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Seven things you must do before buying a new car
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Seven things you must do before buying a new car

Think about this; before you drop a few hundred dollars on a brand-new TV, what do you do before going to the shops? Chances are you go online, scouting for deals - read a few reviews, compare models and prices and generally arrive at the shop armed with an array of information before you're even near the brightest new OLED unit...


Tow ball mass: What does it all mean?
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Tow ball mass: What does it all mean?

Tow ratings have become pretty serious marketing fodder among SUV and pickup manufacturers. Superlatives abound about ‘best in class’ capabilities, but while the maximum rating is good to know, there is another value that might just be more important. Tow ball mass...


The top five small cars you can buy right now
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The top five small cars you can buy right now

To say that buyers of small cars are spoilt for choice in Australia, is an understatement. There are over 20 manufacturers offering more than 40 variants in nearly countless engine, transmission and trim combinations, of our favourite urban-centric small hatches and sedans...


Hyundai Australia suspension tuning: We go behind-the-scenes with the new i30
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Hyundai Australia suspension tuning: We go behind-the-scenes with the new i30

Most car brands in Australia understand the unique demands that our diverse and isolated roads place on globally-developed products. Hyundai’s point of difference compared to a number of rivals comes from its supportive parent in Korea. As we have written about extensively, Hyundai Australia (HMCA) has its very own team of engineers and testers tasked with bespoke localised tunes to make sure they're very different from their home-market cousins...


'Secret shopping' a Ford Ranger service
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'Secret shopping' a Ford Ranger service

At both ends of the market, cars are becoming better and better with every new generation. No surprise, then, that manufacturers are seeking new battle fronts to gain a competitive edge with buyers. Because of this, vehicle servicing has become a way to create a real point of difference, both in service offering as well as cost...


How does CarAdvice learn about new car technology? Behind the scenes at the Audi Tech Day in Munich
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How does CarAdvice learn about new car technology? Behind the scenes at the Audi Tech Day in Munich

The CarAdvice team travels around the globe each year to delve into the world of car technology. So, when CarAdvice reader Trent asked what we actually do at these events, we decided to go behind the scenes at an Audi Tech Day in Germany to show you, the reader, what happens. Q: Hello CarAdvice...


Why should I lower my tyre pressure when driving off-road?
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Why should I lower my tyre pressure when driving off-road?

It is a question we get asked here all the time at CarAdvice. If you are going off road, why do you need to lower your tyre pressures? Jack asks: Q: I’m starting to get into off-roading and I’ve been told to lower my tyre pressure for better traction, but I’m not sure at what stage to do this and what do I lower them to? A: To get the best answer we spoke with Simon Christie, a seasoned off-road expert from 4WD-TV...


Which should I buy, FWD, RWD or AWD?: Vehicle dynamics and stability control tested
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Which should I buy, FWD, RWD or AWD? Vehicle dynamics and stability control tested

If you’re buying a new car, you’ll face a choice of drivetrain layouts. And while engine position may vary from a front, rear or mid placement, the powered wheels will inevitably be those up front, those out back, or all four. CarAdvice reader Julie contacted us to ask which way should she lean for her next new-car purchase...


ISOFIX-compatible child seats: your questions answered
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ISOFIX-compatible child seats: your questions answered

ISOFIX-compatible child seats have been legal to use on Australian roads since September 2014, yet there still seems to be a bit of confusion among parents. Are ISOFIX seats mandatory? Is the top-tether necessary? Is the old way still okay? We regularly field questions regarding ISOFIX, including this one from Catriona. Q: Hi CarAdvice...


How does rear cross-traffic alert work?
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How does rear cross-traffic alert work?

The development of safety features and their rate of inclusion in new cars is forging ahead at a phenomenal rate. The safety features in a car can be split into three broad categories; passive safety features, active safety features and driver assistance technology. Essentially, passive safety features are those that help to protect the occupants in the event of a crash, like airbags, seat belts and crumple zones...