Which Cars Make Travelling Blissful?

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If you’re planning a driving holiday, then the question of what car will make the trip the most enjoyable has probably crossed your mind. But aren’t all vehicles just the same? Or are some really better for going long distances than others?

It turns out that when it comes to travelling across the channel and over to the continent, some cars are better than others. Check out this list of the best vehicles that make travelling blissful.

The Mercedes V-Class

What is the Mercedes V-Class you may ask? While this vehicle is probably more at home in the possession of a taxi driver or a contractor, it also makes a great vehicle for travelling long distances.

The V-Class is a rare vehicle. It offers both a luxurious interior as well as plenty of space for anything that you might want to take with you: children, skis, bicycles, wheelchairs – you name it.

If you decide that you need to use all six seats, then you can. If not, you can swap them out according to your space requirements.

Maserati GranCabrio

If you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera, then look no further than the Maserati GranCabrio, a car that is at home in exotic and luxurious surroundings.

The GranCabrio oozes style and finesse. The large grille at the front prominently displaying the Maserati logo adds a sense of class. What’s more, the GranCabrio is open top, allowing you to soak up the sun as you cruise down the open road – perfect for a trip to the Med.

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Honda Civic

When it comes to road trips, you don’t have to travel a long way to get your kicks. Sometimes a quick lap around local B roads will do the trick. That’s where the Honda Civic comes in, a car readily available at dealers such as Hilton Car Supermarket. The vehicle is highly agile and very affordable, making it a favourite among people who want to get out on the road for the driving experience itself.

The car is also safe thanks to its ample grip, especially under normal driving conditions, and will generate more than 306bhp if you push it. Be warned, though; this car is fast when you floor the accelerator pedal.

Vauxhall Cascada

If you want that open-top experience at a much lower price than the Maserati, then the Cascada is well worth your consideration. The Cascada is a convertible with distinct Vauxhall looks. It comes in at a fraction of the price of most cars in its class, and yet has the reliability to cross a continent capably. Getting replacement parts and service for this car is both easy and affordable, making this a favourite among families.

The Vauxhall comes in a range of engine types, with the most popular being the 195bhp twin turbo diesel variety, thanks to its combination of price and performance. The Cascada should offer excellent mileage, bringing down the average cost of your trip and leaving more money left over for all those fancy restaurant meals you’ve got lined up.

Selling Your Car? Here’s How to DIY

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Selling your own car or simply buying a used one is, in fact, quite straight forward, While a lot of people think that they absolutely need the help of a professional in order to ensure that they’re not being scammed, there’s a lot of money to save by doing it yourself – regardless of whether you’re buying or selling.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of selling your car in case this is the first time you’re doing it. That way, you can feel a bit more confident about getting everything right.

First: Advertise the sale

Undeniably, you won’t be able to sell your vehicle unless potential buyers know that it’s for sale. Make sure that you market the sale of your car both on the vehicle itself, by putting up a ‘for sale’ sign as well as your contact details, and make it available on those online platforms as well.

You can find a lot of different sites where private people market their vehicles for sale, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get the kind of price you’re looking for when a lot of people are able to see it. Have a look at this article, first of all, to see which sites you can use – and remember to take some good photos of the car as well.

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Know the market

A part of advertising the sale is to set a decent price on it, though, and this is hard to do unless you understand the market. What is your car likely to sell for? Some types tend to get a higher price than others such as a family sedan – while convertibles often are more seasonable.

Have a look through those sites where you can advertise your vehicle and try to compare the price you have in mind with the price of similar vehicles. Services such as kelley Stephen James Premium can help you out with this and ensure that you get the kind of vehicle you have in mind.

Give your car a makeover

Now that you have your car listed on a few sites and have it marked at a reasonable price, it’s time to wait for those buyers to show up. Most buyers will want a good first impression of the car they’re buying, though, so you should give it a proper wash first.

Take it in for a wash or simply do it yourself – as long as it looks shiny and sparkling for the buyers, you’re good to go.

There are still a few more formalities to take care of while the sale is in process in terms of limiting your own liability. Have a look at this article, first of all, and make sure that you’ve got everything covered.

At least you will be able to enjoy the money from the sale without giving away a portion of it – and you’ll probably realise that selling a car is quite a lot easier than you thought.

The Best Way To Sell Your Car Online

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When it comes to selling online, it can be a bit of a minefield. Trying to find the right place to sell where you won’t encounter scammers can be a difficult job. So where is the best place to sell your car online?  There are a few different ways. When it comes to selling a car, you want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible and aren’t being scammed. It is vital that you take the time to make sure everything is above board.

Use A Website

You may think that the normal websites such as eBay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace may be a good option but you have to be incredibly careful due to some scams. It is much better to use a site like Car.co.uk. They are a new platform that are looking to be the one stop shop for all things automotive.

