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We have been around since 1985 providing quality vehicles to Atlantic Canada!

30 Years In Business

Whether you own or lease your vehicle, it’s a fact of life that maintenance and repair are required along the way. And to keep your vehicle operating at its best for as long as possible, you need a shop you can trust to take you all the way. In Dartmouth, Riley Motor Company is the solution!

We work on all kinds of vehicles. Whether you drive a domestic, European, or Asian make, we can take care of your needs. Cars, trucks, SUVs, vans — all are welcome!

We offer a wide range of vehicle services to keep you motoring safely. Services we perform include:

In the past, when your car needed a tune-up, the repairs were simple. You could often do the work yourself in an afternoon. You’d just run to the parts store and grab a set of spark plugs, ignition wires, a distributor cap and rotor set, and maybe even a set of points.

Now, you almost have to visit a museum to see these parts! Modern vehicles are much more complex, and a tune-up just isn’t the same anymore.

Service intervals have been extended by thousands of kilometres since those days, and vehicle maintenance is actually less than it used to be. You could expect to change your spark plugs every 30,000km or so before. Now, most cars can go 100,000km or even longer before a “tune-up” is needed.

What hasn’t changed is this: a properly maintained vehicle is more reliable, more powerful, and more fuel efficient. Keeping your vehicle well maintained can actually SAVE you money over time.

What “Tune-Up” Services Are Needed?

  • Spark Plug replacement – over time, the electrode wears and the spark isn’t as strong as it once was. It can lead to misfires and engine lights if there is a spark plug malfunction.
  • Fuel system cleaning – no matter which grade of fuel you use, there are impurities in it. Over time, your fuel injectors will get gummed up and dirty. Only professional fuel system cleaning will take care of the problem.
  • Timing belt replacement – Perhaps one of the most involved of tune-up services, your engine’s timing belt should be replaced at or before its recommended interval. A stretched or broken timing belt can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Air filter replacement – your air filter cleans the air that enters your engine. When it’s dirty, your air burns more fuel to compensate for the lower airflow. Replace the air filter at least once a year, or more often if it’s plugged.

At Riley Motor Company, we follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule to keep your vehicle operating at its best. Whether your timing belt needs to be changed at 100,000km or your fuel system cleaning is due at 25,000km, we’ll advise you of the best way to keep your car in top shape. And if your car still has the points ignition system, you’re welcome as well!

Our shop has one of the lowest labour rates in the area. Maintaining and repairing your vehicle can still be affordable. For tune up services, call Riley Motor Company to book your visit!

Classic cars can sound really cool. Their engines have a lumpy rumble. Their exhaust has that raspy note that stands your neck hairs on end. When those big V8’s peel away, you can barely hear yourself think.

But that’s not the case with your car. You have the raspy, loud, tinny rattle underneath. Everyone looks at your car when you drive by, but not for the right reasons. Your exhaust is leaking, and you need to do something about it.

Why Fix Your Exhaust?

It’s true: exhaust leaks are extremely annoying, even for you driving the car. The monotonous drone inside the car, the potential ticket or noise pollution — they are frustrating.

But exhaust leaks are also unhealthy. Fumes from the tailpipe contain harmful carcinogens and hydrocarbons, along with carbon monoxide. Those vapours seep into your car from underneath when there’s a leak, and it can make you sick. Headaches, queasiness, and breathing issues can occur even after a short time.

Those same emissions from the tailpipe are harmful to the environment. Unburned hydrocarbons are carried out in exhaust. The catalytic converter superheats the fumes to fully burn them before they exit the tailpipe, but if the exhaust is leaking, the catalytic converter isn’t working — at least, not efficiently. Air pollution, water pollution, and acid rain can all occur, and that’s particularly bad for a coastal community!

When your exhaust system isn’t functioning as it should, your Check Engine light will likely come on. That’s because oxygen (O2) sensors take readings from the exhaust, which are inaccurate if there’s a leak. When the Check Engine light is on, you’re likely to experience poor fuel economy, worsened performance, and you won’t know when other problems are present.

We Can Help With Your Exhaust Issues

Whether your muffler is rusted through, your exhaust pipe is broken, or you have a leak in the system closer to the engine, Riley Motor Company will take care of it for you. We have certified technicians who work on all makes and models, from exhaust manifold to tailpipe and beyond. If your car, truck, van, or SUV needs exhaust work in Dartmouth or the surrounding area, trust the family owned and operated Riley Motor Company, with more than 20 years serving Nova Scotia.

You live a busy life. You have things to do and places you need to go — that’s why you have a car, isn’t it? When you have somewhere you need to be, all you have to do is hop in the driver’s seat and fire the engine up. It will roar to life and you’re on your way. But if you have engine problems, it’s not so simple.

