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Top 10 Cars 2016

Posted on: 23/08/2016

Top 10 Cars 2016

What is ‘it’ that makes a car get into a Top 10 List? Is it the superior drive quality, the small car that feels huge inside or the fact you could fit everything and the kitchen sink into the car for a two-week holiday? Well the people at The Telegraph have compiled a list for the best car of 2016. Now, I know what you’re thinking… we’re only half way through the year… and I’d agree with you, but sometimes quality stands head and shoulders above the rest...

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Family Car's

Posted on: 21/07/2016

Family Car's

So you’ve out grown the supermini and the 3-door hatchback. Suddenly the family car seems more about cramming in the kids, the dog, the weekly shop and less about sleek lines or gorgeous curves. Well no longer! A host of car manufactures are looking specifically at family cars and are making them prettier, better and more efficient.
The leader of the pack, in my opinion, is the Citroen Picasso range. Firmly family orientated these cars (both the C3 and C4) offer both style and substance....

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Car tyres

Posted on: 12/07/2016

Car tyres

The wheels on the bus go round and round, so the song says. Never did the writer of that nursery rhyme think that car wheels and their aesthetic would be come as important as the car it’s self.
Car wheels come in all shapes and sizes, suited to the size of the car. The market for custom or different rims, in the UK, really started to grow around the mid 2000’s. American TV programs like MTV’s Pimp My Ride made the young audience in the UK sit up and notice the rims on cars...

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Estate Car

Posted on: 08/07/2016

Estate Car

The thing about choosing a car for your family is it’s often more about substance over style. Gone are the speedy little numbers, the 0 to 60 in less than half a minute and in its place you end up with a car you can pack two adults, numerous children, a dog and all the luggage into. The dictionary describes the ‘Estate Car’ as, noun British, a car with a large carrying area behind the seats, accessed by a door at the rear. These cars are the packhorses of the road and most look...

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Small Cars

Posted on: 22/06/2016

Small Cars

We Brits have a love affair with small cars; according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) we prefer little, nippy cars to large models. We demand these cars have low running coasts and yet they should all boast synchronicity with our technology, including but not exclusive to devices such as mobiles and laptops or DVD drives for the kids.
This is one of the reasons why this field of production is fierce. There are many small cars or  ‘Superminis’ produced...

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Recycled Jaguar’s

Posted on: 03/06/2016

Recycled Jaguar’s

Jaguar have set the bar high for sustainable car manufacturing, recently revealing that they use a ‘closed-loop’ aluminium recycling system that enables them use around 75% recycled aluminium in their new cars. The pr
ocess is possible because of a technological development in alloys. Named ‘RivAlloy’ Jaguar claims its innovation “can tolerate higher levels of impurities from aluminium scrap castings that were previously disregarded.” The implementation of...

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Never too young for a 4X4?

Posted on: 02/06/2016

Never too young for a 4X4?

Whilst most cars end up being recycled, sent to the scrap heap in the sky, some get immortalised by the passion of their fans. So it is with the Toyota Land Cruiser. For one family in Australia, the Land Cruiser is more than a car, it’s a way of life. So what better way to pay homage to this off road beast than by building your baby’s cot based on its design?
In March this year Toyota PR shared a picture of a cot built by Luke Madderom in Australia, a baby blue version of the Land...

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Ambient Temperature

Posted on: 16/05/2016

Ambient Temperature

If we were in any doubt when summer would arrive, the recent hot spell has confirmed that summer is here! No doubt, there will be a sudden dip back to baltic-level temperatures as soon as you have squeezed your winter coats into storage and wrestled for the last bottle of suncream in the supermarket, but, overall, the weather is on the turn and the summer of 2016 is ahead of us.
As we say goodbye to winter, the cars in our lives will make the change from freezers that demand the use of ice...

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Sober Up with Thai Drink Drive Punishment

Posted on: 04/05/2016

Sober Up with Thai Drink Drive Punishment

Thailand has the second worst rate of traffic fatalities in the world and it has come up with a drastic solution to curb the country’s epidemic. Individuals prosecuted for driving recklessly, specifically driving whilst drunk, will be sentenced to community service, however this service will not be litter picking in a park or helping out at the local library, it will be an altogether more sobering affair - helping in the local morgue.
The scheme is the brainchild of Thailand’s Director...

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April Car Capers

Posted on: 25/04/2016

April Car Capers

The car industry has not been one to miss out on putting out an April Fool or two this year. This year’s hoax crown is comfortably won by Vauxhall, who on April 1st introduced the ‘ADAM C’ a car that is ‘the world’s first full-size production kinetic car’. Yes, they told the world, this is a car that runs on clockwork. No emissions, no costs for fuel. The ultimate green and affordable alternative to motorists. Too good to be true? Correct, but like a lot of the...

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The Ultimate Heritage Car

Posted on: 13/04/2016

The Ultimate Heritage Car

No car can go on forever and when a car does meet its natural end Recycled Motors is here to dispose of it responsibly. However, whereas some cars are seen by their owners as merely vessels to get them from A to B, other cars tell a story. In between the local run around, or the pack horse that chugs up and down the motorway for work, there are cars that define a period of time and are viewed by their owners (or even passengers) with nostalgia. These cars, are often vehicles that either defined a...

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The UK's favourite car colour in 2015 was...

Posted on: 28/02/2016

Figures released by SMMT show white has retained its position as the UK’s most popular new car colour for the third year running, with demand growing 2.2% to 564,393 units. Of the 2,635,518 new cars registered in 2015, 21.4% were white, compared with less than 1% a decade ago. The preference for white across most of the UK was not mirrored in the South East where more black cars were registered than white.
Blue cars also enjoyed a resurgence in demand, with more than one in six people...

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Keeping older drivers safe on the roads

Posted on: 20/02/2016

The majority of mature drivers want to continue driving as long as they are safely able, according to a survey commissioned by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), citing independence and convenience as the main reasons.
The report, called Keeping Older Drivers Safe and Mobile, surveyed more than 2,600 drivers and ex-drivers between the ages of 55 and 101 and was written by Dr Carol Hawley from the University of Warwick Medical School.
Although the report found 84% of driver respondents...

