July 25, 2014

21.69% of secondhand cars have adverse history

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MyCarCheck, the UK consumer vehicle data provider, has published new statistics on used car buying risks. It has also commissioned cartoonist Wil Walker to highlight the issues in a series of Reg Plate sketches. The percentage of checks showing at least one adverse history marker (incl. stolen, previously written-off, finance debt etc) … [Read more...]

Protection Plans For Roadside Assistance and Repairs

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A vehicle can come with a lot of problems, and that is why insurance is available for drivers. Every state actually mandates that drivers have car insurance for personal protection. However, auto insurance provides coverage only for damage that is a direct result of crashes and other accidental incidences. Drivers don't receive any assistance for … [Read more...]

Car parts swapper handed community service and £2,000 fine

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A Widnes man was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid community service and ordered to pay more than £2,000 in compensation after stealing parts from a new hire car and replacing them with components from his much older vehicle. Alexander Keating, 23, of Upton Lane, stole the gear shift knob, steering wheel, brake callipers and other parts from an Audi … [Read more...]

Suzuki UK Launches New Online Store

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The growing digital age in which we live has certainly created enormous new trends in retail shopping. High street stores and start-up businesses have migrated to the online world, in search of customers further afield. Admittedly, there is little wonder with spiralling costs of rent, staff and taxes on the High Street. Even larger firms have opted … [Read more...]

80% of Drivers Break the Law Whilst Driving

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New research by a money saving website in the UK has revealed that as many as fourth fifths of Britons break the law whilst driving, with a quarter of them doing so on a daily basis. According to the study, 71% of drivers who break the law do so by speeding, whilst 47% of drivers who break the law do so by either texting or taking a phone call … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 4% in October

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October 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 4% in October according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 157,314 cars were registered in the month, with the market 4% or 6,062 units up on October 2012 (which was up 12.1% (or 16,308 units) on October 2011). “With October new car registrations up we … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 12.1% in September

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September 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 12.1% in September according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 403,136 cars were registered in the month, with the market 12.1% or 43,524 units up on September 2012 (which was up 8.2% (or 27,136 units) on September 2011). “The September new car … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 10.9% in August

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August 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 10.9% in August according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 65,937 cars were registered in the month, with the market 10.9% or 6,504 units up on August 2012 (which was up 0.1% (or 87 units) on August 2011). “UK new car registrations have now risen … [Read more...]

Tips For Protecting Your Vehicle

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For people who care particularly about their cars, protecting and preserving the value of those cars is of the utmost importance. Of course, any car that is driven decreases to some extent in value (unless significant additions and upgrades are made). However, there are a number of steps that can be taken not only to minimize the decline in value, … [Read more...]

First Two Quarters Show Continued Improvement in the Car Finance Market

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By Shaun Armstrong – Managing Director of Creditplus.co.uk A combination of consumer confidence and more liquidity from key car finance companies has seen Creditplus.co.uk show a 19% increase in finance deals written in the first half of this year. The majority of the up turn is due to the willingness of key lenders such as Barclays Partner … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 12.7% in July

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July 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 12.7% in July according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 162,228 cars were registered in the month, with the market 12.7% or 18,344 units up on July 2012 (which was up 9.3% (or 12,250 units) on July 2011). “Strong business and consumer confidence in July … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 13.4% in June

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June 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 13.4% in June according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 214,957 cars were registered in the month, with the market 13.4% or 25,443 units up on June 2012 (which was up 3.5% (or 6,389 units) on June 2011). “Boosted by consistently strong private demand and … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 11% in May

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May 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11% in May according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 180,111 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11% or 17,823 units up on May 2012 (which was up 7.9% (or 11,857 units) on May 2011). “The performance of new car registrations in May marks a … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 14.8% in April

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April 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 14.8% in April according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 163,357 cars were registered in the month, with the market 14.8% or 21,035 units up on April 2012 (which was up 3.3% (or 5,576 units) on April 2011). “The UK new car market continues to perform … [Read more...]

Anxiety builds in the motoring industry, ahead of planned DVLA local office closures

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Motor industry being left in the dark as local DVLA office closures loom Most individuals and business owners that work in the motor trade will have been watching out for updates on the imminent DVLA Regional and Local Office closures with baited breath. Since the official announcement was made last summer, much speculation has surrounded the … [Read more...]

UK new car registrations up 5.9% in March

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March 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 5.9% in plate-change March according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 394,806 cars were registered in the month, with the market 5.9% or 21,971 units up on March 2012 (which was up 1.8% (or 6,374 units) on March 2011). “UK new car registrations … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 7.9% in February

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February 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 7.9% in February according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 66,749 cars were registered in the month, with the market 7.9% or 4,881 units up on February 2012 (which was up 2.5% (or 1,556 units) on February 2011). “UK new car registrations have risen … [Read more...]

Could the 13 plate change be unlucky for dealers?

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carbuzz.co.uk asked over 2,000 car buyers whether the upcoming 13 number plate would put them off buying a new car. Cars registered between 1st March and 31st August will carry the 13 number plate. There was speculation over the DVLA potentially allowing people to skip out the ‘unlucky’ 13 plate altogether and revert to the 62 plate, … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 11.5% in January

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January 2013 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 11.5% in January according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 143,643 cars were registered in the month, with the market 11.5% or 14,790 units up on January 2012 (which was up 0.03% (or 42 units) on January 2011). “The new car market has started the year … [Read more...]

Encouraging signs for the Motor Trade in 2013

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The start of the recession spelled troubled times for the motor trade with an endless list of industry casualties, redundancies and closures but whilst most sectors have continued to suffer immeasurably in the current climate, the motor trade industry has been enjoying unprecedented growth. Whilst forecasters are predicting the recession to … [Read more...]

Jaguar Land Rover announce creation of 800 new jobs

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As other car manufacturers are handing out bad news to hundreds of workers who are set to lose their jobs, Jaguar Land Rover are announcing the expansion of its production at its Solihull plant, with 800 openings being created to support the production of new models. The Tata-owned company saw a 30 per cent rise in global sales in 2012 totalling … [Read more...]

New car registrations up 3.7% in December

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December 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 3.7% in December according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT. 123,557 cars were registered in the month, with the market 3.7% or 4,369 units up on December 2011 (which was down 3.7% on December 2010). Year to date UK new car registrations rose 5.3% in 2012 … [Read more...]

MyCarCheck.com 2012 Vehicle Crime Review

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MyCarCheck.com - the UK’s No.1 vehicle provenance website - has saved millions of people from making an expensive used car mistake. As part of its mission to protect UK consumers it works closely with the police, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) and the International Association of Auto Theft … [Read more...]

The numbers game: BMW plots out its future

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Like most German car manufacturers, BMW are putting a lot of effort into exploiting those niche markets and its most recent big reveal, the 4-Series, is just one of a line of models that will effectively fill the gaps of the firm’s roster of offerings. The Munich-based company has also let the M6 GranCoupe out the bag in the last week to rival … [Read more...]

Drive Assist enter administration – 259 jobs lost

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Administrators have been appointed at accident management company Drive Assist after they experienced considerable working capital management problems and subsequent cash flow difficulties. Alastair Beveridge, Ryan Grant and Simon Wilson, partners at Zolfo Cooper, were appointed joint administrators over Drive Assist (UK), Millennium Motor Group … [Read more...]