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Saskatoon Businesses Care for our Community

posted by My Saskatoon    |   February 1, 2015 10:05

One of the things we at My Saskatoon admire most about locally owned and operated businesses is their willingness to invest in our community. The more we engage with local business owners, the more we learn about the passion each one has for a particular non-profit, charity, or social cause in Saskatoon. With this in mind, we designed our One-to-One advertising campaign to enable local businesses to support local charities and non-profits with their advertising dollars. For every advertisement purchased by a local businesses on My Saskatoon, an advertisement of equal value is provided to a local charity or non-profit on Give Back Saskatoon, completely free of charge. Through this initiative, our goal is to increase the online visibility of local charities and non-profit organizations who are committed to improving the livelihood of our city. 

Today we are featuring two great local businesses who are part of our My Saskatoon community, both of whom have chosen to support local organizations focused on children. With huge hearts for the wellbeing and happiness of the children in our city, both Haven Builders and Maaco Saskatoon have been committed to local children's organizations for many years. Read on for more about their wonderful chosen organizations!

Haven Builders & Hands On Street Ministries 

Nathan and Kim Stobbe started Haven Builders because they had the desire to give back to the community and wanted to invest their time and money in something they could take out of in order to give back. Hands On Street Ministries provides a safe place for Saskatoon's kids and youth who are struggling with the necessities of life, and has been a part of Haven Builders' give back strategy for years. With an approach centred on love and nurturing, Hands On Street Ministries gives kids a peaceful environment in which to hang out and be themselves. Several years ago, Haven Builders was drawn to encourage the empowerment that Hands On Street Ministries provides to inner city kids, and continues to support Hands On in a variety of ways. For a deeper look at Hands on Street Ministries, read our interview with the organization's founder, Rick Langlais. 

Maaco Saskatoon & Day of Play

Maaco Saskatoon has always been a supporter of local non-profits, with a focus on children’s charities in particular. Starting in 2011 as a simple tea party in memory of Rayna Korte, Day of Play has grown to become an annual fundraiser filled with fun for the whole family in South Kiwanis Park. Through relationships with the initial organizers of Day of Play, Maaco became involved with the event in its first year and has been a big supporter of it ever since. Day of Play is now operated each year in support of Crisis Nursery, a local organization dedicated to providing a home away from home for children whose families encounter a crisis. For more on the inspiration behind Day of Play, read our interview with one of it's founders, Leanne Thompson-Hill. 

 

Jason at Maaco Saskatoon recently shared with us his belief that "it's our community that supports us and enables us to do what we do, and we want to give back by supporting others. The more you put into the community, the more you’re going to get back. The motive isn’t to get something back, but to share what you’ve got to give because it makes things better for everyone. Saskatoon wouldn’t be as nice a place to live if people didn’t contribute."

We whole heartedly agree! 

Read our interviews with Jason at Maaco Saskatoon and Sheri at Haven Builders to learn more about these big-hearted local businesses!

5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 5, 2014 09:36

1. The fruits and veggies are running low at the Saskatoon Food Bank, so the folks there would greatly appreciate donations of canned fruit and vegetables. 

2. This recipe from Sweetsugarbean makes the perfect breakfast for this cooler weather. 

3. If you get a rock chip in your windshield, before you get to Maaco put a piece of scotch tape over it to prevent moisture from getting in.

4. Paramount Day Spa is making Christmas shopping (local) easy with lovely spa gift packs starting at $39.95. 

5. Have you always wanted to make homemade stocking stuffers for your loved ones? Here is an easy yarn ball bookmark stocking stuffer DIY that you can get out of the way. 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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Tips for Good Driving

posted by Trusted    |   September 23, 2014 13:26

Locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, the professionals at Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting share a few tips on good practises for today's drivers.

Driving is a daily task for most of us, and staying safe on the road is important. Your car is also likely one of your largest investments, so taking care of it should just be common sense.

However, when you spend so much time in your car, it can be easy to overlook even the most basic safety and maintenance issues. These are great habits to get into so that your car will serve you well for years to come. Overlooking these simple tasks are some of the most common mistakes drivers make.

Check Your Oil Frequently 

Everybody who drives knows that cars need an oil change from time to time. However, many drivers really neglect this fact. They know what needs to be done, but they don't do it. Why?

While you might read that motor oil needs to be changed every 5,000 miles or so, the truth is that the only way to know how often you should be changing your oil is to follow the intervals recommended in the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle - and use the dipstick to see if the oil's color has darkened. Every car is different, and that's why owner's manuals exist.

