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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.

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 →

At AvailableCar, you can test drive ANY car at ANY store.

If you see a car you fancy but it’s not at your nearest AvailableCar Store, that’s no problem, just get in touch and we’ll bring it closer. With over 1000 cars at each of our 4 Car Supermarkets we’re pretty… Continue Reading →

Men get a better deal at AvailableCar (and women do too)

In fact everyone gets exactly the same great deal. It makes no difference whether you’re a man or a woman, a hard-nosed negotiator or a gentle soul – at AvailableCar, the price you see is the price you pay. From… Continue Reading →

Fitted Equipment and Fitted Extras – you still get to choose at AvailableCar.

Choosing the right new car can be bewildering – considering the practicalities of size and economy, as well as style and brand are daunting enough, but then you need to think about the myriad of options which are available to… Continue Reading →

Learner drivers could soon be allowed on the motorways say DVSA

In driver training shake-up proposals by the Government, it is planned that Learner Drivers could be allowed on Motorways if accompanied by a properly qualified instructor in a dual-control car from 2018. At present, learners are not allowed on motorways… Continue Reading →

Help your kids build their own push-alongs, trikes, bikes… snow-mobiles!

We found this on our browse around the web and, whilst it’s probably a bit late for this Christmas, we think it’s a quite brilliant idea for next time – or birthdays etc. Called Infento, it’s billed as a cross… Continue Reading →

Winner of ‘Win a Car With AvailableCar Competition’ Announced!

As Yorkshire’s biggest used car retailer, it made perfect sense for AvailableCar to team-up with Yorkshires biggest Radio Station ‘Heart FM’ to give away a fabulous family hatchback car worth £10,000 just in-time for Christmas! Thousands of people listened-in to… Continue Reading →

Have you seen DriveTribe? – a new ‘social network’ from those 3 blokes on The Grand Tour

Clarkson, Hammond and May have just launched a website / social network / sharing platform thing called DriveTribe which looks quite good. Think of Pinterest for all things automotive with the added benefit of a sort of blogging interaction –… Continue Reading →

Take 2 minutes to check your Driving Licence hasn’t been wrongly revoked. It happens, and it could cause you BIG problems.

We hear so many stories about various organisations and bodies making administrative errors that we tend to gloss over them – but when we experience them first hand we sit up and take notice. It was during an annual check… 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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AvailableCar

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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