Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Motoring -

Ex­perts re­veal the bells and whis­tles to look for – andnd which h ex­tras just aren’t worth the money Col­lect! Re­verse park as­sis­tance

“Re­verse cam­eras are not only hugely con­ve­nient for those tight spots, but they’re an aid to pre­vent avoid­able ac­ci­dents,” says prod­uct plan­ning man­ager for MG Mo­tor Aus­tralia Pavel Meck. “Kid­safe sta­tis­tics re­veal an av­er­age of more than 60 chil­dren are se­ri­ously in­jured in drive­way ac­ci­dents in Aus­tralia each year. Even for the best driv­ers, hav­ing eyes in the back of the car helps keep ev­ery­body safe when pulling in and out of the drive­way.”

For­get! Ex­tended dealer war­ranties

“Ex­tended dealer war­ranties can be very re­stric­tive in what they cover, and of­ten re­quire you to have the car ser­viced ex­clu­sively by the dealer who sells you the car,” says Choice spokesper­son Ste­fanie Menezes. “Miss­ing a sched­uled ser­vice can void the war­ranty.” Col­lect! ABS

“Anti-lock brak­ing sys­tems, or ABS for short, keep you in con­trol when you’re on tricky ter­rain,” Pavel says. “When you’re head­ing off for a ski week­end on icy roads, or when you’re tak­ing the gravel track to reach the best camp­ing spot, this is where ABS per­forms its best – keep­ing you safe and in con­trol.”

For­get! Paint & fab­ric pro­tec­tion

“New cars are al­ready treated at the fac­tory, and any rust or paint prob­lems should be cov­ered by the war­ranty,” Ste­fanie says. “Treat­ing your car seats with fab­ric pro­tec­tor from the su­per­mar­ket can be done for a lot less.”

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