Monthly Archives: January 2009

Bracknell cabs violating licence conditions

Friday, 30th January, 2009

Almost a quarter of cabbies stopped as part of a taxi road safety check in Bracknell were found violating conditions of their licenses. The multi agency operation conducted last week, which concentrated on hackney and private hire vehicles, revealed 14 out of the 58 taxis checked were not complying with the law. Most of Read the full article…

Which? Car: Now is a good time to buy a car

Friday, 30th January, 2009

There has never been a better time to buy a car, used or new, according to motoring consumer watchdog Which? Car. Current economic turmoil and the flagging automotive industry have meant that manufacturers and dealers alike have had to cut prices, it claimed. Which? Car editor Richard Headland commented: “Most buyers will be going for Read the full article…

Volkswagen to offer CV servicing plan

Friday, 30th January, 2009

New Volkswagen van drivers need not worry too much about making commercial vehicle (CV) insurance claims within the next three years. The manufacturer is to offer a three-year fixed-cost service plan to customers for every model in its range, including the Caddy, Crafter, Caravelle and even the California campervan. Retail and business customers of Read the full article…

Wheeler dealers ‘are not playing by the rules’

Thursday, 29th January, 2009

The old cliche of the swindling car salesman may still be very much alive, an undercover investigation has found. According to consumer watchdog Which?, the reputation pinned on wheeler dealers could be justified after one of its researchers posed as a buyer to monitor their tactics. Nearly half of the car dealers visited were Read the full article…

RMIF: Government moves could boost consumer confidence

Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

Consumer confidence in purchasing cars could see a boost thanks to new government support to the automotive industry, it has been claimed. Commenting on Lord Mandelson’s proposed £2.3 billion rescue package to help the flagging industry, Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) director Sue Robinson claimed that consumers will ultimately benefit. She said: “This investment in Read the full article…

Bargain tyres ‘pale in comparison to quality’

Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

Cost-cutting motorists have been advised against fitting their cars with cheap tyres. This comes after the latest Autocar Tyre Test revealed that budget far eastern tyres can seriously affect a car’s ability in treacherous weather conditions. Autocar tested five budget brands against several variables, including wet handling, dry handling, braking and high-speed manoeuvres. It Read the full article…

Audi named security car of the year

Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

Motorists in search of a highly secure car should look no further than Audi, according to What Car?. The car buying guide named Audi as 2009’s What Car?/Thatcham Security Award security car of the year, for the second year running. Its decision was based on Thatcham’s new vehicle security assessment, which determined that the Audi Read the full article…

Van prices down by 25%

Tuesday, 27th January, 2009

A new market analysis report has revealed that prices for used vans had dropped by 25 per cent in December 2008 from the same period the year before. The figures released by Manheim Auctions showed that the average used van sold for £2,536 at the end of last year, around £854 less than the 2007 Read the full article…

MOT virgins ‘to come of age in 2009’

Tuesday, 27th January, 2009

Kwik-Fit has warned that “MOT virgins” could find themselves having to submit their vehicle to the test for the first time due to the credit crunch. New research conducted by the car part repair organisation found that there are two million motorists who have never kept a car long enough to put it through its Read the full article…

DVLA on hand for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, 27th January, 2009

People stuck for what to get their motoring loved ones for Valentine’s Day this year need fret no more. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has whipped up a romantic gift idea in the form of a personalised number plate registration. Sweethearts hoping to impress their better half need only visit the website and Read the full article…