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:    

 

New Year’s resolutions for car owners

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Here are seven things you can do in 2017 to keep your car in tip top shape.

  1. Check your tyres

They could save your life. Check the amount of tread and how the tyres are wearing. If it looks to be uneven, you should get your vehicle’s alignment measured and adjusted. Also keep an eye on your tyre pressure – having the right tyre pressure reduces strain on your car’s suspension, improves the mileage you get on your petrol and improves your safety on the roads. Read more about tyre maintenance here>

  1. Learn how to change a tyre

Flat tyres always seem to happen when you’re in the middle of nowhere. And, if you do have roadside assistance, it can take ages for them to get to you. Worse, if you don’t have roadside assistance, you’re going to have to coax someone into helping you. It’s much easier if you have the knowhow and required items to do it yourself. Here’s a how to guide>

  1. Check oil and water

Accurate warning lights and the improved reliability of the modern car mean that checking under the bonnet has become a less frequent pastime for drivers. However, most manufacturers agree that you should regularly check oil and water levels. Here’s how to check your car’s oil and water>

  1. Check your battery

The only worse thing than a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere is a flat battery – because you’ll definitely need someone to help you then. In this case, preventative maintenance is key. Every four years or so, it’s a good idea to check your battery and see if it needs replacing. Your service centre should let you know, if you get your car serviced regularly.

  1. Change your wiper blades

Wiper blades are an easy car feature to forget. That is, until you’re caught in a rain – and let’s face it, we’re experiencing some pretty crazy weather conditions on the storm front in Australia. Keep yourself safe during storms – change your wiper blades at least once or twice a year to ensure they always work properly.

  1. Schedule bi-annual services

Check your owner’s manual. This will specify how frequently your car should be serviced and the most important components and systems for checking. Generally speaking, a car should be serviced at least every six months (and therefore twice a year). Of course, if you notice that your car is underperforming, this is a sign that attention is necessary. Find out what servicing includes here>

  1. Keep it clean

Washing your car regularly – and the right way – will keep it looking younger for longer. And the more regularly you do it the less time consuming it will be. Here are 23 Ways To Make Your Car Cleaner Than It’s Ever Been courtesy of BuzzFeed>

Carwant.com.au is where buyers and sellers converge when they want a fast and fuss free car purchase process.

Basically, buyers post a free ad, requesting the kind of car they want and indicating what their price range is. Sellers advertise their used cars for sale in the same way. And when there is a match, CarWant sends both parties an automatic notification.

To view what is currently wanted for purchase or available for sale, and find out how to connect with the relevant buyers or sellers, visit www.carwant.com.au.

Christmas gift ideas for car lovers

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November is the perfect time to do all your online Christmas shopping to ensure it’s delivered in time. At carwant.com.au, we’ve navigated our way around the World Wide Web to bring you what we think are the top 10 gift ideas for car lovers this Christmas.

  1. Personalised plates –There are a variety of plates you can order, with options such as background colour, letters, numbers and style of plate. Find out what you’ll need and where to go (in NSW) by clicking here>
  2. Driving experience – Know someone who’s prone to racing around corners and speeding down straights? Sounds like you need to send them on a driving day. Find an experience here>
  3. Massage cushion – A fabulous idea for those who do long distance driving. Choose from those that keep the driver cool while helping stimulate blood flow or those that heat up and include a multifunction remote to control the vibrating action. Find one here>
  4. Phone car cradle – Each state has different legislation but in NSW, for example, you basically can’t touch your phone while operating a vehicle. This can using the GPS functionality pretty difficult. Find a phone car cradle here>
  5. Drivemocion LED Car Sign – It’s time to move on from the stick figure families and tell the driver behind you what you really think of them. This remote controlled LED car messaging sign offers 16 messages or faces. Buy one here, or Google for more providers>
  6. Funky air fresheners – We couldn’t go past the Breaking Bad Heisenberg Air Freshener… smells like strawberry, not like meth! “Perfect if you’ve dropped a few pieces of fried chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos under the seat or if you’ve got a slightly unkempt passenger often traveling with you,” according to this website> If you’re not a fan of Breaking Bad, it’s definitely worth a Google to find the themed air freshener of your choice!
  7. Car inspired cufflinks – Your favourite car enthusiast or automotive mechanic is probably used to spending his days getting dirty under the hood… give him a reason to dress up and look sharp with this exquisite selection of automotive cufflinks! Check out the range here> Etsy and eBay also have some great options available.
  8. Car wash kit – You can probably pick up a pre-packaged detailing kit at your local automotive store, but if you’re a DIYer just grab some car cleaning products, an air freshener or two, throw it in a bucket with some cellophane and a ribbon, and hey presto! Some spare L or P plates can add the personal touch when applicable.
  9. Gift card or certificate – A gift card for the automotive store is a safe bet, but you could also go a gift certificate for a professional detail or service. Short on cash? How about a coupon for you to clean your friend of family member’s car?
  10. A new car – There’s nothing quite like finding a new set of car keys under the Christmas tree! Start your search for a new or used car at carwant.com.au.

