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


12 May 2017

Watch what happens when a Toyota Corolla 1998 crashes into the 2015 model

People are twice as likely to die in a crash if the car they’re travelling in was built before 2000. To demonstrate that, the AA and Transport Agency has today revealed the result of a car-to-car cras... Read more

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12 May 2017

Stay singing in the rain

When the rain starts to fall, and it’s not been shy of doing that lately, you need your wipers to be up to scratch. Here’s your windscreen 101 to prevent vision impairment. Smearing If your wipers sme... Read more

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11 May 2017

May 2017 petrol and diesel prices

Petrol and diesel prices as at 10 May 2017 A further 2c drop in retail prices has been observed across the board, again reflecting lower commodity prices while our exchange rate remains stable. As eve... Read more

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9 May 2017

Vehicle safety devices

In years gone by, people could pop into the dairy with the doors left open and the keys still sitting in the ignition of their Kingswood with little worry. We suggest you don’t try that now. Thankfull... Read more

Car parts

3 May 2017

Pick a part that’s new?

“You’re going to need a new…” – it’s the start of that sentence that nobody ever wants to hear from their technician after they’ve taken their car in to the workshop for a service or inspection. The n... Read more

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2 May 2017

Common car buying mistakes

Whether it’s the first, second, third – ok, you get the idea – time that you’ve bought a car, mistakes can still be made during the buying process. Often the thrill of buying a car can be peppered wit... Read more

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26 April 2017

Volvo say new XC60 will be 'one of the safest vehicles ever made'

Volvo's next generation XC60 starts production this month and a press release from the Swedish automotive giant promises autonomous safety tech that will make it "one of the safest vehicles ever made"... Read more

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26 April 2017

Interested in electric vehicles? Watch out for Leading The Charge

Leading The Charge ­– New Zealand’s EV roadshow – is well underway. After starting at the very bottom of the South Island, the convoy of EVs will be stopping off at various locations to hold public ev... Read more

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26 April 2017

Put the date in your calendars for the 2018 Leadfoot Festival

Back in February, I headed to the Coromandel for the annual Leadfoot Festival which is organised by Kiwi legend Rod Millen and takes place near his driveway in Hahei. The 1.7km track zig-zags its way ... Read more

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26 April 2017

Great Wall Motors ute fails safety grade

Those in the market for a new ute should avoid the Great Wall Motors Steed if buyers value safety performance.  In the latest round of information released by the Australasian New Car Assessment Progr... Read more

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