Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I Spy Driving Games

Going for a long drive over the holiday can be fun, for the first hour at least.

After that, things can get a little boring, despite your extensive music collection or stash of DVDs for kids to watch. Why not get back to basics with a few classic driving games that will keep you sharp and entertained? You might even learn a thing or two.

Good old I Spy always keeps everyone on their toes. Keep it simple and stick to the basic rule of it must be visible at the time, not 10 k's back or almost impossible to see, and you can have a lot of fun.

Spot-o is another good visual game you can play different ways. Simply nominate an object and the first to spot it, and call "Spot-o", wins. For example, first yellow car, first motorcycle or first convertible. You can even turn it into a game of Car Bingo. It can be a quick or slow game, that's what keeps your attention.

Tunnels and bridges is as basic as it gets, but can break the boredom in an instant. Quite simply, when you're about go under a tunnel or over a bridge, hold your breath. Sounds easy, but you'd be surprised how far some 'crossings' are when you're about to burst.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Simple Tips For Holiday Driving

Wherever you're going, you can make the trip easier for you and your car by doing a few simple things before you leave. And you don't have to spend a fortune on servicing or parts.

Start with a clean slate

Give your car a good wash and polish to protect it against the elements, like UV rays and surf salt. Clean up the interior by getting rid of junk like papers, clothing, kids' toys – all that stuff that just hangs around. A clean car inside and out simply feels better to travel in.

Clear your view

Car windows are so often neglected. Interior glass can build up a light, cloudy film caused by chemicals released by the upholstery. Use a dry cloth with a little window cleaner and give the interior glass a good clean (but take it easy if your car has tinting). You'll be surprised at the difference. If you're in the mood, give the exterior glass a good polish too.

Feel the pressure

Correct tyre pressure makes such a difference to ride comfort, fuel economy, tread wear and tear, plus handling and braking safety. It takes just 5 minutes to pump up your tyres to the right pressure (and don't forget the spare!) but it can make a world of difference on a holiday trip. And if you don't know your correct pressure, look for the sticker inside the front door panel area, or check your owner’s manual in the glove box. Too easy.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Selling You Can't Get Wrong

What happens when you find the car of your dreams? You want it! You've got to have it! And nothing can stop you, right? Well, maybe there's one little thing standing in the way.

It's probably parked outside right now. Yep, your current car. It's got to go, and you want it gone fast. But that's often easier said than done.

Selling a car can take time and is no fun at all; especially if you have your heart set on a new car you can't wait to make yours. So what do you do?

Sell your car for cash at Carzoos. Yep, Carzoos is now buying cars, commercials and 4x4s in any condition, and we make selling fast and easy thanks to our special buying centre at the Gabba.

Just contact us for a free, no obligation valuation and if you choose to sell, you can do it today. We’ll even come to you* if you can’t make it to the buying centre (*within 200km of a Carzoos Buying Centre).

So don't let your old car stop you from getting the car of your dreams. Send us an enquiry, get on the phone and call 1300 227 966 now, or head straight for the Carzoos Buying Centre, 42 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Colour of Money Saved

In fact, it's a lovely shade of green. Environment-saving green in the form of electric and hybrid cars that can really reduce the cost of motoring.

It seems like only yesterday that electric and hybrid cars were introduced to Australia, but these once novelty cars have been running around, very quietly, since 2001. Over 10 years later they're still getting about and are more popular than ever, with a wider range of manufacturers getting in on
the act.

While not as common as petrol or diesel vehicles, increased popularity means greater availability in the second hand market and a 'green' car is well worth looking out for on Carzoos.

Obviously, the biggest saving is running costs because electric and hybrid cars don't chew up precious fossil fuels that continue to climb higher in price. Another great advantage is that these cars lead fairly stress free lives. They have less moving parts, often get about in a far more relaxed manner and tend not to be driven to extremes.

Whatever your favourite colour is, green is one colour worth thinking about if you're after a second hand car that's had an easy life, is kinder to the environment and will provide value for money motoring now and in the future.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shades of Grey

Ever stop at the traffic lights and wonder, "What's that car in front? I know the brand, but I've never heard of or seen a Caldina before."

You're not seeing things. You're probably seeing grey, as in a 'grey import vehicle’, which looks like something everyday, but isn't.

A grey import is a car, van, truck, even motorcycle, legally imported into and sold in Australia as an alternative to those sold through official channels.

They've been around for a while now and there's a big market for them as they're seen as a good value. Which they can be. But, because they're not official imports by the big name manufacturers, getting them serviced and tracking down spares can be a bit tricky, but not impossible.

When looking at cars for sale, if you like the idea of going grey for something out of the ordinary at a great price, go for it. Just keep in mind that owning an imported Toyota Vellfire is different to owning a locally available Kluger.