Category Archives: Motor vehicles

Adrienne, Christchurch.

Handy hint for winter months. Keep a sunlight liquid type squeeze bottle of water in your car for when you go out in evening and find front car window frozen. We also keep a clean bucket of water at our back and front doors for local cats to have a drink of water. These are […]


Make sure tyre pressures are right. According to Beaurepairs, every 10% under the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure costs about 2.5% in extra fuel consumption.


Reduce your speed and save money. Slowing down from 110 km to 100 km will result in a 15% fuel saving, and you will avoid speeding tickets! Maniac type driving not only costs money but aggravates everyone, endangers yourself, your passengers and the public.

Coefam, Hawera.

Never start the engine until you have the seat belts on and are totally ready to go. At the other end, turn off the engine as soon as practical, then turn the key back on without starting the engine to shut the windows etc.


I always get what’s called a ‘Vehicle Information Report’. It tells you things like whether the vehicle has been reported stolen, whether there is money owned on it, how many kms it had done at the last WOF check, its mileage, the number of owners, when the WOF and registration expires, and so on. The […]

Car-share clubs

A variation to hiring a car or a cab is catching on overseas and was first tried in this country in 2007 – car-share clubs. The idea behind the clubs is to reduce the cost of owning a car and the hassle of parking it in big cities. For an annual fee or one-off membership […]


Put your gear in neutral when going down-hill in your car. See how far you can go without changing back into gear (safety first though!). Ellery from Porirua says, “In response to H.C’s tip about using neutral downhill: if the hill is steep enough (e.g. the Ngauranga Gorge), it’s more economical to stay in drive […]