Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Farm machinery: how to invest in the best

Managing a farm is hard enough. The last thing you want is not to have the right machinery in place to help you run it properly. Whether this is a tractor, a plough or a cultivator, having the right tools with which to work the land is key to having a successful farming business.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Staying safe in winter with GAP insurance

It is no surprise that winter is a dangerous time for driving in the UK. It can be difficult to drive safely in the winter months due to the poor visibility, bad weather and slippery conditions, which is why it is vital that motorists are extra careful behind the wheel. A study showed that 70,000 more accidents occur in the winter months compared to the summer, with the average cost of repairs being £2,050 during this period.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The electric car revolution and what has stalled until now

In the coming years, it is expected that electric automobiles will start to replace petrol and diesel. There is already evidence of this with the latest new car sales statistics, which show a 36.9% rise in the sale of electric and hybrids in October, whilst the sale of diesel fell by a third.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Save money and effort with your own home garage

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Taking your car to the mechanic every time there is a slight problem can be expensive and also quite a large effort. Whilst there are times that this is unavoidable, you should also know that quite often the work can be completed yourself from home. Investing in a home garage could save you a huge amount of money over the years, plus it does not require much effort and you can benefit from a great sense of satisfaction from completing the work yourself.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

5 tips for buying a company car

Thinking of buying a vehicle for your business? Here are five tips for helping you to save money and get the best out of your vehicle.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Three essential checks for peace of mind in the used car market

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The second-hand car market is gigantic, which means that most motorists can find what they are looking for with a little patience and research. However, it also means that it can be tricky to navigate and there are also many scams, fraudulent sellers and unsafe automobiles to avoid. In order to shop safely and with confidence, there are a few checks that you will want to carry out for peace of mind.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Build a trucking company from the tarmac up

Ask anyone who has achieved success in the trucking industry what their journey has been like and they will no doubt look at you with the kind of wry smile that says they’ve made a mint. They wouldn’t be lying either. Get it right and owning your own trucking company be mega-profitable. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security because it ain’t easy. Most truckers trying to make it as entrepreneurs end up failing.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Mercedes E-Class – the best automatic on the market?

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Let’s face it, when it comes to automatic transmission, Mercedes is pretty tough to beat. The German manufacturer is renowned for producing some of the most luxurious models in the world and the E-Class is no exception. With a new model expected to be released in 2018, here we’ll take a look at the current E-Class and why it’s credited as one of the best automatics on the market.

Monday, 27 November 2017

It's all about the retro: grab yourself an 80s classic

As a young motoring enthusiast of the 1980s, you can probably remember Saturday morning kids TV, the fall of the Soviet Union, Roland Rat and Margaret Thatcher. You probably also have a recollection of the angular chassis’ of the boxy vehicles of the decade, the gunmetal grey, black and red metallic paints and the spoilers that graced every so-called sports version of a motor. The 1980s is seeing a resurgence in fashion, the media and interior design. It makes sense that the world of motoring would also embrace this nostalgic look back to a retro era. Take a look at the retro classics you might be tempted to own again.

Friday, 24 November 2017


Here is another chance to see my column from the November editions of The Local Herald and The Clitheroe Local. It featured two reviews of some pretty fast cars, but at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. First, the Ford Mustang convertible, about as practical as an inflatable dart board. This one had the smaller 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. Next up was the Leon Cupra ST 300 4DRIVE, a 5-door family estate car with 300PS and a Haldex AWD system. As always, you can read the full write ups on the Reviews page.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

REVIEW – Seat Leon ST Cupra 300 4DRIVE

In more recent times the ‘flanks’ of the VW/Audi Group, if I can call them that, have been doing rather well. Seat and Skoda are now well respected in their own right, no longer seen as cheap alternatives to VW. In fact, I would argue that some models are more appealing than their counterparts. I should know, because I own a Seat Leon ST. Mine is a 2.0-litre 184PS diesel with a DSG box, and I absolutely love it. But, the petrolhead in me wanted to try out the hottest one: the new Cupra 300 4DRIVE. Having heard comparisons to the Golf R, I was extremely excited to get behind the wheel, and give it a bit of stick.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The truth about manual gearboxes

