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  • It’s fair to say that winter weather isn’t greatly loved by many, and the feeling is mutual with our cars too. Often, the colder spells can take their toll on our vehicles, and they can end up catching us by surprise on those busy mornings when they fail to start. By taking the necessary steps now, you can prevent your car from deteriorating in the cold temperatures. Follow our top tips for the highest chance of a fault-free car this winter. Assess your winter care kit The importance of a winter care

  • With the colder weather now in full swing, leaving home in the morning and witnessing a car coated in a sheet of ice can be enough to fill us all with dread. Not only does this signal that we need to spend an extra couple of minutes standing in the cold with ice scraper in hand, but also that we will need to work out how to de-mist our windows. It is a legal requirement to be able to see out of all windows in your vehicle before heading out onto

  • Driving home for Christmas – it’s a time of the year that is highly anticipated by many of us. Whether it’s your normal commute home from the office or a long-haul drive to stay with friends or relatives, it is worth taking some extra steps in the way of planning and precaution to ensure you stay safe on your journey. With many others commuting to various locations for their own plans, and the weather and sunlight levels due to be gloomier than preferred, organisation is key. Plan your timings Planning ahead is

  • MOTs are something every driver is familiar with due to the regularity of the assessment. However, the topic is often associated with many-a-myth. This month, we’re here to set the record straight. We answer your burning questions, including those we are most commonly asked, as well as de-bunking some MOT myths. Here is everything you need to know… Q: What is an MOT? A: An MOT (which stands for Ministry of Transport) is a legal assessment that your vehicle must undergo to determine that it is safe to drive on the roads

  • To many, the road can be a place which causes feelings of apprehension. Unfortunately, accidents can sometimes occur and in the heat of the moment it can be challenging to recall what really happened. Could a dash cam be the answer? How do dash cams work? Dash cams are small cameras that are plugged into a 12v power source and can be mounted to the front or rear windscreen of your vehicle. With the power it receives, one of these cameras can record every minute of your journey, filming reliable footage of

  • We are all aware of the rate at which the cost of living is rising, starting with those soaring petrol costs, and so we understand that pushing back anything else costly is common. However, one thing that must never take a backseat when it comes to saving money is the safety of your vehicle. Faults occurring with your car are never ideal but must always be assessed by a professional to ensure that continuing to drive won’t put yourself, your passengers, or other road users in danger. As a general rule,

  • Moving to an electric vehicle can bring multiple benefits to not only your own lifestyle, but the environment too. Alongside the ability to avoid paying road tax, ULEZ and congestion charges, and no longer needing to spend your hard-earned cash on rising fuel prices, you will be able to drive your vehicle with pride knowing that you aren’t emitting harmful fumes into the air. However, the question remains whether or not your electric vehicle will be required to undergo an annual MOT. Let’s take a look… Do electric vehicles require an

  • The clutch plays a vital part in the operation of your vehicle. It is an aspect that is depended on heavily, and so it is not surprising that over extended periods of time, they eventually wear out. At this stage, we would ideally provide you with a rough timeframe as to when you should look into getting yours replaced but with clutches their longevity depends entirely on the way in which they are used. This month, we are here to provide you of our top tips for prolonging the life of

  • Regular car services are the smart way to keep your vehicle running smoothly, whilst saving you money on repairs in the long run. A car service will help you identify potential problems before they become serious and therefore expensive to fix. Due to the common confusion between MOTs and services, and the rules and regulations centred around them, we have created a comprehensive guide to car servicing. Here is everything you will need to know. What is the difference between an MOT and car service? An MOT is a technical safety inspection

  • When it comes to caring for your car, we can guarantee that you will only want the best. Sadly, there may be mechanics out there who will test their opportunity to take you for a ride and may often succeed. This month, we talk about the importance of trust between you and your mechanic, ensuring that you can identify a handful of warning signs which will allow you to walk away from any garages which aren’t providing a reliable or trusted service. Be aware of emotional blackmail It might seem like a

  • With your oil being tucked away out of sight, it can often be forgotten about. However, a crucial aspect of car maintenance is keeping your oil levels healthy. The task is a simple one which can be carried out by yourself at home, so we have created a simple guide on how to do so. Why you need to check your car’s oil level Before we get to the steps, it is important to understand why the correct engine oil level is crucial for the health of your car. Oil acts as

  • [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As of the 29th January this year, The Highway Code has been updated to increase the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The changes came into play following a public consultation that received over 20,000 responses from members of the public, businesses and organisations. Of the 20,000 responses, the majority were in favour of the updated rules. In total, eight changes have been made, and we will run through those which may affect you whilst driving on the road. The hierarchy of road users The first change was made to the

