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Car safety expert backs plan to raise drinking age

One of New Zealand’s leading road safety experts backs proposals to raise the drinking age, as part of a package of measures aimed at easing the damage caused by alcohol.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

“The rise in youth drinking is mainly the result of younger people having easier access to alcohol. The only real way to reverse youth drinking is to restrict youths’ access to alcohol. It’s that simple.”

Australian car assembly industry doomed

Australia’s car assembly industry will not survive the economic recession, and Holden will probably be the first to go, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Holden’s owner, General Motors, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. The U.S. government will rescue the parent company in order to protect American jobs, but there’s no way the American government is going to rescue Australian jobs.”

Public being mislead over roading

The government is being less than honest with the public over its roading plans, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“The government has announced seven major roads, offering them as a cure for the country’s transport needs. In fact, the new roads will probably benefit the National Party’s friends in big business more than the average motorist.”

“History has shown that new roads rarely solve traffic congestion for very long. At best they usually just move the congestion somewhere else.”

Cheap Chinese cars may deal deathblow to Australian assembly industry

Chinese cars could deal a deathblow to the Australian car assembly industry, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, said today: “The Chinese car industry is in trouble and the only way it can get out of trouble is to export to soft targets like Australia.”

Missing car keys costing motorists thousands

Some car buyers are having to spend thousands to get their vehicles running when they lose or break their remote car key, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Most modern cars require that you have a remote key, or the car simply won’t start. When car owners lose their only remote, they frequently discover that it will cost between $700 and $4500 to replace the keys and reprogram the car’s security system.”

Matthew-Wilson says that car owners should ensure they have a spare remote key.

Holden’s small car will need a miracle

Holden is making promises that it may not be able to keep, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

“Holden has announced that it will build a small car in Australia. Holden can announce pretty well anything it wants, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The sad fact is, Holden’s car plants are losing money faster than a drunk at a casino and there’s no easy way of turning this around.”

Roller coaster ahead for oil prices

Cheap fuel prices are a Christmas present that may not last very long, says the carbuyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

“Low oil prices mean that suppliers are already cutting back production. Sooner or later the supply of oil will no longer meet demand, and the prices must go up again.”

“Low oil prices mean that oil companies will simply close down costly oil plants. Examples of this are deep-sea oil rigs and shale oil refineries, which are only really economic when international prices are high.”

How about a half price car?

Australians could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide .

Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says that many car buyers end up paying far too much for their cars or buying lemons.

"Next to our homes, our cars are often our most expensive purchases, yet most car buyers have zero real information about the cars they want and the prices they should be paying. That's why I wrote The Dog & Lemon Guide."

Matthew-Wilson gives the following advice for anyone wanting a cheap car:

Car industry collapse could decimate Kiwi economy

The meltdown in the world’s car industry could have far-reaching effects for New Zealanders, says a car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide says the global car industry crisis is far more serious than problems faced by the world’s banks.

“Unlike the financial sector, which essentially produces numbers, the motor industry makes real products and employs real people. Virtually all our major trading partners have motor industries that are in decline or collapse. There’s no way this won’t drag our economy down, too.”

Ford plant announcement won’t save local industry

Ford’s announcement that it will keep its Victorian engine plant open until 2010 will do little to save the Australian car assembly industry, says a leading car industry expert.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says the fate of the Australian assembly industry rests with US president Barack Obama, not Ford Australia.

“Ford & General Motors are essentially bankrupt. The U.S. government will eventually rescue them because it has no choice.”