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Tips for buying a used car

Posted on: 31/01/2016

You stop dead in your tracks. You've seen your dream car, gleaming and shiny - a brand new model sitting proudly in the dealership forecourt. 
But with such an important transaction, you need to use your brain, and not just listen to your heart. And the brain will tell you that if you want a smart financial investment, you should look elsewhere.
That's because new cars tend to depreciate rapidly - almost immediately after purchase. The worst case scenario is that you'll be unable...

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52% of motorists for stricter mobile phone penalties

Posted on: 23/01/2016

As the Government announces plans for increased penalties for those using handheld mobile phones while driving, the UK and Europe’s largest used vehicle marketplace, BCA, reveals the growing frustration of UK motorists towards careless driving habits.
Nearly 90% of motorists who responded to a BCA survey said the use of a handheld mobile device while driving was ‘very distracting’, with 95% claiming to have personally witnessed another motorist doing so. And over half (52%)...

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5% of motorists have ‘nearly crashed’ due to drunk passenger

Posted on: 10/01/2016

Thousands of designated drivers could be at risk of having an accident as a result of drunk passengers distracting them, according to new research from Confused.com. 
The findings revealed that more than two fifths of motorists (43%) have acted as a designated driver for their drunken friends and family at some point over the Christmas period. However, these drunken passengers risk causing mayhem on the roads, with one in 20 designated drivers (5%) admitting that a drunken passenger has...

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What are your top driving resolutions?

Posted on: 29/12/2015

Driving more economically has overtaken wanting to walk more as the top New Year resolution. Last year, the positions were reversed, tracking by a AA-Populus survey has found.
Despite petrol prices falling to a six-year low this autumn and £1 a litre on supermarket forecourts, 28% of 26,138 AA members surveyed last week have resolved to drive more economically. This pips the 27% who intend to walk more. This is perhaps down to the bitter experience of five years of rollercoaster prices...

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70% support reduced drink drive limit

Posted on: 23/12/2015

Almost seventy per cent of people would like to see the legal drink-drive limit reduced across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to the same level of that implemented in Scotland, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The legal alcohol limit in Scotland was reduced from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100ml of blood in December 2014. At the beginning of this year, Police Scotland confirmed they saw a 19% reduction in drivers prosecuted for being under the...

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Protect your car battery from the cold

Posted on: 13/12/2015

When the temperature drops and your car won't start it's more often than not an issue with your car battery. Find out how to remedy the situation with this RAC article.
Cold, damp weather can play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder at this time of year and starter motors require all the current they can get to start the engine on these cold mornings. With more and more vehicle equipment demanding electricity this is more of a problem than ever. We recommend...

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Top 10 things to pack for driving abroad 

Posted on: 08/12/2015

There are many different legal requirements for driving abroad, but what are the essential items that aren’t necessary by law that should find their way into your suitcase?
Here are the RAC's top 10 items to pack when travelling abroad:
1. Travel money

Unfamiliar driving conditions mean accident risks are inflated, so don’t forget to pack some foreign currency in case you get stranded. Credit cards are widely accepted, but a small amount of cash could buy you a...

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The danger of driving distractions

Posted on: 22/11/2015

Expert psychologists have concluded that multi-tasking whilst driving is a myth – and the most dangerous of those driving multi-tasks is texting and talking on a mobile phone, according to a new report produced by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).
The research focuses on the dangers involved when drivers try and engage in more than one task, indicating this can have a ‘detrimental’ effect on the quality and accuracy of driving...

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How to save money running your car

Posted on: 14/11/2015

Maintaining a car can be a costly exercise - but there are way that you can cut your driving bill for the year. Find out how in this blog.
We have sourced 5 of the best money-saving tips from MoneySaving Expert to help you reduce your bills:
1. Don't assume third party cover is cheapest
The minimum level of cover to legally drive on the road is known as 'third party' insurance - a specific type of insurance that covers you for any damage to another vehicle (or property). It...

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How to stay safe on a long drive

Posted on: 07/11/2015

We're heading into the festive season where we will be making long trips to see our loves ones. If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe. 
1. Plan the journey
Take into account the times of day when you'll be travelling through busy towns and where there are roadworks. Use the AA route planner, which allows you to choose various route options and alerts you of potential traffic hotspots. If you're aiming...

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Tips for driving at Christmas

Posted on: 01/11/2015

Using your car over the Christmas period presents many challenges. It could be the weather, leaving your car laid up for a while – testing its reliability when you come to use it – or busy traffic with drivers not focusing 100% on the road.
Here are the RAC's top 10 Christmas driving dangers to look out for over the festive holiday:
1. The weather is unpredictable around wintertime. Even if the roads have been gritted, a blizzard can cover them in snow again in an instant,...

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A beautiful relationship: Our love affair with our cars

Posted on: 23/10/2015

Unsurprisingly, at Recycle Motors, we love cars. And, actually, it's not just cars.
We love vans, bikes and caravans, basically any type of vehicle. Each one has an essential purpose in our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a Sunday drive around the countryside, the weekday school run or a weekly shop, everyone relies on their vehicles. We become so in tune with them that we hardly realize we are driving them at all: it becomes second nature.
So, for us, buying a car means so much...

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What should you check on your car regularly?

Posted on: 17/10/2015

What should you check on your car regularly to ensure you don't get any nasty surprises? The answer: FLOWER, a snappy way to help you keep your car healthy from the AA.
Fuel
Top up when you pass a filling station rather than delay looking for one until the fuel light comes on – particularly if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.
Lights
Clean all exterior lights regularly and check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lens.
Oil
Cars can consume as much...

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8 steps to safer tyres

Posted on: 03/10/2015

Research by the AA has revealed the alarming risks motorists are taking: two thirds of female drivers (65%), and one third of male (36%), put their lives at risk by running worn tyres – because they rely mainly on garages for information on when to change them.
The research further highlights how many motorists take tyres for granted, courting danger as they fail to check tyre pressures and tread depth.
AA Tyres’ director David Bruce confirms that millions of drivers ignore...

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What car manufacturer is Europe's most trusted organisation?

