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Recent research from motor insurers Britannia has unearthed some pretty shocking results

The survey – which looked into motorists ability to carry out basic car maintenance – found that a staggering 10% of drivers couldn’t even open their car’s bonnet!

Even the vast majority of those able to open a bonnet had no idea of basic car maintenance, with almost three-quarters of the 1500 adults surveyed admitting that they struggled with basic tasks like refilling windscreen washer fluid and checking oil levels.

The research also found that the majority of drivers don’t carry devices like tyre inflators or battery chargers in the car with them – measures that could get them up and running again after a breakdown.

Given that evidence suggest that as many as one in seven breakdowns could be prevented through basic maintenance, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, Peter Horton, has reiterated the need for drivers to be proactive when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

“Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new.” he said. “Looking after your car will determine the length of time that it remains in good condition and will stop you having to pay expensive repair costs. Checking your car’s oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine – so don’t wait for a warning light or indicator to come on.”

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Bad driving behaviour figures remain constant

The latest round of ‘driver behaviour’ statistics have been released, and they suggest that not much has changed from last year.

The research, carried out by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, found that 6% of drivers are still owning up to driving after having an alcoholic drink – exactly the same figure as last year. (Read More)

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Car Maintenance – Can you do it?

Recent research from motor insurers Britannia has unearthed some pretty shocking results.

The survey – which looked into motorists ability to carry out basic car maintenance – found that a staggering 10% of drivers couldn’t even open their car’s bonnet!

Even the vast majority of those able to open a bonnet had no idea of basic car maintenance, with almost three-quarters of the 1500 adults surveyed admitting that they struggled with basic tasks like refilling windscreen washer fluid and checking oil levels.

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The research also found that the majority of drivers don’t carry devices like tyre inflators or battery chargers in the car with them – measures that could get them up and running again after a breakdown.

Given that evidence suggest that as many as one in seven breakdowns could be prevented through basic maintenance, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, Peter Horton, has reiterated the need for drivers to be proactive when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

“Regular car maintenance is crucial, whether your car is old or new.” he said. “Looking after your car will determine the length of time that it remains in good condition and will stop you having to pay expensive repair costs. Checking your car’s oil level is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car’s engine – so don’t wait for a warning light or indicator to come on.”

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Buyers Remorse

We’ve probably all experienced the phenomenon of ‘buyers remorse’ at some point in our lives. You know, that post-purchase feeling of…‘did I really need that new car?…should I have paid THAT much?’

Well, spare a thought for the anonymous internet bidder who, less than three months ago, paid £40,000 over the ‘guide price’ for a Rolls Royce previously owned by…wait for it…Sir Jimmy Savile. Ouch! (Read More)

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What’s my Car Worth?

If there was a straight forward answer to this then life would be so much easier for those in the automotive industry…we’d give you one price and you’d  be content knowing exactly what your car is worth.

Sadly the reality is that there are literally hundreds of factors affecting the true value of your car, so arriving at a precise figure is virtually impossible. (Read More)

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Five speeders caught doing over 140 mph

New figures from insurers LV have revealed that at least five drivers were caught speeding at over 140 mph on Britain’s roads last year.

The insurance company made Freedom of Information requests to police forces across the country to obtain the information, with the highest speed recorded being a motorbike on the A27 in Sussex which was clocked at a staggering 152 mph. (Read More)

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Used car values are rising

According to British Car Auctions, used car values are rising.

The group’s latest Pulse Report has revealed that stock shortages are generating significantly higher used car valuations, given that fewer vehicles are coming top auction.

BCA’s figures show that average car values increased to £6,180 in July from £5,964 in June. To put things into perspective, the year-on-year figure rates £547 (9.7 per cent) higher than the same month last year.

Part-exchange values posted a £75 month-on-month rise, to reach £2,949 – also the highest average value on record since Pulse began reporting. Nearly-new values improved by £780, largely as a result of changing model mix in this low volume sector.

BCA’s Communications Director Tony Gannon commented, “Supplies reaching the wholesale used car market are quite significantly down on the peak seen four to five years ago. The combination of lower new car sales and the tendency for vehicle owners to extend their replacement cycles simply means less stock is available to be sold.”

“The real shortage is of good quality, ready to retail used cars, which is leading to fierce competition and generally rising values for the best examples reaching the remarketing arena. Dealers need cars to sell and they are increasingly looking at online routes to increase their stocking options.”

The situation is fluid though. Some industry analysts expect an influx of cars to be to be forced on the UK market from southern European in September, which should see demand fall.

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Motorists getting more fuel than they bargained for?

Any respite from soaring fuel prices is welcome, and it appears that many of Britain’s motorists have been getting just that without knowing!

According to the AA, motorists using faulty petrol pumps have been getting as much as 4.4% more fuel than they have paid for.

The figures have come from an ‘AA dip check’ of petrol stations, as the industry prepares to upgrade pumps in order to meet new EU regulations by 2016.

Naturally, petrol retailers have been quick to express concern after some pumps have been found to yield up to 4.4% more petrol than shown on the dial. This mistake equates to giving drivers a ‘freebie’ of 6p per litre.

Although only a small selection of petrol stations have been tested, Trading Standards have reported inaccuracies at pumps in Cumbria, Derby, and Newport, suggesting that stations around the country are encountering similar problems.

Edmund King, President of the AA commented: “Following concern from members, the AA carried out preliminary tests at a handful of fuel stations to see if there were grounds for a more comprehensive survey. Not only did all the pumps dispense at least the right amount, but most gave even more,”

“Trading Standards warn that some drivers compare the fuel volume showing at the pump with what they can read off their in-car instruments, although the latter are designed purely as a guide. Consequently, there is an irony that some drivers who complain may be acting against their own interests.”

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Drivers urged to switch off engines when idling

If drivers switched off their engines when idling for one minute on every journey, this would collectively save the country hundreds of million pounds. That is according to new research from the Energy Savings Trust who claim that London drivers alone are wasting £60 million per year in fuel by idling when in stationary traffic. (Read More)

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New research by online company Motors.co.uk has found that frustrated British motorists are radically changing their driving habits.

High fuel costs, escalating insurance premiums, badly maintained roads and continuous road works were cited as reasons why more drivers than ever were leaving their vehicles at home. (Read More)

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