You’re fully charged for the winter, but is your car battery??

There’s no worse feeling than getting behind the wheel of your car, turning the key (or pressing the start/stop button!) only for nothing to happen because, gulp, you’ve got a dead battery. It makes your stomach turn. And of course, you won’t have a backup plan in place to ensure you arrive to where you need to be on time. Alas, this exact situation played itself out…

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New car buyers beware! New road taxes in full force!

Call it apathy, call it head in the sand, call it downright uninteresting. Any way you call it, road taxes are tedious. They are typically paid once a year (although monthly and six-month permits are certainly an option) leading people to simply pay and forget about it. I understand completely; in a similar vein my trick to dealing with a parking ticket once issued (if I am…

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Which grade of fuel should I be putting into my car?

My wife filled our car with petrol last week and said that she often wondered which of the different “grades” she should put in. Fortunately, my wife is a very smart cookie so didn’t need reminding that diesel was obviously not an option (gasp!). I proceeded to tell her my thoughts on whether it was worth paying more for premium petrol, or supreme diesel, which I thought…

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September new car sales fall… But why??

September is typically the busiest month of the calendar year for new car sales. Why, you ask? Because this is the month when car manufacturers release their new models for the following year. Or put another way, and by way of example, the new 2019 models come to the forecourts in September of 2018. To coincide with this, here in the UK one can highlight to their…

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Getting ready for the ULEZ and what it means for you

I’ve had lots of inbounds from people who drive older cars in London on what the changes introduced by Mayor Sadiq Khan last October will mean for them. Confusion abounds courtesy of unclear timelines and unfriendly terms such as “ULEZ”, “Euro 6 compliant”, “NOx emissions” and others. Hopefully this little write-up can clarify the matter for you… Most of us remember the launch of the Congestion Charge…

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Your tyres – so easy to overlook and yet so important!

If we reason that, after stomping on the brake pedal with all our might, the last remaining hope of not crashing into something in front of us ultimately lies on strips of black rubber glued together then we should probably make sure that the black rubber underneath us is up to snuff. The importance of having properly maintained tyres can’t be overstated. I won’t bore you with…

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Driving tips

The sun’s out, temperatures are rising and surprise, surprise your car turns into a veritable but completely unwanted sauna. Naturally the first reaction is to wind the windows down and crank on the air conditioning – my kids do it all the time. Lowering the windows makes a ton of sense as the need to flush out the hot air that’s been trapped inside is critical! But…

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Springtime trends we’re seeing

There’s no other place to start than to highlight the remarkable shift in consumer demand from diesel to petrol and/or hybrid vehicles. Courtesy of the failed "dash for diesel" under the last Labour government in the early 2000's, London-based families are now taking a more environmentally-friendly stance as they wave goodbye to their old diesel-powered Land Rovers and Audi Q7’s. Add in lower yearly taxes and fewer…

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Estate v SUV – The Family Debate!

I recently helped a family buy a new Lexus RX450h – the brand’s premium SUV offering. What was interesting in the build up to the purchase was the debate between husband and wife who deliberated (for quite some time, I might add) between a more environmentally-friendly estate and a trendy SUV. Make no mistake, both styles of vehicle have their advantages and disadvantages which this blog will…

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Is Musk Getting Musty?

By Scott Hylton Tesla recently came out with their Q1 results. The company had a Q1 target of 2500 vehicles per week for its new Model 3 but the official number came in at 2000 vehicles. Since then, much has been written about the bottlenecks on the production side, particularly considering founder Elon Musk’s tweet that “humans were underrated”. In saying this, Musk has admitted that his…

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