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Motoring blog


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

Why are we scared of cambelts?

The cambelt - something that’s seen as expensive to replace, even more expensive if you don’t. And the longer you keep the vehicle, the greater the chance that you have to do it twice.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. Here are five tips to make sure you come out on top.

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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.

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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 this new mid-size SUV which enters the model range between the Evoque and the Sport.

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The age-old debate of automatic vs manual

There are some key differences between the features of manual and automatic transmissions that help buyers understand the different driving and ownership experiences associated with each.

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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. 

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