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Apa yang perlu anda tahu sebelum melakukan polish, wax atau coating kereta?

Dapat sahaja kereta baru, tentu ramai pembeli terus merancang untuk melakukan sedikit sebanyak perlindungan pada cat dan sebagainya. Apatah lagi model baru, tentu bangga meluncur di jalan raya dalam keadaan yang berkilat. Maka ramailah yang mencari harga polish kereta, harga coating kereta dan dan beza polish dan wax. Antara soalan yang selalu ditanya untuk kereta baru adalah penjagaan cat kereta. Nak buat polish kereta, wax kereta atau coating kereta, semuanya terpulang pada anda. Jadi apa perb


Nov 6, 2020

Alamak, lampu dah kusam! Macam mana nak nampak baru semula?

Anda pernah terfikir tak kenapa sesetengah kereta mempunyai lampu depan yang kusam? Untuk maklumat anda, lampu kereta di depan mempunyai penutup (housing) yang diperbuat daripada bahan plastik yang berwarna jernih. Plastik ini mempunyai lapisan (coating) yang melindungi permukaan housing supaya ia sentiasa bersih dan jernih. Seperti sifat plastik yang lain, ia boleh pudar sekiranya terlalu kerap terdedah kepada sinaran ultraviolet (UV) oleh matahari. Habuk persekitaran juga memainkan faktor. Ole


Nov 28, 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 the “joy of drivi


Sep 4, 2020

How driving through floods can damage your car, and here's how to do it safely

Driving on a rainy day requires extra concentration. The roads are slippery and visibility is lower than usual. Rainy days also create unwanted puddles, which if they’re big enough, can be called floods. You might have seen some cars wading through water like it’s nothing. You are tempted to do it too, sometimes. After all, water doesn’t get into your engine, right? Well, it depends on how deep the water is, how fast you drive through it, and how well your engine bay is protected. But as a gener


Oct 29, 2020

How to choose the right 12V battery for your car?

If you drive an automatic car, it is impossible to push start the car. Your only option in case of a flat battery is to jump start the car and get a battery replacement ASAP. A weak car battery has obvious tell-tale signs like a slow crank and dim lights. Changing a car battery is a simple task, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s still a high chance of screwing things up. If you have absolutely no experience in replacing a new battery for your car, here are a few guidelines to help


Oct 9, 2020

Sun damage ruins the resale value of your car, here's how to prevent it

Leaving your car parked under the hot sun seems like a harmless thing to do. What’s the worst that could happen? Just a hot cabin, right? The truth is, the sun can damage your car after extended periods of exposure and this hurts the resale value of your car. Just like our skin, the car’s paint, rubber parts, and upholstery can only withstand that much sun. Things dry up and age faster when exposed to UV rays. Visible effects of sun damage are: Oxidation and fading of automobile paint Discoloura


Apr 7, 2021

How to get your car loan approved? Here are 5 things that affect your chances

In 1949, the loan tenure for a VW Beetle was 12 months with an interest rate of 9 % per annum. Things have changed. In Malaysia today, car loan tenures are usually of 5,7, or even 9 years with interest rates hovering around 3% per annum (calculated on principal). Cars are getting more expensive and are almost impossible to purchase without using a loan. But is taking a car loan a bad financial decision? Well, it depends on your financial circumstances (mainly your income), how much you benefit f


Jan 28, 2021

How to survive a car crash? Don't be stupid with your seatbelts

Have you ever come across kids jumping at the backseat of a car, while you’re stopped at a red light? This is one of my biggest driving pet peeves, people not wearing seatbelts whilst travelling in their cars. We have seen countless times, crashes on the road that have resulted in people getting flung out of their cars. Why? Plain and simple, they weren’t wearing their seatbelts. How can something so intrinsically simple to do become such a widely-ignored habit? Sadly, it’s down to both ignoranc


Jul 11, 2020

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 User's Car Form An oil change and servicing would be good First 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 se


Mar 30, 2021

Your headlights are more than just to illuminate the path for you

We’re all familiar with the usage of our car headlights. It’s a regulation that all car manufacturers are required to install headlights on their cars. There is also a set guideline on the placement that must be followed. We know to turn them on when the sky turns dark to illuminate the path ahead of us. But our headlights are installed on our cars to do more than just illuminate the road in front of us. They also help other road users see us better. Especially during rainy days when our cars ar


