What are the advantages...

Putting your car in the garage used to be a common practice for many car owners but increasingly we now use our garages for anything but housing our cars. They are frequently used for storage purposes mainly for garden tools and outdoor furniture but also for storing bicycles and play equipment. What are the advantages of using your garage as it was intended to be used namely for protecting your car from the elements? A common question that is asked when you renew your car insurance is where it is kept. If you can honestly reply in a garage to...

Garages- what do you us...

Having a garage to house your vehicle at a property is often a luxury especially if you live in an inner city area. In a more rural area it is more common but how often do people actually use a garage for the purpose it was designed for and if not what are we using this valuable space for? The majority of homeowners who do not house their vehicle in the garage use their garages for additional storage space. They are often used to store garden furniture during the winter months and gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and gardening tools...

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...