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Crown Nissan Halloween Contest

By gabbyt | Posted in Community on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Do you have the best-decorated garage in Winnipeg on Halloween? Enter our Crown Nissan Halloween Contest and you could win one of three $100 Winnipeg Blue Bomber Gift cards!



                  Enter your garage or house by tagging Crown Nissan in your Facebook or Instagram post with the hashtag #CrownNissanHalloween to be entered. The two winning categories are Best Haunted Garage and Best Haunted House. There will also be a Random Draw Winner. The Contest runs from October 15th to October 30th. Visit the Crown Nissan Facebook Page for more details.




Good Luck, and May the best garage and house win!

Golfing with Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni

By gabbyt | Posted in Community on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 6:08 PM

            The perfect afternoon occurred today for Crown Nissan at the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni Golf Classic. This year’s event was hosted by the Glendale Golf and Country Club. This hidden oasis featured manicured lawns and beautiful ponds were staffed was by some of the friendliest people in the city. 

           Located at the top of a hill, Hole 13 was stationed by Crown Nissan’s staff. Crown Nissan’s hole was easily seen thanks to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber themed Nissan Titan and featured a luxurious Nissan Rogue waiting to be won by achieving a hole-in-one. 

            Laces were tied and clubs were shined at the Blue Bomber Alumni Golf Tournament this year. A warm welcome from the association kicked off the afternoon around 12:30 p.m. encouraging golfers to go out and have fun. 

             A light breeze was battled by the golfers, but none of the less, great games were played. Crown’s castle on the hill was reportedly one of the trickiest holes on the course. The tricky hole has been longed for by Glendale Golf and Country Club members for decades. The long path to the red flag teased the Nissan Rogue lovers. 

             While the Rogue was left to sadly rogue home alone, four tickets to July 27th‘s Blue Bomber game against the Toronto Argonauts were still available to be won. A red box shone brightly under Crown Nissan’s tent, waiting for golfers to enter their names to attend Friday’s game. 

             Each foursome who stopped by Hole 13 enjoyed the sunshine on their faces and the smell of summer. Crown Nissan employees were entertained by wonderful conversations under the tent. Each visitor, golfer and otherwise, had a story to tell.  All who stopped by was in good spirits, hopeful to win the beautiful Nissan Rogue 

             Crown Nissan enjoyed a day in the sun thanks to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni Association. Warm weather and great conversations took center stage at this year’s golf tournament instead of the sport. Even though the Nissan Rogue was not won, golfers enjoyed themselves at the tournament. 

Reasons to Lease

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 5:28 PM

               Every year new technology is being brought into the car world. In the past five years alone Pro Pilot safety features, keyless entry, parking sensors and Wifi have become the new standard in most vehicles. Keeping up to date with the latest car trends can get expensive. Crown Nissan’s New Car Sales Manager Steve Samonte sat down with us to explain the benefits of leasing a new vehicle.

                Leasing is the best option for customers who like to keep up with the latest technology. The vehicle you drove five years ago is very different from ones coming out today. These new inventions are made to make your vehicle experience easier. We believe your payments should be just as easy.

“You pay for what you use. The average person trades in every three to five years,” said Samonte.

                Leasing a vehicle is very similar to financing. When financing a vehicle you have monthly payments to the bank. Leasing a car will also require monthly payments but they are much less expensive and easier to understand.

“It is an easy way to get into a brand new vehicle and keep up with all of the latest tech,” said Samonte.

                The payments you make on a lease are to the manufacturer. You only pay for what you are using in a lease. The average person will trade in their vehicle every three to five years. Making monthly payments on a depreciating vehicle you do not plan on keeping is senseless for today’s fast-paced world. Depending on the vehicle you could save around $200 per month on payments.

                Insuring a leased vehicle is exactly the same as a financed vehicle. They do ask if the vehicle is a lease, but it does not affect the cost of your insurance in Manitoba.

                Leasing a vehicle also means that your repair bills will be almost non-existent. Most leases cover the entire span of the vehicle’s warranty. Most repairs made to your vehicle will be under the new car warranty. Safety is a priority for most drivers. Driving a new vehicle assures you are up to date will all the safety features available to you.

                Next time you are in need of a new vehicle be sure to consider all of your needs, current and future. Technology and safety features are always changing. Leasing is the only way to assure you are keeping up with the latest features while keeping within your budget.

Big Dumb Q and A

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 8:53 PM

                If you are anything like most people, talking about cars might as well be in a foreign language. Car ownership can be tricky if you don’t understand the lingo. We are answering some of your burning questions regarding purchasing and maintaining your vehicle. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and we would love to answer your questions!


