Owned by its members, Peninsula Co-Op shares profits from its grocery, petroleum, and convenience stores with its members and the larger community. Beginning with a simple Food Centre on Keating Cross Road in 1977, the burgeoning co-op expanded into fuel services and now operates 14 gas centres throughout the area. Members receive a rebate on all petroleum purchases made throughout the year, and the original Food Centre offers a full service deli, bakery, and host of local and national-brand meat, produce, and groceries. Peninsula also keeps homes running with access to heating fuel and frees cars from grime with a full-service car wash. Each visit channels profits back into community enterprises, and affords a chance to rub elbows with Cooper, the co-op's mascot and quality-control expert for all salmon and honey.
Helmed by owner Monte Graham, Great Canadian Oil Change's technicians keep domestic and foreign vehicles purring with a lineup of services that garnered them the "2009 Company of the Year" award from the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. Requiring no appointments, Graham's techs replace dirty old oil with conventional oil from brands such as Mobil or synthetic blends mixed by the world's most noted bartenders. They also check other necessary fluids and perform minor maintenance such as windshield-wiper replacement. After chariots gallop out of the shop, the staff sends all used oil, filters, and antifreeze off to licensed and bonded recycling companies.
Though Fountain Tire specializes in tire sales and installation, the centre’s technicians are also aptly trained in a variety of repair and maintenance services. They right wobbly cars with new Goodyear and Dunlop tires, kick engines into high gear with Quaker State motor oils, and replace anything from transmissions to belts and hoses with Napa auto parts. The techs also take a similarly restorative approach to cosmetics with detailing services for cars as well as more obscure equipment such as farm, mining, and industrial machinery.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Sidney Transmission & Autocare diagnose car troubles across all makes and models using a combination of computerized equipment and ongoing training. The team manoeuvres around electrical systems and transmissions to suss out underlying issues or to install fresh ACDelco parts that keep engines humming like a cartoon villain trying to act casual. The convenience-minded management team offers free shuttle service, as well as late-night and early-morning drop-off options to keep clients going about their daily business.
More than 140 Tirecraft shops have popped up across the country since Town & Country Tire bought Peters Tirecraft in 1990 and morphed into Tirecraft Auto Centre. One of those shops is Dumont Tirecraft & Auto Centre, which hatched as a tire center in 1991 and eventually grew into a mature garage that today offers a full list of maintenance services and supports local organizations such as the Sooke Fall Fair and the Sooke Legion. Inside, technicians ply their trade with everything from routine oil changes to wheel alignments and custom exhaust jobs, guaranteeing their work with a 90-day warranty and a car-shaped force field. And they still dabble in their original field of interest—tires—by outfitting passenger vehicles, ATVs, trucks, and other vehicles with treads from dealers such as Bridgestone and Cooper.