Ryan Siffledeen has been coming to the Okanagan since before he can even remember.
“I’ve been vacationing here since I was a kid,” Siffledeen says. “My parents loved it, and then growing up as a kid I loved it. I’ve wanted to make the move since I was a kid. I’m very drawn to this area.”
Siffledeen is now an official resident of the Central Okanagan, as he is now the owner and operator of Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre in West Kelowna. He officially made the move from Edmonton in February, arriving just in time for the first global pandemic in more than a century.
He sees the impact COVID-19 has had on society, which is why his business is doing what it can to ensure people are safe on B.C. highways this summer. West Kelowna Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre is offering safety inspections for $29.99 to ensure vehicles are road trip ready.
“The biggest thing I’ve noticed is the financial pressure of a cutback in hours or a loss of job or having to take a different job,” Siffledeen says. “In my experience the first thing people tend to do is making their cars a low priority. You’ve got to put food on the table. It’s important to feed your family. You also have to be safe on the roads, too.
“I’m all about education, helping people understand the inner workings of their car and making sure they’re safe.”
Siffledeen has always had a passion for automobiles. He started out washing them as a teenager and then turned wrenches for a while. After a brief foray into the construction industry, Siffledeen returned to the automotive world because it was his passion.
Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres provide bumper-to-bumper service, including all maintenance, filters, fluids, repairs, suspension work and full mechanical. Siffledeen says there’s nothing wrong with a trip to a lube shop, but “a car should be on the hoist of a shop, in my opinion, once a year, just to have a certified technician look at it,” he says.
West Kelowna Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre takes the wheels off your car during a routine oil change because it can detect issues with brakes and other inner workings of the front end. Problems with technology, like rack and pinion steering, will be detected at Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres but might be missed elsewhere. Siffledeen says Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres can find problems that are uncommon but are commonly missed.
“We’re literally going through every nook and cranny of your car before we put our stamp of approval on it or sometimes our stamp of recommendation or caution where needed,” Siffledeen says.
West Kelowna’s Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre has teamed up with Castanet on a contest in which the winner will receive a free oil and filter change, which also includes a comprehensive multi-point inspection, tire rotation and fluid top-ups.
More information about the contest can be found here.
This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Okanagan Edge.
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