Buying a used car – What to look out for

When you’re buying a used car, it’s important to make sure you do your homework before you let the seller part with your money and here are some quick tips to let you know what to check. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure the overall condition of the car is good, even if it is used. Check underneath for rust and make sure there are no holes in the bodywork or the exhaust. You should also check under the hood to see if everything looks in order. Remember a clean engine can sometimes mean the owner is trying to hide something, so if it looks well used that isn’t necessarily... Read More »

Buying a Used Car on Gumtree

Many people around the world use Gumtree to buy used vehicles, and though you can grab yourself a great deal, there are certain things you need to be made aware of beforehand. First things first, you’ll need to make sure that the person behind the advert is a genuine seller and not a scammer. To know whether they’re real, it is best to ring them to arrange a viewing. If they only contact you via email, decline calls and ask for any kind of money up front they’re likely to be scammer so you do need to be careful. You’ll also need to make sure that the car gets thoroughly... Read More »

Why your used car may not be worth as much as you think

It’s crazy to think that a new car loses value as soon as you drive off the forecourt and by the end of the first year will have lost around 40% of its value! These are the statistics from the AA and though this is a rough guide, the depreciation rate varies a lot so at best you may lose as little as 10% after your first year. So what about your car then? If you’ve owned your vehicle for three years, you could face a depreciation rate of around 60%. Having a car lose that amount of worth in just three years seems ludicrous but of course it will... Read More »

Fixing your Speedo

A speedometer is one of the most useful tools you use as a driver. You rely on it. So when it decides to stop working you can have yourself a big problem. Not being able to check the speed you’re going at isn’t safe or legal, so you will have to get your car collected by a recovery provider. Alternatively, you could plug in a Satnav to get a fairly accurate speed-reading. That said, there is one thing you can do before you call the AA. Disconnect your battery. By disconnecting your battery and plugging it back in, you’ll reset it so the computers in your car refresh. Sometimes this... Read More »

Making the switch to an automatic

As more cars are introduced with automatic gearboxes, more and more people are taking the step from manual to automatic and the majority of these drivers will never drive a manual car again. It’s not easy switching from manual to automatic as you’re giving up a certain amount of control. You don’t get to decide when to change up or down (unless there’s a manual override option), the car does this for you and you have to learn how to use the throttle and brakes effectively to get the best out of it. Automatic cars have improved hugely over the last decade and many people who have made the change,... Read More »