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Know the Difference Between All-Weather and All-Season Tires

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Winter Tires

As if all the other aspects of purchasing new tires weren’t enough, there’s a relatively new option with which few Canadian drivers are familiar: All-Weather Tires. So when it comes to winter driving is some of the toughest conditions on Earth, drivers in Nova Scotia need to be informed as to how to make the right decision for their cold-weather driving needs.

Tires are a critical component to automotive safety. After all, the four patches on rubber on the ground, which are about the size of your hand, are all that connect your vehicle to the ground. All acceleration, braking, and steering forces can only be transmitted through the tires. This is why proper tire selection and maintenance are such critical elements in proper car care.

Here are the three major choices you have when it comes to selecting tires for winter travel:

All Season Tires

These are the traditional type of tires one most commonly thinks of. They tend to be narrower than tires typically fitted to today’s new cars. Most applications will either be for less expensive new cars and older cars. All Season Tires provide good ride comfort but don’t compare when it comes to winter traction to newer types.

Performance All-Season Tires

These tires are designed to provide sharp handling and high levels of grip while cornering. They typically carry a Speed Rating. While Speed Ratings were developed for Europe where cars are allowed by law to travel faster than in Canada, the speed rating has become an indication of the performance level of the tire for buyers here in this country. To best match the worn tires coming off your vehicle, purchase tire of the same speed rating. If you have any questions about this talk to your service advisor or review your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Ultra-High Performance Tires

Ultra-High Performance Tires are fitted to upscale sedans or sporty SUVs. These tires are designed to provide superior handling and responsive steering in wet and dry conditions. They are a key ingredient in how your car feels when you drive it. Non-All Season or Summer Ultra High Performance Tires are not intended for cold weather and won’t provide the grip needed in snowy or icy conditions. All-season versions may compromise some dry and wet grip to gain some winter traction, but in Nova Scotia, it’s most likely better to switch to dedicated winter tires.

Winter Tires

If you need to drive frequently on snow-covered or icy roads, then winter tires might make sense for you. They offer superior grip to go, stop, and corner. Be aware: winter tires will wear faster than all-season tires on dry roads because the tread is specifically designed to bite into snow and ice, and the rubber is formulated to stay pliable at freezing temperatures. So it’s best to change over your winter tire promptly when winter ends.

All Weather Tires

These tires carry a Mountain and Snowflake symbol on their sidewalls which indicates the tire meets required performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service-rated. Originally used as a designation for winter tires, the Mountain and Snowflake symbol is now featured on some all-season and all-terrain tires with snow performance that meets the Transport Canada testing criteria. All Weather Tires are an excellent compromise for drivers who don’t drive until the roads are cleared and don’t want to changeover their summer tires for winter tires each year.

It’s important to note that All Weather Tires cannot match the traction of dedicated winter tires in all winter weather conditions and should not be considered a replacement for where and when a dedicated winter tire is needed.

So whether it’s determining the best choice of tires for where and how you drive, or any other car maintenance or car service needs, turn to the factory-trained Ford experts and schedule service at Fairly & Stevens in Dartmouth.


2019 Ford Super Duty Comparisons: F-350 XLT vs. F-350 Platinum vs. F-350 Limited

Monday, November 26th, 2018
2019 Ford Super Duty parked on grass

Many shoppers come to Fairley & Stevens unsure if they should get the 2019 Ford Super Duty F-350 XLT, 2019 Ford Super Duty F-350 Platinum, or the 2019 Ford Super Duty F-350 Limited. Now, these pickup trucks have many similarities, but there are enough differences you should know about. We’ll guide you through them, so you can make an informed decision.

Keep our dealership in mind as you seek to find Ford F-350 trucks because we have a wide selection to choose from.

2019 Mustang GT Premium vs. 2019 Mustang Ecoboost

Monday, November 26th, 2018

As you’re shopping for a Ford Mustang, you might be wondering if the 2019 Mustang GT premium or 2019 Mustang EcoBoost is better. We offer both at Fairley & Stevens and understand the differences. This comparison will help you assess which version of the car is best for your preferences and needs.

We have a nice selection of either version of the Ford Mustang, so no matter what you pick we can help. For example, you can check out our select Mustang EcoBoost inventory right here on the website.


While both versions of the Ford Mustang have been designed to thrill you, how they accomplish that goal differs greatly.

Under the hood of the Ford Mustang EcoBoost is a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine with direct injection. While small, this engine packs a serious 35

2019 Ford Mustang ecoboost premium fastback race red

0 lb.-ft. of torque. Its design conserves fuel, making it perfect for anyone wanting to spend less at the pump and reduce pollution.

With the Ford Mustang GT Premium, you benefit from the legendary 5.0-litre V-8. It puts 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at your command. Needless to say, the result is incredible. With 0-60 mph acceleration time in under four seconds, you can get up to highway speeds in a hurry.

To keep the 5.0-litre engine running smoothly, the Ford Mustang GT Premium features an engine oil cooler. The car also has selectable drive modes, something you don’t get with the Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Different settings change handling and response, so you get ideal performance for a situation.

Both cars have a six-speed manual transmission, which helps you feel more connected to the machine. With the Ford Mustang GT Premium, the manual transmission also has rev matching for smoother transitions. A 10-speed automatic can be paired with either engine.


While not many, there are a few key differences when it comes to safety equipment for these two versions of the Ford Mustang. Both have been designed to keep you safe in a crash and help you avoid dangers on the road.

You can add a blind spot information system to the Ford Mustang GT Premium. The system warns if another car is out of sight in the next lane, while cross-traffic alert tells you if another car is approaching from either side while you’re reversing.

LED fog lamps come standard on the Ford Mustang GT Premium, but not the EcoBoost.


Another area where several differences emerge is the comforts and conveniences you get in the Ford Mustang GT Premium versus the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

2019 Ford Mustang interior first row

While optional on the Ford Mustang EcoBoost, the Ford Mustang GT Premium comes with dual-zone automatic temperature control standard.

Some features only come on the Ford Mustang GT Premium, like ambient lighting with different colour settings, illuminated door-sill scuff plates, universal garage door opener, plus leather seats with heating and cooling for the front seats.

Now that you have a better understanding of how the 2019 Ford Mustang GT Premium and 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost differ, it’s time to decide. Contact us at Fairley & Stevens to arrange for a test drive and to see these cars in person.


Available Performance Features for the 2018 Ford F-150

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
2018 Ford F-150 driving in mud.

2018 Ford F-150 Engine and Performance Features

The Ford F-150 is the pickup that altered the truck landscape forever with its awesome blend of power and performance. With its strong engine options and immense towing capacity, the Ford F-150 has dominated the American truck market for nearly 40 years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon with the 2018 Ford F-150! Continue reading to learn more!