8 ways to a cleaner car

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For some people, washing their car is a chore. For others it's a treat. However you feel about it, PC auto insurance has some great tips.

  1. Wiping
    Car cleaning wipes are great for a quick touch-up of the dashboard, but in a pinch, baby wipes work well too (plus they can be cheaper). If you want a more detailed clean of the front panel and centre console, use a paintbrush with soft bristles (and the fewer bristles the better) to get in between those microscopic nooks and crannies.
  2. Odor eliminating
    When you're done cleaning the interior of your vehicle, spray odor eliminator into the car's air intake (usually located at the base of the windshield) for a nice aromatic finishing touch.
  3. Collecting
    Store a kitchen-size garbage bag in the back seat area to contain whatever debris collects in your car over time. And if you can, pledge to yourself that if you bring food into the car, you'll take the leftover garbage with you as soon as you step out of the car.
  4. Containing
    Children can do a lot of damage to the interior of a car. Try to minimize the possibility of spills and stains by giving your kids sippy cups with tight seals. You can also purchase soft-sealed containers designed for little ones to snack without causing a mess.
  5. Waxing
    Nothing gives your car a more polished look than a wax. You don't need an official buffing glove; a big sock will do just as well. But you will have to commit to a little elbow grease.
  6. Wiping (part 2)
    There's nothing more frustrating than when your windshield wipers leave blurry streaks behind. Luckily all you need is some full-strength vinegar and a cloth to wipe them off.
  7. De-gunking
    At a time when your engine is cool, take a look under your hood and you may notice acid build-up around your battery. Just sprinkle baking soda on it and spritz water to dampen. Let it sit for an hour, then sponge off carefully with water and air dry.
  8. De-greasing
    Degreasing your engine is surprisingly easy, and it gets rid of acid build-up on the battery that can weaken the connection. All you have to do is mix ¼ cup baking soda with one gallon of warm water, and pour the mixture on areas of the engine that need degreasing. Ensure your engine is cool when you do this. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, and also make sure you discard any excess or leftovers. You'll want to check the environmental regulations for your area before doing a de-greasing, and then disposing of the run-off.

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  • What are my choices in terms of auto coverage?

    What are my choices in terms of auto coverage?

    If you own or drive a vehicle in Canada, you must be insured. Different provinces have different requirements, but the four mandatory elements of auto insurance are:

    1. Liability - if you cause an accident and someone sues you
    2. Accident benefits - if you or someone in your vehicle is hurt in an accident
    3. Direct compensation – property damage (Ontario only)- if your vehicle gets damaged (and it's determined you're not at-fault or only partly at-fault)
    4. Uninsured motorist - if you're in an accident with an uninsured or hit-and-run driver
  • How do I reduce my insurance costs?

    How do I reduce my insurance costs?

    There are several things you can do to reduce your insurance premium costs:

    1. Work on your driving record
      Here's an easy, yet effective way to bring down your insurance costs: build a consistent accident and conviction-free track record with an insurance company.
    2. Choose your automobile wisely
      Do your research before you invest in a new car. Read consumer reports, and check with your insurance company to find out which cars tend to be targets for theft and vandalism. Remember, if you buy a car with a high theft rate, your premium will be higher.
    3. Adjust how you use your car
      By adjusting the way you use your vehicle, you can also bring down the cost of your insurance rates. If you live in a metropolitan area:
      • can you take the subway, train or bus to work?
      • has your job changed, or have you moved recently?
      • do you use your automobile to drive a short distance to work?
      • does your vehicle get used for low annual kilometers?
        If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be entitled to lower insurance costs. Another consideration is whether you let others use your car. It is sometimes possible to exclude certain high-risk drivers from your policy so that good drivers are not penalized with a higher premium.
    4. Choose a higher deductible
      If you choose a higher deductible up front, your premiums will be lower.
    5. Review your coverage
      Take a closer look at your coverage to make sure you're not paying for things you don't need.
  • How can I earn PC® points?

    How can I earn PC® points?

    When you use your President's Choice Financial® MasterCard® to pay your PC auto insurance premium, you'll get 20 PC points per dollar of your premium. If you use your President's Choice Financial bank card to pay your PC auto insurance premium, you'll get 10 PC points per dollar of your premium.

  • Are other drivers insured to drive my car?

    Are other drivers insured to drive my car?

    Yes, as long as he/she has your permission to drive the vehicle, has a valid driver's licence and has not been specifically excluded from driving the vehicle. However, all licensed drivers in your household must be listed on your policy—regardless of how often they use your vehicle.

  • What is a deductible?

    What is a deductible?

    A deductible is the amount that you agree to pay towards the repair or replacement of your vehicle before your insurance pays the rest. You choose your deductible amount when you purchase your auto insurance. The higher your deductible, the lower your premium.

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