National Name Your Car Day

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Today, 2 October 2016, is National Name Your Car Day. So if you haven’t yet named your car or you have a new car yet to be named, today is the day!

No, we didn’t just make this up – National Name Your Car Day has been on the unofficial event calendar for many years now.

In fact …

In 2012, SWNS.com reported six million British motorists have names for their car, based on survey of 2,000 UK car owners conducted by Continental Tyres.

In 2013, Forbes reported close to 25% of Americans named their cars, based on a survey of 1000 US car owners conducted by Nationwide Insurance.

Statistics are hard to come across in Australia, but it’s certainly a trend.

So why do we name our cars?

University of Chicago professor Nicolas Epley says it makes us feel safer; naming cars humanises them and humans behave in ways we can anticipate – mostly.

Perhaps naming our cars makes us feel like their more reliable or reliably unreliable – for example, ‘poor old Betsy being on the blink’ is way different to ‘the bloody car not starting again’ – which brings us back to Epley’s humanisation point.

Maybe you just spend a lot of your time in the car and it has come to feel almost like a trusted companion, getting you from A to B safely. Hmmm… still comes back to Epley’s argument about names humanising cars.

If you wanted to go down a different route though, here’s one for the narcissists; perhaps we view our cars as an extension of ourselves, or as a reflection of our personality, and naming the car gives us the opportunity to convey certain things about ourselves to others.

For now, on National Name Your Car Day 2016, it officially remains one of the many mysteries of the mystical bond between man and machine.

So what are we calling our cars?

Colour seems to be a big driver.

Come on, we’re in Australia. We’re fans of being quite literal in our naming of things – red back spider, brown snake, blue tongue lizard, etc.

When it comes to cars we’ll generally combine the colour with a word that conveys speed – Red Rocket, White Lightning, etc. Or we’ll convey power by naming the car something obvious, like The Beast.

Otherwise we seem to enjoy a little bit of word play.

Rhymes seem to float our boat; think Rhonda the Honda. We also like names that cleverly combine the make of our car with the name of a celebrity of fictional character; think Penelope Cruze or Taylor Swift.

No idea what to call your car, BuzzFeed has just the quiz for you!

Selling a car or looking for a new one?

Carwant.com.au is where buyers and sellers converge when they want a fast and fuss free car purchase process.

Basically, buyers post a free ad, requesting the kind of car they want and indicating what their price range is. Sellers advertise their used cars for sale in the same way. And when there is a match, CarWant sends both parties an automatic notification.

To view what is currently wanted for purchase or available for sale, and find out how to connect with the relevant buyers or sellers, visit www.carwant.com.au.

 

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 https://carsafe.com.au/risk-rating. 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.

Buy and sell cars at www.carwant.com.au. It’s fast and it’s free.

What to check before buying a second hand car

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You’re considering buying a second hand car. Before you hand over your hard earned cash, here are three checks you should carry out to ensure you’re not getting more than you bargained for.

Rego check: It’s a good idea to check a vehicles registration details, including registration expiry date, Compulsory Third Party insurer and policy expiry date, whether the registration is suspended or cancelled, any registration restrictions any registration concessions (additional charges may apply upon transfer to a new owner).

Finance check: If you unwittingly buy a vehicle with money owing against it, you’ll inherit the debt or – when the finance company repossesses it to recoup its losses – lose your car completely.

Vehicle history check: You want your car to be safe. That’s the most important thing. So it’s important to know if the car you’re looking at has ever been written-off, flood damaged, stolen or had its odometer rolled back.

Top tip when buying a second hand car: Don’t just rely on the vehicle history check. Look at the car.

Check if the paint matches (colour and texture), look for paint overspray, look at how the body panels fit together, compare one side of the car to the other.

Check under the hood – the bolts that connect the hood to the hinges should be flawless; any scratches indicate work has been done. Also check for any damage to the car frame, as this indicates structural damage from an accident too.

