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Family values and a depth of knowledge set Bird Automotive apart from all others

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The moment you walk through the doors of our shop on Yellowhead Trail, you’ll feel a difference.  Maybe you’ll relax a bit, knowing that your vehicle and you and are in good hands. You’ll probably meet Max, a 2 year old Doodle who hangs out at the shop with us most days and keeps us all smiling.

First and foremost, Bird Automotive is a family business.  Our staff have been with us for years and there likely isn’t an automotive project we haven’t seen.  We’ve been operating since 1994 and we service all types of vehicles.  We tend to specialize in European brands, but our customers are very diverse.  Some come in looking for some love for their 1995 Ford Escape, hoping to get a few more years of life out of it.  Others bring in their prized BMW’s, Audi’s, and Porsche’s, knowing we understand their cars very well and will give them the very best service available.  We recently re-built a V12 for a customer’s rare 1990 BMW 850 – a project most shops like ours would be hesitant to take on.  We nailed it, and the customer was thrilled.

We are a friendly, resourceful group.  We like challenges, but above all, we like happy customers who appreciate quality work at a fair price.

The most important thing you can do for your vehicle?  Maintain it.  Preventive maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance actions.  Performed properly, we can help your vehicle to deliver peak performance and reduce the risk of costly breakdowns and failures.

Automotive Tune Up

Traditional tune-ups of years gone by involved changing the spark plugs, cap and rotor while tweaking the carburetor.

Automotive technology has come a long way, and so have tune-ups. Modern tune-ups start with a complete system scan identifying any recorded errors or issues and continue on to fuel injector cleaning, electronic system and sensor analysis, ignition system testing and comprehensive performance checks.

Scheduled tune-ups help ensure your vehicle will perform at peak performance level, year after year, while reducing the possibility of road side break downs and costly repairs.

Other benefits of properly maintaining your vehicle include longer service life, greater resale value and better fuel efficiency.

Tune-up Services include:

Diagnostic Scans

Oil Change: Synthetic or Mineral

Automotive Computer Services

Emissions: Inspections, Failures, and Repairs

Fuel System Fuel Injection Services

A/C and Heat Service and Repair

Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Ignition System and Spark Plugs

Air Induction and Air Filter

“..The staff at BIRD AUTOMOTIVE are passionate about automobiles and take real pride in the quality of their work. We like to treat our customers as family, and family always takes care of itself…”

Call now to book an appointment for your vehicle at 780-496-9497. We are located at 9164 Yellowhead Trail NW in Edmonton, and are open Monday to Friday 8am – 5:30pm.We are a Certified OOP inspection facility by the Alberta provincial government.

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Edmonton passes new State of Local Emergency Order; tough rules all vehicle for hire operations

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For the safety of everyone in Edmonton using ride sharing and vehicle for hire operators the city has passed an order under the State of Local Emergency tough new rules to help limit risks of exposure to COVID-19.

Under the order, effective immediately, all taxis, limousines, private transportation providers, shuttle service providers; as well as all ride sharing services such as Uber, Tapp and all others operating vehicles for hire, must adhere to these new restrictions.

  • No more than one passenger per vehicle; except if:
  • additional passengers are members of the same household, individuals in a close personal relationship, or a required caregiver; or
  • the size and capacity of the vehicle allows for 2 metres between each passenger and the driver (e.g. shuttle bus);
  • No passengers are permitted in the front passenger seat(s)
  • While driving and/or operating as a vehicle for hire service, cleaning and disinfecting supplies must be kept in the front passenger seat in plain view and used for cleaning of vehicles after each trip.
  • Door handles (interior and exterior), window controls, door locks, passenger seating area, seat belts and buckles, must be cleaned after each fare and with disinfecting cleaning products and substances. Payment devices must be cleaned after each use.
  • Drivers should take appropriate care (e.g. Personal Protective Equipment) when providing physical support to passengers.
  • Any vehicle that provides service to a passenger who is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat, or who otherwise indicates that they are at risk of having COVID-19, must be immediately removed from service and thoroughly sanitized.

