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SHOULD I USE A CAR BROKER?

Should I use a car broker?
 Should I Use A Car Broker?       The most common motivator for people or companies seeking a broker is the desire to get a better price. When you bought your last car, it would have been natural for doubts to linger after you took delivery as to whether you really did get a good price. You are probably very good at your career, and that career typically does not include negotiating with highly trained sales staff. Even if negotiation is an aspect of your career you are unlikely to know t...
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Car Buying Service

Happy car buyers
What's in a name? Car Broker ... Car Buying Service ... Car Buyer's Agent ... Car Buyer's Advocate. We are all of these and more! The most common question we are asked is something like "what do you do?", or "what is the process?", or "how does it work?" A short answer is that we look after every aspect of your car buying exercise, beginning to end. We start by assisting you with vehicle type and model selection (if that would be helpful), new or used, and we do not stop assisting....
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Car Resale Value

coins in convertible - car resale value
Car resale value depreciation is normally the greatest expense during ownership of a motor vehicle. Our research indicates that the cost of depreciation over 3 years for a selection of popular vehicles is 3.5 times the cost of fuel. This is an eye opener to the majority of car owners. Consequently car resale value is a prime focus by us on your behalf. We will assist you to reduce the impact by intelligent vehicle selection, a great price, brand reputation, and other mitigating factors. There ...
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Mazda CX-9 Enhanced

Mazda CX9
Improvements for the Mazda CX-9 bring a price hike. Mazda isn’t resting on its laurels with its award-winning CX-9. Instead the Japanese car maker is introducing tweaks to the CX-9 to further improve handling with the addition of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) as standard across the range, alongside a raft of safety upgrades and measures to reduce NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels. Tweaks to the reigning Wheels Car of the Year see its pricing rise by $1400 across the whol...
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BUYING A CAR IS RISKY BUSINESS

As quoted from the Weekend Australian Reader Jack from Queensland decided to buy a new car. He fell in love with the Audi S3 (starting price of $65,000). Despite being a follower of this column Jack is a smart guy and did his sums. He worked out the finance Audi was offering him was 16 per cent (and how good would the trailing commissions be on that). Jack says that on every step of the sales process, they tried to screw him and what should have been a pleasurable experience was quit...
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Mazda Tops Driver Satisfaction List

MZDA - HAPPIEST CUSTOMERS
Roy Morgan report puts Mazda at the top for driver satisfaction   Mazda has topped an automotive satisfaction report, beating out market leader Toyota and its luxury arm, Lexus. MAZDA drivers are more satisfied than owners of any other automotive brand in Australia according to a new survey, edging out all of its mainstream rivals as well as premium fare such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Roy Morgan Research’s Automotive Satisfaction Report released last week revealed that of all...
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Ford Fiesta – Which one for You?

Ford Fiesta - so many choices
Spoilt for Choice. Ford’s light hatch is a little dated but still looks sleek and is a one of the better handling light cars with sharp steering and comfortable ride. A new Ford Fiesta has been launched in Europe, however, Ford Australia is yet to announce if or when it will be available here. VARIANTS There are four Fiesta specification levels starting Ambiente (above) with an entry-level price of $15,895 with a smooth shifting five-speed manual transmission. It’s power...
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Chevrolet Camaro SS Coming next year

Camaro
Camaro SS In Oz next year THE great success of the Ford Mustang has probably shown the way for the  Chevrolet Camaro in Australia next year. However, while the ’Stang comes out of the factory with the steering wheel on the correct side for us, it looks as though it will be up to Holden’s performance sub-brand, HSV, to swap over left-hook Camaros until an all-new sixth-generation model, potentially with right-hook ambidexterity, arrives in the US late 2018, and in Australia as lat...
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Australia’s Best Selling Sports Cars

