Eddie the wino further continued

Eddie’s back from holidays and he has sniffed out a great wine from last Saturday’s Vintages Release….Bastide Miraflors Syrah/Vieilles Vignes Grenache 2015. This Syrah/Grenach scores a 94 according to Robert Parker and Eddie says for $19.95 a bottle, it is a no brainer!! Back up the Mercedes ML550 and load up!! http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/bastide-miraflors-syrah-vieilles-vignes-grenache-2015/320499#.Wp3bN42Wy6J

Eddie The Wino Continued

According to Eddie, this upcoming Saturday’s Vintages release is going to be a great one and one wine in particular he is recommending is Finca Flichman Expresiones ‘Reserve’ Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. At $15.95 a bottle, Eddie figures it is a no brainer. There are delicious red and black fruit flavours plus woodsy, earthy notes on the palate. A peppery menthol seam runs through the firm backbone with some sweet and savory spice on the finish. Pour with roast on a spit or foiled in the barbecue. This is at a terrific price point and can be enjoyed summer or winter over the next three years—stock up.

Eddie The Wino

We finally convinced Eddie to share his vast knowledge of wines. He has agreed to choose a wine every month which he thinks you will enjoy. According to Eddie ‘the 2012 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Australia’s best wine values at $17.95 Winner of the Top 10 Best Red Wines Under $20 – aromas of blackberry, plum, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Beautifully balanced and delicious. Try it out. All of us at Import would love to know if Eddie thinks he knows as much as he claims he does about wine. Please check it out and we would love to hear your feedback, on our blog or our Facebook page.


Dale is back, and we convinced his good friend to stay, awesome!

Dale is back and we are all very excited. He will only be working in the mornings until he gets back into the swing of things. Not only are we thrilled that Dale is on his road to recovery, we are also very excited to announce that Jean Seguin is coming back to the Import family. Jean, who is a good friend of Dale’s, worked for us years ago and filled in for Dale whenever he could. Dale’s short term memory definetly did not get any better, so it would be a great time to get your vehicle fixed because he might forget to charge you for things.  Glad to have you back guys.

Wishing Dale a speedy recovery.

For those of you who don’t know by now, Dale is fighting a dose of throat cancer. He began radiation a couple of weeks ago and so far he is doing relatively fine. He worked his last day Friday and will continue fighting and resting until he returns in a few months. The staff at Import would like to wish a speedy recovery to Dale and that all of our prayers and wishes are with him and his family. In Dale’s short absence from us, he have managed to have a very good friend of Dale’s and a former employee of ours to give us a hand. He is a certified technician who use to work for us years ago. He will be standing in for Dale upon Dale’s return. He will be able to answer any technical questions and hopefully be able to meet all of your needs in Dale’s absence. Please be patient with us and hopefully we will fly through these months quickly and Dale will be back before you know it. And just maybe we can convince him to stay on and be a part of the Import family again. Who knows stranger things have happened.

The Times, They Are A Changing

So, now that are new service department is up and running, many of our customers are inquiring about the status of 825 Campbell Ave, the old service department. Karel and George started Import Car Centre in May of 1981. No Dan, no Eddie, no Dale, just one mechanic, Karel, and George. They were located at 926 Merivale Rd. for years. It was a Sunoco gas station back then, and I started pumping gas there part time when I was eleven. A few years later Dan was added to the Sales Department on 878 Merivale and things took off from there. A few years after that, the Service department moved to the 825 Campbell Ave location. Well, after 32 years in business, Karel and George wanted to retire. They sold the building at 825 Campbell Ave and Import has shifted everybody over to 815 Campbell Ave, the new Service department. I will be taking care of the service department for my father, George and we will continue to give you the same great service and hope that our customers will enjoy the change. Check out the picture of Karel and George in 1981 in front of the old Sunoco station at 926 Merivale, awesome.    Marty



Our New Service is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new service department at 815 Campbell Ave. For all of our loyal customers, it is the newer building just north of the old building at 825 Campbell Ave. Karel and George decided to retire so they sold the building at 825 Campbell Ave. and we moved all of our operations over to 815 Campbell Ave.

No big change for our loyal customers, but one big benefit is that we have secured the property just east of our building, so now you can access us from Clyde Ave. If you are coming from the east, now you can turn left onto Clyde Ave from Carling Ave. and instead of going around the block, take a right at our new sign and you have landed. Much easier access. We are trying to get all of our customers to enter from Clyde and there, just find a spot to park your vehicle.

We have been open for a couple of weeks now, and it has been quite an adjustment for all of us. Drop by for a coffee or maybe just to chat. We look forward to seeing you. We are giving out some small tokens of appreciation and we will be starting our exciting contest soon. Details to follow.

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.

Radio Ads

Check out our radio ads on AM 1310. Eddie is on there quite often. Check them out.

Changes Coming For The New Year

Well another year has gone by and we are all gearing up for change. For our loyal and dedicated customers, there will not be a whole lot of change. But for us at Import there will be a big adjustment period. Stay tuned for the details. Coming Feb 11th.


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.