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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Buying a car at auction

You’ve got to know what you’re doing at a car auction; one scratch of the nose and you could end up bidding for a brown Metro with aqua go-faster stripes. Not a good look. On the other hand, you could pick up a real bargain: good wheels at a good price. You just need to […]

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Quick buying tips and your rights

“I found an ad for a VW Golf 1.6 in a copy of Auto Trader. It was all black, right down to the leather seats, and I knew it was the car for me,” says TV star James Corden. “My dad argued that £5,000 was too much to spend on a first car. So we […]

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