The Road Ahead : June 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 66 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2013 MEMBER ESSENTIALS | FEATURE AS WE NEAR the end of the financial year, advertisements promising 'never to be repeated' vehicle deals can seem tempting. But RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding cautioned buyers to look past the allure of a great bargain, to avoid making a poor decision. "Car buyers should be wary of prices being reduced to clear a current vehicle model to make way for a new, improved one," Mr Spalding said. "If that's the case, the car you buy may end up losing some of its resale value. "The upfront cost of a car might seem very attractive, but it's also important to take into consideration ongoing ownership costs." Another financial consideration is whether you'll need to borrow money to purchase the car. RACQ Manager Commercial Business Debbie Pahlke said to be sales savvy END-OF-FINANCIAL-YEAR VEHICLE SALES PROMISE BARGAINS, BUT BEST SHOP WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT HEART. STORY BELINDA PETERS If you're in the market for a car loan, visit racq.com/ carloan. For step-by-step advice on buying a car from RACQ's team of experts, visit racq.com/carbuying. look at the comparison rate when shopping for a loan. "The comparison rate takes into consideration any fees and charges levied by the lender to give you the true cost of the loan," Ms Pahlke said. Finally, don't be hurried into a decision based on a sales cut-off date. "It's easy to fall in love with your dream car -- particularly if it's paired with a great price -- but don't buy impulsively," Mr Spalding said. "Do your research so you drive home a good value, quality car that serves you well now, and into the future." FOLLOWING ON FROM the success of last year's inaugural Auto Club Golf Championship, this year's tournament will expand to 70 events across Australia. RACQ will host 11 of the Queensland events, including tournaments at Palm Meadows on September 19, Rowes Bay in Townsville on September 28, Paradise Palms in Cairns on October 2 and RACV Royal Pines on December 11. The dates for remaining Queensland tournaments at Oxley, North Lakes, Tewantin, Toowoomba, The Glades, Indooroopilly and Rockhampton will be released shortly. The Auto Club Golf Championship will tee off in August and is open to all auto club members throughout Australia and New Zealand. national auto club golf on the grow The winning pairs for each regional event will receive a trip to the National Championship Final at RACV Royal Pines Resort to battle it out against the winners from the other state auto clubs in March 2014. Players who score a hole-in-one in any of the events will also win a trip to the final for the chance to win a $40,000 Suzuki Kizashi. This year, to encourage more family participation and introduce younger drivers to the benefits of auto club membership, the age of entry has been lowered to 16 years. So why not consider joining your fellow members and register to play in this unique tournament. For all RACQ event dates and locations, and to register your team of two, visit racq.com/golfchampionship or acgc.com.au.