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What’s new with the LTO’s certificate of registration?

By Melvin Magadia for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 30, 2022 – Have you registered your car recently? If not, chances are you haven’t seen the new certificate of registration (CR) that the Land Transportation Office now uses. It is now larger than the palm-sized yellow cards that drivers used to have. The new and improved CR is as big as a Philippine Statistics Authority birth certificate or a full sheet of paper. With this, it will become at par with certificates issued by other government


Manila roads closed on June 30 for Bongbong Marcos inauguration – MMDA

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 29, 2022 – Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will officially be sworn in as the 17th Philippine president on June 30, 2022. The namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who ruled the country from 1965 until he was ousted by a peaceful revolt in 1986, Marcos Jr. is set to hold his inauguration ceremony at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila. In a June 25, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3yqZH8J], the Metropoli


Does buying a diesel car still make sense?

By Melvin Magadia for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 29, 2022 – If you drive a diesel SUV, you might be reeling from the price of diesel fuel, which is now more expensive than gasoline. This is especially true after the recent oil price increases, when diesel went up by as much as P6.55 a liter [https://bit.ly/3Aawhgt] in a week. It used to be the case that you bought a diesel car so that you could save money from better fuel consumption and cheaper fuel. But with diesel now costing more tha


How to drive safely during bad weather conditions

By Careen L. Malahay, for Automart.Ph CEBU CITY, June 27, 2022 – More often than not, a lot of people learn to drive in excellent weather conditions. Unfortunately, the climate keeps on changing, especially in the Philippines. A decade ago, March to May used to be the summer season. But in the last two years, rain has been present even during these months. The same goes for September, when the temperature seems to spike despite the cold season. These treacherous conditions can make driving


Gasoline, diesel prices going up on June 28

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 27, 2022 – Oil companies will be raising the prices of gasoline and diesel again starting June 28, 2022. Cleanfuel announced in a June 27, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3noK37u] that it will raise the price of diesel by P1.65 a liter at 8:01 a.m. tomorrow. This is on top of the P3.10 a liter hike [https://bit.ly/39TiBvN] that it imposed on June 21, 2022. In a June 25, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3QP3xzT], Unioil forecast an incr


Why certified used cars make more sense than brand-new ones

By Melvin Magadia for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 26, 2022 – Buying a brand-new ride can be a major investment. Fortunately, a used car gives you the opportunity to own a vehicle at a much lower cost. But buying used cars also has its risks. Some people have second thoughts about getting one because of the history and background. There are also fraudulent dealers out there that make the purchase of a second-hand car even more worrisome. That’s why certified used cars are a great idea whe


Why speed limits aren’t just suggestions

By Melvin Magadia for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 20, 2022 – Driving along the expressway on an early Sunday morning can tempt any driver to step on the gas pedal and run well past 100 km/h. But before doing so, think twice because driving too fast can lead to crashes involving injuries or even deaths. Exceeding the designated speed limit [https://mmda.gov.ph/72-news/news-2020/4362-sept-8-2020-law-enforcement-units-to-reduce-road-accidents-in-mm.html] is one of the common causes of road-r


Gasoline and diesel price hike slated for June 21

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 20, 2022 – Yet another oil price hike is set for June 21, 2022, with a big jump for diesel for the third consecutive week. Cleanfuel announced in a June 20, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3nkdCrb] that it will increase diesel prices by P3.10 a liter by 8:01 a.m. tomorrow. This is far above the June 18, 2022 forecast [https://bit.ly/3bfSDmw] by Unioil, which projected an increase of up to P2.60 a liter. Last week [https://bit.ly/3y3e


How to deal with a ‘lemon’ car

By Careen Malahay, for Automart.PH CEBU CITY, June 15, 2022 – The Court of Appeals recently upheld [https://bit.ly/3NZrt1B] the order of the Department of Trade and Industry for a Chevrolet dealer to replace for free a brand-new car that it sold in 2013. Despite multiple attempts to fix it, the vehicle still had persistent issues with the transmission. Some cars just seem to have defects that no shop or mechanic can resolve. The automotive industry calls these vehicles “lemons.” If you’re pla


Court upholds government order for Chevrolet dealer to replace ‘lemon’ vehicle

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 14, 2022 – The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld on June 7, 2022 a government order for Chevrolet Carmona to replace a defective unit it sold in 2013. The court said in its resolution that the dealership 'failed to illustrate that the DTI committed grave abuse of discretion' and that 'the judgment of the DTI was firmly grounded on the facts and the law.' The dealership, based in Cavite, had filed an appeal to overturn the CA’s original July 22, 20


Gasoline, diesel prices up starting June 14

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 13, 2022 – Oil companies are increasing the prices of diesel and gasoline on June 14, 2022. Cleanfuel announced in a June 13, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3aVMADu] that it will raise the price of unleaded by P2.15 a liter tomorrow starting 8:01 a.m. Unioil announced [https://bit.ly/3QiM9mF] on Facebook a similar increase effective 6:01 a.m. This follows the P2.70 a liter increase that all oil companies made last week [https://bit.ly/3H


Why driving while texting can kill you

By Melvin Magadia, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 13, 2022 – Filipinos are known for being heavy users of their smartphones. Most of them use their mobile devices to make video calls and send text messages. According to Statista, a statistics portal for market and consumer data, 82.3 million Filipinos owned mobile phones in 2021 [https://bit.ly/3zusZVa]. This figure is expected to reach 90 million by 2025. However, the heavy use of mobile devices has an impact on our safety on the road.


How seat belts can save lives

By Melvin Magadia, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 6, 2022 – As a driver, it is your responsibility to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Although your car may be loaded with safety features, you can’t deny the importance of wearing seat belts as protection from serious injuries and deaths in a road crash. When your car is running at top speed and suddenly crashes into another vehicle or object, the impact could be devastating. Unfortunately, wearing a seat belt is not the habit of m


Huge increase in diesel, gasoline prices on June 7

By VJ Bacungan, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 6, 2022 – Motorists can expect a massive increase in the price of diesel on June 7, 2022. Cleanfuel said in a June 6, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/38QLdFh] that it will raise prices by P6.55 a liter by 8:01 a.m. tomorrow. Meanwhile, Unioil said in a June 4, 2022 Facebook post [https://bit.ly/3zhyl5W] that it forecasts diesel to up by P6.30 to P6.50 a liter. This comes after oil firms hiked [https://bit.ly/3anbyLD] diesel prices by P1


Will cheaper gas work on your car?

By Melvin Magadia, for Automart.PH METRO MANILA, June 1, 2022 – With fuel prices skyrocketing partly because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, many drivers want to spend less on fuel for their car. One way is to fill up your tank with lower-octane gasoline. Although filling up with premium gas offers a lot of benefits, some cars can actually run on cheaper regular unleaded without sacrificing performance. What's so special about premium? When you are at the gas station, you will