How to Choose a Second-Hand Car

A car is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so it’s important you choose the right vehicle. There are all kinds of things that should be considered before you make a purchase, especially if you have little previous experience buying a used vehicle. Here are some top tips to help ensure you make the right investment:

  • Check the mileage. The average mileage is 15,000 miles per year, so any less than this is good. Be wary of cars that have done more miles than this and check whether the car will need any work doing on it in the near future – for example, break pads usually need replacing between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
  • Take it for a test drive. It’s important that you feel how the car operates and identify any potential problems ahead of the sale. It will almost certainly feel very different to drive, but concentrate on actual faults rather than the things that are different to your current vehicle.
  • Check the log book and service history. Ideally you want to be driving a car that has a full service history, and that has a completed log book. This assures you it’s in good working condition and will get you a better price if you decide to sell it in future.
  • Look the car over thoroughly to see if there is any damage to the paintwork. It’s always worth going to see the car in daylight so that you’re able to see if properly. Once you’ve done this, check the inside to see if the upholstery is damaged. Do the lights and indicators work properly? Does the glove box open and close easily?
  • Get the car checked over by an independent expert. They will be able to spot problems that you might not, and they won’t have a vested interest in selling the car so they will be honest.
  • Ask for any added extras you want including. Dealers are often eager to get a sale so you can get away with making a few additional requests.

Tips to Consider when Buying Budget Tyres

Tyres can be a pain in the neck when it comes to replacing them. This is more so the case considering that no matter how you look at it will still hurt you. Once they are worn out, there are two ways that you can decide to go down. The first would be to leave them as they are and constantly risk your life and that of any other person that is an occupant in your car and if not that then you can decide to replace them and as you may already know, this does not come with a simple price tag. That is why either way you will have to feel the pinch. The good news is that with the latter option, you can reduce the severity that replacing the tyres would cost you by opting to buy budget tyres.

However while this might be a great way of making sure that you don’t drive around with worn out tyres, you also have to be very keen since budget tyres are used and hence quality is not guaranteed. That is why you have to keep an eye peeled out on what you are buying. Here are some of the things that you should be keen on when buying these kinds of tyres. Continue reading

The Difference Between a Service and MOT

Maybe surprising to some, but there are a lot of car owners who do not know the difference between an MOT and a Service. We will end the confusion and tell you below.


A Service includes looking at how long car brakes will last, fluid levels, filter plugs etc. This is all dependent on manufacturer recommendations, age, miles driven.


An MOT is a bog-standard safety test which ensures the vehicle is to the minimum standard to be on the road. There’s no guarantee that the vehicle will be safe for the duration of the certificate, but more is safe at point of inspection.

The Volkswagen Up

The Up is a compact city car by Volkswagen and while it’s not going to be winning any wards for its boxy design, it is rather spacious and very comfortable. You don’t feel cramped at all, and even the boot space is sufficient enough for a family food shop.

Inside, the car is incredibly stylish, and it’s almost reminiscent of a traditional Beatle, with bold colours that match the exterior paint job, and swanky switches and controls. The car is really smooth to drive and it’s perfect for nipping in and out of town and city centres.

Some have said that it looks a little bit similar to the Hyundai Getz but it does have some unique features, and it takes on a completely different look from the old Lupo. This is a car perfect for all kinds of individuals who want to get from A to B fast in a stylish comfortable motor.

Choosing The Correct Motor Oil

Motor Oil allows the internal working of your car to be lubricated to keep them in good working order. Essentially without the levels being topped up you could do serious damage to your car engine.

Make sure when you are choosing your oil you choose the appropriate viscosity for the car you have. It will be very dependant on the climate of the country you live in. So choose accordingly.

Conventional and Premium Conventional oils will be available in most viscosities but will be your “standard” oil. If you like regular oil changes, chances are your garage will use the conventional oil. If you have a new car it will come with premium conventional oil.

You could also choose a fully synthetic oil that has been tailored for newer engines with a lot of technology installed to give the optimum operating environment. Keeping the lubrications levels correct in both high and low temperatures. Synthetic blends will be a mixture between conventional and fully synthetic oils and a fraction of the price.