Have you bought a new car in the past year? Chances are pretty good that you went with a diesel model.
In Australia, we love our diesel engines, with nine out of ten utes and over half of all SUVs purchased last year running on Diesel. Overall, a third of all cars sold are diesel models, and this number keeps rising. But have you stopped to consider if driving diesel is the best choice for you?
Car theft in Australia has re-entered the public consciousness with a bang – and the facts back it up. According to Carsafe.com.au, we’re experiencing the biggest increase in car theft since 2011, and between September 2015 and September 2016, an average of 148 cars was stolen every day, valued at over AUS$500 million.
Initial findings from a recent landmark study have placed a huge question mark on the fuel consumption and emissions labels found on new cars. The breakthrough ‘Real World’ study conducted by the Australian Automobile Association has put the spotlight on the accuracy of showroom labels, helping Australian car owners understand better why the price they pay at the petrol pump does not match what the fuel consumption labels on their cars say.
Be good to your car before your road trip and it will return the favour.Do this by taking good care of it – have it thoroughly inspected and repaired (if needed) or parts replaced - before departure. Having a road trip checklist to refer to will make sure that you have a car that is in good condition for an extended journey.
Here are some of the essential items that would appear on any experienced mechanic’s safety checklist:
While Australians may be avid sun lovers, the same can’t be said for their cars. Extreme summer temperatures in Australia can wreak its own form of torture on a sun-baked car. From overheated engines to blown radiators to reducing the lifespan of the battery, the destructive effects of the summer heat on your vehicle can be wide ranging and not just limited to the exterior of a car.
For new car owners in Australia and those whose warranties are still valid, sticking to your car’s logbook service dates is a matter of necessity where it matters most: you save money when you do or spend money if you don’t. Can following logbook service dates put more money into your pocket and save you countless frustrations when having to make a claim? We say yes to both. Let us take you through the different ways that it can.
Winter temperatures can take a toll on your car. And in saying goodbye to the icy visage of winter, bring in the spring by tending to important auto maintenance. Come warmer weather some parts of your car will need more attention than others. Here’s our guide to taking good care of your car this spring.
Keeping your car’s engine in tip top condition is one of the biggest payoffs of servicing your car at a professional and reputable auto car service centre. Widely referred to as the heart of a vehicle, a healthy engine translates into many years of reliable and stress-free performance.
The common benefits of having your car serviced (such as ensuring reliability and avoiding mechanical problems) are widely known. But routine car maintenance performed by reputable technicians can offer car owners additional benefits. Improving fuel efficiency, enhancing safe driving conditions and increasing a car’s resale value are just some of the lesser known perks of having your car serviced.
Selling your car privately in Australia need not be a headache-inducing experience. By improving your car’s resale value, you can sell your car quicker without any unnecessary fuss. Fortunately Midas has a few top insider tricks of the trade for you to make your car more ‘sellable’ to a potential buyer.
A highly effective driver knows the importance of ensuring that all road rules and regulations are met, but they also know the importance of looking after their car. If you are one of the nine out of ten Australians (living in the greater outer areas of major Australian metropolises) spending an hour and a half on the road commuting to work every day (as reported by a recent government analysis) then having a reliable car to drive becomes a top priority. A reliable car translates into having an engine that is well-tuned and that sees consistent regular service schedules being responsibly maintained.
Living in Australia, we use our car’s air conditioning systems a lot. It’s a feature of our car that we take for granted until it stops working – and only then do we stop to think about the mechanisms that allow it to work and what we can do to keep them operating at a premium.
Is there any part of your car that you put more trust in than your brakes? Most people would say “no”. All of us have had at least one incident where a sudden brake slam prevented a minor or major accident. The reality is that animals and children dart into the road, people drive badly, and the weather can also toss some unexpected conditions at us. These are all things that are not supposed to happen but unfortunately, do.
If there’s one thing we love in Australia, it’s driving. Ever since cars were first introduced to our continent, demand and sales have steadily increased – not stopping for the global financial crisis or anything else for that matter. So it only makes sense that because we spend so much time in them, that we would want to make our fuel go as far as we can.