20 years, cars have changed 10 times more.
Looking back to the 1970s, most passenger vehicles lasted no more than a few years and 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometres) at the high end. Back then, people traded vehicles every two to four years. In fact, odometers in the early ’70s registered 99,999 miles before going back to zero.
Starting in the 1980s, however, the life expectancy of vehicles began to increase. this was in part due to improved quality, better warranties, proper maintenance, competition, and other factors. By the year 2000, 33% of vehicles in Canada lasted at least 15 years, and by 2017, upwards of 54% of vehicles last for at least 15 years, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
Today, the average life expectancy of a vehicle in Canada is 12.88 years, compared to 15.36 years in the U.S. I often hear “they don’t make them like they used to” and I couldn’t agree more. The make them more reliable, more efficient and longer lasting. A properly maintained vehicle today will last 500,000+km I can’t say the same for the 1970s. Today’s vehicles are made of lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel, magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, carbon fibre, and polymer composites. Plus, improvements to the internal combustion engine and computerized technology have led to better fuel economy and overall performance.
Regular maintenance is another factor in vehicle shelf life. When motorists perform recommended maintenance (tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation, etc.), their vehicles perform more efficiently and economically, and they last longer.
Why Phobia Auto?
The word phobia is to fear or have an aversion to something. My drive then and now is wanting to help change the negative feelings people have about the industry I am so passionate about. I do not believe anyone should fear or feel stressed about taking a vehicle in for repairs. I want to take the 'Phobia out of Auto Repair' by showing customers how great their experience can be. As Phobia, we have a great team and we provide exceptional customer service. Our loyal customers have learnt the there is nothing to fear here, Phobia is a name you can trust.
Sunview Windows and Doors manufacture windows in their Saskatoon factory. They install new and replacement windows to home woenrs and busineses to Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan. They also sell high quality doors, security shutters and blinds. In addition, they also manufacture solariums (also called sunrooms), screen rooms, conservatories and patio covers via their sister company, Sunview Solariums Ltd.
Sunview's great reputation is built on the foundation of trust, integrity and doing business the right way.
Owners Rod Buell and Michael McLachlan are committed to providing 100% customer satisfaction. They invest time and energy ensuring Sunview Windows and Doors and Sunview Solariums offer consistently high standards of quality and workmanship. The Sunview team are always looking at new and innovative products and they are willing and capable of taking on any project, including custom manufacture.
The Trusted Saskatoon team enjoys working with Sunview, we have always found them to be very knowledgeable, friendly and responsive. They stand by their products and have an excellent warranty.
Not only does this company manufacture windows in Saskatoon, made to withstand our harsh climate, but they also manufacture Sunview sunroom's (also known as conservatories or solariums).
Conservatories are a fast-growing trend in Saskatchewan. Conservatories have been popular in Europe for many years and Sunview solariums supply customers across North America. These stunning products are a great addition to any home as they extend the comfort and living space, as well as protecting homeowners and their guests from pesky insects and the elements.
The Sunview team are skilled professionals and their goal is to provide the best possible experience from start to finish. They provide financing and have many happy clients who are thrilled with the work Sunview has done for them. Contact them today to start the home update of your dreams!
As their tagline clearly explains...
We build them – We install them – We stand behind them
Rod and his team did a fantastic job for us. From the initial walk-through consultation, providing us with some great options, remeasuring things at the time of order to confirm to final installation, it was a great experience. We would not hesitate to use their services again or refer them to friends or family. Dean York
Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned and operated Trusted Saskatoon Flooring retail store servicing Saskatoon and area since 1974. They are a full-service store offering no charge estimates and full installation on all flooring products. A newly expanded stunning showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for every type of flooring. Whether it is Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Laminate flooring, Cork, Sheet vinyl or area rugs, you will find it at Western Carpet One Floor & Home.
Western Carpet One is proud to support breast cancer research through sales of exclusive pink ribbon welcome mats.
