How important are the photos, when selling your car

Photos can have a massive impact on how successful your advert is on a selling website or in a newspaper. This is normally true for all products as without quality images you may struggle to engage an interest in your ad. You should never list a car without images as it makes people think you have something to hide and the majority of the public will not even bother to read your ad without an image. Ideally you want to include images from a few different angles from inside and outside of the car. You may also want to photograph the tyres, instrument panel (with mileage on show) and boot space to give your viewers all the details they need. Before photographing the vehicle you need to get it ready....
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Car maintenance you can do yourself

With the costs of maintaining a car rising all the time many people are looking in to ways they can cut down on serving and repairs but doing some of it themselves. Services for cars range from a few hundred pounds depending on what garage you use, what service is due and the make and model of the vehicle. During a service many consumable repairs are replaced and the car is often given a once over to check for obvious repairs that may need to be done. Replacing filters is a large part of a service and these filters can be purchased by anyone at a reasonable cost. You can usually buy the filters for less than the garage will charge you for them and often do not need specialist...
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What does that smell say about your car?

No, we don’t mean the old MacDonald’s wrapper or half-drunk bottle of milk that is left in your vehicle, we are talking about smells that are coming from your vehicle when it is running. If you notice a certain smell when using your car it is very important to try and establish quickly where it is coming from. If you have your fans on, it may be that you are picking up smells from the outside or even from the car in front of you, but if after opening the window you realise the smell is confined to your vehicle, then it’s time to do some investigating. Below are some common smells that you may discover and what they may mean: Rotten eggs – this is often linked to the...
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Don’t delay on your car service

Cars need to be serviced regularly to ensure that they run at their optimal performance and to try and avoid any unnecessary repair bills. It is always surprising how many car owners have no idea when their car was last serviced or when it is due one. This is usually the case if the car has been bought second hand and is over three years old. Delaying on your service could be costly and you can end up doing some irreversible damage if you are not careful. The cost to service a car can vary depending on the make and model, the type of service needed and where you take it. On average you can expect to pay between £200 and £400 for a main dealer service on a standard...
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DPF Care – what you need to know

First off, I’d probably best explain what a DPF is. DPF stands for Diesel Particulate Filter, which should give you some clue. Essentially it filters out the harmful particulates that diesel generates more of, before burning them off when you meet the optimum conditions. This then allows emissions to stay within ever-tightening environmental guidelines. The issue comes in not meeting those optimum conditions often enough, as the particulates won’t get burnt off, leading to the DPF becoming full, blocking and ultimately breaking. Your first warning will be your DPF light – hopefully, this will be yellow. That means you can fix the problem yourself by completing a regeneration cycle. Often the car will tell you what to do, but if not, check your manual. Generally, it will involve driving at...
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