Car culture 'has changed massively in recent years'

A huge generational gap has developed between the way young and old Australians experience and relate to cars, it has been suggested.

Art Jacobsen, director of business development for, a car maintenance company, observed that while generations of 20th century kids grew up working on the family car with their dads, the practice has now died away, with young people much less certain about car repairs and maintenance.

"It's not by accident that manufacturers have designed these computer systems," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "You have to bring the car to them to get even simple things done. Everything is computerised and it's very difficult without access to the proper tools and information."

Commenting on the issue, Jeff Bennett, an author of automotive textbooks and a former Chevy and Toyota dealer, suggested that life is now generally much easier for people looking to compare car insurance and keep vehicles in good working order.

He noted that "cars are so much more reliable, so much safer, and so much less maintenance is required".

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that the Chrysler Neon, Audi A4 and Volkswagen Golf are among the safest commonly used cars in Australia according to the 2010 Used Car Safety Rating list by the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

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