Are you having issues with your alternator?

Cars can be a bit of a nightmare. You may find that you seem to be constantly having to have work done, especially on older vehicles. A common problem with older cars are alternators. You may notice that you are having issues with your car battery and you may be surprised to find that it is actually the alternator causing the issue and not the battery. Alternator issues can cause issues with a number of other aspects of the vehicle. You may notice that the car struggles to start up or that when driving your lights dim, this may be a sign of an alternator issue. The best way to find out if you have an issue with your alternator or if it is indeed the battery, is to take...
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Checking boot space in a car

Before committing to buying a new or used car be sure to check the boot capacity if space is important to you. You need to think carefully about how much space you need. Many people assume that most 5 seater cars have a similar amount of boot space but this is not correct. Also just because it is advertised as a 5 seater, doesn’t necessarily mean that you will fit five adults in without a struggle. If you need to put car seats in the back, again you will often struggle to get three across the back seats.  Some cars have a lot of room for the passengers but the boot is very small meaning you struggle to get your weekly shopping in let alone a pushchair or have somewhere...
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Exhaust Emissions Test

As part of the MOT test most cars are subject to an emissions test. The only cars that are exempt from this rule are vehicles with less than 4 wheels, two-stroke vehicles, hybrid vehicles and quadricycles. Most vehicles are tested using a special meter but old vehicles (classic cars) may be tested by sight. The vehicles are usually linked up to a tube which is placed over the exhaust. The readings are then taken and checked against the MOT standards to say whether it is a pass or fail. Tests can also be performed on the roadside if needed and if the vehicle fails, you will often get an order to fix the issues within 10 days of face prosecution. You may face a fixed penalty notice on the side...
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The cost of replacing or repairing exhaust systems on your vehicle

You may not become aware of an issue with your exhaust system until you hear a loud sound when driving or even when you take the car in to a garage for an MOT (and there is a problem with the emissions) or service. The exhaust system is made up of a number of different components and sometimes the problem is obvious, other times it may need investigating. The costs involved with exhaust repair can be just as confusing as a hole in one part of the system can be drastically more expensive than a similarly sized one in a different part of the system. White smoke coming from the tailpipe is usually a cause for concern. It often indicates that your car could be low on engine coolant from...
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Should you do a driving course?

There are a number of different driving courses that you can attend. You may have to do a driving course such as a speed awareness course to avoid getting points or a fine if you have been caught speeding. These courses are designed to teach drivers car safety and make them aware of the dangers involved in speeding and how your actions can affect others.   Although many people resent having to go on one of these courses, they can prove extremely useful and have proven to lower speeding cases. If you can avoid getting points on your license then you can avoid having an increase in your premium when you come to tell your insurance company. Some insurers will not insure you if you have too many points on...
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