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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.

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… 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 →

The Spring Budget 2017 – What does it mean for motorists?

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Budget statement on Wednesday 8th March with the usual increases and cuts, promises and vagaries we have come to expect from all such speeches over the years.   But what can we expect… Continue Reading →

Stolen! – the UK’s most popular cars (popular with car thieves that is!)

If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to have had your car stolen you will know that feeling of utter confusion and bewilderment which quickly escalates to one of frustration and total rage. Tracker, the stolen vehicle recovery experts, have revealed… Continue Reading →

From today, fines and penalties for using a mobile whilst driving have increased – and you could lose your licence.

  So what can and what can’t you do with your mobile?… You CANNOT check social media or texts even if you’re queuing in traffic or stopped at traffic lights. A hand held phone must not be used at all,… Continue Reading →

Potholes – the bane of every motorist’s life and it’s costing us money.

Potholes can damage our tyres, damage our wheels, knock out our tracking and cause minor and serious accidents. And at this time of year, after rain, frost, snow, more rain etc, they seem more prevalent than ever. So if you’re… Continue Reading →

Insurance Premiums in the news AGAIN as premiums set to rise – AGAIN!

We reported earlier this month that Insurance Premiums hit an all-time high last year. Well guess what, they’re going to get even higher very shortly. The government’s review of accident compensation has concluded that the sums paid out to claimants… Continue Reading →

Your chance to own one the first Ferraris ever built – and what a beauty!

It’s a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta and one of the first cars ever to wear the famous prancing horse Ferrari badge. As you’d expect, the car oozes history – it was raced in both the 1951 and 1953 Mille… Continue Reading →

Our daily commute adds almost 800 calories every week!

Recent findings by the Royal Society for Public Health have reported that the average UK commuter adds almost 800 calories to their diet every week as a result of their journey to and from work. This is based on an… Continue Reading →

Car Insurance Premiums at an All-Time High!

It’s been reported by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) that car insurance premiums hit an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2016, rising by over five times more than inflation!. There are several reasons – tax increases and… Continue Reading →

Speeding fines set to increase – and to be based on your income!

You may have seen in the news that the guidelines given to magistrates to decide on speeding fines have changed – with fines being based on income for the most serious offences. Changes were announced on 24th January and will… Continue Reading →

Changes to the Driving Test look to be going ahead for 2017

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) look to be pressing ahead with a few changes to the UK driving test after months of consultancy and study. The changes are intended to acknowledge new technology and more realistic driving scenarios… Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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