Choosing a sat nav system

If you are lucky enough to be able to get a new car, then it may come with a built in satellite navigation system. These systems are usually quite good, but the problem comes when they go wrong. As they are built in to the stereo system, it may be that you cannot fix it and have to replace the whole unit instead.

If you are buying an aftermarket sat nav system then you need to think about what is important to you. It may be that you want to be able to receive traffic updates and have the system re-route you to find a quick way to your destination. Some systems come with some sort of traffic update such as many of the TomTom devices, they track the routes of other TomTom devices to see how long it has taken to get through traffic and to find alternative routes.

Most sat navs will need updating every 12 months or so and you may have to pay for these updates.


Disposing of old tyres

Tyres cannot simply be chucked in the bin, they need to be disposed of properly. If the tyres still have a decent amount of tread on them then they may be sold as part worn tyres, but if not then they will need to be disposed of. Some car garages and tyre fitters will dispose of the tyres free of charge for you if you are buying new tyres from them, otherwise you may be expected to pay up to £20 per tyre to dispose of it properly.

Another few ideas of ways of disposing of tyres to try is to ask your local school, they often use tyres to create flower beds of play equipment and may happily take them off your hands. Also zoo’s will sometimes take old tyres to make play equipment for the animals or to create safety barriers. This may also be the case for go karting tracks where they use tyres to make safety walls around the track.


Buying car parts

If you want to save a bit of money on car repairs then you could opt to source and buy the parts yourself. If you have a garage or mechanic that you wish to use you will need to check if they are happy for you to provide them the parts to fit. If you do decide to do this then obviously it will only be their workmanship that is covered by any guarantee, not the parts that you have supplied.

Sometimes you may be able to get the parts a lot cheaper than the garage quotes you but you do need to make sure that you know exactly what part you need and if you are buying second hand that it has a warranty on it and it works as it should.

Some places such as Euro car parts offer non genuine parts at great prices and if you can find a voucher code you may be able to save even more on the purchase price.



Winter Tyres Advice

In many part so Europe it is advised or in some countries, a legal requirement to have two sets of tyres for your car, winter tyres and summer tyres. Most people have two sets of wheels so they can swap the complete wheel over each season without having to bother swapping the tyres.

Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound with a high silica content, and a tread pattern that is specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures making them ideal in the cold wintery ice and snow. They also give good breaking distance on snow and ice at temperatures below 7 degrees.

Winter tyres are not great for performance in the high temperatures and therefore you would need two sets, this can be costly and often it is hard to justify the additional cost unless you are going to be using the car quite a lot in bad weather.



Shopping around for best tyre prices

Tyres are something that almost all of us will have to buy at least once a year. It may be that your tyres are worn down or that you have managed to get a puncture, but either way you have a few options. You can opt for part worn tyres which can be as little as £15 per tyre. The only issue with part worns are that sometimes they are quite close to the legal limit when you buy them so they may not last you long.

If you opt for new tyres, then do your research. You can often save yourself a hefty bundle by calling up a few garages prior to ordering tyres. Decide what range of tyre you want i.e. top end, mid rang or budgets and ring round to get a few quotes.

Some garages will charge you to dispose of the old tyre so check to see if the price quoted includes this and also includes any VAT.