A thief breaks into a car... you don't want this!

Expert’s guide to storing valuables in your vehicle

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We’ve all seen the signs telling us not to leave valuables in our cars, but we sometimes assume it’s more probable that something will be taken if we take it to the beach, amusement parks, or on a hike through the woods. There will be occasions when you forget something in the car before leaving, […]

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Merging lanes on the motoroway

Zen guide to merging lanes

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Lane merging might be viewed as a pain in the neck, and not to be too reductive, but sometimes it literally is a pain in the neck having to twist your head to see what’s happening around you. That said, it’s an excellent way to exercise your patience muscle, one of those challenges that leads […]

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Car battery replacement in New Zealand

Expert’s guide to choosing your car battery

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Ah, the ol’ battery change – it sounds so simple doesn’t it? When it comes to getting a new battery in your vehicle, you’re probably focused on two things. The first being the obvious, is this going to mean my car actually starts up? And secondly, how long is it going to last? For a […]

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Steering wheel without any aftermarket modifications

Can I install an aftermarket steering wheel, legally?

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With the abundance of car modification options that are available today, and their relative affordability (depending on what you’re looking at!), it can get pretty tempting to start making personalised upgrades to your vehicle. When it comes to vehicle performance and safety, cosmetic alterations are generally harmless and aren’t anything to worry about. When engines […]

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A person washes the exterior of their car

Expert’s guide to the 20 minute car wash

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Giving your car’s paintwork a wash is one of the easiest ways to take care of your vehicle. With most of the My Auto Shop team’s cars being covered with dirt dust from summer road trips, we’ve put together our tips on keeping your car’s paintwork at its best. Start by cleaning your wheels Before […]

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Amber fuel light switched on

How far can I drive with my fuel light on?

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There was a time in my life when driving around with the fuel light on with fairly common practice. Looking back now, I feel it was probably more an indication of my priorities at the time, of which keeping my car in good nick was pretty low on the list in those student days. There’s […]

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Trailer sway can be dangerous

Everything you need to know about trailer sway

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If you’re towing a trailer or caravan, one of the worst things that can happen is for your trailer to wobble precariously back and forth, eventually falling on one side and dragging your vehicle down with it. Trailer sway can be a major problem for many trailer owners, especially with New Zealand’s winding roads, and […]

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Fogged up car window

How to stop your car windows from fogging up

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As the Velvet Underground song goes, “I got a foggy notion!” … but, I confess, when it comes to fogged up windows, I don’t have the foggiest. Having full understanding on how to stay safe when your windows mist up is essential driver knowledge. There are always things to learn in the automotive world, and […]

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Car tyre manufacture

How car tyres are made

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It’s fair to say we tend to take our tyres for granted. I might be speaking for myself, but I just expect to them to be there and to work when it comes to heading out for a spin. Sure, they’re super helpful, you know, gripping the road and basically saving your life at corner […]

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Keeping your tyres in good condition can help with other aspects of your car's performance

Expert’s guide to making your tyres last longer

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I remember once upon a time, I’d just joined the local football team, and was driving my new team mates home after practice one evening. The car was packed, the music was up and so were the voices. As I edged left to slow down let a couple of the boys on the side of […]

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Are extended warranties worth the money?

Are extended car warranties really worth it?

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Okay, so you’ve picked the car of your dreams (or at least, one that fits neatly into your budget), you’ve figured out the best negotiation techniques, and now you’re down at the card yard looking to pick up those hot new wheels for summer. Then the dealer throws in a last spar, “would you like […]

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Mechanic removes a tyre while replacing brake pads

Expert’s guide to brake pads

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There’s a terrible joke that speed demons love to tell, which goes something along the lines of, “if you need to remove unnecessary weight from the vehicle, start with the brake pads.” We’ll let the laughter die down for a moment before we proceed… Or not? Your brakes are one of your car’s most vital […]

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Motor vehicle tax deductions

