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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.

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.

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 →

Should you fit Winter Tyres to your car?

Is it worth splashing out on special tyres for winter driving or is it just a waste of money? In many parts of Europe it’s a legal requirement for drivers to fit specialist winter tyres (and also winter wheels) during… Continue Reading →

How much does a lifetime of motoring cost? (you’ll be stunned!)

A new study has worked out the total average cost of a lifetime of motoring – factoring everything from the cost of passing your test to buying and running your car(s), including repairs, fuel and servicing etc. And it’s pretty… Continue Reading →

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 / Willis Towers Watson car insurance price index. And it’s older drivers who are… Continue Reading →

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0800 804 6568

A5 Watling Street
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
DE74 2NL

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

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0800 804 6484

Capitol Boulevard
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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