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  • VEHICLE TAX DEDUCTIONS

    July 19, 2019

    As we approach the 2016 tax season, we wanted to let you know about an important change to work related car expenses that may affect your return this year. We look at the claimable vehicle tax deductions available for 2016 and what has changed from previous years.   What’s changing? Previously, there were four methods to calculate and claim your work related car expense deductions: 12 percent of the original value One third of actual expenses A...

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    HOW TO AVOID THE BACKYARD CAR DEALERS

    July 19, 2019

    Used car buyers should be cautious of buying vehicles from an unlicensed car dealer and the risks involved.  These back yard car dealers will often use free selling platforms such as Gumtree to sell their vehicles and will typically sell from a residential or other type of non-business premise. Make sure you avoid backyard car dealers as often many of the cars of not been mechanically inspected. Vehicles sold by these unlicensed dealers can be acquired...

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    BUYING YOUR FIRST CAR

    July 19, 2019

    Buying your first car is both an exciting time and scary time for all involved. Finding that suitable vehicle is the first step in ensuring that your child has a safe driving experience. Here are some tips and features that you may want to consider when helping them choose their first vehicle. Before deciding on a make and model, consider what the vehicle will be used for and if the car will be suitable for...

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    PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR WINTER MOTORING – PART 2

    July 19, 2019

    In our part 1 post about getting your vehicle ready for Winter motoring, we covered the battery, lights, windscreen and wipers. Today we cover some more important items to keep you safe this Winter. TYRES As you have read in our previous tyre care blog, tyres are one of the most important parts of the car as it is all that is between us and the road. Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated and have sufficient tread...

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    HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR WINTER MOTORING

    July 19, 2019

    Winter is almost upon us which means chilly days, freezing cold nights, lots of rain and the occasional bit of frost and hail. But what does this mean for your car during winter motoring? BATTERY Most breakdowns in winter are caused by battery and electrical issues as this is the time when your electrical components are working the hardest. Check the terminals on your battery to make sure they are clean and not corroded. A...

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    PURCHASING VEHICLES INTERSTATE

    July 19, 2019

    Have you finally found that perfect vehicle you have been searching for, only to find out it’s on the other side of Australia? Not sure where to go from here? We look at the process involved in purchasing vehicles interstate. With online shopping increasingly on the rise, the idea of buying and selling a vehicle interstate is becoming more and more common. Thanks to the improved quality of online classified sites as well as the...

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    THE BEST FUEL FOR YOUR CAR

    July 19, 2019

    With the choice of petrol’s increasing, how do you decide which is the best fuel for your car? Most petrol stations offer a choice of three types of fuel, with sizeable price differences between them. The main difference between the fuels is their octane rating or Research Octane Number (RON). Introducing RON The most commonly sold fuels are the unleaded varieties: unleaded (ULP), E10 (ULP with 10 per cent ethanol) premium unleaded (PULP) and ultra-premium...

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    CAR HACKS

    July 19, 2019

    Car hacks are great for saving you time and money and help make your car just that little bit cleaner and more organised. We have searched high and low to bring you some really handy car hacks. Here are some of our favourites: 1. Put silicone muffin liners in your cup holders. Crumbs and stickiness will become a thing of the past! 2. Is your car messy and un-organised? Use a shoe organizer to keep all your...

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    FLOOD DAMAGED VEHICLE

    July 19, 2019

    If you live near water, there is always a possibility that the vehicle you are looking to purchase may have seen flood damage. There are a few tell-tale signs to look for that can help you easily identify a flood damaged vehicle, even if the seller has done there utmost to conceal it from you. Here are some signs and symptoms of a flood damaged vehicle: Straight-line stains Lets face it, straight-line stains do not get there...

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    TIPS FOR FUEL EFFICIENT DRIVING

    July 19, 2019

    The way you drive and the condition of your car has an impact on the amount of fuel you use. Here we look at a few tips for fuel efficient driving which will help you save money at the bowser. Minimise your vehicle use Vehicles are least fuel efficient and most polluting at the start of a trip and on short trips. One of the most obvious and best ways you can save on fuel costs...

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