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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.

Electric Car Plans Charge Ahead

Four of the world’s largest car manufacturers have agreed a plan which will see the building of a European wide charging network for electric cars – a network which should facilitate the uptake of electric car usage across the continent…. Continue Reading →

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – what it means for the motorist

As you’d expect, there’s good and bad news for the average motorist who’s looking to save a few quid. First the good – The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has cancelled the proposed 2p per litre fuel duty rise planned for next… Continue Reading →

Using premium fuels? – there’s probably no point.

Most petrol stations sell premium ‘high performance’ fuels yet there’s little or no performance difference for most standard cars. The AA has said that for most, high performance fuels are unnecessarily pricey for regular use and there is no performance… Continue Reading →

Available Car Raise £90,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice

Midlands used car retailers AvailableCar have been shouting about their excellent fundraising efforts this week, having raised an amazing £90,000 so far with hopes to raise £100,000 by January 2017 , for their adopted charity Acorns Children’s Hospice. The store… Continue Reading →

The Big Christmas Lights Switch-On in our areas!

It’s still far too early to get worked up about Christmas but the lights are going on pretty soon in towns and cities in our area – so if you want to launch into the festive spirit, here are the… Continue Reading →

A Ferrari 250 GTO – the present you always promised yourself!

What could be the ‘World’s Most Expensive Car’ has gone on sale and the price tag is… £45,000,000. Yes, that’s £45 million! Ferrari built just 36 GTOs and this blue beauty was number 2 to roll off the production line… Continue Reading →

Fuel Efficiency Tips – Get More Miles For Your Money!

With fuel prices rising (again/constantly/inevitably), there are a few things we can all do to squeeze an extra few miles out of our fuel spend which could add up to significant savings in the long run (or several short runs… Continue Reading →

5 Super Cars For Dog Owners

If you’ve been a dog owner for a number of years, you probably know your pooch pretty well by now. You can tell when they want to go for a walk. You know when they’re hungry. You can see when… Continue Reading →

McLaren F1 voted ‘Greatest Supercar Ever’

After a public vote, the legendary McLaren F1 was revealed at the Classic & Sports Car Show in October to be the overwhelming favourite, taking over 30% of the 17,000 votes cast. Organisers selected 3 cars from each decade of… Continue Reading →

Car insurance costs are on the rise again

Car insurance has risen by 17% in the last 12 months, and by 3% in the 3rd quarter of 2016 – according to the latest Confused.com / Willis Towers Watson car insurance price index. And it’s older drivers who are… Continue Reading →

Are you used car brand loyal? – 74% fancy a change

New research has found that many drivers would prefer to change brands when they change their car. By analyzing thousands of used car searches and valuation requests, Motors.co.uk have found that 74% of people are looking to move from their… Continue Reading →

Fuel her up… wherever you may be! (*California)

A new series of start-ups are springing up in the US aiming to free drivers from the hassle of filling up at ‘gas’ stations by offering to come out and fuel up a customer’s car wherever it may be. Motorists… Continue Reading →

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 →

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