Posted on: 20/09/2015

BMW Group has passed LEGO Group, Sony and Samsung to take the top spot in Reputation Institute’s 2015 Europe RepTrak 100, the world’s largest annual survey of European public opinion on the world’s most visible companies.
“The success of a company depends on its ability to earn the public’s support, and to support a company the public needs to trust it will deliver on its promises,” said Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner of Reputation Institute. “The...

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Q&A with SMMT: The importance of safety

Posted on: 13/09/2015

Safety is the most important value all UK drivers should keep front of mind. In this Q&A taken from the SMMT website, we learn a bit more about the history of car safety,
How important was the invention of the seat belt?
The seat belt has probably saved more lives globally than any other safety device. In Britain it is estimated that 500 lives a year are saved by seat belt use.
You don’t need seat belts if you have an airbag. Do you?
Air bags are designed to be used...

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10 ways to save fuel

Posted on: 06/09/2015

Fuel efficiency is a constant consideration for motorists across the UK. That's why we thought we'd share 10 top tips, provided by Shell, on how to get the most out of your tank.
 
1. Treat Your Car to Some TLC
A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. High quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.
2. Lighten Up
You may be surprised, but every extra pound or kilogram...

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12 tips to get the most out of your test drive

Posted on: 24/08/2015

The AA has provided the following top tips to help you get the most out of yourr test drive when purchasing a car.
1. Try to take your time on a test drive, even if you feel the seller breathing down your neck.
2. Try to drive more than one example if you're looking at an unfamiliar model.  This will give you a better idea of what that car should feel like to drive and may help you to tell the difference between characteristics and possible faults.
3. Allow at least half an...

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7 tips for driving with children

Posted on: 10/08/2015

In this article, the IAM looks at how parents can cope with travelling with children on long journeys. Here’s how you can ensure your journey is a lot less stressful.
1. If you’re travelling with children under the age of three years you must use a child restraint. And any children three years and above must be placed in a booster seat, safely secured with a seatbelt. Make sure you make the appropriate adjustments before you start your journey. And if you’re using a child...

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Top 8 eco cars

Posted on: 08/08/2015

Research by Warranty Direct has highlighted the used cars aged three years or older which offer the best combination of reliability and economy, as motorists continue to look for ways to reduce the cost of car ownership.
Manufacturers are continually developing new technology which delivers better fuel consumption and lower emissions, but some more complex machines are still prone to going wrong, forcing owners to foot expensive repair bills.
Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies,...

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TIPS: Best days to travel in the summer

Posted on: 25/07/2015

Drivers taking holidays in the UK this summer are advised to leave home and come back on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if their vacation period allows it.
This is because 59% of AA members say they will go away by car for a long weekend in the UK this summer.
August will be the busiest month for ‘long weekenders’, with 28% of 25,810 respondents in an AA-Populus panel survey saying they will take a short motoring break next month. This compares with 25% in July and 23% in...

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65% of drivers 'don't need motorway rests'

Posted on: 18/07/2015

Motorway drivers are putting themselves at risk because not enough of them take breaks, a new survey suggests. 
The Institute of Advanced Motorists ' (IAM) poll of 1,753 adults shows that 65% don't feel they even need motorway rests.
The road safety charity's research suggests that nearly four in five motorway drivers will only take one if the services are convenient to their journey.
IAM CEO Sarah Sillars warns that such behaviour puts drivers in danger of making many...

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New online vehicle recall search tool to help motorists

Posted on: 16/06/2015

The UK automotive sector, led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a new consumer-facing web portal to enable motorists to identify if their vehicle is on a safety recall list. Customers will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible.

The Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is a one-stop-shop for car...

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Mobile phone use still makes drivers mad

Posted on: 05/06/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging the new government to increase its efforts in promoting road safety by giving targeted enforcement a higher priority.

With the yet-to-be-revealed figures for 2014 shaping up to show an increase in deaths and injuries on UK roads, the IAM believe the new government must make road traffic policing a core priority function for police forces and commissioners in England and Wales.

The call comes following a survey conducted by...

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Tips for keeping your car safe

Posted on: 28/05/2015

Maintaining car safety is a key concern for any motorist. Below, we provide a summary of tips provided by Admiral UK.

1 Sat nav theft
If your sat nav is portable remove the cradle and clean any marks left on the windscreen. These are telltale signs there may be a sat nav tucked away in the glove box.

2. Secure parking
Pick a secure car park in a well-lit and well-populated part of the town or city you're in, one with a ticket barrier, CCTV or a car park attendant...

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Top tips for safer driving on the motorway during roadworks

Posted on: 28/05/2015

With ongoing repairs taking place across UK motorways, the IAM has provided top tips for how you can make your motorway journey a safe one.

1. Check for road status and traffic updates before you travel. If you know of any roadworks that will affect your journey consider avoiding this route if you can - even if it means covering a few more miles; it could well be faster. Current motorway roadwork information is easily available on the internet.

2. Changing when you travel...

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Beware of 'ghost' car tax

Posted on: 21/05/2015

Double-taxing cars for the month they change hands, because previous owners can only claim back full months of unused tax and a new owner must tax the vehicle immediately, is generating a £38 million windfall for the Government, the AA estimates.

October’s abolition of the tax disc continues to haunt other car buyers who are unaware that the disc is now defunct. Many who, wrongly, believe that a disc on the windscreen still indicates transferable tax have been caught out...

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Are politicians ignoring the UK motorist?

Posted on: 28/04/2015

Even though drivers contribute £58 billion or almost 10% of the Treasury’s entire £582.6 billion UK tax-take, the need for fair pricing on UK forecourts has so far been largely ignored by politicians seeking the votes of the UK’s 35 million motorists.

The latest AA Fuel Price Report shows that average petrol prices have risen from 111.92p a litre in mid March to 113.29p in mid April, a 1.37p increase which adds 75p to the cost of filling a typical 55-litre petrol...

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Stolen vehicles down 70% in a decade

Posted on: 26/04/2015

The number of vehicles stolen in England and Wales has fallen by 70% in the past decade, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Latest figures show 69,547 vehicles were stolen last year, compared to 231,323 in 2004. Vehicle theft fell by 1.2%, or 842 incidents, compared with 2013 and the crime is now at its lowest point since 1968. With more than 36 million vehicles on the road, today’s figures show that just 0.2% of all vehicles were stolen in 2014.

