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Lowest running costs

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When it comes to buying a new car there are so many variables to consider, one of the most common is ongoing costs.

AS you start thinking about exactly how much petrol you need to out in your car every week for your daily activities, it’s important to remember running costs don’t stop there. Anyone who has owned a “luxury brand” (think German/British) you’ll know that the extra costs of servicing alone can double the everyday costs compared to some lower-cost Asian makes. 

If you are after pure affordabilty it’s fairly obvious that the smaller the car, the lower the running costs, and the lower the depreciation – mainly due to the lower initial outlay. While cheap and cheerful can be great for those only needing to transport themselves from point a to point b, for those of us that need to take passengers, school bags, trade tools, or even rideshare something bigger is exactly what we start looking for.

Considering the lowest price large sedan requires double the outlay of the micro Mitsubishi Mirage ($115.11 per week) or Kia Picanto ($111.49), it’s important to choose wisely when upsizing. Currently, the large sedan costing the lowest amount day today is the Holden Commodore ($219.43), with the cheapest to run mid-size sedan being the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($181.18). 

 

Micro $/week
KIA PICANTO S (AEB) JA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $111.49
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $115.11
FIAT 500 POP SERIES 6 3D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $129.27
Light
KIA RIO S YB MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $111.79
SUZUKI SWIFT GL AL 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $117.72
SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $121.99
Small
KIA CERATO S (AV) BD MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $134.55
HOLDEN ASTRA R BK MY19 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1399 cc TDFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $146.54
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED $146.64
Medium
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT (HYBRID) AXVH71R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI $181.18
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT ASV70R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP $185.74
HYUNDAI SONATA ACTIVE LF4 MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2359 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $186.11
Large
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK TURBO 4 1998 cc TDFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $219.43
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK V6 3649 cc DIRFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $235.31
TOYOTA CAMRY SL V6 GSV70R MY19 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc DDMPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $244.68
People Mover
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.84
HYUNDAI iMAX ACTIVE TQ4 MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2497 cc TCDI 5 SP AUTOMATIC $232.54
KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY19 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $237.38
SUV Small
HYUNDAI KONA ACTIVE (FWD) OS.2 MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $156.75
HONDA HR-V VTi MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $160.21
SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2D WAGON INLINE 4 1462 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC 4×4 $161.82
SUV Medium
TOYOTA RAV4 GXL (2WD) MXAA52R 5D WAGON INLINE 4 1987 cc DIRFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $187.62
FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG MY18.5 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP $192.04
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4×4) MY19 (KF SERIES 2) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $193.47
SUV Large
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.39
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $213.43
MAZDA CX-8 SPORT (AWD) (5YR) KG MY18 4D WAGON TWIN TURBO 4 2191 cc TTCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $221.38
SUV All Terrain
ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4×4) UC MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTO $229.31
TOYOTA FORTUNER GX GUN156R MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $231.63
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4×4) 5 SEAT QE MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $232.91
2wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX ADAS MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $211.33
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×2) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $219.37
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4×2) PX MKIII MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $222.62
4wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4×4) MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $230.49
HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4×4) (5YR) RG MY19 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $240.10
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×4) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $245.00
Electric
HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ELITE (BLACK GRILLE) AE.2 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 $195.89
RENAULT ZOE INTENS 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC $218.26
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV (HYBRID) ES ZL MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP $244.32
Sports
TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY18 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL $197.39
MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND MY19 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $201.91
SUBARU BRZ MY19 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $202.89

Info above from our friends at RAA read the full article here

Choosing a Repairer

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(The first 2 of) Five Common Mistakes When Choosing a Repairer

In an ongoing effort to help you choose the very best repairer for you and your car, we put together a little consumer guide – available to view by clicking here. It’s very comprehensive, but we know you can get busy and quickly, so we decided to share some of the 13 page guide with you in little bit sized morsels. We hope you can avoid the 5 most commonly made mistakes for the first two keep reading…
Being Directed By Your Insurance Company

As mentioned in “Car Repair Misconceptions” your insurance company isn’t always going to recommend the best repairer for your car, often they just send you to whichever repairer can limit their expenses as much as possible. As we are all aware insurance companies make their money by charging us a premium, and when we damage our car or someone else’s they help us out by paying for repairs, or at least part of them. So, as they already have your money, they obviously want to limit the money they pay back. As such, they are looking for the best deal for themselves.

So does this mean I can use any repairer I CHOOSE?

Absolutely, as long as you have “Freedom of choice” as part of your policy. If you don’t have this option it may end up being very costly. Be sure to check carefully when renewing your policy.

When you contact your insurance company and let them know exactly what happened it’s important to make it clear that you have a repairer that you wish to use, and will be going in to get a quote from them to get yourself back on the road as soon as possible. They will try and convince you to stay with their repairers; generally, this will be a repairer that you’re unfamiliar with. Why should you have to go with someone you don’t trust, to save your insurance company a few bucks?