Engine issues come in many forms. Your car could have:

  • An engine oil leak
  • A fuel system problem
  • An ignition issue
  • A misfire or rough running concern
  • The Check Engine light on
  • Blue, black, or white smoke from the exhaust
  • Or any number of other problems

Aside from the annoyance and expense that comes from engine problems, the biggest issue is this: You can’t trust your car.

The Authority for Engine Repair in Dartsmouth

You don’t have to suffer with the symptoms of engine problems. You can restore your engine’s power and efficiency to its previous state. All it takes is a visit to the engine repair professionals at Riley Motor Company.

At Riley Motor Company, we work on a wide range of makes and models. Whether your Chevy Equinox needs new timing chains, your Honda Civic needs a VTEC sensor replacement, or your Ford F-150 has a broken spark plug stuck in a cylinder, we’ll take care of it for you. Our facility is equipped with the latest cutting-edge tools and technology to diagnose whatever ails your engine so we can fix it for you on the first visit.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified in engine repairs of all kinds. Armed with years of experience, there is nothing they can’t work through. And because we know you don’t want to keep coming back for the same concern due to failed parts, we only use top-shelf aftermarket or OEM parts for your engine repairs.

At Riley Motor Company, we’ll get your car running at peak performance once again with accurate and affordable engine repairs. Call us or visit our new location on Windmill Road in Dartmouth to schedule your engine repair.

You could be driving down to Lake Micmac, up to Dartmouth Crossing for a day of shopping, or to the office in Halifax. Regardless of where your travels take you, the power your engine produces needs to find its way to the road. Your transmission is the component to do that.

Your transmission converts the engine’s power into usable, controllable force. It’s the centre where you can change direction, from forward to reverse and from park to neutral. Inside the transmission, fluid pressure is channeled to make all of this happen without a second thought…until there’s a problem.

You might initially get a slight stutter on acceleration. You may detect a flare when the transmission shifts gears. There could be some unusual noise from under your car, or a red fluid leak underneath. These are warning signs that you need a transmission repair.

Left unattended, minor problems can quickly become expensive transmission repairs. A small leak can result in a complete overhaul. A seemingly harmless harsh shift can potentially leave you stranded on the road. It’s best to take care of the issue before it gets any worse.

Your Transmission Repair Specialists in Nova Scotia

Take care of your transmission repair before it becomes a major problem. Bring your vehicle to Riley Motor Company for a reliable transmission repair from certified transmission specialists. Our technicians are experienced in everything from minor transmission repairs to major transmission overhauls and replacements. And to ensure that our diagnosis is accurate every time, we use professional-grade technology to diagnose the problem.

Once we’ve determined the proper corrective repair, we discuss how best to take care of it according to your time and budget. We know you want to be able to trust your transmission will take you everywhere you need to go reliably, and we ensure that by using only the best-quality parts for the job.

Riley Motor Company offers one of the lowest labour rates in the area combined with expert workmanship. Our goal is to make vehicle repairs, maintenance and ownership more accessible to everyone in Dartmouth and the surrounding area.

For trustworthy transmission repairs in Dartmouth, visit Riley Motor Company at 294 Windmill Road. Call us or drop in to schedule your repair today.

If you drive a vehicle that’s 20 years old or newer, it has an Onboard Diagnostics (OBD) system. That may not mean anything to you, though it indicates that your vehicle has an advanced computer network. It’s part of virtually everything your car does, and it’s all done through the wiring in your vehicle.

There’s an engine control system, responsible for fuel and emission controls, engine timing and ignition, and sometimes even transmission controls. There’s a body control module that handles all the functions inside your car, from radio and air conditioning controls to lighting and power windows and door locks.

Hundreds of metres of wire connects your car’s features with switches and buttons, solenoids and valves. And every once in awhile, you might need a wiring repair.

Typical Electrical Repair Issues

It could be a simple concern like a faulty cruise control switch. It could be a corroded or rubbed wire that takes some time to trace and repair. It might be an electrical module that failed, requiring accurate diagnosis to identify the root cause of the concern.

Electrical repairs come in all shapes and forms. Sometimes a wiring harness could have a loose connection or a bit of moisture inside. Or pins and terminals may need to be repaired. Whatever the problem, you need a professional service department to find and complete your electrical repair.

Dartmouth’s Electrical Repair Solution

Riley Motor Company is here for you. When you’re ready to blow a fuse at frustrating electrical issues, our friendly service team will take good care of you. Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to perform electrical repairs on any make and model you drive. We have professional-grade diagnostic and repair equipment so you can rely on our service to get the job done right. Whether your Dodge Caravan needs a power sliding door motor repair, your Toyota Camry requires an O2 sensor replacement, or your Jeep Grand Cherokee needs a new TIPM module, we’ve got you covered.