Australia's top selling sports cars
 This Years Top 5 Favourite Sports Cars in Australia Ford Mustang - 5967 The unprecedented demand for the pony car goes on and a dusting of Ford Performance tuning options will likely buoy its popularity through to a facelifted version due in 2018. Hyundai Veloster - 1359                                                   It might lack monstrous power, but Australians still love the Veloster. A vast majority are sold in automatic form, and its unusual styling and everyday usab...
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New Kia Stinger Release

the new Kia
This is a car that could easily put the cat among some of the European pigeons! On paper, this perception-altering rear-drive liftback sedan has all its ducks in a row – strikingly muscular styling, purist drivetrain layout with an all-turbo engine line-up, a dedicated sporting focus and enough packaging proficiency to carry some credibility – yet the gamble of entering a declining global sedan market dominated by German brands with a Korean badge glued to your snout and tail can’t be o...
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is a winner
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is a Winner! This is sensational! Wheels is currently in the good ol’ US of A putting the muscle SUV to the test. But before the review is released, we thought we’d get you primed for the sheer scale of this beast with a quick rundown of its impressive stats and figures. First, the headline act. The 6.2-litre supercharged ‘Hellcat’ V8 produces 527kW and 874Nm. But that is meaningless without context. When it arrives, the Trackhawk will become...
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2018 Holden ZB Commodore V6 AWD Review

2018 Holden ZB Commodore V6 AWD Review
HOW DOES IT STACK UP? WHAT IS IT? An atmo 3.6-litre V6 that drives all four wheels via one of the cleverest drivetrains around is a good basis for a performance sedan, and the latest six-pot Commodore builds on those underpinnings with a whole host of smart decisions. It pays to temper your enthusiasm a little, though. Expect an SS replacement and you’ll be disappointed. Instead, Holden has delivered something smarter, safer and sli...
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Ferrari Releases New Cabriolet

Ferrari Cabriolet
Portofino Supercedes the California T The bristling new rear-drive hard-top cabriolet will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month, revealing a stunning new interpretation of the classic sportscar recipe, which packs 441kW and accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Nestled in its aggressively styled snout, the 3.9-litre turbocharged 90-degree V8 is essentially the same as the unit that powered the California T, albeit squeezed to produce an...
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Kia Stinger GT Review

Kia Stinger
Is this the SS Alternative? https://youtu.be/LGlYLZr5S3Q Available with a grunty 272kW/510Nm turbocharged V6, rear-wheel drive and the most luxurious interior for a Kia since… forever, the Stinger arrives just months before the departure of its closest on-paper rival – the Holden Commodore SS. The local launch is still weeks away, but we’ve thrashed it on Aussie roads already – and have the video to prove it. Wheels is the only Australian outlet given this level of early a...
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Ferrari Daytona Rescued

 Ferrari Daytona found in shed
Unique Ferrari Found in a Shed - Wow! A collector's dream. A classic car find of the decade. Imagine how it would feel to not only unearth an example of Ferrari’s late-1960s 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a car that is already highly desirable in any of its incarnations, but a version that is thought to be completely unique. While a number of alloy-bodied Daytonas were built to go racing at Le Mans – which are themselves extremely rare and thought to exist in single figures to...
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Extend the Life of your Tyres

Tyres and safety
Tyres must be regularly checked. Ignorance of this basic task costs you money - and could easily put you in harms way. Maintenance of your tyres will not only keep you safer but will save you money by helping to save fuel and prolonging the time before you have to shell out for new ones. Here are a few tips for extending the life of tyres: Check tyre condition Like the airline pilot who kicks his aircraft’s tyres, walk around the car ...
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Tips For Teaching a Learner Driver

learner driver
About to introduce someone to the world of driving? These 8 tips should help before you even get out of the driveway They’ve done it! You’ve driven them home from the leaner’s permit test, they’ve passed, and that receipt stapled to a printout now clutched in their sweaty palm is pretty much a reserved ticket to a future of freedom behind the wheel of a car. But the next step is a big one: taking them out onto the road for the first time. Here are our top eight tips to ...
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Ignoring Recall Causes Death

ignoring recalls can cause death
Five recall communications with no response - tragic error. Honda Australia has revealed it had made multiple attempts to contact the car’s owner, who died after a piece of metal became lodged in his neck after the CR-V’s airbags, the subject of a global recall, fired in a crash in Sydney last week. Speaking to the media yesterday, Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said five notifications were sent over a 16-month period leading up to the crash, but were unheeded by the owner....
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Kia Stinger – Brave New World

