Paying for a New Car: Are Bank Transfers Safe?

What’s the safest way to buy a new car from a private seller? By far the fastest and most convenient way is with a bank transfer. You’ll send your money directly from your account to the seller’s. They’ll get their money within a few hours. There’s no need to wait for cheques to clear, and … Read more

Is It a Good Time to Buy a Car?

With ongoing lockdowns and general economic uncertainty as a result of Covid-19, is it sensible to buy a car in 2021? How has the pandemic affected the price of cars? And if it’s not a good time to buy a car right now, when might the situation improve? In this post we’ll explore the current … Read more

Why Do I Have a Tyre Repair Kit Instead of a Spare Wheel?

Historically, cars have included a spare wheel as standard. The idea is, if you get a puncture, you can exchange your punctured wheel on the roadside before driving to a garage for a proper replacement. But we’re increasingly seeing cars equipped with tyre repair kits instead of spare wheels. Are you wondering why your car … Read more

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Is It Illegal to Drive Without a Wing Mirror?

Wing mirrors are the mirrors positioned on either side of your car. They’re there to help you see what’s happening behind you to your left and to your right. Because they jut out from your car, wing mirrors can be vulnerable. They’re easily damaged, and it doesn’t take much force to smash them off completely. … Read more

What is a Car Logbook and What If I’ve Lost It?

If you’re thinking of selling your car, or simply transferring ownership from yourself to a member of your family, you’ll need your car logbook. In this post we’ll explain what a car logbook is, why you need it, and let you know what steps you should take if you’ve lost your car logbook. What is … Read more

How Much Road Tax Will I Need to Pay?

Few things in the motoring world are more misunderstood than road tax. This is your essential guide to road tax. We’ll explain what it is (and what it isn’t!) and outline some of the factors that will determine just how much you have to pay. What Is Road Tax? Road tax is collected to fund … Read more

Winter Tyres – What Are They & Do I Need Them?

Is your car ready for winter? We put together a short guide to preparing your car for cold weather. We recommended checking your car’s tyres – but one thing we didn’t talk about was winter tyres. What are Winter Tyres? They’re tyres that are designed for winter! They’ll offer extra grip, better handling and a … Read more

What is a Cat C or Cat D Car? Salvage Categories Explained

Is it safe to buy a car that’s been involved in a serious accident? In this post we’ll outline the various salvage categories insurers use after accidents. The classifications were updated in October 2017, so this post should help you get up to speed on the changes. What is a “Write-Off”? If a car is … Read more

Car Safety Features: What they are and do they work?

In the late 19th century, car safety features essentially extended to hiring someone to walk in front of your car waving a red flag, as a warning to pedestrians. Now car safety features are getting so advanced that certain experts are seriously predicting a future in which road accidents are a thing of the past. … Read more

Someone Hit My Parked Car and Drove Off: What To Do Next

Unfortunately when some people hit a parked car, rather than waiting around for you to return, or even leaving a note, they just drive away. Some cars are fitted with dashcams, and sometimes the area’s covered by CCTV, so the incent may be recorded. If anyone around witnessed the incident, they might have taken the … Read more