Over the years we’ve mentioned the dreaded cut and shut job many
times. From the selling
tricks of dodgy dealers to spotting
cloned cars. Although this problem was
more prevalent when there was less information and checks available to keep
sellers and mechanics honest about this dastardly practice, it hasn’t
buying a cut and shut unknowingly is disastrous. Not only is it illegal for
someone to sell you a reconditioned write-off, but it is incredibly dangerous
to the driver, any passengers and other road users. If it is involved in a
crash it will literally fall apart. How can you avoid this potential
catastrophe by spotting a cut and shut before you buy?
Buying a car is a process fraught with
potential problems and dangers. There’s a reason why the stereotype of the used
car salesman exists, although the majority of people who work in this field are
reputable and honest.
When you sell on your new or second-hand car,
you’ll want to achieve the best price possible. A well looked after car, both
in terms of the exterior and the engine is obviously more desirable to a buyer,
and will hence attract a better price. However there are many factors that can
devalue a vehicle, from a messy interior to a brakes that’ve been pushed too
hard. What are the ideal ways to take care of your car to achieve the optimal
sell on price?
As the heat rises in the air and the harvest becomes full,
sap is often extruded from the trees around your home and on the roads. Whilst
parking under a tree is a great way to protect your vehicle from the heat, it
may leave it prone to drops of sap landing on the paintwork. Although this
won’t cause immediate damage, if left unattended it can dry like cement on your
In days gone by sellers would rip off car buyers by winding back
the mechanical odometer using a number of techniques. This is a process that’s
more commonly known as clocking. In the past it would often leave tell-tale
marks like screwdriver scratches on the dash or the numbers in the meter not
quite lining up.
With the event of digital and electronic odometers, you might think
that this practice has all but ended, but actually clocking is on the rise, and
now with the range of electronic systems that can be used to alter mileage – it’s
more prevalent than ever.
What can you do to make sure that you’re not a victim of this
deceitful selling practice?
motoring always means space, comfort and drivability wrapped up in a classy and
stylish package. Great for long journeys and making a good impression on
clients because you’ve arrived refreshed and relaxed. And then these vehicles
also perform in the weekend and evening when you have to fill them with the
kids and shopping.
You might think that a saloon car with all of that for under 5 grand is a big ask, but here’s what our experts found:
Some areas in the UK are prone to drastic flooding. We’re not talking about a big puddle here, but rather rivers breaking and metre high waters that hang around for days. Expose a car to this kind of wetness and it’s going to get in every single space and cause some serious damage.
enough to simply give the car a good airing or replace the carpets and
upholstery. There’s a real need to look beyond cosmetic damage as flood water
can impact the performance of the brakes, starter motors, catalytic converters as well as running havoc with the electrics.
Flood damaged cars are dangerous. It’s that simple. However,
unscrupulous sellers will try to cover up problems caused by flood waters – so
here’s how to make sure you don’t get lumbered with a compromised vehicle that’s been
Everyone knows driving costs cash. Getting the most for your money is not only important when you’re buying a car, it’s also vital when you’re out on the road. With rising fuel costs and the pound in your pocket constantly shrinking – what are the best cars to get if you want to avoid shelling out the big bucks on repairs and fuel? These are our top 5 cars – listed in reverse order – that should help you save petrol, money and benefit from a cleaner, greener ride.
most definitely on its way. Whilst the sunshine might be great whilst you’re
walking on the beach or lounging in front of the pool, it’s anything but fun
when you’re trapped inside a car with the inside turning into a sauna. We have
previously talked about how to stop
your car’s engine from overheating and looking after your air con,
but how do you ensure that your car’s interior is cool, bearable and fresh
during the hottest months?
Thinking of getting a new city car? These little motors won’t break the bank and have what it takes to navigate and manoeuvre around the tight urban streets. Each one has been selected for looks, performance and reliability. So in reverse order, leading up to our favourite pick – here is our top ten city cars: