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Your guide to protecting your cars during winter

Friday, June 07, 2019

It seems like winter rolls around faster every year. One minute we are loving the Australian sunshine, and the next we’re caught off guard by the cold. It’s easy to overlook the effect this can have on our cars. Our advice? Don’t. It will benefit you and your dealership both financially and environmentally.

Here’s our advice on protecting your car from winter:

Be aware of your battery

Batteries are integral to car function, and it’s vital you keep an eye on them during the colder months. Very cold batteries struggle to deliver as much current as they normally would, and this is especially the case if you are dealing with an older, used car. Check the spark plugs, and for any signs of erosion, whilst also ensuring cars are kept under shelter to offer it protection.

Auto fluids need all the help they can get in the cold.

Cooler temperatures can cause car fluids such as oil, antifreeze, brake, transmission and wiper fluids to be less efficient. Ensure all your fleet’s fluid levels are at recommended levels at all times during these months. Keeping a full tank of gas will prevent condensation building up in the fuel system and then subsequently freezing.

Keep the optimum level of pressure in tyres

Depending on where your dealership is located, in the really cold months you may experience some ice on the roads. Cold weather compresses air, causing your tyres to decompress too. Keep an eye on over-filling them, as this reduces grip.

Know when you need to warm engines before driving

If you are driving a car that was made pre-1980, then the chances are you need to warm the engine before heading off on the road. This allows the correct mix of fuel and air to circulate in the engine. Any car newer than that will have fuel injectors and sensors, meaning you don’t need to sit and wait for the correct fuel levels to enter, as it will just happen automatically. For these cars, just start driving, increasing speed gradually.

Happy winter driving!



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The secrets to cost-effective car fleet maintenance

Friday, June 07, 2019

The car market is temperamental, and dealers can certainly feel the pinch during slower sales periods. The challenge facing car dealers is finding cost-effective ways of maintaining their fleet and drawing in customers, without being out of pocket.

Simplify the up-keep - and save

One of the biggest costs is fleet up-keep. It is important that you can find cost-effective methods to maintain your fleet and maximise the sale value of your vehicles. That’s where we come in. Our Refresh program can be administered on all your cars by our specially trained technicians, to restore the vehicles’ shine and surface quality, either if they are used or if they have been sitting in the dealership for a while. Our unique polymer coating protects paintwork from most environmental pollutants, which are repelled on the surface of the car and can easily be rinsed away with water - saving you cleaning time and maintenance costs.

Don’t settle for a job half-done

Exterior paint rejuvenation is just one part of the vehicle maintenance process. It is so important to consider the interior surfaces of the cars’ cabins, too. Our range of interior surface protectants can be used on anything from leather to vinyl and plastic, and bond to surfaces to provide long-lasting protection against 99.99% of known bacteria.

Upon a sale, it’s always worth checking in with your customer to see if they’d also like an interior Permagard Antimicrobial Treatment before collecting their car. This easy-to-apply sanitisation treatment will kill airborne microbes and filter through the car’s ventilation system to make the cabin’s air more hygenic for drivers and passengers - and help to prevent long-lasting damage from blocked, unsanitary air vents.

Understand the purchase process

Finally, customer service is at the heart of everything we do and the key to our success, so it is important to understand your customer’s responsibilities during the purchasing process, to ensure that they’re ticking everything off the list. Once your customer makes a purchase:

  1. Remind them to transfer their insurance as soon as the sale is made
  2. Check the engine oil, transmission oil and brake and clutch fluids so that your customers have peace of mind knowing their car is road ready and not going to put them out of pocket for maintenance issues soon after purchase.

Demonstrating that you are keeping customer needs at top of mind is great for building loyalty and trust.

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Your Post-purchase Used Car Guide

Monday, April 29, 2019

Purchasing a used car is a little more complex than buying a new one. Here’s everything you need to do to ensure the process is a smooth one.

1. Transfer your insurance...

Remember to do this before you drive your new (well, used) car home, so you’re covered from the minute you get the keys. Prior to collection it’s best to confirm with your insurance provider that policy benefits will roll over after the transfer.

2. And the registration

It’s the buyer’s responsibility to transfer the registration from the seller to them. Check your state’s requirements and timeframes for this process, as it can vary - and ensure you’ve got the finance to cover any transfer fees and stamp duty.

3. Replace all the fluids

If you know that it’s been quite some time since the car you’ve purchased has had a service, or if you can’t confirm when the last service was, it’s a good idea to book the car in for a once-over once you’ve received it. During that time, technicians can replace the engine oil, transmission oil and brake and clutch fluids to that you can be sure that the car is 100 percent road ready.

4. Sell your old car

Trading your old car in, is easy, but you might get more bang for your buck if you sell it yourself. The biggest pain point when it comes to selling your car yourself is time - time to wait for curious buyers, time to show them the car and time to make a sale. Allow yourself plenty of time to get a sale out of the way - particularly if you are relying on the funds to help purchase your new vehicle.

5. Treat the car to a top-to-toe refresh

Just because you’ve bought a used car, there’s no reason you can’t resurrect that new-car smell - or shine. Restore the car to as-new condition with a Permagard Refresh Program. Our trained technicians will be able to restore the paintwork’s original lustre and sanitise and protect the interior of the car’s cabin to keep it looking and feeling new.



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