                Buying a car is a major purchase and not something we do every day. We have tons of questions about the process but are not always comfortable asking them. Chan Paranaque, Product Adviser at Crown Toyota has been with Crown Toyota for over three years. He has been asked everything in the book from “Can I get this in pink?” to “Can I buy it and just leave it here?”

Here is a list of “Dumb” questions you might have about car buying and their answers by Chan Paranaque:

Q) Why should I buy from a dealership?

A) At Crown Auto Group we have the experience to serve you. This means we can answer any question you may have. We know what to ask to make sure you are getting in the perfect vehicle for your needs. Only at Crown Auto Group will you get a service called Crown Plus. This three year service program covers tire replacement, key and fob replacements, and emergency services.

“Don’t be afraid to ask. Sometimes we speak in a language that doesn’t make sense.”

Chan Paranqaque

Q) Do I need a license to buy a vehicle?

A) You do not need a driver’s license to buy, however, to register your vehicle you do. Some reasons to buy without a license include: gifting a vehicle, assuming financial responsibility for another person, or needing a vehicle of your own to practice driving on.

ID Viking

Q) How old do you have to be to buy a car?

A) 18

Q) Why would I buy a manual transmission?

A) The cool factor plays a major role in manual transmission purchases. It feels like you are driving a race car. You can also save up to ten thousand dollars on your purchase just by switching to manual.

“I had a guy wanting to buy a manual but didn’t know how to drive it. We spent two weeks in the parking lot learning on a used car.”

Chan Paranaque

Q) Can I return the vehicle?

A) Once the registration and bill of sale has been completed the vehicle is officially yours, and cannot be returned to the dealer.

Q) Why would I Trade In my vehicle instead of selling it myself?

A)         If you decide to sell your vehicle privately, it may cost you more than you make with a trade in deal. Before you sell your vehicle you have to safety it and fix all cosmetic issues. These repairs have the potential to cost thousands of dollars, all before a potential buyer even sees your vehicle. Once you post your vehicle online, you now have to fend off hagglers and low ballers. After all of this work you now have to meet with the potential buyer, which may become a safety risk for yourself.

                Trading in your vehicle is the safest way for you. Your vehicle is taken off of your hands regardless of what repairs need to be done. The value of your trade in is taken off of the price of your new vehicle BEFORE taxes, costing you less to buy.


                 Have you ever been totally lost talking to your mechanic? Here are some common questions and terms you here in a shop, but may not know what they are. Service Manager Brent Jones understands that sometimes mechanics get stuck in car mode and forget to explain what everything means. These common questions deserve a chance to be explained.

Q) Is the horn a real horn?

A) Your horn is actually a speaker located in your front bumper. Pressing your horn sends a signal to the speaker, making the noise.


Q) What side is my gas tank on?

A) An arrow on your gas gauge points to the side of the car it is on.

Q) What does hydraulic mean?

A) It is the use of pressurized fluids.

Q) Do Tires Expire?

A) Just like food, tires have a best before date. This is usually 6-10 years after the birth date of the tire. Most tires need to be replaced before ten years of use because of wear and tear but after time tires will wear down on their own.

Tire Buyer

Q) What is Power Steering?

A) A system made to make turning your steering wheel easier. This is available on most vehicles produced after the early 1960’s.

Q) What is ABS?

A) Anti-lock Braking System. This is a secondary braking method in your vehicle. While you are pressing on the brake pedal, the car is pumping the brakes faster than humanly possible to brake faster.

Q) Why would I go to the dealer for an oil change?

A) Crown Auto Group Dealers do much more than change your oil while your vehicle is being serviced. They are checking to assure everything is in working order on your vehicle. If you need a part, your dealership has the power to order exactly what you need, directly from your maker. The car wash afterwards is an added bonus.

“It’s like going your whole life without a checkup.”

Brent Jones

Q) What isn’t included in an oil change?

A) Common things that need to be changed that are not included in a regular oil change are the fluids. Transmission, brake, power steering and coolant fluid all need to be regularly changed. At your next oil change ask your mechanic when they recommend the next fluid change.

                Have more burning questions? Leave them in the comment section and we will answer all of your questions!

Caution Construction

By gabbyt | Posted in About Us on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at 9:22 PM

                If you venture a visit down to Crown Nissan, you might notice the large red fences that are taking over the East side of the building. Ground up concrete, holes in the pavement, and metal rods can be seen inside the fence. It is not the prettiest sight, but our alluring showroom is still bright and shiny.

                Some major upgrading is taking place this year. Not only is the already spacious showroom expanding, but additional service bays are being added.

                As usual, Crown Nissan is ahead of the game. Crown Nissan is the first Nissan dealership in Winnipeg to break ground on Nissan’s latest expansion. The market for Nissan is ever growing and Crown Nissan is running out of room.

                The addition of more service bays and a larger showroom will showcase what Nissan can do for you. Crown Nissan has won so many awards; they have run out of room to display them. Nick Guffei, General Manager at Crown Nissan is currently using some as bookends.

                Crown Nissan is excited about the expansion and want to assure each customer that even though it may be a bit of a mess outside, the inside is full of friendly faces.

How I Bought a Car With Bad Credit

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 5:09 PM

     Talking about credit is really boring. Most of us don’t know a thing about credit until we are told we have bad credit. What does that even mean? I thought when I finished school I didn’t need to learn math anymore. Is bad credit really as horrible as it sounds? When a banker told me I needed to build my credit, it was stored in the same part of the brain as a dentist telling me to floss.

                Days before Christmas of 2016, a large truck cut me off, and my “vintage” Lancer was no match. Suddenly I was in desperate need of a car, thanks to the lack of bus routes by my home. I didn’t have enough money to pay cash for a new car and I was afraid of high interest rates. I’ve had an …um… interesting past with previous vehicles and I was really tired of buying new cars.

             We all know the stereotype of car salesmen, and I thought being a 19 year-old girl would cause me more grief than I needed. I stepped into the dealership with my dad in tow, figuring a balding middle-aged man would help me gain some respect. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted before my dad, something that almost never happens. We explained what I needed, and my limited budget. We were shown tons of cars within my price range, but I was hesitant to buy again. I was still hung up on my now deceased car.

Me and my dad

             I was feeling defeated, until I was shown a car above my price range, a used 2012 Mazda3. It was so nice that I was afraid to test drive it, and asked my dad to for me. I was sold on the car but had no idea how to pay for it.

                I sat down with a financial adviser and was told I was told that I am a Non Prime buyer. This means that I am riskier for a bank to lend to. I had no collateral, (things of value that can be sold to pay back by debt) no lending history, and barely made enough to pay my bills as a student. I was surprised to learn that the bank would give me a loan. I needed a co-signer and my interest rates were slightly higher that I would have liked, but it was affordable. In fact, my loan was so low that we had to add on extra insurance so the bank would give me the loan.

“We really understand. We know what to do,” said Shaun Proutt, Director of Financial Services.

                I did not expect to be able to buy such a nice car that day, but I am glad I went to Crown Auto Group first. Throughout the whole experience my finance options were transparent and I felt included in the conversation. I wanted to know exactly how much I was paying, and how I was going to pay for it. Without Crown’s support I never would have walked away with such a beautiful car and still be driving it today.

To find out what your financing options are, visit our website fill out our 30 Second Credit Application

Do I Really Need an Oil Change?

By gabbyt | Posted in Did You Know on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 9:41 PM

          Oil changes are the best thing you can do for your vehicle. Vehicle maintenance makes all the difference when expanding the life of your vehicle. Understanding what happens in an oil change is important to understanding what makes your vehicle literally tick.

                 Oil changes are annoying. They take time out of your busy day and are costly. Why would you want to do them if you don’t see a difference in your vehicle?


                The reality is that it takes 20-30 minutes for an oil change to be completed, depending on how much needs to be done. An ordinary oil change means that they check the interior and exterior of the vehicle, tires, under the hood, and underneath the vehicle.

“We do about 20-30 oil changes a day,” Russell Johnson, Service Manager at Crown Nissan.

                The first thing that happens at Crown Nissan when they perform an oil change is check under the hood. They are checking the brake and washer fluids, searching for loose hoses or terminals, and your oil filter. Another thing they watch out for is battery corrosion. If they find white powder on the battery it usually means there is corrosion, and speak to the owner about their options to clean or replace the battery.

                After assuring that everything under the hood is in working order, your vehicle is hoisted up into the air. Your mechanic then checks your tire tread. Using a tool to determine the wear on your tires, each one is checked assure you have sufficient tread left. After the tires are checked, the suspension (the thingy that makes your ride less bumpy) gets evaluated to assure they are still in working order.

                After checking everything else, a large tray is brought underneath the oil pan. A plug underneath is opened, allowing for your oil to be drained. Once drained, the oil filter is recommended to be changed for consistency, and the vehicle is ready for the new oil.

