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How Not to Devalue your Car

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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?

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The 5 Most Economical Cars for Under £5K

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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.  

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Gone to Pot? Confused.com Reveals Just How Far the UK’s Pothole Problem Goes

pothole in the road

Everyone’s had to deal with it. Driving down the road and feeling that awful bump as you collide with a pot hole. Your mind immediately goes to the potential cost of fixing the suspension, or worse still, replacing a wishbone. But exactly how bad has the issue of our dodgy roads become in the UK?

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7 of the Best Student Cars for 2018

Student needing a carIt’s that time of the year once again. The weather is mercifully cooler, business is picking up after the holidays and everyone’s returning to education. This is especially true if you’re a university student and you may be thinking of investing your student loan into a new set of wheels – especially if you got to a University where the campus is a long way from majority of the accommodation.

We have gone through the marketplace and asked what kind of car can you get for a rather reasonable £3,000 investment? Of course most students are pushed for money so we’ve taken a view that most will want a reliable motor that isn’t going to cost the world to run. So here is our shortlist of the top 7 motors you can buy in your student years. Continue reading

The Best Five Cars for Towing – That You Can Buy Today for Under £5K

car towing a caravanThe sun is shining and you’re thinking about breaking out the old caravan once again. Not every car is equipped to pull your home from home, so we thought we’d help you out by taking a deeper look at the car market. We managed to come back with 5 top second hand motors that you can pick up for less than £5K that are excellent for towing.

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Hot Hounds: Keeping Dogs Safe in Cars During the Summer

dog in a car in summerThe holidays have definitely arrived. Whether you are heading to sunny beaches or picturesque country walks you’ll need to get in the car. Last month we took a look at how to survive the ordeal of travelling with kids. This month we’re giving you some pointers as to how to make sure your dog survives the ordeal of the fateful hot car.

It doesn’t take long for a vehicle to heat up. When it is just 22 degrees outside, your car only has to sit for an hour in the sun to reach a temperature of 47 degrees. And that’s pretty damn toasty. Think how hot you might get, and then imagine how it is for a dog.

Even though there has been plenty of information broadcast about this topic over the last decade, there are still plenty of idiots around, so we thought we would re-iterate some of the best advice to make sure your loved family pooch is safe at all times. Continue reading

How To Diagnose Common Problems With Your Brakes

brake padsMany car parts have a limited lifespan such as the oil filter and lights. However amongst the most important are the brake pads, which are responsible for slowing and stopping your moving vehicle. Old and degraded pads will put metres on your braking distances, which in a worst case scenario could be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Brakes wear out quickly and depending on your use can only last a short while, especially if you drive frequently around inner city areas during peak times. As a result regular checks will help you ensure that your brake pads are in good reliable working order. Continue reading

10 Great Winter Cars… That Won’t Break the Bank

car in winterDon’t be deceived. Until March is safely behind us in the rear-view mirror, we are not out of the winter’s cold grasp. When the snow comes down and the slush then freezes overnight, whole traffic systems can slow down and that’s with the support urban gritters. If you live in the country then conditions are often doubly treacherous, making motoring a potential nail biting scenario, if you could only release your cast iron grip on the steering wheel.

Of course, certain cars measure up better in cold weather than others and can add a whole new dimension to motoring in the winter. However, no-one wants to break the bank, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the best seasonal runners that can be found on the second-hand market for less than £5K. Continue reading

Top Tips for Starting Your Car in Cold Weather

Jump starting a carIn winter everything seems to slow down. From the pace of work to your desire to get down the gym and lose weight. This sluggishness can also impact your car’s ability to get started.

Engines and vehicles require a reasonable degree of heat for good functioning and frost and coldness are often major obstacles in generating the energy your vehicle needs to get out of the blocks. If you’re having trouble and suffering starting issues the advice in this article will help you get up and get moving for some winter driving. Continue reading