REMEMBER: It’s YOUR Car and YOUR decision. Don’t let them pressure you into doing what is most profitable for THEM.
Choosing the cheapest option
We see all sorts of problems from people choosing the lowest bidder when it comes to having their cars repaired. More often than not we are called in to pick up the pieces!

You should NEVER choose a car repairer that offers an unbelievably low price to fix your car. The two most common problems are:

The company does not have the correct equipment or expertise to repair your car properly and only ends up doing half the job, leaving all sorts of imperfections that will slowly destroy the metal work, paintwork and possibly the overall integrity of your car’s structure and stability.

The advertised price is just their “get you in the door” price. Once you walk through the door and have them look at your car it suddenly turns out that there are all sorts of other fees and charges required if you want your car repaired properly.
To ensure neither of these things happens to you, be sure to fully investigate what the price includes and what methods the company will be using to repair your car.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, Magill, Norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

 

Car Repair Misconceptions

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So often we have people calling or coming in telling us that they had gone to see the repairer that their insurance company recommended – surprise, they weren’t pleased with the job they were pressured into. There are many of us RAA approved repairers around Adelaide, and it’s important to find the best one for you. Below is an excerpt from a consumer awareness guide we released so consumers in Adelaide could choose a repairer right for them.

 

Insurance Companies Know Best
Many people have the attitude that insurance companies will only send crash repair work to the best, most reputable repairers. More often than not, this is NOT the case. The theory most people make up is that their insurance company will refer you to a good repairer in order for you not needing follow up repairs should the repair work be subpar. The harsh reality is that most of the big insurance companies will send you to have the repairer that will cost them the least amount of money. After you have paid your premiums insurance companies are reluctant to pay any back, which is why so many send you to less than great repairers. Quite often insurance companies will have their assessors come up with the lowest possible price to fix your car. This leaves the repairer no option but to cut corners with their repairs.
This includes:

  •  Gluing broken parts back together
  •  Reusing worn parts
  • Using cheap imitation parts

While this is the WORST POSSIBLE WAY to fix your car, often the repairer has no choice otherwise, they cease to get the insurers work. A real “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. They take the risk that YOUR car won’t be fixed properly in order to save themselves an absolute bundle. Although that really isn’t fair to you (or your car). If you have a “freedom of choice” option as part of your policy it means you have the choice of any repairer you like. Most people don’t realise this and are coerced by their insurers to go with whoever is recommended. This can be a costly mistake. BE SURE TO FIND A INSURER THAT HAS FREEDOM OF CHOICE It’s YOUR Car, and YOUR decision. Don’t let them pressure you into doing what is most profitable for THEM.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, Magill, Norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

 

Merry Christmas

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Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Safe Holiday Break

The Holiday Season is HERE

The time for relaxation, family, and giving is almost upon us, and as a proudly family owned and operated business Dynamic Paint N Panel wish you a very happy holiday and safe travel to and from wherever you may be this Christmas season. It is important to us that our valued employees can spend time with their family too, and as such we will be taking a brief hiatus from the 20th of December until the 9th of January. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday.

 

Still looking for gifts?

Check out DPP’s new sister company Custom Culture Co, specialists in fully customised resprays, rebuilds, and revamps. not to mention an AWESOME clothing line. Check out our most popular hats, t-shirts, and tanks here 

 

Be Safe This Easter

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The weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are turning beautiful hues of reds, oranges, and browns, it makes is an absolutely perfect time to get behind the wheel and enjoy all the beauty South Australia has to offer. Here are a couple of helpful tips to keep in mind in order to stay safe on the roads this Autumn.

Although the rain hasn’t quite hit us yet, when it does rain the road conditions will change, and fast. All of those beautiful leaves we see fall start to build up on roads, paths and driveways, and while they make a lovely crunching sounds when they are crisp and dry as soon as we have any sort of rain they become incredibly slippery, reducing traction and control not only while slowing down and braking, but also when accelerating, making it harder to remove yourself from harm’s way.

With Autumn we also say goodbye to daylight savings, resulting in shorter days and the increased likelihood of driving home in the dark. Although most of us are quite comfortable with driving in the dark we still have to deal with rush hour in the early evening hours, not to mention that early Autumn is still an incredibly popular time for cyclists to be using the roads to commute to and from work.

While daylight savings doesn’t end until April 2nd this year, now is a great time to change your wiper blades, check tyre pressure and ensure your car is ready for the change of weather before it arrives.

As usual, if you need some help with some minor (or major, we do it all) dent or scratch removal, just give us a call, or come and drop by. All quotes are FREE and we’d love to see how we can help. So why wait, show your car some love, take it for a spin and drop in for a visit.

 

Got a Dent or Scratch? Come in and see us today, or give us a call at 8362 3882 we’d love to hear from you!

Woodside:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.