Archive for ◊ March, 2013 ◊

• Thursday, March 28th, 2013

As a former used car salesman, I have spent the majority of my life learning and teaching others how to make automotive savings. As you’d expect I am a big advocate for used cars rather than new ones. It is beyond me how people can justify paying over the odds for a vehicle just because it hasn’t been driven previously by anyone else, when there are perfectly good used models out there which can be picked up for a fraction of the price.

In my time I have probably driven hundreds of used cars, and have owned around fifteen. Of those fifteen the only real problem I had of any note was having to change the driveshaft on a Ford Escort, and to be honest it caused me very little trouble. In fairness I have been pretty lucky with my motors but I still believe that you shouldn’t be worried by the reliability of a used car.

Volkswagen-Beetle-front-imageNow more than ever it puzzles me that people that people would buy a model brand new, when the current economic climate of the UK is in a state of recession. Surely savings are more important than ever when disposable income is at an all-time low for most people. And it is not like the initial outlay for a vehicle is all you have to pay – there is also road tax, insurance and fuel to think about, as well as MOT and servicing. Moreover, depreciation will occur far less in a used Volkswagen Beetle than a new one for example.

Well today hopefully I am going to help you save a bit on your MOT and servicing costs.

How do you usually go about getting your vehicle serviced or MOT tested? Do you just take it down to the nearest garage in your area and accept any price you are quoted?

Don’t worry if this is a familiar practice for you, it is for most people, but it is not necessarily the best way to go about getting the best deal.

Until recently there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding what constitutes a good price for an MOT or a service, and to go out and compare prices for every garage in your vicinity would take forever.

However, thanks to leading UK automotive website, all that has changed. They have introduced the country’s first MOT and service centre comparison site.

It couldn’t be easier to use and it can help you to get the very best price and make savings for years to come. All you have to do is enter the make and model of your vehicle as well as your postcode, and within seconds a list of garages will be displayed by proximity to your address complete with a comprehensive pricing guide.

Start saving today!

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• Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Are you a motorist living in the UK?

Has the time come around for you to trade in your vehicle for something different, or are you in the process of buying your first car?

If the answer to these questions is yes then you’ll know that it can be a stressful task and that there are many variables which require consideration. You need to think about which type of vehicle is right for you, how much money you have to spend on one and which make and model will suit your style. And that is not to mention thinking about additional costs such as fuel and MOT and servicing.

Moreover, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether to buy a new car or a used model. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and ultimately it will come down to personal preference as well as financial constraints, but to help you in your choice here are five reasons to buy a used car rather than a new one.



The most obvious reason for buying a used car is of course the price. You will pay considerably less for a car which is used as opposed to the same model brand new. Not only does this save you money however, it also allows you to look at a wider range of vehicles. For example a new Mercedes C-Class may be well out of your price range, whereas a used one could be within your budget.


More Choice

Another point that may sound obvious, but there are infinitely more used models to choose from than new ones. For example if you are set on buying a Mazda, you’ll have only a handful of new vehicles to choose from whereas there may be 30 or 40 used models. Moreover, if you have chosen the exact car you want, such as a Volkswagen Golf, buying a used model allows you to browse all of the different generations to find your favourite.



Insurance for new cars is far more expensive than it is for used models. They cost a lot more and so insurance brokers won’t be taking any risks.


Depreciation Woes


As soon as you purchase a new car, it loses a significant amount of value. If you opt for a used model you could recoup almost the full value of it when you sell it a few years down the line.

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Newer models are forever being built with body work that costs a lot more to replace, so save yourself the worry of having a bump and go for a used vehicle.

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