Month: October 2017

RACQ Insurance - Claims Experience

RACQ Insurance – Claims Experience – Update 5th November 2017

You only know how good your insurer is when you make a claim – my experience with RACQ Insurance   Update 5th November 2017 – I’m very pleased to advise that my claim with RACQ Insurance has been sorted. After a month of backward and forwards with the claims department,

Golf GTI Original

Golf GTI : The Original and The Best – In Their Own Words

THE most affordable Golf GTI of this decade can be ordered as of this week from your Volkswagen dealer. Greetings from Queensland. When I was invited to be a Volkswagen dealer back in 2008, one of the first cars I had my backside into was a Golf GTI – a

LDV T60

New LDV T60 Dual Cab Ute – In Their Own Words

Good morning. Bob Aldons, The Car Guy here, with some Monday morning news. I’ve written about the coming of Chinese vehicles into the Australian market for quite a while. (https://thecarguy.com.au/wptcgadmn/ancap-safety-ratings/) The last 2 reviews, Haval H6 and Great Wall Steed didn’t give my readers too much confidence, but I did

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Nissan 370Z Nismo – Why Should You Buy

Hello, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy writing about the Nissan 370Z Nismo. The nice people at Nissan Australia invited me to test drive and review the latest car in their ‘performance range’ the 2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo coupe. Unfortunately, in the week I had it, the Queensland weather has been

Suzuki Swift GLX

Suzuki Swift GLX – Why Should You Buy

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, reporting in on my review of the Suzuki Swift GLX. I was a Suzuki dealer in 2004 when Suzuki first released the then all new Swift. A few dealers and I went to Japan to see the manufacturing plant where Swift was built. Swift

Nissan X-Trail Diesel – In Their Own Words

Hello, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy here with some information from Nissan Australia. After an age on the market, Nissan has finally added an oil burner to their range. Oil Burner? That’s what the automotive journalist trade call a diesel. Diesel is to SUV’s that V8’s are to Supercars. If

GMH, Ford, Toyota – Gone from our shores

  “There’s got to be a morning after” was a song by Maureen McGovern for the movie The Poseidon Adventure way back in 1973. I’m thinking that the employees of GMH, Ford, Toyota must be humming that same tune this morning. Good morning. Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, reporting to

Holden Commodore VXR

ZB Commodore VXR – In Their Own Words

General Motors Holden is taking the biggest gamble of their time with the introduction of the Opel Commodore VXR due for launch in early 2018. Whilst maintaining the Commodore name, Holden is asking the historical buying public to overlook that this car is manufactured in Europe for Australia and other

Beware of Strangers

Beware of Strangers – In Their Own Words

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with some information from Nissan Australia to coincide with the Gold Coast 600. Nissan is one of the few manufacturers promoting the use of genuine replacement parts rather than allowing the non-genuine and grey parts market to take control. As a former franchise dealer

Skoda Octavia RS 245 – In Their Own Words

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with some information about the Skoda Octavia RS 245. The ‘second’ brand of Volkswagen has struggled over their time in Australia, trying to get a foothold. Skoda however shouldn’t be discounted too much – they do build a very good vehicle, albeit using Volkswagen

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