Everything a car dealer does not want you to know

Everything a car dealer does not want you to know

Car-making world tour starts here

Car-making world tour starts here

FULL JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT REVIEW

FULL JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT REVIEW

Which fuel is right for you?

Which fuel is right for you?

Click Here for All the Video Reviews

Click Here for All the Video Reviews

Full Hyundai Santa Fe Review & road test - best Hyundai ever

Full Hyundai Santa Fe Review & road test - best Hyundai ever

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Find out why new car affordability is at an all-time high

Find out why new car affordability is at an all-time high

Tell Fact Vs Fiction

Tell Fact Vs Fiction

Is this the ultimate muscle car?

Is this the ultimate muscle car?

Finally, an affordable classic

Finally, an affordable classic

Dog watch: Why the Cruze is a basket case

Dog watch: Why the Cruze is a basket case

How PREMIUM sometimes means POVERTY >>

Premium carmakers - Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW - have gutted their sub-$100k cars to compete with the Japanese on price. You get a badge ... and not much else. Aside from the Benz GLA Class on the right, check out how Audi Q3 -Vs- Mazda CX-5 >> It's hardly an isolated case. Mercedes-Benz A-Class -Vs- the Mazda3 >> The Japanese are light years ahead on measurable, objective criteria.

Does Mercedes-Benz GLA Class add up on objective value?

Does Mercedes-Benz GLA Class add up on objective value?

Choosing the right car

Choosing the right car

Best utes for work & play

Best utes for work & play

Which wagon suits you?

Which wagon suits you?

Why the Holden Colorado ticks every box

Why the Holden Colorado ticks every box

Know Your Car Finance

Getting the finance right is essential if you want to maximise the cost- and tax-effectiveness of car ownership. It all depends on your personal situation. Learn more here >> Find out how easy it is to secure a low interest rate. Ask me about low interest loans from reputable Australian lenders here >> That 11% the bank was going to charge you? Tell them to shove it. And you can find out how to tell how much a car loan really costs here >>

Save $$$ and preserve your warranty

Save $$$ and preserve your warranty

Protect yourself here >>

Protect yourself here >>

Got problems? I'll try to help

Got problems? I'll try to help


VIDEO FEATURES

Buying a Car
2014 Top 10 Motoring Myths

Time to separate fact from outright BS. These are the top 10 contemporary motoring myths.

How New Cars Have Never Been Cheaper

Petrol, water, electricity, groceries ... prices are out of control, right? Everything has become monumentally more expensive in the last two decades, right? Not exactly: new cars have halved in value. Halved. True story.

Should I Buy a Mercedes-Benz GLA 250?

Q&A from Trevor: I have become interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250. Do you think it is just a girlie cheap merc or a decent alternative to the Jeep? We are not getting any younger and could do with a lower vehicle with easier entry and exit for my sweet little Nana. 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Video Review & Road Test

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: you'll drive away in one for eighty-something thousand bucks. So it’s unbeatable value compared with the Germans. And it’s a real man’s SUV. The sort of vehicle the Marlborough Man would drive (remember him?) if he hadn’t croaked prematurely thanks to emphysema.

Who Really Killed the Australian Car Industry?

Ford, Holden and Toyota blame everyone and everything (except themselves) for the demise of local car making. The Federal government blames the opposition, and vice-versa. And the Victorian and South Australian premiers blame the feds. It’s all political buck-passing. Here’s what really killed car-making Down Under:

How to Feel Like a Formula 1 Driver for Under $300

Only elite racing drivers get to experience - routinely - three or four Gs. The rest of us can only dream … or maybe not. The video above is - quite possibly - insane. Pathalogically. Crazy. But cool. But definitely crazy. It’s one of the most profoundly comfort-zone obliterating experiences you’ll ever have.

Where is my New Car Really Made?

It's very hard to know where any car is really made. It's easy to presume, and be dead wrong. In practise, the car industry does not want you to know. And yeah; it matters. We've got allegedly German cars built in South Africa, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic and Spain. So-called Japanese cars that come from 'Straya, the UK, India and Thailand.We’ve got notionally American cars coming from Mexico and Canada, and allegedly South Korean cars coming from the Czech Republic and India. There are even French cars coming from South Korea, and Italian cars from Poland. It’s a multi-cultural motoring mish-mash, and the car industry really doesn't want you to think too hard about it. Not on the cusp of writing that big, fat cheque. Especially ze Chermans.