Manual transmission cars are always made out to be some kind of impossible enigma. So many characters in TV shows and are completely stumped by having to drive a manual transmission car as if it’s somehow ridiculously complicated. Yet, in so many countries around the world, manual cars are the norm and automatics are seen as a bit of a cop-out. So, what’s the truth? Is it really that hard to drive a manual car and are they better or worse than automatics?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

REVIEW – Subaru BRZ SE Lux

In the world of modern cars, platform sharing is becoming a popular occurrence. When the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 launched a few years ago, there was literally nothing but the badge to separate them. They have both received minor updates for 2017, and whilst you still can’t separate the two, I opted for the Subaru. For me it comes down to two things: the badge, which is more synonymous with sports cars, and the exclusivity of there being fewer around thanks to number limitations on the Subaru. Time to see what those updates are all about…

Monday, 20 November 2017

Having a safer breakdown

Nobody wants to break down on the road, and you should, of course, do everything that it is in your power to do, from having your car regularly tuned-up to driving safely, to lower the odds of it happening, but sometimes things just don’t go to plan! However, if you do, despite your best efforts, end up breaking down, here are some things you can do to make the situation safer for you and other road users:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

What level of training do you really need to drive a car?

Driving - it’s easy, right? You just push the button, take off the brake and go. Yeah, that makes sense - when you’ve been driving for years! Of course, in reality, there are about a dozen extra steps you’ve missed out with that simple description of how to handle a vehicle. When you’ve driven a car a few times, things start to become natural, easy, and even automatic. So how much training do you really need to drive a car?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Here are 6 awesome road trip games

Road trips sound great, in theory. The idea of hitting the open road, being free and having picnics in scenic locations is something that appeals to many of us. As do the ideas of saving money on travel and having your car with you when you reach your destination. However, when it comes to practice, they aren’t always as fun as you expected.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Here are 3 tricks when you are faced with a long drive

So you’re planning a long drive, either for business or for pleasure (but preferably for pleasure), and you’re not quite sure how to pull it off without falling victim to tiredness, hallucinations, and stress? Well, luckily there are various things you can do to help the drive go off without a hitch. If you work things right, you might even be able to enjoy the trip. Here are some tips for achieving that.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Keep on truckin' with these simple tips

For many truck owners, their vehicle is required on a daily basis, either for work or leisure. Therefore, you need to make sure that you take the best care of it that you possibly can. A lot of this involves simple care and maintenance techniques that we are going to be discussing in more detail in this article. Get the basics right and your truck will reward you with years of loyal service. So, let’s dive in and discuss a few of these simple tricks and tips.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

BMW: luxury motoring that may just be more afforable than you think

For a lot of people, buying a car is a way to paint a social picture. Just like you dress for the job you want, you buy the best car you can afford the lifestyle you dream of. Needless to say, a significant proportion of drivers would rather buy a luxury car than a simple SUV. Except that luxury cars come at a high price, and not everybody can afford a Ferrari, an iconic E-type Jaguar or even a Lamborghini. But not every luxury car has to cost an arm and a leg.

REVIEW – Abarth 124 Spider

In the world of 2-seater sports cars, there isn’t a great deal of choice at what I’d class as the ‘affordable’ end. The Mazda MX-5 has pretty much had a monopoly for the last couple of decades. The new one looks rather good, and it also has a twin brother. You see, Fiat worked with Mazda on this car, and created their own car on the platform. Called the 124 Spider it seeks to be an affordable, fun 2-seater. And Fiat being Fiat, they didn’t stop there. They gave the car to their tuning arm – Abarth – to give it an extra dose of sportiness. I grabbed one for a week to see whether it’s any good.