Fall has been mild so far, but last week’s cooler temperatures serve as a reminder that winter has yet to arrive.
How do you know if your car is winter-ready? Start by talking to the experts.
“Look at your tires, if you’re not sure, bring them by for a quick inspection. We can tell you if they’re good for your needs, and let you know when you might want to start pricing new tires, whether it’s now, next year or beyond,” says Mike Doughty, manager of Fountain Tire Langford, pointing to their current winter tire sale and famous twice-yearly 4-for-3 sale.
For those heading over the Malahat look for the snowflake indicating a true winter tire, or at very least the M+S rating and at least 3.5 mm of tread. “Traditional all-season tires harden below 7°C and don’t get the traction a winter tire will give.”
Winter prep means more than tires
But Fountain Tire offers far more than tires, and so should your winter vehicle prep, says Doughty, noting his shop has two full-time licensed Red Seal mechanics, with a mechanic on shift Saturdays.
“It’s important to check your battery and antifreeze levels, as both can be affected by the cold, and or course, your brakes. We do a full inspection with our seasonal service package and mini inspections any time your vehicle is in so you can drive confidently always.”
For new-to-you vehicles, Doughty’s team also provides pre-purchase inspections. “Any time you’re buying a used car, especially if it’s not from a dealership that already inspected it, protect yourself with an inspection. You could save hundreds, even thousands of dollars.”
And with its full retail and commercial tire service, find everything from wheelbarrow to massive loader tires. Top-line equipment to get the job done includes road force balancers for passenger and commercial tires, and service trucks providing 24-hour commercial tire service.
New owners build a strong team
New owners of the Langford location, Doughty and wife Rhonda are planning showroom renovations for a more comfortable customer experience.
“We’re thrilled to be part of a great company in the fastest-growing community in B.C. We’re building a great team and we’re excited about what’s around the corner. Come check us out, get a quote and meet our team – the coffee is always on!”
Conveniently located near Starbucks, White Spot and Westshore Shopping Centre, the shop has a shuttle service and loaner car. All work is covered by their national limited warranty with Airmiles offered on Goodyear tires and mechanical services.
Military members and local first responders enjoy a 10-per-cent discount year-round on regular-priced tires and service. Visit their Facebook page, for frequent giveaways and a variety of tire and car-related news, tips and information.
Founded in 1956 in Wainwright, Alberta, Fountain Tire has 160 stores across Canada and has been rated one of the Best Managed Companies since 1994.