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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Want a personalised number plate?

If you want a personalised number plate for a vehicle perhaps as a treat for someone on a special birthday you can buy one directly from DVLA or from a private dealer. Some plates are sold at auction with the most popular going for thousands of pounds, but it is possible to pick up a personalised plate for far less than that. Once you have located a private number plate that you want to buy and agreed a price the next step is to assign the registration number to the vehicle. You will need to have a certificate of entitlement which should have been given to you on purchase however some dealers will assign the number for you saving you the hassle. There are a few regulations when selecting a...
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Winter car trouble to begin

As we approach winter, we are likely to see more and more issues with our cars. This is because during the winter months when the mornings are colder, cars are more likely to suffer which issues with the alternator or battery. Now is the time to investigate and have some tests done on your car so that you have time to fix or replace parts that may fail before winter really sets in. Usually issues with your car not starting on a cold morning are often relatively simple to rectify, it may be that your battery is on its way out and struggling to keep its power. Or possibly that there is an issue with the automatic choke on the vehicle. You can buy kits to test your battery and...
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