Cars

Servicing an Electric Car

Posted on June 4, 2022 at 11:48 am

Electric cars are no different to conventional cars in that they need to be serviced. The service needs of electric vehicles will be much the same as traditional cars; however, there are some differences you should be aware of.

Unlike conventional cars, an electric vehicle does not have an exhaust, so the car doesn’t need to be taken to a garage for a periodic smoke test. However, all cars need servicing from time to time, which is the case with electric cars.

The main difference between servicing an electric vehicle and servicing a conventional car is that there is no engine oil or coolant to change. Because there are no oil filters or spark plugs, these items do not need changing either. Another difference is that belts and hoses do not wear out as they would on a conventional vehicle because there are no moving parts in an electric car. However, all vehicles will still require regular inspection of the brakes and suspension and any defects noted and rectified.

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Driving Tips to Save Fuel

Posted on February 18, 2022 at 11:41 am

We all know that fuel prices are rising, so finding ways to reduce the amount of fuel a car uses is essential and beneficial on the pocket. Here are a few handy tips to get you started. 

The first important driving tip for saving fuel involves buying the correct grade of petrol. You can check the instruction manual to see what kind of petrol is best for your car.

Under-inflated tyres are one of the prime reasons for increased fuel consumption.

Changing your tyres from time to time will assist with the general wear and tear of the car. However, if the new tyres are wider than the original tyres, they will increase the rolling resistance and fuel consumption.

Don’t drive aggressively, and drive within the speed limit. Any increase in speed will increase the fuel used. Driving calmly and avoiding sharp acceleration will help reduce fuel consumption, thereby helping you save fuel.

Lastly, undertaking regular vehicle maintenance checks is another way to cut fuel costs.

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How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

Posted on January 25, 2022 at 10:41 am

As electric cars sales rise, here is a snapshot of costs to charge an electrically powered vehicle with a 60-kilowatt per hour (kWh) battery. The average range of an electric car is 200 miles.

Use a rapid charger point at a service station on the motorway (some supermarkets also provide this service); a 30-minute charge will give you approximately 100 miles and cost around £6.50.

There are some charging points in car parks and supermarkets that are free of charge, allowing you to top up while your vehicle is idle during your stay. Check if your workplace has an electric charging point, and this will usually be free to use and convenient to use when working.

If you charge your electric battery at home, achieving a full charge will cost around £7.80.

Charging your electric car at home is still the most cost-efficient and convenient way to maintain your electric powered vehicle at full charge. Most drivers will charge their vehicle overnight, so they have a full charge by morning.

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Tips on how to Save Fuel when Driving

Posted on September 1, 2021 at 10:39 am

There always seems to be an ever-increasing fuel cost but never an ever-increasing wage!  Here are some tips on how to save fuel when driving that may just help you save a little.

Under-inflated tyres are one of the main reasons for inefficient fuel consumption. Tyres tend to lose air and temperature over time, which uses more fuel as there is more resistance.  It will also lead to the tyres wearing down more quickly.

Don’t drive aggressively and always drive within the speed limit. Increasing your speed also decreases your fuel economy. By driving at a slower speed it will help reduce fuel consumption, thereby helping you to save fuel.

Using your air conditioning also increase fuel costs. This can be taken care of by using the flow-through ventilation, instead of switching on the AC.

By undertaking regular maintenance of your vehicle you can cut down on fuel costs. The maintenance should be done as per the instructions given in the vehicle’s instruction manual.

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Best Sites for Used Car Shopping

Posted on April 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

The way in which we buy used cars has changed a great deal over the years with more and more people turning to the online markets, as opposed to stopping by a local used car dealership. The pandemic has pushed even more business online, even those that would not have normally shopped for vehicles online. If you are wondering where to start shopping for your next used vehicle online, here are a few excellent sites to check out for buying used cars.

1. AutoTrader- is probably the most popular and reputable with a user-friendly interface and very large selection, so you can find just what you are looking for.

2. Motors- is a close second for UK shoppers. It is known for its user-friendly website and good visuals.

3. Yes Auto- is somewhat newer to the industry but still quite well liked with it’s 360 panoramic VR tech and the ability for users to rate cars on what aspects matter most to them.

Any of these three sites would be excellent choices for finding your next used vehicle.

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