Choosing a car to tow your caravan

When the time comes for you to replace your current vehicle it is important to carefully think about how you use your car. If you are going to use your car to tow a caravan there are a few points to remember. Firstly, you will need to check on the weight of your caravan. Most modern hatchbacks will tow a small caravan but if your caravan is larger you will need to look at the torque or pulling power of the vehicle to see whether it is powerful enough to successfully pull your caravan without putting your vehicle under strain and causing mechanical issues. Once you know that a specific vehicle has the torque you need it is time to consider whether you need a manual transmission or whether an...
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How to fix issues with your brakes

Often some of the most common brake issues people face are wear on their pads or wear / damage on their discs. This may occur at any time but often the pads need changing every 30,000- 50,000 miles and discs about every third time. If the pads become too low, then they will scrap on to the disc which will cause a really loud noise and a nasty groove to be dug into the disc. This will mean you have to replace the discs as well. Another quite common issue with brakes is seized callipers. If the calliper seizes or sticks, you will often hear a noise and sometimes feel a vibration as it sticks on. You may be able to take the vehicle to a garage where they can...
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Why is it important to ensure you have plenty of fuel during winter months?

With winter well under way and many of us experiencing the first bit of real frost in the mornings, people are keen to ensure that their car is in tip top condition to keep them safe when driving. The cold weather can often cause a number of problems on a car which you may only be aware of when you come to start the vehicle to go to work or to take the kids to school. One of the issues motorists often face with the cold weather is issues with their battery. If the battery is not working as it should then it may not hold the charge enough for you to start it next time. This is worsened by the cold weather and often requires the car to be...
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Making sure you get a good deal on your car insurance

Cars can be an expensive thing to run. You will not only have to pay out for the initial purchase of the car but there is also running costs such as MOT’s, fuel, repairs, services, tax and insurance. As a car owner it is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid insurance policy with an adequate level of cover for you and possibly your named driver. Driving a vehicle on a public road without insurance is a serious offence and if you get caught you may have your car taken off you, have to go to court, have your license withdrawn or points on you license as well as have to pay a hefty fine. This can also then make obtaining car insurance very hard as some insurers will...
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Limp mode on Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is a great family car. It looks sporty but is also extremely practical and has plenty of space in the seating cabin and in the boot. You can pick up one of the older Insignias for around £2000 but often as they are used by the police or for rep cars, they may have high mileage. If they car has done a lot of miles it is important to check that it has been serviced regularly in order to maintain the engine. If it has not been serviced you may find that you encounter a lot of issues. One common fault on a lot of Vauxhalls is the car going in to limp mode unexpectedly. This is usually due to a faulty sensor or an issue with...
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