Automotive


Help! What kind of car should I buy?

Buying a car is a considerable investment. But with the sheer number of makes and models of cars, all with their own features that apparently you can’t possibly do without, making a choice is a daunting task. No wonder then that you finding yourself screaming ‘help!’ In this article we identify some great cars for every lifestyle so read on to help narrow down your choice.
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5 Ways To Keep Down The Cost Of Your Car Insurance

Having adequate car insurance is essential. Paying the premiums is well worth it to make sure that you are covered from the bigger costs should the unexpected happen. However, it is possible to minimise the costs so that you’re not paying any more than you really have to. Read on to discover our top tips for keeping down the costs of your car insurance.
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Keeping Our Roads Safe: 5 Things Drivers Mustn’t Do

The crash statistics speak for themselves. Kiwi drivers are far from perfect. In fact, a great many crashes are down to our own stupid behaviour, which as well as endangering ourselves is also adversely affecting other road users. In this article we identify five behaviours that drivers mustn’t do whilst driving – for their own sake and the sake of everyone else using the road.
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Make Sure You Get The Best Out Of Your Vehicle

Car breakdowns and repairs can be expensive and Murphy’s Law says that they’ll usually happen at the worst possible time when it comes to your personal finances. In this article we look at the car maintenance issues that you should be keeping on top of to minimise the chances of something going wrong, or to at least flag up any issues before they become expensive headaches.
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3 Key Tips to Keep You Safe when Driving during the Winter Months

Winter can take a major toll on your vehicle, which is why it’s imperative you keep it in the best possible shape at all times. Think of your car as a child. You prepare your child for the winter weather – heavy jacket, boots, gloves, ear muffs, scarf, etc. Your vehicle is your child, and you must winterize it in order to maintain its proper working order.
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4 Important Steps to Preparing Your Vehicle to Be Sold

If you’re going to sell your car for the best possible dollar, you need a little advice on how to make this happen.  You’ll learn about preparing your car, cleaning your car, servicing your car, how to price your car, advertising your car, inspections for your vehicle and other documentation.
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Helpful Tips To Assist You In The Car Buying Process

Inspection Tips. Be sure you look at everything – not just the items the seller wants to show you. The best time to inspect a vehicle is on a sunny day. You’ll get a visual idea of the vehicle’s actual condition. The older, less expensive a car is, the chances for something to be wrong are higher. This is especially true if a vehicle has more than 100,000 miles on it. Keep in mind that it could have engine wear…
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To Idle Or Not To Idle

Car Care: Should You Idle Your Vehicle To Warm It Up. People will let their vehicles “warm up” before they take off in them. However, according to the Car Care Council (CCC), there’s no reason with today’s modern cars to be idled excessively for them to be driven in cold temperatures. CCC Executive Director Rich White said unless a person is trying to defrost their windshield or warm the inside…
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9 Useful Tips To Save On Fuel

There are many people who are unaware that how they drive can affect the amount of fuel the car consumes. With a few changes in your driving habits and maintaining your vehicle, you can cut down on your gas bill by nearly 20 percent. What could 20 percent mean to you? That’s money you can put toward a vacation or throw at a bill to bring down.  If everybody in New Zealand were to slice 20 percent…
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It’s Time to Leave Car Repairs to the Professionals!

In these days of on board computers, specialised oils, specialised lubricants and engine components, vehicles are far more technical than the old Ford Escort. DIY maintenance is therefore now out of the skill set of most people. So many trades and professions require a specialist ‘ticket’ in order to lawfully carry out work due to the genuine safety concerns – but still anyone can carry out repairs and maintenance around such vital components as steering and brakes.
Mistakes can and do prove to be far more costly than leaving the repairs to the professionals…
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