Cars can be
costly to run and we all hate it when those unexpected repairs crop up. Prices
for the same job can vary drastically from garage to garage, so it is always
worth obtaining a few different quotes before you decide who to go with.
If you want
to save money you may be better to avoid using main dealers and use a local
often charge a lot more for parts as well as their labour rate so the overall
price is usually higher, but you may find that you need to go to the main
dealer if the vehicle is still under a warranty for example.
important to ensure that when comparing prices that you are comparing like for
like. For example, when it comes to having a full service done, some garages
will not include the cost of replacing the spark plugs or the engine oil and
should check with you before completing extra work. If you have not authorised
work to be done then you could complain to the garage and say you are not happy
about paying for it.
comes to buying cars you have many different options. You may decide that you
want to buy a brand-new car that has no miles on the clock and you are
registered as the first owner. Often there are some great deals to be had on
brand new cars but they are usually the most expensive way of buying a car.
opt for a used car that is either only a couple of years old or one that is
quite a bit older. If the car is only a couple of years long it may even still
have some manufacturers warranty left on it. Older cars only come with a warranty
if they garage you are buying it from offers one or you buy one from a third
If you are
in the market for a new car then why not look at buying an ex demo car. Ex demo
cars are often vehicles that have been registered by a main dealer either to
meet a target or to be used by their salespeople. The mileage on them car vary
from less than 100 upwards of a few thousand. The great thing about an ex demo
car is the chunk of the value it loses when it is first registered has already
been swallowed so you often get a great a newly new car for a lot less than if
it was brand new.
have all been having to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic our cars
have been used less and less perhaps only being used once a week for essential
shopping trips. This can cause major problems when you do use your car
especially if it is not a newer model.
tyres are two essential parts of a car that will need to be checked if the car
has been immobile for a while. Moving the car around just a short way will mean
that the tyres will be rotated, and the brakes applied. Visual checks on the
tyres to check for bulges or splits is a good idea as is making sure the tyre
pressures are correct. The correct pressures can be found in the handbook or on
a plate inside the door frame.
battery on a car is a necessity to ensure your car starts first time reliably
and although the battery is not used very much when the car is idle it can
become flat. If you are not using your car regularly it should be started and
run for at least fifteen minutes or alternatively a trickle charger can be used
if your car is parked on a drive or in a garage.
steps can help to keep your car ready for the journeys you will make and
improve its dependability.
If you are
considering replacing your current vehicle it is important to give some time to
think about how you will use your car. If towing your touring caravan is on
your list of uses, there are a few points to remember.
thing you will need to judge is whether the car will tow a caravan of a given
weight. Some modern hatchbacks will tow a small caravan but if your caravan is
larger or a twin axle version you will need to look at the torque of the
vehicle to see whether it is powerful enough to successfully pull your caravan
without putting your vehicle under strain and possibly causing mechanical
If you are
sure that your potential vehicle has the torque you need next it is time to decide
whether you need a manual or automatic transmission. Surprisingly, people who
regularly tow a caravan say they prefer automatic transmission as it makes
drive vehicles would be advised if towing a large twin axle caravan however as
some estate cars offer four-wheel drive options this does not necessarily mean
that a SUV is needed.
If you are
unsure about the suitability of a particular make or model of car most
representatives in car dealerships will be able to advise you on the best
vehicle for your needs.
are of vital importance to a baby or child’s safety when travelling. It is
essential that you ensure that your child always has the correct car seat for
their, height, weight and age.
There is a
huge selection of car seats to choose from and they are often split into stages.
New-born babies will often need a different car seat to a 5-year-old for
example although you can get some seats that have been designed to be used from
birth to age 5 or above. The latest law requires a child to be in a car seat
from birth up until they are 135 cm or 12 years of age although many experts
suggest that you should actually use a child seat until your child is 150cm
When using a
car seat that has a harness system, the harness should be level with their
shoulders, with the harness fitting snugly around them. You should only be able
to get two fingers under the harness. Always be sure to remove any padded
jackets and do not strap them in with a blanket under the straps as if you do
have to stop the vehicle suddenly the belts may not be tight enough when the
clothing / blanket compacts.
have built in booster seats which can be used from a certain age or height.
You will often find taper roller bearings used in the wheels of cars and other vehicles, and they can cope with horizontal and vertical forces at the same time. They might also be found in gearboxes and engine motors, as well as being used in other industries.
Taper roller bearings will consist of inner and outer rings, with tapered rollers to allow the surface of the raceways, and the roller axles, to meet on the axis. The cones’ motion is coaxial and there is no sliding motion to worry about. Always use the right taper roller bearings for your application, and achieve perfect operation.