Not changing your car’s oil frequently enough can cause harm. If you have a leak, just topping it up will work for a while, but you should really get it fixed if you want your car to work for any length of time. Engine repairs are among the most costly, so changing your oil on time just makes sense for your pocketbook. You can even keep an eye out for coupons to save money on car maintenance.

Replace Your Air Filter 

Most people simply don’t think about the air filter in their car unless they’re very interested in how a car works. In fact, some people don’t even realize that their car needs a filter. It does, and if your air filter is dirty and needs replacing, your car won’t perform at its best.

Over time, running your car with a dirty air filter can cause the engine to overheat, damaging other parts of your car and keeping it from running efficiently. The worst part is that replacing your air filter is an inexpensive repair, usually below $40, so having a dirty one damage your car for expensive repairs doesn't make sense at all.

Monitor Your Brake Pads 

Brake pads don’t really break, but they can easily become worn down over a period of time, making it more and more difficult to stop your vehicle. Eventually, that quick stop that keeps you from going past that red light or bumping into a car ahead of you just won’t be possible.

While there really is no ideal amount of time you need to wait between changing brake pads, many mechanics and car manufacturers recommend somewhere in the 20,000- to 25,000-mile range. The best time to have your brake pads checked is when you’re having your tires rotated or replaced, since they will be exposed and easily accessible. If the pads need replacing, do it on the spot if you can afford it, to avoid any unnecessary risk.

There are also a few warning signs of worn-down brakes to look for between checkups. You should head to a mechanic if you start hearing squealing when braking, or if it starts taking longer than usual to brake.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road 

Beyond maintenance, good habits while on the road are even more important. For a lot of people, the biggest driving distraction is using a smartphone to send text messages or make voice calls. There's also applying make-up, changing the radio or iPod playlist, and eating and drinking. Regardless of what your distraction is, stop it.

You might think you’re saving time, but doing too much while your eyes should be focused on the road can lead to catastrophe.

If you absolutely have to multitask on the road and make calls, you should consider investing in a vehicle with hands-free technology that allows you to dial, talk and answer calls with voice commands. Texting is something that you shouldn’t be doing in your vehicle. 

Maaco Saskatoon are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts in collision repair and auto paint. We suggest you read what their happy customers have to say in their listing on Trusted Saskatoon. What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Maaco Saskatoon? More than you thought! First, expect big cost savings and seamless quality repairs. A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster) and assistance dealing with insurance. You'll find Maaco quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.

Visit Maaco's Spotlight Profile for contact details and to stay connected on social media. Maaco is always posting great tips and inspiration for car lovers. 

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Trusted Tips

How To Handle Icy Saskatoon Road Conditions

posted by Trusted    |   February 12, 2014 15:04

Maaco Saskatoon is your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert in collision repair and auto paint! What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Maaco Saskatoon? More than you thought! First, expect big cost savings! You can also expect seamless quality repairs. A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!), and assistance dealing with insurance. You'll find Maaco quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.

Here, Maaco Saskatoon shares a few tips on how to handle icy Saskatoon road conditions.

Get Winter Tires

This time of year, road conditions- in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan- can be very icy, and sometimes it can even be tough to walk on the road without slipping and falling. Imagine what it's like being on that road with a car! A car is both fragile and rugged. One wrong move on an icy road without the proper winter tires might leave you in a fender-bender (or the ditch). A car must be winterized to survive in the harsh winter weather conditions we so often deal with in Saskatoon and surrounding areas.

Leave Early

Driving on interchanges requires extra-special attention and focus, because these roads often get salted and sanded less frequently than other roads. While driving on other main roads, such as the downtown core, that are often frequented by pedestrians, take extra care and go slowly, as these are often the iciest of areas. Sometimes leaving a few minutes early for work in the morning will get you ahead of the morning traffic rush. Leave early also, of course, is necessary if you're driving slower to avoid a collision.

Don't Brake

When on an icy road, if you feel yourself start to skid, don’t brake and don’t panic. If it is slippery, make sure you pump your brakes, also called “threshold” braking, until you come to a complete stop. Trying to see where invisible black ice is can be hard to do, so please make an effort to drive slowly and carefully at all times. Remember that if you are in a collision to remain calm. 

If you are in a collision, Maaco Collision Repair will look after all of you and your car’s needs, during repair and beyond, with our Customer For Life program. Give us a call at (306) 653-5655 or visit us online, so that we can help you get back on the road. Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make you feel like it never happened.

Maaco is also a part of our My Saskatoon community. Check out Maaco's Spotlight Profile

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