With a site like car.co.uk, you can auction your car and the website also has some handy tools such as a car finance calculator, fuel calculator and vehicle running costs.  Sites like this are great as they are a handy resource and social value is at the centre of everything they do. A significant portion of the profit that is generated by the services they provide goes to support a number of different charities and good causes. It helps to create employment opportunities, feed the homeless and help rehabilitate ex offenders.

Place An Ad

Back in the day, people used to place adverts in their local newspapers. Well you can still do that nowadays but simply place the advert online on the newspapers website instead. This is great for getting the word out about your online sale to local people.

If you are looking to sell to someone locally, your local newspaper websites are the perfect option.

Mention It On Your Social Media

Obviously you need to be careful here but mentioning it on your private Facebook profile to your Facebook friends could land you a sale. I’ve seen a few different Facebook friends manage to sell their car this way.

I’d avoid using other forms of social media as they are much more easily accessible than a private Facebook profile and could make you more susceptible to scammers.

Have you ever tried to sell your car online? If so, how did you do it? I’d love to know what worked for you.

Staying Comfortable On The Road As A New Driver

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If you’re a new driver, then congratulations! But how do you feel about being able to hit the road full time? Maybe you’re excited, because you’ve finally got that breath of independence and freedom you’ve always wanted? Maybe you’re a little nervous as well, because you’ll be on your own with no one to rely on except yourself? Maybe you just haven’t paid it much mind yet, because you haven’t got a car to use nor any insurance to keep you covered yet!

Whatever your feelings as a new driver, it’s time to make sure you’re going to be comfortable with using the road, and that you’re confident enough behind the wheel.

Try to Use Roads You Don’t Know

If you’re someone who has a few butterflies in their stomach over trying to navigate as a new driver, make sure you’re not completely avoiding the idea of using roads and routes you don’t know and have never been down before. You’re never going to get comfortable like that!

You think you’ll get lost, or you have a chance at coming across a road sign you never learnt the meaning of – thinking hypothetically will just make you a lot more nervous! Take a SatNav or a map in the car with you, and check it for some memorable reference points. Then put it away, and see if you can take the route you just picked out without needing to double check – the more you try to navigate independently, the better you’ll become at handling roads, and drivers on those roads, that you’ve never had to cope with before.

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Get to Know the Insurance Policies

Insurance confuses even the best of drivers at times, and because of that, you’re going to want to learn the ins and outs of new driver insurance policies as soon as possible.

At the least, you’ll want to read the terms and conditions in full, to see if any traps are waiting. But if you want to go a little deeper with the details, be sure to get to know points like:

  • You’ll want to know the difference between fault and non-fault.
  • You’ll want to know how a claim will affect your policy and premium.
  • You’ll want to know if you always have to disclose an incident to your insurer.

Learn Some Maintenance Tips

If you know how to look after the car you’re in, you’re going to feel a lot stronger about using it on a regular basis. And if you’re going to be alone most of the time whilst behind the wheel, you’re going to need to know how to troubleshoot common roadside problems on your own. Even just knowing how to change a tyre with the spare in the back will put you in much better stead!

Being a new driver can be scary, but you can learn to be comfortable with practice and time. Be sure to think about tips like these to be sure you’re going the right way on your journey.

Careful Driving in London – With the Right Car Brakes

The capital city has its fair share of difficult places to drive. The Hangar Lane gyratory system is a near-legendary troublesome intersection between the A40 and the North Circular. There again, the sights of West London are not for the faint-hearted motorist if they need to negotiate Hyde Park Corner and all of the confusing signage that goes with it. In South London, drivers are often confused by the Catford one-way system which forms part of the South Circular. Then, there’s trouble of the congestion charge zone. So many motorists don’t seem to know it is coming up and take last-second manoeuvres to avoid it.

All of these difficulties mean you need to have to have your wits about you, especially if you drive in the rush hour. In fact, rush hour pedestrians in London often seem to have no care for the traffic they are stepping out in front of – perhaps this is because they are so used to slow-moving and congested roads? Despite the obvious need for careful driving in London to manage all of these hazards, motorists need to accept they can’t do it on their own. Reacting to problems is one thing but this is no good if you brakes let you down. What should you be checking to make sure you can stop when you need to? If you are not sure by yourself you can take help of car brake centers from places like DAT tyres in London.

Brakes rely on a hydraulic system to work. When you put your foot down on the brake pedal, a corresponding amount of pressure is applied to your brakes. This way, if you push hard, then you will – in theory – brake hard. Correspondingly, a gentle touch on the brake will simply slow you down a little. The feel of your brakes very much depends on how the hydraulics are working and, like everything else in your car, the fluid in your brakes’ hydraulics need to be inspected regularly. If the pressure drops, then you just can’t stop in time to avoid road incidents even if you react quickly.

The other elements of your braking system that need to be inspected are the brakes pads. Each wheel has one and this is the part that comes into contact with your wheel to provide enough friction to slow your car. They wear down over time and need to be replaced to keep you safe.

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