Car Advice - Safe Buy

1) How to maintain a used-car:  

A well-maintained car will cost low in maintenance. Logbook service on time of the vehicle could reduce the running cost, fuel and other repair costs. Scheduling regular service also helps to notice problem early and repair the issue before it leads to bigger problem meaning bigger cost. Without checking the car regularly, simple issues such as leak of oil or worn out timing belt could lead into entire engine disaster, which cost a lot more to be fixed.

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2) Few things could be maintained without professional help. :

  • Wiper insert replacement.
  • Clean leather and vinyl with a proper cleanser.
  • Maintaining tyre inflation (If the car equipped with tyre inflation warning then customers could keep digital tyre pressure gauge)
  • Check the spare tyre pressure.
  • Check lights (inside and out) for blown globes.
  • Warning lights, refer to the Manual for interpretation. All lights should light up when you turn the ignition on as it is a way of checking they're working. 
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3)  How to maintain a Hybrid car batteries: 

The batteries in hybrid cars work best when it's warm, so make sure you get it warmed up sufficiently before setting off on cold days. Cold weather can also affect the battery's charge. Make sure to keep an adequate charge at all times and try not to let it drain completely.

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4) Tips to protect EV battery :

Daily driving habits:

Customers should have an idea on how many kilometres they drive every day. So, always charge with a little more buffer for any detours and traffic jams. This will help the EV battery to stay in good condition.

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Now SafeBuy is a member of VACC.

SafeBuy is a pre-purchase inspection company based in Victoria, whose vital role is to evaluate the vehicle's condition before the purchase is made by the customers. SafeBuy offers three different types of mobile pre-purchase vehicle inspection service in Victoria: Standard, Comprehensive and Premium Inspection. Pre-purchase vehicle inspection allows the customers to find the vehicle's real worth easily and quickly. Pre-purchase inspection helps the customer to avoid unexpected repairs that are expensive and helps the customer to anticipate the future maintenance. By performing a pre-purchase car inspection customers can know the vehicle's actual worth and can make a firm decision on purchasing it. Now SafeBuy is exclusively a member of VACC.

What is VACC? The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) VACC is a trusted brand by Australian consumers and members of a professional association which has supported these automotive businesses for 100 years. By providing its members with supportive measures that assist them in running modern automotive businesses. VACC members have access to Australia’s largest automotive technical library, with extensive digital and repair information across most vehicles in Australia. VACC provides members with automotive-specific advice and assistance in human resources, workplace relations and safety. VACC members gain access to Human Resources (HR) and Industrial Relations (IR), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Information and support from qualified technicians, Apprentice mentors, Area managers and Exclusive business deals with alliance partners.

VACC members gain access to a team of professionals by saving them time and money. VACC membership can save money. VACC has negotiated cost-saving business deals to help the members bottom line, including banking, office supplies and site cleanup. VACC’s Research department regularly publishes information and insights that directly benefit the members. The members will be the first to benefit from this key knowledge with information. Hiring an apprentice is a great step for the members in their business to take, but there can be a lot of paperwork and hassle. VACC Automotive Apprenticeships helps the members in recruiting only high performing applicants and mentors provide regular monitoring visits, apprenticeship progression thus it will make things easy for the members in their business. As a member of VACC Safebuy get to know about the latest technical information in the automotive industry which will help to optimise our inspection service.

ECU Scan

What is vehicle’s ECU system

An electronic control unit (ECU) an electronic brain of a vehicle which is responsible for controlling electrical systems or subsystems in a car. Every control unit contains a chip that runs its software and requires power and data connections to operate which is called On board Diagnostic (OBD).

Modern vehicles have many ECUs, and these can include some or all of the following: engine control module (ECM), powertrain control module (PCM), transmission control module (TCM), brake control module (BCM or EBCM), central control module (CCM), central timing module (CTM), general electronic module (GEM), body control module (BCM), and suspension control module (SCM). These ECUs are referred to as the car's computer although those are all separate system.

What is an OBD scan and why it is needed for your car?

Most of Modern cars available today are equipped with ECU which control all the functions, system and sensors of the car. modern vehicle difficult to fix in comparison of older cars which has basic computerization with everything simple that old style mechanical work cannot fix.

OBD equipped for scan any error codes of vehicle.

