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What to do when you damage a wheel

I’m sure most of us have heard that horrible sound. That crunching crash that gives you a jolt as you realise you’ve just decorated your alloy wheels with gouges and scrapes. Gutter rash does happen, and it doesn’t have to ruin your week...

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What to do when you damage a wheel

What to do when you damage a wheel

Gutter-jumpers, kerb-crushers, pothole-thumpers - if you fall into any of these categories then it's likely you've damaged a wheel or two during your driving career. In fact, I’m sure most of us have, at one time or another, misjudged a corner or failed to see a pothole and heard that horrible graunching sound...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly
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ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly

What is ISOFIX? And should you have queued up like a crazed Apple iPhone fan to buy one when they first hit the shelves? To answer the second question first, no. ISOFIX child restraints that are compliant under the Australian Standard can now be used legally, but the old way is still fine. For a number of reasons, however, parents are now being encouraged to make the move to ISOFIX...


DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

It takes just five minutes and it could save a life. You can take steps to protect yourself and those you love by conducting a DIY tyre safety check before you hit the road this Easter long weekend. With unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes, the Easter long weekend has the potential to be a highly dangerous period on Australian roads...


DIY: tyre changing tips

DIY: tyre changing tips

Chances are we'll all eventually find ourselves in this sticky situation - stranded on the side of a busy road with a flat or punctured tyre. No need to panic. Most people, whether they know it or not, are more than capable of changing a tyre - provided of course, the spare and tools haven't been long ago ditched to make way for more boot room...


DIY: tyre changing tips
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DIY: tyre changing tips

Never changed a tyre before? Don't panic if you get a flat, all it takes is a bit of elbow grease and a willingness to get your hands dirty. In this DIY video Tegan Lawson and Trent Nikolic take you through the process step-by-step.


DIY Under The Bonnet Basics
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DIY Under The Bonnet Basics

Regularly checking the fluids under the bonnet can help keep your car in top shape and you could pick up major problems early. In this DIY video Tegan Lawson takes you through the basics, checking the oil, brake fluid, coolant, washer fluid and power steering fluid.


DIY: Alloy And Metal Exterior Detailing

DIY: Alloy And Metal Exterior Detailing

New vehicles certainly have less chrome, alloy, and various external metal surfaces than old cars do. That said, there's still plenty of cars with chrome detail trim and brushed alloy surfaces, not to mention (often expensive alloy wheels). For the purposes of photography check out the nasty chrome bumper on the 1958 Volkswagen Beetle above...


DIY: Tyre Pressure
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DIY: Tyre Pressure

For most of us, a car is one of the most expensive purchases we're ever going to make. So when you drive your shiny new toy out of the showroom, or even if you've purchased a second-hand vehicle, it's important to take the time to look after it. For one, tyre pressure needs to be checked regularly...


DIY: how to hitch a trailer
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DIY: how to hitch a trailer

If you've never hitched a trailer before, don't worry. We take you through the process step-by-step - this is a simple checklist to make sure you're safely hooked up. If you like boating, make sure you check out our partner site BoatAdvice.com.au...


DIY Hitching Up Your Trailer
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DIY Hitching Up Your Trailer

As part of a towing comparison video we've been working on, we spoke to Daniel from JD’s Boatshed about the basic tips and safety precautions you should take when you’re hitching up your trailer. Here’s the easy step-by-step guide. Step 1 – Lower the jockey wheel. It might sound obvious, but if you’re hitching up alone, this can be really annoying...


DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)
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DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

What do you do when you get in the driver's seat of a new car for the first time? Make sure you’re comfortable, right? Wrong. There’s a process you need to follow to ensure you’re in the best position to control the car, and stay as safe as you can in the event of a crash. Have a chat to any crash investigator, emergency response person, doctors or nurses...