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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Dealer expert share a tip on what to do in a Fender-Bender

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tip on what to do in a Fender-Bender: 


If you've never been in a fender-bender or a small car crash, then you probably don't know proper post-crash responsibilities. Many young drivers have never been in a small car accident or fender-bender. Once in a crash, it can be difficult to think straight, making it even more difficult to exchange the relevant information and other necessities.

If you've been in a crash, we're here to help, just follow these steps:


Stop your car at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible. Take all possible precautions to prevent further accidents and ensure the safety of all individuals involved.


If someone appears to be hurt, call 911. Do not move the injured person unless you are qualified to do so.


If you are injured in any way, go to the emergency room. Seeing a doctor immediately after is very important in getting fair compensation if you have a claim.


All crashes involving injuries, death, hit and run, an impaired driver, an out-of-province vehicle or where a vehicle must be towed from the scene must be immediately reported to police. In an emergency call 911, for minor emergencies call (306)975-8300. Be prepared to give an accurate description of the crash location, the number of injured persons, and the severity of the injuries. Stay on the phone long enough to ensure that all the information has been recorded.


Record the names of any witnesses to assist the police with their investigation. Keep a copy of the names for your records - your insurance company and/or lawyer may need them if legal action follows.


DO: Provide your name and address to the other persons involved in the crash, regardless of the severity of the crash.

DO: Record the license plate number of all vehicles involved in the crash.

DO: If a non-Saskatchewan vehicle is involved, or if you are involved in a collision outside Saskatchewan, provide information on the company that insures your vehicle.

DON'T: Do not admit fault or any other liability before discussing the details of the crash with your insurance adjuster.

DON'T: Do not offer to pay for any repairs or accept payment for repairs unless you are prepared to handle the matter without the help of your insurance company.


You can report your claim online using the SGI Auto eClaim registration service, or call Dial-A-Claim (306) 683-2100. If your vehicle is not drivable, call Dial-A-Claim to make arrangements with an adjuster. Your vehicle will be towed to a location where the damage can be appraised.

When you report your claim, have the following information on hand:

  • Your driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Your extension policy number (if you have one)

At the claims center, an appraiser will assess the damage to your vehicle and the cost of repairs. Once the appraisal is done, you will receive a printout outlining the cost of repairs.










Trusted Saskatoon Auto Dealer expert answers your questions - Part 1 Talk to the Experts – Trusted Automotive Show 

Part 1:

Q: Trish Planchot-Voldeng: We are looking for a vehicle for our daughter. She does a lot of highway driving to University. We need something that is reliable for winter, good mileage, sporty looking and at a reasonable price. What do you suggest?

A: Trish, I am a big fan of the Chevrolet Cruze, it is big inside, quick, quiet and rated over 50 miles to the gallon. It has ten air bags, onstar and fun to drive.  Both my sons Justin and Taylor, his finance, drive a Cruze.  Right now you can finance a new 2014 Criuze at 0% for 84 months or lease at 1.5%  as student you get an extra discount.   


Q: Sara Mann: What happens if you don't buy warranty with a new vehicle and you still have it a few years later and you want to get warranty then. Do kms matter? The shape of the vehicle? How do you go about getting it?      

A: If you don’t buy warranty the day you pick up your new vehicle ... you can within the first 3 years as long it is it under 60,000km.  Like insurance, it is cheaper the earlier you buy it.    If you decide to buy extended warranty after 60,000km you can .. but it would have to be put through an inspection, have any issues corrected to pass the inspection and then registered as a certified vehicle ...  there is some variations among brands and likely 2008 is as maximum age.   

 Q: Janette Korinetz: My husband has a remote car starter in his vehicle and heated seats, I have neither in my vehicle. He parks in the garage and I park outside. Do you think he is underutilizing his remote, over emphasizing his wife's good nature , or just very guarded with his garage boundaries there ? Thanks for your anticipated response gentlemen!

A: I can get you aftermarket heated seats and a remote starter in your car, so you can enjoy this Sask winter!   For about $1200 you can get heated seats and a starter installed in most vehicles using some of our suppliers.  

Q: Renee Rekman Jones: I'm a chevy lover from way back and currently own a 2013 Silverado but have seriously been considering switching over to a dodge ram because I like the power, roomier interior and look of the new dodges! What are the best features of the new 2014 Silverado in comparison to other trucks out there and are they worth sticking with Chevy for?

A: Everyone makes a good truck but I believe the ride, warranty, great fuel economy, fit and finish, Onstar safety along with many other features make the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado a great choice.  Come for a test drive and be ready to be impressed. 


