Common Car Issues to Look Out For

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

If you own a car, ownership can sometimes be beset with problems. Cars are fundamentally difficult things and can present you with various issues during their lifetime. Here are some of the most common issues to look out for:

  • Problems with the brakes. You will often notice that something is going wrong when you press down on the brake pedal – the car may swerve a little of it might make a crunching noise. You might also notice the brake light ignite on your dashboard.
  • Engine issues. Look out for a smoking, overheating engine and listen out for different sounds that could indicate a problem.
  • Air conditioning problems. If you are lucky enough to have air con, keep an eye on how well it is functioning and get it recharged regularly.
  • Problems with oil or fluids. Look out for fluid underneath the car to alert you to any issues.

All these issues could represent many different problems. Talk to a mechanic for a definitive diagnosis.

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Is PCP Finance a Good Option for you?

Posted on September 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm

PCP car finance can be a great option if you want a brand new car, lower monthly payments and a short-term finance deal. There are also some major drawbacks though, like the fact that you won’t own your car when the finance deal is complete. PCP can be a good decision, as long as you know what you are getting yourself into.

If you are interested in a PCP car finance loan, speak to your local dealer to see what they are able to offer you. If you are part exchanging a vehicle, this will also bring down your monthly payments. Do just bear in mind that you will not own anything at the end of your deal, so if you decide to give the car back, you have part exchanged a vehicle you owned and will have nothing to show for it. Go into the deal understanding the ins and outs and keep all relevant paperwork.

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Choosing the Colour of your Car

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

Car colour is an important factor in your decision. Even if you are really limited in your choice and want to spend as small an amount as possible, you will still have preferences and may turn down certain cars depending on colour. For example, you may want the most basic car possible but you are not willing to buy it in beige. You need to consider where you draw the line and what is a reasonable decision.

If you want to get a bran new car, one of the main benefits is that you can choose the colour you want as well. Get a brochure and look at all the different options. Find out the prices as well – these can vary massively. White is the most popular option at the moment, so there is likely to be a premium on the price of a white car. If this is your choice, be willing to pay.

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Hiring a Car Whilst on Holiday

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Hiring a car can be one of the best ways to see a new place. It gives you the freedom to go wherever you want to, without having to rely on public transport. There are some things you should bear in mind before you make the decision to hire a car:

• How much will it cost? Rental cars are not always cheap. However, if there is a group of you, this can really cut the cost.
• Insurance. The downside of having multiple drivers is that you will need insurance for all of them. Consider the costs of having one driver or more than on driver.
• The quality of the car. Check the vehicle for any marks before you take it and note down any damage with the hire company.
• Driving abroad. It can be confusing to drive on the other side of the road and on the other side of the car. Decide whether you are up to the challenge.

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What to do if you Crash your Company Car

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

If you have an accident in your company car, the rules about who is responsible can be a little complicated. If you are driving to work or you are going somewhere in your own time, you will be held responsible for the accident. If it is during work time and you are doing something for the company, you employer will probably be deemed responsible for your actions.

Ultimately, though, your insurance should cover anything that needs to be paid out. You should have fully comprehensive insurance to make sure your car and any other vehicles involved in the accident will be covered. You should discuss the terms of your insurance with your company when you first get the company car.

If the crash is not your fault, the other person’s insurance should cover the cost of repair work. Make sure you notify your company immediately if anything happens to your car.

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