26 September 2023

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By Paul Gover.

Q: My son is looking for a new family car.

He has three primary school-aged children and the family like to go camping during the holidays.

My question is whether a new Haval worth looking at. The seven-year unlimited-kilometre warranty is appealing, but I don’t know anything about the car.

Joan A

A: I cannot recommend a Haval, which is a cheap Chinese brand, despite the warranty which is matched anyway by Kia.

Q: So, Kia Cerato GT or Hyundai i30 N Line.

Do you have a preference or can you suggest something along the same lines that we should look at?

Anna P

A: Kia and Hyundai are one company, so I like both cars. Pushed to choose I’d probably go Kia for the value advantage.

Q: My daughter is after a seven-seater car for the children and she wants to spend $15-20,000.

What would you recommend she look at?

Paul J

A: If she really needs a seven-seater for a big family then get a Kia Carnival, but if she is only after an SUV then go for the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Q: I am thinking of buying a new car in the next 12-18 months that is capable of towing a small caravan like a Jayco pop-top that only sleeps two.

I am a single mum so on a bit of a budget and car also needs to have a very good safety rating.

My brother tells me that a Subaru Outback would be a good car, but thought you may also have an idea.

Kellie W

A: Your brother is right, the Outback is a ripper thing and also has a very good safety rating.

Q: I have to go away for work for seven weeks, so will it be okay to leave my car in the garage not driven for this length of time?

Should I use a trickle feed battery charger or is that too long?

I’d prefer not to lend the car to anyone as it’s quite new.

Maureen B

A: A charger is a good idea, but make sure you get a good one like the CTek that I have for my 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.

Q: I’m looking at buying either the Mercedes-Benz GLA180 or Hyundai Kona, a new 2019 model.

Am I silly paying an extra odd $10,000 for the Mercedes name?

And since the Merc model is no longer being made will it be harder for parts/resale down the track?

Julie L

A: You are silly paying so much more, but if the car makes you feel good and you can afford the extra then why not?

The Benz is a lovely little car, and considerably better than a Kona. Parts and resale will not be a problem as the GLA is being renewed this year and the model will continue in the lineup.

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