For more on what to look for inside and outside of the car, and when on a test drive, download an NRMA Checklist here>

Buying a second hand car?
At www.carwant.com.au you can peruse cars already listed for sale. Of if you’re sick of the search, tell us what you’re after and how much you’re willing to pay and we’ll notify you when we find a match!

As well as being fast and free, this approach makes the delicate negotiation a little easier. Because buyers request second hand cars within a certain price range, sellers only offer second hand cars within that price range. For example they won’t try and sell you a $10k car when your price range is only $3 – $5k. Phew!

Private car sale inspection safety

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You’ve found a car you like. It’s the make, model, colour you want, it has the kms you expected, is within your price range and hopefully when you see it in person it lives up to all of your expectations. Here are our seven top safety tips for inspecting cars or, indeed, making them available for inspection.

1. Take someone with you. As lovely as the person you are going to meet probably sounds and probably is, the reality is – unless you’re buying from or selling to someone you already have a personal or professional relationship with – you don’t know the person you have arranged to meet.

2. Choose a sensible location for your meeting. As a prospective buyer, you want to meet in a public place, generally during the day, preferably busy and well lit area. As a seller, the aforementioned is probably true too. Most importantly don’t invite people to inspect or show the car at your home.

3. Arrange a safety inspection. If you’re serious about buying a car, to ensure you don’t get a lemon, arrange for a mechanic to have a look at it. Your mechanic may be able to assist, if not services like the NRMA can. This is especially important if the car is older and due for rego – the current owner may know it won’t pass a safety inspection and be trying to offload it. As a seller, having safety inspection papers can help speed up the sale.

4. Ask questions. Why are you selling the car? How regularly was the car serviced? Has it been involved in any accidents? Has it been involved in any floods? Has it had any major mechanical work? Has it had any parts replaced – including fan belts, brake pads, etc. – and when did that take place? Do they have the receipts for any recent work? When is the rego due? How old are the tyres? And anything else you need/want to know.

5. Only accept cash payments. This is more for sellers than buyers, but never sign over ownership of your car until you have cash in your hot little hand. Bank transfers can be cancelled and cheques can be bounce. Unless you are buying at a car dealership, cash should be the only currency you accept. If the buyer insists on cheques or bank transfers, wait until the funds are cleared and you’ve received confirmation from your bank before handing the keys over and signing final paperwork.

6. Make sure all paperwork is completed on site. The car will need to be signed over to the new owner. And remember that the new owner will generally require a licence in the same state as yours for car ownership to be transferred with ease. Double check that with the relevant authority in your state. For your records, in the age of smart phones, take photos of the paperwork just for you records.

7. Remember to insure your new car prior to driving away, just in case….

Buy and sell cars at www.carwant.com.au

10 Used Cars 0-100km/h Under 6 Seconds, Under $15K

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If acceleration is what you’re after in your next used car, these 10 hidden gems will get you to 100km/h in under 6 seconds without breaking the bank. Look around and you’re likely to find these super quick used cars for under $15K

If you’re looking for your next used car and want to find one of these super-quick cars, go to www.carwant.com.au and post a free request of the type of car you’re after, including the price range you want to spend.Movie A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

How to avoid car sale scams: for buyers and sellers

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How to identify a scam
  • Buyers – Scammers will pose as genuine sellers and post fake ads. Often if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. When you show interest the scammer will likely be unavailable -usually traveling or working abroad- but explain that the goods will be delivered by an agent upon receipt of payment. Heads up … you’ll never receive the goods.
  • Sellers – Often these ‘buyers’ are also conveniently unable to meet and are strangely trusting; willing to pay large sums without seeing the item they are paying for. They also may seem a little impractical – for example, an overseas buyer may be interested in purchasing your item despite it being commonly available in their home country and the fact that shipping costs would far outweigh the cost of the item. They may provide a fake receipt of payment. Or they may send a cheque that will bounce.
Before taking action
  • Buyers
    • Google the exact wording of the ad. You may find other people reporting the same or a similar scam.
    • Only pay for items you have personally inspected and never prior to inspection – deposits included!
  • Sellers
What to do if you discover a scam or are a victim of a scam 
  • Contact the relevant website and let them know the scammers profile
  • Spread the word among family and friends to raise awareness
  • Reports scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page
  • Get help here
Why www.carwant.com.au is safer
You can only be contacted by people who have registered a free account with www.carwant.com.au. And you can only be contacted when there is a match between wanted and for sale advertisements on www.carwant.com.au. This makes a helluva lot of work for a scammer – individually matching their wants and needs with yours to be able to generate an automatic notification through our system– which substantially reduces the risk of scams.

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