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:    

 

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.

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!