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 care and maintenance tips – part I

Car broken downTaking care of your car and keeping it well maintained is the secret to a long and trouble free motoring experience. Understanding how to keep a car well maintained and well looked after will not only keep the chances of mechanical failure to an absolute minimum, but keeping the car clean will also help you sell the car a few years down the line.

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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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How to clean car seats – a quick easy guide

Hoovering car seatOur car seats are probably the last thing we ever think about when it comes to giving our car a good clean. But our seats are what get used the most and come into contact with a lot of dirt over the years, so it’s important to keep them clean and maintained.

Before we give you our easy to follow guide on how to clean your car seats, it’s important you look in your manual or contact your local dealer for further instructions and advice – especially if the interior is leather or unique.

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How to clean your car with cheap ingredients from your home

Dirty car windowKeeping your car clean is extremely important if you want it to hold its value. A car that isn’t looked after will not sell very easily, and anyone looking to buy a used car will always expect an immaculately clean and tidy car. If yours isn’t, then there are plenty more cars out there for a prospective buyer to look at, and they may not waste their time on yours.

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How to clean the interior of your car

Wiping car steering wheelAre you looking to sell your car and you’d like the interior to be immaculately clean? Or are you giving the car it’s usual quarterly clean because you like to look after your prize possession?

Lots of people nowadays prefer to make life easy for themselves and pay for it to be professionally valeted, but if you’re not keen on letting someone else clean the inside of your car and you’d prefer to do it yourself, then it’s important you follow some straight forward rules to help clean it effectively.

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Pushy car salesmen – how to handle them!

Car salesmanWe’ve all experienced a pushy salesperson at one time or another. It may have been over the phone or in an electrical store. We even get people knocking on our door trying to sell us something these days – so there’s no hiding from them!

But the pushiest salespeople you are ever likely to come across are car salesmen. This isn’t always the case however, and there are some very nice and friendly car salesman out there, but they don’t tend to last very long and it’s the pushy ones who are usually the most successful. Which means we are all going to have to put up with it for a long time to come.

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Buying a car at auction – the pros and cons

Car auctionThe most popular way to buy a car is either privately, or through your local dealership or second hand garage. However, what everyone seems to forget is that a bargain can be found at auction, and you could be missing out on a great car for a much cheaper price!

But like anything in life there are always advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to know what to look out for when considering buying from a car auction.

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Buying a car – the secrets of a car salesman revealed

Used car salesmanSo you’re thinking of buying a car and your local dealer is just around the corner, but you’re concerned that the salesman may be too pushy or even dishonest…?

Are they trying to make a lot of money out of you, and is profit their only concern? Should you take out finance, or is cash a better option? Should you negotiate the price down because they’re making too much money already?

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Buying a used car – checking the condition

oldbangerBuying a used car can be a very daunting task because there are so many to choose from. You have to consider the colour, the engine, the price of road tax, the fuel consumption, and much more!

However, one of the most important considerations is the condition of the car. But what do you need to check and look out for? Well, we’re here to make that a lot easier by providing you with our simple guide on checking the condition of a used car.

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