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THERE are a large number of factors
which must be considered when buying
a new car.
How much should you spend?
Decide on a maximum price and stick to
it.Remember to allow room in your budget
for other expenses, too, such as dealer deliv-
ery, stamp duty, insurance and registration.
If you are borrowing money it is best to
arrange finance beforehand.
The amount you can afford to borrow may
determine your budget.
When choosing what type of car to get,
consider the type of driving you'll be doing
and whether this might change in the fu-
Think about things like how many people
will the vehicle usually carry and whether it
will be required to tow a caravan or trailer
will help determine the type of vehicle and
engine size that suits you best.
If you plan to tow, a six-cylinder engine
would be best suited.
However, if your driving will be done
mainly in the metropolitan area, then a four-
cylinder model may be best.
Think about how much you can spend
each week to run the car.
Usually, the more cylinders a car has, the
higher the registration and the higher the
Another important factor to consider
when buying a car is to consider what safety
features the vehicle has.
An increasing number of new vehicles
are being equipped with safety features that
help drivers avoid a crash or protect you in
So, if you're buying an older car, it's best
to check whether these safety features are in-
When deciding between different vehicles,
or different models of the same vehicle, al-
ways choose the one with more of the fol-
lowing features: Electronic Stability Control,
Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS), Brake Assist, front, side, curtain and
knee airbags, seatbelts designed to work with
airbags and crumple zones.
Test-driving the vehicle you are interested
in buying is crucial.
A car may have all the features you are af-
ter, but once you drive it you may find that
the driving position is too uncomfortable,
the ride too harsh or the gear change is not as
smooth as you'd like.
Before you take delivery of your new car,
make sure that you inspect it thoroughly for
any body damage or defects.
It's best to take delivery during daylight
hours, so that any faults can be picked up
Also make sure that the vehicle's year and
month of manufacture is as you expected and
as stated in the paperwork.
Gary McRae spent three years rebuilding his 1993 HSV Senator.
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'UNIQUE' is an understatement
when describing Gary McRae's 1993
HSV Senator, which has not only been
almost completely rebuilt, but will
soon be the only street legal vehicle in
Australia with a 454 cubic inch LSX
The Gawler resident bought the car al-
most three years ago and has been modi-
fying it every weekend and most nights
Originally, the car had a five-litre V8 en-
gine which, according to Mr McRae, put
out around 300 horsepower, but now, with
a more powerful engine, it can generate 680.
"It is a bit of a weapon," he said.
"I just touch the accelerator and the car
just explodes into life, it just lights up and
starts pouring smoke off of the tyres -- it is
"It puts a smile on my face every time I
drive it, every time I start it, even."
Installing the impressive engine meant
Mr McRae had to upgrade almost all other
parts of the car to ensure the car would
function properly with increased power.
"Researching and sourcing the parts has
been a lot of the work to find out what
would work best," he said.
"I put in a new engine, new transmis-
sion, new differential, new brakes, new
fuel system -- there is really not a nut or
bolt that hasn't been changed.
"Basically, the whole car was
taken back to bare minimum and
I rebuilt it myself at home in the
More recently, due to Austra-
lia's strict automobile laws, Mr
McRae has had to undergo thor-
ough vehicle testing to make it
certifiably street legal.
"I have had to have an official
engineer involved to sign off on
all of the work that I have done,"
"I also had to take it down to Goolwa
Aerodrome to do a full day of vehicle test-
ing to prove that it was safe, it handled
well and could brake properly.
"It is the only one of my knowledge of
its kind in Australia with that engine - so it
is pretty special."
Mr McRae, who does not have a back-
ground in car mechanics, is proud of all his
work and to eventually be able to drive it
down the street.
"I grew up loving cars and even though
now I am running a business and I am a
bit older I still just haven't lost that passion
for cars," he said.
"This car is fairly special to me and I
have always wanted to turn it into some-
thing unique and I have always wanted to
do it all myself.
"Not only is it something that I built
myself and it is also incredibly powerful
-- I just love it!"
The HSV Senator will soon be the only street legal vehicle in Australia with a 454 cubic inch
I just touch the
accelerator and the car just
explodes into life, it just lights
up and starts pouring smoke
off of the tyres -- it is very
spectacular.It puts a smile on
my face every time I drive it,
every time I start it, even.
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