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Road Trip USA: San Antonio to Dallas, Texas

Road Trip USA: San Antonio to Dallas, Texas

You've no doubt seen our great driving roads stories that have been a new addition to the CarAdvice portfolio. It’s an obvious subject to cover given any of us who love driving, have a predilection for hunting down – and mastering – the great roads we’ve all read about around the globe...

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Capped-price servicing FAQ: What's offered, what's covered and the limitations
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Capped-price servicing FAQ: What's offered, what's covered and the limitations

Thanks to fierce competition and a strong dollar, we’ve been buying cars at a faster rate than at any other time in our history. Regardless of whether our purchases are driven by our love of a good deal, sheer necessity or a passion for things automotive, few, if any, of us look forward to taking our four-wheeled friends for a service...


ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous
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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous

'Safety first'. It's a phrase commonly uttered in schools, workplaces, and even in the home. But in the wake of the Ford Mustang’s recent two-star ANCAP safety rating, the notion of safety actually being first has, yet again, come to the fore...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

Hi there, I’m Tegan Lawson and welcome to the CarAdvice News Desk. Let’s take a look at what’s been making headlines this week. The details of three Holden Commodore special editions have been released with production due to begin mid-year. Holden has confirmed it will shut down production at its Elizabeth plant, outside of Adelaide on October 20 of this year...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Buying a new car? Here are 11 things you should consider first
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Buying a new car? Here are 11 things you should consider first

So you want to buy a car? Excellent! But a car is one of the most significant purchases in your life, and one you want to make sure get right. Whether it's a commuter, an extension of your personality, or for work, the options available are more plentiful and varied than ever before. To make sure you get the right car for the right price, research and preparation is key...


BMW Individual brings high-end style and colour personalisation within reach

BMW Individual brings high-end style and colour personalisation within reach

We’ve all heard the stories, one-off special build cars made for Sheiks, Sultans and Rock Stars. Unobtainable personalisation for those who yield unobtainable wealth. But did you know that you could have your very own, one-of-one build, without extending too far from the brochure list price? BMW Individual is a program that allows an expanded array of paint and trim options to be applied to a number of models within the BMW range...


Safety features and considerations you can no longer ignore
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Safety features and considerations you can no longer ignore

Most cars, these days, are equipped with no shortage of standard features and a host of compelling options. But, with all manner of abbreviations and new technologies arriving in the ever expanding new-car market, how do you keep on top of what is worth your spend..


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...


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...