  • As we welcome in the new year of 2022, the Government also welcome in a plan that will seek to enhance the UK’s clean energy credentials. Whilst actions such as the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone have already been put in place, Boris Johnson feels that more could be done to protect our air in the way of steering people in the direction of electric vehicles. The sales of electric cars have seen a 2.5% rise recently with around 10% of vehicle sales being electric, and we can only

  • As we approach the last of 2021 and the days roll into 2022, the annual discussion of New Year’s resolutions comes alive. In 2022, why don’t we step away from those centred around workouts, healthy eating,and spending,and opt for something slightly more obtainable instead – the care of our vehicles. We have created a list of six resolutions that we believe all drivers could benefit from in 2022. 1. Respect speed limits Speed limits are something which are obeyed by many, but there will still be drivers who will find it tempting

  • For many, it would be fair to say that Christmas in 2020 was a let down, with households up and down the country instructed to stay safe and stay at home. However, with things on the up in 2021, it seems as though families will be able to gather together over the festive period once more. It’s something we never thought we’d miss but bring on the Christmas road trips! As longer car journeys may be something we’re now a little out of practice for, it is important to remember to

  • [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the introduction of E10 fuel beginning back in September of this year, the rollout has now started to cover a larger percentage of our fuel stations, becoming the default option for stations across England, Wales, and Scotland. As this doesn’t seem to be a topic broadly spoken about, we are here to ease any confusion by answering your questions about this new fuel option. Q: What is E10 petrol? A: The previous default fuel across the country was E5 which contained a 5% ethanol content. E10 on the other hand is

  • Your tyres bear the brunt of your driving, so it is important that you take correct care of them. With many drivers remaining unaware on just how to do this, we have created a simple guide on how to check and top-up your tyre pressure, as well as measure your tread depth. Why is it important to check tyre pressure? Your tyres hold up the entire weight of your vehicle, as well as anything inside it, so it is natural to find that they may have lost pressure over time. Because of

  • It’s something most drivers living near Central London will have heard of, but with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanding to cover an additional 3.5 million properties, it may be working its way closer to you. Set up in April 2019 to replace the T-Charge, the ULEZ was bought in to tackle London’s rising air pollution. As levels now begin to rise back to those pre-pandemic, The Mayor of London and TfL have made the decision to expand the zone to the North and South Circular roads, introducing locations such

  • When driving your vehicle regularly, you’ll get used to the way in which it runs, so when something starts to feel different, its highly likely you’ll pick up on it. This includes your steering. Over time, our cars can experience faults which may affect the steering of your vehicle, and this is something that you should flag up with your local mechanic, allowing it to be professionally assessed and repaired. So, how can you identify a steering fault? What would it feel like, what could have caused it and can it

  • Nowadays, our vehicles come packed with the latest technologies, keeping us as safe as possible whilst on the road. With alerts appearing on your dashboard in times of a danger and risk, from low fuel to loss of pressure in your left rear tyre, some can be fairly self-explanatory. However, when that red warning light pings or a small icon that you don’t remember seeing before flashes up, it can strike fear. Worrying at the same time as you are operating a vehicle is a combination which doesn’t work too

  • Throughout the year, it isn’t uncommon to hear the phrase “Where is the sun?”. The UK weather can be unexpected at times, just like right now! With an unpredicted hot-spell, you may be flying down to the coast, ordering in a pint at your local pub or taking the time to unwind in the garden, but what happens to our vehicles? Whilst the heat can be bearable for us, our cars may require a little added TLC during this time. Take care of your tyres Most commonly, your vehicles tyres can become

  • For over a year, many of us would have left our vehicles parked and unutilised, if not driven solely for those short, essential journeys to the local supermarket. However, with restrictions easing month by month, the likely return of staycations are drawing closer, allowing us to utilise our cars once more! Whilst excitement is most likely brewing, it is worth taking a step back and preparing your vehicle for its return to the road by performing a handful of (possibly required!) health checks. Tyre pressure Tyre pressure is crucial for safety whilst

  • When it comes to our cars service, we can become so caught up in the function of the vehicle that we forget how to best prepare for ease during the assessment! Allow us to remind you of just how you should prepare your car on the day. Wheel nuts Many vehicle manufacturers secure alloys with locking nuts, preventing them from being targeted and stolen by thieves. However, these alloys will need to be removed during your service and so your mechanic will require the wheel nuts which accompany the car during purchase,

