DC Import Auto Care Center is one of Nipawin’s newest businesses, officially opened in May 2019, located in the garage portion of the old Verklan Motors building at 300 – 1st Avenue East.
The proprietor, Dalton Clifford has been a licenced Automotive Technician for over 30 years and has earned the designation of “Master Technician” for Jaguar, SAAB and Volkswagen automobile repair. Dalton believes that just because we are not living in the hub of a major city, that is no reason for you to have to leave the area to have your vehicle professionally serviced or repaired.
Dalton’s career in automotive repair began when he was still in high school working at the local garage after school and on weekends. Dalton’s love of Import automobiles began in 1985 when he began working at J & S Motors, the Jaguar and SAAB dealership in Saskatoon, where he was introduced to and had the opportunity to repair a number of British Leyland and high-end vehicles including the full line of Jaguar, SAAB, Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Porsche, Triumph, MGB, Mercedes, BMW and even an Excalibur (which was not owned by Cruella de Ville).
Dalton is up for the challenge of anything from replacing a driveshaft which runs through the frame of a vehicle (such as on an Excalibur, pictured above), to getting a 12-cylinder engine out of a small opening to the engine compartment (as with the Lamborghini, pictured below), to the every-day inconvenience of Check Engine Lights, squeaky brakes, flat tires and everything in between – on any make or model of automobile, limited only by the size of equipment and work space required.
As we are now in the “Information Age”, there is a lot of information on the internet on how to repair your own vehicle, but often one possible diagnosis or repair step may be missing or the person may not have the required “special tool(s)” to correctly perform the repair. Even something as simple a tire rotation cannot be correctly performed by the owner unless he or she has the proper tool to reset the TPMS (tire position monitor sensors) so that the information center will display correctly. For example: the message will say “RR (right rear) tire low”, when it is really the right front tire low.
Also, many vehicle owners and dealerships have a Scan Tool or Code Reader designed to read the codes of one make of vehicle or to only read engine (module) codes. The Scan Tool used by Dalton will read the codes and recalibrate many modules (including those required to program keys and fobs, perform steering wheel alignments, camera recalibration, TPMS reset, road height calibrations, etc.) on a variety of makes of domestic and import vehicles including Ford, Dodge, GMC / Chevrolet, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and BMW, just to name a few.
Dalton will also take the time to explain your vehicle’s needs, discuss your repair options and you understand your vehicle’s requirements. Dalton is one of the few technicians in the area that is accustomed to working with “classic” equipment on vintage automobiles, such as carburetors.
Drop by to see Dalton, and to see what he has in the shop today. Take the opportunity to discuss the service needs of your special vehicle – be it new, antique, rare, common or exotic.
DC Import Auto Care Center is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm (closed on holidays).