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Are you all set for winter driving?

Millions of motorists are unprepared for winter driving – with nearly half admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to research. One in six revealed they have previously broken down in the cold season due to not checking their vehicle and, as the weather worsens …

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How to keep your engine oil running smoothly

Engine oil dipstick

According to breakdown specialist, the AA, a reported 21,000 oil-related breakdowns occur every year. Whether you’re doing the daily school run or planning a car trip away for business or pleasure, knowing how to check your car oil properly is the most important car maintenance tasks. With the correct advice …

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Top 10 biggest fears of new drivers

Young driver

Whether you learn to drive as a fresh-faced teenager or wait until you’re a little older and wiser, all learners go through the same experiences. From the sense of fear as you first drive down a slipway to join a motorway, to the challenge of trying to parallel park on …

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How to reduce your car’s running costs

Credit cards can save you money

Keeping a car on the road can cost drivers thousands each year, so along with safety and reliability, running costs are often a top consideration for many when choosing a car. We’ve teamed up with Warranty Direct to put together a guide to the most expensive outgoings that come with …

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Britain’s dwindling driveway DIY car mechanics

Couple after a car breakdown at the side of the road

A third of motorists check under the bonnet of their car less than four times a year and 62% leave the engine bay untouched for more than two months at a time, according to new research. The survey by car ownership and maintenance start-up MotorEasy indicates that it could be …

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UK’s most expensive garages revealed

Garage servicing

New research has exposed a huge gulf in the rates charged by mechanics throughout the UK, ranging from £36 to £234 per hour. Overall, the average rate – combining main dealers, independent workshops and fast-fit outlets – is £67 an hour. According to a nationwide study of 6,000 garages by …

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Cash-strapped motorists driving faulty cars

Traffic jam

Nearly one in five UK drivers admit to running their car, despite knowing it needs repairs, because they can’t afford the bill. According to motoreasy, which manages car maintenance and repairs on behalf of the motorist, men are more inclined to dodge necessary car repairs than women, with 19.5% and …

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Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads

Young driver

New research has revealed that most younger motorists don’t know basic car maintenance, leaving two million cars unprepared for the treacherous winter road conditions. More than 55% of drivers aged 17-25 questioned by Inchcape were not fully competent with tasks such as maintaining oil and water levels and checking tyre pressures. …

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£212,904 – the cost of a lifetime’s motoring

Save money on your motoring costs

The average motorist could buy a property with the money they spend on car care over a lifetime, reveals new research. Online car repair marketplace, ClickMechanic, claims we spend £212,904 on maintaining our cars over a 63-year driving career. We’ll also buy a total of 14 cars and spend an …

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Buying and running a car on a budget

Buying a new Hyundai

For some people, being able to buy and run a car on a budget is very important. You might be a student struggling to finance a car that can ferry you backwards and forwards between home and university. Maybe you are between jobs and need a cheap runaround to get …

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