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Fun Facts of AE Auto Plus 2014

As we look forward to the future, it’s fun to reflect back and see what has come through our doors.

The oldest vehicle we had this year was a 1935 Oldsmobile convertible coup. Back in those days, cars only had a 15 digit VIN. The runner up was a 47 Packard.

Our youngest vehicles were 2015, a Subaru Forester and a Mazda 6. We had 12- 2014.

Our most exotic was an ’87 Ferrari.

In alphabetical order we worked on the following:
Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mini, Mitsubishi, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsches, Saab, Saturn, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
AE Auto Challenge: Which make of vehicle, did we work on most in 2014? Post in comments

Our strangest repair and/or diagnoses:
A squirrel that ate the wiring harness 3 times!!! He didn’t want to leave his house and someone kept putting wires in the way. When customer parked his vehicle outside and not in the garage that finally deterred the squirrel…wasn’t as warm and cosy as before.

Wires eaten by squirrel.

Wires eaten by squirrel.

The Guardians of the Garbage Bin, when the lid wasn’t closed:

Guardians of the Garbage Bin

Guardians of the Garbage Bin

It’s been a great year! Happy New Year! Safe and Happy Driving for 2015!

Do I Need to Switch to Winter Tires in the Fall?

If you live in Canada, the answer is a resounding yes!

80% of the accidents are caused by 20% of the drivers who don’t have winter tires in cold weather. Winter tires are mandatory by law in Quebec and to be honest, I wish Ontario would enforce the same rule. Winter tires increase safety which is why we provide them on all our loaner vehicles at AE Auto Plus. Did you know that some insurance companies actually give you a 2-5% discount on your insurance rates if you show proof of purchase of winter tires?

Even if you have a flexible schedule that enables you to stay at home when it snows, there’s still value in having winter tires. Although the streets may have been cleared of snow by the time you venture out, driveways and parking lots, while usually plowed, are never as well-travelled as roads and therefore never as clean. Just a bit of snow build up in the parking lot can mean a loss of control of your vehicle.

What’s the difference between winter tires and all season? It’s all in the temperature rating. The rubber of winter tires stay flexible in temperatures below 7 degrees. When the tread stays flexible, there is less build up of snow on the tire and hence better control.

The only exception to the winter tire rule is if you have a brand new car with no mileage and brand new tires. If this is the case, you can go through one winter using your all season tires, but after that, I would highly recommend investing in winter tires. You are also going to save wear and tear on your all season tires and they will last longer.

While winter tires allow you to brake better in winter conditions, they don’t allow you to “drive like you stole it!” You still have to be vigilant, cautious and aware of the conditions because you have no idea where ice can be hiding.

In the spring, it’s important to switch back to your all season tires as the weather warms up. In warmer weather, winter tires are like Frosty the Snowman. When the sun is out and the temperature rises above 7 degrees, the rubber breaks down quickly and you wear down your winter tire investment prematurely.

Stay tuned to the blog for my next tip on tire storage and rims or off rims. In the meantime, safe driving!


Winter storm/ Winter tire – don’t leave home without them!!!!

We are closed Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1st.

Hello Everyone, we can say spring has finally sprung, we have green trees and blooming flowers.  It’s been a long winter and we are glad we can finally feel the warmth of the sun.

With Summer Solstice fast approaching we are fortunate we are a small family run business and can make decisions quickly.  We appreciate the hard work our staff does on the daily basis and are happy when we can give them some extra family time.

We have decided to get a long weekend out of our Canada Day celebration and will be closed from Friday June 27th at 5 pm to Wednesday, July 2nd at 7:30 am.

Our regular hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Summer and Happy Canada Day!

Andy and Susan Eaton

Spring has Sprung

See we have proof, the Tulips are out to greet you at AE Auto Plus in Thornhill.  Whether you live in Richmond Hill, North York, Markham or Thornhill, it’s time to greet Spring.  This is the best part of automotive repair…taking off those winter tires and putting on those Summer Tires.  Yes a proper 4 wheel alignment is a good idea with the incredible winter we have had.  And remember, we can store your winter tires so you don’t have to lug them in and out and in some cases bring us the wrong ones.  Our tire storage is indoor climate controlled and all tires are properly catalogued.

Tulips at AE Auto Plus in Thornhill

Tulips at AE Auto Plus in Thornhill

Let’s help these kids win! Vote Everyday….they get to go Squamish, BC camping!

Hello Everyone, this is a plea from a proud parent, my oldest son, Grade 8 class has put together a 1 min claymation video on a nature and history in Ontario.  it’s part of a national contest…for the first part of the contest, they need votes everyday from people like you.  I have personally watched some of the other videos and you know what….ours is very good, I’m very proud of his class.  Please help them make it one step closer to getting a trip to Squamish, BC for some wonderful outdoor time.

Thank you everyday!  Below is the link and yes if you have more then one email address…use them all!

Headlights and Daytime running lights

This is just a friendly reminder…daytime running light and headlights are not the same thing.  They are two different bulbs or lights on the front of your vehicle.  With the short days now here, we are going to using our headlights a lot more and it is illegal to be driving around with a burnt out headlight.  Yes, you can get a ticket from our friendly police officers.  It does make sense, seeing and being seen is important on our roads at anytime of year.   At AE Auto Plus, in Thornhill, we inspect all your lights every time you come in.  Whether you live in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill or Thornhill come in for a visit and let’s see if all your lights are working.  Some headlights are simple and some not so simple and we do recommend changing them in pairs…cause if one has gone, you are rest assured that the other headlight will go shortly too.

car lights

AE Auto Plus has a new Mascot

Hello, we would like to introduce Kahlua.  We’d like to say she is our greeter, but most of the time she is in Susan’s office having puppy naps.  It is a tough job being a puppy!

Mascot at AE Auto Plus Kahlua at 3 months

Mascot at AE Auto Plus Kahlua at 3 months

AE Auto Plus Summer Car Maintenance

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cars are flying at AE Auto Plus garage shop

Tune up your car before travelling this summer… AE Auto Plus garage shop is ready for you! #carrepair # carmaintenance




We had visitors today at AE Auto Plus…check out the pic

Geese at AE Auto Plus

Going for a stroll at AE Auto Plus

Mama and Papa were going for a stroll with 6 babies.  They stopped in to see if we could start training the young-lings in customer service, but we couldn’t speak geese.  This Ma and Pa pair come in the this area every year.

AE Auto Plus it’s a great place to visit!