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Accident Repair – Will My Car Ever Be the Same?

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Partners, Related Articles | Comments Off on Accident Repair – Will My Car Ever Be the Same?

IAuthor Bio: Sophie Wiggins blogs about car repairs and maintenance. For comprehensive accident repair services, She recommends using Balgores Motors. She also writes about car safety and car insurance.

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Motorbike Licensing Laws Explained

»Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Buying automobiles, Partners | Comments Off on Motorbike Licensing Laws Explained

It’s important to be aware of the licensing laws associated with owning a motorbike and being legally allowed to drive it; this can cover everything from the different stages of getting a license, as well as mandatory insurance requirements. Given the costs associated with owning a motorbike and getting a license, it is important to compare the market to save money on motorbike insurance, which can help you to find a policy that’s right for your needs. What, then, are some key parts to motorbike licensing laws that you need to understand?

Primarily, you need to complete a Compulsory Basic Training course and pass a theory test – you can start learning to ride a motorbike at aged 17, but will only be able to be tested on and drive a 125 cc motorcycle with a power output of no more than 11 kW. The license you take at this stage of learning is known as an A1 license, and is intended to make drivers confident and safe with riding low powered bikes when they first get out onto the road.

At 19, you can apply to take an A2 license, which means that you can ride a bike with an engine size of up to 395 cc, and a power output of 35 kW – this license can then be followed by a Full A license from aged 21, which allows you to ride 595 cc bikes and larger vehicles. If you’re already aged over 24, you can also opt for a direct access course, whereby you skip the earlier A1 and A2 licenses and go straight to a full license.

In terms of vehicle ownership laws, you’ll need to pick up a V5C registration certificate, a tax disc and a recent MOT certificate if you’re going to be learning on a motorbike. You also need motorbike insurance, which is covered by Continuous Insurance Enforcement regulations – even if you’re not riding a bike, you still need cover, and can receive a fixed penalty of £100 if you fail to comply with rules; this can escalate to fines and driving bans if you continue to avoid buying insurance.

The minimum legal cover you need for a motorbike is third party insurance, which will pay out damages to another person; you can also upgrade to third party fire and theft insurance, as well as to comprehensive insurance, which will cover all damages and theft. It’s also worth exploring specialist motorbike insurance if you’re riding a classic or modified bike, while younger and new drivers should shop around to get the best possible quote when they’re starting out.

It’s worth reviewing rules and regulations over motorbike licensing and insurance every few years, although these are unlikely to change too drastically as the most recent revision to the law was made in January 2013. Getting the right insurance, though, can be achieved by comparing the market for specialist cover that can work with you to create a tailored policy, making it easier to save money and stay within the law.

Author Bio: Jane is a motorbike rider and tourer. She recommends comparing the market as much as possible to save money on motorbike insurance. She also blogs about her overseas motorbike trips, and recently returned from a journey to China.

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Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Car Journey

»Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Partners | Comments Off on Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Car Journey

What are some of the best ways in which you can improve your car journey? Changes to your car journey can involve everything from investing in high quality accessories that make driving and relaxing on the road more straightforward to using suspension kits to adjust your ride. It’s also worth, though, having an emergency kit ready in your car if you want to reduce stress on long journeys, as well as a time and money saving travel mug.

1 – Solar Charging Bluetooth Kits

Using bluetooth kits with your standard car battery can cause problems over long journeys, especially if you need the battery for other reasons. One solution to take involves using a solar charging bluetooth kit; this simply sits on your dash, and charges itself from the sun rather than your battery. A solar charging bluetooth kit can make it easier to connect to the internet and your sat nav without having to worry about running out of juice.

2 – Suspension Kits

If you want to modify your car for longer trips that involve off road driving, you can opt to lower your suspension; this can make it easier to handle corners and achieve a more comfortable centre for gravity. Driving off road can also be improved by lifting your car’s suspension, and can be a particularly good idea if you drive a truck. Some suspension kits you can look into include coilovers, strut braces, and damping controllers.

3 – Apps

Having a wide range of driving apps to choose from during a journey is a good idea if you want to make your trip more comfortable; sat navs should now be a priority if you’re driving somewhere you haven’t been before, and can either be built into your dash, or mounted via a smartphone. Other apps can warn you about traffic and speed camera traps, while also allowing you to operate hands free calls and messages when behind the wheel.

4 – Emergency Breakdown Kits

Significant stress can be caused on the road if you break down without the proper kit to help you out. An emergency breakdown kit can include everything from basic first aid materials to a tyre gauge and checker. Other kit can include jumper cables for your engine, as well as snow tyre covers and road flares if you break down in bad weather. Extra oil and heavy gloves for making adjustments to your engine can also be helpful.

