Motoring blog

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

Volvo announce electrification

6 July 2017

Volvo to roll out electric propulsion across all new models from 2019

Volvo Cars has announced that every new car it launches from 2019 will be available with an electric motor.The move, announced this week, signals one of the most significant steps towards embracing el... Read more

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28 June 2017

Get a quote before organising vehicle repairs

If your last warrant of fitness inspection or service check left you with a long to-do list, here’s how to get the best from a service provider. Estimate vs quote It may be easy to let your fingers do... Read more

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27 June 2017

Buying a deregistered vehicle

Many vehicles in New Zealand fall victim to being deregistered and if you’ve recently been searching the used car market, you’ll have found that these cars can often be snapped up for a bargain price.... Read more

airbags

26 June 2017

How airbags save lives

The concept of the airbag has been around since the 1950s. It was an American guy called John W Hetrick who came up with the idea after his car almost hit a boulder, forcing him to brake suddenly. His... Read more

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23 June 2017

Conserving your EV power this winter

Even when fully charged, most EVs can’t travel as far as petrol or diesel vehicles with a full tank of fuel. However, the average Kiwi travels a daily distance of less than 29km by car, which is easil... Read more

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22 June 2017

June 2017 petrol and diesel prices

Petrol and diesel prices as at 22 June 2017 Fuel prices have fallen again, the second time in a week, with BP dropping prices on all fuels by 2 cents per litre. Overall, pump prices have fallen 16cpl ... Read more

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21 June 2017

Reading between the lines of a used vehicle advertisement

Many of our members ask us how to describe and market their vehicle when they want to sell it. They often have difficulty describing their vehicle even when they’ve been behind the wheel of their 1984... Read more

Friendly car horn

19 June 2017

Former NASA engineer hacks his car's horn to make it more friendly

There are few moments when driving that raise the blood pressure more than when you’re on the receiving end of another driver’s aggressive car horn for the most insignificant reason. For example, mayb... Read more

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19 June 2017

What is AEB and what does it do?

We hear plenty about crashes that happen on our roads. What we don’t get any visibility on are those that could have happened, but didn’t. Over the last two or three decades, car makers have spent cou... Read more

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14 June 2017

The pros and cons of car auctions

Vehicle auctions are ideal for those who are looking for a used vehicle or something that’s extra special and more difficult to find. They’re becoming increasingly popular both online and at auction h... Read more

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