Safety rates

The Advertiser - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - PAUL GOVER GETS AN­SWERS FOR YOU

I have on or­der a Mus­tang GT Hard­top, with a 12-month wait. I was quite con­cerned about the re­cent report on the ANCAP safety rat­ing of the Mus­tang, which only got two stars, not five. Do you know whether Ford is ad­dress­ing this? Is it worth go­ing ahead with my or­der? David Hunter, email Can you please tell me the ANCAP safety rat­ing for my new Mus­tang? I have been told it only has a twostar rat­ing and, if that is cor­rect, then why? James Hol­brook, email Part of the sub­stan­dard score was down to poor pas­sen­ger pro­tec­tion in the fir­ing of the airbag, which is a big con­cern. An­other con­tri­bu­tion to the low score was the fact that the Mus­tang does not have the lat­est ac­tive safety gear or even seat belt re­minders for the rear. Ford is un­likely to make big changes, although it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­sults from the crash tests. Only you can choose the right amount of safety for you and your pas­sen­gers.

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ADD-ONS A MI­NUS

When buy­ing a car nowa­days, you get sales peo­ple try­ing to sell you so many add-ons. Does the mod­ern-day mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­quire rust pro­tec­tion or is it just an ex­pen­sive add-on? Ali Mo­hammed, email In the vast ma­jor­ity of cases it’s just an add-on, as are win­dow tint­ing and fab­ric pro­tec­tion and even head­light pro­tec­tors and floor mats. The stan­dard war­ranty cov­ers rust pro­tec­tion and some brands also have long-term “per­fo­ra­tion” cov­er­age for rust.

PROB­LEM’S SORTED

My 2015 Kia Sorento Pla­tinium has been in the ser­vice shop for two weeks be­cause the park brake locks it­self on and can’t be re­leased with­out the ser­vice shop in­ter­ven­ing. My ser­vice cen­tre has only been drip fed by Kia. As a cus­tomer, I don’t ring Kia di­rect as they don’t want to know you. I be­lieve parts have been or­dered from Korea but there is no idea as to when they will ar­rive and when I will get my ve­hi­cle back. I have a re­place­ment Sportage that comes with a very high ex­cess and $200 de­posit for hid­den charges when re­turned. I be­lieve there are oth­ers with the same prob­lem. Greg Davis, email Kia spokesman Kevin Hep­worth says the prob­lem is now sorted, af­ter it was traced to a faulty batch of elec­tri­cal switches.

DASH CAMS

Re dash cams, I rec­om­mend https://dash­camtalk.com for use­ful com­par­isons. Peter Camil­leri, email

CONVEX IS­SUE

Re Toy­ota Corol­las and convex rear-view mir­rors. My mum has the same car. These mir­rors are dan­ger­ous as cars look much fur­ther away than they are. Does Toy­ota cover re­place­ment cost for nor­mal mir­rors? Beth McLeod, email Convex mir­rors are not dan­ger­ous but they are just dif­fer­ent. Some peo­ple can ad­just to us­ing them, oth­ers can’t. Toy­ota will not pay for the cost of chang­ing to plain glass from convex as the mir­rors meet the rel­e­vant Aus­tralian stan­dards.

PARTS AND PARCELS

I re­cently in­quired about a re­place­ment head­light switch for my 2005 Toy­ota Corolla and was told by two Toy­ota deal­ers the price was over $200. On re­turn­ing home I looked up the same switch on the net and found that it was $66. I didn’t re­alise that parts are so dear but that is where the man­u­fac­tur­ers make money. I agree there is no war­ranty when buy­ing on the net. Dave Ry­der, email It is pos­si­ble to buy cheaper gen­uine parts from coun­tries like the US be­cause of greater buy­ing power there. How­ever, there is a flood of sub­stan­dard stuff on the web and you need to be very care­ful. It’s not just about war­ranty as there are also safety con­sid­er­a­tions, par­tic­u­larly with some­thing elec­tri­cal in your car. You could also check with a car dis­man­tler as the Corolla switch might be cheaper from a wrecker.

Tar­nished star: Ford Mus­tang GT, main pic­ture; Mazda2 has short ser­vice in­ter­vals

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