Celebrating Women In Auto: Q&A with Finance Manager Chelsea Gillis

We had a chat with finance manager Chelsea Gillis who has taken on multiple roles in the industry. Chelsea has been with OpenRoad for just over 8 years. We talk about her career, the importance of the finance manager’s role in the sales cycle, and what it means to be a woman in the automotive industry.

5 Brand New Manual Transmission Cars You Can Still Buy in Canada

It’s clear whether you’re looking for a new SUV, truck, sedan, or 2-door coupes and convertibles, there’s still a solid selection of new manual transmission vehicles for sale today. Here’s a list of Raymond’s 5 picks for brand new vehicles with manual transmissions available at an OpenRoad dealership near you.

Celebrating Women In Automotive

Celebrating Women in Automotive

Celebration can take many forms. One of the most significant forms is celebrating colleagues in the workforce. At OpenRoad Toyota Abbotsford, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize and acknowledge this diverse team of female automotive experts, who have helped steer us to success. Their knowledge in all parts of the industry, from vehicle sales to service, from financial services to accounting, have driven our business.

We are thankful and grateful for their contributions, and are fortunate to work alongside them at OpenRoad Toyota Abbotsford!

A sincere THANK YOU to all!!!

Women In Auto

One Tank Wonder – Valley Lullaby

If there are spotlight stealers on Vancouver Island, it’s this trio that garners all the attention. For road warriors who love to venture off the beaten track, this bodes well for the Comox Valley.

On a summery weekend visit to Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, we learned this verdant coastal region is an undiscovered treasure chest brimming with fun activities. Rich in history, the valley is a modest place devoid of the sense of entitlement that often settles on tourism-heavy destinations. What you see is what you get in the Comox Valley – and what meets the eye is unforgettable natural beauty, charming downtown cores, an emphasis on local, homegrown cuisine and soft adventures through which you can taste, feel and touch the island’s bounty.

One Tank Wonder – Artistry in Cowichan

Spend an inspiring weekend in the Cowichan Valley on southern Vancouver Island. Artistry is just one tank of fuel away from the Lower Mainland.

There’s something soothing and replenishing about immersing yourself in the arts and spending a weekend browsing through galleries, meeting artisans of all kinds and experiencing the beauty of their creations in a variety of media – including painting, sculpting, viticulture and cuisine. One of the best places for such immersion is the Cowichan Valley, where small towns like Ladysmith, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Chemainus and Duncan have become a haven for artistry. To experience that haven and glimpse the island’s talent, pack the car, head for the ferry and allow the pleasant journey to Duke Point to take you to a place where inspiration delivers astounding results.

6 Things to Do before Heading Out

Summer is upon us and road trip season is happening! BC Parks recently re-opened provincial campgrounds and parks to BC residents as a part of phase 2 of the province’s COVID-19 response. Before you head out on your next trip, follow this checklist to help you travel safely and avoid any issues.

Auto Lease vs. Finance

To lease or to finance your vehicle, that is the question. You’re not alone if you are a bit unsure. This isn’t a cut-and-dry decision because it depends not only on financial comparisons, but also on individual priorities and preferences. Let’s start with our side-by-side checklist to help guide your decision.