Kids' saving accounts review

Kids' accounts are teaching kids some surprising lessons about banking
 
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01 .Teaching kids about money

Kid holding $100 note

Our review of 26 savings accounts designed for children and teenagers assesses the interest rates, fees, withdrawals allowed per month, and age limits.

In this article:

You would think that opening a bank account would be a great way to introduce your kids to the concept of saving and financial literacy. You’d expect banks would make kids’ savings accounts as simple as possible – but our comparison found some very confusing conditions.

  • The good news is that the vast majority of kids’ savings accounts offer good interest rates, close to the rates currently offered by high-interest online savings accounts. 
  • The bad news is that there are complex conditions attached to these good rates. They’re usually only available if you make at least one deposit per month, and the minimum deposits can be more than what your child receives in pocket money. To get the bonus interest with Bankwest’s Kids’ Bonus Saver account, for example, the minimum deposit is $25 per month.
And there’s another nasty sting with these accounts: once your child reaches their savings goal and withdraws their money, they’re often hit with a huge interest rate cut. If they make a withdrawal from the kids’ savings accounts from ANZ, CBA and Westpac, for example, their interest rate for that month drops to a meagre 0.01%.

And it gets worse:

  • CUA charges kids a hefty $20 fee for making a withdrawal in their branch. 
  • Bankwest's savings account may actually teach your kids that banks can’t be trusted: after paying the best interest rate for one year, they sweep all but $1 into a low-interest account paying just one per cent for amounts below $3000.
  • Banks can be greedy is another lesson kids may learn from the coin-counting fees charged by a range of institutions. While the majority of banks and credit unions don’t charge these fees to customers or exclude kids from the piggy bank fees, others don’t make this clear. 
  • Suncorp, for example, has a five per cent coin-counting fee. The bank told us they wouldn’t charge kids this, but we couldn’t find this assurance in any of the public official material (though we were told it’s noted in their internal procedure manual). We don’t think that’s good enough – just imagine your child was charged this fee in error. That would be such huge discouragement for little savers.

On top of this, the ATO pays close attention to kids’ income from interest, and high tax rates apply.

CHOICE verdict 

When it comes to kids’ bank accounts, look beyond the interest rate and make sure the conditions suit you and your child. The two accounts with the highest rates, CUA and Bankwest, both have big disadvantages.

In the end you may be best off with one of the big banks, as they give you the best chance for your child to get a face-to-face banking experience in one of their branches. ANZ, CBA and Westpac all charge no fees for kids (NAB no longer offers a specific children’s account). The Commonwealth Bank also offers an educational school banking program that has been adopted by almost half the primary schools across Australia. 

Online tools for teaching kids about money 

iTunes apps:

See our report on Money apps.

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For more information about saving money, see banking.

 

 
 

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CarsThu, 05 Jul 2012 09:30:00 GMT
Honda CR-Z Sport first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/honda-crz-first-look.aspx

We find out whether the Honda CR-Z Sport, dubbed Car of the Year 2012 by Wheels magazine, lives up to expectations.

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CarsFri, 29 Jun 2012 11:28:00 GMT
Car reversing camera kit reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/Car-reversing-cameras.aspx

A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

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CarsTue, 12 Jun 2012 09:46:00 GMT
Toyota Camry Hybrid first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota Camry Hybrid First Look.aspx

We took the latest iteration of the Toyota Camry Hybrid Luxury for a ride and found it was pretty good for one of the larger cars in the hybrid family.

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CarsFri, 27 Apr 2012 14:44:00 GMT
Toyota Prius i-Tech first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota-Prius-first-look.aspx

CHOICE takes a look at the most recent Prius on the market, with the optional i-Tech add on.

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CarsWed, 18 Apr 2012 12:45:00 GMT
Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/mazda-3-skyactiv-first-look.aspx

We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

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CarsWed, 04 Apr 2012 10:53:00 GMT
VW BlueMotion first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/vw-bluemotion-first-look.aspx

We take the VW BlueMotion for a spin to find out how it feels to drive, comfort of driving and other first impressions.

