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The New VED Rates 2017

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has been a bane of motorists for almost as long as cars themselves. The Motor Car Act of 1903 required motorists to pay £1. Then a ‘road fund’ was established for the purpose of maintaining the roads but by 1937 the government of the time realised that this was a handy sum annually and absorbed it into general funds. The result is the system we have today and, as of April 1st, anyone buying a new car has to stump up VED. Motorparks, the national multi-brand new and used car dealership, kindly offer this comprehensive infographic to help drivers make sense of it all: Continue reading

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Brexit: How Do You Like Your Fudge?

The important news is that this weekend it’s the Le Mans 24 hour race. Enjoy. In other news, this coming Monday (Probably. Or not. What could possibly go wrong?) will see the start of the Brexit negotiations with those obstinate continental fellows. Continue reading

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Common Used Car Scams and How to Detect Them

The used car market is an enormous one and the rise of the internet has now made it easier than ever to find a second-hand vehicle for an affordable price. However, it can also be a dangerous market and there are a lot of scam artists attempting to either sell an unsafe/illegal car and/or rip you off. Here are a few of the more common car scams to look out for and how you can avoid them: Continue reading

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Drive Down The Cost Of Car Insurance With This Legal Advice

Nobody wants to pay over the odds for their car insurance. However, that’s something thousands of motorists do every single year. They allow their policies to renew automatically because they don’t have to deal with the hassle of switching companies. Continue reading

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Make The Right New Car Decision

Throughout the year motor manufacturers launch, it seems, a new car on almost a daily basis. The choice has never been so good. Soon the very latest vehicles will be beckoning to you alluringly from behind plate-glass showroom windows. Try me. Buy me. Continue reading

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A Valediction For The Skoda Yeti

A while back I was watching The Grand Tour in which our merry trio were driving some expensive supercars and it occurred to me that I had, albeit briefly, myself driven two of the cars they were testing. Throughout the series other, maybe lesser cars, also made an appearance and it is with great pleasure that I found I had driven some of them too, often extensively and with a big cheesy grin on my face. Continue reading

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DS3 Performance: Trés Chic, Trés Quick

A little while ago I wrote (HERE to be precise) that I had lost that lovin’ feeling when it comes to the hot hatch sector. I stand by what I wrote because I feel that manufacturers seem to be in the middle of a ‘who can make the fastest hot hatch’ competition at, imho, the expense of good old-fashioned fun. The DS3 Performance featured here with 202bhp is by no means the fastest or most aggressive and there is much to like with the car; but I still feel it has a surfeit of performance at the expense of driving enjoyment. Continue reading

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Four Ways To Know If It’s Time To Junk A Car

Junk car, junk car medics, old cars, used cars, sell your carDoes your car need another major repair and you are wondering if its time to junk it instead of pouring more money into it? If you are at a crossroads and cant decide whether or not to junk or repair your car, its smart to consider various factors to help you make a decision with ease. While it isnt possible to tell how long your old car will run, take a look at these 4 signs that may make it clear that its time to junk your car. Continue reading

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I’m From Texas Ma’am. We All Got Big Ones Down There (Quote: Johnny Finger)

Department of ‘Where ‘Murica Leads’ etc. Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector-car auction company, will stage its sixth consecutive Mecum Houston collector-car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena. It’s a sale of an astonishing size that demonstrates how firmly the car culture is embedded in American society. Continue reading

Preparation Is The Key To A Happy MOT

Motorparks, Jeep, Mazda,Knowing your car MOT is just around the corner is often a cause for despondency. It can often be an event that leads to expenditure but are you looking at it the right way? Forward planning – that’s the answer. Get it right first time. Courtesy of our friends at Motorparks, below you can read a checklist of how you can help yourself. Continue reading