Motoring blog

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

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11 October 2017

Why are we scared of cambelts?

In the ongoing quest to save the pennies and keep costs down, there is one particular stigma attached to buying a used car that can make the difference between deal or no deal. That’s right, the cambe... Read more

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11 October 2017

Finding a ute to suit

Choosing a ute isn’t an easy decision to make. In many ways, it’s tougher than picking out your average, everyday car. Not only do people want something big enough to carry their livestock, weekend ge... Read more

2017COTY top 10

9 October 2017

Market well covered with New Zealand Car of the Year top 10

Determining the best of the best for the 2017 New Zealand Car of the Year will be especially challenging for judges this December. The New Zealand Automobile Association and New Zealand Motoring Write... Read more

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2 October 2017

Are we there yet? How to get the kids road trip ready

Labour day is just around the corner which means loads of us will soon pack up our cars with togs and towels, barbecues, buckets and inflatable toys, and head off to our favourite destination for the ... Read more

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30 September 2017

Stop Start systems

Manufacturers continue to come up with new genius ways to improve their vehicles, both to attract new buyers and to meet industry guidelines and best practises. One example is stop-start technology, w... Read more

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29 September 2017

5 tips when buying from a dealership

Driving a new car can be a great experience in life. Walking into a dealership and buying one, on the other hand, can rank up there with public speaking and dentist visits in terms of fear and anxiety... Read more

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27 September 2017

Run Flat tyre technology

With so many backroads in our beautiful country, a flat tyre can happen in the most awkward of places and sometimes right in a spot where there’s no safe place to pull over. Even if you know how to ch... Read more

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21 September 2017

First impressions of the new Range Rover Velar

The blurred lines between Range Rover and Land Rover are set to become a bit clearer with the introduction of the all-new Range Rover Velar. Representing the AA, I attended the New Zealand launch of t... Read more

Arteon

15 September 2017

Clever Cars

With every new car we test, we find it quite mind-blowing discovering how modern technology and electrics have been used to do amazing things in the name of safety, luxury or comfort. Much of new vehi... Read more

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15 September 2017

The age-old debate of automatic vs manual

There’s a constant debate among drivers as to what transmission type performs best on the road – automatic or manual. There are some key differences between the features of manual and automatic transm... Read more

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