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James McCay

James is a devoted husband, father, animal lover and history buff. He studied Creative and Professional Writing at QUT, and is often buried in a book. While he writes on a variety of topics, a personal favourite is cars and all things motoring. James hopes to make a positive difference for readers through his writing.

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Stories by James McCay

a couple takes a selfie sitting in the back of their ute tray

22 Oct 2021 13:30

What are Australia’s favourite utes?

Written by James McCay

Utes are as Australian as kangaroos and koalas. Discover what the top utes among Compare the Market customers are, how they're used and more.

14 Oct 2021 09:38

The best countries for driving

Written by James McCay

Which nation has the best roads or cheapest motoring costs? What about congestion and road mortality rates? Join us as we take a look.

12 Oct 2021 14:56

Australia’s car crash calendar

Written by James McCay

Most road deaths occur at certain times of the year. Discover when most fatalities occur, what's causing it, and join us for a deep dive into the data.

12 Oct 2021 13:22

What’s the average cost of petrol in Australia?

Written by James McCay

Our Bill Shock Tracker survey found the average cost of petrol in Australia is $1,404 a year. Read more to see the data for your home state and age group.

8 Oct 2021 09:29

Into the future: Will car insurance cover flying cars?

Written by James McCay

In a time when flying cars are becoming more science and less fiction, we ask, "will car insurance cover a flying car?" Read on to hear what the experts say.

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6 Oct 2021 09:54

Electric vs petrol vs hybrid: What’s better value?

Written by James McCay

Electric cars are deemed cheaper to run but cost more to buy than petrol cars. We explore the running costs and emissions of a petrol, hybrid and electric vehicles over time.

a car salesman shows a new car to a couple in a showroom

30 Sep 2021 15:58

Shake up of the car industry: fixed car prices and guaranteed value plans

Written by James McCay

Car brands have introduced fixed prices for new sales. We discuss what impact this could have on insurance, plus other ways car brands are shaking things up.

29 Sep 2021 14:05

COVID-19’s clampdown on international money transfers

Written by James McCay

We reach out to the experts to see how COVID and 2020 impacted international money transfers and foreign exchange, and ask 'when will things return to normal?'

21 Sep 2021 10:21

What’s the future of hydrogen cars in Australia?

Written by James McCay, reviewed by Stephen Zeller

Hyundai has announced it plans to popularise hydrogen as a source of energy by 2040. Given the hurdles electric cars continue to face, will hydrogen cars bomb?

17 Sep 2021 11:00

Will driverless vehicles make us more dangerous on the road?

Written by James McCay, reviewed by Stephen Zeller

Will Autonomous Vehicles make other drivers more aggressive on the road? We chat to the experts to learn what a transition to a driverless future could look like.

9 Sep 2021 09:18

How you park your car can impact your insurance premiums

Written by James McCay, reviewed by Stephen Zeller

Where you park your car can have an impact of the cost of car insurance. This not only involves garages and driveways but which suburb you're in. Join us as we take a look at the data.

17 Aug 2021 11:51

Road safety inventions by the numbers

Written by James McCay

Could you imagine driving without stop signs, traffic lights or lane markings? At some point, many Australians did. Join us as we drive into road safety inventions over the last century.

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