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Motorists on a charge as nights draw in

MOTORISTS are being urged to get their batteries checked in readiness for the onset of winter. Each year technicians at national fast-fit chain ATS Euromaster take a ‘close look’ at tens of thousands of vehicle batteries, providing customers with a free print-out of their battery’s performance. The clocks going back normally heralds the start of […]

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Tips on finding a good second-hand car

SOMETIMES the best new car is a used car. Motorists can often get great value for money if they go into the second hand car market. Those that take the used option could find themselves with a top-of-the-range car at a fraction of the ‘new’ price. Once you have decided to buy a second-hand car, […]

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How to avoid losing a fortune on a used car

IF you want to minimise the amount of money you lose on a used car, buy a coupe or a convertible. That’s the finding of a survey by the publisher of the car industry’s bible, Glass’s Guide to Used Car Values. It revealed the types of used car that are least susceptible to depreciation by […]

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How to avoid buying a banger

BUYING a car is a major financial outlay, so you certainly don’t want to find out your newly bought dream car belongs to someone else, or you have been left with someone else’s debt to pay. Whether buying from a dealership, privately or from an auction there is a certain level of risk involved. Here’s […]

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Hit-and-miss garage servicing

SLACK  practices are rife in the garage servicing industry an undercover investigation by Which? found. The consumer organisation took 50 cars, all less than three years old, to garages throughout the country for servicing. Before they went in, five adjustments were made – four simple faults were introduced and the screenwash bottle was topped up. […]

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Owners of older cars save most on motoring

RUNNING a car over 20 years old is the cheapest way to drive. There’s virtually no depreciation, insurance costs peanuts and they are easy to maintain. A visit to the internet shows most parts running at less than half the price of those for more modern vehicles. If your vehicle is over 20 years old […]

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Preparing your car for an MoT test

MOST motorists dread the annual MoT test – whether it’s the first one that comes with a car’s third birthday, or the annual test of an older vehicle which is more likely to need some attention. The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) says there is no reason to fear the test if your car is […]

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All that glitters is not gold

A SURVEY from the RAC reveals many people think they know a thing or two about cars when looking to buy, but can easily be led astray by shiny paintwork. Around 65% say they know the basics and don’t need friends or family to help them check under the bonnet. However many are taken in […]

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