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Choosing to Purchase a Car on PCP Finance

PCP finance is a good option if you have little or no deposit and no vehicle to part exchange. You will be given lower monthly payments in order to rent your vehicle for a set period of time. If, after this time, you decide that you want to purchase your vehicle, there will be a number of steps you will have to follow. Here is a general guide: Find your minimum guaranteed value. This is the amount the car will still be worth at the end of your contract. Find out how much you would still have to pay off. Talk to your car finance company to get this amount. Decide how you are going to purchase the vehicle. The best thing to do is purchase it outright. Many people...

Should you Choose Petrol or Diesel?

Petrol and diesel vehicles both come with their own set of advantages. The choice will depend on the way you drive, the vehicle you have and how you are going to be using it. Here are some of the points to consider for each: Petrol  Petrol tends to be a little bit cheaper than diesel, though the difference is now minimal. Most vehicles now tend to be petrol so it might give you more choice when you are buying a car, van or motorbike. New research is also showing that diesel can be incredibly damaging to the environment and petrol may be favourable. Diesel  Diesel vehicles used to have a bad reputation but now, diesel cars feel very similar to petrol. The driving experience you will get is really not...

Carrying a Spare Tyre with you

You should always carry a spare tyre in your car. It’s important for if you break down in an inconvenient place and it will also save you money as it’s much cheaper to change a tyre yourself. You will also enjoy the freedom of not having to call out a breakdown company just because your tyre needs to be replaced. If your car doesn’t come with a spare tyre, keep one in the boot or attach it to the back of the vehicle. Make sure your spare tyre is a high enough quality that you will be able to drive a large number of miles on it if you need to. Whilst it doesn’t have to be as good as your regular tyres, it does need to be a reliable...

Parking for Blue Badge Holders

The blue badge scheme helps people in the UK who have disabilities to park closer to their destination. The badges will help people to have more independence and to get to where they need to be without having to worry about parking their vehicles too far away. Disabled parking spaces will also usually be larger so that people can get a wheelchair out of a vehicle easily if required. People can apply for blue badges quickly and easily if they need to make use of one. They can be used if a disabled person if driving or if they are a passenger in a vehicle as well. It will entitle them to park in disabled bays on streets and in council car parks, though different rules may apply in private...

Parking Sensors – are they Essential?

When you buy a new car, you will inevitably have a thorough checklist outlining all of the things that are non-negotiable for you. One thing that is becoming more desirable in new vehicles is a parking sensor. This is essentially a device that will help you to park the car successfully, allowing you to park in smaller, tighter spaces. Some parking sensors will work by beeping when you get too close to a vehicle or object, alerting you to the fact that you need to stop. Others will also be visual – you may be able to see where you are parking via a rear-view camera. Some cars are even able to park themselves using advanced self-parking technology. Parking sensors can be a great idea if you are not that...