Be aware of damaged vehicles

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Be aware of damaged vehicles

On 13 February 2017, 30 vehicles being brought in to New Zealand were recorded as being damaged on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) system. But what does this mean for Kiwis who may be scouring the import market for a new set of wheels?

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How do I know if I have a flat tyre?

It only takes a small hole in your tyre to cause a flat.

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Why are utes so popular?

Utes used to be a popular choice of vehicle for farmers and tradespeople due to their payload, size and reliability. However, these features alone no longer cut the mustard with today’s consumers now demanding a multi-functional vehicle.

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The benefits of electronic power steering and its relationships with safety devices

Electronic power steering (EPS) has become an everyday feature in today’s vehicles. 

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Fault code frustrations

Many drivers have experienced the immediate feeling of dread when you notice an illuminated warning light displayed on the dash, followed by your vehicle cutting out. 

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The pros and cons of buying a brand new vehicle

Buying new for the first time can be a bit daunting for many. As the price gap between used and new vehicles decreases thanks to the availability of new, quality compact cars from as little as $20K, more people are tempted to enter the new car market. But what are the pros and cons?

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The 2016 European Car of the Year arrives in New Zealand

Fresh from winning the 2016 European Car of the Year award, the all-new 2017 Holden Astra has touched down in NZ.

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When you love the car, but not the smell

Sometimes the inside of vehicles can be stained with food and drink which can cause lingering, unpleasant smells. If you’ve ever spilt milk in your car, you’ll know exactly what we’re on about here. 

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The ultimate guide to negotiating with a car dealer

When you’re in the market for a new car, you’ll often find yourself heading down to car yards on the weekend, looking for affordable quality vehicles. Thankfully New Zealand is a country that leaves you spoilt for choice with a wide variety of both new and used vehicles.

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DRL maintenance and replacement

Daytime running lamps (DRLs) have been around since the 1970s when they were introduced in Europe to increase visibility of motorists’ vehicles to other road users during adverse weather or lighting conditions.

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