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CarsMon, 12 Mar 2012 16:29:00 GMT
Mitsubishi i-MiEV first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/mitsubishi-i-miev-first-look.aspx

We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

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CarsFri, 20 Jan 2012 14:01:00 GMT
Aldi Go Cruise 1602 first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/gps/aldi-gocruise-1602.aspx

Despite its low price, the Go Cruise includes all the features and functions you’d expect to see on a modern car GPS.

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CarsMon, 05 Dec 2011 15:47:00 GMT
Bicycle GPS first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bicycle-gps-first-look.aspx

We put two GPS devices designed for bicycles through their paces to see what's on offer at the expensive and inexpensive ends of the market.

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BikesTue, 01 Nov 2011 13:35:00 GMT
Tyre pressure gauge reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/tyres/tyre-pressure-gauges-review-and-compare.aspx

Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

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CarsThu, 19 May 2011 13:53:00 GMT
Car reliability survey http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/car-reliability-survey.aspx

Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

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CarsThu, 12 May 2011 15:45:00 GMT
Rental car companies http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/rental-car-companies-reviewed.aspx

CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

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CarsMon, 18 Apr 2011 17:35:00 GMT
Used car buying guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/how-to-buy-a-used-car.aspx

"Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

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CarsThu, 03 Mar 2011 16:58:00 GMT
Tyrecheckers LED Alert caps review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/tyres/tyrecheckers-led-alert-caps-review.aspx

These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

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CarsFri, 29 Oct 2010 16:51:00 GMT
E10 state of play http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/fuel/biofuels-and-e10.aspx

Biofuels such as E10 are meant to have environmental benefits, but are there hidden costs?

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CarsMon, 18 Oct 2010 16:57:00 GMT
Bike accessory reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bike-accessories-review.aspx

CHOICE joins forces with our friends at Bicycle Victoria to give you the bike riding essentials.

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BikesSat, 07 Aug 2010 11:32:00 GMT
How to buy a new car http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/how-to-buy-a-new-car.aspx

Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

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CarsMon, 31 May 2010 15:48:00 GMT
CHOICE - Transport http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport.aspxIndependent and trusted tests, reviews and investigations of cars bikes and airlines by CHOICE Australia. Copyright 2014 www.choice.com.auen-au http://www.choice.com.au/img/logo_choice.gif www.choice.com.au http://www.choice.com.auWed, 01 Oct 2014 01:50:13 GMTTransportHonda Odyssey VTi-L review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/honda-odyssey-vti-l-review.aspx

The Adkins family took the new Honda Odyssey VTi-L for a test drive. Was it an epic experience, or nothing out of the ordinary?

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CarsTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:24:00 GMT
ANCAP new car safety ratings http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/ancap-update.aspx

ANCAP aims to provide safety ratings for popular vehicle makes and models, so consumers can make informed decisions before they buy their next car.

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CarsThu, 04 Sep 2014 11:23:00 GMT
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire family car review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Mitsubishi-Outlander-PHEV-family-car-review.aspx

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Aspire Electric SUV is the first plug-in hybrid introduced commercially in Australia. Find out whether it wowed our test drivers.

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CarsMon, 21 Jul 2014 13:41:00 GMT
Taxi alternatives & booking apps http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/car-hire/taxi-alternatives-and-apps.aspx

CHOICE gives you the lowdown on the fastest-growing taxi apps before you tap the 'book' button.

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CarsFri, 20 Jun 2014 12:07:00 GMT
Smartphone car GPS app reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/gps/car-gps-mobile-phone-apps.aspx

We've tested 19 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

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CarsThu, 19 Jun 2014 17:32:00 GMT
Car security http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/Car-security-scores.aspx

We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

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CarsFri, 04 Apr 2014 16:41:00 GMT
Hyundai ix35 family car review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Hyundai-ix35-family-car-review.aspx

CHOICE members Johanne Rossi and Tobias Dunn and their family took the Hyundai ix35 Highlander AWD 2.0L Diesel for a drive.

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CarsTue, 18 Feb 2014 12:10:00 GMT
Electric bike reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/electric-bicycles-review.aspx

Electric bikes are gaining traction in the bike market and there are many reasons why you may prefer some assistance with your pedal power.

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BikesTue, 14 Jan 2014 12:09:00 GMT
Dog car harness test http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/Dog-car-harness-testing.aspx

Test results from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre show which dog car harnesses can offer the best protection for your four-legged companion.

