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October 2012 News

Parallel parking fills drivers with fear

31/10/2012 17:00:00
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A new survey has revealed that a fear of parallel parking is causing a crisis of confidence for a surprising number of drivers. The study, which was carried out for the AA by Populus, discovered that as many as 16% of motorists admitted to lacking confidence when it comes to lining their car up next to another. And that figure rises to 2 ...

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Used car buying study reveals gender divide

30/10/2012 17:00:01
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The gender gap may have been driven down in many areas of motoring but not when it comes to buying a used car for spouses, research has suggested. Research carried out by Experian found that while 6.5% of women had purchased a motor - often along with a used car warranty - for their husbands, more than four times as many men (28%) had bo ...

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Campaigners slam road lights switch-off

29/10/2012 17:00:01
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Safety campaigners have hit out at lighting reductions on Britain's motorways, citing the risk of accidents and mechanical breakdowns. This came as a probe by the Sunday Telegraph showed that lighting on thousands of miles of roads, including motorways, major routes and city streets, has been either dimmed or turned off at night in order ...

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BMW faces warranty lawsuit in US

26/10/2012 17:00:01
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BMW car buyers in the US have filed a class action consumer fraud lawsuit against the manufacturer, which alleges the company sold test-drive cars to consumers under the impression they were getting a brand new vehicle with the appropriate standard warranty. The New Jersey federal court received the suit and according to a report in the ...

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BMW offers volunteers Games fleet

25/10/2012 17:00:00
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A London Olympic fleet of 3,200 BMW cars is being put up for sale, with first refusal going to the volunteers who helped during the Games. Originally, BMW staff were intended to be offered the used cars - which have just a few hundred miles on the clock. However, the manufacturer has since revealed that the 'Games Makers' will also benef ...

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Sat navs could pose driving risk

24/10/2012 17:00:01
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Drivers are being reminded of the dangers of not paying attention to the road while following sat nav directions. The Fuelcard Company has issued motorists with advice to use sat nav systems safely, including positioning them so that vision remains unobstructed. The company is also advising drivers to use the night-time mode where possib ...

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Checks reveal outstanding finance

23/10/2012 17:00:01
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The latest industry statistics show that 26.1% of history checks carried out by dealers on used cars in the second quarter of 2012 revealed outstanding finance. The figures, which come from the global information services firm Experian, clearly indicate that outstanding finance is the principal risk for car dealers, but 3% of checks also ...

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Braking technology cuts insurance costs

22/10/2012 17:00:01
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Mazda CX-5 owners will now get cheaper insurance thanks to the company's investment in 'active' safety technology. The compact SUV is the first of the Japanese manufacturer's cars to feature the company's SKYACTIV technologies. This includes the 'Smart City Brake Support' (SCBS) system, an automatic emergency breaking system tha ...

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Vauxhall steps up a gear

19/10/2012 17:00:01
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Lifetime warranty provider Vauxhall is undergoing a huge product revolution in an attempt to take over Ford as the UK's best selling car brand by 2015. The 110-year-old firm is working hard to develop new fashionable models such as the Adam city car and the Mokka baby SUV. The sleek new Cascada convertible will be at the forefron ...

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Insurance check proposals branded absurd

18/10/2012 17:00:01
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Insurance broker AA has branded a DVLA proposal to remove the insurance check when car owners apply for a tax disc as "absurd". The plan to remove the simple, fool-proof check once every year or six months was madness, according to Simon Douglas, a director for AA insurance. He also suggests the move could undo much of the work carried o ...

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Whiplash injury claims still on the rise

17/10/2012 17:00:00
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New research has revealed that the number of whiplash claims is still rising despite the total number of road accident injuries actually decreasing. The third yearly report from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the international professional body for actuaries, shows that there is a notable difference between data for road injurie ...

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Car tax discs 'simplified'

16/10/2012 17:00:00
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The process of buying a car tax disc could become simpler after plans for a new streamlined system were announced. Motorists would no longer have to show their car insurance certificate when paying their car tax under the Government's new proposals. The new system has been suggested on the basis that there is now no need to provid ...

