NSW Fair Trading urges consumers to stop, check and verify

Scams Awareness Week 2022 was held in early November, and NSW Fair Trading Commissioner and Head of SafeWork NSW, Natasha Mann, explained the theme of this year’s awareness week was how to spot a scam.
“Stop, check, and verify is the message we’re sending consumers – to take the time to check whether an offer or contact is genuine before acting on it,” Natasha said.
“Due to the ‘fly by night’ nature of many scammers, it can be difficult for law enforcement agencies to track scammers down to take action. This is further complicated by many being located abroad.
“From January 2021 to September 2022 there were 1693 potential scams reported to NSW Fair Trading. Of those, 900 related to online marketplaces which primarily involved consumers buying from fake websites, generally based overseas. More than 490 of the 1693 potential scams involved non supply for goods purchased.
Natasha noted NSW Fair Trading was also seeing consumers fall victim to Facebook and other online marketplace scams, shipping containers and fake websites using fake ABNs and ACNs with no intention to supply, and scams around the purchase of tickets to events, where

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Capricorn Group CEO David Fraser asks if we are ready, as our industry enters a new era

David Fraser, Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd

As we say goodbye to 2022, I can’t help but feel that, as an industry, we are on the precipice of something special.
The expected transition to electric vehicles is the obvious starting point.
In Australia, the new Federal Government looks to be getting more serious about moving this transition forward, while in New Zealand the government has been introducing initiatives to encourage EV adoption for some time.
We see from Capricorn’s State of the Nation 2022 report that our Members are now servicing an average of four EVs or hybrids a month (up from 2.5 last year).
The face of our industry is also changing. Millennials (the eldest of whom are now 40) are taking over more of our businesses as older generations retire and they’re keen to do things their own way, embracing change and technology.
The ongoing skills shortage also means we are looking at who we welcome into the industry.
We are doing more to encourage more women into the automotive trades.
The fact that three of the five Capricorn Rising Star

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It is both fascinating and understandable to see the many similarities between the Australian automotive aftermarket and the American market

Lesley Yates,
AAAA Director of Government
Relations and Advocacy
[email protected]

Our recent attendance at SEMA and AAPEX in Las Vegas was an opportunity to compare our Australian market conditions with the real-world experience of American car owners, their buying patterns and their aspirations for the future.
Independently of any other nation, we have been forecasting Australia’s key auto trends; specifically, ADAS integration into new models and EV take up.
Sitting in on AAPEX seminars and meeting with the Auto Care Association, their data experts and their government relations team revealed a very similar pattern to our own experience.
Their data, and ours, predicts a slow and steady take up of EVs reaching 30 percent of new sales in 2030. After this slow growth occurring over the next seven to eight years, the numbers start to escalate quickly with 55 percent of new car sales by 2035.
Again, this translates slowly into the whole car parc – by 2030 we expect to continue to have 88 percent of the car park on petrol or diesel. The key messages from the American

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It is clear that the Australian car-parc is transitioning to include more vehicles that are zero and low emission

Electric and hybrid vehicles are central to this transition, and hydrogen and sustainable fuel powered ICE vehicles are also prominent in discussions about our evolving car-parc.
There are many consumer, manufacturer and regulatory dynamics impacting the rate of growth of the ZLEV population in Australia, but the fundamental driver of this transition is an environmental one. We want and need to reduce automotive industry carbon emissions across the country.
The ZLEV transition will undoubtedly play a leading role in efforts to reduce carbon emissions. However, this transition is not the only way to reduce emissions and we can all play our part to positively impact what the future looks like. The automotive aftermarket industry consists of 50,000+ businesses, employs over 300,000 people and is worth $25B annually to the economy. An industry as large as ours has a responsibility, and a great opportunity to make an important impact on carbon emissions alongside the ZLEV transition.
Why should we be investing in measures to reduce our carbon emissions? The environmental benefits for our future are obviously the primary motivation. Further to this,

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CoolDrive Auto Parts’ recent expansion across all fields of the automotive aftermarket has been highlighted by massive growth within the 4×4 space

CoolDrive Auto Parts has an all-encompassing line-up of products now available for workshops, distributors and enthusiasts.
Highlighting the offering is a wide selection of dedicated products now available through CoolDrive’s own home brands, including Hulk 4×4, Ignite, Jaylec, Bremtec Brakes, Aunger, Jayrad and AFI, as well as the newly acquired CalOffroad 4×4 suspension.
Additionally, CoolDrive draws together leading brands of tools, accessories, spare parts, enhancements and more. This makes the 100 percent Australian family-owned and operated business “the one stop shop as Australasia’s preferred independent automotive parts distributor,” says CoolDrive.
All told, CoolDrive carries close to 200,000 different product lines, with the brand’s exceptional buying power resulting in great value for customers, who still benefit from the company’s traditional standard of customer service.
“The recent years have seen Australians switch their focus to holidaying at home, and a major attraction of heading back to nature is having a vehicle capable of standing up to anything the outdoors can throw at it,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said.
“The beauty of four-wheel-driving is that there is

