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Every few weeks I'll be posting information and advice about many different car problems and various other issues that affect both buyer's and seller's.


Feel free to have your say and respond to any issues that appear in the blog topics. But, please be polite and don't use offending language.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts and I'll try to answer any of your questions as soon as I can.




By pjenkyns, Apr 6 2018 10:06AM

Car insurance isn't cheap, and people expect insurers to take the hassle out of getting their cars fixed. But some people claim their recommended repairers have returned their vehicles with more problems than it started with.

There are now calls for urgent reform of the smash repair industry after it's been revealed significant concerns that smash repairers linked to Australia's major insurers were putting vehicles back on the road with potentially deadly faults.

There have been allegations that insurance companies are putting profit ahead of safety and that corners are being cut in the repair process. There have been some quite alarming figures in relation to the poor quality of repairs in a certain percentage of vehicles.

There has been 15 insurers in total named in a report, with issues ranging from less serious, such as peeling paintwork, to serious and potentially life-threatening, such as loose or compromised structural components.

There are a number of cars that have been repaired that badly that if they were involved in an accident they would cause serious and maybe fatal outcomes.

What worries motoring bodies is that from the outside repairs may look good, but that shiny paint and clean carpets may be hiding serious problems underneath. A car may look perfectly well repaired but the reality might be something different and consequences that can be substantial.

Normal consumers don't have the information available to know if their cars are being appropriately fixed or not after an accident. The MTA estimates thousands of unsafe cars could be on Australian roads and says insurers having repairs carried out on a price, rather than quality, standard is driving the problem.

By pjenkyns, Apr 6 2018 08:33AM

Starting early 2018, vehicle owners may be able to claim a CTP Green Slip refund, as part of the NSW government's reforms to the CTP Green Slip scheme. You have until September 30 to claim your refund so there is no hurry.

CTP Green Slip prices were reduced for most classes of vehicles from 1 December 2017 when the new scheme started. So, if you purchased or renewed your Green Slip before this date you may have paid pre-reform prices.

The refund will apply to the owner of the vehicle and will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. That is, the closer you purchased a policy to 1 December 2017, the greater your refund will be.

Businesses were sent their refunds in January and February. Some regional locations will receive notification of their refunds in February to test refund systems. Most policy holders will be able to claim their refund from mid-March.

Motorcycle owners will not receive a refund. Instead, injured motorcycle riders, particularly those at fault in the accident, will get more benefits under the new scheme.

To claim your refund you will need to contact SIRA, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority on 1300 656 919.

For more information about the NSW Government refund scheme click here

By guest, Dec 31 2011 11:15PM

With all the talk about Takata air bag problems, I'd like to elaborate a bit more on this topic.

Takata, a Japanese safety-parts manufacturer, has had its defective airbags installed in more than a hundred million cars worldwide. These airbags use ammonium nitrate to inflate, but the chemical compound degrades when it's exposed to moisture. In a defective Takata airbag, the ammonium nitrate burns aggressively, shattering its metal canister and shooting shards of metal at the people seated in the car.

There have been 23 documented deaths globally and 207 injuries in the US alone linked to Takata airbags. The serious injuries so far include the loss of eyesight, facial injuries, lacerations to the face, neck and body, severed vocal cords, spinal damage and head injuries that include brain damage. More recently, a 58 year old man was killed in a collision in Cabramatta, in western Sydney, having been struck in the neck by a small metal fragment.

The federal government has made the recall of Takata airbags compulsory, resulting in it overseeing the efforts of 25 manufacturers, as the total number of cars affected swells to four million. The first-ever mandatory recall for vehicles in Australia will affect 2.3 million cars that are yet to have the faulty airbag replaced. Of those, 1.3 million had not been voluntarily recalled by nine companies, including Ford, GM Holden and Volkswagen.

Tell us your story. Have you had your air\bag replaced yet? Are you still waiting to hear from the dealer?

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