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FLAG MITSUBISHI 15250 104th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia V3R 6N8 Phone: (604) 584-7411 • Fax: (604) 584-7488 Email: • Web: October 2011

Dear Readers, It is my great pleasure that we are introducing this commemorative magazine! As we celebrate our 35th year in business under the flag we are proud to introduce the exciting range of Mitsubishi vehicles to our line-up of automotive services. We produced this magazine in celebration of our grand opening of the new Flag Mitsubishi dealership and have loaded it with interesting content that we hope you find helpful when it comes to driving. My special thanks goes to our many partners who have helped us transform the dealership over recent months culminating in our recent Grand Opening event (see centre page photos), and to our many loyal customers who have made flag their dealership. Many of our partners have participated in this magazine produced with the guidance of our partners at West Coast Media Group. In addition I must express my appreciation to our loyal and talented team here at the Flag. The passion and enthusiasm they display each day for the business is relentless, and for their efforts to ensure our clients are leaving with a smile on their face. Just as the City of Surrey is entering a new era so are we at Flag Mitsubishi. The redevelopment of our city centre continues at an exciting pace and we are equally confident that our investment in this community is well spent. The quality and value represented by the Mitsubishi brand is second to none and we proudly stand behind the 10 year/160,000 km warranty provided with our new vehicles. No other auto manufacturer offers Canadian motorists a similar commitment to worry free driving. I invite you to visit us soon “under the Flag” to see why we are so excited about the future of Flag Mitsubishi as well as the future of Surrey. Sincerely, Sherrold Haddad President, Flag Mitsubishi Auto Group Flag Mitsubishi | (604) 584-7411 |


Fall 2011

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Contributors: Dean Belder, Matt Law, Amy Reid, Alexandria Mitchell, Shelly Wutke

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Contents Page 3 | A Letter to Readers Page 4 | Contact Us Page 6 | The History of the Flag Page 8 | Mitsubishi in the Community: Sherrold Haddad Page 10 | Meet the Flag Mitsubishi Staff Page 11 | Financing You Purchase Page 12 | The Mitsubishi Promise and Warranty Page 13 | The Mitsubishi Buyers Guide Page 19 | Greening Your Car Page 20 | Detail Your Car The Right Way! Page 23 | A Growing Surrey Page 25 | Flag Mitsubishi’s Grand Opening Page 30 | Driving Safety Tips Page 32 | In an Accident? What to Do! Page 35 | Feature: Rally Racing in the Valley Page 39 | Buying a used Car – Doing it Right! Page 41 | Your Soundtrack for the Road Page 42 | The Joys of Road Tripping Page 44 | Great Drives in BC Page 46 | Getting to the Ski Hill: Safely and in Style Page 48 | Smart Phone Apps for Road Trips Page 49 | Road Trips to Wineland Flag Mitsubishi | (604) 584-7411 |


The History of the

Flag at Flag


By Amy Reid

It’s almost impossible to miss the huge Canadian flag when you drive up 104th Avenue. In fact, the flag can be seen for miles. Whether you’re all the way across Surrey on a clear night, driving down the TransCanada Highway or even as far away as Langley or Coquitlam, the flag is visible from an impressive distance. At 3200 square feet, it’s no surprise. “Even I am surprised what a landmark it has become,” said Sherrold Haddad, owner of Flag Mitsubishi. “People really think of it as their own.” The Guildford dealership receives so many inquiries about the flag that it


has created a brochure with some quick facts about the pole. The flagpole is 282.4 feet high (85.95 metres) and weights 130,000 pounds (59,090 kilograms). The flag, which is larger than most houses, even made its way into the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s tallest, free-standing flagpole.

So where did it come from and why is it on Haddad’s dealership? The flag was originally erected on the Expo 86 site. After seeing the flag at Expo, Haddad just had to have it. It wasn’t easy, but through dedication and commitment, it was decided that he could purchase the flagpole.

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He transported it to its new home at night. The pole had to be cut into three pieces in order to be shipped. Haddad had the flagpole secured into the ground using 1,300 tons of steel and concrete and it was rededicated to its new home on Dec. 4, 1987, where it’s been ever since. It’s Haddad’s way of showing his patriotism to his country and his community. “It’s very expensive to maintain,” Haddad said. “But it’s worth it. It’s become such a landmark. People even call in when it’s ripped to let us know. They have a sense of ownership of the flag.” Costing him $250,000 to transport the flagpole to its new home was only

the beginning. The flag has to be replaced every three months. They cost $3,500 a pop and while they are repaired regularly, Haddad said the flags need to be replaced about four times a year. The flagpole has an inside ladder and interior lighting, allowing access to the crow’s nest. The pole is X-rayed annually and inspected to ensure its continued stability, which of course, isn’t cheap.

About the Dealership “I wanted to change the name to Flag,” Haddad said. “The advertising folks told me not to change the name, that Town Centre was so well established in the community, but I knew it would take off,” he added. “Flag has become a focal point in the community to the point that it even amazes me.” Haddad was no freshman to the car industry when he took over the Guildford dealership. He had started a successful used car business in

Winnipeg with only $2,000, given to him by his father. In the early 80s, he moved to the Lower Mainland to purchase Ensign Pacific Lease Ltd., which he still owns today. When the opportunity came up to purchase the Guildford dealership, he took it. And the dealership is not just one business, as Haddad explains. “It might seem like a simple business on the outside: simply selling and buying cars, but there’s much more to it than that.”

He said he just couldn’t close the doors after all those years, especially because of the long-time staff that had become like family to him. After much deliberation he decided to open the dealership as a Mitsubishi dealer, which is now known as Flag Mitsubishi. Flag will be celebrating one year as a Mitsubishi dealer in Oct., 2011. “Changing to Mitsubishi has been an exciting challenge,” Haddad said. “It’s just an outstanding product for us.”

The dealership sells new and used cars, does in-house leasing, has an auto body and service shop and more.

Haddad said his only complaint is that he doesn’t get as much business in his repair shop.

The dealership went through a major milestone in 2009. It was known as a Chevrolet dealer for years, until the auto industry took a hit and General Motors fell into bankruptcy, causing the company to pull the plug on several of its independent dealers.

“They just don’t break down,” he said. “Our customers are extremely pleased with the product. That in itself is very satisfying for me.”

GM closed dozens of dealerships: Haddad’s dealership in Guildford was one of the B.C. dealers shut down.

He has since purchased several other dealerships, such as Downtown Nissan.

Haddad said that while the dealership has had its ups and downs, he has never regretted the choice to purchase it.

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Flag Mitsubishi in The Community: The Man Behind it All


By Amy Reid

A poster in Sherrold Haddad’s office says, “The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.”

to 20 years and if the SMFH’s longest serving board member.

Haddad, president of Flag Mitsubishi, said those are words he lives by. “You need vision,” he said. “That goes for just about anything you undertake. You have to be unafraid.” Haddad has a clear vision when it comes to being involved in his community. One of the ways he has been heavily involved in the City of Surrey is through the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. He’s been involved for close

He was first elected to the board in 1995 and was the first and only person to be named a lifetime director in 2008. He was the chair of the board during the SMFH’s Children’s Health Centre campaign, which raised $10 million in the mid to late 90s. The centre opened in 2001. Ron Knight, current chair of the SMFH, said Haddad has a “can do” attitude. “His sense of purpose and focus was very noticeable. It didn’t matter what the topic was, what the possibility was, Sherrold said there was no such thing as not being able to do it.” He said Haddad was a very big part of the children’s centre. Knight said the projected took the

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hospital to a new level and helped take the pressure off BC Children’s Hospital. “It was a big undertaking. That’s one of his biggest legacies, if not the biggest legacy, at the hospital and the Foundation.”

In 2007, the couple gifted $100,000 to Simon Fraser University in Surrey that funded a 100-seat lecture theatre. They have also provided scholarships to students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for many years.

He said Haddad was unique. “You get a lot of directors that come and go over time, but he was one director that really took it to heart, right from day one. “He sort of adopted the Foundation. He didn’t look at is as serving a term, then going - the Foundation became a part of who he was.”

Haddad was heavily involved with the Variety Club of Manitoba before he moved to Surrey. He was the president of the organization for a time and the organization won an international award for fundraising initiatives during his presidency.