What about oil types? Synthetic or Non Synthetic?

Typically Synthetic Oil is recommended for your vehicle. It preforms better inside the engine and lasts longer.

Non Synthetic Oil is only recommended if the manufacturer asks for it, which is typical for European performance vehicles.

                Any other services take may place, such as changing the air filter, will take place after the oil has been removed from your vehicle.

                Mechanics cannot do anything to your vehicle without your permission. While a mechanic can strongly recommend a particular service, it is up to the owner to decide if they want it or not. If a mechanic discovers the brakes are shot on your vehicle, you can still decide to not get them changed and drive (very carefully) away.

                The beauty of an oil change is that you don’t see a big difference in your vehicle if you get your oil changed regularly. Skipping an oil change might not seem like a big deal, but driving without one can be dangerous. Aside from normal wear and tear on your vehicle, skipping an oil change means your vehicle will start slowly destroying itself. Without oil to grease the engine the moving parts will create friction from the metal-on-metal contact resulting in a damaged engine. Replacing your engine is much more expensive than an oil change.

The “Tipping Point” of Our Book Club

By gabbyt | Posted in Career, Community on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 9:02 PM

              Book Club starts off like most book clubs. Everyone is eager to share their opinions with notebooks filled with thoughts and their hands in the air. The strange thing is that this book club meets in a car dealership.

Book clubs and car dealerships do not typically go together, but Crown Auto Group throwing out the rule book. Members of the Crown Auto Group meet three or four times a year to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. This time “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell was discussed.


This structured club is focused on development. Self-improvement is important to everyone and Crown wants to provide their employees with a safe environment to do so. The books that are chosen always focus on ways to improve your home life and working life.

Some of the words of encouragement said were:

“The speed of the pack depends on the speed of the members,” said Anil Sharma.


“We have to guide them,” said Dhiya Dilawri.

Each meeting opens with general comments on the book, followed by some structured questions. Everyone was able to find personal experiences that related to the book. The groove set from previous meetings was in play, allowing for small breaks in the conversation about soccer and the heat.


The book club had very honest and real conversations. The room’s comfortable personality encouraged conversation. This may have been a work environment, but each person was at ease with the group and shared personal stories on how “Tipping Points” changed their perspectives.

Ugly Tie Trade-In

By gabbyt | Posted in Community on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 7:36 PM

Father’s Day is a time to think about the men in our lives. Father’s Day typically means barbecues and beer, but instead we want you to think about the health of the men in your lives.

     One in seven Manitoban men will experience prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Through your support, Crown Auto Group wishes to help those living with prostate cancer. We are continuing this Father’s Day tradition with our family and yours.

For the past four years Crown Auto Group has hosted the “Ugly Tie Trade-In” in support of Manitoban men living with Prostate Cancer. Thanks to your support, a donation of $25 for every vehicle sold at any of our Crown Auto Group dealerships will be given to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

                From June 14 to 17, you can bring in your ugly tie and trade it in for a beautiful new vehicle, all in support of Manitoba men living with prostate cancer. This Father’s Day celebrate all the men in your lives with Crown Auto Group and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.


Burgers R Us Visits Crown Nissan

By gabbyt | Posted in Community on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 7:09 PM

Crown Nissan employees raced to lunch this Tuesday thanks to Nissan Canada. Surprised with a food truck, employees chowed down on specialty burgers from Winnipeg’s own Burgers R Us.

            “I think I was one of the first people there,” said Ron Konchukovskyi, a salesman.

Food trucks don’t typically belong in the parking lot of a car dealership, but Crown Nissan showcased a different type of vehicle in their parking lot today. Visited by Burgers R Us, Crown Nissan employees were treated to a free lunch from Nissan.

“We got an email about a week or two ago about lunch. We didn’t know what food truck it was though,” said Ian King, who works in the service department as a Parts Advisor.

Companies renting food trucks for employees is not uncommon. Burgers R Us usually visits different companies each week.

“I think last year around this time we had poutine,” said King.

The rainy weather did not put a damper on the hungry bellies of Crown Nissan. Staff members participated in the free lunch being served in their very own parking lot. The long line up was similar in length to a Friday night at the gas station.

            The food truck may have only been here for an hour, but it warmed the bellies of all the rain-soaked Crown Nissan employees. The Bacon Cheeseburger was by far the most popular choice.

Clad in raincoats and rubber boots, employees enjoyed some classic backyard cuisine. While the rain prevented a picnic style of eating, Crown Nissan employees watched the rain safely inside from their large glass windows, chowing down on their burgers.