Five Star Reviews – What are they smoking?

Hi, Bob Aldons from Car Business with a lighthearted look at 5 Star Reviews. So everywhere you look you’ll see people or companies promoting 5-star reviews. Google do it with their customer ratings, ANCAP and other international companies do it for safety ratings on cars, but this time, I’m talking about restaurant reviewers.

John Lethlean (strange surname for a foodie) reviews for the Weekend Australian Magazine and his article on Higher Ground in Melbourne caught my eye. I’m not picking on John particularly, but restaurant reviewers and other similar ratings in general.

Five Star Reviews
Restaurant Reviewers, Car Safety Reviews and Google Ratings – out of 5 stars, but does that work?

Look at the picture. Summary -Keep on Trying – and then count the stars – err, maps of Australia. I don’t like 5 of anything. 3 and a half maps equals 70%. 70 percent is pretty average isn’t it? Yet the comments by Lethlean without the maps encourages us to return, revisit not revile. His words – “All day long people stream through the doors of Higher Ground at the crappier end of the city’s traditional CBD seeking caffeine comfort …..they all mutter ‘wow’ as they arrive because it’s that kind of space”

So what does he really think?

“But who really cares? I’ll go back and you should too. When you’re not quite sure what you want, it’s very satisfying to find a stylish relaxed place that probably does”

So, is there a better way? In my opinion, these type of reviews should be expanded to 100 points. It will undoubtedly provide a broader opinion for restaurant reviewers and car safety reviews. In the car business, it seems that every car gets a five-star rating nowadays. But are 5 stars really 5 stars or is there a broad range of points within that 5-star rating. If a car company achieves say 30 points out of 40, their car falls within that five-star rating band. Another achieves 37 points but also gets that 5-star rating. Perhaps it’s time for a change where various categories within the rating band will provide better information for the consumer than just 5 stars.


I think the wine industry gets it better than most others. If I’m looking at a set of reviews by James Halliday, I’m confident that his points rating system will give me a good guide to the quality of the wine. James is an accredited wine reviewer and if he says that a particular wine is a 99 pointer, I think it’s fair to say that it is. That same 99 pointer (current Penfolds Grange Vintage) would achieve a 5-star rating wouldn’t it? Or perhaps it wouldn’t. 99 isn’t 100 so perhaps in the world of restaurants and cars, it would only get a 4 star rating.

Nonetheless, I hope that this article is food (no pun intended) for thought. it’s just too hard to rate perfection or a lack of it with a 5 point rating system.


What’s Car Business all about?

Car Business is a multi-dimensional automotive company that aims to help you to buy your new car for a better price than you can do on your own. Based on the Redcliffe Peninsula about 15 minutes from Brisbane Airport and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Car Business is located in an area that allows us to pick and choose from Brisbane’s finest new cars for sale.

The ‘go to’ Brisbane car buying agents, Car Business, is so much better than a car broker – first and foremost, Car Business is an experienced Car Buyer’s Advocacy service. Our experienced staff will stand alongside you and act on your behalf to help you buy your new car at a better price than you can directly through new car dealers.

My goal with Car Business is to provide timely and informative articles on everything to do with cars – used car purchase, new car sales, car service, car finance, car insurance, aftermarket car protection products – everything .

Above anything else, Car Business is a company that provides current automotive advice for car owners who don’t have access to knowledgeable car industry friends. To those of you without someone to talk to, I’m your expert – the car guy.

I’ve been in the car industry since 1978 – covering all aspects that consumers need advice on. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time – The Car Professor, The Car Doctor, and recently the Car Guy, but the bottom line is that I know a lot about this industry. Whenever someone needs some advice – they call me.

In general terms my car advice is free – it’s just something I like to do and my goal is to give back to the community that has treated me so well.

Good quality, Guaranteed Used Cars

I have access to good quality cars – you can see my current stock by clicking through to Cars Guide. I’m also able to search out that particular car that you’re finding difficult to find. I’ve got a great dealer community that I’ve dealt with for many years and these cars don’t even hit the websites. I specialize in South East Queensland but in some cases, can look after interstate customers

Other areas that I specialize in are fairly widespread.

Genuine Spare Parts, Merchandise and Other Cool Stuff is an online spare parts business specializing in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Isuzu Ute and Volkswagen. SO if you’re looking for anything from crash parts, electrical components, wheels, t-shirts or anything else, let me assist you with that search.  You can rely on genuine spares to procure parts at better than trade price and certainly better than you can buy in Australia. My prices are reduced by about 30% on what you’d expect to pay here in Australia

Car Business Protects Your Car

Car Business is a local agent for Williams Paint and Interior ProtectionAutoGard and CleanGard, SunX window tinting.

Don’t get ripped off by car dealers wanting to make a huge profit – our window tinting prices start from $175 up to $450 for cars that dealers want to charge $750 for.

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My finance and insurance franchise, 1800Approved Finance, will help you get finance for your car at rates much lower than a dealer will offer. For a homeowner, we’re talking from 4.99%. Your bank won’t even offer you that .

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You’ll find various and wide-ranging comment about the car industry and car people. I don’t hold back on my comments – like it or not, my opinions are just that – opinions.

In closing, if you want to connect with me here’s how

Car Business and Bob Aldons Contact Info

Phone:          International           +61 418 748 498

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In closing, my passion is cars, car buyers, car dealers, but just about anything to do with cars. But you need to do me 1 favour….

Please drive carefully


Warm regards

Bob Aldons


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