Knight said that when Haddad finished his time as chair, he carried on as a director and still wanted to be involved. “He lived and breathed the foundation for a long time. And he still shows up at events and tries to stay involved.” Haddad and his wife, Marina Haddad, have also been strong financial supporters of the hospital. Most recently, they made a $100,000 contribution to the Emergency Centre Campaign.

When he moved to British Columbia, he was involved with the Variety Club of British Columbia, which he is still a member of today.

He has a soft spot for youth, he admitted, which he said could be attributed to his love of family. “It’s important to encourage young people. There’s nothing worse than saying no to a youngster doing good things.” Sherrold has received several awards, such as being named Citizen of the Year by the City of Surrey in 2001 and receiving the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Public Service in 2002. He also received a Community Achievement Award in 2004, which swas presented to 36 British Columbians.

Haddad was once a director for the Surrey Board of Trade and has been associated with the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce.

When asked why he feels the need to give back, Haddad recalled a conversation he had with a long-time member of the Variety Club many years ago.

And Haddad said he tries to help out with most of the requests he receives from the community. And he receives a lot. “We have a sympathetic approach,” he said of he and his wife.

Haddad had asked him the same question. “When I asked him, he thought about it for a minute and then said, ‘Sherrold, when I help, I feel good for me.’ I’ve never forgotten that.”

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Under the Flag - Our Staff Are Here To Help |

By Shelly Wutke

When you ask a staff member at Flag Mitsubishi just what it is that sets them apart from other dealerships, they will all have the same answer: It’s about providing the best customer experience.

of individually. It’s a formula that works well for the team.

More than any other dealership, they really do work together as a team to provide you with a warm, comfortable environment with which to buy your new or used car.

Flag Mitsubishi is made up of the Sales Team, Business Office, Body Shop, and the unrivaled Repair facility. When you drive into the dealership, your first point of contact will be the Sales Team. If you have questions, they have answers. Your Sales Associate will let you explore the vehicles of your choice, take you for a test drive, or just provide you with the information you need to narrow down your selection.

As one of the oldest auto dealerships in Surrey, the team at Flag knows that what matters most is becoming and staying involved in their community. Based on core values that stem from 35 years as a local, family-owned business, buying and living local is part of the group mentality at the dealership. The team enjoys being a positive part of the great Surrey area, not only through responsible business practices, but also by participating in community events.

Once you’ve selected your new vehicle, the Business Office will make sure you are able to get keys in hand as quickly and simply as possible. New vehicles are eligible for special financing rates as low as 0%. Even with used vehicles, the Business Office can still beat most bank rates as they are backed up by

No matter if they are answering a question, putting together the best financing deal on your new vehicle, or getting your car back on the road after an accident, you can be sure of one thing: Walk into Flag Mitsubishi and you can be sure of nothing less than a great experience. Every time.

For over 35 years, Flag Mitsubishi has been the go-to location for Vancouverites who are in the market for a new vehicle. After decades of service to their customers, their commitment to excellence has remained a constant no matter which part of the company you are dealing with. And with a dealership as busy as Flag Mitsubishi, to provide the individual attention that each guest needs each individual office has to function collectively instead


“When you step in to our dealership, we have one goal in mind,” said Bryan Heiberg, the GM at Flag. “We want to make sure that every customer that comes in, leaves happy – and we’re willing to go the distance to make that happen.”

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General Sales Manager Bryan Heiberg

the buying power of the dealership. If you ever get into a fender bender with your vehicle, take it to a place that you can trust will get the job done right the first time. The Flag Mitsubishi Body Shop has the latest technology to provide precision repairs, and the Service department is ready to work on any make or model of vehicle.

We’re Here to Help! Financing your Car |

By Shelly Wutke

There are a lot of choices to make when you are in the market for a new vehicle. But once you’ve chosen the right car for you and you’re ready to put the keys in the ignition, it’s time to make another decision: Financing. Lucky for you, the finance department at Flag Mitsubishi has the knowledge and capability to make this step in the process quick and easy, no matter what your set of circumstances. Managed by Desi Nicolas and Kelly Trotman, the Business Office is your first stop to getting driving your new vehicle off the lot. And just like the questions you have when you are choosing your car, you probably have a lot of questions about financing. I spent some time with them to help you find some of those answers!

How can I apply for financing at Flag Mitsubishi? Kelly & Desi: To get started you can fill out an application online at or visit the office and fill out one in person.

Can I choose a payment schedule that will suit me? Kelly & Desi: Once you have submitted your paperwork, you’ll need to decide on a payment schedule. There are options for monthly or bi-weekly payments, giving you the flexibility you need to fit your car payments into your monthly budget.

I’m not sure if I should finance my new vehicle through the dealership or my bank. Kelly & Desi: For sheer convenience and options, its much simpler to walk into a dealership, choose a car, and work with a dedicated group

of individuals that know how to get you the best deal. Flag Mitsubishi’s new vehicles are eligible for special financing rates as low as 0%, and that’s a deal you can’t find through the bank. For used cars, the business office can still beat most bank rates as they have the buying power of the dealership behind them.

I’d love to finance a car, but I’m a student. Can the Business Office help me? Kelly & Desi: Students need cars too, and Flag Mitsubishi has a program set up just for them. The Education Edge Graduate Program gives students a $500 cash incentive if they meet the following criteria: Enrolled in a four-year program, set to receive their degree within 12 months, or have received their degree within the past 3 years. If you have little to no credit, the Business Department is ready to help you with your special circumstances or needs.

I’ve had to file for bankruptcy protection. Can I still finance a car? Kelly & Desi: At Flag Mitsubishi, each financing case is treated with careful consideration. Even if you have filed for credit protection, you can still come into the Business office and discuss your options with us.

How do I decide whether to lease or own my new vehicle? Kelly & Desi: Leasing or owning is an individual choice, and often the decision rests on whether or not the customer needs the write off for tax purposes. Leasing is a better option for a business owner, and you can get a great financing rate for a leased vehicle. You’ve decided on your vehicle, now you just need to process the paperwork. The Business Office at Flag Mitsubishi is there to walk you through the process and get you on the road in no time.

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Why Own a Mitsubishi?

You’re Backed... The Mitsubishi Warranty

The 10-5-5 Warranty gives you even more reason to love your new Mitsubishi A new Mitsubishi vehicle is packed with so many features that it can be hard to pick out just one that you love the most. Maybe it’s the All Wheel Control (AWC) that gets you where you need to go safely, or the navigation system that gives you the option to talk hands free on your cell phone: No matter what your favorite feature, you can be sure that you will love Mitsubishi’s warranty even more.

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Mitsubishi has the best cars on the road today, and it’s no surprise that the company stands behind their vehicles with a 10-5-5 warranty that provides more comprehensive coverage than competing brands:

10 Year Powertrain Limited Warranty The Powertrain of your vehicle is comprised of the engine, transmission, and drive train. When a mechanical issue arises with your Powertrain, you want to be sure that you are covered with an exceptional warranty that lasts long after you’ve bought the vehicle. Mitsubishi is so confident of the reliability of their vehicles that they offer a 10-year or 160,000 km Powertrain warranty.

5 Year New Vehicle Limited Warranty When you drive your new car off the lot, your relationship with Mitsubishi is only beginning. The 5 year or 100,000 km New Vehicle warranty protects the thousands of parts that make up your Mitsubishi.

5 Year Roadside Assistance

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Although the quality behind Mitsubishi vehicles means that it is unlikely that you will break down, there is nothing worse than having trouble and not knowing whom to call. Mitsubishi takes the worry out of driving by providing the Mitsubishi Motors Roadside Assistance Protection Plan. You can contact Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any type of emergency including battery boosts, flat tires, free towing, or even if you just ran out of gas somewhere.

3 Year Genuine Accessories Coverage Mitsubishi offers a variety of audio, video, and other technical accessories to customize your vehicle. If you have your accessories installed by a certified Mitsubishi dealer, they are covered for 3 years or 60,000 km. There are many reasons why you love your Mitsubishi. Whether it’s the comfort of the interior, the sleek styling of the body, or the technological additions that make driving a breeze: You’ll be even happier knowing that Mitsubishi backs your vehicle with the comprehensive 10-5-5 warranty.