Kia takes on the establishment. Affordable performance.
Kia takes on the establishment. Affordable performance. WHAT IS IT? Kia’s all-new, sporty flagship that’s set to land in Oz later this year with two turbocharged four-door variants to choose from. Stinger’s timing is perfect, but it has to be brilliant to take over the performance sedan mantle from Australia’s fallen natives. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT Back in January, Kia offered selected media a preview drive of the Stinger in pre-production guise at its proving ground in South K...
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VW Golf 7.5 110TSI Comfortline

VW Golf 7.5 110TSI Comfortline
  The first major update for a number of years. WHAT IS IT? The mid-life updated version of Volkswagen’s venerable Golf hatchback and wagon in mid-range Comfortline trim - the one Volkswagen predicts to be the volume seller of the range. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT? This is the first time Volkswagen has regarded a Golf mid-life refresh significant enough to label with a ‘0.5’ half mark. The 1.4-litre turbo engine has been wicked up and a light facelift applied, but the most si...
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BMW X3 Turbo 6 Cylinder

X3 BMW
WELCOME to your first official look at the third-generation BMW X3. While it was leaked on the internet days before it was supposed to, thanks to BMW’s over-eager Hong Kong outpost, we now know the official details of the German brand’s all-new mid-size SUV. And they are juicy. The headline act is the range-topping X3 M40i, which is the first ever X3 to carry an M prefix and is set to rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and Audi RS Q3. Powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbo, the ...
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5 Year Warranty for Honda

Honda has a new 5 year warranty
Unlimited kilometre 5 year warranty from July 1 2017 HONDA Australia has announced its entire product portfolio will now carry a five-year warranty – unlimited kilometres for private buyers, 140,000km for fleet and commercial operators – matching the aftersales support of Renault and Skoda. The enhanced warranty supplants the three-year/100,000km service and is effective from July 1, however Honda’s warranty program excludes roadside assistance which is bundled with its Warranty Plus packa...
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Alfa v Jag v BMW

Alfa v Jag v BMW comparison
ALFA Romeo is making people sit up and take notice. ALFA Romeo has a winner on its hands. Not only is the all-new Giulia the most hyped Alfa sedan in decades, but in flagship QV guise, it’s a giant-killer too, having recently stunned its lauded rivals from AMG and BMW M in our latest sports sedan showdown. But how does Alfa’s billion Euro baby fare without the beefed-up Quadrifoglio dressing? Can it really be just as impressive in run-of-the-mill Super guise? In many ways this ba...
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2017 Land Rover Discovery Launch in August

2017 land rover discovery launch
Prices and Australian model information released in advance. The fifth-generation Discovery adds a list of clever features designed to bolster its practicality credentials. Available in both five and seven seat configurations, the new Discovery range starts at $65,960 for the base Td4 S, stretching all the way north of $130,000 for the limited-run Td6 First Edition. Three engine options are available for the new model – two 2.0-litre four-cylinders, and a 3.0-litre V6 – all fu...
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5 Year+ Wait for V12 Ferrari 812

Ferrari V12
Thinking of ordering a Ferrari 812 Superfast? - don’t bother. The company has revealed demand for its new $610,000 V12 flagship is so high that it has enough orders to account for its entire five year life-cycle, plus 50 percent. Ferrari Australia CEO Herbert Appleroth told Wheels Ferrari’s situation of record demand fighting limited supply is now “beyond funny” and is investigating ways to address the issue, which isn’t only spawning multi-year wait times but seeing many customers...
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The Fiat Abarth 124 Spider in Japan

