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Lemon Aid Buyer's Guide
The Lemon-Aid Magazine is a unique summary of the APA's road tests, and information from consumers like you and the association's network of mechanics and body repair specialists.  Read more»


Investigations
Vehicle Defects, New Vehicle Dealer Ratings, Class Actions, Auto Repair Investigation and Used Vehicle Dealer Ratings. Read more »


Recently Driven 

2014 Pickup Trucks
Chevrolet Silverado,
Ford F-150, RAM 1500

The APA evaluated crew cabs that feature four full doors, with seating for up to six when equipped with a front bench seat. All the pickups tested featured four-wheel drive for all-weather traction, and a towing package; towing ability is one of the chief reasons buyers chose a pickup. | Read More

 



Recently Driven Archive


APA in the NEWS 

CBC Go Public
November 6, 2013 Airbag system on Chev 4X4 ‘too sensitive’

Pierre-Olivier Millette, an APA investigator… agrees the data shows the airbag module detected Nolte’s truck was rolling over… But there was no need for an airbag deployment...” Read More »

The Globe and Mail
January 24, 2013: How to buy a used, not abused, car

The most important pre-purchase step you can take is to have the vehicle inspected. “Not just a safety inspection, but the complete vehicle,” says George Iny... Read More »

Toronto Star, Wheels.ca
January 17, 2013: A lemon? Here's who you should call
CAMVAP is a very good place to get a refund for the car repairs your manufacturer should have paid,” says Iny. “It’s not nearly as effective for getting rid of a bad vehicle... Read More »

The Globe and Mail
January 8, 2013: Should I follow my car's service schedule?

The Automobile Protection Association (APA) says engine oil is supposed to last a long time, normally... The problem is that few consumer vehicles are operated under normal service in Canada during the winter. Read More »

Sympatico.ca
January 2, 2013: Warranty repairs: What if the dealer can't fix your car?
by Jil McIntosh
“There is quite a lot of variability between the service operations of different dealers,” says George Iny, Director of the Automobile Protection Association... "People think they’ll call the manufacturer for help, but consumers have a misconception about the level of authority and support they’ll get.” Read More »

CTV On Your Side
November 22, 2012: Fuel efficiency ratings are not accurate

Fuel efficiency is a major selling point in many car ads, so consumers noticed when Hyundai and Kia were caught overstating their mileage. Read More »

Toronto Star, Wheels.ca
November 15, 2012: No free ride when financing a new vehicle
A zero-interest loan sounds like a no-brainer, but George Iny, president of the Automobile Protection Association, cautions there’s no such thing as a free ride. “Zero-per-cent financing is a subsidy from the carmaker..."
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Toronto Star
October 2, 2012: Car buyers pushed into deals as sales lag

Unscrupulous salespeople often make up reasons why they need a signature. Don’t sign or leave a deposit, unless you want to kiss your money goodbye. Read More»

CBC News
September 8, 2012: Court grants class-action suit expansion for gas price hike

Gas stations could pay up... if the court rules in the plaintiffs' favour in a class-action lawsuit expansion over alleged gasoline price-fixing... in Quebec, said George Iny, head of the Automobile Protection Association, who filed the lawsuit. Read More»

 

WHAT'S NEW

April 2014: APA at the 2014 New York International Auto Show Press Days
We're pleased to bring you this report from APA Staff Writer Ron Corbett who attended the New York International Auto Show. The New York show offers an excellent opportunity to see what's on the road ahead, as it previews vehicles up to a year before their arrival on the market. Manufacturers pull out all the stops to make a big impression. Vehicle debuts are carefully planned and the all-new models are generally introduced by top industry executives, often accompanied by the designers who created them. | Read the full report

April 2014: CTV W5: APA's Investigation of the Used Car industry
The Automobile Protection Association released the results of its latest undercover investigation of used car retailing today. APA mystery shoppers and an expert mechanic went on a sometimes hair-raising quest for a used car in the Greater Toronto Area. Visits were recorded by W-5’s hidden cameras... Read the full report | Visit CTV W5's Website

