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September 2012 News

Car insurers driving up premiums

28/09/2012 17:00:01
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The motor insurance industry is providing a poor-quality service and leaving consumers short-changed, competition watchdogs have said. With premiums currently rising by 225m a year and at-fault drivers given little control over repairs and replacement cars, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the industry to the Competition Co ...

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4x4s on the rise as other sectors suffer

26/09/2012 17:00:00
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New research has revealed that the total number of 4x4s sold in the UK has risen year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012. The figures, which come from the global information services firm Experian, show that the volume of 4x4s sold increased by 5% compared to the second quarter of 2011, while sales in most other areas declined.

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Aston Martin named coolest car brand

25/09/2012 17:00:01
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Aston Martin has retained its title as the "coolest" car brand in the UK. James Bond's favourite car has taken top spot in the CoolBrands survey for the last six years in a row. But this year, the luxury sports car manufacturer had to settle for third place as Apple won the race to the top spot. YouTube came in second in ...

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Motorists 'neglecting safety checks'

24/09/2012 17:00:01
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A total of 3.4 million cars go without safety checks from year to year, according to new research by Kwik Fit. Worryingly, this means the only time such vehicles receive mechanical attention is when they are checked in for the annual MOT test. In addition, one in 10 motorists never perform any safety checks on their cars, while mo ...

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Tyre tread campaign launched

21/09/2012 17:00:01
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October is tyre safety month and TyreSafe has launched a campaign on Facebook to raise awareness of the tread on people's tyres. The Facebook site will encourage people to take 'the 20p pledge' which means they promise to use a 20p to test the depth of their tyre tread within the next seven days. Its pledge will be shared with t ...

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Kia hails 7 year warranty

20/09/2012 17:00:01
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Kia has described its pioneering seven-year warranty as simply the best - and longest - available on any car across the whole of Europe. It is hard to argue with the claim as a longer warranty is clearly a better one and this outstanding offer gives every Kia owner genuine long-term peace of mind. So those tempted by the competit ...

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Speeding fines fund driving courses

19/09/2012 17:00:02
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Speeding charges are being used to try and educate the next generation of motorists to make Britain's road a safer place to drive, according to a report. 'WiseDrive - Drive for Life' is an awareness course for younger drivers and is fully-funded by 10,000 worth of charges coughed up by speeding motorists who have sat a speed awareness c ...

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Petrol prices probe 'a distraction'

18/09/2012 17:00:00
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An investigation into levels of competition between fuel retailers is failing to look at the real problems facing the sector, it is claimed. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched the probe to see if there are competition problems that are contributing to the high prices at the pumps. But Jakes de Kock, marketing director o ...

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Hyundai i30 three door set for Paris debut

17/09/2012 17:00:02
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Hyundai has announced that its new three-door i30 will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The South Korean carmaker is anticipated to parade its new three-door i30 at the bi-annual Paris Motor Show at the Paris Expo on Thursday 27 September. The new model will feature a coupe-like profile, while incl ...

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Drivers found to overlook garages

14/09/2012 17:00:00
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According to a study 20% of drivers do not use their garage to park the car because it is so full of miscellaneous items. The garage is a handy place to store things but millions of drivers have overdone it so much in the last 10 years that they can no longer get their car in. Many people now use garages for old tins of paint, cam ...

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Franchises winning more after sales

13/09/2012 17:00:01
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The franchised sector last year upped its share of the after sales market following a period of decline since 2009. In 2011 own-marque after sales from franchised dealers accounted for 22.6% of the market, an increase on the 21.8% which was won the previous year, statistics from the 2012 Castrol Professional Car Servicing and Repair Tren ...

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Kia sales strategy gives dealers power

12/09/2012 17:00:00
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Car manufacturer Kia has unveiled its sales strategy as the brand aims to reach 100,000 annual registrations. Rather than looking to vastly increase the number of dealerships, dealer development director Simon Hetherington told Automotive Management that Kia plans to increase unit sales per location. Latest figures show that an a ...

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New tyre rules may catch out UK drivers

11/09/2012 17:00:00
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A new study has revealed that the majority of drivers in the UK are not aware of the new EU tyre labelling regulations to be introduced in a couple of months. The survey, which was carried out by OnePoll, found that more than 70% of motorists are not familiar with the new rules that are due to come into force on November 1 and as many as ...

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Car dealers not using web enough

10/09/2012 17:00:00
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Franchised car dealers are missing a trick by 'failing to take simple steps to help drive their aftersales revenues', and as a consequence independents and fast-fits are taking advantage, according to research from GForces, a web management company. Of the leading 200 dealers by turnover, only 31% have a website that includes an online s ...

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Hyundai marks epic warranty deal

07/09/2012 17:00:00
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It's celebration time at Hyundai, as the Korean manufacturer marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of its five-year warranty in the UK. Since its creation in 1967 the company has risen to become the world's fifth largest motor group. It has offered a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty on its passenger cars since 2002 - ...

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Review launched into road fuel prices

06/09/2012 17:00:01
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A review has been launched into whether the falling cost of crude oil has been reflected in the price of petrol on garage forecourts. The Office of Fair Trading has requested information from the road fuels industry, from consumer bodies, and motoring groups as concerns mount over the cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps. Edmund ...

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Free car service checks for students

05/09/2012 17:00:00
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A retailer and wholesaler in tyres - Micheldever/Protyre - is offering students a free five-point safety check at any of its 63 outlets throughout the UK. The check will include wipers, brakes, tyres, lights and under-bonnet fluids that are all essential to road safety. Micheldever/Protyre is emphasising that students should not c ...

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Tax rises threaten company fleets

04/09/2012 17:00:01
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Businesses may abandon company car fleets in favour of cash allowance schemes on the back of proposed changes to the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax system, according to a leading accountancy firm. Chancellor George Osborne announced a tightening of BIK tax rates in April 2015 during this year's Budget, which also spelled the end for special t ...

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Peugeot adds 107 to Just Add Fuel Offer

03/09/2012 17:00:00
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Peugeot has added the popular compact city car, the Active 1.0 three-door 107, to the list of models available as part of its 'Just Add Fuel Offer'. The French car giant is offering the 107 with vehicle hire for three years, insurance, warranty, servicing, road tax, and roadside assistance for 179 per month, or 205 if you are twenty-on ...

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