Record New Car Sales Year for 2016

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For the first time ever, Australia’s best-selling car of 2016 is not a car at all, but Toyota’s HiLux ute.

According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries sales report, Australians bought 42,104 new HiLuxes, beating last year’s best seller, Toyota Corolla by 1,774. Hyundai’s i30 secured third place with 37,772, followed by another ute, Ford Ranger (36,934) and Mazda3 (36,107).

Overall, Australia purchased 1,178,133 new passenger cars, up 2% from 2015, driven by business sales (up 13%) and rental sales (up 6%). Private sales declined by 5.8% and government purchases by 1.4%.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said “Calendar year 2016 marks the seventh year in a row that the Australian new car market has topped 1 million sales, and this result posts the industry’s third record in four years”

Australia’s best-selling brands of 2016:

  1. Toyota (17.8%)
  2. Mazda (10%)
  3. Hyundai (8.6%)
  4. Holden (8%)
  5. Ford (6.9%)

RIP In 2016 – The Cars That Wont Be Returning In 2017

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2016 was a big year with our choice of new cars ever expanding, from the Ford Mustang through to the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and everything in between. There were cars released for enthusiasts, an expansion of electric vehicles and more dual-cabs to capture this forever growing segment.

2016 was also a year the industry lost some cars and the first of our major car manufacturing plants. Here’s some examples for the history books:    


Car security tips

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Leaving for work, you step out, coffee and keys in hand. When your car is not where you remember parking it, you stand on the side of the road, scratching your head, looking up and down the street.

It’s not quite the cold sweat you break out in when you think you’ve lost your phone. Obviously misplacing something that weighs less than 10 grams seems much more reasonable than misplacing a tonne of metal and glass.

Slowly it dawns on you … Someone’s stolen your car.

And if you think that’s bad, the process that follows isn’t much fun either! So here we consider how to reduce the risk of this happening.

 Firstly, what’s the likelihood of my car being stolen?

You’re pCAR STATSrobably thinking, this won’t happen to me, but according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, it could.

Their data shows motor vehicle theft in Australia increased 6 per cent in the 12 months to March 2016 to 53,110 vehicles stolen.

Short term passenger/light commercial (PLC) thefts accounted for the highest proportion of the rise (10 per cent), with profit motivated motorcycle theft also up 5 per cent.

The performance of individual jurisdictions was mixed with strong reductions in profit motivated theft in NSW and WA and increases in total thefts in VIC, QLD and WA.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council offers a five star rating system that shows the theft risk of vehicles in Australia, which can be accessed here The more stars, the lower the risk.



OK, so what can I do to keep my car safe?

  1. Lock up – it sounds obvious, but ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are locked before leaving your car.
  2. Leave nothing behind – valuables include money, clothing and handbags, luggage and electronics of any description.
  3. Park wisely – obviously in a garage is best, or in front of your home (consider installing a motion sensing light), otherwise choose well-lit areas with high foot traffic.
  4. Sound the alarm – Consider installing a car alarm and engine immobiliser. If you don’t have the budget for this, steering wheel locks are a more affordable, less noisy deterrent.
  5. Protect your keys – Never leave your keys in the ignition. Also never hide spare keys on your vehicle, or in obvious, easily accessible locations around the home or office.

Other vehicle security tips

  • Do not leave any important documents including identification cards and papers in your vehicle.
  • Secure your number plates by purchasing one way, anti-theft screws. These can be installed using a standard screwdriver, but they require a special tool to remove.
  • Insure your vehicle against theft and make sure your policy is up- to-date.
  • Remember many vehicle insurance policies will be void if you don’t take adequate precautions to protect your vehicle.

What should I do if my car is stolen?

  1. Call the police. You’ll need to file a stolen car report and the police will need all the information relating to your vehicle including make, model, year, colour, registration number and VIN number.
  2. Call your insurance provider. You’ll need to report the theft and confirm your policy number and level of cover. Also report any personal items that were in the car at the time
  3. Inform other contacts. If your wallet was in the car and contained credit cards – tsk, tsk, task! – notify your bank. If your house keys were in the car, have your locks changed, particularly if there was paperwork identifying your address in the vehicle. If you still owe money on your car, you will also need to call the finance company to report it as stolen.

What you shouldn’t do

If you’re able to pinpoint the location of your car using GPS technology, do not try to find the car on your own. It can be dangerous. Report the location to police.

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Top five tips for preparing your car for sale

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Here are five things to consider when you’re preparing your car for sale that will help you sell your car faster and closer to asking price.

  1. Get the car detailed> 

When you’re preparing your car for sale, one of the last things you probably want to do is spend money on it, but…

Spending a couple of hundred bucks on having your car professionally detailed can add thousands to the sale price. First impressions count. Give your car showroom appeal, even if you’re meeting the prospective buyer in the driveway.

If you decide to clean the car yourself, you must be thorough. Remember, most buyers will look under the bonnet during an inspection, even if they aren’t quite sure what they are looking for. Dirtiness can indicate a poorly maintained car.

Also clean the door openings, blacken the tyres, empty the ashtray.

2. Service history>

Log books are great but if you don’t have them perhaps present the last couple of service receipts. This indicates you have properly cared for the car.

Also make the receipts for small mechanical repairs available to the prospective buyer. It makes you seem more credible as a seller and may even help legitimise your asking price.

3. Top up> Most people know how to check the oil, coolant and brake fluid levels, so fill these up to the line to indicate that you have regularly conducted general maintenance on your car. When you’re preparing your car for sale, it’s also a good idea to inflate the tyres to the correct pressure to ensure a smoother test drive.

4. Remove all loose items> Speaking of test drive… Things that shake, rattle and roll around during a test drive can be really distracting and create a bad impression. When you’re preparing your car for sale, remove all loose items. You don’t want it to sound like your car is falling apart!

5. Fix little things> Again, we understand that when you’re preparing your car for sale the last thing you want to do is spend more money on it. But replacing things like blown lights and old windscreen wipers is worthwhile to ensure your car doesn’t look run down, which can create doubt about the condition of the car in the minds of prospective buyers.

When you’re preparing your car for sale, remember:

  • If you’re selling a second hand car, people will usually be accepting of some small cosmetic blemishes and more concerned about the mechanics of the car.
  • For this reason, it can work well to time the sale of your car soon after it’s been serviced, or shortly after the registration has been renewed, especially if your car needs a pink slip.

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