Do not get caught out by supposed free breakdown cover

As the car insurance sector seeks to become more competitive many companies reward customers with promises of free breakdown cover included in their policy, meaning that many people do not purchase separate breakdown cover with an independent company. This is welcomed by some customers who like to feel that the worry has been taken out of having to arrange cover separately and that they are saving money unfortunately the level of cover that is provided is not usually checked to see if it is suitable for the circumstances you may find yourself in. For example, many people are caught out by the recovery distance clause. Some insurance companies only give you breakdown cover with recovery within ten miles of your home address meaning that if you wish to be recovered...
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Can you attempt routine car maintenance yourself?

Due to the uncertainty at the present time concerning job security it may be that you are looking to save yourself some money on car maintenance by attempting to do some jobs yourself. This is a good plan if you have some previous mechanical knowledge as many routine maintenance tasks can be carried out successfully with the help of a manual and internet forums and videos to help you. Sometimes there is the need to use specific tools, but these are readily available to buy from motor factors stores or online. The average car owner should be able to check oil and coolant levels quite easily and top up water washers regularly but when attempting oil changes some further skills will be required. It will also be necessary to get...
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Has your car developed a Radiator leak?

Car radiator leaks can happen at any time but it is important that you spot them quickly to avoid the car verheating and causing significant damage. It can be due to damage to your radiator caused by a bird flying into it, a stone hitting it or just due to age and deterioration. The leak may only be small or may be a huge hole causing you to lose fluid nearly as quickly as you put it in. If the leak is small there are a number of things you can try to fix it before having to fork out the hundreds of pounds a garage will want to supply and fit a new one. There are a number of products such as RadWeld that you pour into your coolant...
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Can a sports car be a diesel?

When you think of sports cars, diesels cars are not usual the first thing that comes to mind. Before the release of the turbo diesel, many of them were very sluggish and for that reason put a lot of people off, but adding a turbo to a diesel engine meant it was still economical but fun to drive at the same time. Over recent years diesel cars have come on leaps and bounds and they no longer have to be the sensible option. They are now often seen as the favourite choice even for drivers looking for something with a bit of poke. There is not a massive difference in the price of diesel compared to petrol at the moment but there is often a slightly higher cost to buy...
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Making long journeys with children in your car easier

If you have ever travelled long distances in your car with young children, you will know that it is not easy especially if you as the driver are the only adult in the car. The key to making the journey a lot easier for all concerned is preparation and ensuring your car has the right accessories that will keep the children entertained during the journey. A number of retailers sell backseat organisers which fit on the back of the front seats. These products have small pockets that can store children’s favourite snacks and drinks along with larger pockets to house tablets and colouring books and crayons. The children can easily reach the pockets so they can access the items without disturbing the driver. Some vehicles have fold out plastic lap...
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