Author: Alex Street

Few buyers relish the prospect of having to haggle to get a fair price on used cars. That’s especially true if you’re buying from a dealer. For starters, you’re up against a professional salesman who haggles with customers day-in, day-out. Chances are, they know what you’re about to say before you do. Even if you do feel comfortable asking for a discount, how do you know when you’ve reached a fair price? It’s easier said than done. Do your research It pays to know how much other similar cars are being advertised for elsewhere. Print off the lowest prices you can find and keep them…

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Nobody sets out to buy a car with outstanding finance on it. That would be plain daft. However, a surprising number of used car buyers fall into this trap. If you do buy a car on which money is still owed, you could lose the car and all the money you have paid for it. That’s the stark warning from the used car history check people at HPI and the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA). HPI has found that one-on-four of the cars it checks are subject to an outstanding finance agreement. ‘Whether you are a first time buyer on a tight budget or…

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Traffic lights. A pretty everyday piece of street furniture. We all know what they’re for and how to use them. Or do we? It turns out more than half of all drivers don’t know the traffic light sequence. We asked 1000 drivers to name the signal after amber. Just under half (48%) correctly chose red. Worryingly, nearly four out of ten (39%) thought an amber light was about to change to green. Almost one in ten (7%) expected a green and amber signal next, while 6% thought red and amber would appear. We’re surprised that so few drivers remember the traffic light…

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Selling second hand cars can be tricky, especially if you don’t have much experience in these dealings. To achieve the best results, you’ll need to market your vehicle effectively, present it at its best and make sure you value it accurately. After all, if you try to charge too much, you’ll suffer from a lack of interest among buyers, while if you go too low, you may needlessly miss out on cash. The good news is if you’ve been wondering ‘exactly how much is my car worth?’, you’ve come to the right place. We can give you tips on how…

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Croatia’s answer to America’s Elon Musk and his electric-empire lies in the creation of the Rimac Concept One. Cutting-edge technology and high-end performance combine to produce the world’s first all-electric hypercar, which boasts an almighty1088 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of just 2.8 seconds, that’s a mere 0.4 seconds behind the Bugatti. Constructed entirely from Croatian manufactured parts and including 24 patented innovations, it has the power to leave many of the world’s most desirable petrol powered equivalents lagging in its wake. The all-electric creation can reach speeds in excess of 190mph and has a claimed range of…

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Bentley is a company that occupies an almost unique place in the market. Both luxury and sportiness are of equal importance to the brand’s cars, and that is unusual. Its rivals include Rolls-Royce (definitely luxury-focused), Aston Martin (more sports-focused), Porsche (definitely sports-focused) and high-end Mercs and BMWs, yet none of them combines luxury and sporting potential so seamlessly. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons Bentley is doing so well – after all, most people in a position to spend over £100k on a car are unlikely to be very young, and so the luxury aspect becomes an increasingly important part of…

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Cars at the moment are incredible machines. They’ve been through more than a century of development, and we’ve reached the stage where tiny little hatchbacks can have approaching 400hp, and get to 62mph faster than Ferraris of only a few years ago (hello Mercedes A45!). But time stops for no man, and the pace of automotive development is such that things are changing faster now than they have throughout the history of the automobile (at least, they probably are… I’m no historian). So just what does the near future hold for cars? For starters, petrol and diesel are on the…

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When buying a new car, you’ll obviously want to get the best deal – the best car for the lowest price. Part of this deal includes the price that you get for your existing vehicle, which then goes towards paying for the new one. Most people buying a new vehicle choose to trade in their existing one as part exchange. Although different dealers will offer different prices for your current car, what is actually important is the final ‘cash’ price you have to pay, whether you’re paying it outright or through a finance deal. If one dealer offers you more…

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If your vehicle has seen better days, now might be the perfect time to take advantage of a new or used car price guide to help you find a great value replacement. After all, conditions on the roads are getting worse as wintry weather sets in and at this time of year, it’s especially important that you have access to a reliable motor. As well as using car valuation services to help you pick up a new set of wheels, it may also be a good idea to get some driving advice. Top tips Recently, Which? offered some tips to…

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For a long time, the car industry has been a bit of a lumbering behemoth. Set in its ways, and slow to react to a changing world. But recently, things have begun to change. The industry is picking up on trends much quicker, and reacting to them even faster. Where once in-car technology was a joke compared to everything else in our homes, now it can often match the best of what traditional tech companies manage. Mercedes, for instance, has a breathtaking new dual-screen infotainment system in the new E-Class, and even Peugeot now has a super-futuristic digital dash in…

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