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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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0800 996 1279

Calladine Business Park
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