What are the Signs that My Oil Needs Changing?

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Oil changes are an essential way to keep your vehicles engine in great shape and prolong its life. Often it is recommended to change your oil after every 3,000 miles or every three months. Modern day cars typically have excellent oil sensors that will tell you when you should change your oil and it is always good to visually check your oil every 1,000 miles or before setting off on a long journey. There are also some signs that your vehicle may exhibit if the oil needs changing such as:

• The oil is thick or black
• The oil is coarse or gritty
• The change oil light comes on in the dashboard
• The oil level keeps dropping
• You hear increased engine noise
• The car is overheating
• You smell burning oil
• The engine is difficult to start

If you experience any of these indicators signs, you should change your as soon as possible to avoid any damage to the engine.

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Does a new car really lose value straight after driving off a forecourt?

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm

You have probably heard somewhere that as soon as you drive a brand-new car off the forecourt it loses a significant amount of value straight away but is this fact?

Yes, it certainly is, although the amount of value lost will be entirely dependent on several factors such as the original purchase price. The correct term for this process is depreciation. Car depreciation means the amount lost over time on the value of a car, this is usually estimated yearly.

Say for example you purchase a car that costs £50,000 in 3 years that cars estimated value is likely to be 40% of the price you purchased it for, you will also need to factor in the use of the car for this to be a true representation of depreciation. Generally, car deprecation estimates are based on 10,000 miles driven a year, if you drive fewer miles then your car is likely to lose less value each year, as general wear and tear will be less.

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Is your car ready for snow?

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 11:05 am

With colder weather hitting many parts of the UK, snow has already started to cover the grounds in some areas. Over the last few weeks, snow has been predicted a number of times and those of us who have been lucky enough to escape it, know that it may be just around the corner. It is vital that you make sure that your car is ready not just for snow but for winter in general. With a lot of grit, mud and water on the roads, it is important that you use to keep your screen wash topped up (ideally that works below freezing). You need to be able to clean your screen regularly to enable you to maintain good vision.
Tyres are another important factor, especially during the winter months. You may find that you need to inflate your tyres when the colder weather hits as this can cause the air in them to shrink down. Be careful though not to overinflate them as this will give you less grip. Ideally, you should have winter tyres fitted during the snowy icy months, but this can be expensive. Often a good all year round tyre will be ok as long as there is plenty of tread left on it, inflated correctly and it is not damaged.

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Emissions test ‘gaming’ costs motorists thousands in additional fuel costs

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 10:04 am

Anyone with a keen interest in cars will know that it’s rare for a modern vehicle to be able to achieve its published MPG figures under what most of us consider normal driving conditions, and often with some quite considerable variations. Speaking as a regular road tester, it’s something I assess in every vehicle I drive – what does it take to get or beat the published MPG?

Much of this can be put down to the now-defunct NEDC testing system, which was a laboratory based standardised testing system, that perhaps poorly reflected the nature of real-world driving. Or rather, much can be put down to manufacturers response to it. Whilst this is now being replaced as we speak with the more realistic (albeit still laboratory-based) WLTP system, manufacturers have been used to gaming these tests for years.

In the most extreme example, you have the defeat software as used in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, but the system-gaming runs much deeper; manufacturers will test vehicles with overly hard tyres, remove absolutely any unnecessary components, ensure any non-essential electrical loads are disabled, and so-on, all designed to ensure that the machine performs as best as it can in test conditions.

It would be naïve to expect this to end under the new system.


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Owning your Own Business Vehicle

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm

There are many careers where you will be expected to have your own vehicle. You might be a taxi driver, a delivery driver or someone who works in the community, such as a nurse. For all of these jobs, you will need to have your own transport and means of getting around.

With a job like taxi driving, you can also make money from having a vehicle. In this case, you will need to be very careful about insurance. Make sure you have the correct insurance policy at all times and keep it up to date. If anything changes with your circumstances or your vehicle, you will need to update your insurance company straight away.

It is important to keep you care safe when you use it for your living. Get regular services, keep the MOT up to date and as you car gets older, consider investing in a new one.

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