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June 2012 News

Car buyers hit by bogus online deals

29/06/2012 17:00:00
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British car buyers scouring the web for great deals on a motor are in danger of becoming victims of criminals hijacking online ads, it is warned. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers in the US that bogus car sellers are using adverts on the web to offer vehicles they do not have and have no intention of delivering and th ...

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Jaguar steals top spot from Lexus

28/06/2012 17:00:01
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Jaguar has finished first in the JD Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study, knocking Lexus off the top spot. It is the first time in 11 years that the Japanese auto maker has not come top of the pile, instead dropping to share second place with Skoda. The study - which is based on the evaluatio ...

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Used car market 'remains stable'

27/06/2012 17:00:00
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The market for used cars is looking stable at present but with a notably strong performance among de-fleeted business cars, the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has suggested. It said de-fleeted business cars sold well throughout May and June, achieving sales at an average of around 97% of CAP Clean values, which is a valuation tool ...

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Car insurance up 61 per cent in five years

26/06/2012 17:00:00
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While most drivers will tell you that their car insurance premiums seem to creep up year-on-year, new research by This Is Money and car experts Glass's has found that, according to the Towers Watson Index, premiums have increased by 61% in five years. The high prices have made it all the more important for people to find a car in a l ...

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Plant fibres 'to compete in 10 years'

25/06/2012 17:00:00
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Major auto-maker Ford says that it believes that within 10 years plant fibres will become competitive with conventional materials for car parts. Speaking at a German event, a research engineer for Ford Europe, Maria Magnani, told BusinessGreen that sustainable fibres are vital for manufacturers to cut the weight of cars and improve fuel ...

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Jobless hit by dearer car cover

22/06/2012 17:00:00
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Car insurance firms are compounding the woes of jobless people in the UK by charging them more than four times as much for their motor insurance than if they were employed, a survey has discovered. The study by MoneyMail and comparison website Moneysupermarket found that quotes for car insurance renewals are likely to shoot up when a pol ...

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MEPs back 'life saving' car gadget

21/06/2012 17:00:01
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All cars could automatically send crash data to emergency services in the future, following approval for new technology in the European Parliament. It is believed 2,500 lives per year could be saved by 2015 if all new cars were fitted with the eCall system, a device that calls the European emergency number 112 if it detects a serious acc ...

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Wrong fuel put in supermarket pumps

20/06/2012 17:00:00
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A leading supermarket chain has been forced to apologise to customers after a tanker driver put diesel into petrol pumps at one of its filling stations by mistake. Tesco has said sorry and offered to pay for any mechanical breakdowns that the error has caused after the wrong fuel was put into pumps at the garage at Catterick Garrison in ...

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US Government expands Toyota probe

19/06/2012 17:00:00
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The US Government's investigation of fires that can start in various Toyota vehicles has been extended to include reports on a further 600,000 Camrys and other cars. This takes the number of cars and SUVs made between 2007-2009 that are being investigated to 1.4 million. The investigation started in February and included more tha ...

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Honda issues price promise

18/06/2012 17:00:01
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Honda is now promising to match any like-for-like quote for MoTs, servicing, repairs, and new tyres from any garage within a 10-mile radius of its dealerships. The new commitment, entitled the Honda Price Promise, will run until March 2013 and Honda hopes it will ensure that drivers bring their cars "to the people who know it best for al ...

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Ukrainian odyssey for van driving fan

15/06/2012 17:00:00
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A dedicated Three Lions fan has undertaken an epic journey to support the team in Euro 2012. Andrew Jolly, 45, has taken his red Ford Escort van all the way from his house in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to see England play in Ukraine. The supporter has already travelled nearly 3,000 miles, but he could clock up 6,000 miles if Englan ...

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TyreSafe reveals Sussex Police link up

14/06/2012 17:00:01
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Sussex Police has become the latest organisation to signal its support for TyreSafe's campaign to raise awareness about tyre maintenance and safety. The South Coast constabulary previously linked up with the organisation for its Tyre Safety Month last year, but will take on additional responsibilities to promote campaigns aimed at ma ...

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Satnav driver stuck in Hampshire flood

13/06/2012 17:00:01
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A woman from Nottinghamshire has got stuck in a flooded road in Hampshire after she relied on instructions from her satnav. Hampshire Fire and Rescue had to rescue the woman from her car after she drove into a ditch in Hook just before noon on Monday. After she got stuck, the car was carried away by the flood and she was stranded ...

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Supermarkets reduce petrol prices

12/06/2012 17:00:00
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Hard-pressed motorists have been handed some financial respite after the supermarket forecourt war saw three shops cut the price of fuel by up to 3p a litre. Asda and Sainsbury's made the move on Tuesday and they were set to be joined by Tesco, which is also cutting the price of petrol. Bosses at Asda revealed that drops in the gl ...

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Drivers cut back as fuel prices remain high

11/06/2012 17:00:01
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Motorists are clocking up 38 fewer miles and spending an hour and 26 minutes less behind the wheel in response to escalating fuel prices, according to a new report. New research claims that British drivers have sacrificed weekend trips to become a nation of gardeners or internet shoppers in the wake of increasing financial pressures, suc ...

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England car plate fetches 15600

08/06/2012 17:00:00
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A fervent England supporter has spent £15,600 on a personalised EN61 AND number plate for his car ahead of the European Championships as he "couldn't resist". Brian Brody, 66, of St John's Wood, who owns a number of pubs and a brewery in London was the buyer of the plate, and felt it was a great way to display his ...

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Kia to sell new scratch repair tool

07/06/2012 17:00:01
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Kia Motors UK has made an agreement to sell a new cosmetic repair device at its outlets, which will be of interest to those involved in the car warranty sector. This means AkzoNobel's Stickerfix device can now be utilised in the Korean car manufacturer's workshops as a Kia item for cosmetic repairs, such as for stratches to the body. ...

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Drivers delay MoT to cut back spending

06/06/2012 17:00:00
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Motorists feeling the pinch are worryingly putting off their MoT test until the legal due date has passed in an attempt to conserve cash, a report suggests. A survey of 1,000 car owners questioned by InsureMyExcess.com found that a tenth (10%) of drivers are in danger of a mechanical breakdown because they are delaying an MoT inspection ...

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Morning after drink driving warning to motorists

01/06/2012 17:00:00
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Motorists are been urged to consider how much alcohol they drink this summer, especially if they are driving the following morning. According to figures by AlcoSense Breathalysers, 18% of drink drive accidents in 2010 occurred the morning after a night out between 5am and 1pm. This is when shift workers and early starters would be drivin ...

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