The scan through OBD2/ECU scanner will read all codes of error and translate the issues.

OBD scanner will not only read but also analyse and clear the codes. It gives the inspector the authority to scan most of the soft codes and also any other problem which might be fixed on the spot!

The codes which are displayed though scanner is more accurate that guessing the problem; which could result in incorrect repair. All the codes are accurate and shows the current or in progress problems. Moreover, it gives the customer to understand which is required to be fixed or changed, saving money on ongoing diagnostic reports.

An OBD-2 reduce the chances of guessing the issue and increase the chances of DIY fix when it is needed the most.

Vehicles with problems of ECU could be fixed accurately because the software detects and do the rest of the diagnostic work. With correct coded of manufacturer and the correct program used which is installing OBD-2 would make it easy to fix the hooks in the vehicle and increase the running time.

SafeBuy comprehensive and premium inspection services included ECU Scan report also ECU Scan can be added with our Standard inspection at the time of booking an inspection at

South Australian parliament expands EV rebate, adds free rego and delays on road tax.

South Australia has expanded the number of new EVs (Electric Vehicles) that will be able to access it's $3,000 rebate, and has delayed the introduction to EV road user tax as it responded to the criticism about its policy support for EVs. A bill passed this week by state parliament that will extend the $3,000 subsidy for new electric car purchases priced under $68,750 to the first 7,000 buyers (up from 6,000), removing the registration costs for the first three years. It's effective from now. It also delayed the proposed EV road user tax until July 1, 2027, or until all-electric car sales were considered for 30% of new car sales, following the same path to NSW. Victoria has already imposed its EV road user tax. The amendments to the rebate and registration form part of a $22.7 million package, are intended to make the deal acceptable for the new EV owners who will eventually be required to pay 2.5 cents per kilometre driven by electric vehicles and 2 cents/km for plug-in hybrids.

A study by the Australia Institute showed that many South Australians are eager to buy an electric vehicle, but the introduction of a tax on road usage would discourage them. SA treasurer Rob Lucas welcomed the new bill, saying it amounted to more money “pro-rata” than either the NSW (New South Wales) or Victorian government. The pace of change is overwhelming – where the future is zero emissions, the future is electric vehicles,” he quoted. In the past 12 months, with 62 percent of local demands in the share of wind and solar, South Australia leads the world. However, Solar Citizens’ electric vehicle campaign lead Alistair Perkins said the expanded rebate and free rego will not make up for the new EV tax: “It’s good that South Australian EV buyers will be able to access some of the incentives offered in other states, but this rushed new tax is a step in the wrong direction,” he quoted. "The Government’s failure to offer the stamp duty discounts available in New South Wales and the ACT is a missed opportunity that will leave South Australians paying more.”

A new report by the University of New South Wales in the run up to the global COP24 summit says that Australia should do more to transition its transport sector to zero-emissions electric mobility. The report says that their poor lack of supportive policy in Australia for EVs has limited the choice that drivers have, and customers' love of large sports utility vehicles is driving transport emissions up. Renewable energy expert and associate professor Anna Bruce from UNSW School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Resources quoted "The catalogue of EVs available to Australian drivers is very limited because we don’t really have a clear policy on it,” This discourages the car manufacturers from investing in producing left-hand drive versions of vehicles that are already available overseas. It’s also difficult to import second-hand vehicles into the country and on top of that, there are additional road taxes for EV owners. So, it’s roadblocks like these which are impeding the adoption of EVs in Australia. Without any proper policy and regulations the demand for electric vehicles will be lowering. In late 2020 there was news that states would consider charging electric cars, which do not pay the fuel tax collected by the federal government and was met with warnings that such taxes would damage the already slow developing transition to clean transport in Australia.

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Pre-Purchase Car Inspection the Solution to Controlling the Price of Your Next Used Car

Pre-Purchase Car Inspection removes the concern of buying a used car. Many have become concerned about purchasing a new vehicle due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Still, they are finding themselves equally hesitant to purchase a used one as well. 

The primary concern with purchasing a used car is that there are inevitably going to be repair costs that come with making this purchase. Those repair costs can be pretty expensive, and they are likely to be inevitable within the first year of your purchase of the car. 

Consumer Reports explains that these types of repair costs can be extremely expensive, and there are certain problems that are likely to occur within the first year after purchasing a used car. 

