Choosing a family car
Mar21

Choosing a family car

Family life throws a lot at a car these days so choosing the best one for the job is not easy writes Geraldine Herbert With safety ratings, storage, space and practicality to consider,choosing a family car can be a difficult and daunting task. Before you make any decision always consider running costs along with the initial purchase price – It’s important to work out an estimate of fuel consumption along with road tax, insurance and...

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What is a PCP?
Mar13

What is a PCP?

An increasingly popular way to finance a new car is under Personal Contract Plans (PCP). But what exactly is a PCP and who is it best suited to, asks Geraldine Herbert What is a PCP? PCPs are a form of car finance based on a hire purchase (HP) agreement. Unlike standard HP or a bank loan, the repayments are typically lower, as you are paying off the depreciation of the car and not its entire value. At the end of the agreement, you...

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Beware the Hazards Lurking in Your Car
Mar08

Beware the Hazards Lurking in Your Car

In the event of an accident flying objects can really hurt you. Suzanne Keane shares some tips on how to stay safe You may not be able to control what goes on outside of your car but you should always ensure your safety when inside a car! The wrong seating position, flying objects and even your pet can become a hazard if the worst was to happen…. 1. Seatbelts There is absolutely no excuse for not wearing a seat belt. It’s also...

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Time to Clean the Interior of Your Car
Mar04

Time to Clean the Interior of Your Car

Cleaning your car interior like a professional is easier than you think. Suzanne Keane shares her top tips for cleaning the interior If you consider how much time you spend in your car vs. time spent in your living room you would understand why it’s so important to keep it looking/smelling good! Not only is clean interior better for your mood, it’s also healthier! No-one wants to be breathing in dust and bits of dirt! A well-kept...

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Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Lemon
Feb26

Ten Tips to Avoid Buying a Lemon

Buying a used car shouldn’t be a leap of faith. Here are our top ten tips to keep in mind when shopping for a used car, says Geraldine Herbert. Determine what your price range is and draw up a budget; don’t be tempted to exceed it. Consider how you would use the car, long commutes, journeys around town, city centre driving. Buy from a reputable car dealer, You will be assured of the best possible service and this will help to...

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Tips for Travelling with pets
Feb18

Tips for Travelling with pets

Taking your pet along can make a family trip more fun for everyone so we have some tips writes Geraldine Herbert For the safety of people and pets, animals should be restrained in the car. Never let pet travel in the front because it could be seriously injured or killed, just as a small child could be if an airbag deploys. Also, it is never a good idea to put a pet in the boot. They deserve your attention and who knows what they could...

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