Expert’s guide to motor vehicle tax deductions

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“It’s tax time, baby!” … said no one. Ever. For many of us, the end of the financial year can be a bit of an… adventure, let’s say. But not necessarily the kind we’re used to here at MyAutoShop! After a few questions here and there from your accountant or tax agent, and perhaps a […]

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Three young girls in the back of car on school run

Zen guide to less stress on your school run

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Every day, parents, carers, and grandparents face the school run and manage to survive, but whether you emerge a frazzled mess or unfazed depends on your preparation and tolerance. Let’s go over a few strategies we’ve uncovered to get through the school run without so much as a bead of sweat trickling down that forehead […]

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Cars lined up at an auction yard

Expert’s guide to buying a car at an auction

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When it comes to car auctions, you’re like to imagine motor-mouthed auctioneer exclaiming, “sold to the man in the yellow hat!” or something along those lines. It’s a high energy environment, for sure, and you wouldn’t be wrong in your estimation of what it’ll be like. This is still true in some auction houses, but […]

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Caravan parked up at a holiday park in New Zealand

Caravans: a driver’s guide

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Whether you’re heading away on a road trip or just heading out for a summer cruise, it’s safe to say the time is right to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re of the nomadic persuasion, you’ll no doubt know the allure of New Zealand’s many camping grounds and all the good times […]

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Applying for finance on a new vehicle purchase

Expert’s guide to car loans

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Are you currently in the market for a new car? Welcome to one of the biggest decisions of your life! There are so many things to consider when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. From make, model, colour and so on, to the details like km’s on the odometer, andfuel effiency, the list goes on. […]

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The keys to your brand new car?

5 methods car dealers use to get top dollar

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It’s timely to be writing an article about car dealers and the tactics they use on (sometimes) unsuspecting buyers to get them to spend more. I’m looking for a vehicle, searching through private sellers and car dealers alike for that perfect vehicle. But, alas, the time has come! At MyAutoShop, we’ve got your back, and […]

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Mechanic works on a car during service

All about those extra costs on your car service

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Rightio, so you’ve organised a car service through MyAutoShop, organised to get your car serviced (within the recommended timeframe as well, well done!) and, at the time of dropping your car off at the mechanic’s, they ask if you’re after any additional service items. You may be wondering what they’re referring to, given you’ve ostensibly […]

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Image of a road with the word 'bus' painted on it.

Bus lanes: a driver’s guide

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With the abundance of road works happening my area at the moment, I’ve noticed a few daring drivers take to the bus lanes to escape what seems to be an ever-increasing traffic problem in Auckland City. Most urban regions have built bus lanes so buses can travel free of general traffic, even during peak hour […]

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Diagnosing car problems using your five senses

5 common sense ways to identify what’s up with your car

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Wouldn’t it be great if, on that (rare) occasion that something went wrong with your car, you could somehow use a sixth sense to diagnose exactly what was wrong with it? Like Spiderman’s spidey senses, but for cars. Well, if you ask a seasoned mechanic, you’d pretty quickly find out that such super powers do […]

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Toyota truck with LED lightbar

Expert’s guide to installing LED light bars

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You’ve seen these before, although potentially didn’t know the technical term for those starry bars adorning lots of four wheel drives and other vehicles these days: LED lightbars. There are a variety of automotive LED light bars on the market that are being installed in vehicles. These are basically long lights with an array of […]

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A set of run flat tyres is a good option for drivers

We’re pumped about run flat tyres

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Have you heard of run flat tyres before? I’ll be honest, I hadn’t, so in this article we’ll be learning together. In short, a run flat tyre offers drivers improved levels of safety and assurance in case there’s ever a sudden or slow depressurisation of a tyre. In the very worst situations, a sudden flat […]

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A teenager or young person learning to drive safe with their parent

How to manage your kid’s driving habits

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As a parent, knowing your children are safe behind the wheel shouldn’t just stop at thinking about the sorts of driving situations they might find themselves in. In fact, it’s almost impossible to pre-empt any situation these days. With plenty of wild driving tactics being portrayed (by professional stunt people, mind you!) in action movies, […]

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