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Continental takes tyre award

15/10/2012 14:00:00
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Continental has won an industry award in recognition of the quality of its tyres. The company was named Tyre Manufacturer of the Year 2012 by the National Tyre Distributors Association. Continental managing director David Smith expressed delight at the award, saying it was the result of sheer hard work and the constant desire to i ...

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Volkswagen retains most secure car title

12/10/2012 17:00:00
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For the third year straight, Volkswagen has pulled away with the award for selling the most secure cars as well as earning the first prize as the best car manufacturer at the British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards. The top prize in the category of Large MPV went to the Volkswagen Sharan, while the best car in the Small Family class we ...

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Rally team push limits of fuel economy

11/10/2012 17:00:01
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A team of former rally drivers managed to stretch a single gallon of fuel to a distance of over a hundred miles in a competition measuring driving efficiency. Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott clocked up a staggering 108.78mpg in their Ford Fiesta Econetic 1.6 TDCi vehicle at the annual MPG Marathon. This compares favourably to the car's o ...

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Under-inflated tyres 'cost drivers'

10/10/2012 17:00:00
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Research has found motorists with insufficiently inflated tyres could be using 4% more fuel than those who keep their tyres at the correct pressure. The European Commission study also calculated that around 5 million tons of CO2 are generated created by motorists failing to keep their tyres properly maintained. Researchers also fo ...

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Pricing tool 'boosts used car market'

09/10/2012 17:00:01
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Buyers and sellers can keep up with price changes in the used car market with the help of the Black Book Live trade pricing tool, according to makers CAP. The tool lists price changes as soon as they are picked out from the markets - a departure from the usual trade price lists, which publish monthly. One example cited by CAP is t ...

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Honda recall amid fire fear

08/10/2012 17:00:01
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Fears over the safety of an electrical door switch has prompted a recall of hundreds of thousands of Honda cars. There are concerns that the problem with the driver's door could melt the switch, and cause it to set fire, on a total of 268,000 vehicles. CR-V vehicles built in the four years from 2002 have caused four fires so far, ...

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Younger men losing 'manly' skills

05/10/2012 17:00:01
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Older men are more likely to jump start a car or change a tyre than their younger counterparts, research reveals. Men over the age of 45 have far more basic so-called 'manly' skills than those aged in their 20s and early 30s, the survey from JCB Toughphones shows. Just 15% of men aged 24 and under know how to jump-start a car, wit ...

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Chevrolet bid to win new customers

04/10/2012 17:00:00
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Chevrolet is wooing UK drivers with a series of new deals, including free access to an exclusive dining club. Drivers who opt for any Chevrolet model will receive a 100,000 mile/five year car warranty, as well as a six-year anti-perforation corrosion warranty and breakdown cover for a year. Car financing is now available at 0% AP ...

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Car records may soon be updated online

03/10/2012 17:00:01
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Drivers may soon be able to view and update their car records online if new government plans opened up for public scrutiny today go ahead. The scheme will mean millions of drivers can simply update their address details and any change of keeper via the internet instead of in writing to the DVLA. Car traders will be able to update informa ...

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Mitsubishi offers best in class warranty

02/10/2012 17:00:00
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The Mitsubishi L200 now offers the longest warranty of any pick-up truck in the UK, Mitsubishi Motors has announced. In the last five years there has been a huge growth in the UK pick-up truck market and the L200 warranty is now top of the class with Mitsubishi giving customers a five-year or 125,000 mile package. The L200 is the ...

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Drivers cannot identify basic tools

01/10/2012 17:00:01
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More than nine in ten motorists cannot even recognise common car tools, never mind use them, according to new research. A survey by Britannia Rescue has revealed that many drivers cannot recognise a car jack, tyre pump, wrench, car battery or jumper cables when shown images of them. In addition, a large number of motorists do not ...

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