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A recent British study has found that 9 out of 10 people had a symbol pop up in their car that they didn’t recognise… How many do you know?

They are an everyday sight that could mean the difference between a smooth journey and a costly repair bill. But many of us do not have much of an idea about warning lights and symbols on our car dashboards, and when to take action. Warning lights can flag issues with the engine, or can even save a driver's life in the most serious of cases - but how many do you know?  According to a new survey British survey, one in three cannot recognise which symbol is the headlamp indicator, while 27 pe...

August 16, 2017

Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

As the snow falls across many parts of NZ, it is important that we are aware of the changing conditions and remind ourselves how to be safe when travelling in it. Driving during the winter months can sometimes mean an increased risk to safety, but it doesn't need to. Being aware of your surroundings and taking extra precautions can reduce the risk. Drive only when you need to – winter is never a great time to take a road trip. Try to plan trips for the warmer months when the roads are less l...

June 5, 2017

Six Simply Questions to Select the Right Workshop

Does the business employ only certified technicians? Is the business a member of the MTA? Affiliations and credentials are good indicators of the management's commitment to education and training. Are all customers greeted and treated in a friendly and respectful manner? Many workshops excel in the area of customer service and satisfaction. A simple phone call to the shop to inquire about their services can give you a glimpse of how they treat customers. Will the workshop provide a written...

May 4, 2017

Tips for Towing

Us kiwis do love to get the boat out, or take the caravan away for the long weekend. To ensure you have a great time, allow some time to check your vehicles before you head away for your leisure time. Here is a list of things to check before towing every time: Driving One thing you have to appreciate is how much weight you are towing around. With the trailer hooked up, your movements must be slow, steady and deliberate. If you perform any jerky movements, you're not going to be able to correct ...

March 24, 2017

Imported Vehicle Myths

All used imports from Japan have radiation exposure. This is a common misconception.The fact of the matter is, After the Fukushima plant disaster started, radiation levels in Tokyo were reported to be 20 times above normal but still not in the danger zone. All our vehicles are checked at port before they depart, so there is most definitely no risk of radiation exposure to the vehicles we import into NZ. The cars probably have flood damage from the 2011 Earthquake & subsequent Tsunami. T...

November 17, 2016

Money owing on your new car?

Always check there is no finance owing on the car you wish to buy…. It has become more and more often that people are purchasing a second hand car that has a financial security over it. What that means, is that the vehicle has been used as collateral (or security) for a monetary loan. As a purchaser of a vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle is free and clear of any securities. If you do end up with a car that that has a financial security over it, there is a big risk tha...

October 13, 2016

Fuel Economy

A lot of our customers are very interested in knowing which vehicle is going to be the most fuel efficient. Luckily, the EECA developed a system to help answer this question. As a registered motor vehicle trader, Dave Allen Motors is required to display the fuel economy label for each vehicle in the window.This label will give you a star rating out of 6, and will show you an indicative running cost.The higher the star rating, the better the fuel economy.The EECA website offers a great tool to...

October 1, 2016

It's the little things that count...

When purchasing a used car, it is important to take note of some of the little things that you may easily overlook in your quest to purchase the perfect vehicle for you. While it is incredibly important to ensure your new car was not imported as damaged, and it has been complied and inspected thoroughly by the experts, it is also important to ask the following: Does the vehicle have a spare tyre and jack? Some of the newer European vehicles do not have these, they have what is called a run fl...

September 17, 2016

Bad Credit and Finance

At Dave Allen Motors we treat every application for finance with the same importance as the next.So if you have some credit issues, you can be assured that when you apply for finance at Dave Allen Motors we will do our very best to assist you into your new car.There is no harm in applying It costs nothing, and you never know, it could be your lucky day. Just because you have had credit issues in the past, does not mean you will not be eligible for a new loan now. Your current situation will co...

September 10, 2016

Daffodil Day

Every year, the cancer society promotes the national Daffodil Day to raise awareness and funds for Cancer research. This is the biggest fund raiser of the year for the society. The daffodil is symbolic of this time of year and of this fundraiser. It symbolises the first day of spring, and new beginnings. In New Zealand, 1 in 3 people are effected by cancer is some way. This statistic is terribly awful, and for those who are already effected, the need for funding to research for treatment a...