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2012 Lancer Featuring a new, sophisticated, All Wheel Drive SE model Lancer is a five passenger, compact, four door sedan noted for excellent handling, unexpected amenities, outstanding fuel efficiency and superior value. For 2012 Lancer is offered in three trim levels and two distinct drivetrains. Lancer DE is the well equipped base model, Lancer SE has additional features and Lancer GT offers even more luxury and style. All of these models are

front wheel drive and they are all powered by a fuel efficient 2.0 litre, four cylinder, DOHC, MIVEC engine producing 148 hp @ 6000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque @ 4200 rpm, which runs on regular fuel. Available transmissions include a crisp shifting 5-speed manual or an optional Sportronic速 CVT. New for 2012 is the Lancer SE AWC, which features a sophisticated, driver selectable, electronically controlled, four wheel drive system that can operate in

Lancer Sportback for 2012 Style, luxury, efficiency and versatility combined Lancer Sportback is a compact, front wheel drive, five passenger, five door hatchback with excellent handling, exceptional versatility and superior fuel efficiency. Lancer Sportback is offered in both SE and GT trim levels and is powered by a fuel efficient 2.0 litre, four cylinder, DOHC, MIVEC engine producing 148 hp @ 6000 rpm and 145 lbft of torque @ 4200 rpm, which runs on regular fuel. Available transmissions include a crisp shifting 5-speed manual or an optional Sportronic速 CVT. Suspension, steering and braking systems for the Lancer Sportback are virtually identical to those of the Lancer sedan described above.


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2WD, 4WD on demand or 4WD lock modes. SE AWC models also feature steering wheel mounted magnesium alloy paddle shifters as standard. All Lancers enjoy a euro type suspension system designed to deliver world class handling characteristics. The front suspension employs MacPherson struts, while the rear suspension is a multi-link design that features separate coil springs and shocks. Inside, SE, SE AWC and GT models feature steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls plus a Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free cellular phone interface with streaming audio and USB input with voice control. GT models feature a power glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces and a 710-Watt (max) Rockford-Fosgate Punch速 premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch trunk mounted subwoofer.

Lancer Ralliart for 2012 A serious and attainable street performer The 2012 Lancer Ralliart four door sedan is a high performance, all wheel drive, compact featuring cutting edge technology and outstanding performance. It is perfectly positioned between the new Lancer SE AWC model and the ultra high performance Lancer Evolution – of World Rally Championship heritage. The aluminum engine in Lancer Ralliart is a 2.0 litre, 16 valve, DOHC, MIVEC, intercooled and turbocharged design that develops 237 hp @ 6000 rpm and 253 lb-ft of torque @ 2500-4750 rpm. It is mated to Mitsubishi’s 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST). TC-SST is a dual clutch automated manual transmission that allows the driver to execute lightning quick, silky smooth, upshifts and

downshifts using magnesium alloy steering wheel paddle shifters or a console mounted shifter. The TC-SST offers two drive modes, Normal or Sport. Full time All-Wheel Control (AWC) is also standard and features Mitsubishi’s Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch centre differential, vectoring drive torque to the front and rear according to different driving conditions to realize the best balance

between steering response and traction characteristics on tarmac, gravel, or snow surfaces. Lancer Ralliart models are also equipped with a front helical and rear mechanical limited slip differentials. The front suspension uses MacPherson struts, including a strut tower bar, while the rear suspension is a multi-link design that features separate coil springs and shocks. Stabilizer bars are used front and rear.

Lancer Evolution for 2012 The best true high performance value on the planet The 2012 Lancer Evolution represents the ultimate in road licensed Mitsubishi ultra high performance sports sedans and boasts an impressive heritage of international race and rally competition. World renown among performance enthusiasts, Lancer Evolution showcases several technologies, including a 291 hp, 2.0 litre DOHC, turbocharged-intercooled engine and Super All-Wheel Control (S‑AWC), a vehicle dynamic control network that provides an

extraordinary level of control at individual wheels, going well beyond the capabilities of other all wheel drive systems. Two Lancer Evolution models are offered for 2012, the GSR and the MR. Both the GSR and MR are meant for normal street use and as such have many comfort and convenience features as standard equipment. Lancer Evolution’s 4B11 engine is an intercooled-turbocharged 2.0 litre DOHC, 16-valve, MIVEC, inline 4-cylinder. It is built with a reinforced cast aluminum cylinder block. Aluminum is also used for the cylinder head and cover and the timing chain case. It produces 291 hp at 6,500 rpm and 300 lb-ft of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The

6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission (TC-SST) is an automated manual transmission capable of executing lightning quick gear changes with no drop off in engine power. The TC-SST features both a console-mounted shifter and magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters. The TC-SST offers three drive modes – Normal, Sport and S-Sport – and within each, the driver may choose automatic or manual shifting. Super All‑Wheel Control (S-AWC) is an advanced vehicle dynamics control network that reads and reflects driver intent in real time. This system regulates drive torque at each wheel by controlling a network of dynamic handling technologies. These technologies include: Active Center Differential (ACD); Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential; Active Stability Control (ASC); and Sports ABS brakes; all of which provide feedback to the S-AWC system.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe and Eclipse Spyder Luxury sports cars Designed specifically for the North American market, Eclipse Coupe and Eclipse Spyder are two door, four passenger, luxury sports cars. Both models are available in two distinct trim levels, the fully featured GS Coupe and GS Spyder and the seriously powerful and luxurious GT-P Coupe and GT-P Spyder versions. Eclipse GS Coupe is also available with an optional Sun & Sound Package. The Eclipse GS is powered by Mitsubishi’s 2.4 litre, 16 valve, SOHC four cylinder MIVEC engine producing 162 hp @ 6000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. The GT-P models come with a 3.8-litre, 24 valve, SOHC MIVEC V6, producing 265 hp @ 5750 rpm and 262 lb-ft of


torque @ 4500 rpm. Transmissions are a 5 speed manual or optional 4 speed Sportronic® automatic for the GS, and a 6 speed manual or optional 5 speed Sportronic® automatic for the GT-P. Fully independent suspension provides superior stability, excellent ride quality and precise, predictable handling. The front end uses MacPherson struts with a rigid cross-member to help control torsional flexing. The rear utilizes a multi-link configuration with trailing arms and coil springs. Anti-sway bars are employed at both front and rear. Disc brakes are standard. Large front ventilated discs measure 294mm in diameter. Rear

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brakes are 262mm solid discs on the GS, and 284mm ventilated discs on GT-P models. Also standard on all models is an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control Logic (TCL). The Eclipse Spyder Top – Once activated the automatic power top folds completely out of sight, underneath a flush fitting powered tonneau cover. The entire operation, from start to totally hidden, takes about 19 seconds. Viewed from the side there is no unsightly “baby buggy bump”, just a graceful profile. Spyder’s top is made of woven cloth and its advanced multilayer construction includes a full headliner which provides a cozy, snug, quiet feeling when raised. It is engineered to resist ballooning at speed and to provide a quiet environment. It also features a glass rear window with a defroster.

Mitsubishi RVR for 2012 New GT Premium Package, superb fuel economy, room for five The smartsized, five-passenger RVR Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) features world class aerodynamics, outstanding fuel efficiency and advanced technologies, like an energy regeneration system. For 2012, RVR is available in four trim levels and two drivetrain combinations, offering both two wheel drive and four wheel drive versions. Models include RVR ES 2WD, SE 2WD, SE AWC and GT AWC. All

RVR’s are powered by a four cylinder, 2.0 litre, DOHC, MIVEC equipped engine producing 148 hp @ 6000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque @ 4200 rpm which run on regular fuel.

Mitsubishi Endeavor Distinctive and Practical for five Mitsubishi Endeavor is a contemporary midsize, four door, five passenger, all wheel drive (AWD) SUV built on a modern unibody chassis. Distinctively styled, Endeavor features the driving and handling characteristics of a car while still being capable of light offroad duties. Well equipped and very functional with plenty of interior room, Endeavor for 2011 is available in one

fully equipped model, the Endeavor SE AWD, which is powered by a fuel efficient 3.8 litre, 225 hp V6 engine.

