• Car insurance auto renewal

    Car insurance can be a huge cost for many motorists. If you are a young male with no no-claims-discount then you can often expect to pay the highest premium. Why you take out your car insurance, it often has a term that states the policy will automatically renew after 12 month, unless you contact them in advance. This is done to prevent people driving around with no insurance as you can still cancel within the 28 day cooling off period. The problem is not everyone is checking their renewal quotes to see if they are paying over the odds.  This can lead to people having to spend a lot more on their car insurance than they have to and with many companies competing for business, its often not hard to find a better deal. You may find that despite you…
  • Driving tests and refresher courses

    December brings with it a change to the standard driving test, with it now including new sections such as using a satnav to reach a certain destination and testing different manoeuvres. Although change is always a bit of a shock for people, it is beneficial in a world where we rely more and more on technology. Drivers tend to pick up bad habits once passing their test, and with these new changes perhaps more people could be inspired to take refresher courses. They are often associated with people who have not driven in a long while or are getting older and want to make sure their skills are not falling behind, but they could be a good bonding opportunity for friends and family while making sure that they have maintained all of their abilities. People regularly joke about ‘back seat…
  • Protecting your Windscreen from Chips

    Windscreens can chip at any point. It’s a common occurrence and many people will experience this during their time as a car owner. There are some things you can do to help: Drive carefully. Many cracks and chips come from people driving through potholes. The force and the small pieces of rock that fly around can be very bad for your windscreen. Be careful when driving on rough terrain. Cover your windscreen when your vehicle is not in use. This will help to prevent cracks being formed from passing vehicles etc. Use a protective coating on your windscreen. It’s not really known how effective these are but if you often drive on rough terrain, it might be worth considering. The good news is that if you do still get a chipped windscreen, it is easy to fix. Many garages will…
  • Winter Tyres – Are they Worth It?

    Winter tyres can be an excellent way to help you with your driving during the colder weather. However, many people question whether it is really worth it. Winter tyres can be an additional cost when owning and running a car is already pricey, and it might all seem like it’s just a little bit too much effort. Here are some of the things to think about when deciding what you should do: Do you live in a particularly cold area? If you live somewhere in the UK which is particularly prone to low temperatures, you might benefit from winter tyres more than others. You will get lots of use out of them if it’s regularly below 0°. Are the roads gritted regularly? It’s likely that the roads will be gritted more often in towns and cities where there is heavier…
  • MOT information

    Did you know that you can search and find current and previous MOT details online? Not many people realise that recently the government switched to online MOT checking meaning that anyone with the reg number and make of a car can find out if a vehicle passed or failed the previous MOT’s and also of any advisories. This can be really useful when it comes to buying a used car and can help you as a bargaining tool for getting the price down. Be wary of anyone selling a car that is not willing to give you the reg number initially as this may mean that they do not want you to carry out these checks, also if the seller tells you that there were no advisories and you find that there are, this should ring alarm bells. You can…