Friday, 23 June 2017

How to make buying a performance car a little easier on your wallet

Affording your dream car requires a fair amount of money behind you, however you don’t have to be a millionaire. By saving up carefully and shopping around for car loans, you may be able to afford the down payment on that performance car that was once a poster on your bedroom wall. You can also further cut costs by adopting some of the following crafty strategies…

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Why your choice of tyre is important for your car

There are lots of things that we have on our cars which are of importance. It’s them fitted all together that keep the whole vehicle moving, ticking along and getting us from A to B. So why should tyres stand out as something that you really need to keep your eye on? Well, apart from being the one thing that actually puts you in motion, they count for a lot more besides. Your choice of tyre could determine how much fuel you use, how able you are to get across different terrain and the comfort of your drive amongst other things.

The huge benefits of owning a motorcycle

Whether you’re a seasoned motorcycle rider or somebody who is considering buying their very first bike, you’re probably familiar with the great things owning a bike can offer you. For instance, many motorcycle owners just love the freedom they feel when riding on their bike, whether they have a purpose or whether they’re just doing it for fun. These huge benefits of owning a motorcycle can’t be disputed:

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Reasons to pick up a pick-up truck

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, a lot of people tend to focus on traditional cars - maybe a 4x4 if they are looking for something more sturdy. However, many don’t look closely at the option of getting a pickup truck. The truth is that it isn’t just country folk who should be considering one of these tough and powerful vehicles. If you have never really looked twice at pickup trucks before, here are a few reasons why you should.

Friday, 16 June 2017

5 questions to ask yourself before you buy that new vehicle...

Buying a vehicle of any kind is always fraught with difficulties. No matter what it is that you might be going for, you want to be sure that you are going to end up with something that you can feel comfortable driving, and which will serve you well long into the future. As it happens, trying to find the perfect vehicle is often pretty tricky, and you will usually find that you are on the market for a vehicle for quite a while before you find something you are truly happy with. Nonetheless, it is relatively straightforward to end up with a decent vehicle, so long as you follow some basic steps. In this post, we are going to look at some of the most important questions you should be asking yourself before you buy a vehicle, just to be sure that you have indeed found the right one for your needs.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Five simple ways to keep an old car looking new

If you’ve ever tried to buy a car, then you’ll understand the struggles we go through to afford it. From insurance costs to road tax and petrol, cars can quickly add up in price and make a huge dent in our wallet. However, there’s not much we can do and we simply have to focus on trying to keep costs low and maintain our cars properly so that we don’t end up buying a replacement prematurely. To help you keep your old car looking and feeling new, here are a couple of useful tips.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

GUEST – Understanding your car – Vol. 3

Transmission

The transmission is a mystery box to most people. The majority of car owners don’t know their vehicle even has a transmission, let alone where it is. That is until it fails.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

GUEST – Understanding your car – Vol. 2

Engine

The car engine can be intimidating; that big loud thing under the hood that makes the car move. The engine, or motor, is where all the power for the vehicle comes from. The engine works on the premise of controlled combustion. Literally thousands of mini explosions happen inside the motor per minute to help it create the power needed to move the vehicle. This combustion requires a constant and controlled supply of fuel, air, and spark.

Monday, 5 June 2017

GUEST – Understanding your car – Vol. 1

Check Engine Light

The check engine light, the idiot light, the light that means you can’t pass inspection. There is an old Texan saying: You are having a good day if you haven’t had to see your doctor, your lawyer, or your mechanic. Unfortunately, this light means you have to see your mechanic so your day just took a turn. The massive amount of things that can cause this light to come on often causes confusion or even frustration. Google is both a help and a hindrance on this count.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

How to give your car a bit of a facelift

Sometimes we can look at our cars and realise that they are looking a little sorry for themselves. We know our trusty and reliable runarounds deserve to look the best that they can so here are a few tips on how to give your car a simple facelift to bring them back to their former glory.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

The time to embrace electric cars is nigh

Electric car technology and manufacture are really starting to hot up. Gas guzzlers are going out of fashion, and the nifty little electric cars are a vision of the future. When the technology started up, people were justifiably non-plussed. They couldn’t travel more than a few miles before the battery ran dry, and their top speed didn’t reach speeds that were motorway-appropriate until recent years. But, the future is nigh, and here are a few great reasons why.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

REVIEW – Jaguar F-Pace S

Jaguar Land Rover has significantly upped its game in recent years, making cars people actually want to buy. Whilst the Range Rover Sport has been experiencing success for a fair few years now, things haven’t been quite so rosy on the Jaguar front. Then all of a sudden we get the F-Type, XE, revised XF and palatial XJ to give Jaguar some serious brand appeal. That makes the launch of the marque’s first-ever SUV well-timed. Called the F-Pace, it promises a harmonious blend of SUV practicality with Jaguar’s sporting pedigree. Now there was just one question to answer: could the F-Pace put the ‘Sports’ into Sports Utility Vehicle? Time to find out.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Say hello to the new kids on the block

Most industries have been knocked into disarray by modern technology. Unlike in the past, where the most valuable companies would always have an advantage; it’s becoming easier for small businesses to take the lead. This has created staggeringly huge ecosystems for products like computers and phones. But, it’s also impacted the cars you drive. The auto industry has been one of the biggest in the world for many decades. Nowadays, though, things are in flux. And, new contenders are popping up everywhere. To show you this trend, this post will be going through three different types of car. And, the modern alternatives you have available to you.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Affordable ways to 'pimp' your ride

Sure, you want your car to look good – who doesn’t? But spending more money ‘pimping your ride’ than you spent on the actual car or van, it could be argued is just a bit foolish. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile or that you won’t get a lot of enjoyment out of it of course. So, if you want to make your car look more flash, but you don’t want to spend silly money doing so, why not check out these affordable ways to pimp your ride?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Using your business to make driving cheaper

Most people drive and own a car. They are vital to a lot of people’s lives. And, they make it possible to do things you could never have done without a vehicle. Owning a car is truly a wonder of the modern age. But, running a business alongside a car can be hard. Owning a car is a never cheap. And, most small businesses have to save money wherever they can. For most, the option of not driving won’t exist. Instead, you will need to find ways to make driving cheaper. If you own a business; this is nice and easy. And, this post is going to be showing you how to do it.

Friday, 12 May 2017

COLUMN – May 2017

Here is another chance to catch my column from the may editions of The Local Herald and The Clitheroe Local. It's been a hectic month yet again, but I have managed to squeeze in a couple of reviews for your perusal. The first is the Hyundai Tucson: sibling of the Kia Sportage and versatile crossover. Next was the updated Jaguar XF, a car which I was rather excited to see. The Jaguar model line-up is currently one of the most exciting in the market, putting Jaguar back on the map. As always the full write ups of both cars can be found on the Reviews page. See you next month!

Monday, 8 May 2017

A car is for life, not just for Christmas...

Okay, so that saying might actually be meant to be about pets, but it’s rather apt for cars as well. Admittedly, a car won’t last for your whole life; cars are only meant to last between ten and 20 years or so. However, once you’ve found a good car, a car that is affordable to run, fits your lifestyle well and offers you everything that you need, it makes sense to hang onto it for as long as possible.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Subaru: new or used?

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Buying a Subaru is an exciting moment and 2017 is the time to buy yours if you haven’t already. One of the first decisions you’ll make about buying a car is whether to go for shiny, brand spanking new one or a used model that has been on the road before. It’s a tough decision for a new driver, especially when it comes to buying a Subaru. There are some extensive pros and cons for both sides, which really doesn’t help you come to a decision.