Why fronting is a bad idea

As a young driver, your risk of being involved in an insurance claim is high, and you pay a high premium as a result. Older, more experienced drivers, however, are a much lower risk, so their insurance costs are much lower. Many people have spotted this, and in an attempt to keep their insurance costs […]

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How to clean your car

As you’ve probably noticed, winter’s on its way. And not only does this mean that it’s freezing cold outside and that you hear Christmas music wherever you go, it also means that your car is probably filthy. Not only does keeping your car clean protect the paintwork, it also means that you’ll get more for […]

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How to fit alloy wheels

Alloy wheels look great: fact. And not only do they smarten up a car, they’re also easier to keep clean than steel wheels with plastic hubcaps stuck on. You can get a decent set of alloys for around £400, but be careful – you can’t just stick any old wheels on. The wheel width and […]

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Car security guide

As even the most basic of city cars comes with remote central locking nowadays, it’s easy to assume that when you press that button your car is safe. However, this may not be the case; there’s a new scam in town, with thieves using remote controls for garage doors or gates to block the signal […]

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CO2 emissions explained

You might have noticed that all sorts of motoring costs are dictated nowadays by how much CO2 (carbon dioxide) a car produces. The obvious one is road tax (or vehicle excise duty), but if you buy a new car you’ll also have to pay an additional fee based on CO2 emissions and in some cases […]

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How to pass the MOT

If your car is three years old it has to go through an annual roadworthiness check, called the MoT. This involves checking all sorts of things from worn suspension and steering components to whether or not the lights, wipers and washers work. The test costs nearly £55 – although you can almost always get it […]

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A guide to fuel additives

Maintaining your car properly can save you loads of money in the long term; however, the problem is that it means spending cash up front, which is why so few of us do it. But just because maintaining your car means putting your hand in your pocket, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, and […]

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Car security explained

These days cars are incredibly secure. What with central locking, alarms, deadlocks and engine immobilisers, it’s tempting to think that when you press that button on your key fob that the your pride and joy is safe and sound. However, while it’s true that modern cars are hard to break into, car crime is still […]

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Your timing belt – why it’s important

Chances are that if you’re not particularly into cars that you haven’t heard of a timing belt. We won’t bore you by explaining exactly what it actually does. Put simply, the timing belt (or cambelt) is a rubber belt which connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, harnessing the rotation of the crankshaft to turn the […]

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How to prepare to sell your car

Cleaning your car before you sell it seems like a no-brainer, but everyday thousands of cars change hands in a less than immaculate condition. What many sellers probably don’t realise is that by flogging a dirty car, they’re actually pouring money down the drain. Although things like the service history and mileage directly affect your […]

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