  • By now, we are all aware of the legal factors of driving which could land you with a fine or penalty, such as speeding, travelling in an un-taxed vehicle or using your mobile phone whilst on the road, but were you aware that the condition of your vehicle could also result in a hefty fine or fixed penalty charge coming your way? After accidents on the road, some vehicles continue being driven due to un-seen impact or bodywork damage which seems harmless, with many drivers waiting over 30 days before arranging

  • With many a myth circulating around the topic of vehicle MOTs, both throughout the pandemic and in normal times, we thought what better time than now to recap the legal requirements and regulations around the regular examinations of your car. What is an MOT? A vehicle MOT is an extensive examination of the roadworthiness and safety aspects of your vehicle, identifying any faults on oncoming issues with any part of your car, from seatbelts to exhausts, and repairing or replacing to keep your car safe for the road. Do all vehicles require an

  • With the weather currently taking an icy turn, revolving our roads into snow-ridden tracks, what better time to inform you of the best ways to drive safely through severe forms of wintery weather. Driving through snow or ice can bring panic to many drivers, but with our tips and advice, we can provide you with the confidence to get from A to B. It is important to remember firstly that if your journey isn’t essential, it will be safer to remain indoors and off of the roads, but if you do

  • As we begin to experience the frosts of the early mornings and the below freezing temperatures result in water transforming into a glaze of ice over the glass windows of your vehicle, we thought now may be a great time to remind you of the famous do’s and don’ts of de-icing your car. We all know how much of a disappointment it can be to leave your home in the morning whilst in a rush, only to find that each window of your vehicle is covered end-to-end in a thick sheet

  • Driving in the winter weather is often enough to daunt people into keeping their vehicles off of the roads entirely until the bad weather passes, but there are factors which can protect us and other road users throughout this season, one of them being winter tyres. But what exactly is the purpose of winter tyres and are they worth it? Let us walk you through five of the most commonly asked questions, allowing you to decide for yourself if they would be worth it for your vehicle this winter. What are

  • It’s a last-minute panic we all experience when reaching out for the fuel pump at the local garage. Is it petrol or diesel? Surprisingly, there are over 150,000 brits that carry out the mistake of filling their vehicle with the wrong fuel each year and so we are here to provide you with the vital steps to take post-error, to ensure that both you and your vehicle remain safe. It is important to remember that keeping your ignition switched off will allow way for a safer fix. However, not all of

  • Over the last six months of the lockdown, has your vehicle remained parked and dormant? Now that normality is creeping it’s way back in and the children are back at school, there are a few factors that you should consider regarding the daily school runs to ensure that they don’t cause any negative impacts to your vehicle. It often becomes classified as a myth, but there is actually truth behind the fact that short journeys can harm your car and the way in which it runs. The main contributing factors are

  • It is common place to crack a joke about ignoring those suspicious clanks and clunks that your car might make whilst on the road, but it is important that this remains as a joke and never becomes the choice that you choose to take. There are common faults that consist within cars every day and, without being repaired, could result into a larger issue that could put you and other road users in danger. Today, we summarise the most common faults to occur of which you should never ignore. Squeaking brakes People

  • In this day and age, people are always accustomed to saving their pennies where and when they can, and this often results in things such as car services being put off. However, having your vehicle professionally serviced should be one of the highest priorities on your list, but why? What is a service? Just like us, our vehicles also need routine health checkups. By taking yours to a car garage, professional mechanics will examine everything from your fluid levels, engine and lighting, repairing or replacing anything which is considered as damaged. Do all

  • Here in the UK, a car requires an annual MOT to declare whether or not it is road worthy. Without a valid MOT certificate, your insurance will be invalid and so you must not drive your vehicle unless you are heading to the garage in which your MOT is taking place. If your car passes its MOT, you are free to drive it off of the forecourt with your car fully insured. However, if it fails, you will be unable to take it onto the road and will have to

  • It is an unwritten rule to never buy a car without checking its service history. With this exercise causing confusion and needless hassle to many, we have produced a simple guide as to how to check for it. With the smallest amount of effort, you could find part of, if not all of, the information that you are after. What is a service history? When buying a car, the key thing that buyers ask for is a full service history. This will show how the car has performed over time, revealing when

  • The government have recently introduced a six-month MOT extension. Any cars that have an MOT certificate with an expiration date on, or after 30th March 2020 will benefit from this action. However, as the driver, it is still your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle remains “roadworthy” and safe to drive, or else you could face a fine of up to £2,500, receive a driving ban or 3 points on your license. By following the governments strict guidelines, you should only be using your car if completely necessary. This includes travel

