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Fluids You Should Check to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

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You wake up in the morning and you drink a glass of water to quench your thirst, then you have a morning coffee and you’re up and running for the day. Your car is much the same, it has some essential fluids that it requires to run optimally.  They are all extremely important and they […]

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How To Get More Distance Out of a Fuel Tank

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The price of fuel at the moment is nothing short of painful. With Brent Crude Oil sitting at around $80 a barrel at the time of writing, we’re all feeling it at the pump.  There has to be some way to get more range out of your cars’ fuel. We have a few tips to […]

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Why do Diesel Cars Get Better Fuel Economy than Petrol Cars?

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You’ll often hear how diesel cars get really good gas mileage and often outperform similar petrol cars in the process.  We could talk about some seriously complicated science stuff, or just tell you what you need to know. There’s a difference between fuel economy and fuel efficiency.  Fuel economy is related to how you drive […]

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What Makes a Timing Belt Change So Expensive?

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The quote has come back from the mechanic and they say you need a timing belt change. It sounds expensive, clock-based and confusing. Well you’re right about two of those and close on the third.  It can be expensive, it can be confusing, and it does kind of involve timing. A timing belt replacement is […]

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How to Tow a Trailer

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Towing a trailer is a real power move. Not a lot of people can do it, even fewer can do it well. If you want to know how to tow a trailer we can tell you how to do it safely but it’s really up to you to practice.  As a Kiwi, “backing the boat” […]

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Tips and Tricks to Take Care of Your Car

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Cars cost a fair amount of money. When you spend that kind of money, you want to be sure that it’s well maintained and well taken care of. Not to mention that if you look after your car it’ll save you a lot of money in the long run when it comes to getting it […]

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Can you bring your own car parts to a mechanic?

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If you’ve ever been confronted with a large repair bill from a mechanic you may have thought supplying your own sourced parts would save you some of the expense. It’s never been easier to look online and check the latest price for car parts via Repco or Super Cheap Auto. You may even have brake […]

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Don’t look to save money when replacing these car parts

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It goes without saying, car repairs are not a “happy” purchase for most people. There are, however, some car parts where saving money should not be the priority. In these cases, paying a little extra to get good-quality parts will save you in the long run, and may keep you and your family safer at […]

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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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