Each year, it is expected that over 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 of those women will die. Improvements and funds for breast cancer research are essential to preventing deaths, finding a cure and eradicating the disease for good. 25% of the purchase price of each pink ribbon welcome mat sold through the Carpet One Floor & Home Welcome-A-Cure initiative is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. So far, the campaign has raised nearly 1 million dollars for a variety of breast cancer research charities. Purchasing a welcome mat contributes directly to raising funds for breast cancer research and hopes for finding a cure.
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Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is your Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan. In this business tip, they share Point Of Sale options.
What Point of Sale system is right for your business?
There are a few different points of sale brands that we as consumers typically see in our daily purchases at merchant locations, Verifone or Ingenico are very common. Regardless of which brand they all do the same thing which is process electronic payments (Credit / Debit cards).
There are various flavours of terminals, There are stand-alone terminals that connect directly to the internet or phone line, Alternatively there are terminals that are Bluetooth or WIFI terminals, Furthermore, there are wireless units that communicate via cellular signal... So, What does this mean??
Working with clients they learn about the business and once they fully understand what their clients do then they recommend the best solution that suits their needs.
Info on Choice Solutions POS products can be found HERE:
Terminal solutions are just one of the solutions they offer! They have e-commerce solutions to help businesses and we also have a new product called "CLOVER FLEX" This is a unique system that is not your typical terminal.
To Learn more, click the link below and watch the videos or better yet connect with Nelson to arrange a demo!!
JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs! In their latest Saskatoon furnace tip, owner Jeff Bolton, shares why you can trust JOB with your Saskatoon heating and furnace issues.
Having to call your Saskatoon plumber
every time a drain in your home gets clogged can become time-consuming, frustrating, not to mention very expensive. Your drains may work right now, but clogs can happen at any time. Though plumbing codes, normal plumbing maintenance, and good drain pipe materials can keep the rate of clog formation to a minimum, most people do not have the advantage or the ability to decide what plumbing materials are to be used. No one thinks about plumbing maintenance until there is a clogged drain. Clogged drains can create severe water damage to a home’s structure (such as the wiring) and can be a potential health risk. Problems caused by a clogged drain can be avoided by taking necessary steps of drain maintenance to prevent clogs from occurring. Remember, prevention is not only easy to do but can save you a lot of money in the long run!
Tip 1: When cleaning up after dinner, run hot water through the drain to prevent grease buildup and hard water deposits. Once every few days, to really prevent buildup in your pipes, first put in a half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then wash it through with boiling hot water.
Tip 2: Check your bathtub stoppers every three months for hair and buildup of biofilm (a mixture of bacteria, food particles, soap residue, and body oils that hardens as layers begin to build up and lead to a clogged drain) and see if the stopper needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Once a week, fill the bathtub halfway to three-fourths full (while the stopper is in the drain) and then pull out the stopper. The weight and volume of the water will fill the pipe and will flush the drain line.
Tip 3: Have your home plumbing system regularly inspected for maintenance from the team at JOB Heating and Air. As a preventative measure, at least once a year, hire a plumber to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildups that can lead to a clog. For major connections, such as your septic tank or your main pipe to the sewer system, have periodic inspections. Small roots that penetrate a drain pipe can be cleaned up before it turns into a big problem. If regular inspections are not performed by a plumber, the roots can become entrenched in the drain pipe and will have to be replaced altogether.
Tip 4: Special clog prevention for kitchen sinks include: remove all kitchen waste from the sink; do not pour coffee grinds down the sink; do not pour grease down the sink; and catch all food from falling down the sink.
Tip 5: Most plumbers will tell you to avoid using chemical-based cleaners as clog prevention on a regular basis as they can corrode metal pipes after awhile. A natural cleaner is an enzyme/bacteria based cleaner. Once poured down a drain, it creates colonies of good bacteria that destroy bad bacteria that cause clogs in your drains. Use natural-based cleaners at night, just before everyone goes to sleep – large amounts of water used after the cleaner can get rid of the good bacteria before it has had time to work.
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Your Comfort Is Their Concern