5 – Travel Mugs

Having to buy new bottles of water and cups of coffee when on the road can be expensive, and can generate a lot of mess; cut down on this problem by buying a high quality travel mug that can be clipped onto your dash. The best travel mugs have an autosealing mechanism that make it easy to drink one handed without spills, and will keep hot and cold drinks at the right temperature.

Author Bio: Jane mostly writes about travel and the best accessories for your car. She recommends comparing the market for the best suspension kits for raising and lowering your ride.

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The costs and benefits of running a fleet

»Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Partners | Comments Off on The costs and benefits of running a fleet

There are many benefits to running a fleet for your business, which you can operate without having to spend a huge amount of money. Fleets of vans and cans can allow you to efficiently transport goods, and can also represent incentives for staff that can be used to help with mileage and expenses. However, what are some of the options that you have available to you for a fleet, and how can you reduce your running costs and the overall impact of a collection of vehicles on your bottom line?

refrigerated vehicles for hire It’s first necessary to decide on what kind of scale you want for your fleet, while factoring in whether you want to rent fleet cars or not. You also need to look into whether you can create a budget to cover running costs, as well as whether standardising your fleet around a single brand will allow you to generate savings. Keeping on top of regulations and insurance can be a challenge, so consider investing in software and outside legal advice if you’re concerned about liability for your fleet.

In terms of deciding what kind of fleet you want, look into options for buying or renting. The cost of buying a fleet of vehicles may not be practical if you’re running a small business, making a lease a good idea if you want to maintain a healthy cash flow. You can often find good deals on leasing by going through authorised dealers of particular brands, as well as through schemes that offer tax incentives for investing in fleet vehicles with low emissions and road tax.

Fleet vans can be a particularly effective option if your business involves freight and regular commutes involving food and other perishables. Refrigerated vehicles for hire can be found on various contracts, as well as for fixed monthly prices with backup choices. These vehicles can be found with flexible insurance offers and specifications that are tailored to a particular service, and can also be made available through a range of different brands.

You can save on the cost of a fleet by adding in extra services and packages through rental companies, while taking advantage of long term commercial purchase schemes. Some of the more common benefits you can take advantage of include breakdown assistance, MOT and insurance, and driver training. In many cases, these services can allow you to cut the operating costs of owning a fleet, and are particularly useful when you’re just starting out with a small business.

Other options to consider when running a fleet include whether you want to add livery and branding to the outside of cars and vans. Depending on rental leases, you may be able to do so on a temporary basis. It’s also worth considering whether additional software and human resources programs can help you to manage expenses and public liability for insurance, while making sure that you compare what leasing opportunities are currently available in your area.

Author Bio: Jane is a blogger with interests in small business solutions and the transport industries. She recommends looking into options for refrigerated vehicles for hire if you’re planning to create or expand your fleet. She can be found online blogging about different challenges businesses face.

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Beyond Alan Partridge – Lexus’ Image Change

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Partners | Comments Off on Beyond Alan Partridge – Lexus’ Image Change

When Alan Partridge, the Norfolk-based DJ and former host of ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge’ swapped in his beloved Rover 800 for a Lexus, fellow Lexus owners across the UK instantly became figures of ridicule and the famous car brand’s reputation took a battering.

Steve Coogan’s comic character’s purchase led to Toyota’s flagship luxury vehicle being viewed as one likely to be owned by the self-important and pompous. However, for Lexus lovers and dealerships, such as Inchcape Lexus Derby, this image of the Lexus and its owners couldn’t be further from the truth. So what are Lexus – that’s the official plural of Lexus, according to the brand, however insistent Alan may have been that it was Lexi – really like and are they becoming a credible option for UK motorists once again?Inchcape Lexus Derby

Lexus – ‘The Japanese Mercedes’

Alan Partridge’s assertion that the Lexus is ‘the Japanese Mercedes’ does have some basis in fact. The first Lexus to be produced – the Lexus LS 400, which was launched in 1989 – was the result of a secret Toyota project, code-named F1, the aim of which was to design a luxury vehicle capable of competing against the best cars on the market, including those manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.

Lexus focused on emphasising the luxurious and high-quality nature of its vehicles in its advertising campaigns, but it was the reliability of the cars that became the main draw for many customers. The brand became popular around the world, particularly in the USA, and gained a reputation for providing superb customer service too. Soon after the launch of the LS 400, Lexus received two complaints from customers. The company responded immediately by recalling all of the LS 400s that it had sold, collecting them from customers free of charge and replacing affected parts where necessary, before returning them to their owners.

