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GMC Truck Demands

demandWhen we research and write about GMC Trucks in Canada, we like to look for overall topics from the world of trucks in general, and one topic for discussion that has been in the hot seat for sometime, is the lack of interest in trucks in general.  However, good news remains, according to your Thunder  Bay GMC Trucks Dealership in Canada, even with a noticeable decline in the number of pickups being sold in 2018, trucks remain big business in Canada.

In fact, from a market share perspective, pickup trucks are quite frankly more popular in Canada than south of the border. Pickups account for 20 per cent of Canadian auto sales and 19 per cent in the U.S., so although these numbers are close, both are on the low side and the US is actually less interested in trucks than their northern neighbor, Canada.  What do the trends look like in general, when it comes to GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay?  Well, pickup truck momentum is slowing, but not dead in Canada, minivan popularity is bottoming out entirely, and passenger cars are shrinking in abundance as well.  What is on the rise are SUV and crossover demands.  These units have basically prevented the market from crashing in 2018.

This, from our recent research on behalf of your GMC Truck sales in Canada, tells us the following, “Total vehicle sales through the first 10 months of 2018 was down just two per cent, a marginal decrease made more tolerable by a nine-per-cent improvement in SUV/crossover volume. That SUV increase includes nearly 29,000 sales — roughly four per cent of total utility vehicle demand…”  If you want to look into a truck from Canada, however, the supply is there as the demand has not entirely diminished. You will want to look for the details of what’s available at your local new and used GMC Trucks Dealership in Thunder Bay Ontario today.

Snow Tires on Buick Cars

snow tiresSnow tires, all weather tires, some other type of tires, how the heck do we know which kinds of tires are best for your Thunder Bay Buick cars in Canada?  There are actually some parts of Canada that mandate the use of snow tires during the winter months, but as we all know, not all parts of Canada are created equally.  “For those that still need reminding, the recommendation to go full snows in winter months is not just a matter of tread patterns. Yes, the typical snow tires’ tread layout is more aggressive than something designed for summer use, but that only tells part of the story.”

There is an important element to review here, called KAL’s testing.  These tests reveal, according to our research done on behalf of your Buick cars service in Thunder Bay, that even a winter tire with 75 per cent of its tread worn has a shorter stopping distance on snow and ice than a new all-season tire. That bears repeating and drives home the point that you may wish to reconsider the option of snow tires when it comes to the safest thing to drive on in your Buick cars for sale in Thunder Bay.  A snow tire that’s quite literally on its last legs will still generate more traction on snow and ice than a brand new all-season.

Why is that?  According to all that we read, “The other advantage of snow tires — and all ‘official’ winter tires have the oft-mentioned mountain peak designation molded into their tire wall — is that their rubber is specially optimized for traction below seven degrees Celsius.” And you may think that is a bit gimmicky, but actually, not at all, “That’s not just a cynical marketing ploy, the change in rubber compound — silica, as well as other compounds, are added to make the rubber more compliant at low temperatures — is as important, if not more so, than their aggressive tread pattern.”  The end result is that the tires are better even without snow when it comes to cold pavement.


Tires on Buick Cars in Canada

winter tiresIn the world of Canada cars, we know that tires can be a bit of a quandary.  What type do you need for your new Buick car in Thunder Bay?  Do all cars in Canada need winter tires?  Not so much.  “Every November, every Canadian — or more specifically, every single Canadian who owns an automobile — ponders the same question: Do I or don’t I?”

Snow tires, that is. Oh, I know that in some jurisdictions — Quebec, most notably — it’s illegal not to have you car riding on “snows” past Dec. 15. So, to begin with, we know the answer is dependent on where you live.  “And that anywhere north of the 50th parallel — that’s pretty much anything north of Regina in Saskatchewan, Winterpeg in Manitoba and Thunder Bay in Ontario…”  It seems in these areas it is a matter of survival, the presence of the right tires on your Thunder Bay Buick cars and people are not offered much of a choice.

However if you are one who lives in a different area, a more moderate climate, for example, such as Victoria, Vancouver and the Greater Toronto area, things may be slightly different, or are they really?  According to the research done on behalf of your Buick cars in Thunder Bay, the needs may be the same with road conditions and tires, though, many are in denial.  “And like pretty much every expert, Yours Truly included, Gardiner still recommends people should have two sets of tires — full snows and a set of all-seasons of performance summer tires for our three months of road construction (Canada’s other season being nine months of winter) — that are rotated every fall and spring.”  It doesn’t all boil down to tread patterns either.  The traditional snow tire tead layout is more aggressive than something that is made for summer use.  For more details on ins and outs of Thunder Bay Buick car tires, stay tuned for further posts on this very subject.