USED CARS

A car loses about 40% of its value in the first year after purchase. This gives you an opportunity to buy used cars at a cheaper price... Whichever form or shape your car maybe as a car owner you can get good selling experience from prospective clients by being honest and straightforward... More »

CAR TYRES

Buying tyres is a significant decision, and here’s why you should seriously consider going online when you next need to change them... You can choose from three different groups of tyres – well known brand tyres, mid range tyres or budget tyres. ... More »

CAR GARAGE

Car cervicing, garage doors, etc... More »

 

Low Emissions and What they Mean for Drivers

Drivers need to be aware of low emission zones and the policies to reduce pollution. It is the shared responsibility of all of us to keep the UK, and especially big busy cities, as healthy for people as we possible can. This means reducing emissions from vehicles and ensuring we all play our part.

Many places now have low emission zones, and may also charge more to park diesel cars in certain areas. Diesel cars may also be taxed more, and charged more to drive in certain London boroughs.

These are some of the ways you can reduce emissions as a driver:

  • Walk, cycle or take public transport when you can. Of course, this won’t always be practical, but every little helps.
  • Car share. Drive to work with a group of people and share fuel costs.
  • Choose an electric or hybrid car. This uses electricity, at least in part, reducing harmful emissions.

Personalised Number Plates – Why do People Have Them?

A number plate that you have specifically chosen and bought for your vehicle is called a personalised number plate. They are popular in the UK, especially at this time of year when people may buy them as presents. Quite often, people won’t necessarily be looking for a personalised number plate – they may just see one that is appropriate for them.

A personalised number plate will usually be one that has something appropriate on it for you. If you have a nickname, for example, you might be able to find a number plate that has your nickname on it. The ‘words’ will usually be made up of various numbers and letters, put together to make other numbers and letters. You won’t be able to create your own but you can look out for one that is apt for you. It can be nice to personalise your car and make it mean something to you by using a personalised number plate.

Keeping your Car in a Garage

If you can, keeping your car in a garage is the best way to store it. This is for a number of financial and practical reasons. Of course, not everybody has a garage and even if you do, it may not be big enough to accommodate a vehicle. If this is the case, you may want to build a car port, or you might even consider the possibility of buying or renting out a garage.

By keeping your car in a garage, you will be helping to protect it. It won’t be in danger of people hitting it when they walk past, causing scratches or possibly damage to the wing mirrors and other extremities. It will also be protected from harsh weather conditions, protecting the paint work.

Your insurance may also be considerably lower if you are able to park a car in a garage. Tell you insurance company and ask for some renewed quotes.

Is Something Wrong with your Brakes?

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. They are what prevent you from having an accident, enabling you to stop when you need to. If there is something wrong with them, it is inadvisable to drive until the problem is sorted.

Here are some things that may be wrong with your brakes:

  • Old brake pads. Some brake pads will last for 60,00 miles and others will need to be replaced after only 25,000 miles. It just depends on your vehicle. Listen out for squeaking, crunching noises when braking.
  • Not enough fluid. If you hear crunching, your brakes may not have enough lubrication, causing scraping and friction. Book your car in for a service to check this out.
  • Rotor issues. Look out for vibrations or shaking in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes. This could indicate problems with the rotors, discs that are inside the wheels.

How to Sell your Car

Selling a car is not easy. There are lots of things you will need to remember to do and it’s not always best to know how you should sell on the vehicle. Here are some of the things to think about when selling on a vehicle:

  • Consider selling it privately. If the money is important to you, this is going to be the most lucrative option. Advertise the car in various places, like on websites and in the local paper. Be careful, as some places will charge you to advertise.
  • Make sure your car is in good condition. Don’t lie about any problems with it, or you could get found out and the situation could become a whole lot more complicated.
  • Think about selling through a dealership. This is the way in which you can protect yourself the most. Once you have sold the vehicle, the dealership assume full responsibility for it.