Budget bonus for first homebuyers

Mark Schneider | 23/06/2017 1:06:52 PM

This year's federal budget contained some good news for hard-pressed people saving up to buy their first home. First homebuyers will welcome the fact that they can now put part of their pre-tax income into their superannuation fund where it can go towards a deposit for a home. From July 1 2017 individuals can put a total of $30,000 into their super fund, or up to $15,000 per year. Couples can put up to $60,000 into super. From there they get the benefits of growing that ...

Budget 2013 for the road users of Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 21/05/2013 10:59:57 AM

It’s that time of year again, the days get shorter, the animals find their hiding spots for the winter and the fiscal credibility of the federal government is scrutinised on the merits of the commonwealth budget. This year’s budget was, by most accounts, coloured by the intense election year rivalry which has taken over almost every story coming from the capital. This said, there were still some interesting take always to chew on. As we did last year, this week we take a look at the ...

The death of a car brand – 5 interesting car brand obituaries

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/03/2013 1:21:15 PM

Look online for dead car brands and you’ll see something remarkable; there’s hundreds of them. Hundreds of people throughout the years have built interesting but ultimately doomed car brands. Some have lasted more than a lifetime and some have barley even got their first car off the assembly line. After looking at the phenomenon we decided to make a list of the 5 most interesting car brand deaths. From the spectacular to the slow and painful we’ve covered a good number of to...

What maketh a road?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 22/02/2013 1:28:43 PM

In parts they are as wide as a football pitch and they cover the country in a seemingly endless network, but ask most how they are made and you’re greeted with blank stares. Like most areas, knowing more about roads, their variety and their composition can help you as a driver to manage your own experience on the roads. This is especially true when it comes to smaller and unsealed country roads. This week we looked at all things bitumen to understand a little more about the many veins a...

The Australian auto industry - Where to now?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 7/12/2012 1:53:10 PM

2012 will be remembered by Australian car people as the year the car sales market bounced back, but what about the locally made Australian cars? The surprising fact is that locally built car sales were up on 2011, however as a portion of the total sales they are down slightly. What's most worrying is the general sales trend.  Locally made cars as a percentage of total sales have been falling for years now, and the current range of locally made cars are not turning the tide. Add to th...

Changing Times - Logbooks and FBT

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 7/09/2012 1:47:15 PM

2011 and 2012 were years of big change in the Australian tax landscape. The headlines were grabbed by new costs on carbon and proposals for mining profits taxes. While all this was happening a major shift also occurred in the area of FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax). In short the new situation will see the rates of FBT flattened to 20% across all kilometre ranges from 1 April 2014. What made the change remarkable was the fact that the previous system actually granted drivers lower rates as a res...

Driving and behavioural change

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/08/2012 8:38:19 AM

Just this week French car maker Peugeot was hauled over the coals by the Advertising Standards Board. What was their offence? Could it be scantily clad ladies, perhaps some questionable claims about fuel efficiency or maybe it was some underestimation on the car price? Surprising as it may seem, their only offence was a hand being waved outside the vehicle in their recent advert for the 4008 SUV (pictured). Many will think this is a vast overreaction and many more will argue that Peugeots off...

Drink driving laws - the new landscape

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/08/2012 8:46:20 AM

"Alcohol is currently a factor in almost a third of crashes in which people are killed and seriously injured on Western Australian roads,'' those were the words of WA Police and Road Safety Minister, Liza Harvey. The minister delivered the frankly shocking statistic in an interview where she went on to explain the new crackdown on drink driving in the Wildflower State. The crackdown, which mainly rotates around the confiscating of licences before court cases, is one of many acros...

Ten things you might not have known about ANCAP

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 8/06/2012 10:08:41 AM

Have you ever seen those little stars at the bottom of a car review? Ok, so you know what they are, and you know they're from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) but have you any idea of the ins and outs of how cars are tested? While many will have seen the super slow-mo collisions, not many will have heard some of the intricate details of the tests. This week we look for ten of the most interesting elements behind these important tests and how they are run.    ...

Kick starting the debate on lemon laws

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 20/04/2012 10:58:45 AM

“We pluck the lemons; you get the plums.” Pulled from a VW advert circa 1950 this is possibly one of the first mentions of the term “lemon” to describe a car which doesn’t live up to purchaser expectations. The question of what to do once you find out you have bought a “lemon” has persisted the world over. Add to this the fact that the topic itself has become something of a legal lucky dip depending on where you live.   What are Lemon Laws?...

The other problems with speeding

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 30/03/2012 11:18:39 AM

“Almost 50 trucks with tampered speed limiters have been netted in three separate operations and NSW police say it's a 'systemic issue' for the industry.” That was the opening paragraph of an article from the Herald Sun on the recent tampered limiters truck fiasco. While it’s uncommon for fleet cars to have speed inhibitors, the story still makes uncomfortable reading for all fleet managers. This week we take a look at the lesser known issues and potential soluti...

Going green – The next steps to a greener fleet

Fleetcare Maintenance and Government Teams with Rory Deegan | 15/03/2012 11:36:28 AM

The 24th of June 2010 was a big day for Australia. Julia Gillard was sworn into office with the help of a handful of independents and, most importantly, the Australian Green Party. Suddenly ambitious green policies become a real prospect. Tax concessions for green fleet managers are currently thin on the ground however in the current political environment this may not remain the case. While the concept of including car drivers in any carbon policy is not currently on the table it is still ver...

Fleet cars and staff cars - the SME need to know

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/02/2012 12:33:54 PM

There are a number of daunting aspects of starting up a new business. Tax, insurance, logistics and recruitment can seem like purpose built mazes designed to trap and punish the uninitiated. Fleet and staff cars have the unfortunate accolade of covering all of these confusing and at times infuriating areas. With this in mind we decided to list our top 5 things small business owners need to know about fleet cars and staff cars. 1. Encourage positive driver behaviour – This needs to b...

A drivers guide to mobile phone use

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/01/2012 12:43:07 PM

Everything used to be so simple; a driver would set out on his or her journey and promise to call the office or house for further instructions or updates when they had reached their destination. With the possible exception of worrying about where to find a pay phone, drivers had very little to think about when it came to phones within their vehicles. Oh how things have changed. From the retro car phone to the modern day smart phone, in car communication has come a long way. With all this beha...

Fleet Manager Series - 6 surprising facts about road accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/10/2011 3:23:54 PM

Misplaced focus is a dangerous thing, from not concentrating on the road to focusing too much on one aspect of cost control, it’s generally only in retrospect when you realise the error of your ways. Cost control in fleet management can be a classic example of this, while some fleet managers fixate on cutting the fuel costs a single collision can wipe out all these savings with the push of a pedal. With this in mind I reveal some of the more surprising facts about road collisions to giv...

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