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  • On the 23rd of October this year Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced the toxicity charge, or T-charge, aimed at vehicles that do not comply with the minimum Euro standards on emissions. The T-charge, or to use its official name the Emissions Surcharge, is in fact the first step in setting up what is known as the Ultra Low Emission Zone or ULEZ. Following a recent consultation it has been decided that its introduction will be brought forward by two years and will now come into force on the 8th of April

  • Unless you live in a remote rural area or in mainland Europe, the chances are that you don’t regularly fit winter tyres to your car. But is it something that you should consider? There has been some debate over the years about whether or not fitting winter, or cold weather, tyres is necessary and it really all depends on how cold it is going to get over the winter months. Initial indications are unclear and while it could go either way, looking back at the last few years there have

  • Autumn is already well under way and with the clocks about to change there is no denying that winter is almost upon us. There is no better time to prepare your car before the cold and damp set in so that you are ready to face winter whether it’s a slow turn to cold weather or a sudden cold spell overnight. To make sure you are set for the cold, here is a quick checklist of what you need to look for: 1. Servicing: if you haven’t had a service yet this

  • September means lots of things – the end of summer and cooler temperatures, going back to school (or to work), and looking forward to winter. It’s also an important time of the year if you are a car owner. It is the anniversary of new vehicle registrations which also means that it may be time for your car to go through its MOT check, possibly for the first time. When do I need an MOT check? All cars that are three years old or older will need to have an MOT

  •   While many people think that cars only require attention and maintenance during the winter, the reality is that you should be checking it regularly during the summer too. Summer is usually associated with sunshine, beaches, and barbeques, but it can also be a time of car breakdowns; the summer heat can take its toll on a vehicle so it is prudent to take care of it before it’s too late. The key areas on your car which you should never ignore, including during the summer season, are: Headlights There are two different headlight

  • Many car owners are of the opinion that the cold winter months pose a bigger risk to a vehicle than the hot summer months. In actual fact they’re both challenging to deal with, so preparing your car for the summer months is just as important. By following a few simple steps, you’ll be able to keep your car running efficiently. Before you head off on holiday or on a long car journey is a great time to give your vehicle a summer check. In fact, if you tie in a summer

  • Forgetting to renew the MOT on your vehicle can have serious consequences, especially if you’re involved in an accident. Most insurance policies become invalid if a vehicle is involved in an accident and the MOT has expired. This scenario could lead to a lot more grief than expected. A motorist that forgets to follow up on their MOT renewal date and subsequently has an accident will find that they are also not insured and then run the risk of being prosecuted for having neither. The vehicle tax system has changed radically

  • EBay, Gumtree, Auto Trader or We Buy Any Car? If you’re planning on selling your car, then you’ve never had so many options before you. However, if you’ve decided to go it alone rather than part-exchange or sell to a garage, you may quickly realise that it can be a minefield out there. Here are some essential pointers to bear in mind. Selling via eBay or Gumtree Auction and public noticeboard websites such as eBay and Gumtree are often seen as a quick, sure-fire way to sell your vehicle; however, you need

  • With the days finally getting longer and the first fledging signs of spring arriving, it’s time to ensure your car is fighting fit following the toughest months of the driving year. Here are our top five tips for the lighter, brighter motoring season. 1. Give your car a spring clean Winter is tough going for our vehicles – grit, salt and grime can dull even the brightest of metals. As the weather improves and the temperatures rise, now is the time for a wash and valet. You may also want to double

  • Motorists rejoice! While the annual government budget usually brings only bad news and depressing updates about tax, the 2015 budget announced a sweeping change that could extend the time between purchasing a vehicle and having to book in for an MOT test. But is it all good news, or should we be concerned that more unroadworthy vehicles could soon be found on UK roads? The MOT changes – an overview The MOT test change would mean that all new cars will be first tested at four years, rather than three, a move

  • Far from being a mythical test that demands the knowledge of an experienced mechanic, there are a few simple steps that you can take for the best possible chance of your car passing first time, and with flying colours. Here’s a ten-point check that can be done and dusted in ten minutes. The Ten-Minute MOT check 1. Headlights and indicators 30% of all MOT failures are down to lights or indicators (GOV.UK) so it makes sense to start your MOT check here. Begin by checking your headlamps, rear lights, hazard lights, and indicators. 2.

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