Mitsubishi Outlander for 2012 A trim level and drivetrain for every lifestyle Mitsubishi Outlander is an award winning four door, five or seven passenger, compact SUV built on a unibody chassis featuring RISE technology. The 2012 Outlander is offered in three trim levels – ES, LS and XLS – and four drivetrain combinations. Outlander ES is available in both FWD and AWC versions and is powered by Mitsubishi’s 2.4 litre, four cylinder, DOHC, MIVEC engine producing 168 hp @ 6000 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque @ 4100 rpm, coupled to Mitsubishi’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). LS models feature the 3.0 litre, SOHC, MIVEC V6 producing 230 hp @ 6250 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque

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Modern Tips for Greening your Ride |

By Alexandria Mitchell

‘Seven-in-ten Americans are driving less due to high gas prices’ states an Angus Read Public Opinion Poll from this summer. Greening your driving patterns may have once been ‘much ado about nothing’ but is now a common topic for drivers. Today, a greener ride equates to lower fuel consumption.  While the simple answer may be to buy the most fuel efficient vehicle on the market, you may not get maximum efficiency without employing a few key methods on the gas pedal.  To both reduce a vehicle’s carbon footprint, and cut down on gas expenditure, I sat down with fuel analyst and energy efficiency expert Keith Hebert.  Here are some of his top tips on how to ‘Green Your Ride’.  Take Stock:  Quantify how much fuel you consume in your commute.   If you’re unaware of how many litres of fuel you’re using, you can’t determine how to be more efficient.  Keith recommends spritmonitor (a website), to help you learn your fuel economy and your vehicle’s MPG. 

At the end of the day, being green is about making compromises and small changes. While it’s important to minimize your vehicle usage by opting for cycling and public transportation, the above tips are some simple ways to make driving a little lighter on the earth, and your pocketbook.

Opt for a Smooth Ride: By following the speed limit at a constant pace you can increase your fuel economy by about 10%. It’s greener, and safer. Also make sure to think ahead about what’s on the road so you can slow down for red lights and gear down/remove your foot from the accelerator on corners. Watch what you bring: The more cargo you’ve got in your vehicle, the more your fuel economy falls. According to Keith, for every extra 100 pounds being toted around, your fuel economy falls by 1%. Dump the bike racks and luggage carriers and you’ll be cruising. Turn off the air conditioner: ‘Nuff said. Stay Clean: Gets oil changes as often as the manufacturer recommends. Keith suggests changing the oil with a synthetic 0w40 every 5000-6000 kms. Pump up the tires: If you put a little more air in the tires than recommended, you will get a boost in your fuel economy. Make sure to never exceed the pressure that the tire manufacturer lists on the sidewall. Avoid the Drive-Thru: Those things are archaic, inefficient, and smart community developers should probably have them banned. Park your car, and step into the great outdoors. Idling is never green.

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Car Detailing: Should You Pay Professionals? |

By Andrew Dillan

Perhaps your car is just getting dirty from wear and tear. Perhaps you take your car in for an oil change, and your dealer asks if you want to get your car detailed. Is it worth your money to get professionally done? The secret to car detailing is in the name: it’s all about the details. When professionals detail your car, they know all the professional secrets that you might not. Professional car detailers have all of the equipment ready. They have the detergents and the vacuums. If you don’t mind getting together the materials that you will need to detail your car, then consider detailing it at home. You will have to pay more initially to get all the materials, but you certainly won’t use up each of your cleansers every time. After the initial outlay, it becomes much cheaper to detail your car at home. 

If you want to detail at home, find out what extras the professionals do to give your car the added boost. Often, they do large tasks such as taking out the seats in cars with removable seats to get all of the added grit. If you feel uncomfortable or unable to do such tasks, consider getting a professional to detail your car. You might even not feel up to the basic tasks of cleaning if you are physically limited. This is where professional help is the best solution. If you choose to detail your car at home, there are a few basics to consider. For a thorough detail, you will want to wash your car, polish or wax your car, clean the interior, and get those windows clean. Car enthusiasts will also clean the parts of the engine that you can see. Remember not to skip your tires or your trunk! 

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use slightly warmed water to clean your car. This brings out the best possible results. Another tip to keep in mind if you are detailing your car is to never spray cleaning agents directly on to any surface of your car. Spray it onto a soft cloth or chamois to apply. Don’t use anything hard or scratchy on or in your car. You don’t want to chip the paint, polish, or finish. Use carpet cleaners for upholstered seats. Take out floor mats and clean them separately.  At a dealership or professional detailer, always ask what is included in the price of the detailing. Sometimes car detailing includes fixing marks to the paint or finish of a car. Other times it is only interior detailing. If you want added extras, sometimes you can get them just by asking. Only for large jobs will you need to pay more money.  You might realize that you don’t need to have car that is spotless. If this is the case, then cleaning your car at home is an obvious choice. Every once in a while, however, it is nice to do a thorough detailing job. You can’t always drive away in a new car, but you can sometimes drive away in a car that feels like new.  In the end, choosing to get your car detailed is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer. If you have enough money, and you don’t have the time, then having a professional detailer is the obvious solution. If you don’t have the money, consider detailing at home.

Quick Tips on DIY Detailing |

By Denny Hollick

First things first – Make sure your car is in a cool place where there is no sun. Most products don’t work well on hot surfaces! Wash your car top to bottom using a soft brush, cloth, or sponge. Use a good automotive soap and hot water. Be sure not to miss any spots! Clean tires and rims with a degreaser. This takes a lot of work. Finish them with some tire shine (tire dressing) Dry the car by chamois, or take it for a quick spin for an air dry. Using the wax product of your choice, apply the product, and remove it shortly after it dries with a soft microfiber cloth. I’d recommend using only high quality wax products and processes – 3 stage waxes or a clay bar process. You can find these products in stores and how to use

them online. The trim and plastic exterior parts can be dressed with some shine products that you’ll find at your local store – this makes it look really sharp. Vacuum the interior well – and if you have a wet-dry vac, shampoo your removable mats. Wipe down your interior plastics, vinyl and trim with product such as armour all – avoid getting this on the windows, and be sure to test the product is safe on the surfaces of your car. Wash your windows and mirrors with Windex and a microfiber cloth. At this point… you should be a few hours in to your detail. But your car should be spotless! With patience and diligence your car should be looking brand new. Enjoy!

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can be particularly corrosive to both rims and tires, leaving pitting and stains in the metal and slowly eating the rubber. Therefore, keeping them clean should be something that every car owner should consider. There are many different products on the market that can bring the sparkle back to your wheels and extend the life of your tires. No matter what product you choose, here are a few simple rules to know before you start using them: 1) Read the instructions: Different products are meant for different surfaces. What might be good for your rim may not be good for the tire. Check the instructions and follow them. 2) Use an applicator: Spraying many of these products on to your wheels can often result in the product going where it shouldn’t. Getting cleaners on your brakes can be very dangerous so be careful when spraying. 3) Wear protection: As with most chemicals, many of these can be harmful to your eyes and skin. Wear eye and hand protection and make sure to wash your hands after. Here are a few products that might help you out along the way:

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A New Face for Surrey | Denny Hollick

When you look around Surrey, it’s easy to see that the times are changing Even if you’ve only lived here a short time. Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Business is attracted to Surrey because of its great economic position and tax incentives; job creation is on the rise and people are flocking to move to the area. It’s clear that Surrey is Canada’s next big city and has been designated as British Columbia’s next metro area.

can only find in a prime downtown location – Skytrain, Simon Fraser University, a brand new library, amazing recreation centre, parks, and shopping galore. To find this anywhere else, you’d have to pay a significant premium. The message that Mayor Dianne Watts and the City have made about the area is clear: Surrey Central is the next big thing.

The change is seen with such positive outlook, whether it is the new development of Flag Mitsubishi, the new RCMP E Division Headquarters currently being built, or the new highrise developments under construction in Surrey Central such as WestStone’s Urban Village development.

Real estate is still relatively cheap in these areas comparatively. But don’t expect that to last long. The BC Real Estate Investment Network has stated that Surrey is the #1 place to invest in BC. People are starting to realize the value in Surrey Central and aren’t shy to make long-lasting investments in the area. Even overseas investors are starting to snatch up a piece.

Surrey Central area is very quickly becoming “the place to live.” It’s surrounded by amenities that you

“We’re very proud to be contributing to the growth of a community with so much future,” said Robert Dominick

who is the VP of Sales and Marketing at WestStone properties. “All levels of government and private companies such as ours are investing billions of dollars into the Surrey Central community. It’s a real privilege to be a part of that growth.” New developments like Urban Village feature false creek style designs including beautiful views. With this style come amenities such as media rooms, yoga centres, and fitness facilities. One could easily get used to this kind of lifestyle coupled with its affordable living. If you haven’t already put any thought in to checking the area out, then swing by to take a look, WestStone has their new Presentation Centre opening shortly and you can sign up online to be one of the first to see it! You can visit them and learn more at www.

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The Big Open Under the Flag October 4, 2011

Flag Celebrates Its Grand Opening of Flag Mitsubishi! Where can you find almost all of Surrey’s movers and shakers under one roof? At Flag Mitsubishi of course!

The night was a celebration of the grand opening of the brand new Flag Mitsubishi dealership. Although the Flag name and Sherrold, the President of Flag, have been around for a long time – this celebration

commemorated a milestone in the community. The dealership was packed with people, and it was impossible to move around. With the air buzzed – it was hard not to enjoy the evening.

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Safety Tips for the Coming Seasons |

By Dean Belder

After several high profile ad campaigns we are now all very aware that the practices of texting, talking on the phone and drinking while behind the wheel are not only illegal but also dangerous, but what of some other common habits that could be avoided to make driving on our roads safer? Check your mirrors – Before you go anywhere – do a simple thing and make sure your mirrors are in the best place that they can minimize blind spots. There are many people who don’t pay any attention to the mirrors, but they are in actual fact one of your best friends on the road. Signal Lights – Knowing what motorists around you are doing or are going to do is useful. Using a signal light can help ease the frustration of other drivers waiting to turn, or can even go as far as preventing an accident. Probably the easiest habit to get into as it only involves moving your finger an inch. Be weary of those who might be too lazy to do this. Shoulder Check – This may be common sense, but I don’t know how many times I’ve almost been in an accident because someone pulling into traffic or making a turn, failed to shoulder check. When making a turn, it’s important to know that you won’t be hitting someone or putting someone in a position that may cause a serious accident. Following Too Closely – This one


should go without saying, the closer to the vehicle in front, the less time there is to react should the vehicle need to apply their brakes suddenly, and the subsequent accident will find the tailgater at fault. Tailgaters also have the distinction of being jerks. Rule of thumb: leave at least three seconds of distance between you and the driver in front. Wearing your Seatbelt – Studies have shown that those who don’t wear their seatbelt are much more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a car accident than those who are wise enough to do this. Oh and it’s illegal not to.

With winter approaching, snow will surely see traffic, and the city coming to a virtual standstill, but there are some things that can be done if you are caught out in a snowstorm. 2nd Gear – If you find yourself in snow and are having difficulty getting traction, giving it more gas won’t help, put your car into second gear and

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limit the number of gears available. This will make it easier to get by on slippery streets. Skidding and Sliding – If the conditions are slippery, you should be going much slower than usual. If you find yourself skidding on ice this winter try not to panic, go easy on the breaks, and steer in the direction you want your car to go without over-steering. If you find yourself approaching a stop and start to slide slowly depress the brake pedal till just before the wheels lock up. Most cars have anti-lock brakes, so your car should take care of much of this. Just depress the brake pedal firmly. Headlights – With winter also comes many days and nights where we will have reduced visibility, either from snow and fog. Don’t use your high beams in these conditions. This will only reduce visibility even more, use your low beams. The best way to stay safe when on the road this winter is just to use common sense. It’s harder to stop in inclement weather, and it’s easier to lose control, so slow down and give yourself more time to get to where you need to go.

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A Sudden Surprise: Dealing with an Accident


By Shelly Wutke

It can happen in a blink of an eye. One second you are driving through an intersection or cruising leisurely down the road, the next you crashing into the back of someone’s car or being pushed into the other lane by another vehicle. Given how suddenly a car accident can happen, it’s no surprise that you might not know how to react or what to do next.

Step One: Assess the situation

Step Four: File an accident report with police Police will often attend the scene of an accident and a police report will be filed on your behalf. If the accident is minor and you and the other driver decide to simply exchange information and depart the scene, go somewhere you can talk on the phone and contact the police to file a report.

According to Joe Perez, a local RCMP officer, the most common feeling right after a minor car accident is panic and shock, followed quickly by anger. “The biggest mistake drivers make is becoming enraged over minor fender benders. It’s a car. You’ll get another one and you have insurance for the risk of collisions and liability.” In the event of a minor crash, try to keep a cool head and first assess whether you or anyone else in your vehicle is injured. You’re first priority should be helping anyone that may be hurt, including yourself.

Step Five: File a claim with your insurance company

Step Two: Contact 911

Finding a reputable repair facility is a high priority after an accident, and ICBC Express Accredited Collision repair facilities like Flag Mitsubishi can take the stress out of repairing your vehicle. Auto Body Manager Darcy Howe sees a mix of vehicle types in the shop; “Taking your car to an ICBC collision repair facility removes a step in the process. You don’t have to take your car to ICBC first and get approval for the repairs. Often we can do everything you need right here.” And you don’t have to have a Mitsubishi vehicle to visit Flag’s repair centre. Howe continues, “We see a 70/30 split of imports vs. domestic cars. No matter what type of car you have, we can take care of the repair and get you back on the road. We have one of the most advanced repair centers in the Greater Vancouver Region.”

In a major car accident, even the most minor injuries can become serious issues if left unattended. Place a call to 911, informing them of your accident and location details. Ask for police and ambulance assistance. Although you may have no injuries, it’s not clear at this point if anyone else involved needs medical attention and it’s best to err on the safe side.

Step Three: Keep track of the details One of the number one things that people neglect to do when in a car accident is record the details. When the police arrive, it’s important to share as much information as possible. In insurance expert Rita Rana’s experience, people tend to forget the details of the accident almost as quickly as it has happened. “It’s important to record the exact time and location of the accident, whether there were any witnesses, and any damage you can actually see on the other vehicle.”


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Your insurance documents will have a phone number you can call in the event of an accident. Contact your insurance provider to file a claim, providing all of the details from the accident as well as the other driver’s information. Many claims can now even be filled out online.

Step Six: Find a reputable dealership to repair your vehicle

Even the most minor fender bender can disrupt your busy lifestyle, but knowing the steps to follow in the event of a car accident can help prepare yourself in the event of a minor or major collision. 

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When you rely on your car for work or family, you need to get back on the road fast. No one knows that better than the Flag Mitsubishi Auto Body Manager Darcy Howe; “We are an ICBC Accredited Body Shop,

so you can just bring your car in and get repairs done quickly. We are also equipped with the latest technologies, including the 3 Dimensional Measuring System, to provide precision repairs.�

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As endorphins release and the adrenaline starts to pump, there’s nothing more exhilarating than putting the pedal to the floor, and hitting the pavement. Micheal Lensen, the president of the Sports Car Club of B.C. shares how you too can burn some rubber in the Vacouver region in a legal and safe way.

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Rally in the Valley: Sport Racing in BC


By Amy Reid

Micheal Lensen said he can’t get enough of racing. The Surrey resident is a very active race car driver and has been for decades. He has won several Formula Vee, Formula Ford and more recently, Formula 2000 championships, which are competitions for different types and calibers of vehicles. Lensen is now the president of Sports Car Club of B.C. Founded in 1951, the club’s members range from doctors and lawyers to aircraft mechanics to business owners. In July of 1994, the club opened its current racing venue, the road course at Mission Raceway Park, River’s Edge Road Course. Lensen said there are five main events at the raceway every year, hosted by the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs. Many other events are put on by other organizations, such as the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs, an association of motorsport clubs from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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The season generally runs from the middle of April until midOctober, Lensen said. For racers interested in participating more frequently, there are several events in the United States, such as in Washington, Oregon and California. “There are indeed no races in Surrey, per say,” Lensen said. He said there is something that may be in the works for Surrey called a “Cascar” event. “It’s a large event that could take place in the streets of Surrey probably in 2013. There’s a few people that are working to put that together with the City of Surrey, and they have shown a lot of interest in putting on a big event like that.” Lensen said that while there are no race courses in Surrey, there are several race car drivers from the city in his club.

