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  • The Secret to Smarter Car Buying

    The Secret to Smarter Car Buying Dreaming of a new car, but dreading endless Saturdays stuck in showrooms? Hate the thought of haggling for the best deal? Slightly suspicious of slick salespeople? We hear you. Thanks to our hassle and haggle-free car buying service, you can have your car and drive it too. Here’s why […]

  • It pays to look after your tyres

    It pays to look after your tyres What four vital components connect you and your car with the road below? Your tyres. Providing much needed support and stability, they keep you safe while ensuring the smoothest possible ride. Buy the right ones and you’ll love the way your car drives. Get it wrong and you’ll […]

  • Honda announces all new 2017 CR-V

    Honda announces all new 2017 CR-V Honda’s stylish, all-new CR-V SUV is now available. Complete with a new all-turbo engine and 5 or 7 seat availability, it offers unparalleled levels of refinement, interior quietness and ride comfort. The latest in a long line of successful CR-V vehicles, it’s the ultimate in style and quality. New […]

  • Looking for a quality second hand ride? You can’t beat the Toyota Yaris

    Looking for a quality second hand ride? You can’t beat the Toyota Yaris When it comes to a quality second hand car, nothing beats the Toyota Yaris. Fuel efficient, easy to park and with enough room for two people plus luggage, they’re the work horse of the small car world. Better yet, they’re made by […]

  • The 2017 Budget – The good, the bad and the ugly

    The 2017 Budget – Consumers and business both take some gains Now that the dust has settled and the financial celebrities have had their say, it’s time to separate the hyped-up headlines from the reality. Here are some of the leading gains and potential problems from this year’s budget. $20,000 Instant asset write-off continued The […]

  • Thinking of buying a new car this year? Act before the EOFY and bag yourself a bargain

    Thinking of buying a new car this year? Act before the EOFY and bag yourself a bargain Think EOFY is all about the tax man and trips to the accountant? Think again. Thanks to over supply and stocktakes, it’s also the best time of year to buy a new car. If you’ve been considering getting […]

  • To Uber or not to Uber? The car finance facts you need to know

    To Uber or not to Uber? The car finance facts you need to know re Whether you need to top up your fun fund or ease the financial demands of daily life, moonlighting as an Uber driver is a great way to make some extra cash. Here are the pros and cons of getting behind […]

  • Buyers flocking interstate to find cheaper property

    Buyers flocking interstate to find cheaper property A growing number of young families are now making the move to Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania to find cheaper house prices and a better lifestyle. Recent ABS data confirmed the growing trend. The figures show, the interstate migration of children and adults between 30 – 45 at their […]

  • Toyota C-HR: Leading edge style

    Toyota C-HR: Leading edge style When it comes to cars, the better looking a model, the more popular the sales. The industry has known that since year one and makes no exceptions when it comes to the Toyota C-HR. The latest Toyota is running hot on this theme. It’s pure leading-edge styling puts sports lines […]

  • Best Used 4WD for Off-Roading

    Best Used 4WD for Off-Roading There’s no doubting that 4WD’s are more popular than ever. But with price tags that typically exceed your average sedan, buying a used vehicle is far more realistic for many of us. What to look out for in a used 4WD Even though 4WD’s are built tough, it’s always better […]

  • New Porsche 911 Rules the Road

    New Porsche 911 Rules the Road The latest new generation Porsche 911 has recently hit showrooms. This head turner offers all the stunning performance of previous 911 sports cars but the range now comes with full emissions and safety compliance. The marque’s high end price tag hasn’t budged, with the new line-up starting at just […]

  • Make the most of tax-time this year

    Make the most of tax-time this year Tax time can often feel like pulling teeth. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Check out our top tips to make the most of tax-time for businesses and consumers. Using your vehicle for business purposes? Tip 1: $20k Instant Asset Write-Off The Government recently announced an extension […]

  • Most Reliable Cars Verdict: Lexus and Porsche

    Most Reliable Cars Verdict: Lexus and Porsche One of the biggest questions asked in the auto industry is: “What makes the most reliable car?”. According to the world’s largest regular survey, conducted by JD Power the top honour is now shared between Lexus and Porsche. Toyota’s reputation for quality is undisputed by the results. Both […]

  • 2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe bounds ahead

    2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe bounds ahead The Mercedes-Benz E-Class family welcomes a new member: the all-new E-Class Coupé. Expressive proportions, clear and sensual design and long-distance comfort for four people, the E-Class Coupé combines the virtues of a 4 seater Gran Tourismo with state-of-the-art technology. The new E-Class Coupé features: • A widescreen cockpit • […]

