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Old 14th January 2013, 11:06 AM
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Hi guys, I'm moving the Canada in May and am looking at buying a car. I'll be travelling a bit and have no idea what to do with the car in the winter months. What are some tips that will help me defrost the car? When do you need snow tyres? Is this a requirement? I live on a tropical island at the moment so any assistance is appreciated. Thanks!

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What do you think Canadians do with their cars in the winter? They drive them. I don't know what you mean by defrosting a car. The cars are equipped for winter. Winter tires are required in some parts of the country and are not needed in others.

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Hi guys, I'm moving the Canada in May and am looking at buying a car. I'll be travelling a bit and have no idea what to do with the car in the winter months. What are some tips that will help me defrost the car? When do you need snow tyres? Is this a requirement? I live on a tropical island at the moment so any assistance is appreciated. Thanks!
Most cars in Canada are equipped with an "engine block heater". You plug your car into an electrical outlet to keep the engine warm when temperatures go below -15c to -20c. Cars run fine in Canada... summer and winter. Generally if it's winter and cold outside you start the car and let it run for a minute or two first before you drive off. The colder it is, the longer you let the car warm up... plus the fact that no one likes getting into a cold car when it's -30c outside, and sitting down on a frozen car seat. Many cars now come with remote start, where you can push a button on a remote (usually attached to your keychain) and start your car remotely without having to run outside to start it. If the car isn't already equipped with a remote start, you can usually have an after-market one installed for a nominal charge. Winter tires are optional in most parts of Canada, except for the province of Quebec, and certain parts of British Columbia.

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I presume by optional you mean not a legal requirement as opposed to being not required at all in winter or a common sense thing to get?

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I presume by optional you mean not a legal requirement as opposed to being not required at all in winter or a common sense thing to get?
Winter tires are not required by law (except in the province of Quebec)... which means you don't have to put winter tires on your car. As you said, its a common sense thing to do, but not required.

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Thank you RGS your comments are very helpful. I'm a bit naive when it comes to any temp lower than 10 degrees as I've never experienced that. Perks of living in the tropics. Thanks again!

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in Quebec you must have your winter tires by December 15
You cannot use 4 seasons tires either after that date.

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Save your money. You don't need snow tires, just drive carefully. Depending on where you're living you might need an extension cord to plug your car in (block heater) when it gets really cold. If you're living in southern Ontario or BC, no need. Truth is, there is very little you need to worry about. Most cars are made for cold driving.

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Save your money. You don't need snow tires, just drive carefully.
You may save some money, but you are certainly likely to either kill yourself or someone else in the process. There is a reason that it is required by law in Quebec to fit winter tyres and it makes a HUGE difference to the amount of grip it provides. All season tyres will be slipping all over the place and your stopping distances will be much greater. Since you are coming from the tropics and will have very little driving experience in these conditions, FIT WINTER TYRES.

As RGS and Wexford_Ireland said, it's the common sense thing to do, but common sense isn't always as common as it should be...

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I don't know one person who has a block heater, they all say that you needed them years ago, but that cars don't now. I have a three year old Hyundai and don't have a block heater and have no problems. You need snow tyres, or now that I'm in Canada I should say tires! I live on a hill and in the first snow you could see all of the people who had not fitted snow tires all stuck and blocking the traffic.

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