These requirements and restrictions are now in place till further notice.

The City of Edmonton promises to work with the vehicle for hire industry to communicate these changes. For any drivers not following this directive, enforcement teams will be deployed to help ensure adherence to the new regulations.

The vehicle for hire industry has been deemed an essential service and these new requirements ensure they can continue to operate in a manner that is safe for both drivers and passengers.

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Insurance rate increases absolutely unacceptable: NDP Critic for Service Alberta

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This post was submitted by Jon Carson, NDP MLA for Edmonton-West Henday, Opposition Critic for Service Alberta

Thirty per cent.

That’s how much auto insurance rates skyrocketed by for some Albertans at the end of this year, after Premier Jason Kenney and the UCP removed the five per cent cap on rate increases that our NDP government brought in, taking a “no limit” approach to how much insurance companies could actually raise rates.

The jump was immediate.

Albertans saw a wave of premium increases bordering on price gouging. Over 90% of car insurance companies filed for rate increases as soon as the cap was lifted, and rushed to bill drivers as soon as they could. Of the companies that received approved rate changes, the increases ranged from 4.9 per cent to an eye-popping 29.8 per cent.

It was a nice gift from Jason Kenney, who already slammed families for hundreds of dollars of new costs in his fall budget, including hikes to income tax, property tax, as well as more in school fees, prescription drugs and college tuition.

As usual, Finance Minister Travis Toews trotted out the UCP’s one-trick pony and blamed the NDP, claiming that insurance companies were set to pack their bags and flee the province if he didn’t let them jack up premiums beyond five per cent.

The lobbying effort came out in full force. The brokers, the insurance companies, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada are working overtime to sell quite the sob story: a massive spike in claims costs, not enough options for drivers, etc, etc. It’s tough times for the poor, little ol’ car insurance company.

What a load. These are some of the biggest and most profitable companies in Canada, and they simply want back the power they had to jack up premiums hand over fist.

The truth is that claims costs over the past few years are level, a fact that’s supported by the Insurance Bureau of Canada‘s own data. In fact, an actuarial analysis by Fair Alberta Injury Regulators, an organization made up of concerned Albertans, doctors and legal experts, found that injury payouts have stabilized in the last few years, and even started to dip in 2019. Their actuary specifically found evidence that claims are “not skyrocketing.”

This is further supported by the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance, responsible for all regulatory oversight of insurers operating in Alberta with a specific duty to ensure that insurance companies treat Albertans fairly. In his annual report for 2018, he found on average that the claims ratio for car insurance was 80 per cent across all companies in Alberta. Not the 120 per cent figure the insurance companies trot out on TV.

And while the UCP Government continues to claim they have documents to prove the cap made the car insurance industry unsustainable, they haven’t provided a single piece of paper showing any of these companies would bail if they could–GASP–only raise premiums five per cent every year.

So why remove the cap? Well, in politics, it’s who you know. And Jason Kenney knows an awful lot of people in the insurance industry. Namely, his former chief of staff and campaign director Nick Koolsbergen, who was hired to lobby the Premier on behalf of the car insurance industry just last year. He has Kenney’s cell phone number.

Sounds like a good guy to have on your side… if you’re a car insurance company.

The fact is, these companies turn a profit of tens of millions of dollars each year. They’re used to having carte blanche in Alberta, and they want it back.

Under the thinly-veiled guise of “red tape reduction”, the UCP has struck a panel looking at more regulatory changes that the insurance lobby itself has said “could also change the rate regulation framework that governs how insurers set premiums.”

If costs are going to go up even more, who will Jason Kenney look out for? His friends and interests in big insurance? Or everyday Albertans driving to work?

Knowing Jason Kenney, Albertans should brace for impact.

Jon Carson is the MLA for Edmonton-West Henday and the Alberta NDP Opposition Critic for Service Alberta.

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