Road tax explained

You can’t drive your car or motorbike on the road unless you’ve bought road tax and have a tax disc inside the windscreen, on the passenger side. Without it, you could be fined £1,000 and have your wheels confiscated. Ouch! Cars registered after 1 March 2001 are taxed according to their CO2 emissions; cars registered before […]

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MOT explained

An MOT checks that your car is roadworthy – safe to be on the road. It is illegal to drive a car without an MOT. If you do, you can look forward to a £100 penalty from the police. A car has its first MOT at three years old and, after that, the MOT is […]

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Car mods – illegal vs. illegal

Want to modified your motor? See what you can and can’t do – saving you time and money. “I love cars. I recently saw the new Lotus Evora at the British International Motor Show. I made a down payment of £5,000 towards the car and it cost about £45,000. I also went for a personalised […]

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Cleaning your car properly

“’Ello Dave, got a new mot-ah?” Nope, just a clean one. Keeping your car clean keeps it lean, mean and longer-lasting. And if you’re selling your wheels, you can ask more pennies for a well looked after motor. First, let’s do the outside. If your motor’s a moving heap of mud, oil and grime, buy […]

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What if I’m hit by an uninsured driver?

An estimated two million drivers are on the road without insurance. What do you do if you hit one – or one hits you? In any traffic incident you should collect as much info as you can: ·       Car registration number ·       Make and model ·       Driver’s name and address ·       Details of the collision: […]

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Insurance – how to save

Check these stats: young drivers under 25 are more likely to be involved in a collision. That’s why car insurers charge you more. Typical premiums for a 17-year-old male are £2,000 and about the same for a female.  Lucky for you, we know just how to keep your costs way down. Take a Pass Plus […]

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Insurance jargon

Need a little help understanding insurance speak. Here’s a rundown of some phrases: Cover The details of what your policy protects you against Premium What you pay for your insurance policy Claim The money you ask your insurer to pay if something happens Excess You pay for the first chunk of a claim; that’s the excess. How much depends […]

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Car insurance

You might think you can get away without car insurance. You save money, right? WRONG! It’s the law to have car insurance and it protects you and other drivers. Without insurance you’ll pay more for repairs to your car and to another driver’s motor if you’re in a collision. Besides, if the police find you […]

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Car security

When you step out of your car would you leave the keys conveniently in the ignition?? Like, doh! But a massive 90% of high-value car thefts use the car’s keys. For a few pounds, you can fit your car with an alarm or an immobiliser that should deter thieves. You can also get your car […]

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Basic car maintenance

Keeping your motor in tip-top shape doesn’t only mean a quick polish on a Sunday afternoon. You need to keep it roadworthy, safe to ride, danger-free and fuel-efficient. A simple, weekly once-over can keep your wheels in good nick. So don’t be a dipstick – here’s a checklist to things to look out for: Cleaning                                                                                                                                                                                         Wash […]

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