Lexus – A Brand That’s ‘Bouncing Back’

Despite the damage done by Partridge’s purchase in the BBC show ‘I’m Alan Partridge’ in 2002, Lexus has been doing booming business outside of the UK since its first car was launched. Sales did fall in 2008, but this was largely due to the global recession, and after some quick rethinking, the brand had recovered its foothold in the market by 2009.

It seems to have ridden out the rough times in the UK too – Lexus has always had a loyal following and its hybrid models have certainly won it new fans. In 2009, the company stated that it intended to become a hybrid-only brand in the UK and, between 2011 and 2012, Lexus was the fastest growing mainstream car manufacturer in the UK, partly due to the success of the CT200h, the brand’s compact premium hybrid model, which accounted for more than half of its annual sales.

It looks like Lexus may be successfully ditching its negative image in the UK and, like Alan Partridge, be ‘bouncing back’ – so now is the ideal time to visit a Lexus dealership and try one out yourself.

About Sophie Wiggins

Sophie Wiggins is a freelance writer, She loves long drives, motorsports and checking out the latest vehicles on the market. She recommends visiting Inchcape Lexus Derby where she picked up his first hybrid car. When She’s not on the road, Sophie blogs about motoring-related subjects.

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The top 10 most expensive Grand Prix’s to visit

»Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Partners | Comments Off on The top 10 most expensive Grand Prix’s to visit

Going to a Formula 1 Grand Prix can be expensive, once you factor in the cost of a ticket, followed by the average amount of money spent on travel, food and drink, and accommodation during an event. However, there are some significant variations between different countries when it comes to Grand Prix, which can involve major price differences for those attending. Some Grand Prix are relatively cheap, with tickets for events in Malaysia and India being as low as £13 or £14. The most expensive Grand Prix offer much higher ticket costs.

10 – Korea

It costs about £72 for an entry level ticket to the Korean Grand Prix; the Korea International Circuit has only been open since 2010, and has experienced some recent problems with race sanctioning fees. Hosting F1 has cost the Korean organisers around $27 million in losses since 2012.

9 – Japan

A trip to the Japanese Grand Prix will set you back around £76, with racing in Japan having been held since 1976, with some interruptions. The Fuji Speedway is now the main venue or the Grand Prix, which has had to absorb some losses over the past years of economic downturn.

8 – Germany

One of the oldest European Grand Prix, the German event will cost you £85 for the cheapest ticket to a race meet; it’s worth remembering, though, that the cheapest tickets are typically just for a day of racing, rather than for a whole event.

7 – Singapore

This Grand Prix in the Malaysian city-state is one of the most recent additions to the Formula 1 calendar, with tickets starting from around £100; the relatively compact city of Singapore means that the track often causes disruptions to traffic and public transport during a race.

6 – United States

The most recent Austin Grand Prix, the first race to be held in the United States for some time, charged the equivalent of £102 for a day’s pass. A three day pass in the upper rows of the stadium, however, cost about $500.

5 – Belgium

Moving back to Europe, the Belgian GP is one of the more expensive Grand Prix events, with tickets typically costing about £103. Visitors from the UK can save money, though, through low cost and last minute fights, as well as through ferries.

4 – Spain

The Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona charges about £104 for entry, although like other Grand Prix, there are many premium packages and seating plans available that will end up costing you a lot more.

3 – UK

The British Grand Prix charges roughly £145 for entry to Silverstone. With the Grand Prix depending on the British Racing Drivers’ Club and ticketing sales from Silverstone for much of its income, the high price has been justified as necessary for keeping Formula 1 afloat in the UK.

2 – Brazil

Perhaps less logical is the £229 that you normally have to pay to see the Brazilian Grand Prix; premium tickets can cost more than £1,000 for a view from the level of the pitlane. Like recent controversies over the World Cup and the Olympics, Brazil can be criticised for the financial inaccessibility of many of its top events.

1 – Abu Dhabi

Taking the top spot on this list, however, is Abu Dhabi, with the Grand Prix costing around £339 per ticket. With Dubai being one of the richest places in the world, a trip to the Grand Prix on the specially created circuit and its island is going to strain your wallet. Abu Dhabi also hosts a Ferrari World theme park and Grand Prix merchandise outlets.

Author Bio: Jane is a freelance writer who closely follows the latest news in Formula 1. As well as watching motorsports, she likes to collect official grand prix merchandise. When she’s not watching motorsports she loves to blog about what’s going on in Formula 1.

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