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November 2012 News

Cold snap warning for drivers

30/11/2012 17:00:01
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We've already had the wet and windy weather; now, a cold snap is due to follow, affecting driving conditions with its wintry blast With some snow expected across parts of the UK - some areas will see as much as 4cm - temperatures are forecast to drop to as low as minus 5C, with crisp and dry conditions in many parts. Between two a ...

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Safety tips issued for icy driving conditions

30/11/2012 11:00:01
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With the arrival of the colder weather a road safety charity has issued tips on driving in frosty and icy conditions. The Institute of Advanced Motorists' chief examiner Peter Rodger says drivers should: * check weather forecast before travelling * heed police warnings about closed roads and stick to main roads * kee ...

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Audi SQ5 TDI a 'diesel pioneer'

29/11/2012 17:00:01
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The new Audi SQ5 TDI will be a trailblazer when it arrives on UK roads next spring, as the company's first-ever 'S' model that runs on diesel. Offering a 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI engine and capable of achieving more than 41 miles per gallon, any motorists considering their car finance options should note the SQ5 TDI costs 43,870 on the road a ...

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Vehicles with flood faults may be sold on

28/11/2012 17:00:01
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Cars with potentially fatal faults caused by recent flood damage may be being put up for sale, motorists are being warned. Would-be buyers are being urged to be on their guard to ensure they don't end up with a dangerous car whose brakes or airbags may be damaged. Insurers write off vehicles that have been immersed in flood water ...

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Clients happy with Motor Codes garages

27/11/2012 17:00:00
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The automotive industry standards body Motor Codes has released a positive annual report on customer satisfaction with service centres and car dealers throughout the UK Motor Codes conducted a total of 25,000 surveys throughout 2012. Of the total, 20,500 were completed by customers frequenting garages affiliated with Motor Codes. Another ...

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Discarded containers causing road accidents

26/11/2012 17:00:00
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Road accidents tend to be attributed to the weather, speeding, drink-driving or an individual's steering misadventure. But a new poll unveils a whole new set of reasons, and they all derive from inside the vehicle. Insurance company More Than says some crashes are caused by a dog jumping up on a driver's lap or even by a discarded ...

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4x4 market set to see value hike

23/11/2012 17:00:01
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Industry experts are suggesting now is the time to sell your 4x4, if you were considering doing so, as the value of the rugged-terrain friendly vehicles rose by 16% in October. Long-range weather forecasts are predicting some tough driving conditions to come, and vehicle auction company, British Car Auctions (BCA) believe that prices may ...

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Potholed roads reaching crisis point'

22/11/2012 17:00:01
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Decades of underfunding and severe winter weather have left many councils struggling to do more than just patch up Britain's worsening roads, transport bosses have claimed. They say pothole damage caused by bad weather, which can contribute to mechanical breakdown, as well as funding cuts, have taken our roads to crisis point and are cal ...

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Mazda revamps approved used car scheme

21/11/2012 17:00:00
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Japanese car maker Mazda has launched a new version of its Approved Used Car scheme, with extra benefits. Customers who buy an approved vehicle will be able to choose from three types of cover to supplement their one-year warranty. The three free options are roadside assistance, MoT protection and key cover. These form part of th ...

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Brits sceptical about driverless cars

20/11/2012 17:00:01
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Many manufacturers are currently working to develop driverless cars, but a new study suggests that the technology might not be very popular in Britain. A survey conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that 40% of motorists would never consider using a driverless vehicle. And almost two thirds of drivers (65%) ...

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Huge savings for Vauxhall customers

16/11/2012 17:00:01
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Consumers buying a new Vauxhall this weekend can take advantage of some limited time only offers. The British automaker is giving away 500 of free fuel to customers as part of its Big Event weekend, which runs from Friday 16 to Monday 19 November 2012. Van customers who purchase any new Vauxhall commercial vehicle can also benef ...

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Third of drivers would fail eyesight test

15/11/2012 14:00:01
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A new study has revealed that as many as a third of motorists in the UK are putting themselves and others at risk because their eyesight does not meet legal standards. The research, which was carried out by Specsavers opticians at county shows and in town centres as part of the annual Drive Safe Roadshow, shows that a significant number ...

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Used cars fetching higher prices at auction

14/11/2012 17:00:00
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Used cars going under the hammer at auction are fetching higher prices than ever, a report has shown. Experts say the trend, which saw the average value of used auctioned used cars increase by 2.2% in October, is down to the big increase in the number of vehicles that are less than two-and-a-half years old being sold at auctions, making ...

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New SuperSport hits the road

13/11/2012 17:00:00
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The new Vauxhaull Insignia VXR SuperSport is hoping to streak past the opposition in the speed stakes. The 179mph car's makers claim it has more oomph and a higher top speed than any other UK production line vehicle costing less than 30,000 - and that includes the BMW 135i M Sport. The SuperSport's mechanical breakdown boasts blu ...

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Motorists get ice driving tips

12/11/2012 17:00:00
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Motorists are being offered free guidance about driving on frost and ice as the long winter nights draw in. IAM Drive & Survive has launched the campaign to educate drivers on the essentials of survival on the roads as winter draws ever nearer, with a scraper or de-icer for those frosty mornings shown to be the most essential tool.

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Thousands put wrong fuel in tanks'

09/11/2012 17:00:00
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Halfords Autocentres have issued a survey saying up to 300,000 vehicles get the wrong fuel put in their tanks annually, but only half of the owners can claim the cost back on insurance. Diesel and petrol are being confused with each other more than ever as many drivers change from using petrol to diesel which is more economic. Industry e ...

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New warranty package unveiled

07/11/2012 17:00:01
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Vehicles up to seven years old which have done fewer than 70,000 miles are being covered through a new extended warranty package from Vauxhall dealers. The Vauxhall Extended Warranty provides cover for up to 100,000 miles and can be transferred to a new owner at a cost of 25. Attractions of the new deal include a courtesy car fo ...

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Tyre labelling legislation is now active

06/11/2012 17:00:01
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New tyre labelling regulations have now come in to place across the European Union allowing consumers to see how effective they are in terms of grip in the wet, noise pollution and fuel efficiency. The rating system is similar to the standards used to classify white goods appliances. Tyres will be labelled with a rating between the best, ...

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Landmark 1903 Vauxhall sold at auction

05/11/2012 17:00:00
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A classic Vauxhall two-seater, originally ordered for the car manufacturer's managing director Percy Kidner in November 1903, has just sold at auction for 94,460. The car, thought to be the oldest surviving Vauxhall, was bought by a UK enthusiast at Bonhams in London. The buyer paid nearly 15,000 more than the guide price to sec ...

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Tyre safety ignorance 'risking lives'

02/11/2012 17:00:01
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Lives are being put at risk due to a surprising amount of motorists still having very poor knowledge of tyres and tyre safety, a study reveals. The findings come as new laws governing the labelling of tyres comes into force across Europe, similar to that you can see on white goods. The tyre criteria being measured are: grip in the wet, e ...

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Car dealers warned over CSI surveys

01/11/2012 17:00:03
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Car dealers should adopt their own customer research rather than relying on information from manufacturers, it has been suggested. Professor Jim Saker, from Loughborough University, believes current methods of measuring customer satisfaction do not help businesses to find out whether customers are likely to return, or whether they are ha ...

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