The Road Ahead : February 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB FEB/MAR 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD 65 STRATEGIC DRIVE RACQ will play a key strategic role in the government's recently-launched Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy 2013-2015, an initiative aimed at strengthening the state's economy. The strategy recognises the contribution the drive tourism sector makes to the Queensland economy, and will encourage travellers to take a driving holiday in Queensland. RACQ has already demonstrated its support of the drive tourism industry with the Bring Back the Road Trip campaign, RACQ Tourist Information Centre and road conditions website. "RACQ is proud of the significant contribution it and our members have made to domestic drive tourism through our 108-year history," RACQ General Manager Lifestyle and Leisure Mark Mugnaioni said. "We are pleased that we can continue to make a significant contribution to this important initiative by participating as a key partner in the government's strategy." To read the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy 2013-2015 Full Report, go to dtesb.qld.gov.au/ tourism-industry. THE LOW- DOWN ON LOANS It has been estimated that by the end of this year, more than 620,000 Australians will have bought a new car*. And it would be safe to say many of those purchases would be made with the help of a loan from a financier. While loans are beneficial in that they enable purchases to be made that couldn't otherwise happen in the short term, they must be used responsibly, according to Manager RACQ Loans Debbie Pahlke, who suggests the following: • Work out what your budget is and particularly if you haven't used finance before, spend six months putting aside the repayment amount to determine whether you can commit to regular monthly repayments needed for your loan. By the end of the six months, you'll have a substantial deposit for the vehicle and have the confidence in your ability to pay back the loan. • Be aware that the interest rate on a loan may differ between new and used cars. However, you should consider how much you want to spend against the depreciation on new vehicles and the mechanical worthiness of a used vehicle before weighing up your options. • Find a loan with a fixed interest rate to ensure your repayments are locked in. • Shop around for two or three quotes and compare what the repayments are. • Banks and financial institutions use credit history as a key indicator of how responsible you are, so build up your credit rating by conducting your current credit on time. For more information visit racq.com/ loans. *Roy Morgan Research NEW PARTNERS IN SAVING RACQ is helping members save money on their power bills by joining forces with Australian company, Embertec. Embertec has developed a range of products proven to save around 10 percent on power bills, which are now available exclusively to RACQ members. Up to 50 percent* can be saved by members when they order the Embertec SmartSwitch single AV or PC unit (member price $60, RRP $99), or Family Pack of two AV and one PC units (member price $150, RRP $297). Postage is free. To order, visit embertec.net.au or call 1300 066 349 during business hours. Freedom Furniture has joined RACQ's Show Your Card & Save program, giving RACQ members the opportunity to save 10 percent on full-priced items and five percent on sale items from February 28, 2013. To celebrate the new partnership, Freedom Furniture will double the discount to 20 percent storewide until March 3, 2013. There's never been a better time to spruce up the house with new furniture. racq.com/freedom VW JETTA WINNER RACQ member Loreen Naylor, of Maryborough, had a great start to the new year, winning the major prize of a Volkswagen Jetta in RACQ's Show Your Card & Save promotion. In 2012, Mrs Naylor showed her RACQ membership card at her local Repco store, and not only received a discount on her purchase, but also an entry into the draw to win a share in more than $50,000 worth of prizes. RACQ would like to congratulate Mrs Naylor on her win, and wishes her safe motoring in the future. MEMBER OFFER *PERCENTAGES HAVE BEEN ROUNDED UP.