The...

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Record month for the UK car industry

Posted on: 11/04/2015

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show 492,774 cars were registered in March 2015 - the best month since the twice-yearly number plate changes were introduced in 1999.

New products and attractive finance packages underpinned by low interest rates helped deliver this record result which was led by the fleet sector, with 11.6% year-on-year growth, reflecting the economic confidence currently felt by UK companies. Registrations so far this year have...

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How to pass your MOT

Posted on: 28/03/2015

Ensuring your car is roadworthy by getting an MOT is not just good driving practice. It's your legal duty as driver.

 

You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired and you could be prosecuted if caught. So, you must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is three years old (you can check the Government's MOT fees table to see when).

But what are the main areas of your car that regularly fail an MOT?

(FYI: For comprehensive information covering...

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Road drainage trouble - a bad case of deja vu?

Posted on: 21/03/2015

Drivers across the UK say road drainage is as bad this winter as the last one. But, without the excuse of last winter’s 'biblical’ amounts of rainfall, councils are facing deeper resentment from motorists, AA research has found.

On 5 March 2015 the Government published its report on the condition of England’s roads - a key local election issue.

Half (50%) of 18,806 AA members polled in late January said that, where they live, heavy rain leaves roads pockmarked...

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Time to change the driving test?

Posted on: 21/03/2015

As the driving test recently reached its 80th anniversary in the UK, road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says its time the way we teach new drivers received a comprehensive overhaul to keep it relevant to today’s driving landscape and to the problems faced by young people on the road.

The Road Traffic Act was passed in 1934; the legislation that paved the way for compulsory driving tests in the UK a year later.

The biggest developments in the...

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Half of UK wouldn't travel in driver-less cars

Posted on: 07/03/2015

As driver-less cars take to public roads, half of Britons would not be passengers in the self-driving vehicles it has emerged.

Half of Britons would be unwilling passengers in driver-less cars over safety worries, with 16 per cent professing to feel 'horrified’ by the belief of unmanned vehicles driving on British roads.

Driver-less cars will take to the roads of Coventry, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Greenwich in January in a bid to examine the challenges of bringing...

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Volkswagen Passat announced Car of the Year 2015

Posted on: 03/03/2015

Volkswagen Passat announced Car of the Year 2015

Car of the Year 2015, the Volkswagen Passat, was announced in Palexpo on the eve of Geneva Motor Show press day. Hakan Matson, president of the Jury, handed the trophy to Heinz-Jakob Neusser, responsible of Techical Development for the brand.
The Passat was the favourite of the Jury for a big margin, gathering 340 points against the 248 of runner-up, Citroen C4 Cactus. The Jury comprises 58 members, all of them motoring journalists, from 22 European countries. The other finalist were: Mercedes...

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5 top tips to staying safe on a long drive

Posted on: 22/02/2015

If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe.

1. Plan the journey

Take into account the times of day when you’ll be travelling through busy towns and where there are roadworks. Use the AA route planner, which allows you to choose various route options and alerts you of potential traffic hotspots. If you’re aiming to be somewhere at a specific time, plan meal and toilet breaks in advance.Click here to read more...

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White: The most popular colour for UK drivers

Posted on: 17/02/2015

White is again the colour of choice among British motorists.

Those buying a car in the UK chose this shade above all others in 2014, just as they did in 2013.

As many as 544,815 of the 2,476,435 new motors registered last year were white - that's 22% of them.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures suggest that motorists are not deterred by the practicalities of white cars being more difficult to keep clean.

The stats certainly reflect...

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Lack of gritted roads in the UK

Posted on: 07/02/2015



More than half of AA members (52%) are struggling to get out of their ice and snow-bound neighbourhoods on to gritted roads, AA research reveals.

Road salting is such a postcode lottery that only 20% of them can drive straight on to a treated road when they set off.

An AA-Populus survey of 16,165 AA members in mid December found that one in seven AA members form work parties with neighbours to clear snow and ice so that they can get on to main roads.

Cars...

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UK driving test to be revamped?

Posted on: 17/01/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and young driver safety organisation the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust are calling for the UK driving test to be revamped to make it more relevant to the real world.

Currently the driving test does not include any testing of a driver’s ability to cope safely with country roads, poor weather or driving at night - aspects both organisations know are the main risk factors in the first six months of solo driving.

Road accidents...

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Company car drivers more likely to take risks in wintery conditions

Posted on: 16/01/2015

As temperatures drop below zero in some parts of the country, research by the RAC suggests company car drivers are more likely than private motorists to drive on dangerous snowy roads.
The survey, which was carried out as part of the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2014, found 16% of company car drivers admitted to regularly driving in snowy conditions, compared to just 3% of private car drivers. Further to this, one in 10 (11%) company car drivers say they will often drive on ice - double the...

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Is your automatic costing you more than a manual?

Posted on: 10/01/2015

Cars with automatic transmissions are more likely to fail and when they do they are more expensive to fix than their manual counterparts, according to automotive specialist, Warranty Direct.
The gearbox is one of the most expensive parts of a car to repair or replace, with garage costs rising as high as £5,850.

But, as the percentage of automatic cars on UK roads continues to rise compared with manual vehicles, Warranty Direct’s analysis of 50,000 live policies reveals...

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DriveNow carsharing scheme launched in London

Posted on: 03/01/2015

DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture between the BMW Group and Sixt SE, launched its flexible carsharing service in London last month.

Initially, 210 BMW 1 Series and MINI Countryman models are available for spontaneous hire. DriveNow furthermore intends to add 30 all-electric BMW i3 cars to the London fleet in spring 2015, expanding it to a total of 300 vehicles during the course of next year. The scheme will start off by serving an area around 65 square kilometres (25 sq. miles) in...

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6 driving resolutions for 2015

Posted on: 28/12/2014

A new year means a new start. And what better time to reflect upon your driving habits and what you need to change. Below, you can find a list of common resolutions that you should be making on Wednesday night:

Put down the electronic devices

This should seem like common sense but mobile phone use can cause serious car crashes. It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic...

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How to Avoid Motorbike Collisions

Posted on: 18/12/2014

Safety on the road is an evergreen issue that we should all have front of mind.

