Car Sales on the Move Again

The last few years have been difficult. The recession caught financial experts unawares so the ordinary man in the street had little chance. Many householders found themselves in trouble and had to cut back dramatically on spending plans. The recession receded in the UK before other parts of Europe and that has resulted in an increase in consumer confidence. In these circumstances many markets have begun to move again and that includes the motor sector where people have been able to look at changing their car sales once again.

Cash

There is still plenty of value available. Buyers who can go into a dealership without needing to dispose of their own vehicle are likely to be able to negotiate a good discount. If they either have cash or have already received preliminary approval for a personal loan they are in a strong position.

car sales
Car Sales

Private Sale

There is the question of selling an existing vehicle. If it can be done without involving the respective dealership there is a definite benefit. Some people may try to advertise locally to see if they can attract buyers. If this is your present situation you need to ask yourself the question ‘how can I sell my car?’ If you live in a city then the readership of the local paper may encourage you to place an advertisement. Cities like Newcastle have both a morning and evening newspaper under the same ownership so it may be worth trying an advertisement as a means of selling your car.

There are however other ways to proceed. There are companies that are looking for second hand cars for their own business. If you see anyone saying ‘Sell me your motor’ in the form of a written advertisement or Internet website then you should surely investigate further? Continue reading “Car Sales on the Move Again”

Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?

If you’re in the market for a new motor then you’re probably asking yourself whether you want to go for a car that runs on petrol or diesel. With lots of motorists eager to cut their fuel bills, diesel cars have recently been in high demand as they are perceived as being a more cost-effective kind of vehicle. However the reality is rather more complicated that.

What To Consider

The first thing you’re likely to be thinking about when you go to choose a new car is the initial outlay as well as the running costs both now and in the future.

Diesel vehicles do tend to be a little more expensive when you are purchasing them and also hold their value well and typically have a longer, higher-mileage life, so used diesel cars are also usually more expensive than their petrol equivalent.

diesel cars

This is well worth considering fully, as depreciation is a large cost to think about when buying a new car. Then when you have bought your car and you’re running it on a daily basis, you need to remember that diesel fuel is a few pence more expensive than petrol in the UK (but it’s the other way round in most other European countries). However a diesel engine tends to be more frugal with fuel consumption, which means the higher the mileage, the lower the cost per mile.

Experts suggest that a used diesel car driver will have to clock up 10,000 miles to recoup the cost, and a new diesel driver some 6,000. So it could take some time to make buying a diesel car an economical option. Continue reading “Petrol cars or Diesel cars: Which should you go for?”

The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Cars play a very important role in our day to day lives and our schedules get really inconvenienced if our cars are not operational. But with mobile windshield repair service, your car will be repaired at anytime, anywhere ensuring that your activities will not be disrupted. There are several mobile windshield repair service providers who will get to you wherever you are.

Here are a few of the advantages of using a mobile windshield repair service.

Convenience

Time is a very important resource and any service that will prevent us from disrupting our daily schedules and save us time will be greatly appreciated. Mobile windshield repair service providers will come to your home, place of work or on the road where you want your windshield repaired. You will not need to book a service appointment at their garage but all you have to do is to call them and they will be at your service. Repairing a windshield crack requires only a few tools and this also enhances the mobility of the windshield repair service providers.

Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Safety

If a windshield crack is not repaired as soon as possible, it can quickly spread and worsen requiring a complete replacement of your car’s windshield. A mobile windshield repair service can come to you and repair cracks, chips and scratches the moment they are spotted thus preventing any possibility of spreading. This is a safer alternative rather than driving a car to a garage with a windshield crack that’s in the driver’s direct line of vision. Continue reading “The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service”

Shopping For A Better Car

Anyone who is in search of a better car must search a local Toyota dealer for the proper vehicle. There are many vehicles available to drivers, but drivers must make sure they are choosing the car that suits their lifestyle. Covering all of the categories below is the only true way for a driver to get the car that makes the most sense for them.

