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Smart deals on wheels

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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.

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Inexpensive Tools to Boost Car Efficiency

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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.

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Affordable Car Insurance for Teenagers

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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.

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Top 5 most expensive road traffic accidents in the UK

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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.

Bugatti Veyron – £830,000

When driving his older brother’s Bugatti Veyron, Away Soni, 39, hit 100mph in a 40mph area on the B375 in 2007. Crashing into a Vauxhall Astra, driven by a seven-month pregnant woman, the car had to be written off before crashing into a bank. His brother had only had the car – one of most expensive and fastest vehicles ever built – for a week and was planning to rent it out for experience drives.

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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 car dealers like Honda UK offer a free used car 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 dealership 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.