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Used Cars For SaleDon’t know where to start searching for used automobiles for sale by homeowners? Do you have to buy a brand new or used automotive? No right or flawed choice for everyone—all of it is dependent upon your finances and preferences. Could this guide aid you determine on the right vehicle buy for you. This strategy allows dealers to test in at a set time each day to look over the vehicles on provide, whereas the focus on vetting autos shortly – Carsome can dispatch automobile checkers directly to a prospective seller’s residence – means that consumers can shortly get a sale.

Vintage automobile fanatics, in particular, are the ones who benefit most from shopping for used cars. As it is with most things, there’s also a draw back to this immense growth of online retail and collecting, resulting in increased fraudelent activity. Learn to use the web to buy, sell, trade, and discover data on your favorite Scorching Wheels cars.

Verify the sellers has the mandatory paperwork, aka Pink Slip, proof of registration, and smog certificates (if required by state). Although not needed, print out a replica of the bill of sale type. The market for used vehicles and SUVs … Read more

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New video tells the story behind Don Kyatt’s recently opened Sydney warehouse

Don Kyatt has released a video on its social media platforms explaining the significance of an important painting that adorns the foyer wall of its new Sydney branch.
The company’s new Sydney warehouse, which was opened earlier this year in the suburb of Marsden Park, also boasts a 40-metre steel recreation of the painting at the front of the building which illustrates the journey of Don Kyatt’s major brand, Terrain Tamer.
Titled ‘Dry Water,’ the painting was completed by renowned indigenous artist and Terrain Tamer customer, Kurun Warun (known as Tio).
Don Kyatt General Manager, Brett Hutchinson – son of company founder and Managing Director, Frank – explained the relevance of the actual painting and the massive 40-metre representation.
“We like to think that we are an old company, with one owner who is still the Managing Director after 53 years, so there is that consistency all the way through,” Brett says in the video.
“Some people say that is quite remarkable, but we still have so much to learn.
“When we opened up Sydney, there was a great customer of ours called Tio, who is incredibly charismatic

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If you want to learn how to take care of your car, sometimes the best solution is to talk to a professional. Rather than damaging your car through fixing it yourself, learn how to call upon a reliable mechanic. Read this article for tips on how to do just that.

Check the tread on your tires regularly to make sure they are safe. Tires that have less than one quarter of an inch of tread probably need to be replaced. Also be aware of any bulges or cuts on the surface of your tires as this may indicate a weak area that could blow out and cause an accident while you are driving.

When taking your car to the mechanic’s, you should not leave before having a complete diagnosis of what needs to be fixed. If the mechanic refuses to look at the car right away or does not want to give you a quote for the issues he diagnosed, find someone else.

Know your car before taking it in for any auto repairs. If you have little knowledge on the specs of your model car, you may end up being taken for a ride without you knowing it. Read … Read more

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Car maintenance is one of the important factors of a vehicle because this method can extend the life of the vehicle without causing problems. Unfortunately, some people only choose the nearest car repair shop from where they live without paying attention to the quality of the workshop.

Even though the workshop may not be good and tend to work at random. If you have this, instead of wanting to take care of the car, you may experience losses in the form of damage. So, how do you choose a good and quality car repair shop? Come on, check out the 5 tips below!

Professional Technician

The first thing to consider when choosing a four-wheel vehicle service is a professional technician. These technicians are usually certified and have detailed knowledge of cars so you will not hesitate to entrust your vehicle to them.

This also applies to those of you who are looking for a car modification workshop. Professional technicians also often invite their customers to discuss car repair work. This situation can also be used to assess the ability of a technician.

Clear Operating Standards

Every workshop with trusted technicians certainly has clear operational standards. Not only that, Quality Control … Read more

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If you don’t qualify for a charity car, you may need to get creative and find people willing to help you. You can also try your local church. Some churches have benevolence budgets that they use to help people in need. Also, if you are a student or a veteran, you can ask your church to donate a car to you or someone in your community.

Disabled people

If you are disabled, you may qualify for a free car. Many charity organizations provide these vehicles to people who are unable to work. The government also helps by providing transportation for people with disabilities. There are several ways to apply for a free car. You must be disabled and have a valid disability.

If you are wealthy, you may have family members who have different cars. These people may want to donate their vehicles to disabled people who can use them. You can approach them through a close relative or by email.

Low-income families

Donating a car to a low-income family is a great way to help someone in need get back on the road. The government has various programs that provide free cars to low-income families. You can find … Read more

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