Checking Out Your New Car Purchase

Buying a new car – whether it’s your very first, or a replacement for your current vehicle – is one of the biggest spends that most people face, apart from a house purchase.  So it’s important to get it right, both to make sure that the car that you are interested in is right for you and your circumstances, and that you don’t fall victim to a fraudster.  You may think that this is unlikely, but you would be wrong!  Using an online service like Auto Check from Experian to run a vehicle history check also throws up the information that 1 in 8 of the cars that they are asked to check have been recorded as insurance write-offs, and 1 in 14 show unexplained mileage discrepancies.

All this goes to show that it pays to do your homework and to check your intended new car before you hand over your money.  If you are buying a recent model, you can also find out if it is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and make quite sure that the current owner hasn’t invalidated the warranty by acting outside the terms.

Also before going to view and try out a car, there’s lots of research that you can do online to find out more about service intervals for that make and model, fuel consumption, and even tyre size.  Some tyres are surprisingly expensive to replace.

If you’re not a mechanical whizz-kid yourself, it’s also a good idea to get one of the motoring organisations to inspect the vehicle on your behalf, especially if it’s high mileage and has a few years on the clock.  If the £200+ that you will have to spend on an inspection is more than you want to invest then consider asking your friendly local garage to check the car over for you.  [Read more…]


Get a good deal when selling a damaged car

There are many ways that you can earn a good sale when you sell a damaged car, and there is a high demand for vehicles that no longer work. Depending on the year and the make of the car, you may be able to sell many different parts of the car for a high profit. The first thing that you want to do is see what is still good on the car. If there are some large mechanical problems that are causing the vehicle not to run then the body may still bring you a profit. If there is body damage you may be able sell the different parts of the vehicle of under the hood.

Many times someone will back into something and damage a tail light or a door, and that is all they are looking for. You can sell them these pieces off your vehicle. There are also other times when you’ll want to sell other items like a motor, transmission, tires you just had put on before the car stopped running and more. There are many sites on the Internet that are dedicated to these types of sales, and you can also take the vehicle to a scrap location and they will give you one set price for the non runner. This is the easiest way to do business because you don’t have to spend a large amount of time looking for buyers for the different parts on the car. Find a good scrap cars for cash service and you will be pleasantly surprised at the deal you get.

The scrap yard is going to give you cash or a check for the vehicle and you can use that to buy a new car, or to do whatever you want with it. If you feel that your vehicle is worth more than the scrapping company wants to give you then you may want to try a few different locations to get a few different quotes. You may also want to sell some popular items off the car that you put on it that are special features like rims, spoilers and decoys before you take it to the scrap yard to get the most money when you sell a non runner.

When I sold a car that din’t run anymore, I found the internet the best place. I was able to find someone to buy my car very quickly and they even collected it for free. There are now services online which offer fair prices and free removal of the vehicle. A quick search online will provide you with some local or national options. They often give you a free quote online or over the phone which makes things much easier.


Looking For a Reliable Car – It’s Time to Think About the Honda Civic Again!

Looking for a car? Think you’ve seen everything there is to see about the Honda Civic? It’s time to get a look at the new generation of Honda Civics coming out. No matter if you want reliability, great gas mileage, or just plain comfort, you’ll find it with the Civic — just check out this video!





Five Essential things you should look for in Breakdown Cover

Having your car break down is always a nuisance, and can result in hefty costs. As a recent article shows, vehicle breakdowns are on the rise. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is seen to promptly, so you and fellow passengers can get back on the road as quickly and as safely as possible. This means you need to get a breakdown cover policy which covers most eventualities to ensure your breakdown doesn’t turn from a slight inconvenience to a full-blown nightmare. This is why you should visit, for breakdown cover you can rely upon. Below are five essential provisions any policy for breakdown cover should include.

1.    Extensive roadside assistance

Your main priority should be getting your car up and running and back on the road again so you can get to your destination – especially if you’re planning a day or evening of fun activities. Your policy should cover the call out of a trained mechanic that will spend up to an hour on your car attempting to get it working again, so that you and your passengers incur the minimum inconvenience and can get on with your planned activities.

2.    Vehicle recovery

If the engineer is unable to fix your car at the roadside, moving it to a suitable destination can be a costly and stressful procedure. Make sure that your policy covers your vehicle being towed to a local garage or to your preferred destination.

3.    Passenger recovery

Being stuck at the side of the road can be a frustrating and potentially dangerous situation, especially if you break down at night. If your car can’t be fixed by the roadside, you may have to arrange alternative transportation. An adequate breakdown policy should ensure that you and your passengers get home quickly and safely.

4.    Emergency driver

You should ensure that your policy covers all eventualities should the worst happen. If your driver becomes injured and unfit to drive (and none of the other passengers in the car are licensed on the car), the company should send an emergency driver to ensure you get home safely.  If your car can’t be repaired within eight hours, you should be entitled to the use of an emergency 24 hour hire vehicle in the UK to get you where you need to go.

5.    Repatriation of your vehicle when abroad

Nothing’s worse than breaking down when on holiday. If you go on a driving holiday in Europe and your vehicle breaks down, your policy should cover the transportation of you and your family as well as your luggage home. Your insurance company should then arrange for your vehicle, once fixed, to be brought home to the UK, or pay for your journey back out to the country to collect the car yourselves.