Clean Your Car Like a Pro

DIY-Car-Hire-Clean-Car-1Whether you consider yourself a ‘car person’ or not, it’s important to look after your car’s exterior. Maintaining your car’s paintwork will ensure it has a natural shine (after all, the condition of your car is a reflection of you), and it will certainly improve the resale value if a buyer can see that your car has been well looked after.

Here are some tips on cleaning your car to keep it looking its best.

Don’t use other detergents

Some people are tempted to use household detergents such as dishwashing liquid on their car, but this can be very dangerous for your car’s paint. Dishwashing detergents actually speed up the oxidation process, meaning they can be harsh and abrasive on your car’s paintwork and – of greater concern – they actually contribute to rust.  When washing your car, make sure you only use a specifically formulated car wash liquid, as it is designed for sensitive paintwork.

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Regional New South Wales: Top Places to Visit

htNew South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s most populous state, and home to one of the great cities of the world – Sydney. While Sydney is likely the most famous highlight, NSW is an extremely diverse state with a unique landscape and plenty to offer for those that venture out. From picturesque beaches to the true Aussie outback, there is always something to do and a new area to discover.

Being such a large state, it’s hard to decide what to see and do, so here are our top picks for regions to visit and things to do in regional NSW.

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The Great Ocean Road: One of Australia’s Best Road Trips

ffffAustralia is an extremely scenic continent that is serviced by world class infrastructure. This means that there is no shortage of great driving roads on offer. Road trips are a popular pastime for Australians, and are a huge attraction for visiting tourists. One of the most famous and iconic scenic routes for a great Australian road trip is the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road route is generally considered to start in Torquay (about 2 hours from Melbourne) and heads west along the coast (or there is also an inland route if you prefer), usually finishing up in Port Fairy. There are plenty of tour bus operators that service this route but, if you are confident enough to drive yourself, the best way to experience all that this route has to offer is to hire a car and take your time exploring.

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How to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road

1In Australia, we drive on the left side of the road. However, you may be surprised to know that only about a quarter of the world’s countries drive on the left. Most countries actually have a right side approach, and it’s only some of the former British colonies that still stick to the left.

When travelling to places like the United States or Europe, you may decide to rent a car. This is where things can suddenly become confusing. Sitting on the wrong side of the car and driving on the wrong side of the road can be an extremely unnerving experience the first time.

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Australian Road Trips: Our Recommendations

DIY-Car-Hire-Road-Trips-1There are many good reasons why Australia is a must visit destination for the world’s tourists. Its stunning beauty, laidback lifestyle, and world class road network make it a great place to go on a road trip. Whether you’re an Australian resident that is ready to explore your own backyard, or an international tourist looking for some scenic magic, a road trip is one of the best ways to enjoy all that Australia has to offer.

Here are some of the best road trips to put on your list.

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Flat Tyre in a Rental Car? Here’s What You Should Do

DIY-Car-Hire-Flat-Tyre-1Flat tyres are one of life’s inevitable inconveniences. Many motorists don’t know how to change a flat tyre and, even if you are one of those that does know how to change a tyre on your car, would you know how to change one on a rental car? All cars have slightly different jacking points and bolt patterns, so it can be slightly different on each car.

The fundamental principles are effectively the same, but here we will provide some tips on what to do when you get a flat tyre in your hire car.

Complete a thorough check before signing and driving off

When renting a car, it’s crucial that you check there is a functional spare tyre in the boot. This tyre should be inflated and ready to use in an emergency. Furthermore, you should ensure the appropriate toolkit and jack are also in the boot. There’s no use having a spare tyre if you don’t have the tools to fit it. Most car hire companies will do an inspection of the car with you, which may include these items. However, if they do not, remembering to do this check for yourself before driving away could be an absolute life saver.
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The Ultimate Online Car Resources for All Things Automotive

shutterstock_163965647Whether you’re a motoring enthusiast, passionate about cars and motoring events, or you simply want to know more about how to look after your vehicle, there are some informative and interesting blogs out there that are full of useful and helpful information. But with so many blogs at your fingertips, how do you know which ones you should be following?

Here we’ve taken the time to do the research to source a few of the top car care blogs online. Check out our pick of the very best car blogs to follow:
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You Won’t Believe What These Rental Car Employees Found

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It’s so easy to leave behind your house keys, wallet, or even drop your phone by accident in someone else’s car. And by the time you realise you’re missing something, the driver’s either halfway down the road or on the other side of the city.

Rental cars are no different – Everyday when people return the cars they’ve hired, loose change, sunglasses and a matter of documents and personal effects are left behind under seats, in gloveboxes, and in car boots. These items are often recovered by the car rental company staff and the cleaners who work on the vehicle once it’s been returned.
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