Yearly Archives: 2015

Is your car winter ready?

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

With the UK well in to winter, if you haven’t already, you should check that your car is winter ready. There are certain checks that you can do to try and eliminate problems during the winter or be prepared if they do happen.

Firstly check your tyres have a good amount of tread and are not damaged. With the roads getting wetter and soon becoming icy, good grip is essential for safe driving. Check that you have anti-freeze in your coolant to stop it freezing up potentially seizing the engine and that you window screen washer also has anti-freeze in it.

Keeping emergency supplies in the car is always a good idea but especially in the winter when it can get very dark and cold. A warm blanket, chocolate bar and drink are the must haves along with a torch that can come in handy too. Make sure that you always carry a warning triangle and if possible, spare wheel, space saver or wheel repair foam.


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What are your rights when buying a second hand car?

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

If you’re buying a second hand car, it’s important to know your rights in case anything goes wrong. Buyers often feel that they have no come back if the car develops a problem, particularly when buying from a private seller. Some dealers will imply that the car is “sold as seen” and there is no warranty. However, buyers are still protected by the sale of goods act, although there is less protection when buying from a private seller.

When buying from a dealer the car should meet any description given and be of satisfactory quality. The car should be fit for purpose. If the car cannot get you from A to B, for example. If such issues arise within a reasonable time you should be entitled to a full refund or compensation for the cost of repairs.

You have fewer rights when buying a second hand car privately but the sellers must not misrepresent the car and its history. Their description of the car must be accurate so make sure to take note of this when you buy.

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Genuine or non-genuine parts?

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 11:13 pm

When it comes to car repairs, we all like to look for a bargain. No one wants to spend more money than they have to, but sometimes it is not worth skimping on quality to get a cheaper version. Many car companies now offer non genuine car parts. This can be anything from radiators through to exhaust systems and the money you can save by fitting these can be quite a large amount.

If your car is still under manufacturer’s warranty you may find that you have to have the repairs carried out at a main dealer and that you have to have genuine car parts fitted in order not to invalidate the warranty.

If your car is older and you need to get the repair done as cheaply as possible, then non genuine parts are the way to go. You can often research non genuine individual parts to find reviews on them and some garages will tell you the experiences they have had with both.


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Part worn tyres?

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

When it comes to replacing your tyres you have a number of options available to you. Depending on the car and your driving style / conditions you drive in may impact on the type of tyres you chose. Part worn tyres are a cheap way of getting your vehicle legal but are they always the most cost effective solution?

When recently enquiring about replacing my tyres I was quite shocked to find that although I could get part worn tyres for approximately twenty pounds each or new tyres for £30-£40 each.

Part worn tyres only have to have a minimum of 3mm of tread left which is often the tread level garages advise you to change them. Also you are not always guaranteed to get the same make or of the quality of the brand of the tyres. By paying an extra £15 per tyre I could have two new tyres, both of the same high quality make.

It is definitely worth considering going for new tyres over part worns when you look at value for money.

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Checking your brakes

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm

When your car goes in for an MOT one of the items they check comprehensively is the brakes. The brakes are one of the most important safety features on a car and if they fail or are worn too low, you could end up in a serious collision.

Although the brakes are checked during the MOT process, you should still ensure that you check your brakes regularly as they could require attention before your next MOT is due. Simply pressing your brakes hard (when safe to do so) and checking that you stop in a safe distance is one way to check them but you should take the car to a car repair garage to have them assessed accurately.

Many car garages offer free brake checks, so there is really no excuse not to have this done. Some cars have different braking systems using discs and pads. The pads often wear down quicker and you may find that you need them replacing a number of times before you need to replace the disc.

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