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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 17th 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---7 Hi-tech plan to thwart thieves A 40-CENT security label is all that stands between owners of some popular Toyotas and a theft in- surance claim. The cheap vehicle identification labels used on HiLux, Prado and LandCruiser models make them easy targets for thieves, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. The council's chief executive, Ray Carroll, said the Toyota models were over-represented in the latest vehicle theft statistics because the labels could be easily forged by thieves. He said insurance payouts for the Toyotas amounted to more than $10 million. ''While this is money paid by insurers, it ultimately comes from motorists' pockets,'' Carroll said. ''The real cost is to motorists who have their cars stolen.'' He said the current labels could be easily duplicated or modified by anyone with a home computer and basic software. The new forged identity label is then reapplied to the stolen vehicle. The council wants carmakers to switch to a new hi-tech --- but more expensive --- label called Identitek. So far only 10 carmakers and motorcycle company Kawasaki use the Identitek product. The label costs about $1.50 per vehicle, compared with 40c for the aluminium version. It is made from layers of plastic that self-destruct if tampered with. The label has imprinted codes much like a hologram that cannot be counterfeited, altered or re- moved from the vehicle intact. Carroll said Toyota Australia knew its vehicles were among some of the country's most attractive targets for profit-motivated thieves. But Toyota Australia spokesman Mike Breen said a hi-tech ''theft- proof'' label would soon be rolled out on its imported line-up, which includes HiLux, Prado and Land- Cruiser. ''We're working on it now,'' he said. Breen said the label was already in use on Toyota's Camry and Aurions. NEIL McDONALD used cars DJ Used DJ Quality Used Cars' deal of the week is a 2006 Mazda 3 MPS performance hatch. This 2.3-litre six-speed manual has 190kW of power and a four- cylinder turbo engine. It fea- tures sports seats and suspen- sion, body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, stability and cruise control. Was $30,990, now $29,990 drive- away. Co-Op Used A 2003 TOYOTA Celica SR is Co- Op's hot deal today. This sporty two-door has travelled 35,000km and is great value at $23,990. Can't make it in to the dealership? Don't worry, they will come to you. Motors Glenorchy MOTORS Glenorchy has a 2008 Holden Barina for sale. This economical 1.6-litre manual se- dan uses 6.9 litres of fuel for every 100km travelled. Standard features include dual front air- bags, remote keyless entry, air- conditioning for the approach- ing summer, MP3 CD compatible head unit, as well as auxiliary jack for an iPod, power windows and heated power mir- rors. Looks fantastic in chilli red with tinted windows, at $14,995 with a balance of new-car war- ranty until May 2011. Performance Automobiles AN automatic 2007 Subaru For- ester X in Newport blue is available for $22,990 drive-away. Reduced from $25,746, this tidy unit features ABS, airbags, alloy wheels, cruise control, all-wheel drive and CD player. Euro Central THIS week Euro Central has a 2009 Ford Fiesta CL hatchback. It is finished in eye-catching black and has 7500km on the clock. The Fiesta has a zippy 1.6-litre engine, five-speed man- ual, electric windows and air- conditioning for $16,888 drive- away. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 • Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 • Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Good cars at cheap prices! 99 Ford AU Falcon -- 4.0 litre automatic ......................$4,990 01 Nissan Pulsar LX Sedan -- 1.6 litre manual ...$6,990 00 Holden Barina 5 Door -- 52,000km ................... $7,990 01 Laser LXi Sedan -- 1.6 manual .................................$8,250 99 Mitsubishi Lancer GLi Coup -- auto, alloys . $8,990 05 Hyundai Getz GL -- low kilometres .........................$8,990 98 Toyota Corolla Conquest -- 1.8 manual ..........$8,990 01 Kia Sportage -- 4WD ......................................................$9,490 01 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch -- Auto, 1.8 litre .........$9,990 03 Toyota Echo Hatch -- 55,000km .............................$9,990 04 Mitsubishi TL Magna Sedan -- 3.5 litre.........$9,990 04 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch -- 64,000km .............. $10,990 06 Mitsubishi 380 -- new car warranty.......................$13,990 98 Delica Exceed -- 4WD, people mover ......................$15,990 SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 01 Ford Falcon 1 Tonner Alloy wheels $9,490 Tiida ST Manual $17, 990 Drive away No more to pay Metallic colour $495 extra. 1.8 litre engine Spacious interior Dual front airbags ABS brakes X-Trail ST Manual $31,990 Drive away No more to pay Metallic colour $495 extra. ALL MODE 4x4-i Electronic stability control (ESP) 6 airbags Rear drawer storage system NIS295 235 ARGYLE STREET HOBART PH 6213 3300 AFTER HOURS Keith McIntyre 0408 430 748 Cameron Gibson 0417 510 842 Ben Steedman 0438 121 377 Doug Goss 0418 124 158 Team NissanDealers EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE WITH DJ FINANCIAL SERVICES www.djmotors.com.au email@example.com SHIFT THE WAY YOU MOVE The Challenge We challenge you to find better value MICRA NO DEPOSIT, NO INTEREST FOR 24 MONTHS*! 5 Door Auto Micra $16 ,990 Drive away No more to pay Metallic colour $495 extra. Dual front airbags ABS brakes MP3 player input * Offer available 13/7/09 to 31/10/09 at participating Nissan dealers. To approved consumer applicants of Nissan Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd ABN 70130046794 to finance the drive away price of $16,990 over a maximum term of 24 months. Terms and finance conditions apply. 11 FUNKY COLOURS All Nissan vehicles come with 3-year/ 100,000km warranty and 3-year 24-hour roadside assistance. Nissan reserves the right to withdraw, vary or extend any offer. ELIGIBLE FOR A 50% INVESTM ENT ALLOWANCE? Is your small business eligible for the Federal Government s Investment Allowance? Check eligibility with your tax advisor as you may be able to claim a tax credit of 50% on new or demo vehicles purchased for your small business before 31 December 2009. Navara D22 ST-R Dual Cab $34,490 Drive away No more to pay For ABN Holders Metallic colour $495 extra. 2,800kg braked towing capacity 2.5 litre common-rail turbo diesel engine Dual front airbags Alloy wheels, sports bar & side steps ABS brakes
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