What’s the Difference Between a Compact and a Midsize?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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When you are searching for a used car it is important to find a vehicle that will help improve your daily commute as well as your everyday driving needs.  One of the most often asked questions people have in their used car search is in regard to what the difference between a compact and a midsize sedan are.  Here at Barlow Motors we want you to feel confident and informed in your used vehicle purchase and that is why seek out to answer all the questions that come up during the car-buying process.  You can learn about the differences between a compact and a midsize right here below and you can find the used car you are looking for at Barlow Motors in Calgary today. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Name of Nissan’s Luxury Lineup of Vehicles?

By Product Expert | Posted in INFINITI on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 4:19 PM
Rear driver side exterior view of a black 2016 INFINITI Q50

What Is Nissan’s Luxury Brand?

Nissan’s compact and economical cars fell into favor with the American market in the mid-1970s due largely to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) issued US Oil Embargo.  Through the years Nissan has also partnered with other major auto manufacturers such as Ford, VW, GM, and Alfa Romeo which helped expand their product brand even further.  Nissan’s sales expansion saw an influx of additional resources that they parlayed into an endeavor into the luxury market with their introduction of the INFINITI brand in 1989.  Learn more about Nissan’s luxury brand, INFINITI, below along with information on how Barlow Motors in Calgary, AB can help you find and drive home an attractive and accommodating INFINITI vehicle today. Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Know If It Is Time to Rotate or Replace My Tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service & Repair, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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Is It Time to Replace or Rotate My Tires?

There is nothing more frightening than pressing on the brake pedal and skidding, sliding or hydroplaning through the rain or snow and here in Calgary it isn’t only scary it is downright dangerous.  Sometimes a simple tire rotation can help alleviate your issue and in other instances it may be time to have your tires replaced altogether.  Here at Barlow Motors we want you to be informed about the services we provide and that is why we will help explain when a tire rotation or a tire replacement is more suitable to your specific situation.  Learn more about tire rotation and tire replacement from Barlow Motors in Calgary, AB right here below. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Can I Check My Credit Score & Rating in Calgary, AB?

By Product Expert | Posted in Financing, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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Where Can I Check My Credit?

There is a myth that permeates the general public’s perception that checking your credit score adversely affects your overall credit rating.  And, yes, hard inquiries of your credit rating can detract from your overall credit score but using a service like Equifax, Transunion, CreditKarma, or even FreeCreditReport to see your credit score is not a demerit towards your rating.  Some of these services will even allow you to check your credit score for free so you always know where you stand in the eyes of lenders before you apply for a loan.  It is when you apply for a loan or new credit card that a hard inquiry will be made against your credit rating and it is these hard inquiries that can cause your credit score to fall.  Keep reading to find links to more information regarding credit scores and ratings as well as links to websites that you can use to check your credit score. Read the rest of this entry »

What are a Few Ways to Help Improve My Credit Score?

By Product Expert | Posted in Financing, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at 6:49 PM
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How Can I Improve My Credit?

The importance of having good credit can be seen in almost every aspect of your life and that is why we here at Barlow Motors want to show you ways that you can improve your credit score.  Your three-digit credit score directly correlates to your borrowing history and that is why if you have little to no history of borrowing money then you will have little to no credit score.  Also, if you have not been the most fiscally responsible person in your past because of hardships or otherwise this is the reason that your credit score is so low.  If either of these two scenarios sound familiar to you rest assured that there are easy ways to improve your credit in a relatively short period of time.  Find out a few ways how you can improve your credit below. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Credit and How Does My Credit Score Affect Me?

By Product Expert | Posted in Financing, Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 6:26 PM
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What is Credit?

Your credit or most importantly your credit score is a history of your borrowing habits that grade you on a scale from 300 to 850.  This three-digit number affects your interest rates on loans, credit cards, and can even determine if a landlord will rent to you without a sizable deposit.  Factors such as credit usage, length of credit, your on-time payment history, and even how many “hard inquiries” you have on your credit report all affect your overall credit score.  Here at Barlow Motors in Calgary, AB we don’t judge a person on their current credit score and are able to help customers with a less than ideal credit score rebuild their credit as well.  Learn more about how Barlow Motors can help rebuild your credit with an affordable used car loan below. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Can I Find Classic Car Shows for August 2018 in Calgary?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, Local on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 9:38 PM
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August 2018 Car Shows in Calgary, AB

As summer starts to ebb towards its final scene we are left wondering what happened to the last couple months.  It feels like every year summer gets faster and shorter essentially leaving us with no time to relax and enjoy the season.  Our favorite summertime activity here at Barlow Motors is shinning up our ride and taking a leisurely cruise around town to show it off.  If you are like us here at Barlow and enjoy showing off your sweet ride to your friends, neighbors, and everyone else then take a look at our list of four local Calgary, AB car shows taking place in August 2018.  One last hoorah with your classic car or tricked out truck until they return to storage for the fall and winter. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Name of Honda’s Luxury Lineup of Vehicles?

By Product Expert | Posted in Acura, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 5:56 PM
Passenger side exterior view of a black 2016 Acura TLX

What is Honda’s Luxury Brand?

You have always known Honda as efficient and reliable vehicles but did you know that Honda makes a luxury line of vehicles as well?  Acura is Honda’s luxury brand and you have definitely noticed it on the streets because of its eye-catching aggressive and athletic exterior styling.  Introduced in 1986, the Acura brand quickly garnered high praise from car shoppers thanks to its flagship vehicle the Legend.  Other Japanese car manufacturers followed suit with their own luxury brands in an effort to keep pace with Honda’s Acura and they have been trying to catch up for the past 30 years.  Learn more about Acura vehicles from Barlow Motors in Calgary, AB below. Read the rest of this entry »

How Much Does it Cost to Get into the 2018 Calgary Stampede?

By Product Expert | Posted in Just for Fun, Local on Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 2:52 PM
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2018 Calgary Stampede Promotions & Pricing

With 11 days of morning until night entertainment, the Calgary Stampede Rodeo extravaganza is an annual July destination for over a million people.  2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede and it has grown to include so much more than only a rodeo.  Visitors will be entertained by parades, carnival games, competitions that range from agricultural to extreme sports, and even the world famous chuckwagon racing.  The 2018 Calgary Stampede runs from Thursday, July 5th thru Sunday, July 15th and if you have been looking for info on daily promotions and pricing then we have you covered right here. Read the rest of this entry »

What Should I Have in My Vehicle’s Emergency Road Kit?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 8:56 PM
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Emergency Road Kit Essentials

As the summer travel starts to heat up right along with our temperatures it is important to stay prepared on the roadways.  Anything can happen in an instant while out on the open road no matter if you are taking a short trip around town or a summer vacation across country, it is important to always be ready.  An Emergency Road Kit is something every vehicle should be equipped with, it doesn’t take up any space and it can help you and your passengers safe in the event of an accident or a breakdown.  Take a look at the 8 Emergency Road Essentials right here to help keep you safe during your summer, winter, and all-season travel. Read the rest of this entry »

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