Motorcyclists particularly are in danger when on the road and have much more to lose in the occasion of a collision. They are completely exposed and can easily be flung off.

So, in honour of our two-wheeled friends, we've compiled this post to help you be more aware on the road. So you can make sure this doesn't happen.

 1. Never accommodate the same lane space: This happens all too...

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Top social media tips for car maintenance

Posted on: 13/12/2014

Nowadays, we don't have to rely on our car manuals or advice from our Dad when it comes to motoring tips. We can simply log on and find out from across social media. Check out our top tips we've found online in the blog below.
1. Pinterest has an entire section dedicated to car tips that you can find here: http://www.pinterest.com/faureciana/helpful-car-tips/. It contains some gems as "10 Things in Your Car You Didn't Know You Could Fix" and "How To Win The Holiday Parking Game"

2....

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Fuel duty winter freeze

Posted on: 04/12/2014

Drivers will continue to enjoy the current fuel duty freeze, it was confirmed in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

George Osborne cemented the already-published April freeze this week - but it has been strongly hinted this tax break may only last for a further five months after that.

Also, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) - the Government's independent economic advisory forecaster - spoke of anticipated petrol tax increases from next September, linked to RPI inflation.Click here to read more...

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How to navigate motor insurance when abroad

Posted on: 28/11/2014

Figures compiled by comparison website GoCompare found that one in six out of 245 policies would not cover you when travelling abroad unless you paid extra.
While these mostly offer third-party cover, they may not pay out if your car is involved in an accident or needs repairs. This means you face hefty charges to get your car home.

Policies also vary widely over the amount of time they will cover you while abroad. Some will offer you only three days per trip while others will cover...

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Your most popular car names

Posted on: 21/11/2014

Four out of ten (39%) drivers have given their car a name, according to the AA Driving School.

Women are far more likely than men to have named a car, with half (50%) saying they have done so compared to a third (33%) of men.

Young drivers aged 18-24 were by far the most likely age group to say they had named a car with a huge seven out of ten (70%) having done so, compared to just three out of ten (30%) of drivers over 65.

The science of naming your car
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5 tips to avoid parking fines

Posted on: 14/11/2014

Nothing is more frustrating that getting a parking fine - and it's a common problem for millions. Only a fraction of these are contested but many more drivers could contest their fines.
Of the millions of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued each year, only a few thousand are appealed by drivers. This is despite the fact that as many as 65 per cent of appeals are upheld and the fines are then withdrawn.

Parking tickets aren’t just irritating, they’re expensive. Plus,...

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Driving licence fees to fall by up to 32%

Posted on: 07/11/2014

Driving licence fees to fall by up to 32%

Driving licence fees will fall by up to 32% as part of the government’s commitment to deliver savings to the taxpayer.

The changes, which follow a recent public consultation, come into force from 31 October 2014. Drivers applying online will see the fee for a provisional driving licence fall from £50 to £34 and online renewals after ten years fall from £20 to £14. The fee for driver tachograph cards - used by businesses to record how far their staff are...

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Drink driving limit cut in Scotland

Posted on: 31/10/2014

Drink driving limit cut in Scotland

Scotland is to reduce its drink-driving limit in time for Christmas, with motorists advised not to get behind the wheel if they have drunk any alcohol whatsoever.

The reduction from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood means that drivers could be breaking the law if they have drunk a small glass of wine or single pint of beer. The new limit brings the country into line with Northern Ireland and most of Europe, while the limit in England and Wales remains at 80mg.

From...

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How to keep your car secure and safe

Posted on: 21/10/2014

How to keep your car secure and safe

Your car is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you ever make. So you need to keep it safe.

It's also likely that you keep valuable stuff in your car. So to avoid becoming a victim of car crime, check out these 5 top tips:

1. Get a car alarm

Although they can’t physically stop a car (or valuables kept inside) from being stolen, a thief will likely think twice before tackling a set of wheels that he or she knows will get everyone’s attention. Most...

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Overseas drivers escape £2.3m worth of speeding tickets

Posted on: 14/10/2014

Overseas drivers escape £2.3m worth of speeding tickets

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that overseas drivers have escaped 23,295 speeding offences since January 2013 - the equivalent of £2.3 million worth of speeding tickets.

The figures were revealed following a freedom of information request to police authorities, which asked how many overseas motorists had been caught by speed cameras across England and Wales. As foreign vehicles are not registered with the DVLA these speeding offences are not pursued. Click here to read more...

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Is your hands-free technology putting you at danger?

Posted on: 09/10/2014

Is your hands-free technology putting you at danger?

Any hands-free technology that keeps your eyes on the road must be safe, right? Well, not according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use, so you may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This research can serve as guidance to manufacturers who increasingly market hands-free systems...

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3 questions to check the state of your brakes

Posted on: 02/10/2014

3 questions to check the state of your brakes

The ability to brake is the most important function of your car. That's why it's so important to pay attention to the warning signs: it can mean the difference between life and death. Check out the three questions you should ask to see if your brakes need a service in the blog below.
1. Can you hear a squeak?

One of the warning signs that your brakes need servicing can come from a small indicator in your braking system that emits a high-pitched squeal when your pads need replacing....

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Your car health calendar

Posted on: 25/09/2014

Your car health calendar

Making sure that your car health is as robust as it can be should be a priority for every driver. And at Recycle Motors, we want to make sure you have the best driving experience possible.


Use our checklist below, and make sure you get the most from your vehicle:

 

CAR HEALTH - WEEKLY

Check the condition of your tyres

Study the tyre's sidewalls. This is the area visible on the side of the tyres. If there is any damage to...

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4 step guide to calculating your fuel consumption

Posted on: 19/09/2014

4 step guide to calculating your fuel consumption

Getting the most for your money while driving can be difficult. However, efficient practices can help you. Find out how to calculate your fuel consumption in the blog below.

The AA provides some great advice here, as well as a comprehensive guide to calculate your average fuel consumption, which includes the following steps:

1. Fill the tank and record the mileage.
2. Keep a record of any fuel purchases.
3. Ideally go back to the same pump at the same garage you first...

