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As the Chinese New Year approaches, we list down a few common superstitions related to cars that some Singaporeans believe in, and we find out the reason behind these beliefs too.

Many superstitions for cars for Chinese New Year are actually applied from existing superstitions and beliefs people have from their home.

 

1. A pair of oranges on the dashboard

The oranges show that the owner of the car is looking forward and ready to welcome the New Year. Also, many believe the pair of oranges brings good luck, and of course, makes a rather good looking decoration too.

 

2. Cleaning the car – inside and out – before the New Year

Just like how spring cleaning is done to a house before the New Year, spring cleaning has to be done to...

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Posted 21 Feb 2015
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The most recent round of COE bidding is out and brings with it great news for prospective car buyers. As expected, COE prices have dipped further, with Category A COE prices seeing a new low in a very long time.

Category A COE price has fallen yet again, down to $57,199. It has dipped by $4,803 from $62,002 of the previous bidding exercise.

Category B COE has also seen a drop of $4,139 to $66,751, from $70,890.

Category E COE, usually used for cars belonging to Category B, has also seen a fall in prices, shedding $4,020 and settling at $67,901, down from the previous $71,921.

COE demand was expected to taper off for this bidding, leading to lower prices. The decreased demand could likely be due to the crowd rushing to buy new cars ...

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Posted 17 Feb 2015
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Before the drive

Our neighbour’s traffic police department were recently hot on the heels of Singaporean registered vehicles during the New Year 2015 holidays, seeking remuneration for past speeding offences. Many Singaporean drivers were handed fines for violations that were more than 7 years old. So do check before you cross the border, and avoid making traffic violations on your journey, lest you are prevented from returning home at a surprise road block.

Check if you have any existing traffic violations

Sign up for an account at the Malaysian authorities to check if you have any existing Malaysian summons under your vehicle’s registration number.

 

Safety

Make sure that your tyres are well-inflated and the car’s fluid...

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Posted 17 Feb 2015
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Alfa Romeo to Ford

As we settle in to the New Year, here is the roundup of cars heading to Singapore in 2015...

Alfa Romeo
4C - Q1 2015 (Launched at the Singapore Motor Show)

Two whole years after its first public debut in 2013, one of the freshest and most seductive Italian metal on the roads, the Alfa Romeo 4C is finally here. It extensively features carbon fibre and aluminium in its construction to keep its weight down to just 895kg. Coupled to a lightweight turbocharged 1.7-litre engine producing 237bhp and a six-speed twin clutch gearbox, the car will do the century sprint in just 4.5 seconds. We recently found out for ourselves whether this Italian beauty drives as good as it looks! 

 

Giulietta QV / facelift - Q1 2015 (Launched at the Singapore M...

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Posted 13 Feb 2015
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Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran is a family favourite. When we tested the TDI diesel variant last year, we loved it for its spacious interior that was versatile and well-put together. At the same time, our pockets adored it for its efficient diesel engine that delivered brilliant fuel economy.

At just $141,000, the Touran scores top marks for practicality. It seats seven people comfortably, pampers its occupants with acres of space within, and even with the third row of seats in place, there’s still enough boot space for a stroller and some weekend shopping. With all the second- and third-row seats folded away – something which takes less than a couple of minutes to do – the Touran can accommodate a cavernous 1,913 litres of ...

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Posted 6 Feb 2015
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COE results are out! As expected, COE prices for cars have fallen across the board.

Category A COE price has fallen $2,999 to $62,002, down from $65,001.

Category B COE has seen a more significant drop of $5,999 to $70,890, from $76,889.     

Category E COE, usually used for cars belonging to Category B, has also seen a dip of $4,869, to $71,921.

COE prices were expected to fall at this bidding exercise, in relation to LTA’s announcement last month that the COE allocation quota for the February-April quarter will generally see increases.

To recap, in this quarter, Category A COE would see the largest rise in monthly quota, from 1,396 to 1,973, a staggering 41.3% increase. Category B COE would also see an increase of 26.9%, rising to...

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Posted 4 Feb 2015
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City driving is often a stressful and tiring affair. However, with the apps in this article, you can prevent yourself from tearing your hair out in our urban jungle, avoiding the traffic congestions, expensive parking fees, or worse, getting lost.

 

Google Maps

Google Maps has become ubiquitous in recent years by drivers all around the world. It is a doddle to use – easy to read, quick to load, and decently clear turn-by-turn instruction. Not only does it do a great job at helping you navigate, it even features real-time traffic information from the LTA, indicated by the intuitive green, yellow, and red lines over the roads on the map.

When plotting a route to your destination, the app tries to avoid congested roads, instead offeri...

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Posted 2 Feb 2015
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It's no secret that owning a car in Singapore is expensive, and recent changes to the laws and policies of car ownership have made this dream more difficult to achieve. We break down and reveal the shocking the costs of owning and running a mid-range sedan for a period of 10 years.

Example: Hyundai Sonata 2.0 MPi

Price: $139,999

The Hyundai Sonata is one of our favourite mid-sized family sedans on the market, it’s well-priced, well-equipped, and will take on the role of a family-runabout well. Therefore, we will base our calculations on the cost of a brand-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0 MPi, priced at $139,999. Assuming a 50% 5-year loan is taken and no other special financing deals are provided (which is usually not the case), and that ...

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Posted 19 Jan 2015
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