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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What colour car is your favourite?

Do you have a favourite colour when it comes to a car or does the make and model of the vehicle have more importance? Recent data has revealed that the most popular colour for a used car is, wait for it, black. This will come as no surprise to many as the colour black suggests a sporty, stylish vehicle that many younger drivers will find appealing. Strong, bold colours have become less popular in recent years with white and grey cars coming a close second and third to black. Cars with colour schemes of muted shades of grey can be seen everywhere on our roads however If buyers have chosen a brighter colour then it has frequently been blue, a favourite for a while. Back at the beginning of the...
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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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