Mercedes-Benz Crash Repair & Insurance Counterfeit Parts Ripoff

Mercedes-Benz took a potshot at free-market competition recently, firing a gravity bomb into insurers, but what they’re really doing is trying to engineer a monopoly, so they can rip you off, with impunity, until the end of time. Mercedes-Benz even calls them "counterfeit" parts - framing the debate conveniently as if alternative suppliers of parts are in some way criminals, or perhaps black marketeers. In fact, what they are, are direct marketplace competitors.

Servicing & New Car Warranty Explained

You can save hundreds of dollars if you get your car serviced by an independent mechanic. And your new-car warranty absolutely will survive. Here’s everything you need to know to save the cash and keep your warranty intact.  According to the ACCC, provided you comply with three sensible conditions, your warranty will survive. Unfortunately, though, many car owners just don’t understand the rules of this game. 

Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core Video Review & Road Test

The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core is a brilliant execution of a modern-day muscle car. The SRT8 Core has the hot rod style roof chop, and it's a proper muscle car - with brain bending engine outputs on a more or less beer budget - and just enough grip to get you into trouble

Alfa Romeo MiTo Video Review & Road Test

Is the Alfa Romeo MiTo as good as it looks? Let's find out. When Alfa Romeo launched the MiTo in 2009, the range topped out at $37,490 - plus on-road costs - for the MiTo Sport. A lot happened since then: Prices were slashed, opening the MiTo up to a new range of potential buyers. Today, the range topping MiTo Distinctive is about $32k, drive away - a saving of around $9500, compared with 2009. 

Should I Buy a Mazda3 or Mercedes-Benz A Class?

If you’ve got 40 grand to spend, you can buy the works burger of Mazda3s or a mid-spec Mercedes-Benz A Class. They’re about the same on fundamentals. But let’s find out which one’s better value. 

Should I Buy a Citroen?

French carmaker Citroen is a very small player in Australia on the Australian automotive landscape – just 1500 sales annually. That’s less than 0.2 per cent of total vehicles sold. So: who would actually want one? I taste tested the top three cars in the range to find out

How Does Zero Per Cent Finance Really Work?

Those zero per cent new car finance offers you’ve seen. Don’t waste your breath enquiring. They’re a complete rip-off. Here’s why.

Should I Buy the Grand Cherokee or the Territory?

Jeep Grand Cherokee versus Ford Territory: If you've got just over two tonnes to tow, who you gunna call? The Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ford Territory? An easy question to answer. But maybe there's even a third option...

Should I Buy a Holden Cruze?

The Holden Cruze is a rolling disaster - one of the market's true lemons. Before wasting your cash on the Holden Cruze, make sure you read this post - then draw your own conclusions. Voted most likely to spontaneously combust - seriously. (Post includes alternative choices with far better underlying engineering.)

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

This is Hyundai's best-kept secret: the best vehicle in the range - no question. This post includes video, text, still images and links to comprehensive specifications

Should I Buy the Mazda or the Audi?

What does 'premium' really mean? In the case of small-medium SUVs, it means: "We stripped thousands of dollars out of our German vehicle so we could compete on price with the Japanese. Would you like a steering wheel with that?"

New Car Buyer 2014 Finance Forecast

2014 opens with a perfect storm for car buyers - with low interest rates on car loans and low prices on new cars. But what will happen later on in the year? Interest rate rises? Price rises? John Cadogan takes a look at the major economic forces driving the new car market, the car loans market, and the Australian economy. Find out why now is the perfect time to purchase a new car.

Does My Car Have a Drinking Problem?

How come the official fuel consumptionnumbers are always wildly optimistic?

 

TOP STORIES

Buying a Car
What 4WD Ute Should I Buy?

The 4WD ute segment is knee-deep in dogs. Once you flick the utes with fleas, the utes that are just under-done and the ones with expired use-by dates … there are just three 4WD utes you should consider buying. Let’s leave personal preference and marketing spin to one side and use the hi-tech miracle of objective criteria to process today’s dual-cab 4WD utes through the automotive abattoir. We’ll see which three manage to escape the knife.

How to Get Out of a Speeding Fine

My wife received a speed fine two months ago for 70 in a 60 zone. She paid the fine. In 35 years of driving she has never received a speeding ticket. She has a clean record. After hearing your comments on 2UE I thought I would ask you a question. My wife has resented the fact that her clean record has been tarnished plus the loss of point(s). We did not even know you could apply for a leniency. Is it possible to retrospectively for leniency on that tarnished record? 

Should I Fit a Hiclone to Save Fuel?

I have found a company called Hiclone Air Management Systems. They saying by fitting one or two of their products she could save 10-20 percent on fuel and a boost in performance. Have you heard of this company or products and if yes your thoughts please. They cost around $230 each so are not cheap. 