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CarsWed, 18 Dec 2013 13:31:00 GMT
Kia Rondo first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Kia-Rondo-First-Look.aspx

A CHOICE member family takes the Kia Rondo Platinum GDI 2.0L for a spin. Find out how they rate its features.

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CarsTue, 17 Dec 2013 11:58:00 GMT
Ford Kuga first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Ford-Kuga-First-Look.aspx

A CHOICE member family takes the Ford Kuga Titanium TDCi AWD for a spin. How do they rate its features and space?

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CarsThu, 21 Nov 2013 14:33:00 GMT
Car GPS review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/gps/gps-car-navigation-review-and-compare.aspx

We've tested 18 of the latest car GPS units, priced from $99 to $349, including models from Garmin, Navman and TomTom.

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CarsThu, 21 Nov 2013 11:32:00 GMT
How to buy a bike http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/buying-a-bike.aspx

If you’re in the market for a new bike, your options can be overwhelming. We look at what you really need to know when buying a commuter bike.

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BikesFri, 08 Nov 2013 14:59:00 GMT
Mazda CX5 first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Mazda-CX5-First-Look.aspx

A CHOICE member family took the five-seater Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD for a spin. What did they think of its performance and space?

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CarsThu, 24 Oct 2013 14:55:00 GMT
Hire car excess http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/car-hire/hire-car-excess.aspx

Hire car companies can take you for a ride with rental car insurance, so CHOICE checks out some alternatives.

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CarsFri, 06 Sep 2013 10:22:00 GMT
Used car safety ratings http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/used-car-safety-rating-database.aspx

If you're in the market for an older model used car you'll need to do your research and the 2013 Used Car Safety Ratings is a good place to start. This year 216 vehicle models have been rated.

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CarsFri, 30 Aug 2013 13:57:00 GMT
Toyota RAV4 test drive http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/toyota-rav4-first-look.aspx

How did the Patersons find the handling of the mid-level Toyota SUV, the RAV4 GX AWD?

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CarsThu, 06 Jun 2013 10:19:00 GMT
Honda CR-V first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/honda-cr-v-first-look.aspx

Did the Webster family think the five-seater Honda CR-V 4WD VTi, a luxury variant of the Honda CR-V, was a hit or miss after test driving it?

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CarsMon, 06 May 2013 10:46:00 GMT
Nissan X-Trail first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Nissan-X-Trail-First-Look.aspx

The five-seater X-Trail TL dCi 4WD packs in the features, but does it also pack in the passengers a little too tightly for comfort?

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CarsThu, 04 Apr 2013 17:41:00 GMT
Subaru Forester First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Subaru-Forester-First-Look.aspx

CHOICE members the Eleftheriou family took the five-seater Subaru Forester 2.5i-S for a spin. What did they think of its fancy features - and high price tag?

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CarsMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:46:00 GMT
Mitsubishi ASX first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Mitsubishi-ASX-First-Look.aspx

This small SUV packs in the features, but could it also do with a little more grunt? CHOICE members the Shepherdsons take a test drive.

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CarsTue, 12 Feb 2013 15:49:00 GMT
Holden Captiva 5 first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Holden-Captiva-5-First-Look.aspx

The Holden Captiva 5 may have plenty of room for luggage, but what else did our home testers have to say about it?

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CarsMon, 11 Feb 2013 16:46:00 GMT
Small vehicle repair costs http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/small-vehicle-repair-costs.aspx

NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

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CarsWed, 28 Nov 2012 15:44:00 GMT
Small SUV tyre reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/tyres/car-tyres-225-60R17-review-and-compare.aspx

We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

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CarsThu, 15 Nov 2012 11:59:00 GMT
Hyundai iMax first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Hyundai-iMax-First-Look.aspx

The Hyundai iMax is an eight-person carrier and one of the larger people-movers on the Australian market that we’ve looked at.

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CarsMon, 12 Nov 2012 11:55:00 GMT
Honda Odyssey first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/Honda-Odyssey-First-Look.aspx

The Webster family took the Honda Odyssey over a weekend for the morning sports run, domestic duties and a picnic.

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CarsWed, 07 Nov 2012 11:58:00 GMT
Toyota Prius V first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota-Prius-V-First-Look.aspx

Our tester and a CHOICE family take the new hybrid people-mover for a ride to see if it measures up.

