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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...

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Ready for a new car? Seven ways to sell your old one

Ready for a new car? Seven ways to sell your old one

Preparing to buy a new car can be both exciting and daunting. If you've checked your finances, researched which car is right for you and finally decided on the one, chances are you need to say goodbye to your current car...


2016 Performance Tyre Test
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2016 Performance Tyre Test

Owning a performance car is a pricey proposition. More so, when you consider the on-costs of actually using your car's performance in a manner that is both enjoyable and rewarding. Apart from the mechanical maintenance requirements, which include brake and engine fluid changes, the most expensive consumables are indeed brake pads and tyres...


Q and A with Henrik Fisker: The story behind America's newest car brand
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Q and A with Henrik Fisker: The story behind America's newest car brand

Henrik Fisker is an automotive veteran with what you could only call an eclectic back catalog. The Dane is many things to many people. Brash, bold, a man with contrasting visions...  Ten minutes with him is enough to understand why. For those late to the party, Fisker designed poster-worthy cars such as the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, and then went out on his own and started an eponymous electric car brand during the infancy of Tesla...


Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015/16

Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015/16

One of the most deeply personal aspects of buying a new car is choosing the colour. It's a reflection of who we are, and the considerations vary greatly from person to person. Be it the desire to make a fashion statement, an attempt to preserve re-sale value or even choosing which colours are least likely to be targeted by thieves, there's a lot to consider...


Try before you buy : test drive tips

Try before you buy : test drive tips

At 17 years-old, when I bunny-hopped and gutter-jumped my brand new (to me) Holden Barina out of the car yard, I didn't realise it would cost me approximately $62.55 more than I expected during the course of my three year ownership. I knew my loan repayment, servicing, insurance and registration costs, and with the know-it-all enthusiasm of any teenager freshly moved out of home, buzzing with the freedom four-wheels brings, I'd also budgeted for incidental repairs...


2015 Lotus Elise S - getting in and out challenge!
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2015 Lotus Elise S - getting in and out challenge!

Read the article here. Any Lotus is notoriously difficult to get into. It doesn’t matter whether its an Elise, Evora or Exige – the challenge remains the same. When the Lotus Elise S Club Racer arrived in the CarAdvice Garage we rounded up some volunteers from the office and asked them to show us their technique...


Luxury car tax: Four things you might not know
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Luxury car tax: Four things you might not know

Every know and then, a figure from automotive industry pops up to decry the luxury car tax (LCT) and call for its abolition. If you’ve ever wondered what the LCT is, how it's calculated, if it’s avoidable or why we have it, this feature is for you. What is it? Technically LCT is levied on the person selling the car, but the dealer will invariably passes this cost on to the buyer...


How do I take great photos of my car? Top 10 car photography tips

How do I take great photos of my car? Top 10 car photography tips

We take a lot of pride in the way we tell our stories through some fantastic photography, the majority of which is shot in-house by our talented media team. We get questions all the time in regard to our shots, and CarAdvice reader Marc asks... Q: I love the photos you guys take and would really like to learn how to take better shots of my car...


DIY: how to jump start a car with a portable power pack

DIY: how to jump start a car with a portable power pack

It's late at night, you've parked down a dark alley in the city and taken off for dinner. You come back and your car won't start. Flat battery. Uh oh. Australian company Laser has released the Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter, which it claims to have designed for situations just like this...


DIY: how to jump start a car using a portable power pack
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DIY: how to jump start a car using a portable power pack

http://www.caradvice.com.au/385267/laser-portable…r-jump-starter/?yt_desc - Read the article here. Chances are we’ve all found ourselves stranded with a flat battery at some point in the past – a situation that would be even worse if you then realized your mobile phone is also flat...


Types of car finance : a quick guide
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Types of car finance : a quick guide

When it comes to time to putting a new car in your driveway, there are a lot of financing options available. We take a look at the four basic methods for funding your next vehicle. Personal or car loan The loan is probably the simplest financial product to understand: a financial institution lends you a big wad of cash and you use it to buy something...


Hyundai Motorsport: Inside WRC service
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Hyundai Motorsport: Inside WRC service

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is comprehensively the toughest motorsport on the planet. Huge kilometres in harsh conditions abiding by strict rules: rallying is not for the faint of heart. But where many a rally has been won or lost, is inside the temporary walls of a team's service bay...


Tips for applying for car finance
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Tips for applying for car finance

Chances are that when you’re buying a car, you’ll need some form of financing to help pay for it. Here are some tips that should help smooth the process a little. Note that in this piece we're not going to discuss the different types of financing that are available, that will be the topic of an upcoming article...


Top 10 tips for driving to the snow : 2015 Mazda CX-5 Akera

Top 10 tips for driving to the snow : 2015 Mazda CX-5 Akera

It's a favourite Aussie winter pastime; heading off to the snowfields for the weekend. We've currently got a Mazda CX-5 Akera in the Melbourne long-term fleet and the recent 'Arctic Vortex' phenomenon had us keeping a keen eye on conditions waiting for the perfect time to head to Mount Buller...


On-road costs explained
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On-road costs explained

Buy almost anything in Australia, from an ice cream through to 100-inch flat-screen TV, and the advertised is sticker price is the maximum you will pay. You may be able to negotiate the price of big ticket items down, such as that enormous television, but the law states that retailers must include the cost of the goods and services tax (GST) in any advertised price...


Tips for calculating your car-related tax deduction
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Tips for calculating your car-related tax deduction

Another financial new year has come and gone, so it’s time for most of us to start thinking about our taxes. Here are a few tips that may help with some of your car-related tax work. Unless you’re on a novated lease, any kilometres you do in your car for your job or business can contribute towards a tax deduction...