Q: Terri Davies McMillan: What midsize SUV has the highest overall safety rating?

A: The Equinox, Trax and Traverse all safe vehicles with the Traverse rated the highest.  Did you know Chevrolet Trax LTZ comes with 10 airbags!           

Q: Debbi Gola: If I were to "customize" a vehicle that is still under warranty, would this make the warranty null & void?        

A:  No the warranty would not be voided but if any of the modifications resulted in a failure of a component it would not be covered. If customizing is done we recommend using GM accessories because they will not void any warranties and if they are installed at the time of purchase they will carry the full 3 year 60,000km warranty.

Q: Kathy Peters Hamm: Why when it gets colder than minus -15 and colder does my van stall when stopping at lights and stop signs? Its a 1998 dodge grand caravan sport no one can figure this one out    

A:  I’m sorry this is one I can’t answer, I would recommend taking to and authorize Dodge dealer for diagnosis.

Q: Brandi Rae: What's causing my 2004 GMC Envoy to burn so much gas? I changed the spark plugs and air filter, that didn't help at all. 

AThere are many things that can affect fuel economy so it is not easy to answer. Items like clogged fuel injectors, dirty mass air flow sensor and old oxygen sensors can all be factors. The best thing to do is bring it in to SMP and have us diagnose possible causes.

Q: Ann Lyte-Maille: When buying a used vehicle what kind of warranties would there be? like so many miles more or 90 days or something?

A: All our certified pre-owned vehicles come with a 30 day/2500km Exchange Privilege, 150+ point inspection, 3 month/5000km manufacturer’s warranty, 24hr roadside Assistance 

Q: Ada Shauf Porrelli: Which SUV or midsize car would get the best mileage for mostly in City driving?  

A: Our Chevy Volt, drive under 60km a day and buy no gas.  Other models including Chev Trax and Cruze are rated over 30mpg in town. 

Q: Vanessa Decae: Being an import car owner, can you give me some great reasons to consider purchasing domestic the next time I buy a vehicle ? I am in the market and need a big "nudge " to go back to domestic!!

A: Vanessa, everyone makes good cars.  I like General Motors the best because of the large dealer base so you are not spending your holiday in a hotel room waiting for parts.  Replacement parts are normally cheaper and more accessible. We also offer ONSTAR, which could be worth a million dollars to you in an emergency.  Did you know with Onstar if you car goes missing ... it can be located in minutes.  Our warranty includes a 5 year 160,000km power train warranty.  The fit, finish, fuel economy and ride are also good reasons.  With our oil life monitor you will likely only have to change only 2x a year and with our 2014 Models oil changes are n/c for first 2 years.  Come for a test drive, we’ll appreciate the opportunity to show you a new Chevrolet and you be the judge.   





Trusted Saskatoon Auto Dealer expert answers your Facebook fanpage questions - Part 3 Talk to the Experts – Trusted Automotive Show 

Part 3:

Q: Courtney Saliken: What are the 'key' questions to ask or find out about when purchasing a used vehicle such as how many kilometres? Was that mainly highway or city? Maintenance history? Etc. Are there key questions you should be asking so you know if that vehicle is truly the one you want.

A: Here is  some good questions to ask:  Has it been in any accidents?  Has it always been registered in Saskatchewan? Any warranty remaining? Anything wrong with it mechanically or cosmetically that would have to be fixed? If buying privately please take it for inspection before you buy!     

Q: M Liz Beisel: Is there an increase in hybrid car purchases? Have we seen a shift in customers' preferences?

A: We have sold 3 Volts, the selling price ($40K) has slowed buyers down. Unlike other provinces, Saskatchewan does not offer a “green” rebate.  Some provinces offer  $5000-$7000 in rebates to buyers.  Did you know it costs General Motors over $80,000 to build a Volt! They are a wonderful car.  We have several cars getting over 50 miles to the gallon using regular gas and are price in the low to mid $20,000s.  

Q: Laura Ellis: When it comes to used vehicles on your lot, what is the dealer responsibility when it comes to any applicable manufacturer recalls that may be in place? Does the dealer ensure that the vehicles they are selling are recall free, or that the recall requirements are complete prior to selling them, or is it left to the consumer to investigate and repair themselves?

A:: Laura,  all vehicles (both domestic and imports) have recalls checked and completed before a vehicle is offered for sale. Just another good reason to purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle

Q: Annalee Bruce McSharkbite: My question for you is with all these new vehicles the keyless entry seems to be the thing. With the fabs being so expensive to replace and the technology involved in them, if a criminal was to steal your car can they still hot wire it and get it going?   

