Month: June 2017

Autonomous Cars

What’s behind the push for autonomous cars?

Surveys show consumers aren’t all that enthusiastic about autonomous cars A reporter from the website ConsumerAffairs based in the United States, Mark Huffman outlines what’s behind the push for autonomous cars. I’ve been in the automotive industry since 1978 – that’s 39 years of experience in the intricacies of all

Kia Sorrento

Why Should You Buy – Kia Sorento 7 Seat Wagon

Introduction: You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and I was very impressed when I drove away in the Kia Sorento Platinum. Lots of interior space, powerful diesel engine, smooth automatic transmission and lots of tech too. The badge test tells me that I could have

Great Wall Steed

Why Should You Buy – Great Wall Steed?

I wrote to you recently about the recently released Haval H6 – The Empire Strikes back – where I gave my opinion on how far the Chinese Manufacturer Great Wall Motors has come since first appearing on the market in  2009. Great Wall Steed replaces Great Wall X200 And I

Fuel Price Rip Off

Fuel Fools – Fuel Price Rip Off

Are we all just prepared to take it? When will someone fix the problem? Fuel Price Rip Off. Over the last six months or so, I tried valiantly to create a Facebook site entitled Fuel Free Friday. The goal was to convince consumers NOT to purchase fuel on a Friday.

Volkswagen Arteon

2018 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Bargain German GT?

VW’s flashy new fastback is quiet and effortless at speed, at least in Euro-market guise – Volkswagen Arteon First Drive Direct from our colleagues at Autoweek, is the first drive report on the Volkswagen Arteon. Arteon replaces the incumbent Volkswagen CC that’s been around in Volkswagen showrooms forever. You might

New Suzuki Swift

It was 13 years ago – New Suzuki Swift

The Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre was the launch site of New Suzuki Swift. Back in early 2005, my first look of the then remarkable Suzuki Swift was at the Suzuki factory in Hamamatsu, Japan. The internet, in its pretty early life, was not friendly to providing information as it

Small Business Tip – How to Pay for Your New Car

Here’s a Small Business Tip – If you’re paying cash or financing your next new car purchase, and you want to maximize your tax deduction, you should follow these rules. Generally, car dealers will invoice you for the total of the vehicle including on road costs of Registration, Stamp Duty,

Mahindra XUV500

Why Should You Buy – Mahindra XUV500

My very wise mum always said, “If, you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”. That’s all well and good in general terms, but heck, I’m a motoring journalist so it’s my job to comment on all vehicles, good, bad or indifferent. I’ve had the opportunity to

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my new website thecarguy.com.au!

I know that there’s a lot of websites that offer car reviews, car road tests, opinions on various cars and the like. What makes this site different is that I’m not going to bore you with technical information about the various cars that I review.

I’ve been in the car business for over 39 years. I’ve read the motoring magazines cover to cover. I’ve read the online reviews until my eyes were square. Everywhere that I go, I find motoring journalists talking about car speeds – 0 – 100 km per hour, standing ¼ times, the inclination of this and that at 150klm per hour on a 12.5% gradient curve, in rainy weather – and other stuff that bores me no end.

thecarguy.com.au is taking a different path on the journey to helping you purchase a new car. I’ll do my best to advise you on what I consider to be the most important information when it comes to that major decision to purchase a car. Interior room, features of the car, fuel economy, safety, service prices, resale and lots more. I’ll tell you what I like about a particular car and as importantly, what I don’t like, to find at least to be less than I think a car should have. .

And I’ll ask for your opinion. Take some pics of what you’re driving and tell me and our audience what you particularly like or dislike about your car. Because besides prospective new car buyers, there’s a lot of people who’ll read your comments as used car buyers.

So, jump on board, strap yourself in and let’s start out on the journey with The Car Guy.

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