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May 2012 News

Fit cars with breathalysers says professor

31/05/2012 17:00:00
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Alcohol detectors should be fitted in all vehicles, according to the Government's former chief drugs expert Professor David Nutt. Prof Nutt said the device would force motorists to test their breath and be deemed under the legal drink-drive level in order for their vehicle to start. Prof Nutt is now a professor at Imperial Co ...

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Fuel retailers 'must lower prices'

30/05/2012 17:00:01
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Fuel retailers have "one last chance" to lower their prices, Transport Secretary Justine Greening has said. Ms Greening said she wants retailers to set up a new code of practice to help motorists keep track of petrol or diesel prices. Ministers will introduce new laws forcing petrol firms to cut fuel costs unless action is taken i ...

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The nation's love affair with cars is on the wane

29/05/2012 17:00:01
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It seems that the current cost of running a vehicle has led to many drivers no longer classing their car as a prized possession. A survey of 2,000 people conducted by WhipCar.com found that only 8% consider their car one of their most valuable belongings. Instead, more than two-thirds described their car as something to just get them "fr ...

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Newest BMW gets top safety rating

25/05/2012 17:00:00
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The latest BMW 3 Series Sedan not only promises to be an unparalleled joy to drive in the low-premium sector, but it also has an excellent safety rating. In recent Euro NCAP collision tests, the sixth generation car received 5 stars with high scores in all assessed areas of performance. The results of the increasingly rigorous te ...

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Isuzu D Max warranty revealed

22/05/2012 17:00:01
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Isuzu has said that the vehicle warranty on its brand new D-Max pick-up, which is set to be launched in Britain, will cover 120,000 miles over five years. The manufacturer claims this is unique in the vehicle's class. In four specification levels and with three cab configurations, including single, double and extended cabs, t ...

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Kia offers 7 year warranty for new Cee'd

21/05/2012 17:00:00
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The new Kia Cee'd, which will be available in the UK from June, will come with a seven-year unlimited mileage warranty, it has been confirmed. The deal is currently the best offered by any car manufacturer in the UK. Kia added that servicing will take place every 20,000 miles to prevent costly repairs or high maintenance cost ...

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Second hand cars to be utilised

18/05/2012 17:00:00
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The economic crisis during the last four years has lead to fewer used cars coming on to the market as dealers have been auctioning them off, as opposed to seeing them as profit potential. That attitude is changing now and many car dealers are seeing the profit that could be made from the sale of second-hand cars gained from part-exchange ...

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BMW roll out used car plan in China

17/05/2012 17:00:01
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German group BMW is set to take things up a gear by expanding its consumer base in China with the launch of four centres - not selling new cars, but certified second-hand cars. The move, which is considered a way to gain new customers in the East Asian country quickly, is also being adopted by General Motors. According to Automoti ...

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Scottish police hit by mis fuelling bills

15/05/2012 17:00:00
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Scottish police forces have had to stump up more than £60,000 between them in the last half-decade to repair vehicles which have experienced mechanical breakdowns because of fuel errors, research shows. The money has gone towards draining and repairing police vehicles which were supplied with the incorrect type of fuel. Sin ...

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13 per cent of motorists 'driving on empty fuel tanks'

14/05/2012 17:00:01
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The rising cost of fuel has seen increasing numbers of motorists driving on an empty tank in recent months, according to new research. Some 13% of drivers admitted that they had started a journey with their petrol warning light flashing, while the same percentage said they had set off feeling worried about running out of fuel. Th ...

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Safari park primates let loose on Hyundai i30

11/05/2012 17:00:00
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South Korean company Hyundai enlisted the help of a few cheeky monkeys to put its latest hatchback car to the test. Dozens of baboons from a safari park were released on the car maker's new i30 model when it was parked up in their enclosure, as part of an experiment to demonstrate the robustness of the vehicle. After 10 hours the car eme ...

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Poor parking 'causes neighbourly tensions'

10/05/2012 17:00:00
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Badly planned parking in residential areas is causing tensions between neighbours which can escalate into violence, a report has warned. According to research from the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), some garages do not have enough space to house vehicles. Th ...

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100k mileage scam

09/05/2012 17:00:01

A Nottingham van dealer who wiped millions of miles off the clocks of over 100 vehicles and made more than 100,000 from doing so has had his sentencing delayed. After pleading guilty to 10 fraud charged at a previous hearing, 50-year-old Maxwell Stuart Alvey was due to be sentenced on Friday at Nottingham Crown Court. But senten ...

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Firm fined 91000

04/05/2012 17:00:00
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Carcraft has been fined by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for not providing enough detailed advice when selling payment protection insurance (PPI) to its customers. The UK Car Group (UKCG) now has to fork out £91,000 for its wrongdoing, as the company should have taken measures to check staff were correctly informing buyers ...

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Road safety 'hit by budget cuts'

02/05/2012 17:00:00
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Cuts in road safety budgets across councils in England "make no sense", according to the chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). Simon Best declared that councils need to be "more innovative and flexible" in their approach after figures from the IAM revealed an average cut rate of 15% last year. He suggested that by ...

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Drivers not prepared for punctures

02/05/2012 10:10:35
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A new survey has revealed that an alarmingly high number of drivers are not adequately prepared for the possibility of getting a flat tyre. The research, undertaken by Kwik Fit, showed that around 26% of motorists get a puncture every year but 36% of the 2,027 people questioned confessed that they wouldn't have a clue what to do in the ...

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