Category Archives: Motoring

Smart deals on wheels

Everyone wants to find the best possible deal when it comes to buying a car. You can always try the local garage at the end of the road but you may be better off looking at a new car from a branded dealer.

Inexpensive Tools to Boost Car Efficiency

Although cars are becoming increasingly efficient, it’s difficult to compete with the rising cost of fuel. This can present a significant cost for many households, particularly those with more than one driver on the road. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to improve your mileage and save a few pounds at the pump. The following are a few of the easiest ways to boost efficiency without spending a fortune in the process.

Affordable Car Insurance for Teenagers

Driving a car for the first time is an exciting event for teenagers, but one that can come with a hefty price tag. Car insurance premiums are up across the board, but this is particularly the case for young drivers. According to statistics compiled by the road safety charity Brake, one in five drivers is involved in a car crash during their first six months of driving. Although this includes beginning drivers of all ages, teenagers are more likely to be involved than older drivers. As a result, insurance companies tend to charge more for young drivers. The higher premium is meant to offset the increased chance of an accident claim. How can a young driver find an affordable policy yet still remain covered? There are a few ways to save money and stay on the road.

Top 5 most expensive road traffic accidents in the UK

With insurers set to hike premiums again – by as mush as 10% – using your car isn’t getting any cheaper. Apparently the insurers are making big losses after road traffic accident claims and some of the high price cars reported in accidents must be part of the reason. The most expensive car crash in the world took place in south-west Japan back in December 2011 when 13 sports cars crashed on the Chugoku Expressway but there have also be a few in the UK. Let’s take a look at the top five.

How To Improve A Used Car Valuation

Due to the ease, convenience and also the safety of the transaction many people choose to trade in their car or even sell it to an online dealer rather than sell it privately.

If you choose to go down this route then some quick sale car sites like* offer an instant valuation, enabling you to quickly find out the value of your car online. Once you have obtained this online valuation you will then need to take your car to the company for a presale inspection. This presale inspection will ultimately decide the final selling price of your car. If you want to secure the best price possible from the dealer then here are a few helpful tips.

Touch It Up

Do you have any scratches or dents to the bodywork of your car? Are there any chips to the windscreen? These are all things that a car dealership can pick up on and use to devalue your car when you show up to sell it in person.  Scuffs or dents that may only cost a hundred pounds or so to touch up could end up knocking around £400-£500 off the original online valuation of your car, so it can be well worth taking care of them before you visit the dealership.

Get a Mini Valet

I can’t emphasize enough the value of cleanliness in a vehicle. Though cleanliness may not add to the overall valuation of your vehicle it can certainly give a human valuer less ammunition to devalue it, so in that sense it could actually add hundreds of pounds to the value of your car. In the UK a mini valet can cost as little as £10-£15 so it’s a relatively small expense if it helps secure the best price for your car.

Don’t Forget the Paperwork

Don’t forget to take along all the relevant paperwork when going to sell your car in person and I don’t just mean the log book. Take along all the original documents and manuals you received when you first bought the car. Also take along any maintenance receipts you have for the vehicle that prove the car has been well maintained.

Remember the Keys

Vehicle locking systems have improved significantly in recent years and as a result the cost of replacement keys has also risen. Don’t give the valuer an excuse to knock even £50 or £60 off the value of your vehicle, remember to bring along those spare keys!

Be Willing To Walk Away

Remember if you’re not happy with the final price you’re offered you can still walk away, you are in control!

If you want to secure the best price for anything you’re selling in life, you have to be willing to walk away from the deal as a last resort. This is not a decision I’d take lightly because you might go through the same process again only to be offered the same price from another dealer but if you’re really not happy then don’t be afraid to refuse the price your offered, it may well result in the dealer increasing their offer.

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