Read tips and advice on buying, maintaining and caring for a new or used car. Compiled by our team of professionals.

ŠKODA & Volkswagen Hidden Wallet Pocket
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Your Car's Hidden Wallet Pocket

Did you know your Volkswagen or ŠKODA may have a hidden wallet pocket? Find out where it is in our guide (but keep it to yourself).
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Queenstown Road Trip with Thule Accessories

Our ŠKODA Brand Manager Tim ten Hove was lucky enough to drive an Octavia Scout to Queenstown recently and of course we loaded it with Thule accessories for him to be able to fit all the necessary luggage that comes with a winter ski trip! How did it go?
Snow chains being fitted to a ŠKODA Karoq.

Tips for Driving in a New Zealand Winter

Low temperatures, icy surfaces, diminished traction. Winter is in full swing, and several hazards are lurking out there for motorists. Here are some tips on how to prepare properly.
Volkswagen Polo in Energetic Orange

Benefits of Genuine Timing (Cam) Belts

Cam belts, or more accurately timing belts, are typically made of a solid material which reliably transfers your engine's power from a crankshaft to a camshaft, causing your engine's valves to open and close. A fuel/air mixture then enters a combustion chamber, combusts, and drives the pistons.
DSG gearbox in a Volkswagen
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What is DSG?

One question we're commonly asked here at Miles Continental is 'what is DSG?' DSG stands for 'Direct-Shift Gearbox'. Learn more in our guide.
Fake Parts

AADA Warns 'Fake Parts are Getting Worse'

This latest article from GoAuto News has an important warning for car owners requiring repairs to their vehicles.
Octavia Technology
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ŠKODA SmartLink

Our newly-released ŠKODA vehicles – such as the Kodiaq SUV and new Octavia range – come fully equipped with the comprehensive new infotainment system, SmartLink.
The Miles Continental Team

The Test Drive Process, Explained

Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting experience, but it's also a big decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. The only way to make this decision, and to truly appreciate what owning a vehicle could be like, is to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself.
Amarok Canyon
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Why Buy a Volkswagen Amarok?

There are a number of excellent utes on the market in New Zealand. Our Commercial Specialist, Anthony Johanson, explains why the Amarok is the best of the bunch.
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What is AdBlue?

Owners of modern diesel vehicles, such as Volkswagens, will have noticed a blue AdBlue® cap next to their diesel cap. It can be helpful to know exactly what AdBlue is and how it's helping your vehicle to reduce its effect on the environment.