  • The edgy new Audi Q2 from $41,100

    The edgy new Audi Q2 from $41,100 The progressive new Audi Q2 Launch edition launched in Australia in February. With an edgy, unique new style this baby SUV is set to hit a new sweet-spot with a younger demographic of Audi buyers. It features highly stylised elements like exclusive quantum grey paint, black and Manhattan […]

  • 5 Top tips for buying a used car

    Used Car Best Buying – 5 Top Tips 1. Buy Through a Reputable Licensed Dealer It is always preferable to buy a used car through a reputable licensed dealer. We recommend this because dealers have an interest in ensuring that they sell you a roadworthy car, if only to keep their reputation. A franchised dealer […]

  • The New Kia Picanto – a great option for millennials

    The New Kia Picanto – a great option for millennials It is very tough at the bottom end of the market. Right now, there is a real fight on between Suzuki’s Celerio and Kia’s Picanto for who can claim Australia’s cheapest car. The new Picanto is the third generation of one of Kia’s global best-selling […]

  • New Triton upgrades start at just $22K

    New Triton upgrades start at just $22K With Toyota’s HiLux ute topping the outright vehicle sales charts last year, Mitsubishi has big hopes for its upgraded new Triton models. Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMA) insists the new versatile Triton range is better value with all models gaining new specification and features for 2017. This includes Mitsubishi’s […]

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia QV – Sold out before launch

    Alfa Romeo Giulia QV – Sold out before launch If you’re tempted by the new fiery new Alfa Romeo Giulia QV then you’ll be in for a bit of a wait. The factory claims that the first Australian shipment has already sold out! Though they’re keeping mum on the exact number, it’s likely that 100 […]

  • Lexus IS350 – A fierce new addition to the luxury market

    Lexus IS350 – A fierce new addition to the luxury market Lexus has high hopes for strong sales on their new IS range. The new 3rd generation has been introduced to provide stronger competition in the crowded luxury sedan marketplace alongside its German rivals. They’ve fitted the vehicle out with sleek new interior appointments and […]

  • 5 Quick tips to reduce fuel costs

    5 Quick tips to reduce fuel costs If you’re a frequent driver, you’ll no doubt have noticed that petrol prices are creeping up again. But don’t despair, a few changes in your driving behaviour can actually help to offset these rising prices. Read through our top 5 tips below. 1. Don’t speed No, really.. slow […]

  • Kia Stinger bound for Australia

    Kia Stinger bound for Australia Is there nothing the South Koreans cannot do? It seems every month they announce new models. Following its global release, the new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia. This sleek, powerful rear wheel drive GT fastback sports sedan is expected to make it into our showrooms by the end […]

  • Audi’s incredible SQ7 in showrooms at $154K

    Audi’s incredible SQ7 in showrooms at $154K The family car for power enthusiasts is here. The world’s fastest 7-seat diesel SUV is set to stamp its authority on the performance SUV scene. The luxury of ample internal space and remarkable comfort is not all you can expect. Employing a revolutionary 48v electrical architecture, the incredible […]

  • Used value: Nissan 350/370 sports convertible

    Used value: Nissan 350/370 sports convertible Nothing, absolutely nothing, shouts louder in summer than a real sports convertible with the hood down. And the Nissan 350 and later 370 models say it all. They may not have the badge of some over-rated Europeans but in reality, they’re high value: performance, comfort, and Japanese economy. Like […]

  • 0% Finance: The hidden cost

    0% Finance: The hidden cost It’s easy to be tempted by the appeal of a 0% finance deal – but are these offers too good to be true? News Corp Australia recently conducted an independent investigation into dealers advertising 0% finance and found the reality to be very different than what you might expect. In […]

  • Our top 10 day trip destinations for a weekend drive

    Our top 10 day trip destinations for a weekend drive Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but don’t have the time or money to organise an expensive weekend away? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of top day trips on Australia’s east coast that will fulfil your […]

  • VW Amorak gets a powerful new upgrade

    VW Amorak gets a powerful new upgrade Six and a half years after its debut, the Amarok has been updated, both technically and visually. The main update can be found under the bonnet, where Volkswagen has given the ute a new powerful, fuel-efficient 6-cylinder TDI engine. It also comes with: A more athletic front end, […]

  • Used value: European pocket rocket

    Used value: European pocket rocket Absolutely nothing is as much fun to drive as a European pocket rocket. All the leading European manufacturers produce them and the intense competition has resulted in a large range of very impressive models. Fortunately, like all European cars, they depreciate quickly, meaning you can get your hands on one […]