September 6, 2016

Tips for Saving Fuel

Focus on these 10 simple steps to save money on petrol and you'll free up your cash for other things. Tyres – ensure the tyre pressure on your tyres is correct. If you have the correct pressure there is less force required to turn the tyre which in turn means your vehicle is using less fuel to turn the tyres. If you're unsure what the tyre pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver's door. Maintain your vehicle – regular maintenance including se...

August 15, 2016

Buying A Car Off The Side Of The Road?

#1 – Often what appears to be a private sale, is actually a dealer posing as a private citizen. There is always a reason that the dealer is not willing to sell that particular vehicle honestly and through his business. Either there is a problem with it and he will never be able to be contacted again, or he is trying to avoid the costs involved of following the guidelines imposed on registered motor vehicle trader. Either way, this is flat out dodgy. #2 – Are you insured to take the vehicle...

August 14, 2016

Surviving Road Trips with Children

Just the thought of going on a road trip with children can be scary. But remember, it is just as scary for them as it is for you. The key to ensuring your road trip is a success is being prepared. No matter how long or short the trip is, you can never be too prepared. Here are some simple and effective tips and tricks for children of all ages to enjoy their road trip and in turn, ensuring you have a good time too Window Markers – these are perfect for children and teens. Let them be crea...

August 10, 2016

Our top 10 tips for buying a used car

We can't all afford to buy a brand new car. But there is nothing wrong with buying a used car. After all, it was once brand new too. To make sure you are on the right track with your used car shopping, here are our top 10 tips to get you started: Check out the dealership you are looking at before you arrive. Look on their website and check for customer testimonials. There is no better way to see what their service and stock is like than by finding out from other customers. Are their testimoni...

July 6, 2016

Should I buy a Mechanical Warranty with my new car?

In short, the answer is ABSOLUTLEY! And that is not just car dealer talk. For a lot of us, purchasing a new car, even a used car, is the biggest purchase we will ever make. Why on earth would we not take out extra protection for this very expensive asset? There is a lot of misconception that the car dealer will have to look after any issues that may arise when you purchase a new car. And to a certain extent that is true. However, how long is a piece of string? When does the customer need to ta...

June 30, 2016

Finance or Cash for your New Car?

So you have saved up for a while now, and think you have enough to buy the new car you have been dreaming of. But is it a smart move to use the cash you have? Should finance even be an option? It is a common misconception that is you pay cash, you should get a better deal. Well this is simply not true. Think about how this works….if you offer cash, the seller gets only the asking price. If you take a finance package, the seller also receives a finance commission. You are more likely to get a...

June 26, 2016

Taking extra care of your vehicle during winter.

Winter time is when we should take extra care of our car. We rely on it to get us places regularly, and would not like to be left out in the cold, literally…. First Aid Kit – You should always have a first aid kit in your vehicle, no matter what the time of year it is. However, during the winter months it is a good idea to re-stock and add a few extras that may come in handy. A water bottle will come in handy if you find yourself needing to defrost your windscreen after work. Perhaps a b...

June 21, 2016

Spare a thought for your local Used Car Dealer.

When you walk onto a car yard, and you are approached by a sales man (usually fairly quickly), it is often the case that you throw out the line "I'm just looking mate". For a salesman, that is like a dagger to the heart.That sales man that you brushed off so quickly simply wanted to introduce himself and let you know he's there for assistance should you need it.He took the time this morning to iron his shirt, clean his teeth, and put on his best walking/work shoes just in the hopes that you will...

June 19, 2016

5 Tips for a Successful Car Loan

Paying a deposit will reduce the amount you are borrowing. This has a two-fold effect. Firstly it will show the finance company that you are able to save. A customer who is able to save, generally is able to reliably make repayments. Secondly it reduces the amount you need to borrow. This means that the value of the security (the car) is worth more than the loan which lowers the risk to the lender. In turn this could reduce the finance rate you are charged. Consider a shorter term. If you...

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