Elly Ruge is a world traveler, foodie, race car driver, grandmother and owner of Cowichan Auto Repair and Mobile Detailing. She believes every car should have a dash camera!

‘I believe everyone should have a dash cam in their car’

You’ll save money, your valuables and collect memories with a dash camera for your car

One of Elly Ruge’s customers was stopped at a red light, when the car in front of him reversed. The driver had realized they were too far out in the intersection and backed up without looking, hitting the customer’s hood.

“ICBC automatically blames the car at the rear in this type of accident, and the other driver denied that they’d reversed,” says Elly, owner of Cowichan Auto Repair. “Which is why I believe everybody should have a dash cam in their car!”

Elly had already installed a dash camera in her customer’s car, so he was able to email the video clip of the accident to ICBC and prove what really happened.

“Within an hour of sending the video ICBC called him to say the other driver was 100 per cent at fault. That saved my customer thousands of dollars — no rate increase, plus the deductible and repairs were covered by the other driver’s insurance.”

3 reasons to get a dash camera

All of Cowichan Auto Repair’s loaner cars have dash cameras installed, because Elly is clearly a fan of the technology. What’s your number one reason for installing a dash cam?

  1. Reduce ICBC rates: ICBC doesn’t offer discounted premiums simply for installing a dash cam, but they can save you potential rate increases by providing crucial evidence in the case of an accident. Prove you’re not at fault, and save yourself extra expenses.
  2. 24/7 security monitoring: “Many cameras can be programmed to stay on 24/7, so while you’re away your car is watching for you,” Elly says. The camera can monitor activity in the area surrounding your vehicle as well, offering extra security.
  3. Road trip memories: Aside from owning Cowichan Auto Repair, Elly is a world traveller and race car driver, so a few years ago when she took a two-month road trip through 36 countries, she brought her dash cam with her. “You can set dash cameras up in different ways, to make a ‘trip log’ of your travels. I compressed a two-month trip into an hour-long video. It’s a great memory!”

Elly has been around cars her whole life, from her early days at her dad’s auto shop to her years as an international rally car racer. For the last four years she’s been running the award-winning Cowichan Auto Repair in Duncan, which welcomes all drivers (and their dogs). The shop is AskPatty Certified Female Friendly, and hosts workshops to empower and educate drivers on their vehicles.

Have a dash camera purchased and installed for as little as $249 at Cowichan Auto Repair, 5275 Trans-Canada Highway/Chaster Road in Duncan. Call 778-422-3100 for an appointment, or visit cowichanautorepair.com.

Auto Repair and MaintenanceSecuritywomen in business


Visit Cowichan Auto Repair to purchase and install a dash camera in your vehicle.

Find Cowichan Auto Repair at 5275 Chaster Rd (Trans-Canada Highway) in Duncan, or call 778-422-3100 for an appointment.

Just Posted

Flashback: Teddy bears, dinosaurs, cougars, oh my!

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

85 per cent of the information we require to drive safely comes to us through our eyes.

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Hundreds march against location of safe injection site

A Voice for Our Children opposes centre being near schools, recreation sites

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Most Read