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CarsSun, 07 Oct 2012 08:24:00 GMT
Steering clear of car repair scams http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/maintenance/mechanics-and-car-servicing-centres.aspx

Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

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CarsTue, 14 Aug 2012 10:43:00 GMT
Toyota Prius C first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota-Prius-C-First-Look.aspx

The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

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CarsThu, 05 Jul 2012 09:30:00 GMT
Honda CR-Z Sport first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/honda-crz-first-look.aspx

We find out whether the Honda CR-Z Sport, dubbed Car of the Year 2012 by Wheels magazine, lives up to expectations.

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CarsFri, 29 Jun 2012 11:28:00 GMT
Car reversing camera kit reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/Car-reversing-cameras.aspx

A car reversing camera kit supplies you with a camera that you attach to the rear of the car, along with a monitor for viewing.

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CarsTue, 12 Jun 2012 09:46:00 GMT
Toyota Camry Hybrid first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota Camry Hybrid First Look.aspx

We took the latest iteration of the Toyota Camry Hybrid Luxury for a ride and found it was pretty good for one of the larger cars in the hybrid family.

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CarsFri, 27 Apr 2012 14:44:00 GMT
Toyota Prius i-Tech first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/Toyota-Prius-first-look.aspx

CHOICE takes a look at the most recent Prius on the market, with the optional i-Tech add on.

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CarsWed, 18 Apr 2012 12:45:00 GMT
Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/mazda-3-skyactiv-first-look.aspx

We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

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CarsWed, 04 Apr 2012 10:53:00 GMT
VW BlueMotion first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/vw-bluemotion-first-look.aspx

We take the VW BlueMotion for a spin to find out how it feels to drive, comfort of driving and other first impressions.

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CarsMon, 12 Mar 2012 16:29:00 GMT
Mitsubishi i-MiEV first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/green-car/mitsubishi-i-miev-first-look.aspx

We take the Mitsubishi i-MIEV for a spin and reveal how it feels to drive, and other first impressions.

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CarsFri, 20 Jan 2012 14:01:00 GMT
Aldi Go Cruise 1602 first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/gps/aldi-gocruise-1602.aspx

Despite its low price, the Go Cruise includes all the features and functions you’d expect to see on a modern car GPS.

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CarsMon, 05 Dec 2011 15:47:00 GMT
Bicycle GPS first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bicycle-gps-first-look.aspx

We put two GPS devices designed for bicycles through their paces to see what's on offer at the expensive and inexpensive ends of the market.

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BikesTue, 01 Nov 2011 13:35:00 GMT
Tyre pressure gauge reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/tyres/tyre-pressure-gauges-review-and-compare.aspx

Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

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CarsThu, 19 May 2011 13:53:00 GMT
Car reliability survey http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/car-reliability-survey.aspx

Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

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CarsThu, 12 May 2011 15:45:00 GMT
Rental car companies http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/safety-and-advice/rental-car-companies-reviewed.aspx

CHOICE scrutinised the contracts of some of Australia's largest car rental companies - and found plenty to be concerned about.

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CarsMon, 18 Apr 2011 17:35:00 GMT
Used car buying guide http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/how-to-buy-a-used-car.aspx

"Buyer beware" never applies more than when shopping for a used car.

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CarsThu, 03 Mar 2011 16:58:00 GMT
Tyrecheckers LED Alert caps review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/tyres/tyrecheckers-led-alert-caps-review.aspx

These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

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CarsFri, 29 Oct 2010 16:51:00 GMT
E10 state of play http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/fuel/biofuels-and-e10.aspx

Biofuels such as E10 are meant to have environmental benefits, but are there hidden costs?

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CarsMon, 18 Oct 2010 16:57:00 GMT
Bike accessory reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/bikes/bikes-and-cycling/bike-accessories-review.aspx

CHOICE joins forces with our friends at Bicycle Victoria to give you the bike riding essentials.

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BikesSat, 07 Aug 2010 11:32:00 GMT
How to buy a new car http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/transport/cars/buying/how-to-buy-a-new-car.aspx

Save thousands on your next new car – and steer clear of the traps and pitfalls – by following the CHOICE buying guide.

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CarsMon, 31 May 2010 15:48:00 GMT
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