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Have you ever wondered what Bibendum on your tyre wall is pointing at?

How do you check your tyre wear? Universally, we are taught to hold a coin within the grove of the tyre to check the depth of the treads.It took quite a bit of digging before I found the Malaysian coin version of the test.If all the alphabets of the words Bank Negara Malaysia on your 10 cent coin is on show when you hold the coin to the tread, it means it’s time to change your tyres.But did you not know that there is an even better fool proof test you can carry out without the use of coins

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 30, 2019

How many PSI / kPa do I have to pump into my tyres?

Checking our tyre pressure is an integral part of owning a car. But sadly not many car owners perform this check as often as they are supposed to.As my colleague, Eric, has highlighted, your tyre pressure easily affects your car's handling, ride and comfort and even your fuel consumption! So now you know the benefits of checking on your tyres constantly and keeping them well filled, but do you know how much air to pump into your tyres?There are two types of units that car manufacturers

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 20, 2019

Tyre blowout while driving: This is how you maintain control and avoid crashing

You’re driving on the highway at 90 km/h, listening to your favourite tune and jamming along to the lyrics, when all of a sudden you heard a loud boom coming from the rear. In that split second, you noticed the rear end of your car and steering doesn’t feel quite right, and your natural instinct is to brake amidst the chaos.It that the right action though? In this article, we’re going to take a look on how tyre blowout occurs, and what is the appropriate response that will eith

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 14, 2020

How sneaker makers like Nike can teach tyre companies about influencing its buyers

It is amazing how much time and internet juice is spent trying to explain that tyre choices matter. Not too long ago we made a post about why when it comes to tyres you get what you pay for. And it is good to see that for many of our readers, it isn’t news to them.This time around let’s outline a suggestion that may make people care more about the tyres they buy. And for that, we will use an economic theory known as the Diamond-Water Paradox, or better known as the Paradox of Value.T

Daniel

Daniel

Oct 9, 2020

Perodua Axia: How much does it cost to maintain over a 5-year period?

The Perodua Axia is an A-segment hatchback, which is the entry point into Perodua's line-up.Let’s take a closer look and see how much does it cost to maintain a Perodua Axia over a 5-year period.Unlike other manufacturers, the Axia does not require a service or inspection at the 1,000 or 5,000-km mark; instead, the first service is at 10,000 km, which costs RM 142.90.The next service is at the 20,000-km mark, in which the owner needs to fork out RM 240.63 for a service.Perodua als

Eric

Eric

Apr 17, 2020

Driving your car less this MCO? Here's how to keep it running smoothly.

Photo credit: avalonking.comJust like that, we are 2 weeks into MCO 2.0. This most likely means that most of us are working from home, which then means our cars arent driven much. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to keep your car in tip top condition despite it being underdriven. Here are some pointers that might be useful to keep in mind in this second MCO season. Dont park under treesPhoto credit: avalonking.comYou might think that parking your car under trees is a good idea, sin

Jason

Jason

Feb 14, 2021

Buying a used car? Here's how to check for unpaid summons

So, you’ve found the used car of your dreams, sent it to your trusted mechanic and even got the green light from Puspakom to transfer to name over to you. But wait, have you checked if the car has any unpaid traffic summons attached to it?Surprisingly, this is a step that most used car buyers would miss on. Excited car buyers will find themselves facing a roadblock when they realise that JPJ will not transfer the car to them as the previous owner has outstanding traffic summons that has ye

Jerrica

Jerrica

Nov 4, 2020

Save money and drive safe with these three tyre care tips

They’re the only part connecting you to the road yet so easily forgotten. Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, so take care of them through these three simple steps and they’ll take care of you.1. Don’t forget to inflate!Really. That's all there's to it.It’s a simple tip but one of the most important things you’ll need to know - inflate your tyres! It’s super simple - just know the basics of your tyre size and follow the correct press

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 12, 2020

A "cheap tyre” is going to kill you, here is why good tyres costs more

I don’t know about you, but tyres are a fascinating subject to me. I spend hours researching on what sort of tyre should I go for next. Full-on performance rubber? Or maybe I should give my back and ears a break and opt for a more comfortable option.One thing is for sure, I will be splashing my cash for one from a manufacturer of repute. And thankfully I’m not alone on that opinion. The responses from our dear fans and readers on WapCar Forum topic of cheap vs premium tyres were very

Daniel

Daniel

Sep 24, 2020

When was the last time you checked your tyre pressure?

I know I haven’t checked mine in a while, to be fair. I also can’t remember the last time I pumped air into my tyres, let alone checking the tyre pressure.It wasn’t until my colleague Adrian pointed out that the ride of my car felt odd, and recommended that I checked my tyre pressure just to be sure.I swung by a nearby petrol station to get my tyre pressure checked, and yes, all four of my tyres had really low pressure, one of them as low as 23 PSI. Yup, 23

Eric

Eric

Oct 12, 2019

Here’s how to correctly inflate your tyres

Tyre pressure is the easiest yet most neglected car maintenance trick. It requires zero hard work and takes no time at all. You don’t even need to see a mechanic to get your tyres properly inflated.Before you go to a petrol station and start pumping away, firstly you need to identify the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle. Usually, the recommended tyre pressure can be found on the driver side B-pillars or by the fuel lid. Otherwise, refer to the owner’s manual.Some cars which

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 17, 2019

Why is my tyre shop trying to sell me nitrogen gas inflation?

