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Current vacancies at AvailableCar.com

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.

Confused over Child Car Seats? Then read on…

Safety experts claim that between 50-70% of children are incorrectly restrained whilst travelling in a car. This isn’t just down to parents incorrectly fitting their child’s car seat; there are many reasons for this!   These include: 1. The car… Continue Reading →

Best used family cars under £10,000!

It can be difficult to know where to start when buying a used family car, particularly on a budget!   Depending on the size of your family, and the age of your children, your requirements could vary considerably!  If you… Continue Reading →

6 of the best cars for new drivers!

The best cars for new drivers are usually the ones that are easy to drive, have low running costs but are still packed with safety features. If you have just passed your driving test, buying your first car is a… Continue Reading →

Considered investing in a dash-cam? We think its a smart idea! Here’s why..

A dash-cam can be a very useful piece of kit for motorists! It records everything that happens on your journey, which can help to keep you safer on the road! Having a dash-cam fitted can benefit you in many different… Continue Reading →

If you are driving on holiday in the EU this summer, then you need to read this!

It appears that it’s not only speeding fines here is the UK that are changing! British drivers will soon face fines of up to £640 if caught speeding in France, the Netherlands and 12 other EU countries, under a new… Continue Reading →

Drive down the cost of your fuel with our helpful tips!

We all know that fuel is costly but there are several things that you can do to try and cut your fuel bills.  Improving fuel efficiency is key and by taking note of a few of our fuel saving tips,… Continue Reading →

Watch out! New speeding fines could see your car insurance premiums rise by more than £300, even at 31mph!

We recently wrote a blog in relation to how the new speeding rules, which came into force on 24th April, could affect you. We now know that following the strict new rules, you can expect to see a huge rise… Continue Reading →

Why buying a used car from us, over a new car from a main dealer, is the smarter choice!

It can often be confusing as to what the smartest decision is when buying a new or used car. There are some really attractive low monthly payment options available on new cars, which can be a magnet to people wanting… Continue Reading →

The driving test is changing!

The driving test is changing, and learner drivers will soon need to prove that they can use a sat nav, and drive into a parking bay, in order to pass their test. The changes are being made to ensure that… Continue Reading →

What is an admin fee when buying a car, and should you be paying one?

When you have bought a car in the past, you may have noticed that you were charged an ‘admin fee’!  This is added on to the cost of the car sale, usually for things such as paperwork, checks, valeting the… Continue Reading →

From today, speeding could cost you up to 175% of your weekly income or even disqualification!

From today, there are new rules in place for any drivers caught speeding in the UK.  The penalties are now much more severe and anyone who excessively exceeds the speed limit, will not only be hit hard in the wallet but… Continue Reading →

Is your car ready for Summer?

There is always a big focus every year on how to get your car ready for winter, but getting your car ready for summer is actually just as important! The roads are very different in summer and our journeys are… Continue Reading →

Speeding fines set to rocket from next week! Are you aware of the new rules?

From 24th April, the rules are changing in relation to the way drivers will be fined for speeding offences in the UK.  As of next week, the maximum fine will increase for speeding offences and could see motorists fined as… Continue Reading →

Car Insurance could rise above £1000 next year!

Over the past year, car insurance prices have risen by 16%, meaning the average driver now pays £781 per year for their car insurance premium.  This is expected to rise to above 2011′s record of £858 later this year, which… Continue Reading →

The Ford Fiesta! Britains much loved car over 40 years!

Over four decades ago, the Ford Fiesta first rolled off the production line in Spain. It has never been far from the top of the bestsellers’ list and still remains one of the world’s most-loved cars. Since the Ford Fiesta launched… Continue Reading →

The tailgating driving law, you may not even know about, but could land you with 3 points and £100 fine!

Tailgating is when motorists drive too closely to the vehicle in front, usually in an attempt to get them to move over to let them past or get them to speed up. It seems though, that a third of British… Continue Reading →

A used car, just like new – That’s the AvailableCar Way

At AvailableCar, we pride ourselves on giving our customers a remarkable used car shopping experience! We don’t sell cars, we help our customers to buy and we firmly believe in offering an easy, no pressure, and hassle-free experience to all… Continue Reading →

Motorists – Could you be paying far too much for your car insurance?

If you leave your motor insurance policy to auto-renew every year, then it could be costing you much more than it needs to! According to research, it seems many of us are allowing our policies to auto-renew every year! This… Continue Reading →

Fantasy Car of the Week (ok, occasional post about a dream car)

Behold!… the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina.   “This is the happiest day of my life” (?) said Brazillian Formula 1 World Champion legend at the unveiling of this supercar at the Geneva Motor Show, “Growing up in… Continue Reading →

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AvailableCar

Cannock
0800 804 6568

A5 Watling Street
Cannock
Staffordshire
WS11 1SL

2 miles from Jct 11 & 12 M6
onto A5 Watling St
between A4601 and A34

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to our Cannock Store
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Castle Donington
0800 996 1052

Station Road
Castle
Donington
DE74 2NL

1 mile from Jct 24/24a M1
exit Jct 1 follow
brown signs for Donington Park

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Leeds
0800 804 6484

Capitol Boulevard
Morley
Leeds
LS27 0TS

From Jct 28 M62 take A650
towards Bradford, turn right at
1st set of lights (2 miles from M1)

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to our Leeds Store
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Sutton in Ashfield
0800 996 1279

Calladine Business Park
Orchard Way
Sutton in Ashfield
NG17 1JU

2 miles from Jct 28 M1
onto A38 towards Mansfield
turn left at 4th set of lights

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to our Sutton in Ashfield Store
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