Media Releases



  • Public being mislead over roading

    The government is being less than honest with the public over its roading plans, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

    “The government has announced seven major roads, offering them as a cure for the country’s transport needs. In fact, the new roads will probably benefit the National Party’s friends in big business more than the average motorist.”

    “History has shown that new roads rarely solve traffic congestion for very long. At best they usually just move the congestion somewhere else.”

  • Cheap Chinese cars may deal deathblow to Australian assembly industry

    Chinese cars could deal a deathblow to the Australian car assembly industry, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, said today: “The Chinese car industry is in trouble and the only way it can get out of trouble is to export to soft targets like Australia.”

  • Missing car keys costing motorists thousands

    Some car buyers are having to spend thousands to get their vehicles running when they lose or break their remote car key, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

    “Most modern cars require that you have a remote key, or the car simply won’t start. When car owners lose their only remote, they frequently discover that it will cost between $700 and $4500 to replace the keys and reprogram the car’s security system.”

    Matthew-Wilson says that car owners should ensure they have a spare remote key.

  • Holden’s small car will need a miracle

    Holden is making promises that it may not be able to keep, says a leading car industry expert.

    Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says:

    “Holden has announced that it will build a small car in Australia. Holden can announce pretty well anything it wants, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The sad fact is, Holden’s car plants are losing money faster than a drunk at a casino and there’s no easy way of turning this around.”

  • Roller coaster ahead for oil prices

    Cheap fuel prices are a Christmas present that may not last very long, says the carbuyer’s Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said today:

    “Low oil prices mean that suppliers are already cutting back production. Sooner or later the supply of oil will no longer meet demand, and the prices must go up again.”

    “Low oil prices mean that oil companies will simply close down costly oil plants. Examples of this are deep-sea oil rigs and shale oil refineries, which are only really economic when international prices are high.”

  • How about a half price car?

    Australians could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide .

    Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says that many car buyers end up paying far too much for their cars or buying lemons.

    "Next to our homes, our cars are often our most expensive purchases, yet most car buyers have zero real information about the cars they want and the prices they should be paying. That's why I wrote The Dog & Lemon Guide."

  • Car industry collapse could decimate Kiwi economy

    The meltdown in the world’s car industry could have far-reaching effects for New Zealanders, says a car industry expert.

    Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide says the global car industry crisis is far more serious than problems faced by the world’s banks.

  • How about a half-price car?

    New Zealanders could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Dog & Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says that many car buyers end up paying far too much for their cars or buying lemons.

    "Next to out homes, our cars are often our most expensive purchases, yet most car buyers have zero real information about the cars they want and the prices they should be paying. That's why I wrote The Dog & Lemon Guide."

    He gives the following advice for anyone wanting a cheap car:

  • Ford plant announcement won’t save local industry

    Ford’s announcement that it will keep its Victorian engine plant open until 2010 will do little to save the Australian car assembly industry, says a leading car industry expert.

    Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, says the fate of the Australian assembly industry rests with US president Barack Obama, not Ford Australia.

    “Ford & General Motors are essentially bankrupt. The U.S. government will eventually rescue them because it has no choice.”

  • Proposed motorcycle law change doesn’t go far enough

    A proposed law change that would require motorcyclists to drive with their headlights on at all times doesn’t go far enough, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

    Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

    “It’s common sense that a motorcyclist with his headlights on is easier to spot than a motorcyclist with his headlights off. Why stop at motorcycles? It’s surely just as obvious that a car with its headlights on is also easier to spot than a car with its headlights off?”

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