What’s High Octane VS Low Octane Fuel?
What’s the difference between high octane and low octane fuel and when should you use each one?
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Understanding Tyre Choices for Your Car
Car tyres are vital for vehicle safety. However, understanding the numbers and types of tyres can be confusing. We help you decipher the options.
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4 Top Tips for Maximising Your Car’s Resale Value
There are some basic steps to follow to make sure you get the best price when selling your car.
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Scrapping your old vehicle? Here’s what to do.
Is it time to say goodbye to your old car? Deregister and scrap it safely with this quick guide…
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4 Keys When Buying a Towing Vehicle
Many Kiwis will be out towing this summer. What should you consider if you’re buying a towing vehicle?
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Four Ways a Dash Cam Helps your Driving
Dash cams are not just good for entertainment – they can also help during accidents and with disputed insurance claims.
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I Spy with my Car?
The future of intelligent cars allows automatic updates without any need for mechanics, and features that allow drivers to shop, order food and even read the news from their dashboard!
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Easy Ways to Decrease Your Fuel Consumption
With fuel costs rising year on year, vehicle owners are looking at ways to reduce their fuel consumption and make a full tank last longer between fills. There are some easy ways you can adapt your driving to save fuel and help you keep costs down.
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When should you fill the tank?
There’s a fierce debate between car owners regarding filling their fuel tanks. Is it most appropriate to wait until it’s near empty, or fill it up when it gets to a half tank?
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Check your bonnets!
Most owners recognise that cars require very little maintenance between full services, and that makes us lazy when it comes to popping the hood and checking the bonnet.
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Bad driving habits you should shake off
After years of driving, it’s easy to pick up some bad habits that are lazy at best, and seriously damaging your car at worst. If you want to protect your car from excessive fuel consumption and heightened maintenance costs, avoid developing the following bad habits.
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What are your brakes telling you?
If you ever feel like your brakes aren’t working as efficiently as they should be, it’s best to get them checked out and ensure they are safe – operating on failing brakes is a surefire way to land yourself in a dangerous situation.
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Older Vehicles are Twice as Likely to Crash Fatally
Nearly 40% of cars on our roads are built prior to 2000, but these older vehicles are significantly over-represented in crashes that lead to death, with nearly 60% of fatalities involving these older cars.
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Driving safely at night
Driving in the dark is undeniably more dangerous than daylight driving. If you’re someone who has to drive on the roads often at night, there are some tips you can use to keep yourself, and other motorists, safe at night.
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Improving the effectiveness of your headlights
Our headlights are essential for driving in the dark – but they can only help you see and be seen if they’re working correctly. Although people often complain that their headlights are too low and make it hard to see at night.
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Fuel additives could be destroying your engine
Although fuel system cleaners are useful for cleaning out a vehicle’s exhaust pipe, not every additive should go into your fuel filler. It’s important to note that in cases where additives are required, there will be a completely separate tank to pour the product in.
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Driving safely over long distances
If you’ve got a long journey ahead on the road, it’s important to make sure you arrive at your destination safe and sound. Learning some key tips for safe long distance driving can be crucial at ensuring you make it in one piece.
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Cleaning your car interior
After a few weeks of summer holidays, it’s easy to clog up your car with mess. Even though most drivers are onto it when it comes to cleaning their car exterior, it can be easy to forget that your car interior can get dirty too.
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New Zealand’s most stolen cars
When you’re buying a car, there are usually many questions on your mind. One that we think of less often until we’re on the road is “will my car get stolen?”. Canterbury appears to be the hotspot of car stealing in New Zealand.
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Protecting Your Car On Road Trips
Road trips are fun but unexpected breakdowns can happen if you’re not prepared! In this month’s Autolife, we look at some simple steps you can take to reduce your risks of a breakdown on a road trip and some essentials you should pack with you.
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Electric Cars In New Zealand
With fuel prices in New Zealand climbing higher and higher, car owners find themselves wondering whether they should consider the switch to electric vehicles. What are electric vehicles? What electric cars are available in New Zealand?
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Important benefits from car services
It’s important to keep your car well serviced for its maintenance. If you want your car running at an optimal level and to extend its life, make sure you take your car in regularly.
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Buying a New Car
If you’re in the process of looking for a new vehicle, but haven’t been in the vehicle market for a while, it can be confusing to know exactly what you should be looking out for.
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Behind the cost of fuel
With the introduction of a regional fuel tax in Auckland, you may be wondering what exactly you’re paying for per litre at the petrol shop. We break down the different components that make up the cost of a liter of fuel.
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Car fires
A car fire can be potentially life threatening but it’s possible to reduce your risk by taking care of your vehicle. Read on for some tips on keeping your vehicle in great shape to minimize the chances of your car catching fire.
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Green Driving – Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Electric and hybrid vehicles have also been steadily growing in popularity in New Zealand, and the number of electric vehicles has increased from just 192 in January 2013 to 7597 in April 2018.
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Driving in wet weather conditions
Whether it’s raining, icy, snowing, or foggy, bad weather conditions make driving really risky. Drivers should take precautions when driving in bad weather to avoid dangerous risks on the road.
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Giving your car a good clean
How cleaning your car affects how long your car will preserve its first line of defence against the elements. If you don’t keep your car clean, your paint job can face harmful damage, leading to rusting, scratching or bubbling.
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