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Keep up to speed with UK vehicle tax changes

Posted on: 12/09/2014

Keep up to speed with UK vehicle tax changes

With the abolition of the vehicle tax disc taking effect from 1 October, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has taken the opportunity to clarify what the rules are. Find out in the blog below.
In the update from the IAM, they state that you will still need to buy vehicle tax to keep any vehicle on the road. You will still receive a reminder from the DVLA, and you can continue paying using the previous methods. However now you will be able to pay by continuous direct debit - meaning there...

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60% of motorists hog the middle lane

Posted on: 02/09/2014

60% of motorists hog the middle lane

New research from Direct Line has found six out of 10 motorists admit to being middle lane hoggers.

One in 10 drivers confessed they hogged the middle lane - even if the inside or “slow” lane was clear - “always” or “regularly”.

A poll of more than 2,000 drivers found 43 per cent of hoggers said they drove in the middle lane because it was an “easier way to drive” and “saves me changing lanes”.

The second...

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Are UK driving standards falling?

Posted on: 28/08/2014

Are UK driving standards falling?

A poll from Auto Express has shown that 90% of motorists think UK driving standards are getting worse with only 15% saying their performance has dropped.

Driving standards in the UK have fallen over the past five years, but motorists refuse to blame themselves, according to a survey from Auto Express.

Nearly 90 percent of the 1,000 motorists polled said the general standard of driving on our roads had worsened since 2009. However, when quizzed on their own standards, only...

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Not a driving role model? You're kidding yourself

Posted on: 21/08/2014

Not a driving role model? You're kidding yourself

The Kids in the Car campaign has been unveiled by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland to encourage drivers to set a positive example to children while driving.

 The Kids in the Car campaign draws on research that reveals how children’s future driving behaviours are greatly influenced from a very young age by the behaviour of their parents and carers.

The main message on their website says: "A driver under the age of 20 is killed or seriously injured...

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Finance deals: the key to driving new UK car sales?

Posted on: 14/08/2014

Finance deals: the key to driving new UK car sales?

172,907 new cars were registered in July, a rise of 6.6% and the 29th consecutive month of growth, according to statistics from SMMT. Are new improved finance deals the cause?
Economic confidence and attractive finance have driven the market up 10.1% year-to-date to 1,460,172 units.

Faster-than-expected first half-year growth prompts upward revision of 2014 market forecast to 2.45 million registrations, up 8.1% on 2013.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “July...

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Reduction in mobile phone use while driving

Posted on: 07/08/2014

Reduction in mobile phone use while driving

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a blog about mobile phone driving law. Since then statistics have revealed that fewer drivers are using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

 

Figures shared by Get Surrey show a gradual decline in fixed penalty notices issued to motorists for phone usage in the county since 2010.

What are the stats?

In Surrey during 2010, 3,842 drivers were pulled over for making a call or sending a message while driving, a...

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Pick of the best car blogs: July 2014

Posted on: 31/07/2014

Pick of the best car blogs: July 2014

What articles have been tickling our fancy over the last month? Find out Recycle Motors top 3 car blogs.

While it's true that we provide a fantastic array of information here at Recycle Motors, we know that you may want to have a little look at some other blogs. You know, just for another point of view.

Check out our favourites below:

1. Are you over the limit?

Although drink driving offences are declining in the UK there were still 90,000 convictions...

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5 most common driving mistakes

Posted on: 24/07/2014

5 most common driving mistakes

We all make mistakes. Fact.

And on the road, it seems there are some errors of judgement that occur more often than others - read on to find out the most common driving mistakes people make in our latest blog:

 
1. You're not paying as much attention to the road as you think you are.
Distracted driving is a huge cause of accidents, and mobile phone use is one of the biggest culprits. Think you're in the clear because you're wearing a headset? Experts agree...

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Mobile phone laws: What do you know?

Posted on: 17/07/2014

Mobile phone laws: What do you know?

A fifth of motorists do not know it is illegal to check social media websites on a phone while driving, a survey for motoring group the RAC suggested.
A shocking 61% of motorists still have not got the message that texting at the wheel of a stationary car with the engine on is against the law despite the fact it has been illegal since 2003 for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone. And 21% don't realise that it's illegal to check Facebook and Twitter while driving. 

In fact,...

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5 killer tips to reduce your fuel bill

Posted on: 11/07/2014

5 killer tips to reduce your fuel bill

Driving is an expensive business.



Fuel price increases are as inevitable as the sun rising and setting each day. Add to the mix tougher economic conditions and it means that more people are unable to keep up with their car maintenance costs.

Driving less is an obvious way to cut your fuel bill, but for most of us that simply isn't an option.

Enter hypermilling

You may be asking yourself: "What is hypermiling?" Well, it's simply the...

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Top tips to get your car ready for summer

Posted on: 04/07/2014

Top tips to get your car ready for summer

It's finally arrived. After a winter full of floods and misery, the summer is here to make us all feel happier. But how do we prepare our cars for the sunny season? Find out in our top tips below.

 

1. Keep an emergency kit in the car

Just like winter, it pays to be prepared with an emergency kit for your car. Inside of which, you should include items like mobile phone chargers, water and first-aid equipment. Water in particular is important because, in...

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Driving to and from a festival: What you need to know

Posted on: 27/06/2014

Driving to and from a festival: What you need to know

     
Today’s the day. Glastonbury has arrived and so with it are the thousands of vehicles heading there. With such a large volume of traffic, it pays to plan for both your journey there, and back. Our 'To Do List’ below will help you get there and back safely:

 

Plan your journey

Considering busy traffic and peak times, as well as breaks for the rest and toilets. You'll more than likely be driving down with a large...

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Harley-Davidson unveils its first ever electronic motorcycle

Posted on: 20/06/2014

Harley-Davidson unveils its first ever electronic motorcycle

The first ever electronic motorcycle has been created by Harley-Davidson, as revealed in this story from Gmotors.co.uk.

Say hello to Project LiveWire, the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle (see image, right). 

Revealed in a fantastic YouTube video, the LiveWire could be seen as a risk for Harley because there's currently almost no market for full-size electric motorcycles: millions of two-wheeled electric vehicles sold each year are almost exclusively scooters...