You might have come across this scenario while sending your car to your neighbourhood tyre shop – after the job is done, whatever it may be, the tyre shop will try to upsell you nitrogen gas inflation for your tyres. You will mostly be shown some materials or be told that it is better to fill your tyres with pure nitrogen rather than regular air. You will also be told that nitrogen-filled tyres will save you fuel, prolong the lifespan of your tyre, require lesser maintenance, and are

Hans

Hans

Sep 6, 2019

Selling your car soon? Here's how to ensure you get the highest price

After a couple years of using your car, the time will eventually come when you will need to sell it off. And when that time comes, how do you ensure that you can sell it off at a higher price?Selling your car? Get the best offer here:Trade in Users Car FormAn oil change and servicing would be goodFirst things first, when it comes to selling your old car, it’s crucial to fix it up. Start with giving the car a service, replacing all the necessary oils and fluids. Whether or not you want to s

Eric

Eric

Mar 30, 2021

10 tips on how to save money on your car's fuel cost

Apart from insurance and maintenance, another big ticket item that we have to spend on our cars is fuel. Sure, fuel price is at the lowest now due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you are permanently immune from rising fuel cost, or you can't improve things further.As a general rule of thumb, you should always read through your car's owner’s manual and look for the recommended grade of fuel required, as well as recommended driving/maintenance habits. Here

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 22, 2020

Which is cheaper to maintain over a 5-year period, the Proton Saga or Perodua Bezza?

Earlier, we've compared the maintenance costs between two of Malaysia’s cheapest sedans, the Proton Saga and Perodua Bezza.Perodua Bezza galleryNow, let’s throw periodic maintenance, road tax, and insurance into the mix and see which entry-level sedan is cheaper to run and maintain.Proton Saga galleryFrom the table compiled, it is clear that over a period of 5 years, the Proton Saga is RM 910.64 cheaper than the Perodua Bezza, but that is not the full story.It is worth notin

Eric

Eric

May 6, 2020

How not to crash while driving in the rain

Driving in the rain is something that all Malaysians will encounter at some point in their lives. Given our unpredictable weather, wet weather driving takes on significant importance. Yet, many road users do not seem to know what to do when it starts raining. Even worse, they do the wrong things. Again, let’s approach this from a fundamental level. The key is to adopt good habits and discard bad ones when driving in the rain.  Dos 1.) Smoothen your driving input; Your i

Jason

Jason

Jun 8, 2020

Check out how spacious the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V is!

Mr Kojiro Okabe is the project leader of the Honda HR-V projectHonda has long been well-known for their class-leading spaciousness and practicality. The newest member in their stable, the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V will continue in the vein of spaciousness and here’s an example of just how much space you get in the back seat.In Wapcar terms, the new HR-V’s rear seats look like you can easily fit 3 tennis balls between the knee and the front seat, for a person of average height.The 2021

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 25, 2021

What are those hieroglyphs on tyres?

You’ve probably seen it, the numbers and letters etched onto tyre sidewalls. But what do they mean and how does it benefit you to know?Well to answer the first question, it’s the tyre’s measurement and specification. Think of how a tailor measures your size, it's similar for tyres as tyre sizes are rather specific.Let’s use the above's tyre, 255/40 R21 Y XL as example. 255 is the width in millimeters (mm). 40 is the thickness of the side p

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 21, 2019

Here's the top tyre choices for 13- to 17-inches in 2020!

Tyres. It's a longtime topic. Yes, other parts exist, yes they are equally important but tyres are the only parts connecting you to the road.Which is why it's very important to make the right choices, especially in a market that's absolutely flooded with subpar-quality tyres for not much cheaper, really.RecommendationsNot all tyres are equal, so in this guide we'll list five main tyre categories and recommend one tyre for each size. The prices are taken from severa

Sanjay

Sanjay

Sep 19, 2020

Honda City RS costs RM 19k more than City 1.5V, but only RM 56 more to maintain over 5 years

The 2021 Honda City RS is here and it costs a whopping RM 19k premium over the City 1.5 V. But if youre still considering getting the City RS, you can check out our handy trade-in tool below to see how much it would cost to own the self-proclaimed torque king.Trade in Users Car FormThe biggest question is, is maintaining the City RS equally as expensive?How much does it cost to maintain the Honda City RS? 2021 Honda City RS service costs Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM) 1 1,00

Eric

Eric

Mar 24, 2021

J.D. Power study: Michelin is best tyre brand of 2021, outranks Pirelli, Goodyear

Customers are very happy when it comes to Michelin tyres, according to J.D. Powers 2021 Original Equipment Tyre Customer Satisfaction Survey.Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on the Honda CivicSo happy, that theyve voted it to be the most satisfactory original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brand in every category, trumping brands like Pirelli and Goodyear.The U.S.-based study is based on responses from 26,131 owners of 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles. Metrics of the study factor in the absence of tyre-rel

Sanjay

Sanjay

Apr 2, 2021

Keep it real: how to know if your accessories are original?