  • With the blossom appearing and the daffodils blooming, it can mean only one thing. Winter is over. It’s finally time to lead your caravan out of hibernation, warm her up and get her on the road for that long-awaited spring getaway. With that in mind, let’s not get too carried away and go roaming across the country without making the necessary checks. Whether you are planning on towing your caravan to a series of stunning destinations, or driving your portable holiday home across the country, there are several steps that need

  • If you’re wondering what documents you need to take to an MOT test, it’s actually less than you think. These days, approved testing centres can access the required documentation online thanks to a recent Government initiative. Before you attend your MOT, it would be helpful to have both your current MOT certificate and V5C Vehicle Registration Document with you. Even if you can’t find either of these, your test centre should be able to find your details on their system. What if you’ve lost your documents? If you’ve lost your MOT certificate, you

  • Winter weather can mean hell on the roads – but it needn’t be if you take the right precautions. According to the AA, winter is the time of year when you’re most likely to break down. So be smart and be prepared by packing these winter essentials in your car: Ice scraper You’re required by law to keep your front and rear windscreen clear of snow and ice when driving. So make sure you pack an ice scraper, or you might find yourself scraping at your windows with your credit card. Shovel When there’s deep

  • With setting in, you’ll want to make sure your car is ready for the inevitable plummeting temperatures and adverse road conditions. It’s essential to ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order so it can cope with the winter weather without breaking down. Recovery firms will tell you that you’re twice as likely to break down during winter. However, with a little planning and careful preparation, you can ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Follow these steps to get your car winter-ready: Check your battery Cold and damp weather can put a strain

  • Forgetting to renew your MOT could put your car insurance at risk, plus you could be hit with a £1,000 fine. Owning a car already involves a lot of paperwork, with road tax and insurance. It can be hard to keep track of everything and it’s easy to lose track of dates. Not sure when your MOT expires? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. What is an MOT? In the UK, every vehicle more than three years old is required by law to undergo an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test to prove it’s

  • Unless you bought your car in the last three years, the chances are that you will need to get an MOT check on your vehicle. You may be a seasoned driver with lots of MOTs under your belt, or a newly qualified one with no experience whatsoever. Either way, we get a lot of questions from motorists about them, so we thought that we’d help out with a comprehensive guide to MOTs this month. Here are the basics of what you need to know. What is an MOT? MOT stands for Ministry

  • We have talked about car maintenance before and particularly why it is important for your safety and the smooth and efficient running of your car. For a reminder on the essentials of car maintenance have another read of our previous article. Car servicing is an important component of maintaining your car and keeping it in good running order. But what does a service include and how does it differ from an MOT? Let’s take a look… When to get your car serviced The frequency with which you have your car serviced will

  • Are you considering selling your car? Or maybe thinking about buying a second-hand one yourself? Either way, you will have an idea of what you want to sell or buy it for and a few key things about what you are looking for in terms of features and condition if you are in the market to buy. Which got us thinking… What affects the resale value of a car? It’ll be on your mind too, so we thought we’d focus this month’s article on just that. Read on to find

  • No one knows your vehicle as well as you do, and you are best placed to know when something is ‘a little off’ or to notice small changes straight away. And so it is with your steering. If you are worried that it may be a little loose then it probably does need to be checked out; after all, it is one of the key components of your vehicle that will keep you safe on the road. This month we explore loose steering – what it feels like, what may

  • When it comes to buying a car a lot of dealers use warranties as a way to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Whether it is a new or used car, warranties can make the difference between one vehicle manufacturer and another. While the standard requirement under EU legislation is a two-year warranty, most manufacturers offer longer ones with various terms and conditions attached. With such a valuable feature you want to be sure that you don’t do anything to invalidate it should you need to use it. This month’s article takes

  • Is it that time of the year again when your annual MOT reminder pops up on your calendar? If you haven’t had to get an MOT for a while – for example if you bought a new car – or if this is your first time, then we are here to help explain what it’s all about and what you need to do. What is it and when do I need one? MOT stands for Ministry of Transport, the government department that was responsible for the test. It is now managed

  • Have you accidentally used the wrong fuel at the pump? It’s surprisingly common, so don’t beat yourself up too much. The important thing is to recognise the mistake as quickly as possible and act fast to rectify it. This month, we look at what you should do if you have used the wrong fuel and why making that mistake could be damaging for your car. Don’t start the engine Many who make this mistake realise it at the pump, which is a good thing. The important thing is that you do not

