Long line-ups as Montrealers scramble to change winter tires
MONTREAL – If you’ve procrastinated over changing your winter tires, you might find yourself in a bit of a line-up Monday.
At Pneus Gordons on Cavendish Boulevard, at least 30 people began waiting in line at 4:30 a.m.; doors opened at 6:45 a.m.
The workshop says it only takes the first 20 to 25 people in the queue – and most cars won’t be done until the end of the day.
One employee, Alex Senecal, explains the last-minute backlog happens every year.
His advice: book your appointments in advance so you can get your car back within the hour.
It was the same scene at Joe & Ralph Auto on Walkley Avenue in NDG.
"At one point in the office, I think I counted there were 30 people inside, there were about 20 people waiting outside to get in and at one point I just stood up and said, 'I need to organize. Please give me some space,'" said Adriano Colafabio of Joe & Ralph Auto.
In October, CAA-Quebec warned that Quebecers should install their winter tires as soon as possible – ideally just as the temperatures dip below seven degrees Celcius.
Waiting until the first snowfall of the season, as many Quebecers do, is too late, the agency warned.
Montreal’s first winter storm is expected to hit this week, with Environment Canada forecasting between 15 and 20 cm of snow and strong winds.
The winter tire deadline in Quebec is Dec. 1.