Fuel economy of your ve...

Running a car or van can be expensive. Not only do you have to think about MOT’s, insurance, tax and repairs you also need to think about fuel costs. Fuel can be one of a motorists most expensive annual costs to run a car. The first way to save money on fuel is to find the best price for the fuel to start with. You don’t want to have to drive around for miles to find a cheap fuel station as it is false economy. Fuel prices vary drastically from time to time and even from garage to garage so...

What to do if you have ...

If you buy a vehicle from a garage then you may have some sort of warranty. This is not guaranteed and you need to check before you agree to the purchase what you are likely to be offered. Many warranties only cover major components though so you could find that only a handful of parts are covered. The warranty can range from around one month upwards of 3 years and sometimes you can pay to extend the warranty. The warranties are often sold and managed by a third party so it is important to get the details of who to...

What is actually covere...

When buying a new or second-hand car, you may be offered a warranty. All new cars come with some warranty, most of the time it is 3 years but a few manufacturers may give you more. If you are buying a used car then you may get 12 months if it is mid-price range to 1-3 months for cheaper vehicles. Some second-hand cars may not come with any warranty when buying privately or from a small independent garage. If you are given a warranty, it is important to try and find out how long it is. Some garages will state...

Is it worth paying extr...

When it comes to buying a second hand car you have to chose whether to buy from a garage or a private seller. If buying from a garage you should also consider if you are going to buy from a amin dealer or an independent garage. This is often dictated by the budget you have to spend. If you only have a small budget then you may have to buy private or from a smaller independent garage, but if buying a more expensive car then you have more choice. Although you do often end up having to pay more from...

Converting your garage ...

If you have noticed that your current kitchen it just too small for you and your family, then you may look to convert existing space to give you the room needed. If you have a garage attached to your home then this may be the perfect space to convert into your new kitchen. If your kitchen is already situated next to the garage then you may extend into it to give you ample room. Converting a garage is not easy and you may require planning permission. You first need to check that the building work for your garage is adequate....

Is your garage secure?

Many of us use our garages as another place to store goods. It may be that you do not keep your car in the garage but instead use it as a workshop or a place to store your tools and equipment when not in use. Often when thieves are looking for places to target, they will start by trying to find out what there is that is worth stealing and how hard it would be to get in and out. You may not even notice the person walking down the street, watching as you unload your tools from your van...

Installing an electric ...

If you are considering buying an electric car they you may need to get a charging point installed in your garage. Although there are charging points located in public places, these may not be very practical to you. You ideally want to have your car on charge overnight so it is ready to use the next day. Some people worry about the safety of car charging points which is why they always need to be installed by a professional. You may theoretically be able to use a normal socket to charge your car with the right lead but this may...

Is your garage watertig...

If you are thinking of storing items in your garage or if you have electrics in there then it is important that it is watertight. It may have been watertight when it was built but if over time the roof has developed a leak or the bricks have holes in to the outside then you may find that you get water starting to come in. This can cause all sorts of problems and can result in irreversible damage. If you have items stored in your garage such as clothing or rugs etc, then getting them wet could cause them to...