Fiat Abarth 124 Spider
Is the Fiat 124 an MX-5 Copy? Italian Mazda makes Japanese sit up and take notice. I’m at the wheel of a bright blue Fiat Abarth 124 Spider and next to me, squashed unceremoniously into the passenger seat, his expansive 180kg frame spilling into my side of the intimate cabin, sits a mostly naked and very sweaty sumo. This is central Tokyo on a baking 32-degree day and, as I reverse our car down a narrow one-way street towards a tiny Italian restaurant, I realise we’re causing a ...
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A Driver’s Car Comparison

A Driver's Car Comparison
What Fun! ‘A celebration of 2016’s most wanted’ was the brief, and on the face of it you can see why. The Ford Focus RS, BMW M2 Pure and Porsche 718 Boxster S don’t look like natural cross-shopping candidates, the Porsche costing almost three times the price of the Focus, but at some point between the Wheels office and the hills surrounding Eildon, the brief went out the window. Things became competitive ... a driver's car comparison was called for. Some commonalities first...
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ANCAP Safety Rating – Old v New Cars

ANCAP safety test
Old cars four times as deadly as new - ANCAP https://youtu.be/azrpgvbOMq4 THE Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has conducted a comparison test between two Toyota Corollas – one new, the other 19 years old – to demonstrate the difference in safety technologies between now and then. The two vehicles were subjected to a frontal offset crash test carried out at 64km/h, with ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin stating the test “physically illustrates the benefits of newe...
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Oils ain’t Oils

oils
What do engine oil codes mean? Choosing engine oil options at a motor products shop, or knowing what your workshop is putting in your car, is a challenge.  The motor oil in your car has a critical role to perform and just seconds without the lifeblood of the engine will spell disaster, so checking the level and condition should be at the top of your regular check list as well as making sure you are using the correct grade. A DIY oil and filter change or a simple top up is a good...
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Car Brands Best Reputations

best car brands
Mazda comes out on top! A trio of Australia’s favourite carmakers are keeping company among the top 15 most reputable businesses on red dirt, as identified by the annual AMR Corporate Reputation Index. Mazda was the highest ranked car brand sitting overall in position two of the top 60, Toyota was close behind in fourth place, while Hyundai rounded out the three most trusted car brands in 15th place. All three earned recognition as ‘Strong’ performers among 26 organisations tha...
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2017 Civic Hatch Here Now!

Honda Civic Hatch
 The new Civic, launched here in sedan form just under a year ago. The hatch has arrived to stand alongside it's brother in Australian showrooms. WHAT IS IT For the past two generations, the Honda Civic hatch has been more of a half-brother to the Civic sedan than a direct relative. Based on Jazz underpinnings and built in the UK, it was literally a world apart from its Thai-sourced sedan contemporary. But now, in its tenth-generation, the Civic range is back to ...
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New Mazda CX-3 Review 2017

Mazda CX3
Evolution, not Revolution, is the way forward. WHAT IS IT? Launched in 2015, Australia’s best-selling small SUV and has just received an update that lacks aesthetic changes but addresses the CX-3’s few weaknesses, including ride refinement and road noise. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT The Mazda 2-based crossover ticked a lot of boxes when launched in 2015 and deserved its place at the top of its segment. But two years is a long time in the SUV world and newcomers such as the Toyota C-...
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Ferrari F40 Bonfire!

Ferrari Bonfire
Jon Hunt, British billionaire, was not happy last month as his Ferrari F40 flamed out. One of just eight such cars built, the F40 was on its way to Maranello to pick up Hunt’s latest vehicle, a LaFerrari Aperta. There was little to laugh about as the F40 display car from the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show went up in smoke. This car was the sixth of the F40 prototypes that were used by the factory for testing, each with an individual purpose or application. Original Michelotto build sheet...
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