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VIDEO: The 22nd Indonesian International Motor Show!

Here’s a quick look at what went down at this years Indonesian International Motor Show!

VIDEO: Renault Megane R.S. 265 Sport Facelift Launched In Malaysia

Can you spot the differences in this facelift? For the full specs and price details, read our launch report HERE! 

VIDEO: All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Debuts in Malaysia

The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is here and it’s looking good! For more details on the car, check out our full report HERE!

VIDEO: All-New 2014 Perodua Axia Launches in Malaysia!

It’s finally here! For more details on the Axia – check out our full list of specs HERE! 

VIDEO: 2015 Jaguar XE – The Reveal

Taking a reveal to the next level! The 2015 all-new Jaguar XE is looking sleek!

VIDEO: Mitsubishi Red Peak Challenge At Tesco Mutiara Damansara

Motors Malaysia demonstrated to the public the capabilities of Mitsubishi’s 4×4 models, namely the ASX, Triton and the Pajero Sport. MORE HERE!

VIDEO: 2015 Volvo XC90 Crash Test!

Is the Volvo XC90 really as tough as it’s said to be? Watch the crash test video above and find out! As the Volvo XC90 just made it’s global debut and it’s really something special. More information and details HERE!

VIDEO: 2014 Ford EcoSport SUV Launches in Malaysia!

Sime Darby Auto Connexion has finally launched its all-new 2014 Ford EcoSport SUV. More details HERE! 

VIDEO: The All-New 2014 BMW X4 Debuts In Malaysia!

BMW Malaysia has just launched its all-new 2014 BMW X4. Just months after the car was revealed worldwide, the Sports Activity Coupe many dub to be the “baby X6”, is finally amongst us, to take its place as the fifth ‘X’ vehicle in the local line-up. Check out more details HERE! 

VIDEO: Russ Swift Takes The All-New Subaru WRX For A Crazy Spin!

Russ Swift is a Guinness World Record breaker and an all around legend! He shows us a few of his favourite tricks in the All-New Subaru WRX and WRX STI! More on the price and specs of the Subaru WRX HERE! 

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5 Tips When Buying A New Car

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Many often ask us, “What is car a good car to buy?” There is no one simple answer for that. In today’s highly competitive car market, it would be too simplistic to say that Car A is a good car and Car B is a bad car. What determines a ‘good’ car and what’s a ‘bad’ car really depends on who is buying it and what the car will be used for.

Here are some tips to help you make a better, more informed decision.

1. Make A List Of Your Requirements.

It is not good enough to say you want a car that looks youthful, offers good driving performance and sporty handling, is comfortable, affordable, reliable, comes with many safety features and has good resale value.

Such a car doesn’t exist. Out of those many attributes mentioned, you need to decide which is the most important, which is the next, and so on.

No matter what the marketers tell you, a highly sophisticated car fitted with many cutting edge technologies cannot be expected to be as durable as another that uses older, but proven technologies.

Similarly, a new car model from a strong brand with a proven reputation cannot be expected to be as cheap or come with as many features as a lesser known upstart brand eager to win-over new buyers.

The established brand is likely to have a wide and reputable after-sales network, complete with a well-stocked parts delivery centre and body-paint collision repair facilities. These brands have a higher operating cost and customers will need to pay more for these benefits.

Deciding on what your purchase priorities are depends on how you will use the car. What’s your driving distance? Do you drive more on urban or highway roads? How many people will you be carrying most of the time? Will it be a primary or secondary car in your household?

With this hierarchy of priorities sorted out, you can then proceed to narrow down your list of potential candidates.

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2. Choosing the right body type

There is little point in buying a large multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) if you are only going to carry seven-people once a year, while carrying no more than two occupants for the remaining 51 weeks a year. Buying a cheaper, more fuel-efficient model and renting an MPV for the once-a-year event would make better sense.

MPVs and sports utility vehicles (SUV) offer a higher driving position which some drivers like, plus better utility. However, MPVs and SUVs are generally larger, heavier and consume more fuel than a similar class sedan or hatchback model. Tyre wear and replacement costs are also comparably higher.

Pick-up trucks are generally cheap to buy and are very durable, but urban users should be aware that they are not that practical. Try climbing onto the high deck of a pick-up truck to load and unload cargo, and you will understand why. Plus, you can only keep your groceries in the cabin.

A sedan may offer the added functionality of a boot, but has a conservative image. A hatchback may be smaller, but it is also a lot more practical in urban traffic. However, hatchbacks are less safe in a rear-end collision.

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3. Safety features

Automotive safety features are split into two main categories – active safety; features to help avoid a crash, and passive safety; features that minimise injuries. As prevention is always better, active safety should be placed on a higher priority.

A car with a good mix of passive and active safety features is one that is fitted with anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), dual front airbags and electronic stability control (ESC). This mix is better than a car fitted with more airbags but no ESC.

