Are salary sacrifice ca...

Many companies are now trying to improve employee benefits to ensure that they retain high levels of staff without having to offer wage increases that are over the odd. As part of this they may offer gym membership, employee discounts or Salary sacrifice vehicles. The way that these schemes work is that through your company you lease a brand new car, in return you sacrifice a proportion of your pre-tax salary, by doing this it means that you don’t pay tax on that proportion of your wage and therefore save around 20%. The salary sacrifice vehicles are designed to be...

Keeping your vehicle in...

A car is commonly the second biggest purchase people make in their lifetime, so looking after it should be a top priority. A well maintained car will be more reliable and, crucially, should hold its value should you come to sell it. Following the cars service schedule is a must as it ensures vital fluids like oil are correctly maintained and that parts that wear are replaced before they fail. Beyond this, a good general maintenance regime will help preserve the cars finish and prevent corrosion as well as giving you the opportunity to pick up on any damage or...

Buying a new car – Do...

When you’re looking to buy a new car it can be quite a daunting process especially if you don’t know much about cars and the worry is that you may end up getting a bad deal. However there are a few things that you can do as a car novice to help ensure you don’t end up getting ripped off:- Do your research – If you’re buying from a garage then check out reviews online of what their customers think or ideally go off a personal recommendation. Work out your budget – and STICK to it! Don’t be swayed to...

The BMW i8

BMW’s striking new car, the i8, sets the benchmark for petrol/ electric hybrid vehicles. With incredible fuel economy combined with supercar performance and styling, it’s an amazing engineering achievement and points the way for other manufacturers. The futuristic body work combines a mixture of super light carbon fibre and plastic panels to keep weight down to a minimum, and this car certainly stands out from the crowd. On paper, the i8’s 1.5 litre turbocharged 3 cylinder engine seems a little underwhelming. However, combined with 129bhp electric motor, the hybrid power plant produces 357bhp in total, with 570nm of torque… not...