From aftermarket wheels, seats to steering wheels - chances are you can pick out a couple of modified cars just by looking around you. Check when you’re out and about, and you’ll see I’m right. Us Malaysians are a creative bunch, and it’s only natural that trickles down to our cars. Sometimes we get too creative...As much as it’s cool to make the cars we drive truly our own, there are plenty of enthusiasts who go for low-quality, fake accessories

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 11, 2020

How the Proton Saga went from RM 17,575 in year 1985 to RM 32,800 today

When the Proton Saga was first launched in 1985, a fresh graduate who earns a monthly salary of RM 1,000 can expect a reasonably comfortable life, even in the city.A bowl of noodle was just a little over a Ringgit, and a McDonalds burger would have cost just RM 3. A Nissan Sunny 130Y, the default car for middle-class families, retails for RM 19,500. Depending on how far along was one in his/her career, that’s about 1.5 years’ worth a young person’s salary.When the first Proton

Hans

Hans

Sep 2, 2019

Here's a less talked about but equally important balik kampung travel check list

You’ve heard it time and again at every “balik kampung” festive season. Remember to check your car engine components’ condition, change your engine oil, make sure your tyres are in tip top condition before you start your journey…No doubt, these steps are important to follow, not only are you travelling further than your daily route causing more stress to the engine, there is also a possibility that you will get trapped in a 9-hour long traffic jam on the North-Sout

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 17, 2020

5 quick money-saving tips to take care of your windshield wipers!

Inexpensive, inconspicuous but very important - that's right, it's your windshield wipers! I bet wipers are among the most neglected parts of a car, and chances are people even spend a bit too much changing them one too many times a year.Don't be one of them; read on to see how you can save that money for nice makan-makan sessions instead.1. Never run your wipers on a dry windshieldBy design, windshield wipers are only to be used on wet surfaces. When th

Sanjay

Sanjay

Aug 9, 2020

Check these four fluids before you drive

Car care isn't daunting. It pays to do these simple checks and avoid repair bills and headaches in the end. Got it? Simple concept for a simple topic, so let’s go!1. Check your coolant levelSee the radiator cap? Some cars have it placed differently, so if you can’t find it on your car at that position, look for the boat shape and bright sticker up top.All you have to do is unscrew it and add plain water (nothing else) to it.Engines heat up while driving, and if the

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 19, 2020

Buying used cars: How to test drive a used car?

Buying brand-new cars without test driving them is common, especially when shopping for an econobox. These days, you can learn more about a brand-new car just by browsing the internet.The COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed brands to enhance their respective virtual showrooms. While shopping for a brand-new car can be safely done without a test drive, the same couldn’t be said about used cars.Test driving a brand-new car is meant to impress you with all the bells & whistles and

Arif

Arif

Sep 4, 2020

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander: roughly RM 4.2k to service over 5 years/100k km, plus other costs

The 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander has made quite a name for itself in Malaysia: its competitively priced and very practical as well.Beyond monthly instalments, lets take a look at how much you should expect to pay to maintain Mitsubishis rally-bred SUV (read this to know why its not an MPV) over 5 years/100k km.Mitsubishi Xpander roundupPriced at RM 91,369 (excluding SST, valid until 31-Dec 2020), the Xpander goes up against the Honda BR-V and Perodua Aruz/Toyota Rush twins.After 31-December, the Xpan

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 23, 2020

Perodua Myvi – How much to maintain, what's the monthly payment?

For those shopping for a B-segment hatchback, the default option for many Malaysians is the Perodua Myvi.The other alternative is the Proton Iriz, but we’ll get into that later.In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Perodua Myvi’s pros and cons, as well as the estimated monthly payment to see if it’s the right car for you.Pros and ConsHeadlining the Perodua Myvi is its value-for-money preposition. For a car that costs less than RM 53k, the potential buyer does g

Eric

Eric

Sep 11, 2020

Run flat tyres, tyre repair kits, or spare tyres. Which is best?

Your car ownership experience isn’t complete without having at least one flat tyre incident. For this, manufacturers have given us full-sized spares, space-savers, run-flat tyres, and even tyre repair kits. What you have in your car has been pre-determined by the manufacturer.The question is, which is the best?The answer depends on the type of driver you are, the type of commute you do, and where you live. Each option offers its own pros and cons.1. Full-sized sparesA full-sized spare

Arif

Arif

Jun 9, 2020