Is it worth trying to save money and carry out repairs to your car yourself?

So many of us are trying to find ways in which we can cut costs and save money. Often many of us find that owning and running a vehicle is a massive outlay every year. Not only have you got to fork out for services, MOT’s, insurance, tax and fuel but you will also need to find the money for any repairs or maintained that may need doing to the vehicle. Repairs can be costly, especially if you own an older vehicle or one that has high mileage. Often cars that are valued at below two to three thousand pounds, can cost upwards of £1000 a year to maintain. For this reason, many of us try and see if we can cut down on garage labour costs by carrying out...
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Should you save for a new car or get it on finance?

If you want to buy a new car you may not have the funds already saved. You have a number of options available to you but you need to decide whether you are going to save the money and buy it outright or have it on finance. If you cannot wait and need a new car quickly then saving will be out of the question. When it comes to financing a vehicle, you have a number of options. If you are buying the car from a garage that offers finance, then you could choose to have it through them. Many finances companies offer packages starting from around four or five percent APR but you may find some that offer zero percent, on new cars. You will still often have to...
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Choosing the right car for your family

Choosing a be car can be an exciting time for some people but for others it is worry. If you have to buy second hand, especially if you will not have a warranty, you may be concerned as to how reliable the car will be. Unfortunately, sometimes people sell cars because they know that there is something wrong with it or because there is a lot of work that is going to be needed to get it though it’s next MOT. There is no way to avoid this entirely but having a warranty or getting a mechanic to give it a once over may help spot any issues. You can also check online to see current and previous MOT’s to see what the advisories were / are. It’s not only...
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Make sure you are set for the winter weather

The colder weather is now set in and many people in the UK have already experienced some slight snow flurries. As the winter continues it is likely that snow and ice will become a more regular occurrence and this can make for awful weather conditions. There are things that you need to do in order to ensue that your car is in the best possible conditions for the winter. The first thing to check is that your tyres have enough tread left on them and that they are inflated correctly. Worn tyres can mean you have little or no grip which is only made worse in icy conditions. Although the legal limit is 1.6mm of tread, experts say that once there is only 3mm if tread left, braking distances are...
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Should I be worried about diesel cars being phased out?

There has been lots of debate in the national press about the news that the UK Government is going to phase out new diesel and petrol cars from 2030. Some feel that this is the only way that the general public is going to embrace the electric car technology that is becoming more sophisticated as time goes on but how will it affect the ordinary car driver in the UK? If you are the sort of person who buys a new car every few years, then this regulation will mean that your choices will be cut in the future. There may still be the opportunity to buy hybrid vehicles which is important as the battery technology on purely electric cars has got a long way to go in terms of...
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