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11 April 2014 at 11:38

One in 10 drivers is cutting back on car maintenance to save money, according to new research.Owning and maintaining a car can be an expensive businesses, with the poll from Halfords suggesting that 47% of drivers spend more disposable income on their vehicle than anything else.This has led to 10% of drivers trying to spend less on the maintenance of their car. Of those trying to cut back, 41% ...

11 April 2014 at 11:38

Last year saw an unexpected increase in the number of vehicles found with mileage discrepancies, indicating a trend of more sellers "clocking" cars, according to vehicle history expert HPI.There may be up to 486,000 vehicles with a false mileage on UK roads, based on the SMMT's used car sales for last year.These "shocking" figures show a worrying trend according to Shane Teskey, senior consumer...

11 April 2014 at 11:38

New research by What Car? suggests that motorists may be able to buy a brand new car from hundreds of pounds less than a year-old model.A range of attractive finance offers, as well as the low-cost or interest free loans currently being offered by dealers can make new car buying a cheaper alternative to picking up second-hand.Many believe that, due to the sharp drop in value that occurs when a ...

11 April 2014 at 11:38

A cut-down on fitting spare tyres in vehicles is expected to result in 120,000 "puncture no spare" call-outs in 2014.The forecast comes from the RAC which has installed a new fleet of mobile tyre-fitting patrols. In 2013, it handled 356,927 tyre-related breakdowns alone. The worsening state of the road network is thought to be compounding the problem.Up to half of all new models nowadays are le...

11 April 2014 at 11:38

The cost of sitting the driving theory test will be reduced from October this year. Sitting the written part of the test will be cut from £31 to £25, with a further £2 reduction planned for the following October under Government plans.Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said: "We are determined to keep motoring costs down, so we want to make sure theory tests offer the best value for money while...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

The use of mobile phones while driving has become the greatest pet peeve of UK motorists, according to a new survey.Some 47% of drivers say they hate seeing others talking or texting away behind the wheel, with tailgating coming just behind with 42% of the vote.It marks the first time in years that tailgating has not been the most popular complaint in Kwik Fit's study. Failure to indicate annoy...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned against Government plans to ban CCTV parking cameras.The LGA has been joined by a number of other organisations including the National Association of Head Teachers, road safety charity Brake, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.The Government wants to stop local authorities from ...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

Two-thirds of the nation's drivers think the Government is doing a bad or very bad job of keeping on top of the potholes on Britain's roads, a survey has found.The poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that 67% of those questioned think the Government is failing in maintaining the nation's roads, with a breakdown of 65% of female motorists and 69% of male drivers.Potholes can ...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

The 'White Van Men' are taking over, as the RAC Foundation reveals the number of light vans on Britain's roads has risen by almost a third in the last decade.Figures show between 2002 and 2012 the number of light commercial vehicles increased by 29% to well over 3 million, while the number of cars rose by just 11% over the same period. A tenth of all vehicles on the road are light vans while th...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

A new version of the Kia Soul, going from £12,600, offers a choice of two engines and five trim levels.The engines on offer with the second-generation Soul are a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and a turbo-diesel option.All model types are front-wheel-drive, five-door crossovers: Kia found that its customers don't fancy the fuel consumption and taxation which comes with four-wheel drive vehic...

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