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Dominion Motors Appreciates Your Positive Comments!

Social media conceptIn the current year of 2014 and certainly going forward, it is quite clear that the powers of social media cannot be ignored in the automotive world. From online shopping to buyer’s research on the best vehicles in the market, people are turning to the web for their needs. Another area that can’t be ignored when referencing social media is its power to reflect the reputation of auto-makers and dealerships. The last thing a dealership wants on their plate is a dissatisfied customer who just so happens to have a large Twitter or Facebook following as well. On the flip side…it could be a very good thing for a dealership who is doing things right. Either way…one thing is for sure…customers will talk about their experiences and people will instantly form an opinion about the standard of services the dealership provides.

Your local GMC Trucks dealer in Thunder Bay puts a great deal of importance on your opinion of their business. It is our goal to meet your needs every time you walk through the doors of our dealership and every time we communicate to you regarding your vehicle. Whether you are purchasing a new or used car or having your current vehicle serviced, we respect and appreciate your business. If there is ever a concern or issue, we will strive to make it right for you. Have you had a good experience at Dominion Motors? If so we would love to hear about it! Use your social media outlets to let your friends know too! A referral or a repeat customer is the best compliment we can get and we work very hard to earn that type of recognition. Thank you to all of our dedicated customers!

Don’t Waste Money Diagnosing Your Check Engine Light On Your Own

burning dollar in hand isolated on a whiteIn our last blog, Diagnosing Your Check Engine Light, we discussed the first steps to take if your check engine light is on.  When a check engine light illuminates in your car, it can be very alarming.  You instantly begin to wonder if this is going to be a small problem or one that will cost you hundreds of dollars.  According to, “10 percent of all cars on the road have a check engine light on, and the drivers of half of these cars have ignored the light for more than 3 months.” Not only are these drivers potentially harming the environment, but they may be spending unnecessary money on fuel due to related problems that could be easily and inexpensively fixed. Some common problems that could be setting off the light (according to carMD) include: O2 sensors, a loose gas cap, the catalytic converter, a mass air flow sensor, or spark plug wires.

If you are considering diagnosing the problem yourself, heed these words from Dan Edmunds: He self-diagnosed his wife’s car and made plans to fix the sensor himself only to find the wires leading to it were chewed up by mice. He had decided to take it to a professional and it saved him money in the long run. Even automotive experts can see the importance in getting mechanical advice from qualified service technicians to avoid unnecessary costs.

At Dominion Motors we have a great selection of certified GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay that will guarantee you freedom from “check engine” lights. Your new car will go through a rigorous inspection and will have the added warranty in case any problems should pop up after you purchase your vehicle. Check out our online inventory today!

Diagnosing Your Check Engine Light

Orange Check Engine Indicator Dash LightWhen you have had your vehicle for a while and the “check engine” light pops on it can send a wave of anxiety through any car-owners body. If your Malfunction Indicator Lamp (better known as the “check engine” light) illuminates there are a few things you should do. With the help of and your local Dominion Motors Thunder Bay Buick Trucks service department, we are bringing you some important information to consider:

  • Don’t panic! The problem may be minor but still very important to get checked out to avoid more costly effects of ignoring it. Make sure you are actually seeing the “check engine” light and not the “service engine” light. This light is simply an indication that routine maintenance, such as an oil change is needed.
  • Check the gas cap. A loose cap could trigger the light.
  • Make an appointment with your local Dominion Motors service department to have the light diagnosed. This is something you could potentially do on your own with an inexpensive code reader…but deciphering the code could be difficult and could cost you more money in the long run. If you fix the problem that you believe is occurring and you find out that it was actually something different all along, you will find yourself spending more money. Sometimes it is best to just pay the money to have the problem diagnosed by a professional and let them give you a clear explanation of what it wrong and how much it will cost you to fix the problem.
  • Don’t just have the light reset and expect that to fix the problem. If there truly is a problem, it will likely just come back on sooner than later.