A: It is very hard for a thief to steel a new vehicle and it would require a lot of very specialized equipment and technical knowledge. 

Q: Stephanie Bishop: How does a person know if they are getting ripped off when it comes to repairs on your vehicle and how does a dealership provide better service (oil changes, multi point inspections etc) than some of the other repair shops/dealerships out there?   

A:  You can avoid getting “ripped off” by sticking to a reputable Dealership like SMP.  We have factory trained technicians that specialize in GM vehicles and we use factory authorized parts. If you take your vehicle to a small repair or lube shop you could be taking a gamble with trust and your warranty.

Q: Caleigh Kimber: I recently finished university and got a job on the other side of the city. I currently have a 13 year old car and I'm looking to upgrade. I've been looking around at all sorts of different vehicles and can't decide what to buy. Would SMP be able to help me find a budget-friendly vehicle that can still make it through our crazy Saskatchewan winter?

A: Congrats on completing your university degree! We have over 200 pre-owned vehicles here also with a new Chevrolet.  I can offer you a great vehicle with 0% financing for up to 84 months and an extra discount for being a recent grad. When can we meet?

 Q: Lisa Leavitt- McLeod Questions for Stan - how is the music career going? And second, what is the most popular vehicle being bought this year?

A:  Our most popular vehicles are Cruze, Equinox and Silverado trucks ... we are also getting several orders for the new 2014 Corvette.   

Q: Amanda Lepage: I'm in the "Mom-Chauffeur" stage of my life right now. What is the safest, most fuel-efficient vehicle you would recommend for me? Considering that I need room for two teenagers and a husband, hockey equipment, musical instruments, groceries, and all the other things I may be hauling around at any given time? Here's the challenge: I'm not a fan of minivans and I don't want to break the bank! Any suggestions?

A: Come check out our Chevrolet Trax, Equinox or Traverse.  All available in FWD or AWD and have 5 to 8 seats.  Come test them all, hopefully there will be one that will work for your growing and busy family.  


Q: Vanessa Pauls-Doell: What are the questions that I should be asking a salesman when looking at buying a new used vehicle?

Ask to see the inspection, ask if there is one or two taxes payable, ask if it has a block heater, ask if there is a spare key and owner’s manual. Ask about remaining factory warranty, if it over  ask if there is any warranty available.  


Q: Dave Wilson: What are the pros/cons between buying a new vehicle vs leasing a new vehicle?

A: Some consider a lease a long test drive, normally the payment is lower as you are only paying for the use of the car and not financing the tax.  It is best to buy the Kms you are driving so you are not hit with excess kms at end.  With a lease you will have to buy a package policy which is not required when you finance a vehicle.  A lease is good for people who like to change vehicles often and don’t have to worry about the value of their trade.  At one time 70% of our business was GM leases.  Today with long tern finance rates of 0% for 84 months you can get a low payment.  I always suggest to our customers to go as short as they can afford and pay for what you drive.  If someone drives 40,000km a year financing it for 7- 8 years may not be the best.      




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TRUSTED SASKATOON USED AUTO DEALER share a Trusted Tip on Buying a used vehicle Auto tips

What is next now that you have found a car that interests you?

The first and cheapest thing is to do is to take the car for a test drive. Most people have a general idea of how a car should behave. If something feels or sounds wrong to you, this is usually a good indication that you should walk away. If the vehicle seems fine, take down the VIN (vehicle identification number) that you will find at the bottom of the windshield or in the door jam.

What can I do with the VIN number?

With this number in hand, you can get the vehicle history by visiting . This will give you a good indication about any claims that have been made on this vehicle. If the above-mentioned avenue doesn't work out, a VIN history search can be done at Carfax for $150.00. At this point, you should have an excellent idea of what the car you are interested in is worth. You can therefore negotiate yourself a price with the seller. As best as you can, try and have basic arguments as to why the price might be too high: visual damage on the car, higher than average mileage (based on your research), condition of tires or interior.

What's the biggest mistake buyers make?

When you find a vehicle you like, and it drives nice, and the price is good, and you like the dealer, Then you should buy it. To many times people think they just wanna think about it, and they leave the lot, just to let another buyer come along a swoops it up. I don't know why, but that's the way it happens. A vehicle can sit for months on the lot, but as soon as one person is interested in it, you can count on at least 2 - 3 more people making a call or stopping in to see it!

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