Potholes are the enemy.

With the warm weather, comes the surge of some very awful and destructive potholes. The newer you vehicle is, the wider your rims and tires will be. A many number of vehicles we sell, come with low profile tires and even for winter, you cannot downsize to a rim that will give you more tire height to avoid curbs and pothole damage.

All tire manufacturers has abolished there road hazard warranties and will only warranty a tire is there is a manufacture defect. And trying to prove that there was a manufacturer defect in the tire is very difficult. I have heard that in some cases the city has reimbursed some motorists for the damages incurred from potholes, but I personally think it is rare.

The best thing you can do is, be as alert as you can when driving and hope that you can avoid all potholes.

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Martin Viktora,
Owner – Operations

Marty is a proud father and Ottawa boy with over 20 years of automotive experience. At the ripe old age of 12, Marty started changing tires and performing other odd jobs for his father at Import Car Centre, and has been at it ever since. When he’s not in the garage, you’ll find Marty either at the rink or the cottage.


Eddie Figura,
Owner – Sales Manager

Eddie started as a customer in 1988 and, a year later, brought his 11 years of experience to Import Car Centre. He prides himself in finding what people want, in cars and in life. His passion extends to golf, hockey and good food & wine.


Dan Smetana,
Owner – President

Dan found Ottawa by way of Czech Republic, Dan comes started out in the audio industry before going on to help found Import Car Centre. Dan runs on adrenalin and a passion for the industry he loves. He also enjoys fine wine, running, water sports and dabbling in the stock market.


Fran Cosper,

Fran was also a customer of Import Car Centre in 1986, and was so impressed that he joined the team a year later. He's a tech support specialist with a background in home audio. Fran plays the sax and is fascinated by anything with 2+ wheels or moving parts.


Josh Goldberg,
Sales, Finance and Marketing

Local boy Josh joined the Import team in 2000.  Our 'rookie' grew up in the west end of Ottawa and would hang out at Import dreaming of Honda Preludes and Toyota Celica All Trac Turbos.  Josh calls Barrhaven home with his wife and two daughters.  He enjoys fishing with his girls, good food and his beloved Chicago Blackhawks.