Downsize or keep the fuel-thirsty large car?

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Downsize or keep the fuel-thirsty large car?

As fuel prices increase you may think it would make perfect sense to automatically consider downsizing to a more fuel efficient vehicle. Surely, if you could reduce your fuel bill overnight why wouldn’t you start looking at selling and trading up to a much more miserly and thrifty vehicle which is going to save you dollars at the pump.

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Used hybrids - fuel savings vs. purchase price

More and more hybrid models are entering the new car market. This means the number of used petrol/electric vehicles will continue to increase and start to become an attractive alternative to those simply looking for a fuel efficient and affordable means of transport.

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Manual transmissions: losing their fuel economy advantages

Manual transmissions have always been more efficient than automatics but the advantage has been significantly reduced in recent years, particularly in the larger car segments. 

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Nitrogen-filled car tyres

An industry promotion which raises its head occasionally centres around the so-called benefits of having car tyres filled with nitrogen. Wondrous claims are often made that are either mis-leading or simply plain wrong.

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