  • Next generation Commodore revealed

    Next generation Commodore revealed No need to wait any longer. Holden has revealed the first images and further detail on the new Commodore ahead of its Australian launch in 2018. Holden has confirmed a raft of premium technologies will make Commodore the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. The next-generation Commodore will have: European V6 engine with […]

  • New year, new car

    New year, new car January is really the time to swoop on a genuine new car bargain. The situation is perfect: dealers simply cannot hang onto 2016 plated cars any longer. The 2017 plates arrive to the car yards during the month of January so the older models have to be sold. That’s why the […]

  • Car buyer’s checklist

    Car buyer’s checklist Buying a new car is exciting, but it can also be daunting. If you’re unsure of where to start, relax—this checklist covers the main factors that affect the purchase of a new or used car. To get the most bang for your buck without compromising on safety or performance, you need to read […]

  • Your fast guide to car finance

    Your fast guide to car finance Looking to finance your next set of wheels but don’t know where to start? Navigating the car-loan market can be confusing, so it pays to know a bit about your options. As an introduction, we’ve put together a brief guide outlining the most popular loans. When you’re ready to find out […]

  • Being a winner on Linkedin

    Being a winner on Linkedin More and more job seekers are turning to Linkedin each year in the hope of attracting the eye of a new employer. While it might seem like a lot of effort, there are a chosen few who do get great results. The reason is their precise skills are what most […]

  • Skoda Octavia RS230 – for the enthusiast

    Skoda Octavia RS230 – for the enthusiast The most powerful production Octavia to date, the RS 230 has arrived. It embellishes the already highly-rated Octavia RS with a stronger engine, unique styling, and the latest comfort and technology. The RS model is Australia’s best-selling Octavia, comprising an impressive 40% of all Octavia sales. Škoda Australia […]

  • It’s the savvy buyers time to get a Bargain

    It’s the savvy buyers time to get a Bargain If you think you’re busy preparing for Christmas, then spare a thought for the Car Business. They are now in a period of limbo as customers stay away from the car showrooms while they’re busy enjoying the festive season. The only trick of the trade they […]

  • Mercedes announces 2017 E-Class technology

    Mercedes announces 2017 E-Class technology Mercedes-Benz has announced the details of the two new E-Class variants: • the E 350 e Plug-in Hybrid, and • the AMG E 43 4MATIC. Both new variants take the famous E-Class Mercs into the next generation of technology with leading edge performance, consumption economy, and emissions at class-leading levels. […]

  • How to negotiate a better price with the Car Dealer

    How to negotiate a better price with the Car Dealer Have you ever wondered how some people can negotiate such great prices at the Car Dealer? It’s not as hard as you might think. A little bit of preparation goes a long way for driving some impressive discounts. Start with a phone call A telephone […]

  • New 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 Infiniti Q50 is now on sale

    New 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 Infiniti Q50 is now on sale Infiniti has announced is latest model – the Q50 with the big turbo 6 cylinder engine, is now available in its dealer network. The model boasts: Two peak output levels available: 298kW and 224kW, Next-generation Direct Adaptive Steering™ (DAS) leads technology enhancements, along […]

  • Toyota Rav4 – the 2016 upgrade

    Toyota Rav4 – the 2016 upgrade You’re looking at the best selling SUV in Australia. The RAV4 has just become the first SUV here to hit 250,000 sales. The original RAV4, launched in 1994 as a funmobile for 20-somethings, can rightly claim to be the original compact SUV. It has since gone through four generations […]

  • Land Rover reveals new Discovery

    Land Rover reveals new Discovery Discovery is highly desirable with unrivalled capability and technology. It has been designed from the outset to enable Land Rover customers to live the lifestyle they aspire to. The factory claims the result is the best family SUV in the world. The leading features include: full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with […]

  • Now is the time to take advantage of 2016 plates

    Now is the time to take advantage of 2016 plates Every year it happens, Christmas comes along and consumers think about things other than cars. This means Dealer sales drop and they don’t want to get caught with left-over stock of cars which have 2016 model plates. The result is prices come down and some […]

  • Audi R8 arrives – at a price

    The all-new R8 Coupe has arrived in Australia, ready to begin the next chapter in the story of the iconic Audi supercar. The new R8 is leaner, more technically sophisticated and visually more angular. It also happens to be the fastest production Audi ever. The previous model certainly set its own standard in gob-smacking attractive […]

  • Winner 2011 MFAA Award

    Winner 2011 MFAA Award