Car Size

Everyone must get a car that is going to match the size of their family or peer group. Someone with a large family must purchase a car that leaves room for everyone in the family. Accordingly, many families gets cars big enough to host each child and a friend. Someone who has a large group of friends may purchase the car that will hold all their friends, and the person who camps with their best friend may need a car that hold all their camping gear.

better car

Car Speed

Some people purchase cars because of the performance they offer. When a car is built for speed, it must be built to drive properly on winding roads. The person who is interested in performance will never drive in a straight line down the highway. The speed must be matched with handling that makes the car fun to maneuver. Continue reading “Shopping For A Better Car”

How to get your car through an MOT

Booking your vehicle in for an MOT can be a daunting experience as the trepidation that comes with it is almost palatable. If a car fails the test it can become extremely expensive, as repairs will need to be carried out, and it can be a significant inconvenience as you may be without your vehicle for a number of days while work is carried out.

However, this does not need to be the case as there are a host of small maintenance tasks that you can carry out yourself, to make sure your vehicle is going into the test with the best possible chance of passing with flying colours and costing you the bare minimum.

booking your vehicle

So, where should you start?

Tyres

Tyres are a crucial element of any vehicle and are the only contact with the ground, which makes them integral to the performance of a car and the distance it takes for the vehicle to stop.

With this in mind, mechanics carrying out MOTs pay particular attention to these, so any damaged tyres or those with tread below legal limits will result in a fail.

You can improve your chances of your car through an MOT by regularly checking your tyres. Look for bulges, blisters and other damage, as well as making sure tyre pressures are those recommended by the manufacturer. Continue reading “How to get your car through an MOT”

Learning to Ride – How to Get Started

James Dean, Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda…Batman! – the motorbike has played a great supporting role in some of the most iconic films ever made, films that have no doubt inspired many of today’s riders to get in the saddle. But in the UK the number of people taking their motorbike riding test is unfortunately in decline, thanks, in part, to the introduction of the two-part test, which has made it more expensive and a lack of instructors and examiners. Some dealerships are thriving despite this, click here for one London example, but others are really struggling to cope with a lack of demand, which is a real shame as these obstacles are not difficult to overcome. Today we cover here details information about “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started“.

Motorbikes have got a bit of a reputation for danger, that’s undeniable. It’s also quite likely the reason many people are so attracted to them! But that reputation is unfounded. The vast majority of motorcyclists ride safely, and most machines on the road are in good working order. Testing for motorcyclists is rigorous and comprehensive – it is designed to wean out those who really shouldn’t be on a bike. Here’s how to get started.

learning to ride
learning to ride

Provisional License and CBT

As with cars, you need a provisional license first before you can ride on the road, and in most cases you must also get a Compulsory Basic Training certificate, which gives a solid introduction to the practical skills needed. The provisional motorbike license must be applied for from the DVLA. That’s the first of several abbreviations that will now follow in quick succession! Your CBT certificate is issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – you need to book a course at the nearest Approved Training Body (ATB) near you. The course usually lasts one full day, and on completion, if you already hold a full UK driving license and are aged 17 or over, you will then be entitled to ride a motorbike up to 125cc. Instructor: Pupil ratios are normally no more than 1:4.

So you’ve got your provisional license, and passed your CBT. Maybe you can drive, so you’re already on a bike, but want to move on to a larger machine. What next? Continue reading “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started”

Simple Maintenance Tips for Car or Truck

Being a responsible car owner can add years to the life of your vehicle. Looking at maintenance issues now often avoids costly problems that sometimes lead to total failure of cars or trucks. Each make and model has their own considerations, so take time to read the provided manuals before setting up any type of plan. Today we cover here, simple maintenance tips for car or truck.

Monitor Tyre Pressure and Treads

Tyres are often a concern for drivers. Their loss can mean an accident or leave owners stranded until help arrives. Start by checking the pressure of each Tyre. Manuals list the correct number for various situations. Treads are another issue that could become dangerous. Worn treads are no longer safe for use. Tyres that exhibit this trait should be replaced immediately.

Maintenance Tips for Car
Maintenance Tips for Car

Check the Oil As Well As Other Fluids

Loss of fluids is a common reason for car problems. Oil is the most important element of this category. A standard check can quickly show if there is dangerously low levels. Engines can be damaged without the proper amount of this liquid, so add the correct oil before operating a vehicle. Brake fluid is another concern. Loss of this substance could lead to a complete failure during any type of braking. Also look at coolant levels during this routine check. This works to prevent overheating that would destroy engines as well as other parts necessary to operate a vehicle. Continue reading “Simple Maintenance Tips for Car or Truck”

Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip

When you are driving the only contact you have with the ground is the tread on your four tyres. It makes those tyres very important for your safety and the safety of others on the road or pavement. It does not mean that the tyres necessarily have to be expensive; quality is the priority.

