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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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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