Renault Captur
Sep11

Renault Captur

Lara Platman gets behind the wheel of Renault’s very stylish Captur It is my first time testing a car for about two years. As a motoring journalist, I had refrained from going on press launches and receiving cars for the weekly trial, mainly because my editorial work took another strand and corporate photography work (my passion) kicked in. I also was very happy with double de clutching on my days off with my restored classic....

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What you need to know about Residual Value
Aug16

What you need to know about Residual Value

Residual value is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a car and one of the most overlooked writes Geraldine Herbert While all cars depreciate, some lose much less value than others and there are factors you need to be aware of that affect resale values. Brand: The brand you buy has a significant impact on the resale value and historically some brands and models simply hold their value better than others. Paint...

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The seven most important questions to ask when buying a used car
Aug06

The seven most important questions to ask when buying a used car

Sellers have a legal responsibility to give you accurate and truthful answers so ensure you ask the right questions writes Geraldine Herbert When buying from a private seller you do not have the same consumer rights as you do when buying a car from dealership, it is very much a case of ‘buyer beware. However it is an offence for a seller to withhold or provide misleading information about the car so with this in mind there are...

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5 things you need to consider when buying your first car
Aug01

5 things you need to consider when buying your first car

When it comes to buying your  first car there are some specific considerations writes Geraldine Herbert 1) Size Matters Think about how much space will genuinely be needed because the bigger the car the more it’s going to cost in terms of fuel and maintenance. So small is generally better plus it is much easier to drive and park a small car. 2) Basic is best We all enjoy a little luxury in life but when it comes to first cars the more...

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The wrong fuel in your car
Jul22

The wrong fuel in your car

What happens if you put the wrong fuel into your car? It’s easier then you think in fact the AA estimate that every year 150,000 people make the mistake of putting the wrong fuel into their cars writes Geraldine Herbert The damage you do to your car essentially depends on the type of engine you have and how much of the wrong fuel you have put in Petrol in a diesel engine? Diesel is not only a fuel, but it also acts as lubrication oil...

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Flood Damage
Jul19

Flood Damage

With heavy rain a constant feature at this time of the year Suzanne Keane explains how to check your car for flood damage It’s never advisable to drive through floods but what do you do if your parked car is submerged in flood water? Once the water subsides more than likely you won’t be able to just jump in and drive it away! Firstly it’s important to figure out how deeply the car was submerged – you can usually see where the...

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