Oct 19, 2019

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

Just 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 aren't 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. Don't park under trees You might think that parking your car under trees is a good idea, since the car does get some shade from the sun. Well, if


Feb 14, 2021

Owner Review: The Everyday Sports Car - Living With My Lotus Elise

** This article is the personal experience of a 2008 Lotus Elise 1.8 S owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Kelvin Tee The Everyday Sports Car Cars, what are they to you? A tool to get from A to B? A fun, great (not to mention pricy) hobby? This is a story about the car that I love and adore. A 2008 Lotus Elise 1.8 S. People have various reasons for owning a car but for myself, it has always been more than a tool for going around and about. I've always thought of

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Jul 22, 2020

How to properly use Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

You're driving in traffic, minding your own business when suddenly a box falls out of the lorry in front of you. Reflexes take over, you brake hard, but realise you can't stop in time. You then swerve to avoid the rogue box. That evasive action wouldn't have been possible if your car wasn't equipped with Anti-lock Braking System, (ABS). Even though many, if not most new cars are now equipped with ABS, most car owners don't know how it works or how it benefits them. I've had friends come to me an


Aug 6, 2020

How to run in your brand-new car? Here is what we’re doing with our new Ativa

When you buy a brand-new car, you have to go through a run-in (or break-in) period for the first 1,000 km. Unfortunately, you can’t just gun it right after taking delivery from the showroom. As such with our new Perodua Ativa, the first thing in order is to run it in. How to run in the car? Drive the car carefully without exceeding a certain rpm and speed limit. In every car’s owner manual, the instructions for the run-in period are explicitly stated. And for the case of our Perodua Ativa, the r


Mar 19, 2021

Aduh, kereta ada tompok air dah! Macam mana nak hilangkan?

Sekiranya anda melihat kereta baharu, anda perasan tak bahagian cat dan cermin kelihatan licin tanpa sebarang bekas? Sedap mata memandang, bukan? Lama-kelamaan, bekas tompokan air akan mula kelihatan disebabkan oleh cuaca panas dan hujan yang melampau. Tetapi kenapa tompokan ini boleh terjadi? Air hujan atau air basuhan kereta mempunyai mineral yang boleh menyimpan habuk atau bahan yang tercemar daripada persekitaran. Apabila air ini kering dengan begitu sahaja, ia akan meninggalkan bekas minera


Nov 4, 2020

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 yet to


Nov 4, 2020

How to add RM 10k to your car's resale value

So, you've just taken delivery of your brand-new car. You're excited (understandably so), and have already made plans on how to spruce it up and make it your own. The last thing on your mind at this point of time is depreciation, which occurs the moment your new car hits the tarmac (typically, it loses 15 percent of its value). While inevitable, are there ways one can mitigate a car's depreciation? Actually, yes. Value User's Car Scour through the classifieds list and will see a wide range in pr


Mar 29, 2021

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 pressure to pump into your tyres? And where do you find the guide of the air pressur


Oct 20, 2019

6 reasons why cars catch on fire, and how to avoid them

A car catching on fire is an absolute nightmare because there is usually zero hope of saving the car. The car cremates itself to car Valhalla and no amount of money can bring it back to life. Cars catch on fire for several reasons and most of them are avoidable. To help you avoid this terrible situation, we’ve listed out six reasons that cause cars to catch fire in the first place, and how you could avoid them. 1. Fuel Leaks Gasoline is highly flammable. All it takes to start a fire is a little


Jan 17, 2021

How symbols derive their power - the myth of car brands and the influence they have over us

At its most fundamental level, cars are merely a collection of metal and parts. But few car companies will sell you a car at the price of the sum of its materials and cost it took put the car together. Premium brands especially, want to sell you not just a car but also an admission in their deeply storied heritage, and a certain lifestyle that their marketers promise you. Why pay over RM 200k for a Mazda6 when you can buy a Mercedes-Benz C-Class for just a little bit more money? Badge matters (a


Apr 4, 2021

Counterfeit vs original spare parts: How to tell?