Everyone is conscious of cost but sometimes it is false economy to take a risk on something that is sub standard. Tyres must last and be regularly checked to ensure there is plenty of tread left. A good company that you use for your car maintenance is likely to be able to advise you on the quality to buy. It will also tell you the likely mileage that you can safely do before the tread reaches a level where you need to replace them. It is better to go by mileage rather than time because you may not have an average mileage per week.

Legal

Your car will fail its MOT if the tyres are worn beyond the legal minimum. If you are using a good garage it is likely to tell you before it takes the car to the testing centre if there appears to be a problem. There are several international tyre brands. If you follow F1 Motor Racing you are likely to know the brands have regularly been vying for the tyre contracts. A good supplier is likely to stock and fit all of those famous names. Continue reading “Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip”

Breakdown cover – What will my cover include?

If you have ever had the chance of dealing with more than one breakdown service provider, you were probably amazed at the varying service levels provided by the two (or more) companies, even in cases where their cover appear to be the same on the surface. Comparing different breakdown cover companies is hardly a case of comparing apples with apples. A quick glance at a breakdown services comparison site usually does not reveal the fine details that really matter. To do this, you’ll have to closely scrutinise the individual parts the policy covers of each company.

Looking at the Fine Details

Broadly speaking, breakdown service providers in the U.K. provide services that fall under these categories:

  • Roadside Assistance
  • Home Assistance
  • Vehicle Recovery
  • Onward Travel

Most ‘basic’ packages will offer the standard roadside assistance with options of ‘add-ons’ to include the other three areas. Some companies will provide comprehensive coverage in all four, which can often work out cheaper than going with the companies that ‘build up’ the package through add-ons, that all seems reasonable if you know what you require. But if you’ve never had breakdown cover or broken down how do you know what cover to go with? For instance, are you aware that a sizable chunk of breakdown companies will not come out if your car happens to run out of fuel? You probably did not think much about this when taking out your breakdown cover but come to think of it every person who has driven for any length of time knows that the probability of this happening are pretty slim, but it does happen on rare occasions.

breakdown cover

What about if your battery runs flat, or novice mistakes such as misfuelling your car with the wrong fuel or losing your car keys?

Well, you will be surprised to learn that a survey done by Defaqto on 288 breakdown policies about 4 years ago revealed the following:

23% of policies do not cover misfuelling your car with the wrong type of fuel. This is hardly funny considering that there are more than 100,000 cases of drivers filling their vehicles with the wrong type of fuel in the U.K. every year. Misfuelling ranks among the ten most common causes of vehicle breakdowns. If your breakdown cover does not provide coverage for this, then you could be left stranded whilst you try to get your car to a garage to get the issue fixed.
14% of policies do not cover running out of fuel. A silly mistake to make but it does happen, especially on long country roads where there isn’t a petrol station for miles. Continue reading “Breakdown cover – What will my cover include?”

The Benefits To People Purchasing Used Semi Trucks

People who are in the trucking industry probably realize that owning their own trucks enables them to make more money than working for just one company. With their own semi trucks, they can haul more loads and realize more profits. Just like buyers of autos sometimes prefer to purchase used vehicles, so do some buyers of semi trucks prefer to do likewise. There are a variety of benefits to people purchasing used semi trucks or used semi truck parts as well.

Depreciation

Just like a car depreciates as soon as it’s driven off of the lot, so does a semi truck depreciate in the same manner. To avoid having to pay the cost of the depreciation, some semi truck drivers are willing to purchase a slightly used truck so that someone else has already paid the brand new price. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that people have to purchase semi trucks that are on their last legs. Some dealers offer used semi trucks with warranties that give them the same protection that pre-owned models of other vehicles have. People that are considering purchasing a semi truck that doesn’t come with a warranty might want to have the vehicle inspected by certified mechanics first, though.

Purchasing used semi trucks

Online Dealers

Many online dealers offer semi trucks, which makes it easier than ever for people looking for used semi trucks to find exactly what they’re looking one. An example of a company that offers used semi truck parts is Acme Truck Parts. Online dealers make it so that potential used semi truck buyers are not only limited to local stock. Additionally, when they need parts for their semi trucks, they can find them relatively easily online as well. Some online dealers will even ship their merchandise to buyers. Continue reading “The Benefits To People Purchasing Used Semi Trucks”