Cars are very expensive investments and are subject to wear and tear in their normal usage. For the sake of your finances it is important to keep a car running for as long as possible before buying a new one. This is not difficult to do by following some simple guidelines.
Invest in a Great Car
The very first thing that it is important to do if trying to maintain a car for as long as possible is to invest in a great car to begin with. This will involve shopping around and researching which types of cars are the most prone to repairs and which types of cars are generally trustworthy and reliable.
It may also help to talk to owners of such cars and find their own personal experiences. Internet forums are a great place to find out about any problems that can affect a particular model. Do not neglect to ask the advice of car experts – they will be able to give advice on which cars will be more prone to breaking down or needing parts replacing.
Many makes and models of cars have specific weak areas that are prone to damage or wear and tear. Owners clubs online hold a great wealth of information about such problems and will allow any car owner to prevent such problems on their own cars. Even if prevention is not always possible, it still helps to be prepared and anticipate the cost of repairs to any particular part.
At this stage it is important to choose a car based on its reliability and not on its looks. When looking for a car that is easy to maintain for a long period of time looks should not generally be a major consideration.
Keep up with Servicing and Maintenance
Many new cars will come with a servicing schedule and guidelines on when to replace certain parts of the engine or other parts of the car. In order to keep a car in great working order and running for as long as possible it is advisable to stick very rigidly to the owner’s manual and its suggestions on servicing and replacement of parts. Continue reading “How to keep your car running for as long as possible”
For many drivers, the longer and warmer days herald the arrival of the ideal driving season. In the summer, the days are long and the skies are (usually) clear, which creates some perfect driving conditions.
As such, it makes sense to get your car prepared for the new season. The most important thing, arguably, is to get the right summer tyres for your vehicle. After all, the right tyres can determine how well your car handles on the road so, if you want to get the most from your ride, it helps to have the right support.
So, with that in mind, what exactly do you need for summer driving?
Where as winter tyres focus on pushing through slush and snow, the summer is about driving on clear roads and making the most of the situation. As such, a low rolling resistance is a priority. Aside from using less fuel, this will convert more power from your engine into direct movement, allowing you to achieve the car’s full potential. Continue reading “Choosing the right Summer Tyres”
Reliable transportation is critical when you’re trying to make the most out of life on every level. While every disability looks different depending on the person, getting from one place to another is something that we all can understand quickly. So, if you’re looking to get a car under the motability scheme, you might be feeling a bit limited. After all, most do assume that they will not be able to find a reliable vehicle that truly fits their lifestyle. Having a caregiver drive you around might get tedious, but it can also be tiresome to find a vehicle that is covered under the plan.
Thankfully, this is where Spire Automotive comes in. They have a wider catalogue of motability vehicles at the ready, including some that you might not have thought about before. If you’re thinking that you’re going to have to walk out with a car that barely seats a driver and a passenger, then it’s time to be pleasantly surprised by the options.
Did you know that when you’re eligible to take advantage of your options, you also get insurance and breakdown cover at no extra charge? It’s just one more way that your needs are handled, even when you least expect it. Continue reading “Feeling Limited by the Motability Scheme – Here’s the Missing Piece”
This holiday season, Santa will be out taking care of all the good boys and girls. But what about your company? Haven’t you devoted enough time and energy to taking care of your customers? Of course you have! In this cheeky video below, MAN shows a little bit of the Christmas spirit, in a unique way. We wanted to post because we’re thinking about the Christmas spirit too, but in a different way.
See, true car people are all about customisation at every turn. We want to take something and make it bigger, better, and more awesome than before. From a business standpoint, if you have transport needs, it’s time to take a closer look at how customisation could make your day to day objectives easier to meet.
MAN issued a press statement a little while ago mentioning the upcoming MAN TGE, a transporter that can be easily customized for all types of applications. For example, if your business relies on refrigerated foods, you want to be able to have transport options that would keep the food at the required temperature for the entire length of the journey. This can get tricky if there are multiple deliveries along a route, such as the case when companies deliver food directly to a customer’s home. At-home food delivery is a booming market that has a lot of growth, but it all starts with having the right infrastructure at the beginning, or being able to add it as time and resources allow.
The commercial world shows us a small glimpse into why automotive customisation will never go out of style, and we look forward to seeing how businesses use the MAN TGE line in their daily driving. The transport line is not set to be produced until Spring 2017, so actual production hasn’t occurred just yet. Let’s wait and see what happens!
In the winter time there are more accidents on the road with confused.com reporting that as many as a quarter of all motorists have had some sort of incident in poor driving conditions during the winter.
The motoring editor at confused.com; Amanda Stretton explained that many people get tempted to drive as quickly as possible in bad weather so they can reach their destination quickly but driving fast in poor conditions is dangerous and drivers should be more careful and planning their journeys carefully first.
The report also showed that ten percent of drivers decide to stay off the roads when the conditions are poor. However, many people have to drive, as they cannot miss work or other important appointments. Northgate, who lease and rent vans have come up with some advice for those who do this. Continue reading “How to Drive Safely in the Winter Months”
Technology buffs and car fans, lend us your ears: the classic showroom is getting a whole new look. Inchcape Volkswagen just launched the largest UK showroom, but save your “wow” for the end of this article. Why? The features are too good to miss. You can see it in person by heading down Capital Interchange Way in Brentford. The facility expanded enough to support 90 cars on four levels.
The inclusive service philosophy is on display here, where everything is offered in-house under one roof. From quality sales servicing to top notch repair, the 70-person-strong team is waiting to take care of customers’ needs in record time.
What’s driving all of this? According to the Director of Volkswagen UK: growth. In order to drive sales, new projects have to be part of the company’s core foundation. Continue reading “Check out Inchcape’s High Tech Showroom”
Despite the rise of online shopping and research, there’s a terrible scourge plaguing the car buying marketplace: clocked cars. This is where the mileage reading of the vehicle up for grabs is modified so that thousands of pounds are added to the sale price. It’s a great deal for the seller, but an obviously terrible time for the buyer. OSV LTD, a premier leasing provider, pulled back the curtain on some shocking statistics. They stated that 62% of car buyers are concerned about purchasing one of those badly modified vehicles, but only 13% of that buying group actually understands the dangers of car clocking. Over three-quarters of the buyers surveyed stated that they don’t know how to check for a clocked car.
Debbie Kirkley is the co-founder of OSV and had her own remarks to share. She mentioned that according to prevailing research, there’s one clocked car in every group of twenty cars up for sale. Those are not the type of odds that we look forward to, and she cautions buyers to be careful when they make their purchases. Continue reading “Clocked Cars, The Car Buyer’s Worst Nightmare”