On the surface, the air filter and spark plug you bought from your neighbourhood spare parts shop look just like the original item, except that you’ve paid just a fraction of the price you would have otherwise paid at an authorised service centre. But little do you know, the spare parts you just bought are in fact counterfeit items, not original as what the shop owner told you. Counterfeit spare parts have been floating around in the market for the longest time, but how do you identify which is


May 4, 2020

How the Proton Saga and Iriz grew up to become race cars

Remember that time when we witnessed a Proton Saga R3 racecar chase down an FD2R? Well Proton’s R3 team is proud to show to us just how the car was built. In a brand new web-series, the Proton R3 team explains that all the R3 cars started out as normal cars built for the roads. Engineers would pick a car from the line-up and strip it down to its bare basics before fitting the car up with circuit racing requirements like roll cages and six-point harness seatbelt. We’ve already been told that the


Nov 8, 2019

How to get Android Auto on any car for just RM 20!

Trust us when we say Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are make-or-break features when it comes to buying a new car in Malaysia. But not everyone of us can go after a new car in this economic climate, so we'll show you the next best thing - getting Android Auto to work on the car you already own. I installed a relatively cheap (~RM 300) Android-based touchscreen headunit in my 2003 Toyota Vios, and this guide will help you get Android Auto running on something similar installed in your


Jan 17, 2021

Once poorer than Malaysia, how Korea’s car industry progressed further than ours?

Last week, we’ve chronicled how Hyundai grew from a small workshop to a world-class automaker. What was left out however, was the hows and the whys behind the rise of Korea’s car industry, which will be discussed in the following text. When Malaysia gained its independence, Korea was a failed state. It relied on donations from the US for 70 percent of its budget, and had nothing worth exporting. In 1960, Malaysia’s (Malaya) GDP per capita was USD 234. South Korea earned just USD 158 - poorer tha


Nov 23, 2020

DIY: Scratch your car’s paint? Here’s how to fix that at home

We’ve all been there, squeezing through a tighter-than-usual spot in a car park and ending up scratching the paint on your car. But before you send your car to be fixed by a professional, did you know that you can attempt to fix it yourself? Depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to remedy that right at home, without the need to go to a specialist. To remedy your paint problem, first you need to find out how deep the scratches are. Typically, a car’s exterior has four layers –


Mar 14, 2021

Have you ever wondered how the BMW 3 Series came to be? What was the car that came before the model?

The BMW 3 Series is a well-loved model. Since the 70s, the 3 Series has come a long way to become a status symbol for young executives with an enthusiasm for sharp handling cars, as well those who are less car savvy. But do you know how did the 3 Series came to be? What spurred BMW to create the model and which car did the 3 Series succeeded and continued its legacy? The car that preceded the 3 Series was the BMW '02 Series. This series was BMW’s idea of an entry model in the 60s and were shorte


Dec 10, 2019

How did the Honda City go from a simple family car to firing shots at the Camry?

In anticipation of Honda Malaysia launching the 2020 Honda City, let’s take a quick look back at Honda’s popular sedan and a gateway for many Honda fanboys. It is turning 25 soon, after all. “But the City isn’t 25. There was a smaller JDM car made much earlier in 1981, so it should be 40.” Well, I hear you loud and clear but I’m just focusing on the City that moved most of South East Asia and not the little turbocharged bulldog. With that cleared up, let’s begin. The beginning The original City

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Aug 20, 2020

How often should you service your car?

Many people have different theories as to when they should service their cars. Some swears by the owner’s manual, others follow their gut feel. The latter, which we strongly advise against. First, let’s break down the science. A ‘regular service’ includes an engine oil change along with an inspection of all relevant components. There are many factors that affect the interval, or frequency, of your oil change process. Traditionally, it is recommended to change your oil every 5,000 km when using m

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Sep 27, 2019

Malaysians pay over RM 10 billion in car taxes every year. How did we end up like this?

Malaysia is known for having one of the world’s highest taxes on cars. Sales of new cars and spare parts for motor vehicles are the single largest contributor in import and excise duties collection, eclipsing tobacco and alcohol products. How much taxes do car sales contribute to the Malaysian government? The government doesn’t provide a breakdown of its tax collection by industry, but it is safe to estimate that the automotive sector contributes well over RM 10 billion in taxes every year. So i


Jan 30, 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 Saga was introdu


Sep 2, 2019