 These include the alternator, battery, or starter needing to be replaced, a noisy exhaust system developing, or electrical components beginning to fail. Depending upon the car, an alternator can cost you anywhere from $350 all the way up to $800 to replace. If you spent $2000-$4000 on the used car, paying out $800 for repairs within the first year or two is a steep cost. 

Pre-Purchase the Solution

The problem for many car buyers is that they are at the mercy of the dealer or owner of the car as to how viable the vehicle is. They likely do not know if there are issues with the vehicle, and this information is often not revealed at the purchase date. 

Noman Sharif, the Founder of SafeBuy, explains that “Almost 90% of the car comes with the hidden problem, we have helped many buyers to make a right decision on buying the car, we have also saved many buyers from buying a lemon car.” 

That is a staggering statistic, which has many fearful about making a purchase, but a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection report from SafeBuy is the solution to this problem. This company has only been in business for a short time but has cornered the market in providing detailed information about the history of a car, including its maintenance after inspecting the car. 

SafeBuy provides reports that take the mystery out of purchasing your next used car. By providing you with a detailed report about the vehicle, it helps you to steer clear of cards that are likely to pose problems for you in the near future. 

However, if you do like a vehicle, having this report at your fingertips makes it so that you can negotiate with the owner or dealer. Maybe you still want to purchase the car but will be in a position to negotiate on a much better price. 

SafeBuy is your solution to ensuring that you were getting the car you want, at a price that works for you, without hidden repair problems looming in the background. A recent report has found that the price of used cars is going up significantly, as much as $8000, so you want to make sure you are getting a great car when you are having to pay such a steep price. This is the focus of Sharif, who has made it the primary purpose to provide those in the Melbourne area with detailed information regarding used cars for sale. Having this report is what every consumer needs at their disposal. 

VicRoads is now with new online services.

VicRoads or the Roads Corporation of Victoria is a Government agency in the state of Victoria, Australia. VicRoads is responsible for driver licensing and vehicle registration, manages & regulates the arterial road, delivers road safety initiatives, licensing services, provides customers focused registration and regulates with the accident towing industry in Victoria. It is part of the Department of Transport in Australia.

Buying a new second hand car is easy now!

There is no need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre to sell or buy a second-hand vehicle now easily transfer the vehicle online!!!

After selling the vehicle, submit a Notice of Disposal via your myVicRoads account, so that the vehicle has been transferred out of your name.

When buying a used car, after the seller has notified the transfer buyers will be able to submit their roadworthy certificate and make a payment from their myVicRoads account.

The Notice of Disposal and Complete Transfer services will be available on the Vehicles & Registration page of your myVicRoads account linked to individual vehicles.

Licence test appointment information is now available in other languages also.

Customers who speak other than English language, can now have access to information in their language about how to prepare for the licence test appointment. The translated content includes important reminders on how to book an interpreter or translator service, what documentation to bring to in-person appointments as well as evidence of identity.

VicRoads hopes this new section improves the experience for the non-English speaking customers while booking and attending a licence test appointment across VicRoads Customer Service Centres.

Do you need to get your Learners permit, Perception tests or convert an overseas driver licences?

Are you one of those people that are looking to take the Learner Permit or Hazard Perception tests? Do you know that you can do that online now!!!

The COVID-19 has made a huge impact on us and it is hard to book a computer-based online test at the VicRoads Customer Service Centre, to fix this VicRoads has come up with a solution now, VicRoads have recently launched the Learner Permit Test Online and Hazard Perception Test Online that let you take the tests at home, whenever it is convenient for you.

The Learner Permit online test is a 4 to 6 hour interactive course and assessment that teaches about the road rules to be followed when driving in Victoria and important ways to develop safe driving behaviours. Once you enrol, you will be given 12 months to finish the course.

The Hazard Perception online test is a 45 minute test that focuses on scenarios where probationary drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash.

If you have already completed your tests or if you are a full licence holder, there is no need to take those tests again. The online tests you take will be visible on the Licences & Learner Permits page of your myVicRoads account for eligible customers. Simply follow the enrollment steps and pay by credit card to get access.

What else can one do with myVicRoads account?

  • Renew your registration
  • Change your registration period
  • Renew your licence
  • Check your demerit point balance
  • Order a licence replacement or driver history report

And more!!!