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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.

Two of the fastest selling used cars right now…

What’s hot right now?… well they’re not Fords or Vauxhalls as you might expect (although those perennial favourites are still very popular), no, you may be surprised to learn that they’re both SUV’s and they’re both from the Far East…. Continue Reading →

And the most popular UK car colour is….

DVLA data has revealed the UK’s most popular colour choices for new cars, with some surprise colours in the Top 10. 10. Brown - As unlikely as it might seem, brown has made it back into the top 10 for the… Continue Reading →

‘No Fuel Price Increase’ they said. ‘We’ll see’ we said.

Last week the RAC assured us that there was no need to panic over increased oil prices and that these increases wouldn’t find their way to the pumps. We expressed our doubts. Now the RAC are warning that both petrol… Continue Reading →

Are your tyres legal? – ours are!

A recent survey by Kwik-Fit has revealed that defective tyres are the reason people are being given penalty points in a staggering 50% of defective vehicle offences. The majority of these were due to insufficient tyre tread depth, with 65%… Continue Reading →

HPI Checks. What are they and are they worthwhile?

At AvailableCar, with so many cars for sale and to help ensure Customer satisfaction, we need to make sure we do as many checks as possible. We use HPI to check our car’s history. What is an HPi Check? –… Continue Reading →

LandRover build world’s biggest LEGO structure

To launch Land Rover’s new Discovery model, almost six million bricks were used to build a 13 metre high model of London’s Tower Bridge which now holds the Guinness World Record – bettering James May’s LEGO house built in 2009… Continue Reading →

“No need to panic” over increased oil prices – say RAC

The recent sudden rise in oil prices will not lead to an increase in fuel prices at the pumps, according to the RAC. A recent meeting of OPEC confirmed that they were cutting the production of petroleum for the first… Continue Reading →

Smart Motorways – What, how and why!

We’ve all had to put up with years of road works, particularly on the M1 Motorway in the East Midlands, whilst they’ve been building the ‘Smart Motorways’. But what are they, how do they work and why are they better… Continue Reading →

Charity Award Win for AvailableCar

AvailableCar received some fantastic news recently, that the ‘Third Sector Business Charity Awards’ have presented AvailableCar with ‘Highly Commended’ for their partnership between their Team and their adopted partner, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Rainbows put AvailableCar forward… Continue Reading →

Wet weather driving advice from experts

It’s approaching that time of year again (again!) where the weather turns wet and we have to make adjustments to our driving to allow for the more dangerous and difficult conditions. The Institute of Advanced Motorists have given drivers some… Continue Reading →

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.

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