Now is the Time for Winter Tires
It’s all about stopping distance, overall traction and safety. Sure, there might be plenty of things you can do to prepare for winter in Manitoba, but according to Brad Coates, sales manager at Winnipeg Honda, “If you don’t do anything else, get winter tires.”
“Here in Manitoba, there is no reason why anybody should be without winter tires,” Coates said bluntly. “After all, MPI has a program to finance your tires, right from the most economical up to Blizzaks and Michelins.
“If you have winter tires combined with the traction control systems in today’s Honda vehicles, it’s almost like you’re driving a 4X4. If you need financial assistance to purchase winter tires, just learn about the MPI program. Before you do anything else to prepare for winter, get winter tires.”
It’s called the Get-a-Grip Program and it demonstrates that Manitoba Public Insurance wants everyone to put winter tires on their cars. In fact, the new Get a Grip program, offers a low-interest loan for anyone buying winter tires.
The financing program is offered for winter tires up to $2,000 and last for 48 months. In other words, if you finance $1,000 in new snow tires over a 12-month period, you will pay an extra $85.25 a month on your insurance. Two years will cost you an additional $43.69, three years, $29.85, and after 48 months, $22.93 extra per month.
“This loan is low cost, prime plus two percent,” said Brian Smiley, spokesman for MPI. “It will allow people to purchase snow tires at a reasonable cost and up to 48 months.”
“We know that they reduce sliding on ice and snow, we know they can help drivers avoid collisions altogether, but the onus is really up to the driver.”
To apply for MPI’s Get a Grip program, just go to Winnipeg Honda, fill out an application and Dilawri will send your application to Autopac. The driver is expected to pay for the first month. Every additional monthly payment will be added to your insurance fees.
The Dilawri Automotive Group
Founded in 1984 by Ashok Dilawri, the Dilawri Automotive Group has more than 400 employees and includes seven Winnipeg-based car dealerships. It also provides customers with the Waverly Auto Mall (WAM) Collision Center, a 24-bay glass, paint and auto body center; D-MAX, a 14-bay detailing center; and GAS Performance, a specialty aftermarket and performance accessory showroom with the largest inventory of custom wheels and tires in Winnipeg. The Dilawri Automotive Group has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.