  • We are seeing more and more stories around the problems caused by poor air pollution in the media and all the associated negative effects this has on our health. There is no denying that there is a link between air pollution and health and it is also true that we are learning more about it and becoming more informed of exactly what those effects are – heart disease and respiratory illnesses are amongst the most prevalent. In the last few years we have also heard about the scandals that have

  • Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car. They are designed to keep you safe, slow you down, and stop – avoiding collisions and accidents. So it is important to keep them properly maintained and ensure they are in good working order at all times. It is also wise to take your vehicle in to your mechanic for a check at the first sign of trouble. With winter upon us, your brakes become ever more important as driving conditions become more challenging. This month we look

  • Car maintenance… Yet another thing to add to your to-do list and another cost to hit your budget. But it need not be that much of a chore or an expensive one at that. While getting an annual service is important for car safety, how you use your car and what mileage you do will determine how in-depth that service needs to be. For example, if you don’t cover much mileage – say, you only use the car at weekends for shorter trips – then you may not need a

  • Like all manufacturers and other mechanics we advocate regular servicing – typically annually and more regularly if you put lots of mileage on the car. While safety is a major reason for this, it isn’t the only one. With the onset of autumn and before the winter sets in, we thought we would explore the other reasons why regular car maintenance is important and not something you should ever neglect. Saving money Yes, you do have to spend money on servicing, but it will save you money in the short, medium and

  • It’s that time of year when schools have gone back and you are faced with making the daily school run again. Has that doubt begun to creep in again about all those short journeys and what effect they may be having on your vehicle as well as on the air quality in your local area? We take a look at this in a little more detail to help put things into context and help you make the right decision for you. Are short journeys bad for your vehicle? Before vehicles became

  • The holidays are in full swing, you are finally on annual leave, or even a long bank holiday weekend, and the weather is still holding (most days, anyway). Time for this year’s staycation to finally get going, and what better way to explore the country or get to your B&B or campsite than with a road trip? Before you set off though, make sure that your vehicle is up to the journey and you are not going to find yourself broken down on the side of a country lane with

  • We do love a bit of warmth and sunshine during the summer, but so far this year we have seen quite the heatwave! Just as we sometimes overheat and feel like we can’t, so can our vehicles especially if we are using them regularly on congested, hot urban roads. Let’s take a look at how a few simple actions on your part can help keep your car running smoothly and not overheat. Cooling system Vehicle cooling systems have become very sophisticated over the last few years. Whether you are driving an old

  • On the 20th of May 2018, new MOT rules were introduced that could affect your car. Broadly speaking, the main changes relate to new defect categories, stricter rules for diesel vehicles, and an exemption for vehicles that are over 40 years of age from requiring an MOT. Full details can be found on the gov.uk website, but we explore these in a little more detail this month to help you understand how you and your vehicle may be affected. New defect categories There are now three categories of defects in the MOT

  • Changes introduced in April have seen car insurance premiums drop for the first time in three years. The news has made headlines across the media given the high and increasing costs over the last few years particularly affecting younger drivers under the age of 25. So what prompted this change and are you likely to benefit from it? We explore this in a little more depth this month. What has changed? Over the years it is believed that the price of premiums has gone up through increased claims related to injuries following

  • Finally…the winter is over. That cold spell over the Easter break had to be it for this year, surely! While we cannot predict the weather, we do want to think that spring has finally arrived and that temperatures will slowly start to rise as the days get longer and longer. Whether or not there is any more cold weather to come, we can start to get ready for the summer and while we often use this time of year for a spring clean of our homes we often overlook our

  • The cold weather can wreak havoc on all sorts of things and your car is no exception. The cold, damp, and ice can get into nooks and crannies leading to locks that won’t unlock, doors that won’t open, screenwash that freezes, and a myriad other problems, large and small. This month we take a look at how to avoid those happening and what to do if you find yourself with a cold-related car problem. Common problems and solutions We explore the most common issues likely to occur and offer some solutions to

  • While many of us like to think that we know what happens under our car bonnet, the reality is that we have a vague idea at best. We may be able to tell what is wrong, but we don’t know how to fix it. We know our cars well enough to know when something is wrong, sounds different, or may not be working as well as it should. Having a car mechanic you can trust is key to feeling confident that when you take your car in to be checked

  • If you live and drive in the south of England you have probably already been on the new M3, or at the very least experienced some of the delays caused by the upgrades that Highways England has been carrying out over the last few years. It’s not the first such motorway in the UK. The first one was actually the M42, upgraded since 2006, although it was known as a managed, rather than a smart, motorway. According to Highways England, congestion on motorways and major roads costs around £2 billion each

  • 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

  • [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.