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“I probably know about at least 10 drivers involved in racing, similar to what I do, which you call road racing,” he said. “Aside from that you have motorcycle racers. There are quarter-mile drag racers as well. I wouldn’t venture to guess how many racers there are but there’s quite a few, actually.” He said the local racing scene sees production cars, mostly. Production vehicles can include a wide range of vehicles anything from a Honda civic, or a Mitsubishi Lancer. “That’s predominantly what you’ll see during a race weekend. We call them production cars because they’ve been highly-modified to become racing vehicles.” He said there are also the “formula” cars.

“These are basically anything from Formula Vees up to Formula Atlantic.” These are produced by companies to be race cars, as opposed to the highly-modified street vehicles. Lensen said that if people want to get involved in racing, they don’t actually need to own a car to get started. “You can always rent a race car,” he said. But in order to race at all, the first thing to do is to get a racing licence. “In order to get a racing licence you have to take a racing course.” Lensen’s club offers three-day race car driver training sessions twice a year. Participants have to have had their “N,” novice driving permit, for six months in order to register for the racing course. “It’s quite encompassing in terms of learning what racing is all about,” he said. “So anyone who has never raced before, but has an interest in it, can take our course. We go into great detail of all the

finite aspects of racing, because it’s not just the speed,” he explained. “Speed is only one small aspect of racing: it’s car preparation, it’s acceleration, it’s breaking, it’s about how you really take a corner properly in order to get through the corner with control and speed.” Once drivers have successfully completed the course, they receive a certificate which they can take to apply for a novice racing licence. And then there are a few technical components drivers must go through, including participating in three novice races where they are observed by experienced race car drivers. Then they can apply for an upgraded senior racing licence. “With that, you can go just about anywhere to race,” Lensen said. For membership and other information on the Sports Car Club of B.C., visit Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Best Western Coquitlam Convention Centre, located at 319 North Rd., at 7:30 p.m. Non-members are always welcome to attend.

Mitsubishi Locks Rally Championships in BC Merritt, British-Columbia, October 3, 2011 – The 5th round of the Canadian Rally Championship took place out of Merritt, British Columbia. After the running of the Pacific Forest Rally, new Canadian champions were confirmed: Antoine L’Estage from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC and codriver Nathalie Richard from Halifax, NS earned second place in their Mitsubishi Evolution and plenty of points to nurse their lead and secure another national title. L’Estage was just 5 seconds shy of leading the event after 5 stages: he then decided to settle for second place, after seven outright wins in a row, and rake enough points to put the grab on another championship. In the 2 Wheel Drive group, the brother team of Jan and Jody Zedril from Winnipeg drove their Lancer to an eighth place overall finish and class wins in Group 5 and the 2WD category. They took the lead early and never looked back, clinching their victory by more than two minutes over their closest competitors. The Zedril eased their pace after two other Mitsubishi teams dropped

out of the event, those of former champions Calgarians Szewczyk and Karzynski and newcomers Ostrowski and Galecki. For Mitsubishi, those victories guarantee up to five manufacturer titles for the 2011 season at this point.

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Buying a Used Car: Doing it Right | Next time you head into the market for a used vehicle, be sure you come armed with the correct questions and expertise you need to avoid ending up with a lemon.

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Top 10 mistakes buyers make when shopping for a used vehicle: • Shopping for monthly payments only.

ICBC says there are five main steps to go through when purchasing a used vehicle:

• Saying, “I’m paying cash, what’s your best price?”

First, ICBC recommends doing research to find a vehicle that matches your needs.

• Not getting full history of a vehicle.

Do you need a vehicle for commuting or family? Which models and makes interest you? It’s also a good idea to research vehicle safety features and fuel efficiency. Write down your needs and favourite vehicles so you can enter a dealership with an idea of what will be practical for you. Research leasing, purchase options and resale value to ensure you purchase something at a reasonable price. Research sticker prices and remember that the type of vehicle you buy can affect your insurance costs.

• Not testing vehicle performance properly. • Total trust in dealership and salesperson. • Getting sucked into aftermarket products. • Advertisements that guarantee top dollars for trade. • Not negotiating scratches, dents, manuals and extra keys. • Not shopping more than one dealership. • Letting emotions rule your brain. (Top 10 list from

ICBC also recommends taking each vehicle for a thorough test drive and to take notes to refer to later. Second, ICBC recommends inspecting the vehicle for problems to ensure you are getting a good vehicle. Third, purchase a vehicle history report. A vehicle history report could help you choose the right vehicle - and steer clear of a bad deal. The report will tell you a lot about the car you’re interested in, such as whether it has had a damage claim, has ever been stolen or has any liens on it. There are two types of reports available: ICBC Vehicle Claims History report for $20 plus HST, which will show whether a vehicle has had any damage claims with ICBC and indicates the vehicle’s status, and then there is the CarProof Verified BC report, which is a more detailed, used vehicle reporting service which includes ICBC claims plus information from insurers and vehicle databases across Canada and the United States. The CarProof report costs $64.95 plus HST. Fourth, ICBC says you need to transfer ownership properly when you purchase a vehicle. Buying a used vehicle involves more than simply exchanging money and keys. You also need the seller’s original Vehicle Registration (APV250) and a Transfer/Tax Form (APV9T), available from any Autoplan broker. You and the seller must fill out the Transfer/Tax Form. Finally, it’s time to take your paperwork to register, license and insure your “new” used vehicle. For more information visit

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Road Sounds: Songs of the Highway | Ever since the first stereo was installed in an automobile in the 1930s, music and driving immediately became inseparable. Today a road trip could never be considered complete without an appropriate soundtrack. This soundtrack can change the very nature of the drive, from a slow paced Sunday cruise, to a more aggressive drive meant to burn up the road. A musical selection will always remain a personal one. Some may prefer the easy repetitive beats and rhythms that a dance or trance mix may offer, others still may prefer to sing along with their favorite pop songs of the 80s or today. However for most it’s rock and roll that is synonymous with the open road. It was a little bit daunting when I was asked to select ten songs that I thought were perfect driving songs, so with careful consideration, and much frustration, these are the songs I’ve narrowed it down to: Golden Earring – Radar Love A song about driving, and a song that begs for the accelerator to be pressed closer to the floor. This should be on every respectable driving mix.

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Jessica – The Allman Brother’s Band Once you drive to this song it becomes completely apparent why Top Gear chose it for their theme. One can’t help but think of driving down tree-lined highways. The Distance – Cake It’s about a racecar driver not willing to give up. It’s about passion for something that’s loved and desired. Try not having fun driving to it. My Favorite Game – The Cardigans The instant Sony made it the opening song for Gran Turismo 2 it became one of the greatest driving songs of all time. Try to watch your speed. Five-0 Ford – Reverend Horton Heat An example of music having personal meanings, the first time I heard this song I was driving my own Five-0 Ford. For the fast paced, when it’s time to race. Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen A classic song about hot roddin’ and racing cars, it’s a fun and catchy tune and if you know the words sing along too it. If your not driving you’ll be thinking about it. Aces High – Iron Maiden Okay it’s a song about planes not about driving or cars, but so what? High energy, and relentless guitars, just try not to feel like a hero when taking those corners. Turbo Lover – Judas Priest Great song for two things and driving is one of them. So grab some driving gloves, set it on repeat and you’ll only stop driving when the gas runs out. Running Away – The Polyphonic Spree An offbeat choice, but when driving to it becomes much more obvious. With happy positive energy it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, even on the worst day. Bang A Gong (Get it On) – T. Rex A cruising song if there ever was one. The only thing one needs to do is follow the directions, bang a gong and get it on. Some of these songs may make many of your own top lists, other may disagree completely, but one thing we all can agree on is that music is essential to any road trip. So grab an 8-track, cassette tape, compact disc or mp3 player, get out there and let the road help you pick your own top 10 list of driving songs. Great Resources for finding your own top 10:

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The Drive:

The Joys of Road Tripping


By Matt Law

Bruce Brown’s 1966 surf epic explained it best: It’s the journey not the destination. For car enthusiasts it’s all about the journey. You can call it a fun run, a cruise or a road trip – but the essence of the drive is about freedom, the same freedom a child feels when they learn to ride a bike or when a 16-year-old is handed keys to a car. That feeling of excitement when sitting behind the wheel for the first time is a memory most will not forget. Suddenly the world opens its doors and the map gets just a little bit smaller. The drive is a way to keep that feeling alive. The smell of high-octane fuel hangs heavy in the still August morning air. It stings my nostrils and makes


my heart beat just a little faster. We stand around in the flat predawn light anxiously waiting for the clock to hit 5 a.m. We talk about cars, about driving, about different tire compounds or the temperature rating of spark plugs. We call it “bench racing,” the shop talk that goes on when not sitting behind the wheel. The cars sit, waiting in perfect formation, lined up side by side in an empty parking lot – the rallying point for our journey. Their paint is pristine, their windows spotless. At 5 a.m. our annual pilgrimage to nowhere begins. Just a series of gas stations and fast food restaurants as we cover 800 kilometres in one day. The goal: just to drive. The sun breaks over the Cascade Mountains spilling golden light across the windshield as we cross the Alex

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Fraser Bridge. Our procession of 15 cars snakes slowly south along Highway 91 making its way out of town and towards the open road. There is hardly any traffic at this time of morning, no rush hours or traffic jams. As we role on to Highway 1 I look in my mirror and see the string of cars behind me, all in perfect unison like some kind of automotive military march. We head for Hope where we fuel up and madly clean the horrific insecticides baking on to our windshields. Conversations shift to remarks about each other’s cars being related to Gremlins or Pacers, the type of trash talk that only true car enthusiast can appreciate. And then we’re off again, winding our way up the twisty curves of the Fraser Canyon, through tunnels, across bridges and over Jackass Mountain. The drive isn’t

about speeding or getting somewhere fast. It’s about feeling the road through the steering wheel; feeling the suspension work as you flow through the corners. You get to know your car when you drive like this – away from the bumper-to-bumper of the city. We pull into a parking lot at a small grocery store in Ashcroft as we wait for our friends driving the “Pacers” to arrive. One by one they role in, park their cars and join in more trash talk, bench racing and de-bugging of windshields. It’s not long before we’re on the road again, winding our way up the long climb out of Ashcroft on the way to Merritt. The engine whines along in third gear as we slog up the steep grade. At the top we’re greeted by vistas of golden hills and clumps of green alder dotting the landscape. We stop for an impromptu car show and photo-op – all of us snapping photos of the scenery behind the cars. And within moments we’re back to the drive, zipping past farm fields and picturesque lakes.

By the time we cruise into Merritt we desperately need fuel, for both our cars and bodies. A quick top up on the tanks is followed by a pit stop at the only fast food restaurant fit for a car enthusiast: A&W of course. After lunch, we make our way back to the coast and back to the day-to-day traffic of the city. We have driven open roads, seen wildlife, watched the sun rise and now we watch as it slowly slips

below the horizon as we cruise back into town. Our cars have made what were just points on a map into real places – now pictures and memories. We drove for the sake of driving and felt the freedom of not having a planned route. We took one day out of the year to feel like we were 16 again and the open road was ahead of us.

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British Columbia: A Driver’s Playground |

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perfect outing if one needs a drive and only has a couple hours to spare. Prior to Vancouver hosting the Olympics in 2010 the highway had earned itself the dubious distinction of being a highway of death. It was a two lane road with many winding sections perched high on the cliffs above Howe sound, the highway offered little protection in the way of guard rails and subsequently saw many motors plummet to their doom in the waters the sound below. Now after years of upgrades the highway has been twinned and repaved and has become a near perfect ribbon of asphalt winding from Horseshoe Bay, through Squamish and eventually ending in Pemberton. For those who place a premium on scenery in their drives a better road would be hard to find, and while improvements may have dulled some of the twists, and reduced the danger considerably, the drive still offers a little bit of a challenge for those who mainly travel the grid of the city.

As the waters of the rainy season begin to fall, and after the leaves have begun to change, it can mean only one thing for a driver living in the city, this is the final opportunity to free oneself from the shackles of urban roadwork, rush-hour congestion, and the lack of anything resembling a view. Vancouver is perfectly situated in prime driving country, with winding mountain highways, and pristine coastal roads near enough to be driven in a day. Whether it’s scenery, a challenge, or adventure that’s being sought, there exists a great road for every driver. It’s hard to talk about great driving roads in British Columbia without mentioning the Sea-to-Sky highway. After years of having it touted as such a great road it may seem a little banal, but it does in fact have much to offer. Its proximity to Vancouver makes it the


For drivers who seek more of a challenge, a trip east of the city may provide a fantastic outing. Heading out from Hope on highway three to Princeton the Crowsnest allows a driver to push their car and skills beyond what the Trans-Canada or the Yellowhead allow. Steep grades, soft shoulders, and hard curves make the road an exciting trip away from the confines of the city. The highway, there and back, will take all day, and a driver will encounter two sections of excellent two-lane mountain blacktop on either side of Manning Provincial Park. Late fall can add some perilous snowfalls along the route so being prepared for changing conditions is mandatory. Earlier in the season the road will be safe from inclement weather, but can still be busy with RVs and sightseers slowing things down and impairing some of the joy to be had, but may easily be overtaken through the four-lane Manning park segment of the drive. Once an open

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segment of road is found, however, a driver will experience near driving perfection on this curvy stretch of highway. If a great drive means the adventure of getting off the beaten path then a trip to the islands may be the ultimate get-away. Since most of the tourist traffic on the ferries tends towards Vancouver Island the smaller islands are often overlooked, and many have roads that go unused even during the peak summer months, so a fall drive should be guaranteed to yield desolate stretches of tarmac. However, it should be noted that this limited use also means the quality of these roads is often questionable, but if it’s adventure that is sought, dirt can only add to the exhilaration. Saturna Island is a great example of what can be found only a short boat ride away. Starting out in the Gulf Islands National Park reserve is the unpaved, and just barely two lane wide, Narvaez Bay road, which on it’s own is a fun drive through the islands forest. Its gentle curves provide a minimal challenge, but because of the dirt it remains fun. In contrast East Point Road on the opposite side of the island is a well-paved coastal road that passes under overgrown arbutus trees, and has the stunning backdrop of Tumbo Island and the Salish Sea beyond. The virtually empty roads on many of these islands are just waiting to be explored by those not content to just sail by, and may prove to be among the best drives British Columbia has to offer. These great drives are only a few examples of what can be found a short distance from the Lower Mainland. They offer something for every type of driver, and every skill level. For many finding that perfect driving road is an obsession, and with tools like Google Maps great drives are becoming easier than ever to find. All that is required is a sense of adventure, and a tank of fuel. 

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Getting to the Ski Hill this Winter: Do it Safely, and in Style


By Shelly Wutke

With meteorologists calling for below average temperatures and heavier snowfalls this winter, it’s no wonder that die hard skiers and snowboarders are already planning their first trip up to their local ski hill. While the ice and powder snow are a bonus for those of us strapping on skis, they make for unpleasant driving conditions on the way up the mountain. Your best bet for a comfortable cruise up to the ski hill can be found in the


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Mitsubishi line of SUVs. And with superior handling and classic comforts, the fully loaded Mitsubishi Endeavor is a great choice to get you to the ski lift in style. No one knows better than a ski buff just how treacherous a high mountain road can get. Ice and blowing snow can cause your vehicle to drift easily. For Tania Walton, a seasons pass holder at a local mountain, all wheel control is a must have when traveling in a winter climate. “I drive up to the hill a lot. All wheel control keeps me steady when navigating over black ice or turning snowy corners.” The Endeavor is a car that will definitely get you to the powder quickly. The Endeavor is equipped with a 3.8 litre V6 engine and a 4 speed automatic transmission. It’s peppy enough to speed up the hills and have an extra boost leftover when the road gets steep. How quickly you can make it to the hill won’t matter if the vehicle you are driving won’t fit all of your equipment. The middle rear seat of the Endeavor will fold down so pair of twin tip skis or a snowboard is easily stowed. “The best part of the Endeavor,” continues Walton, “Is the room to spare in the back cargo hold. I can stuff all of my gear bags and bulky winter jackets in there and still have lots of space for a cooler.” Not only is the Endeavor roomy, it’s also a fully equipped for tech enthusiasts. A touch screen onboard navigation system is positioned high on the dash of the SUV, and comes packed with features including a GPS, audio controls, and a temperature guide to let you know how cold it will be when you step out the door. Because of the navigation system placement, you’ll never have to look far off the road to find out where you are going. Just like in life, it’s the little things that set one SUV apart from others. The Endeavor is packed with extras. Plugins for your smart phone are standard. There is ample between the seat storage for snacks and coffee cups, power windows and locks, as well as heated seats that you will be looking forward to after a cold day at the ski hill. Winter is coming, and you can prepare for a full season of skiing by checking out the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor. If you’ve ever spent hours inching your way up to the mountain, you’ll be glad you own one. 

