How to get rid of those bad smells in your car

Smelly car interiorThere are a number of reasons why a car interior can smell bad. It could be that there is a mechanical problem with the car itself which is causing the smell. It could be cigarettes or even your messy children in the back that are causing the smell; but no matter where the smell is coming from it should be easy to get rid of.

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The essential guide to selling your car

When it comes to selling a car we all want the same thing – to sell it for the best price, and to sell it quickly. However, in today’s market you’re very likely to be up against hundreds if not thousands of advertised cars on the Internet that are all competitively priced.So how are you going to make yours stand out from the rest?

By following our essential guide to selling your car, you should stand every chance of getting a quick and easy sale!

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Ten top tips to prevent your car from breaking down

Before we look at a few tips to help keep your car from breaking down, it’s important to realise that your car must be serviced as recommended by the manufacturer’s schedule. A regular service is the best way to keep your car in great shape, and will give your car a much lower chance of anything going wrong.

Apart from a regular service you can also carry out some routine checks of your own, which may not only prevent a breakdown, but could also get you out of a tight spot and put your car back on the road…

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How to check tyre tread on your car

New tyresKnowing how to check the tyre tread on a car, and understanding how to spot a worn tyre, is an essential skill when it comes to buying, selling or owning a car. Although tyres are not the most expensive item to replace on a car, it still may be an added cost when purchasing a used vehicle if you don’t check.

More importantly, you need to know when a tyre is worn and may not be legal; not just in case the police pull you over, but for your own safety as well as your families or friends who may travel with you.

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Vehicle checklist

Vehicle checklistBuying or selling a used/second-hand car? Here is a comprehensive 137 point vehicle checklist to help you. Please note that some of the points do require some technical expertise so you may not be able to follow every single one yourself unless you have the experience! However, the huge majority of points on this vehicle checklist can be reviewed even for those without any technical know-how.

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Car care and maintenance tips – part II

Washing carTaking care of your car is not just about cleaning it once a month, and there is much more to consider when owning and maintaining a car to ensure it stands the test of time.

You may also need to sell the car one day, and the only way to ensure you get a great price is to create a list of routines that are performed regularly – on the interior as well as the exterior!

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Car clocking – how to avoid it

Clocking odometerWhat is car clocking?

When a car has been ‘clocked’ it means the mileage has been reset back to a much lower figure. For example, the car had a mileage of 101,235 and it was clocked back to 52,358. It has been estimated that clocking costs the consumer around £100 million a year.

The obvious benefit to reducing a car’s mileage is that it increases the value instantly – and we are not just talking hundreds of pounds, but literally thousands! If a car has its mileage reduced by half, the value of the car could double. So this alone makes it a very attractive venture for scammers and criminals.

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Buying a new or used car – the pros and cons

Man with car keysIf you’re looking to get yourself a new car you may be wondering whether or not you should buy second hand or splash out on a brand new one. In the UK around three times as many car buyers opt for a used car, but is it really worth the hassle or should you go for a brand new car with all that warranty and dealer support?

Here’s our guide to the pros and cons of buying a new or used car, along with some helpful advice and handy tips –

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