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Car finance: 3 years, 4 years, 5 years... which is best?

Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at finder.com.au If you don’t have enough in savings to buy the vehicle outright, taking out a car loan is one way to get you on the road sooner...

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Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out

Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out

Right now, dual-cab utes sit number one and two on the list of highest-selling cars in Australia. They’re bought by tradies and 4WDers right? Wrong. Many of them are bought as an everyday run-around and rarely, if ever, hit the dirt or sand. As a keen off-roader, I find it upsetting that many 4WDs never heed their calling...


Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims
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Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims

I'm sure you all have mates like mine: they love bragging about the acceleration times listed on their brochures. But, in the real world, these times are often only achievable through a sometimes tricky-to-initiate launch control system...


Michelin Pilot Sport 4S review
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Michelin Pilot Sport 4S review

Buying new tyres is not a pleasant experience. Not just because you’re about to spend a large sum of money, but because you have to pick a tyre and be happy with it… For a long time. Like, a very long time. So if you screw it up and get something that doesn’t work well on your car, you’re stuck with it for a while...


New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the December update
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New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the December update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between...


The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

Jas is on a tight budget, looking for a new or ex-demonstrator car with practicality and a compact footprint. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


The Shortlist: Seven-seat AWD SUV, decent towing capacity and good ownership prospects

The Shortlist: Seven-seat AWD SUV, decent towing capacity and good ownership prospects

Jacques is looking at a new family SUV to replace his ageing Volvo XC90, which has developed a few problems in recent times. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


The Shortlist: Petrol, conventional auto, full-size spare wheel - easy, right?

The Shortlist: Petrol, conventional auto, full-size spare wheel - easy, right?

Bruce is in the market for a petrol automatic vehicle to replace his much-loved Citroen C5. Let's see what we can do... Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


The Shortlist: $18k commuter car with camera and sensors

The Shortlist: $18k commuter car with camera and sensors

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


The Shortlist: Relaxed car with adaptive cruise control for extended driving

The Shortlist: Relaxed car with adaptive cruise control for extended driving

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres

The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


The Shortlist: Fun to drive, all-wheel-drive, practical vehicle up to $70K

The Shortlist: Fun to drive, all-wheel-drive, practical vehicle up to $70K

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


Ford Powershift transmission issues explained
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Ford Powershift transmission issues explained

Dual-clutch transmissions have not had the best reputation in Australia. From the Volkswagen experience to the latest spout of issues with Ford’s PowerShift transmissions, the concept of ditching the conventional torque converter in favour of a ‘next-generation’ transmission has not been the smoothest experience for both customers or manufacturers...


The Shortlist: Mid-sized SUV to replace a Mazda 3, on a budget

The Shortlist: Mid-sized SUV to replace a Mazda 3, on a budget

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


The Shortlist: Family with a toddler, AWD car up to $40K

The Shortlist: Family with a toddler, AWD car up to $40K

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


The Shortlist: Quiet SUV for a couple in their sixties
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The Shortlist: Quiet SUV for a couple in their sixties

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...