Cars are more affordable than you think

If you want the cheapest price in the world for a Volkswagen Golf 1.4, then book a plane ticket to India. You will pay the affordable price of $15,195. Of course, it does depend on your wages and cost of living. According to an Auto Express (UK) report, Australia is the third cheapest of 11 countries to buy an average car.

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More to buying a car than getting the best deal

A car is one of the biggest purchases many of us make, but it’s not always a satisfying experience. JD Power says 31% of new car buyers consider the deal to be the most important thing. But its recent sales satisfaction survey found buyers focused on deals are less satisfied than the industry average.

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Boom year for Australian car sales

Our last blog, Australians love their motorbikes, failed to mention they love their cars too. 2016 has been a boom year so far for new car sales, up 3.4% higher than last year. This is the best half-year result ever for the new car industry in Australia.

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Australians love their caravans

If you thought there were more caravans on the roads these days, you were right. The fastest growing registration type – 5% per annum for 6 consecutive years – is caravans and campervans.

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Australians love their SUVs

During 2015, more Australians than ever went out to buy a new motor vehicle. They bought 1,155,408 new passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and commercial vehicles. This was 3.8% more than in 2014 and it broke the record set in 2013.

SUVs were so popular, sales grew 15.9% and took up a whopping 35.4% of the market, up from 31.7% in 2014. In fact, Australians bought more SUVs than small cars, even though small cars were four of the top 10 bestsellers.

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More Councils urged to adopt NSWLLS

In an effort to reduce wear and tear on country roads, as well as make transportation more efficient, the state government developed the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) in 2012. The Scheme also includes driver education and practical training for professional drivers, to help ensure the safety of all road users.

However, while not everyone is yet on board with the scheme, an independent review has found that the benefits to country roads as well as regional residents and workers could be great.

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New Car Sales May 2015

Despite the Australian economy not looking as healthy as in recent months, consumers continue to push up new  car sales.

Based on the latest May numbers released by the Federal Chamber of Industries (FCAI), there were 93,327 new cars brought that month. While this figure is 1.3 per cent down on May 2014, 2015 year to date is 2.5 per cent ahead of last year – a massive 452,577 new vehicles sold over the first five months.

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ANCAP reduces road trauma and death

In the next five years, serious trauma and deaths on roads will decrease by at least one third according to the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This is due to the fact that most Australians will be travelling in cars with an ANCAP five-star safety rating.

It is estimated that close to half (40 per cent) of the kilometres driven this year will be in cars with the safety ratings.

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Roadside Assistance Stats

Latest research reveals that at least 20 percent of vehicle owners in NSW do not have roadside assistance. This compares favourably to Tasmania and Darwin where 40 and 35 percent respectively do not sign up for assistance.

The study conducted by research company Roy Morgan indicates that NSW ranks closer to the national average of 23 percent.

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