February 2014: Press Day of the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show
A major theme for 2014 is carmakers stretching the boundaries of their brands. Instead of creating new premium makes like Toyota did with Lexus, or new budget makes like BMW did with MINI, manufacturers like Kia and Hyundai are moving upmarket and Mercedes-Benz is moving downmarket by shifting the idea of what their brands are. | Read the full report

October 23, 2013: Put the brakes on Drive Clean
The program is... costing Ontarians $30 million per year in fees... A rising star in the PC caucus, is out to end Drive Clean through a petition. You can find it on his website, montemcnaughtonmpp.ca [pdf] ... It has been the subject of studies by the Fraser Institute, the Automobile Protection Association and the media, which found it delivered inconsistent results based on a shaky premise... Read More »

July 2013: APA at the Concours d'Elegance of America
APA's Staff Writer Ron Corbett paid a visit to Plymouth Michigan's Concours d'Elegance of America. Like Pebble Beach, which started small but ballooned into a leviathan of automotive indulgence on the California Coast, the Concours d'Elegance of America consists of not only the car show itself, but also an RM auction and numerous private events for owners of the vehicles on display. | Read the full report

March 2013: CTV W5: APA's Annual Investigation of the Used Car industry
The Automobile Protection Association released the results of its latest undercover investigation of used car retailing today. Posing as ordinary consumers, APA mystery shoppers visited 18 used car dealers and two curbsiders in the Greater Vancouver area to look for used vehicles. Visits were recorded by W-5’s hidden cameras... | Read More

November 2012: Hyundai & Kia restate fuel consumption on 2011-13 models and compensate owners
Hyundai and Kia Canada will be compensating owners of several 2011-2013 models that were advertised with overstated fuel economy ratings. Hyundai/Kia also revised the published fuel consumption for these models to reflect an increase from the figures originally provided. | Read More

November 2012: Update in APA’s Class Actions over price fixing in the retail sale of gasoline
In September 2012, Justice Dominique Bélanger of the Superior Court of Quebec authorized a new class action to cover price fixing in the sale of gasoline in Quebec. The decision significantly expands the existing case filed in 2008... The new class action covers extensive areas in Eastern Quebec including Quebec City and the Lower Saint Lawrence. The overcharges cover four years during which price fixing is alleged to have occurred. If the case is successful, this would be the largest class action in APA’s history. | Read More

October 2012: APA Review of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
After spending time behind the wheel of various battery powered and hybrid vehicles, including the Volt and Leaf, the APA has come to realize that battery range is not the major limitation. By way of example, motorcycles typically will not travel more than 200 km on a tank of fuel -- that range is not much farther than the better EVs -- but motorcycle riders can fill up in a few minutes and be on their way. An EV driver is faced with multi-hour charge times before continuing their journey, so it's recharging time, rather than battery range that is the major obstacle. | Read More

April 14, 2012:  APA Investigation of Used Car Dealing in the Toronto market
The Automobile Protection Association released the results of its latest undercover investigation of used car retailing today. Posing as ordinary consumers, APA mystery shoppers and an expert mechanic visited 13 used car dealers and seven curbsiders in the Toronto market to look for a used vehicle. Visits were recorded by W5’s hidden cameras, and a video report on the investigation can be viewed on the W5 website. Although the majority of dealers received failing grades, the APA found some signs of improvement in the Toronto marketplace... | Read More | Watch the Video

April 2011: Majority of shops unable to pass a simple test in the latest APA auto repair investigation
Thirty percent: that’s the percentage of repair shops that passed a simple test submitted by the APA in its latest auto repair investigation. Using three specially prepared vehicles and hidden cameras, the APA visited 31 repair shops in Toronto and Calgary for the correction of a simple problem. | Read More

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Having the vehicle inspected prior to the sale is the most effective way of making sure you won't get stuck with a lemon or pay too much for a vehicle that needs a lot of maintenance. A proper vehicle inspection includes a road test and a superficial inspection to spot collision damage. The facilities that follow have been chosen from the list of shops provided to APA members, and have performed well in the past. >> VIEW THE FACILITIES

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