Cars

What Constitutes a Good Family Car?

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

When you have a family, the car is a very important element to consider. Having the right vehicle will make your life so much easier, meaning you can get from A to B faster and fit all of the kids inside the car easily. Here are some of the top things to look out for in a child-friendly car:

  • 5 doors. It will be impossible to get children around in a 3-door car. If you have a sleek, pretty 3 door sports model, it just isn’t going to be practical.
  • Space for a pushchair. Make sure there is enough space to fit in your model – take it along when you buy the car.
  • A good size boot. Make sure you have enough boot space to fit in baby supplies, prams etc.
  • Parking sensors. These are a good idea to have if your family car is a little bigger than you are used to.

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Do you Need New Windscreen Wipers?

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Windscreen wipers may be simple, but they carry out an essential function, ensuring your can see clearly when you are driving. If you don’t have windscreen wipers that are functioning fully, then you will need to get some new ones. So how do you know when the time has come to invest in a new pair? Here are some tips:

  • The windscreen isn’t clearing as effectively. If you notice that using your wipers isn’t working as well and the rain or snow isn’t being cleared properly, your wipers may be getting old and less effective.
  • You start to notice some friction. The windscreen wipers may begin to jar as they move – you will probably hear a grating noise. You will also probably notice a reduction in their effectiveness.
  • Windscreen wipers are an advisory after your service. This means you will need some new ones soon, so keep an eye on them.

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Getting an Expert to Check a Car Before you Buy it

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Buying a car is no easy task. Finding something within your budget and knowing that it is going to be a good vehicle for you is never going to be simple and foolproof. If you are looking for a car that will do what you need to, you may need to ask an expert.

If you know someone who is a car salesperson, ask them to take a look for you. If not, you may need to ask a professional opinion elsewhere. If you are thinking of buying through a dealer, look in other dealerships as well to get a good idea of costs and how they will compare.

Check things like the mileage to see that they tall up with the official documentation from the DVLA and from previous owners. If a car has particularly low mileage, check whether it looks in keeping with the rest of the car’s wear and tear, such as the pedal rubbers and gear knob.

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Do you Have a Problem with your Steering?

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Steering issues are relatively common in cars. They can be dangerous if they progress to far, so it’s important to make sure you get the issue checked out as soon as it appear. This is important for the safety of you, your passengers and other road users. Here are some of the things to look out for:

  • Liquid underneath the vehicle. This could be indicative of a leaking power steering system. Check to see if you can spot where the liquid is coming from.
  • A crunching or grinding sound when steering. This could be a problem with plates inside the steering system, or it could be indicative of a lack of power steering fluid.
  • The car doesn’t seem to be moving the way you want it to. This could be an issue with wheel alignment, rather than the steering itself. It also could be a problem with your tyres, so get these checked first.

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What Should you do if you Car is Damaged by Someone Else?

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Often, damage to your car will not be your fault. Someone might cause you to have a car accident through their driving, or they may damage your vehicle accidentally whilst parking or driving round a corner. This is what you should do in these circumstances:

  • Get the other person’s details. Ask for a name, contact number and insurance details. They should either cover the cost of the damage themselves or they should use their insurance policy to cover it.
  • Make a note of their registration. This is especially important if you think that they might drive off without owning up to the damage they have caused to your vehicle.
  • Find a local garage and get some quotes. If the person is paying for the damage privately, get some quotes so you know what they will owe you.

If you find your care has been damaged whilst you are away from it, get some quotes. You could claim on your insurance but if the damage is minimal, it may be cheaper in the long run to repair it yourself.

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