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Current vacancies at

Our always up-to-date list of current AvailableCar vacancies we have at our four showrooms in Castle Donington, Cannock, Sutton in Ashfield and Leeds.

UPDATED: Latest fundraising totals for our chosen charities

Since May 2009, AvailableCar has supported Rainbows Children’s Hospice through our Castle Donington and Sutton in Ashfield stores. Our Cannock store supports Acorns Children’s Hospice since July 2014 and our new Leeds store supports Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Using a mobile whilst driving – don’t do it!

From 2017, drivers caught using their mobile phone whilst driving now face six penalty points as well as a fine of £200. The Government has recently announced this new set of rules in a further attempt to clamp down on… Continue Reading →

VW goes Electric in Paris!

It’s only a year since they were rocked by those emissions scandals but German car manufacturer Volkswagen are now set to reveal a new electric concept car at the Paris Motor Show this month. It’s a ‘Golf sized’ car set… Continue Reading →

Bear Grylls jumps out of plane to test Land Rover’s latest tech

TV adventurer Bear Grylls tested out Land Rover Discovery’s new in-car tech which folds down seats in mid-air after jumping out of a plane. Obviously.

Personal registration plates sales top £100m

It seems more British motorists are picking up personalised number plates than ever before as 335,000 plates sold last year, according to official figures.

Used car sales soar to record level in first half of 2016

Sales of used cars have reached their highest level to date, breaking the four million mark in the first six months of 2016, figures have revealed.

Audi signals future safety with traffic light countdown tech

Audi launch a intuitive traffic light information system, providing the driver with a real-time countdown, saving you becoming an ‘amber gambler’ at lights.

Ford set sights on fleet of fully-autonomous taxis by 2021

If you thought Uber was the future of taxi services, think again, as Ford plans build a huge fleet of fully-autonomous cars that can drive themselves and pick people up around cities.

RAC calls for ‘drive safe’ mode on smartphones to improve road safety

The RAC Foundation are calling for smartphones to feature a ‘Drive Safe’ mode to improve road safety and stop motorists being distracted when driving.

Cars fit for The King – Elvis Presley’s motors

Elvis Presley died 39 years ago today. Nearly four decades on, we remember his great love of cars – especially his collections of Cadillacs and Lincolns.

Skoda comes out as Britain’s most dependable car

After decades of digs and being the butt of countless cheap jokes, Skoda has had the last laugh after the brand has been named Britain’s most reliable car.

AvailableCar’s fifth Annual Charity Golf Day raises over £8,000

Our fantastic fundraising event saw 80 golfers taking part in the AvailableCar Annual Charity Golf Day helping to raise over £8,000 for our chosen charities.

Supermarkets drop their fuel prices after four months of hikes

After four months of price hikes, there’s now some good news for motorists as supermarkets across the country have reduced fuel prices by up to 2p a litre.

Olympic medal winners to get more gold thanks to Nissan

Team GB sponsor Nissan has given our Olympic athletes some extra motivation ahead of the Games in Rio by offering any gold medal winners a special golden Olympics edition of electric LEAF.

Police issue warning after drivers caught playing Pokémon Go

Essex Police are warning drivers of the dangers of playing Pokémon Go while behind the wheel after two motorists were caught playing the game while driving.

World’s first VIP car park hotel opens at Heathrow Airport – obviously

Heading off on your summer holidays soon? As well as you and the family enjoying a nice break, why not treat your, erm, motor to some quality ‘me’ time..?

Scrapping paper tax disc has cost DVLA nearly £100 million

Vehicle excise duty has fallen by £93m in the year following the scrapping of the paper tax disc, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency figures show.

Forty and still fabulous – Ford celebrates Fiesta anniversary

Over the last 40 years, seven generations of Ford Fiesta have been firm favourites with UK motorists – one in 20 cars sold in the last four decades have been a Fiesta!

Driving test to be brought up to date, including following a sat-nav

There are to be changes to the UK’s driving test, including following a sat-nav, to reflect more modern conditions on the roads, it has been announced.

Could whisky help produce the car fuel of the future?

Bringing an new meaning to getting tanked up, an innovative Scottish firm is looking into how to convert waste from whisky distilleries into fuel for cars.

UK car insurance prices are on the up again, new research warns

Motorists face the biggest rise in car insurance premiums for five years with costs rising by an average of £115 over the last year, warns new research.

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