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...

Police have a new way o...

It has recently come to light that some police forces are starting to use devices which detect if a phone is being used in a vehicle without a hands free set. The device will activate a sign on the road side to remind users that they should not be using their phone whilst driving. This new device has been welcomed by many family and friends of people who have been killed or injured by people who were driving whilst on their phone but the device does seem to have some issues which make it not as reliable as many may...

The nightmare of altern...

There are lots of issues that can arise with a vehicle that can end up being costly. Often if you can pick issues up quickly you can stop them doing further damage. One common fault on cars and vans is alternator issues. You may start to experience issues such as your lights are not as bright as they used to be or you have a battery and stop light illuminate on your vehicle or the car stalls or has difficulty starting. These are often common signs of alternator issues. You need to check if there is a problem with the...

Upgrading your alloys

Most new vehicles come with alloy wheels as standard, but if you chose a cheaper model then you may find that it is an optional extra that you can pay to upgrade. If you have an older car it may have plastic wheel trims instead of Alloys or sometimes people sell the alloy wheels or have to replace them with steel wheels and plastic covers because they have been damaged. Some people do not like having alloy wheels on their car as they understand that they are costly to replace should one get damaged, so would rather have wheel trims...

Checking your car insur...

Taking out car insurance can be a bit of a minefield. Many people worry when setting up a new policy, as if you make once mistake, you may find that your car insurance policy is invalid and this often only comes to light when you go to make a claim. Not many people realise, but even just changing your wheels to alloys or adding a tow bar on to your vehicle can invalidate an insurance claim if you have not notified the company prior to the claim. When you are setting up a policy online, if you are in any...