There has been plenty of news related to Volkswagen and it’s diesel emissions scandal over the last few weeks. As a consumer who may have purchased a VW in recent months we thought we’d create an article on how it may affect your own car you’ve bought. Just to be clear, we are writing this information in an unbiased manner (despite being an independent VW & Audi specialist) and are not affiliated with VW or any government authorities on the matter.
You may love or even hate your car depending on many factors; reliability, appeal, consumption, speed, etc. Knowing when to ditch your car and upgrade can be a challenging task especially when cost is a major factor. This article will help you assess the tricky decisions involved when your car is coming to the end of it’s life, or simply when you think it’s time for a change in vehicle.
If you’ve noticed a pool or even streak of oil underneath your car, it can be very frustrating and worrying when you don’t know what the cause is. Looking underneath the car for drips may isolate the area (and confirm it’s your car not someone else who parked there beforehand) but you may still feel clueless as to the cause. Here we’ll explain a few of the main possibilities for oil leaks on your car and remind you to get it checked out by a professional mechanic as soon as possible to prevent a car breakdown.
Having a phone or tablet has revolutionised the way motorists can navigate without bulky satellite navigation systems, listen to music, or check for traffic updates which all help make driving a more pleasant experience for us. Therefore, we’ve put together a selection of the most useful apps we’ve found to help us on our journeys and commutes. Please note, the prices are subject to change and were correct when this article was originally written.
Car repair bills are never easy to accept but as your car gets older it’s inevitable over time, hence why many of us save for those rainy days. Many repairs however can be avoided through good maintenance and frequent checks. One of the most costly repairs which can usually be avoided by checking for warning signs is the damage done when your timing belt (also known as tooth belt) snaps. If you’re unlucky you could be looking at anywhere from £1,000 upwards in costs for repairs as it may damage other integral parts of your car. This brief guide will help you to try and avoid it happening by telling you what to check.
We touched on driving abroad briefly in our previous article about Preparing your car for a summer holiday journey but we thought it was worth going into some more detail on the subject since many UK citizens will venture abroad for their holidays shortly. We’ll keep on updating this article as the subject of driving in Europe is quite lengthy so keep checking back to learn more.
Summertime is a wonderful time to go on holiday and with many of us in the UK deciding to holiday in the UK or drive to France, making sure your vehicle is prepared for the long car journey ahead will keep you cool. Please note, we cannot provide any advice for the “are we nearly there yet” question you’re likely to hear again and again!
Having a slow puncture on your car can be a real pain and some people put up with simply inflating the tyre every week to save money. However, you run the risk of the tyre wearing more than normal if it deflates quicker than other tyres, plus it could increase your stopping distance and the potential of an accident! Without getting it checked you could also find yourself paying for a new tyre sooner than you need to. This article provides some of the causes of slow punctures to help you diagnose the issue. Read more!
When summer arrives those long car journeys can get you hot and bothered, except that is if you’re car’s air conditioning is working correctly – then you’ll be cool and calm. This quick guide will explain the telltale signs that your air conditioning isn’t working effectively and what to do to fix it. Read more!
It’s important to make sure that you replace your car’s spark plugs at recommended car servicing intervals – check with your manufacturer or handbook for this information. Many forget about the importance of the spark plug when starting a vehicle but it’s a vital component which is usually cheap and quick to replace. Our guide will help you diagnose spark plug problems you might be having with your car.