Welcome Richard to My Auto Shop

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Richard Wafer, Chief Operating Officer and seven year veteran of recently listed My Food Bag has joined the Trade Me-backed, auto-repair startup My Auto Shop. Having been at My Food Bag since 2014, Richard helped the business develop from an early start-up to the NZX in March. “I’m excited to get back to building a […]

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What should I know about Mobile Mechanics?

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Fitting vehicle repairs into our busy schedules can be difficult, and the idea of having a mobile mechanic come to our home or office represents a convenient alternative to dropping off your car for the day. While most repairs can be done by well-equipped, professional mechanics in your driveway, there are a few jobs that […]

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What is a vehicle recall and should I be worried?

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A recall is when the manufacturer of a product, in this case, a motor vehicle or its components, identifies a fault that puts its users or occupants at risk of personal injury or death, or that significantly impacts the performance of the vehicle. Occasionally a manufacturer will recall vehicles when defects in their design or […]

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Car Servicing – How much does a petrol car service cost in New Zealand?

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While the answer to this question varies wildly, the real question is how much should a car service cost. At My Auto Shop, we think this should be an easy question to answer. Why? Because manufacturers set out the maintenance schedule for your car and all the vehicles just like it, detailing what needs doing […]

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Car Repairs on Afterpay?

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We all know that urgent car repairs generally jump out at the time you least want them, and the bank account might not have enough cash to keep your car running. Fortunately, My Auto Shop, NZ’s largest car maintenance booking platform, has teamed up with Afterpay to make the unexpected more manageable. How does Afterpay […]

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WoF expiring? Urgent repairs? Find out what to do about car repairs during lockdown Level 4.

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While most of us won’t be using our cars during the current COVID lockdown (except for the odd trip to the supermarket), you may be wondering what to do if your warrant of fitness expires or your car breaks down during this time. The answer isn’t the same for everyone. Essential workers If you are […]

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Nissan Leaf Diagnostic

EV vs. Petrol: What does annual maintenance look like?

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If you are thinking about buying an electric or hybrid vehicle you have probably already done a bit of research around the cars range and how much you stand to save not buying fuel. But have you considered the cost of maintenance? There are far fewer moving parts on many of these types of vehicles, […]

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Trade Me and My Auto Shop Logos

We’ve partnered with Trade Me to help power our mission

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We’re excited to announce that New Zealand’s largest online marketplace and classifieds site, Trade Me, has taken a 15 per cent stake in My Auto Shop.  After starting our business in January 2020 with the goal to make car maintenance easier for car owners, we’re pumped to continue our mission alongside such a pioneer of […]

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Rainy, foggy dashboard due to driving in the rain

Driving in the Rain

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Driving in the rain presents different challenges to driving in the dry. You’ll need to follow a different approach when it’s drizzling compared to when it’s raining heavily. Strong winds can play a big factor too. Some drivers hate driving in rain and a few others actually enjoy it the most. The difference comes down […]

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Off-road driving Land Rover

Driving Off-Road

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Driving on open, sealed roads and off-roading are complete opposites and both require totally different driving techniques. Off-roading can pose a lot of different obstacles that you might never face on your daily drive to work. Let’s dig into the tips and tricks that might help you on your next 4×4 adventure. How should you […]

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Motorway at night

Driving on the Motorway

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Driving on the motorway might feel overwhelming when you are about to do it for the first time. But motorways are one of the safest roads to travel. You may have probably taken motorway driving lessons when you took your license. But let’s have a look at some of the tips that may help keep […]

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Toyota Land Cruiser driving on the beach

Driving on the Beach

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Woohoo! You’re off to the beach! NZ has some great beaches that car’s are permitted to drive on. From Muriwai in Auckland to 90 Mile Beach in Northland, there’s plenty of options for beach driving. Let’s take a look at some of the decisions and challenges that drivers face when driving on the beach. What […]

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Driving through a Ford

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Driving through a Ford or water crossing requires caution and the ability to adapt to the changing conditions. Land rovers such as Discovery and Defender or Ford Ranger are some of the best 4X4’s when it comes to traveling through a ford or water crossings. Most of these 4X4’s have air intakes placed above the […]

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Beautiful Gravel Road

Driving on Gravel Roads

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Driving on Gravel roads presents its own challenges. While the WRC drivers make it look fun and easy, the difficulty to get necessary traction can catch even the most confident road drivers out. As a result, understeer and oversteer can sometimes send  your vehicle in an unintended direction. If you are driving on gravel roads […]

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Handshake from negotiation

Selling a Car: How to Negotiate with Buyers

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A buyer turns up to buy your car, they start haggling, you freeze, panic and sell it for $17. Well maybe not, but still, negotiations can be stressful if you don’t like confrontation. We’ll tee you up with some handy tips and tricks to help you negotiate with buyers and make sure you get the […]

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Selling a Car: How To Avoid Scams

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Imagine you’re selling your car, you have a buyer for your car, they’re going to pay you the money. Then they don’t, even worse is if they drive off with your car and you still don’t get paid. That is not ideal. We’re here to help you avoid scams and make sure that if you […]

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Selling a Car: Should I ‘Trade it in’?

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Selling a car can be full of twists and turns, lots of hassle or a seamless process. If you’re considering selling your car you’ve probably heard of a ‘trade in’. This is where you trade your car with a dealer. They deduct the price of your car from the purchase of your next car and […]

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Selling a Car: Photos and Description

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If you’ve decided to sell your car privately, you’ll need a great listing to help you get top dollar. The first impressions are made by the photos and the car is sold or ignored based on the description. Your photos and description are your biggest assets. We’ll help guide you through what you want to […]

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VW Dealership

Selling a Car: Dealer vs Private Sale

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If you need to sell your car, you need to weigh up your options. Both options offer their own advantages and disadvantages and you need to evaluate what will work for you. We’re here to help you weigh up whether you sell to a dealer vs a private sale to a private buyer. Why Sell […]

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Stack of Money for Car Valuation

Selling a Car: How Much Is My Car Worth?

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When it comes to selling your car, the most important thing is knowing how much your car is worth. This is what will determine how much money you can ask for, and what you’ll end up with in your pocket. There’s the general value of your car’s make and model, and then once you factor […]

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Selling a Car: How to Add Value to Your Car Before Selling It

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When it comes time to part with your beloved set of wheels, you want to make sure you’re getting as much money as you can. You need to know how to add value to your car before you sell it. We’ve got some handy pointers to make sure that you’ve got your car as desirable […]

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Selling a Car: How to Set a Sale Price

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Selling a car can be a difficult thing to do. You need to know how to set a sale price, and you need to know how to stick to it. What you ask for your car by way of price, sets the tone for how much interest you get and ultimately whether or not you […]

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Buying a Car: New vs Used Cars

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Buying a car is exciting, whether it’s a necessity or just an upgrade, it can be a fun experience. But do you buy a new car or a used car? New vs Used and what are the advantages and disadvantages of both? How you choose a car is dependent on what you need it for. […]

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Buying a Car: How To Buy a Good Used Car and Avoid a Lemon

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Buying a car is really expensive and the last thing you want is more costs on top of that. The best way to avoid this is to avoid a ‘Lemon’. A lemon is a car that breaks down a lot or just costs a lot of money to maintain. Avoiding lemons will help you buy […]

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