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How to stay safe on a long drive

Posted on: 13/06/2014

How to stay safe on a long drive

Making sure you keep yourself and your passengers safe on the UK's roads should be your number one priority while driving. And it's never been more important, with tales of driving stupidity getting increasingly ridiculous. For example, the lorry driver who was caught on Skype while driving on the M25.

 

If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe.

1. Plan the journey
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Probably the best driving tips you'll ever read...

Posted on: 05/06/2014

Probably the best driving tips you'll ever read...

As a driver, there are some pieces of advice that you just can't live without. Those juicy tit-bits that improve your driving and keep you safe.

And our driving tips below could change your life forever.

 

Driving can often be a chore. But we don't want it to be a never-ending drag for you: We like to keep you informed at Recycle Motors, and help you with the everyday hazards that we come across when navigating the UK's roads.

Check out our...

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5 of the best UK driving blogs

Posted on: 22/05/2014

5 of the best UK driving blogs

Which are the best driving blogs in the UK? Find out in our top 5 below.

While it's true that we provide a fantastic array of information here at Recycle Motors, we know that you may want to have a little look at some other blogs. You know, just for another point of view.

That's why we've decided to help you with our top 5 driving blogs in the UK.

1. MotorPaper

"A fresh new look at motoring through the eyes of industry experts, petrol heads and...

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8 bizarre driving laws from around the world

Posted on: 15/05/2014

8 bizarre driving laws from around the world

While driving in different countries, there are many rules of the road that you may not know you're breaking. And some of them are pretty bizarre.

Check out these 8 freaky driving laws below:

1. Puppy love?

Make sure your canine does not harbour a weird fetish for tailgate lights or trailer hitches while in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, USA. You’ll be fined if your pet molests a vehicle.

2. Horse-ing around in Black Cabs

The UK's iconic...

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Secrets to affording a new car

Posted on: 08/05/2014

Secrets to affording a new car

When it comes to organising a car loan, there are many routes you can go down. To help you make an informed decision, we take a look at this blog from Motor Paper, that provides some great car loan advice detailing the four main options, as well as our own haggling tips.



 

There are four main ways you can organise a loan for your vehicle:


Hire purchase  
Personal contract purchase  
Personal loan  
Peer-to-peer...

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Are your tyres treading the line between safety and danger?

Posted on: 01/05/2014

Are your tyres treading the line between safety and danger?

Are your tyres safe? A recent article from CarBlog.co.uk shared the latest legislation, news and guidance in this area, helping you to work out whether your tyres are up-to-scratch. Read below to find out more.

 

More than 1.5million motorists are putting lives at risk by driving on sub-standard tyres as they try to cut the cost of maintaining their vehicles. Of the 23 million sets of part-worn tyres sold over the past five years, more than a quarter were not legally...

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Spring clean your vehicle: 5 essential steps for car care

Posted on: 24/04/2014

Spring clean your vehicle: 5 essential steps for car care

The sun's finally peaking out from behind winter's storm-ridden skylines, so now's the time to get your car ready for summer. Find out what you need to know about car care to prepare for the coming months.



Winter's over and the warmer weather is upon us once again. So it’s time to rid your car of all the grit, salt and grime it will have accumulated during the wet months, add some protection and get it sparkling for the sunshine.

Car care is one of the...

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Is love the main reason to buy a new car?

Posted on: 17/04/2014

Is love the main reason to buy a new car?



What's the main reason for buying a new car? Recent research has revealed that a simple love of driving speeds past other options.

 

Aside from financial factors, a simple love of driving was reported as the biggest trigger of automotive sales globally while utility and status also featured strongly according to research from the Nielsen Global Survey of Automotive Demand.

More than 30,000 online consumers in 60 countries were surveyed and...

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What to eat when driving long distances

Posted on: 10/04/2014

What to eat when driving long distances



When we're driving long journeys, we need to eat the right things, in the right way.

It's important to note that you should not eat while driving. It can be just as dangerous and distracting as talking on a mobile phone. Eating and driving may not be a specific offense, but the police can prosecute drivers for not using due care and attention if their driving is affected by eating at the wheel.

Here are some dos and don'ts of what to eat when driving long...

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A guide to buying your new car

Posted on: 04/04/2014

A guide to buying your new car

Buying your new car can be stressful. In this blog, Recycle Motors guides you through the process and provides plenty of food for thought.

With such an important transaction, you need to use your brain, and not just listen to your heart. It's easy to get seduced by all the gleaming models sitting in the dealership forecourt, but take a second.

If you want a smart financial investment, you should look elsewhere.

That's because new cars tend to depreciate rapidly...

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The UK Driver's Budget 2014: What you need to know

Posted on: 27/03/2014

The UK Driver's Budget 2014: What you need to know

 

Last week, Chancellor George Osborne announced the 2014 Budget and confirmed a freeze on fuel duty and an additional £200 million fund for pothole repairs.

 

The planned September 2014 fuel duty rise had already been scrapped in 2013's Autumn Statement and the Chancellor confirmed duty would be frozen until Spring 2015, again, in the 2014 Budget.

And the news came as huge relief to drivers across the country after petrol prices...

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Licence-plate driving bans: Do they work?

Posted on: 20/03/2014

Finding new ways to cut car pollution has lead to the implementation of schemes such as Paris's licence-plate driving ban. But how effective is this type of measure? Find out below.

 

Long-running licence plate schemes operate all over the world, including Athens, Beijing and Mexico City. But the recent situation in Paris has pushed the topic back into the global spotlight.

Some ban cars every second day, others once a week. But, according to some commentators,...

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A little reminder of what we do at Recycle Motors

Posted on: 13/03/2014

We don’t normally do this. For the last few months, we’ve provided you with driving tips and hints. But we thought this week we’d remind you of the stellar service that we provide here at Recycle Motors.

 
How we can help
Life's busy and stressful for all of us, and it's getting even more hectic. All we want to do is help you out. With our service:

You'll get a free valuation: By simply logging onto our website, complete the information...

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Are young people priced out of the car market?

Posted on: 06/03/2014

Running your car isn't cheap. Paying for fuel, maintenance, insurance and regular services all add up. And young people especially are feeling the pinch in the car market, according to recent findings.