To complete your electrical repair, we only use OEM and high-quality parts. That’s because we know you want your repairs to be long-lasting and reliable. From alternator replacement and starter repair to battery replacement and wiring diagnosis and repair, we’re the best solution for electrical problems in Dartmouth.

Do you need a trusted technician to perform YOUR electrical repair? Call us now! Riley Motor Company is your one stop shop for all automotive repairs.

The feeling of driving a new car is fantastic and freeing. The ride is comfortable and quiet, and it handles precisely. Every corner you turn is crisp and accurate. Every bump you pass over feels smaller than it actually is.

As your vehicle ages, the suspension begins to wear. There’s a little more sway as you take the off-ramp curve and you try to avoid bumps that could cause your coffee to spill. Your vehicle might bounce more than it used to, and a rattle or clunk has developed over the slightest of rough roads.

It’s time for a suspension repair.

It’s not just a matter of comfort, though. While new suspension parts make your ride quieter and your car easier to handle, it’s also safer for you and your passengers. A properly-functioning suspension ensures your vehicle has all four wheels firmly planted on the pavement, and that you can maneuver quickly around obstacles in your path without losing control.

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, your suspension won’t last forever. Struts and shocks start to leak, ball joints and control arm bushings wear out, and sway bar links get loose and break. Over time, you’ll need to perform suspension repairs.

Riley Motor Company – Dartmouth’s Suspension Repair Specialists

You don’t have to put up with your loose, broken, or unsafe suspension. At Riley Motor Company, we’re here to help. We’ve been serving Atlantic Canada since 1985, and now have a state-of-the-art repair facility at our new location on Windmill Road in Dartmouth. Whether you have a broken stabilizer bar on your Dodge Charger, loose ball joints on your GMC Sierra, leaking struts on your Toyota Corolla, or need a clunk diagnosed on your Hyundai Sonata, we’ll do it for you. We have the latest in repair equipment and technology and will precisely identify the cause of your suspension problem the first time around.

We know that economy suspension parts are prone to premature failure and can be ill-fitting. For the safest, quickest, and longest-lasting suspension repairs, we always use OEM and top-grade aftermarket parts at Riley Motor Company.

You can trust your suspension repairs to the specialists at Riley Motor Company. Call us or visit us at 294 Windmill Road in Dartmouth to schedule an appointment, or contact us online!

In Nova Scotia, the weather can change in a heartbeat. One moment, the sun can be shining and the next, you’re standing in a foot of snow. As a coastal community, Dartmouth is one of the harshest climates for you and your vehicle. You’ll want to make sure you’re firmly planted on the road.

Whether you drive a subcompact sedan like the Chevy Sonic or Ford Focus, an SUV like the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Honda Pilot, or a pickup truck like the Nissan Titan or Ram 1500, one thing is true: your tires are the only part of your vehicle to touch the ground (or at least they should be). That means your traction — the ability to grip the road — depends heavily on your tires.

What does that mean?

Accelerating, braking, and turning all depend on your traction. If your car can’t grip the road, your vehicle won’t end up doing what you tell it to do. That can put you in a dangerous situation, especially if the weather conditions make the highways treacherous. You need your tires to be in good shape to navigate Nova Scotia’s roads.

Your Tire Installation and Balancing Experts in Dartmouth

At Riley Motor Company, we know tires. Our technicians have decades of experience performing tire repairs and performing tire installation and balancing on virtually every make and model. We have brand new, cutting-edge tire equipment to offer the most accurate tire services in the area. Whether your Ford Explorer needs new tires, your Chrysler 300C requires its tires rotated, or your Acura MDX needs a tire repair, we’ll take care of it for you.

We’ve teamed up with some of the best-known tire brands to offer exceptional deals for every vehicle. We carry:

  • Hankook
  • Continental
  • Goodyear
  • BF Goodrich
  • Firestone
  • Kelly Tires
  • Pirelli
  • Uniroyal
  • And much more!

If you need new tires or tire servicesfor your vehicle, look no further than Riley Motor World in Dartmouth. Drop in at our location at 294 Windmill Road or call us hear about our selection.

In Nova Scotia, you’re required to have a valid Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) sticker on your vehicle. When your car is new, the MVI inspection sticker is valid for three years, and then you need to get your vehicle re-inspected. Only once your vehicle passes its MVI inspection do you get a new valid sticker for your car. And you’ll need an MVI inspection every two years.

Why an MVI Inspection?

The Nova Scotia Registrar of Motor Vehicles made it mandatory to have biennial vehicle inspections performed in an effort to make the roads in Nova Scotia safer. Vehicles with serious problems and in unsafe operating condition won’t pass the inspection which means fewer accidents and injuries.

The MVI inspection program is good for you as well. It keeps your vehicle in tip top shape so you and your family are safe whenever you’re out on the roads. It checks all the important components:

  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Brake materials and system condition
  • Lights and signals
  • Wheels and tires
  • Exhaust and fuel systems
  • Body components, windshield and glass
  • Safety controls

If there is a problem with your car that you don’t know about, the MVI inspection can catch the issue before you experience a costly breakdown or accident.