Should I Buy the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Hyundai Santa Fe?

I am not seeing too many kind comments from Jeep owners. Not sure if the number of complaints is due to a Jeep support issue when it comes to parts and the amount of time vehicles are off road awaiting parts and repair. (Noisy minority principle.) I am now hesitant and am starting to lean toward the Santa Fe as I don't want to spend time without a vehicle. I guess my question is, from your experience, are the reports of the Jeep unreliability just another Internet myth?

Should I Buy the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Jeep Cherokee?

We are looking at purchasing either a Hyundai Santa Fe Elite or a Jeep Cherokee Limited. We found your review of the Hyundai Santa Fe very informative [check it out here >>] and just wondered if you have reviewed a Jeep Cherokee Limited recently? 

Should I Buy Petrol or Diesel?

Time to look at petrol versus diesel. Let’s find out if a diesel car - or a diesel SUV - is right for you. Especially if you’ve never owned one before. And, we’ll find out why they’re more expensive. This is, basically, diesel, for dummies.

Should I Buy the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V?

I have looked at the Mazda CX-5 petrol. Found it a bit sluggish and boot room seemed a bit too tight for 3 kids. Drove the Mazda6 wagon too - again boot room was a bit small. So decided to look at Toyota RAV 4 as wife is a big Toyota fan. Liked it drive-wise and boot space wise but in terms of internal layout etc was a bit boring. Apparently they also have a diesel which are easier to come by. Drove the Honda CR-V today and loved it to bits. Kids were happy with back seat and cargo space was good too. Wife still prefers the Toyota RAV4 and I prefer the Honda CRV (seems to be better built and drives better plus is cheaper!!). Any suggestions / recommendations?

What Wagon Should I Buy?

We are looking to purchase a new (or used) small to medium wagon. We are not real fans of SUVs. Our requirements are roof racks, ability to add a tow bar and preferably leather seats. We are looking at the Renault Megane wagon, Hyundai i40, Hyundai i30 and that's about it really (you have scared us off the Cruze). Any advice?

Should I Buy a Skoda Octavia or Mazda6 or Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Santa Fe?

I am in the market for a family friendly and versatile car. I am not yet sold on an SUV (although my wife is). What are your thoughts on the Skoda Octavia? I understand the issues it inherits from VW DSG transmission however I would consider the manual.

Should I Buy a Jeep Wrangler?

I am interested in buying a 4WD Jeep Wrangler petrol manual four door. Can you shed some light on the brand, and who would be the best dealer to contact or the best price range, warranty etc. 

How Do I Repair a Faulty Mercedes-Benz ECU?

To rectify this fault, I have been informed that a new module will cost in excess of $3000!!! I have also been informed that a second hand unit will not suffice, because the module is suitable for a single vehicle use only. As I understand it, if a used module is simply transferred from one car to another, the computer becomes "confused" and it will not run at all. John, may I ask if this scenario sounds reasonable to you?

How Do I Find Cheap Spare Parts?

Australian car owners are systematically ripped off on spare parts. Here's how you can sidestep the process, and - potentially - save thousands.

How Long Do Isuzu Engines Last?

What do B10 and B50 engine life standards really mean, and are they relevant to vehicle buyers? Isuzu says 90 per cent of MU-X engines should go 500,000km. Will they, in reality? And what do engine durability standards really mean?

How do I Sell a VW Polo Lemon?

Volkswagen's outrageous record of engineering failures continues. Here's yet another tale of woe from yet another disgruntled owner. Seriously: Vee-Dub should just give the business to the Japanese to run properly.

Colorado 7 Versus Isuzu MU-X?

So, should you replace your ageing Kia Sorento with one of these atrocious ute-based disasters? Me thinks probably not

How to Find Expert, Impartial New Car Buying Advice

New research says car buyers have evolved - and steam-driven, Dickensian dealers (knock me down, feather-wise) have failed to adapt. Again...

Which Small SUV Should I Buy?

Good Vs Bad across a big price range: Suzuki Vs Mazda Vs Hyundai.

Should I Get Paint Protection for my New Car?

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Noooooooooooooooo. Here's why.

What Small Car Should I Buy?

The top five 'must drives' in the small car segment - drive at least three of these to benchmark diminutive automotive greatness - before buying anything else in the market

Which SUV - Grand Cherokee Vs Santa Fe Vs CX-5

Daniel said he wanted an SUV triple-test. Jeep V Mazda V Hyundai - admittedly unconventional all-terrain bedfellows. Here's one I prepared earlier...