Studies by the FIA, Global NCAP and ADAC have shown that ESC is the single most important safety feature after seatbelts, more important than airbags. Where possible, only choose cars with ESC. The feature is no longer limited to high-end cars as even an entry-level model like the Kia Picanto comes fitted with it.

ESC is a generic term and different car companies may have different marketing names for the feature, but they all work the same. Toyota calls it VSC. Mitsubishi calls it ASC while Honda calls it VSA. Some German manufacturers refer to it as ESP or DSC.

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4. Maintenance

Sales and after-sales are two different sides of the business, so it is not realistic to expect the sales person to furnish you with complete information of your car’s maintenance. Even if he/she does share this with you, a prudent buyer will still do his own homework to verify the information.

Some manufacturers publish maintenance costs of their vehicles on their websites. Maintenance information for Honda, Nissan and Perodua vehicles can be found here, here and here respectively.

For other brands, the information can be obtained by dropping into their respective authorised service centres and speaking to the service advisors there.

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5. Warranty

Many manufacturers now offer extended warranties that extend beyond the standard factory’s two- to three-year warranty to five-years. While extended warranties are attractive, it should not cloud your judgement. Remember that the best warranties are those that you don’t need to use, so evaluate the car’s reliability before evaluating its warranty.

Warranty claims are always a hassle and even if your vehicle’s repair costs are covered, you are still looking at a downtime of around one to two weeks.

Remember that items like clutches, brake pads, wipers and batteries are wear and tear items and are usually not covered by your warranty.

Most extended warranties are covered by a third-party insurer. Do check the terms and conditions as the coverage may differ between the first and second-half of the warranty period.

There are also brands that arrange their five-year extended warranties in a way that there is no distinction throughout all five-years, so they often avoid further complicating matters by highlighting that fact.

Five Tips To Get Good Value For Your Used Car

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So you have set your eyes on a new car, but before you make any payments, you will first need to sell off your current car. Here are some tips to help you get a good deal and to maximise the resale value of your vehicle.

1. Restore Your Car To Its Original Specifications

As a general rule of thumb, the closer your car looks to its original condition when you first bought it, the higher its value will be when it’s time to sell it off.

What this means is that you should remove any after-market parts that you have added to your vehicle. That sporty looking set of wheels, that set of lowered sports suspension, that deeper sounding exhaust muffler and that thumping audio system – they all have to go.

All the customisation that you have done to the car is only valuable to you in your eyes, but the next buyer is unlikely to share the same tastes as you. You are more likely to get better value by selling these after-market parts individually online, to people who are specifically looking for such products, rather than trying to push it with the car to the next buyer.

Of course, this is assuming that you are still keeping the original parts from the car. If you didn’t, well, then there is nothing much that you can do now other than to accept a lower price for your car, and consider it a lesson learnt for your next car.

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2. Touch-up Its Bodywork

The first impression matters the most. A car with a poor paint job gives the impression that the car was not properly maintained, never mind that it is mechanically sound under the bonnet.

Spend a few hundred Ringgit to touch up the car’s paint. Buff off any scratches and fix the small dents.

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3. Getting The Highest Value For Your Car          

Generally, car dealers tend to offer a higher trade-in value for the same make. For example, if you are looking to sell a used Toyota Camry, it is very unlikely that you will get a higher value than what’s offered by Toyota’s own used car retail network, Topmark.

You should then use the value quoted by Topmark as your reference price in deciding which dealer to sell your car to, or, if you want to sell your car privately, without any assistance from a used car dealer.

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4. Selling Your Car Via A Dealer Or Privately

There are pros and cons to using the service of a used car dealer versus doing it yourself. The former is clearly a lot less time consuming and safer, but you may get a slightly higher price by selling the car on your own.

If you are selling your car privately, be very vigilant when vetting through potential buyers asking to view your car. There have been many reports of people getting robbed and having their cars stolen by car theft syndicates posing as a potential buyers.

Where possible, do not invite buyers to view the car at your house. Instead, ask to meet them at a high-traffic, busy location, preferably an area monitored by CCTVs like a petrol station. Bring a friend along too.

Allocate at least one working day to complete the necessary paperwork with the Road Transport Department and maybe for the bank to transfer the ownership of the car.

If you are selling the car via a used car dealer, confirm with the used car dealer that the ownership title of the car will be temporarily transferred to the used car dealer. This is to protect you from any traffic summonses or legal liabilities that may occur after you have released the car to anyone else.

Under the e-Transfer system implemented by the Road Transport Department, the ownership of used cars can be temporarily transferred to the used car dealer. This transfer is only for administrative purposes and will not be reflected in the vehicle’s registration card, thus it will not affect the car’s resale value.

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5. Take Good Pictures

If you are putting up an advertisement to sell your car, spend a bit more effort in taking good pictures of your car. A listing with a clear picture that shows the car in a good light is far more likely to be viewed by potential buyers than another listing with a poor picture.

Take at least five pictures of the car – a front three-quarter angle, rear three-quarter angle, interior shot showing the dashboard, interior shot showing the conditions of the seats, and lastly a shot of the engine bay.