THERE is no doubt that 2009 has been the toughest year ever for the motor industry.
From the highs of 2006 and 2007, the recession began to hit this year, and it hit very hard.
New car sales plummeted, retrenchments were the order of the day and several manufacturers packed their bags and headed back to their overseas headquarters to lick their wounds.
But those who are still here will be stronger for the experience ... which hopefully means you, the consumer, will benefit.
Hopefully as consumers we will see lower vehicle prices, better service and a more competitive market.
If you are in the market for a vehicle, remember that you are in "the pound seats."
It is your hard-earned money the motor dealers are after so you have to bargain, and bargain very hard.
Shop around, play one dealer off against the other until you get the best deal.
There is nothing underhand in doing this. It makes simple business sense.
Since next Wednesday will be a public holiday, the next issue of RoadRave will appear in the new year.
So we would like to wish you a blessed and safe festive season and a happy new year.
Just remember these few simple rules and we look forward to renewing our relationship next year - don't drink and drive, always wear your seat belt, don't speed and respect your fellow motorists.
Till next year, happy motoring, drive safely and arrive alive. - From the motoring team