Choose Riley Motor Company for your MVI Inspection

At Riley Motor Company, we know it’s often time-consuming and inconvenient to have your MVI inspection scheduled and performed. Your day is packed and there are places you need to be. We’ll perform your MVI inspection thoroughly, then discuss the vehicle report with you in detail. We will explain anything that fails or needs attention and provide you with a comprehensive quote, and schedule the best time to take care of the repairs. Or if you’d prefer, we can take care of your repairs right away so you can get your valid MVI inspection sticker.

At Riley Motor Company, we’re all about you, our customer. We want you to love the vehicle you drive, whether that’s by selling you a vehicle or keeping your existing one in good repair. Visit us in at 294 Windmill Road in Dartmouth for your MVI inspection or to check out our selection of vehicles.

There’s nothing like the experience of cruising through the coastal community of Dartmouth. Whether the sea mist is hanging in the air on a cool spring morning or the sun is beating down on a beautiful summer day, driving through this scenic part of Nova Scotia is unbeatable. It would be a shame to miss this because you’re worried your car won’t stop.

You might notice your brakes squealing when you press the pedal. Your steering wheel may shake when you try to slow down. There may be an awful grinding noise as you finally come to a complete rest. Worse yet, your car may not slow down quick enough when you’re pressing on the brakes. These are all signs that you need brake repairs.

Brake problems can happen no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, old or new. And there are a wide range of brake issues, each requiring a different repair to fix the symptom.

  • A violent brake pulsation probably means you need new brakes and rotors.
  • Grinding when you apply the brakes often indicates that your brake pads are worn out completely.
  • A spongy brake pedal signifies air in the brake lines, probably due to a brake fluid leak somewhere.
  • And a squeal when you apply the brake pedal could mean just dirt on your brakes, a seized caliper, worn out parts, or simply a common noise from semi-metallic brakes.

No matter what the symptom, don’t postpone your brake repair. Every time you drive, you’ll eventually need to come to a stop, and you should be able to do so quietly and dependably.

Your Source for Reliable Brake Repairs in Dartmouth

You don’t need to worry about your brakes anymore. Your brake repairs are in good hands at Riley Motor Company. Whether you need routine brake pad and rotor replacement or more extensive work on your brake system, our certified technician can take care of all your brake repairs.

Our shop is equipped with the latest cutting-edge tools and equipment to make sure your brake repairs are completed accurately and efficiently every time. We use high quality aftermarket and OEM parts for all brake repairs at Riley Motor Company for your peace of mind.

To book your brake repairs and service at Riley Motor Company, call us today or use our online appointment form to schedule your visit.

If you think your engine oil is just for lubrication, guess again! The oil in your engine does keep everything moving smoothly inside the engine, but it does so much more. Your engine oil:

  • Cleans sludge and deposits from internal parts of your engine. This helps to keep oil flowing freely through the oil galleries and over all the engine’s parts.
  • Cools your engine. Most people aren’t aware that your engine oil actually performs up to 40 percent of your engine’s cooling.
  • Protects your engine from corrosion. Inside the engine, moisture can build up, causing corrosion on internal parts. That can rob you of engine power over time. Clean engine oil coats metal parts inside the engine to protect them from corrosion.
  • Reduces friction. All those metal parts inside your engine create a lot of heat as they rub against each other. Clean engine oil prevents premature wear inside your engine by forming a protective barrier between moving parts.

Who knew engine oil performed such an important role! That’s why it’s crucial that you get your oil change regularly.

Routine engine oil changes are part of every manufacturer’s required (not recommended) maintenance. Whether you drive a Chrysler 200 or a Lexus RX 350, the end result is the same when your oil change is neglected: engine problems and breakdowns.

Riley Motor Company Is the Best Source For Your Oil Change

You should be able to trust the business who performs your oil changes, which is why Riley Motor Company is your best choice. Serving Cole Harbour, Dartmouth, Halifax, and the surrounding area, our dealership has the expertise to keep your vehicle properly maintained.

We use quality oil filters, both OEM and name-brand aftermarket, for the best results over time. We know the best oil to use for your vehicle — whether conventional, synthetic, or a blend — based on your vehicle type, age, and usage. With every oil change service we perform, you receive a complimentary visual inspection of your vehicle so you can drive confidently until your next service.

If we detect any additional problems with your vehicle, we’ll notify you immediately to discuss the best course of action. We work with you to find the best fix according to your time and budget. We want to build a trusting relationship with you, so we won’t perform any repairs without your approval.

For quality oil change services and routine maintenance you can count on, trust Riley Motor Company in Dartmouth. Call us today or use our online appointment form to schedule your next oil change.

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