Motoring blog

Our blog features motoring news, tips and expert advice bought to you by the AA Motoring team.

Flat tyre

24 March 2017

How do I know if I have a flat tyre?

It only takes a small hole in your tyre to cause a flat. Tyre punctures are more commonly caused by a slow leak rather than a tyre blowing out at speed, making them harder to notice straight away. Onc... Read more

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21 March 2017

Why are utes so popular?

Utes used to be a popular choice of vehicle for farmers and tradespeople due to their payload, size and reliability. However, these features alone no longer cut the mustard with today’s consumers now ... Read more

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20 March 2017

March 2017 petrol and diesel prices

Petrol and diesel prices as at 17 March 2017 It’s been a long time between drinks, but we’ve finally seen the first change in national fuel prices in 5 weeks, with petrol and diesel falling by 3 cents... Read more

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15 March 2017

A mini MINI no more – the new Countryman 2017 makes a big entrance

The all new Countryman 2017, now available to the New Zealand public, is more spacious in every way, freeing up more room to either comfortably transport five, or load it with the travel gear and emba... Read more

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15 March 2017

Vehicle ownership costs – more than just the purchase price

Owning a vehicle involves a lot more than people might think, both in expenses and responsibility. Are you lifting the couch cushions just to put enough fuel in the car to get you through another week... Read more

Steering wheel

14 March 2017

The benefits of electronic power steering and its relationships with safety devices

Electronic power steering (EPS) has become an everyday feature in today’s vehicles. Traditionally motorists have been faced with two options when it comes to the choice of power steering – electronic ... Read more

Nisson X Trail 4Dogs

10 March 2017

Nissan’s new SUV is ‘pawfect’ for dog owners

Recent research from the Kennel Club in the UK has revealed that almost all dog owners consider their pets ‘part of the family’. Ninety percent of those surveyed transport their dogs in the car for mo... Read more


9 March 2017

Fault code frustrations

Many drivers have experienced the immediate feeling of dread when you notice an illuminated warning light displayed on the dash, followed by your vehicle cutting out. If you take it to the technician ... Read more

brand new car

8 March 2017

The pros and cons of buying a brand new vehicle

Buying new for the first time can be a bit daunting for many. As the price gap between used and new vehicles decreases thanks to the availability of new, quality compact cars from as little as $20K, m... Read more

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7 March 2017

The 2016 European Car of the Year arrives in New Zealand

Fresh from winning the 2016 European Car of the Year award, the all-new 2017 Holden Astra has touched down in NZ, and the manufacturer has gone to great lengths to ensure that this one remains Surpris... Read more

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