Are you finding that yo...

When our families are growing, we can never seem to have enough space in our vehicles. Preparing for holiday trips is usually a nightmare as we try to fit children, dogs, suitcases and beach paraphernalia into our family car sometimes having to resort to buying a roof rack or box to accommodate bikes and scooters, but as our children leave home some of us find that the advantages of running a smaller vehicle outweigh the need for a larger one. As many people are now looking to reduce their monthly outgoings downsizing your car is one way to achieve this...

Can you be sure if the ...

If you are looking to buy a second hand vehicle there are a number of points that you need to consider. One of them is mileage as many parts on a car are only designed to last a certain number of miles before they need to be replaced – such as a cambelt. If you go to look at a car which is very low mileage for its age, you may have doubts as to whether the mileage is genuine. On average, most cars do about ten thousand miles per annum. If you have a ten year old car and...

England’s roads are c...

With many of England’s roads is quite a bad state, a lot of drivers are concerned about the effect this is having on their car and simply cannot afford to keep forking out for new tyres, wheels or suspension. Tyre damage can happen at any time and can make your vehicle very unsafe, which is why it is vital to check them over carefully as often as you can. You may have noticed that your tyres have not been gripping the road as well or that you have had the tyres on the car for some time now and they...

Are you thinking about ...

If you are looking to buy a new car then you may be given the option to part exchange your old one. Garages will often offer you a price to part exchange your vehicle which will be knocked off the price of the vehicle you are buying. This price is usually less than you would get if you should it privately but if you were looking to buy a car that was quite a lot of money, then you are more likely to get a better price for your part exchange. Although you will get more money by selling your...

Choosing the correct ty...

Tyres are an integral part of your vehicle and should be checked and maintained regularly to ensure optimum safety. When it comes to replacing tyres, you may be surprised by the wide selection available. If you go to a garage they may only give you two or three prices for budget, standard and premium tyres but if you search online you will see there are hundreds of tyres that fit into these categories. You may not even know what size tyre you need let alone speed rating etc, but if you have a look at the tyres that are already...

Getting your wheels ref...

We all like to have nice, clean cars and alloy wheels are often one of the hardest things we find to look after. Not only do they get covered in grime from the road and brake dust but they can also easily become scuffed, damaged and even corroded. If this happens you will either need to replace them or you may be able to refurbish them. Many places offer this service, some will refurbish the wheels and keep the car in whilst doing it, others may ask you to remove the wheels and send them into them. This will only...

Checking the cost of in...

If you are in the market for a new or used car then you may have already decided what your budget is. If you are going to be having the car on finance or taking out a loan, then you will probably have worked out the monthly payments to ensure you can afford it. Not only should you consider the monthly payments for the vehicle but you also need to think about the running costs, especially the insurance. Insurances costs can vary from car to car and also vastly from one company to the next so it is important to...

Buying a handheld diagn...

If you notice that something isn’t quite right with your vehicle and take it into a garage, one of the first things they may do if the problem is not obvious is to put it on a diagnostic machine. Most cars have a plug often located under one of the seats that can be plugged into a diagnostic machine which will communicate with the on-board computer. The machine will give the mechanic a list of fault codes it finds and these fault codes can then be looked up to see what the error may be referring too. They can also...