3 Ways To Keep Your Car In Tip Top Shape

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When it comes to cars, they can sometimes cause a lot of stress. Keeping them in tip top shape sometimes takes a lot of effort but it shouldn’t have to. There are a few things you can do to ensure your car is always in perfect running condition.

Replace Your Tyres

When you notice your tyres are starting to become bald, you will need to replace them. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5mm across the width of the tread. When your tyres have worn to the legal limit, the bars will flush with the surface of the thread. Even though it is a legal requirement, most manufacturers recommend your replace your tyres before they are worn. You also need to ensure that your tyres are fit for purpose – they are compatible with the tyres fitted to the other wheels, are not bulging and have no ply or cord exposed. Make sure you do your research to make sure you are staying within the law. Book your tyres in Wakefield online without any payment at Ossett Tyre House – make sure you get some professional help when it comes to tyres.

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Have Your Car Serviced Regularly

A regular service will ensure your car is running as well as it can be. Whilst we all get our MOT’s yearly, it is important to get a service done on your car every 10,000 miles or once a year (whichever comes first). Getting a professional service done on your car will ensure your fluids are as they should be and plenty of other things such as engine management, wheel alignment and the checking of spark plugs.

Look After It As You Go

It sounds silly but replacing things that need replacing as soon as they need it and just generally keeping a close eye on your vehicle will make sure that a small problem doesn’t become a big one. If you choose to ignore little problems, they can become so much worse and cost so much more. Looking after your vehicle carefully will ensure these problems don’t become more than you can handle.

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The Best Family Cars

A family car is something that the majority of households can’t go without. You’ll use it for the school run, for after school activities and for road trips at the weekend. However, it can be difficult to decide which car is best for you, so here is a pick of the best family cars.

Honda Civic

The latest Honda Civic makes a great family car, as it has plenty of space inside for everyone and their luggage. Plenty of safety equipment comes as standard, and you can cut driving costs by opting for the 1.0 petrol engine. However, a word of warning – if you go for the entry level S trim, you won’t get a radio or air conditioning, so stick with the SE trim where you will get both, as well as alloy wheels and parking sensors.

BMW 1 Series

If you’re looking for a premium family car, you can’t go far wrong with the BMW 1 Series, especially if you’re looking for a car that is fun to drive. One of this car’s most unique features is the rear wheel drive, which are usually only found on sports cars. You can choose from petrol or diesel engine, and three or five doors depending on your needs. The infotainment system is unrivalled, with the option to include a sat nav that receives real-time updates, and DAB radio coming as standard.

Toyota Prius

In this day and age, we should all be aware of the emissions that our vehicle produces. If you’re conscious about this when choosing your car, the Toyota Prius is a great choice. It’s one of the world’s best-selling hybrid cars, and with good reason. The current 2017 model is the most fuel-efficient yet, and has been designed for urban streets. You can drive up to 36mph using the electric engine alone, with the hybrid aspect only kicking in at speeds above this.

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the most practical options for a family car. It’s one of the best-selling cars in the UK and it regularly wins awards. It looks smaller on the outside than some other hatchbacks, but it has plenty of room on the inside. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are included on the base design trim, making it easy to keep connected with loved ones whilst you’re on the road.

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is one of the best family cars around, winning top marks from industry experts for practicality. It has low running costs, a spacious interior and even the 1.0 petrol engine works well for families. The Octavia is also known as one of the most reliable cars on the road, with an excellent service record.

Leasing a Family Car

Once you have decided which car is best for your family’s needs, you’ll need to think about how to make it affordable. You could buy a used car second-hand, but if you’re keen on a new car with all the latest features, you should consider car leasing. This allows you to drive the car for a deposit and monthly fee, and you won’t own the car at the end of the contract, which makes it ideal if you like to change your car regularly – and with a growing family, you might need to!

Which family car do you think is best?

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The Documents You Need To Sell Your Car Quickly

You can find many companies online that offer to purchase vehicles for cash easily and quickly. Many people find these types of websites a simple way to sell their car, especially when they will be looking to purchase a new one. You can get a quote by simply filling in an online form, which usually consists of asking for;

  • The Year, Make, Model and Engine size of the vehicle.

Or;

Once you enter your details, you can arrange a time and place for a representative of the company to come and inspect your car, making you an offer on the spot. As long as you have all of the correct paperwork, you can make the transaction and have the cash transferred to your bank account.

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Vehicle Registration

You will need to make sure that you have the vehicle registration for your car; and if this is something that needs renewing, you can find more information on the local government website. Buying an unregistered vehicle can be fraught with dangers, so your best option if you do not have this is a private sale.

Service History

To maximise any offer that you may receive when you get a car valuation by Sell My Car, you should make sure that you have the full-service history of your vehicle. Being able to show all of the work that has been carried out, including servicing and repairing any damage, will give the buyer a better idea of what they are buying. As they can see the full history of the car, they will be more likely to pay more for the vehicle than if no service history was available.

 

Identification

A lot of companies will have a points system with identification, and you will have to show documents that add up to their specified amount. An example of how this is done can be seen below where the required target is 100 points;

  • Passport = 70 Points
  • Current Driver’s License = 40 Points
  • Medicare Card = 25 Points
  • Utility Bill = 25 Points
  • Bank Statement = 25 Points
  • Car Registration = 25 Points

Any combination of the above documents can be used to equal the value of 100 points or more. Most companies will accept the same types of documents and have similar point schemes that you will need to adhere to.

 

Finance Documents

If your car is still under finance then you will also need to show supporting documents from your finance company to show how much has been paid, as well as how much is left to pay on the vehicle.

Bank Details

One of the most important things you will also need is to bring your bank details to the inspection. Without these details, you will not be able to get paid.

Selling your car online has never been easier, and you can cash in on your vehicle with just a few clicks of your mouse. So if you have a vehicle that you need to sell, look online and get a free valuation of your car and an on the spot offer to buy it!

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