The Road Ahead : August 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 65 AUG/SEP 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD BENEFITS | MEMBER ESSENTIALS RACQ CLASSIFIEDS A HIT WITH MEMBERS The recently launched RACQ Classifieds service has been well received by RACQ members, with more than 600 ads listed in the new 'Buy & Sell' section in the first month. Part of roadahead.com.au, RACQ Classifieds provides a free online forum for members to advertise their personal and household goods in 80 categories. While anyone can search RACQ Classifieds if they are interested in buying goods, listing items for sale in the 'Buy & Sell' categories is a free and exclusive service for RACQ members, RACQ Publishing Executive Manager Jim Mathers said. "RACQ members are really taking to the new site, listing a wide range of items from $5 games to $60,000 boats," Mr Mathers said. "Motor vehicles are also featuring strongly in RACQ member classified ads, with many four-wheel-drives and passenger cars being listed on the site. "It's a good opportunity for members to advertise their second-hand items for free." Members who wish to advertise first need to complete a short registration process to set up an account. From there, it's a quick and easy process to place advertisements on the site. Ads are moderated before being sent live, as a safeguard against inappropriate content. racqclassifieds.com.au Visitors to South-East Queensland can now take the road less travelled thanks to a joint initiative by Southern Queensland Country Tourism and RACQ. Four maps showing the different ways travellers can drive from Brisbane to Toowoomba have been released to showcase more of the region. The maps provide an alternative to the Toowoomba Range, the route most familiar to visitors which is currently undergoing a 12-month road works upgrade. RACQ Executive Manager Tourism Andrew Millward said the Club devised the alternate routes as part of its commitment to drive tourism. "We're showing visitors how to get off the beaten track and see the region at its best from the vantage point of these scenic routes," Mr Millward said. The detailed travel itineraries have been released as brochures which can be downloaded via the RACQ Tourist Information Centre. "Each route has been carefully mapped to create four interesting journeys which share local knowledge and highlights our visitors can choose to experience along the way," Southern Queensland Country Tourism CEO Mary-Clare Power said. "These alternate routes allow our visitors the opportunity to discover more of the region and plan a journey which promises to be just as memorable as their experience at their destination." tourism.racq.com.au/southernqld TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED FIND THE BEST DEAL FOR YOU When it comes to buying a car, new or used, people generally need to use finance to some degree. The ultimate aim of the buyer, regardless of the method of payment, is to negotiate the best price for the vehicle. If, during negotiations, the salesperson asks how you intend to pay, remind them that whether you are paying cash or through finance shouldn't influence the best the deal they can offer. Once an agreement has been reached, then let the salesperson know you will require finance. It is well worth obtaining a quote if they offer, but be sure shop around if you haven't already. Whether it is the price of the car or the repayments on your car loan, it is worth doing your homework so that you are able to make the right choice for you. racq.com/carloans* DON'T IGNORE THE RISKS Electrical fires caused by Queenslanders leaving devices on after they leave the house are now one of the most common types of home fire, according to research by RACQ. The research showed that 15 percent of home fires in Queensland last year were caused by electrical equipment. "Many Queenslanders don't realise, or are ignoring, the risks of unattended electrical appliances," RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said. "There is awareness about the risks of leaving heaters on but many householders leave other appliances running all day while they are out, creating potentially dangerous fire hazards." THE TOP FIVE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES MOST COMMONLY LEFT ON WHILE PEOPLE ARE AWAY FROM HOME INCLUDE: 1. Printer, router (55 percent) 2. Computer (52 percent) 3. Washing machine (50 percent) 4. Mobile phone charger (44 percent) 5. Set top box or PVR (30 percent) "We are reminding people that they should be at home when these appliances are running in case of a fire," Mr Sopinski said. *CONDITIONS, FEES AND CHARGES APPLY. RACQ LOANS ARE PROVIDED BY R.A.C.V. FINANCE LTD ABN 82 004 292 291 AUSTRALIAN CREDIT LICENCE 391488.