 

In GoCompare.com's recent survey, it shows that young people feel priced out of car ownership. Over a third (35 per cent) of non-drivers aged between 17 and 25 responding to the survey said it is just too expensive to learn to drive or to own a car.

The...

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How to save money on car insurance

Posted on: 28/02/2014

We love to save money at Recycle Motors. And when we heard the news that the average price of UK car insurance was decreasing, well, you can imagine our excitement.

Car insurance premiums plummeted by the largest amount in 2013 since the AA started tracking them 20 years ago. In 2013 there was a 14.1 per cent drop, meaning that in the last two years more than £100 has been sliced off premiums.

And the good news doesn't stop there.

A joint initiative between...

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The main causes of road rage

Posted on: 20/02/2014

We've all been there. The red mist descends and we scream expletives while honking our horn. Road rage. And it could be for any number of reasons.

But what are the main ones that touch a nerve and cause our eyes to twitch while out on the road? Recycle Motors investigates.

 
It's not me, it's you
Psychologists say that, for some: "it’s a need for control, to counter other drivers who they feel violate their space, or their need for possession of...

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13 tips to driving in the rain

Posted on: 14/02/2014

Driving in the rain can be scary. Especially during the last few months of extreme weather, where the country has faced torrential downpours on an almost daily basis. Use our tips to make sure that you stay safe out on the roads.

 

We don't like the rain at Recycle Motors. It can cause accidents, reduce visibility on the roads and don't get us started on the dangers of flood damage.

So we thought we'd help you out with our 13 handy tips to help you while...

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The attraction of alternative-fuel vehicles

Posted on: 06/02/2014

Are alternative-fuel cars the future? According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of alternative-fuel vehicles (hybrid and electric cars) increased 25 per cent from January 2013 last month, with 2,859 registered.

 

Fully electric cars boasted the biggest growth in registrations last month, posting a 755.3 per cent increase; from 38 units in January 2013 to 325 this year. Other types of plug-in cars such as plug-in hybrids and...

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6 of the best driving apps on the market

Posted on: 31/01/2014

Driving apps have revolutionised the way we travel and navigate the roads.

Not only can you get directions on your smartphone, but you can even access the latest traffic information and even find out how economical your driving is.

Here's Recycle Motors favourite driving apps you can get on your tablet or smartphone:

THE BEST FOR....

Finding your way: NavFree GPS UK & ROI

This free app offers navigation through audio and on-screen...

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5 signs to not buy a used car

Posted on: 23/01/2014

When you sell your vehicle to us here at Recycle Motors, we know that in most cases, you're planning to buy a used car. But there are a few signs to keep your eye out for to ensure you don't walk away with a banger.

 

1. Lack of repair records

If the seller can't show you accurate records of repair, you should assume the car hasn't been reliably serviced. Approach the condition of the car with plenty of skepticism, and have it thoroughly checked out by...

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Potholes and the problems they create

Posted on: 16/01/2014

Potholes cause misery for drivers every day of the week across the country, and they are only getting worse.

The 'P' word has become a hot issue for drivers in the UK and has been covered extensively in newspapers and various television programmes, including Pothole Britain, which you can watch here.

So what should you do if your car has been damaged by the curse of potholes?

Well, you can claim for compensation from the local authority. However, your chances...

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5 ways to see if your flood damaged car can be saved

Posted on: 10/01/2014

A flood damaged car can be a nightmare to salvage. But in the recent bad weather that has swept the nation, flood damage has become a reality for many, and ruined hundreds of cars.

"That would never happen to me"

This is what many people would have thought while watching the news over the Christmas break. Images of cars stranded in deep water, and underground car parks fully flooded, littered our television screens as we suffered the wettest winter weather in recent years....

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Buying a new car: an essential guide

Posted on: 02/01/2014

Buying a new car is exciting. You talk to friends and family, read pages and pages of catalogues and magazines, and browse the web to find the perfect model.

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

Here at Recycle Motors, we know that the process of buying a new car can be just as stressful as getting rid of your old one. You need to weigh your options and ask the right questions.

And that's hard to do during a viewing at your local forecourt, which can...

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Common MOT pitfalls and how to avoid them

Posted on: 27/12/2013

Ensuring your car is roadworthy by getting an MOT is not just good driving practice. It's your legal duty as driver.

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired and you could be prosecuted if caught. So, you must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is three years old (you can check the Government's MOT fees table to see when).

But what are the main areas of your car that regularly fail an MOT?

The common errors
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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog

Buying a used car: what to remember

Posted on: 19/12/2013

We're realists here at Recycle Motors. We know that not everyone has the budget for a brand new car. Especially as we've all got Christmas presents to buy.

So, if you can't afford a brand new vehicle, don't worry! Buying a used car is a great way of cutting the cost of your driving: in fact, most new cars lose around 40% of their value in the first year.

Go grab a coffee, put your feet up, relax and let us show you how to buy a used car without getting a bum deal.
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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

A seven step guide for when your vehicle breaks down

Posted on: 13/12/2013

Recycle Motors sees its fair share of broken down cars and vehicles that are beyond repair.

And when your vehicle breaks down, it usually occurs in the worst place and at the worst time.

If your vehicle breaks down on a motorway or busy road, you should:

1. Pull on to the hard shoulder - keep as far to the left as you possibly can with your wheels turned to the left.
2. Turn your hazard lights on and leave your sidelights on (although if you need to reserve...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

Why should you service your vehicle?

Posted on: 06/12/2013

You need to service your vehicle to keep it healthy. Simples. And with winter further enveloping us, you need your car to be in tip-top condition.

Here at Recycle Motors, we want you to get the most out of your car before you recycle it. That's why we believe it's crucial for vehicles to be regularly serviced. But there can be confusion among drivers about how often this needs to be done, what it entails and what you can do yourself.

Let's take a look at what you need to...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog

What you need to know about scrapping your car

Posted on: 29/11/2013

Scrapping your car can seem daunting. But for some situations, it's the only option left.

For example, your vehicle might have been in a serious accident and been written off, or it's been deemed unsafe for the road and irreparable. Either way, the end destination is ultimately the scrapyard. And not so long ago, if you wanted your car picked up and taken there, you would have expected to pay for the privilege.

Outrageous!

The alternative was to hunt for a local...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog

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