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July 2012 News

Fewer drivers try to repair their cars

31/07/2012 17:00:00
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New research has revealed that improvements in technology mean that fewer people are fixing their own cars than they were five years ago. The study from Saga Motor Insurance shows that the number of people taking their vehicle to a garage to get the battery or oil filter changed as opposed to doing it themselves has nearly doubled in the ...

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Saab drivers offered free MoT

30/07/2012 17:00:01
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Owners of Saab cars can get a free MoT if they sign up to the Saab Service Club, it has been announced. Saab Parts UK is offering motorists the chance to get the free MoT when they book an oil or annual service at one of its outlets or Authorised Service Centres. The offer is available during August and September provided owners r ...

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Firms 'undervalue warranty software'

27/07/2012 17:00:00
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IDC Manufacturing Insights has said in a new report that too few manufacturers are taking advantage of warranty transaction management software. The report names Parametric Technology Corp (PTC) and SAP as market leaders and states that the software has now reached a point where six different firms are offering comprehensive tools. < ...

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Third of cars 'may have hidden history'

26/07/2012 17:00:01
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A vehicle information specialist is warning that there may now be as many as 10.4 million cars with a hidden history driving around the UK. HPI is reporting that one in three cars could be on its 'at risk' registers and, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) saying there has been a 9% rise in cars in the UK to 31,362 ...

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Renault agrees to wireless charging tests

25/07/2012 17:00:04
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Renault has agreed a deal with Qualcomm Incorporated to launch a wireless electric vehicle charging trial in London. Qualcomm will conduct the research on Renault vehicles after acquiring HalolPT, which provided wireless charging technology, last year. The deal with HalolPT paved the way for the Qualcomm Halo WEVC system.

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Illegal tyre dumping scandal highlighted

24/07/2012 17:00:00
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Large numbers of vehicle tyres are being dumped illegally in the UK every year, it has been revealed. The latest edition of the BBC's current affairs programme Panorama focused on the issue with an expose that has emphasised the need for garages, tyre retailers and vehicle dismantlers to work with responsible recyclers for the collection ...

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Used car prices remain 'stable'

23/07/2012 17:00:00
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The used car market has remained "consistent and stable", according to the latest figures from the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA). The figures from the VRA show that in July book values for used cars only fell by 1%. The data also shows that the largest profit margins are on small used cars, because motorists are looking ...

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Traffic set to blight major routes

20/07/2012 17:00:00
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A traffic information firm has warned congestion on Britain's major routes is set to increase in the next few days as thousands of holidaymakers jet off on their summer breaks. The group said some two million travellers are bound for foreign destinations this weekend, which also spells the end of the school year. As a result, road ...

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Advice to get cars ready for summer

18/07/2012 17:00:00
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While most people are striving to get that perfect beach body in time for their summer holiday, one road safety organisation has released ten top tips to make sure people do the same for their car. GEM is recommending that people pay as much attention to their car as they do themselves to ensure it looks its best with advice like, "polis ...

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Minister insists reopened M4 is safe

17/07/2012 17:00:00
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The M4 motorway in west London reopened at 5.30am on Friday July 13 after seven days of closure, with some reports suggesting the road may still not be safe. In response, roads minister Mike Penning has called the claims "scaremongering" and said that people making these suggestions should be ashamed of themselves. Engineers worke ...

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Cheaper car insurance data revealed

16/07/2012 17:00:00
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Car insurance has become cheaper over recent months, but male drivers are still paying considerably more than women, new research has found. A year's comprehensive car insurance policy cost an average of 797 in spring (April to June), which represents a 7.1% fall on the figure for the same period last year, according to the survey by Co ...

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The shocking state of UK roads revealed

13/07/2012 17:00:00
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The condition of Britain's roads is fast approaching crisis level, with nearly a third of all routes in need of repairs, a union claims. The GMB union said the country's roads are in a "shocking" situation, with motorists on the Isle of White most at risk of mechanical breakdowns as they are driving on the worst surface ...

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Drivers blasted for tyre negligence

12/07/2012 17:00:01
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Figures have shown the number of motorists convicted over driving with dangerous or defective tyres reached nearly 10,000 last year. The Ministry of Justice figures showed that 9,639 convictions were dished out by magistrates courts during 2011 across England and Wales. TyreSafe responded to the figures, calling the number "danger ...

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Carmakers to use adhesives more

11/07/2012 17:00:00
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An adhesive expert has claimed that the market for adhesives in the car sector for bonding body structures is growing thanks to advantages over spot-welding. Specialists at the automotive adhesives firm 3M believe that they offer a simpler solution to manufacturers as more assembly is done off-line and before paint, while also providing ...

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Drivers confused by claims process

10/07/2012 17:00:00
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Motorists want to be given a choice and an alternative when it comes to the insurance claims process, according to a new study. OnePoll surveyed 2,000 drivers and found that 85% believe insurance costs are unfair, with just over half (52%) of these attributing blame to injury lawyers and claims companies. In addition, the majority ...

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Alfa Romeo car warranty offer launched

09/07/2012 17:00:00
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A car warranty offer has been launched by Alfa Romeo to coincide with the launch of its new MiTo TwinAir model. All retail purchases of the new MiTo and Giulietta models will come with a warranty extension from three years to five years, comprising 36 months of unlimited mileage warranty plus a further 24 months' mechanical warranty. ...

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Used car values 'down by 2.2 per cent in June'

06/07/2012 17:00:00
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Average used car values fell by 2.2% between May and June. That is according to data contained in auction company BCA's latest Pulse Report, showing that average values dropped by £134 to £5,964 in June. Reduced sale volumes and declining values of nearly-new cars were behind the trend, the firm said, although val ...

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Bodily injury claims in 18 per cent rise

04/07/2012 17:00:00
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Road accident personal injury claims increased by a "staggering" 18% in 2011, according to a report. The rise came even though there was an 11% drop in the number of road accidents. Drivers should now expect an increase in insurance premiums because of this news, the Actuarial Profession report revealed. This rise in co ...

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Many garages 'lack website'

03/07/2012 17:00:00
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A study by the Retail Motor Industry Federation's Independent Garage Association (IGA) has found just under three-fifths (58%) of independent garages have a current website to promote their business. While the IGA report found more independent garages are starting to use websites, progress is slow. Of the 2,000 member garages surveyed it ...

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Drivers 'ignore dashboard alerts'

02/07/2012 17:00:00
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New evidence from a Kwik Fit poll shows many drivers turn a blind eye to dashboard alerts. Some 36% of motorists have had a light flash at least once in the last 12 months, but around one in three do not inspect their cars for problems for five days or more. Of those questioned who had received alerts in the past year, 3% said th ...

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