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Road Trips Made Easy with Apps |

By Shelly Wutke

Road Tripper: Platform: iPhone, iPad Cost: Free! Free Wi-Fi Finder: Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android Cost: Free! Goby: Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android Cost: Free!

Some other great apps… BorderWait: Platform: iPhone, iPad Price: $.99 Check the border wait times before you leave! Kayak: Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry Price: Free! Book a hotel while on the road, rent a car, or catch a flight. All at a great price. Remember the road trips you’d take as a child? Your family would pack up your car and you’d hit the open road, driving for as long as the vacation time or gas money would allow. Now that you are grown yourself, it’s tempting to hop behind the wheel of your Mitsubishi and just follow the open road.

Yet even for a short trip, it’s better to prepare for the new sights and attractions you’ll see, and this is where your handy tablet computer or smart phone comes in handy. When you have some of these traveling apps, you can be prepared for even the most impulsive road trip in no time. The Mitsubishi navigation system comes with an excellent GPS system that can get you anywhere you need to go, but on a road trip you often need a map for walking as well. Road Tripper is an app for all situations where you need navigation. It provides you with walking directions within cities, and can map out multiple trips as well as estimated times of arrival. You’ll never wander the streets lost in a strange city with Road Tripper. When you are traveling in another Province or Country, you know that it can be frustrating to be off your 3G network and not have Internet access wherever you go. The Free Wi-Fi Finder is great for road trips, and helps you find the closest free Wi-Fi hotspot to your location. The best part is the offline Wi-Fi Finder, so if you plan in advance, you won’t have to pay data roaming charges to find free Wi-Fi.

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When you are in a new city, you are going to want to hit the best tourist attractions. Goby is an app that is your virtual guidebook. It provides you with current local events as well as tourist hotspots. If you need a great place restaurant, look no further than the “Where to eat” section. Saving money on gas is a must on a road trip, and the GasBuddy app gives you access to a list of nearby gas stations and what they charge. With one click, you’ll know where the lowest gas is in any city, and have directions straight to the station. Stocking your smart phone with these great road trip apps can put you behind the wheel of your Mitsubishi and out on the open road for fun and adventure in no time. 

Your Guide To The Okanagan:

Fine Wine &Vineyards Finding yourself winding down Okanagan country roads, isn’t a bad place to get lost. The experience in itself is quite liberating actually. When you’re out in wine country – there isn’t much to worry about as long as there is gas in the car, and sun in the sky. If you’re looking for a road trip this coming year – this is the place to do it. Visiting the vineyards is a must do. For six months, growers put all of their efforts in to one thing: growing grapes. As simple as it sounds, it’s

really an art in itself to make the perfect grape, for the perfect wine. When you see first-hand the amount of care, passion, and artistic nature in this process, it puts a whole new face on appreciating your next glass of

fine red or white. We’ve prepared a list of vineyards for you to check out, with most their wines available in stores locally you can try them before you head up!

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Sumac Ridge Estate Winery | bc vqa

Founded in 1979 on the outskirts of the quaint town of Summerland by Harry McWatters, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is the oldest operating estate winery in British Columbia. A true innovator, McWatters was instrumental in founding the region’s Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) program along with the planting of the south Okanagan Valley.

were one of the first groups to make the fortuitous decision to plant their now highly acclaimed 115-acre Black Sage Vineyard primarily to red grape varieties. The winery already had significant plantings of white varieties Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The red grape plantings allowed Sumac Ridge to lead the market with premium red wine production and created the popular demand for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.

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James who has been at Sumac Ridge for 5 years. The winery also creates Méthode Classique sparkling wines and Icewine. Open yearround, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery offers tours, a retail shop, a wine tasting bar, and a private Founder’s Tasting Room. The winery is also home to the highly praised Cellar Door Bistro which serves exceptional regional cuisine. Sumac Ridge Estate Winery was proud to be an Official Wine Supplier of The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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Nk’Mip Cellars (pronounced “inka-meep”) is North America’s first aboriginal owned and operated winery. Overlooking the shores of Osoyoos Lake in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, the winery sits on natural desert land surrounded by the stunning contrast of sagebrush and vineyards. The Osoyoos Indian Band shares its

rich history and traditions with those who visit the winery. The architecture – designed and constructed to display native art and artefacts – enhances the tour experience. Nk’Mip Cellars is open year-round with seasonal patio foodservice and special events that celebrate native traditions. The winery is part of the Nk’Mip Resort, a one-of-a-kind cultural and experiential four-season aboriginal tourism destination featuring premium accommodation. A cultural

centre and full-service spa are offered in addition to winery touring and tasting, gourmet dining and desert golf. Using grapes grown onsite and from the Band’s own 30-year-old Inkameep Vineyard, winemaker Randy Picton produces wines in two tiers: Nk’Mip Cellars and the reserve Qwam Qwmt series. The wine portfolio includes a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Shiraz, Meritage, and a Riesling Icewine.

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Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate | bc vqa

Founded in 1993 by Allan Jackson and OKANAGAN ESTATE Donald Triggs, Jackson Triggs Estate Wines is recognized repeatedly as Canada’s Best Winery. This title is honoured to Jackson Triggs for its consistent reputation for producing premium VQA wines. Crafting wines of exceptional quality and value have resulted in international awards and “Best Canadian Winery” accolades

an unprecedented 21 times from International competitions such as Vinitaly, International Wine & Spirits Competition (London), and San Francisco International Wine & Spirits and Canada. Located in Oliver, British Columbia, the winery’s management has made ongoing investments in viticulture and state-of-the-art production facilities, which support the efforts of the winery’s two enthusiastic winemakers, Brooke Blair and

Derek Kontkanen. The pair has mastered both the art and science of capturing the true essence of the Okanagan’s terroir in their wines, and continue the Jackson Triggs legacy of excellence in crafting wines of exceptional quality and value. Jackson Triggs’ signature wines include Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay. Our new tiers launched in 2010/11 will include: Black Series, Black Reserve, Silver Series and Gold Series.

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Overlooking the town of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, See Ya Later Ranch salutes the site’s quirky history and the man who first planted grapes in the scenic setting – Major Hugh Fraser. The Major made the ranch his home for more than 45 years and became a favourite among the locals due to his kind nature, eccentric parties and

his love of dogs. Open year-round, the winery’s tasting room is located in the Major’s original stone house with expansive views of vineyards, valleys and lakes. The winery’s trellised patio provides an idyllic place to delight in seasonal food and wine service. The winery is dogfriendly and has installed a Barking Lot under the shade of the trees for furry visitors. In fact, the wine labels

feature a little dog with angel wings celebrating “man’s best friend.” The wines, crafted by winemaker Dave Carson and assistant winemaker Mason Spink, are anything but quirky. The highly acclaimed portfolio includes a Brut, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Ehrenfelser Icewine, and three blended wines: Pinot 3, Ping, and Jimmy My Pal.

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FastForward Magazine  

Flag Mitsubishi celebrates their grand opening with the release of FastForward Magazine -with car and automotive features.

FastForward Magazine  

Flag Mitsubishi celebrates their grand opening with the release of FastForward Magazine -with car and automotive features.