Are universal road user charges inevitable?

Mark Schneider | 17/07/2017 10:25:09 AM

The idea of road user charges - directly charging people to drive on the roads – has long been a favourite of policy wonks and economists, but political anathema to politicians. Now however there are a few factors at play forcing politicians to at least consider the issue. They're all driven by looming technological change. One is electric vehicles, and the other is autonomous ones, which brings with it the threat of increased traffic congestion. If you hate the id...

Aussie Originals: Bolwell Nagari

Mark Schneider | 3/07/2017 11:11:24 AM

Australia has a long history of producing memorable performance cars, with Holden's Monaro and Torana, Ford's high performance Falcon models and even the Valiant Charger springing to mind. With the demise of Australian vehicle manufacturing those names are destined to become just another part of Australian motoring folklore, but there's another lesser known Aussie performance car, and it didn't come from a major multinational carmaker. It's the Bolwell, Austr...

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 ...

SUV sales tipped to outstrip passenger cars

Mark Schneider | 20/01/2017 8:13:46 AM

If you think you're seeing a lot of SUVs on the roads these days, well you're not wrong. According to a recent report in the Australian Financial Review Australia is predicted to reach a "tipping point" by the middle of this year when we'll be buying more new SUVs than passenger cars. While sales of passenger vehicles are languishing we just can't get enough of SUVs, which are seeing record sales. The top selling models for many carmakers including Nissan, Honda,...

The great Aussie ute has evolved

Mark Schneider | 22/11/2016 8:21:46 AM

The impending demise of Australia’s domestic vehicle manufacturing has also heralded the end of an original Australian contribution to the motoring world – the traditional Aussie utility or ute. But the great Aussie ute isn’t dead, it’s simply evolved into something a little different and even more practical. The genesis of the Aussie ute dates back to a letter written to Ford by a farmer’s wife in 1933. Sadly her name’s been lost to motoring history, b...

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Categories: Ford, Australia

How to get 10 cents off per litre of fuel

Natalie Mankowski | 8/11/2016 8:31:51 AM

With Australia being the sixth largest country in the world geographically - spanning over 810,000km of road, us Australians rely heavily on our cars to get us around on a daily basis. With fuel prices likely to only increase and a heavy reliance on our vehicles, Australians need to be savvy when it comes to saving on fuel. Fortunately - there are several ways to save significantly, even up to 10 cents off every litre. Know your city’s discounting cycle Knowing your city’s...

Ford Falcon has come a long, long way

Mark Schneider | 4/11/2016 9:12:33 AM

The last Ford Falcon to roll off the production line at the Broadmeadows plant put an end to 91 years of manufacturing history for Ford in Australia. It also ended the remarkable 56 year run of the Ford Falcon, which began with the American designed XK in 1960 and ended 3,578,689 Falcons later with the FG X Falcon XR6. Falcon sedans and wagons were family favourites for generations of Australians, selling in huge numbers and locked in a battle with Holden for market dominance. For many of...

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Categories: Ford, Australia

Victoria is Australia’s car theft capital

Mark Schneider | 26/10/2016 10:01:44 AM

Australians tend to be a little parochial when it comes to their home state, proudly proclaiming the superiority of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, or wherever else they call home. We even have a history of putting state slogans on our number plates. But here’s one you’re unlikely to see adorning Victorian number plates: “Australia’s car theft capital”. Yes, Victoria has earned that unwanted title after an extraordinary 33% rise in car thefts in the year to Ju...

Transport is more expensive than you think

Mark Schneider | 5/10/2016 2:41:23 PM

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) certainly raised a few eyebrows recently with its revelations about just how much it’s costing Australians to get around in their wide brown land, or at least around their suburbs. The AAA’s Transport Affordability Index showed the average Australian family is spending up to $22,000/year on transport. It’s a remarkable figure but what’s also surprising is the difference in costs between our most expensive ci...

Ford's Australian Influence is Here to Stay

Mark Schneider | 15/07/2016 9:33:44 AM

The end of Ford Australia’s car production may be just months away but Ford Australia’s Research and Development and Product Development team will be playing a major role in developing new products world-wide. In doing so, the company will become Australia’s biggest automotive sector employer from next year, according to Ford. After its last cars have left the production line Ford’s Broadmeadows, Victoria plant will be transformed into its Asia-Pacific Product Deve...

Pay as you drive proposed for better infrastructure

Mark Schneider | 1/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

With Australia’s population now more than 24 million and growing rapidly, the country’s under-funded infrastructure – especially its road and rail networks – are groaning at the seams. From Sydney to Perth our cities’ roads are increasingly clogged, with traffic gridlock costing an estimated $16.5 billion in 2015, a figure that could soar to a staggering $53.3 billion by 2031 on current trends. Australia’s roads are funded through a combination of f...

Novated Leases and beating tax bracket creep

Mark Schneider | 26/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve been working in the same job for quite some time and a promotion or pay rise is just around the corner, then you’re probably looking forward to some extra money in your pocket, right? Find out more Find out more But that sweet little pay rise might turn a little bitter if it pushes you into the next tax bracket, increasing the government’s tax take and leaving your pay packet a little thinner than you had expected. S...

The good news about car affordability in Australia

Mark Schneider | 23/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Fleetcare’s Global Affordability Index is certainly an eye-opener with its comparison of car prices around the globe. It shows that while Aussies are paying about the same price for smaller economy cars as car buyers in other countries, it’s another story when it comes to utes and luxury cars. Such big disparities hardly seem fair, but it’s not all bad news. A bit of history gives an interesting perspective to Australian car prices. Comparing the dollar values of cars o...

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Categories: Australia

How cost competitive are cars in Australia?

David Michie | 18/02/2016 9:09:33 AM

How much do motor vehicles cost in Australia compared with other countries? Is it true that luxury cars are much more expensive than in other countries? Or is that just a pre-mining boom urban myth? The Fleetcare team decided to investigate these questions on your behalf. Using the most reliable new car price guides we could find for five different countries – Australia, USA, UK, Germany and South Africa – and armed with exchange rates courtesy of the Reserve Bank of Australia...

SUV’s a hit in the wilds of Europe

Mark Schneider | 16/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australians love their SUVs. We’ve taken to them with gusto, with SUVs now comprising approximately one-in-three new car sales across the land. Whether it’s the promise of getaways in the outback or their sheer family-friendly practicality, it seems Aussies can’t get enough of them. But we’re not alone. Europeans have also taken to them with relish, finding 4WD’s the perfect choice for tackling the great outdoors of London, Berlin, Paris, Rome and beyond. In ...

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