Toronto Star

So you’ve bought your car, now what?

Many after­mar­ket dis­plays have some­thing for ev­ery­one

- EMILY ATKINS SPE­CIAL TO THE STAR

Along­side all the bright, shiny au­to­mo­tive eye candy at the 2018 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Au­toShow (CIAS), are nu­mer­ous ex­hibits dis­cern­ing vis­i­tors will not want to miss.

Here’s where you can learn about after­mar­ket au­to­mo­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices you might not oth­er­wise en­counter. The ven­dors are ea­ger to share their niche knowl­edge and tips and they al­most al­ways have show deals on of­fer.

For the first time this year, Dis­cov­ery Dream Homes is build­ing a tim­ber-frame garage to show­case a lux­ury EV, com­plete with a high-speed charger. Like ev­ery­thing Dis­cov­ery Dream Homes builds, the hy­brid garage/car­port has been cus­tom de­signed for CIAS. Check it out on the 800 level of the South Build­ing of the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

“We were look­ing for a new op­por­tu­nity,” CEO Ray King, says. “This is a great car show, and we fig­ured ev­ery­body who has a car needs a garage, so it was a per­fect fit.”

If you are one of those peo­ple who at­tracts traf­fic tick­ets the way flow­ers bring in the bees, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Le­gal Auto Pro­tect (LAP) booth (No. 108 on 100 level in the North Build­ing). It’s a sub­scrip­tion-based ser­vice that fights tick­ets.

For an an­nual fee you be­come a mem­ber, which en­ti­tles you to a con­sul­ta­tion with one of the com­pany’s par­ale­gals within 48 hours of up­load­ing your ticket to their app. They out­line your le­gal op­tions, and mem­bers are en­ti­tled to re­duced fees for rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Founder and owner Ryan De Souza is ex­cited about be­ing at this year’s CIAS. “It’s Canada’s largest con­sumer show that draws about 350,000 peo­ple in 10 days,” he says. “I could not think of a bet­ter place to ad­ver­tise my brand.”

De Souza is of­fer­ing new mem­bers who sign up at the show a num­ber of pro­mo­tions, in­clud­ing a chance to win an all-in­clu­sive trip for two to Mex­ico.

“I’m ex­pect­ing to have a very pos­i­tive 10 days,” he says.

If you strug­gle to change your own tires there’s an­other kind of help on dis­play at the show. Gal­axy Dis­tri­bu­tion is in­tro­duc­ing the Jack & Jill of All Tires, a trol­ley de­vice that lets you po­si­tion a wheel for mount­ing and re­moval with­out strug­gling or hurt- ing your back with awk­ward lift­ing.

For the av­er­age per­son who doesn’t change tires reg­u­larly, the hardest part can be hoist­ing the new wheel into po­si­tion on the bolts. This trol­ley lifts the wheel to the re­quired height, al­low­ing you to turn it to align the bolt pat­tern.

The tool is small enough to be car­ried in your trunk along with the reg­u­lar jack, and can help the av­er­age motorist change their own tires in­stead of wait­ing for road­side as­sis­tance to show up.

Gal­axy Dis­tri­bu­tion’s pro­ject man­ager De­van Tom­masini sees the Au­toShow as the ideal lo­ca­tion for the prod­uct launch. “Our in­ten­tion is to re­ally help peo­ple feel more com­fort­able with chang­ing their own tires and to feel safe on the road. We feel that there’s no bet­ter way to pub­licly launch our prod­uct than at this year’s CIAS,” she said.

Visit Gal­axy Dis­tri­bu­tion’s booth (No. 336 on the 700 level of the South Build­ing) to learn more about its so­cial me­dia con­test and other pro­mo­tions.

Per­for­mance tire and wheels spe­cial­ist Braidan Mo­tor­sport, ex­hibit­ing on level 100 in the North Build­ing, has tires and wheels for your car, and track-day ac­ces­sories, such as hel­mets, gloves, shoes and cus­tom rac­ing suit fit­tings. Braidan op­er­ates a re­tail out­let in Markham and has a track-side out­let at Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sport Park.

If you are one of those peo­ple who at­tracts traf­fic tick­ets the way flow­ers bring in the bees, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Le­gal Auto Pro­tect booth. It’s a sub­scrip­tion-based ser­vice that fights tick­ets

Owner Brad Shim­bashi prom­ises some great show deals, and says he’s been ex­hibit­ing at CIAS for six or seven years be­cause, “a lot of our base vis­its the Au­toShow. More than 300,000 peo­ple come by, and we want to get our name out there.”

Other ex­hibitors in­clude Ul­ti­mate Ex­otics, which of­fers ex­otic car ex­pe­ri­ences from its home base in Stoney Creek, Ont. From tours to rentals to track days, you can rent and drive a Lam­borgh­ini, Porsche, McLaren, Fer­rari, or Audi su­per­car.

A visit to the Sil­ver­wax car care prod­ucts booth will open your eyes to a world of car-care pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The com­pany prom­ises to take an ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach to car care, show­ing auto en­thu­si­asts how to main­tain their car to a pro­fes­sional level with­out need­ing pro­fes­sional help.

Sportscar Bou­tique is a Euro­pean per­for­mance-car spe­cial­ist of­fer­ing tun­ing ser­vices as well as a va­ri­ety of after­mar­ket parts and ac­ces­sories for street and race cars alike.

 ?? GAL­AXY DIS­TRI­BU­TION ?? The Jack & Jill of All Tires is a new prod­uct to help change tires. It’s be­ing launched at CIAS this year.
GAL­AXY DIS­TRI­BU­TION The Jack & Jill of All Tires is a new prod­uct to help change tires. It’s be­ing launched at CIAS this year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada