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Cars are the most common form of transport in the western world, we drive our cars to work, take our kids to school in them, go on holiday in them and travel to all the shops in them. Such an important form of transport and also a large number of topics and issued associated with owning a car.

We provide information to help all types of car owner, from the learner drivers through to mature car owners, whether you are looking for maintenance advice, are thinking of buying a car, are concerned over the environmental impact of driving a car we can tell you all about it. We also look at the financial implications of owning a car, how much it costs to run and what sort of loans you may want to take out to buy a car in the first place. And of course dont forget that a car can be very dangerous, search around in this section for advice on driving safely as well.

Car Maintenance Costs: Disclaimer
Job Make of vehicle Average Price
Car tyres   £88
Winter car tyres   £60
Mot   £99
Car parking   £2
Motorbike mot   £23

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Car Insurance With young drivers typically penalised because of their lack of experience, it makes sense that mature drivers should be able to find cheap car insurance quotes. ... 2012-04-22
Road Tax, MOT, Insurance Owning a car is a complicated business. You need to think about road tax, insurance, MOTs. But what exactly does the law say, and what happens if you get it wrong?... 2011-05-30
Car Running Costs Examples Everyone knows that running a car costs a lot of money. But how much is a lot of money? would you be better off taking the bus? Or is running a car well worth the money when compared to the cost of ot... 2011-05-30
Car Owning Advice The goverment publishes information advising you about buying new and second hand cars in the UK, as well as information that you need to know about owning a car.... 2011-04-30
Car After Sale Enjoy your car... that's simple huh? Well it's not really that simple. Here is a list of things to think about after the car sale. ... 2011-04-30
Car Maintenance Did you know that you can substantially save a lot of money simply by doing a quick 10-20 minute checkup on your car each week?... 2011-04-29
Buying New Cars A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many consumers make. That's why it's important to know how to make a smart deal. ... 2011-04-29
Buy Used Cars Don't buy a lemon! Follow these handy tips for buying a used car and you'll be on your way...... 2011-04-29
Vehicle Repossession When you finance or lease a car, truck or other vehicle, your creditor or lessor holds important rights on the vehicle until you've made the last loan payment or fully paid off your leasing obligation... 2011-04-29
DVLA Car Number Plates Car number plates act as a vehicles unique identifier. Similar to DNA, there are no two number plates the same and one specific registration can only be found on one specific vehicle.... 2011-04-29
Automotive Training Of course, a significant advantage of having automotive training is that dealerships and garages cannot take advantage of you by recommending car maintenance that may not actually need to be done. ... 2011-04-29
Buying A Used Car For the average individual who knows little about cars or mechanics, buying a used car can be a worrying experience.... 2011-04-29
Car Tax The following table shows the UK Car Road Tax bands for 2006-2009, along with some common cars that are in each band. As you can clearly see the more environmentally friendly your car is the chear you... 2011-04-28
RoadTax Methods for paying for car tax... 2011-04-28
Car Carbon Emissions Use the form below to find out your car CO2 emissions, the more carbon emissions the less environmentally friendly the car!... 2011-04-23
Car Aquaplaning You're aquaplaning - your tyres are no longer in direct contact with the road as they are riding on top of the water that has pooled on the road... 2011-04-23
Driving Safely in the Winter Winter driving is one of the most hazardous times of year to drive. Follow our tips for keeping safe this winter.... 2011-03-21
Winter Car Tyres For driving in the winter, there are all kinds of different winter car tyres that you can choose from. Follow our guide to pick the best for you.... 2011-03-21
Driving Safely This Winter In winter its important to look after your car to ensure you have a safe winters motoring. This article covers the checks you should do on your car and how to keep yourself safe when driving in dange... 2010-12-22
Fuel Duty In the UK there is a fuel duty that is applied to all Hydrocarbon fuels, including unleaded petrol, diesel, LPG, biodiesel, bioethanol and other fuels that are used in cars.... 2009-09-23
Car Scrappage Put simply a car scrappage scheme is where the government gives you money when you get rid of your old car and buy a brand new one. ... 2009-04-21
Car Servicing In today's society, cars are much more reliable and durable than they used to be. Because of this, it takes quite some time before car servicing is actually needed. ... 2009-04-05
Rental Cars Have you ever thought of renting a rental car on your next big trip? Rental cars happen to be a great chance for you to try out the latest vehicle models in the market to see if you might just want to... 2009-04-05
Car Consumer Rights Your consumer rights when buying a Car in the USA... 2009-04-05
Car Airbag Safety Information on how airbags and seat belts have helped saved lifes and prevent fatal auto accidents. As well as the pros, the negative aspects of airbags are also discussed.... 2009-02-21
Car Engine Advice on maintenance of your car engine. The main focus of the engine is to transform the air and petrol into rotary motion so it can drive the wheels of the car. How does it do that ??... 2008-06-18
Car Maintenance Prices Automobile parts and servicing. Contains prices (including fitting) for common replacement parts on cars. Also will include servicing costs, car rental, valeting, break-down cover and other vehicle re... 2008-06-12
GPS Tracking A GPS tracking device calculates its position by measuring distances between itself and other GPS satellites. In return, the signals emitted by the satellites carry information about the GPS carrier’s... 2008-04-07
Tyres Online Buying tyres online is quick and easy, but you need to make sure you get it right. This article on car tyres gives you all the information you need for changing your tyres... 2008-04-07
Motorcycle Safety In many important ways, operating a motorcycle is not like driving an automobile. So you have to change your way of thinking and your way of driving when you ride your motorcycle.... 2008-04-07
Selling Your Car Selling your car can be surprisingly tricky, particularly if you want to receive the best possible price. Buyers have a huge choice so it's vital to make sure that your car stands out from the crowd.... 2008-03-28
Nitrogen Tire Inflation Alternative nitrogen tire inflation technology is described and how it may take over standard compressed air techniques as a more energy efficient way of putting pressure in your tires.... 2008-03-12
Getting Your Driver's Licence Information is provided on taking the theory test prior to the practical test when wanting to drive a vehicle. The car and motorcycle practical tests are discussed in more detail.... 2008-02-01
Driving Safely Tips Useful tips on how to drive your car safely. Examples are given where attention can easily be shifted and which can lead to accidents.... 2008-01-30
Save on Fuel Gas prices keep skyrocketing. But there is a lot a motorist can do to reduce fuel consumption. ... 2007-09-07
Car Running Cost Calculations Everyone knows that to run a car costs a lot of money. But how much is a lot of money? Would you be better off taking the bus or the train? Or is running a car well worth the money when compared to th... 2007-07-27
Car Oil Changing First, let's answer the question; Why should you change your own oil? Because you can save time and money. You don't have to wait in line at the service garage or quick oil changeshop...... 2007-07-27
Biodiesel Fuel With fuel prices increasing and growing environmental awareness, the need to consider alternate energy and fuel sources are becoming a necessity. One alternative is the use of Biodiesel fuel, which is... 2007-02-24
Repair Your Car It's great to be able to do as many things as possible by yourself. Imagine fixing your car without having to take it to a mechanic and pay your first kid's college savings? ... 2007-02-24
Car Security Safety When you take a ride to work or the mall in your vehicle, do you immediately lock the doors after entering? Ah ha, I caught you. ... 2007-02-24
Child Motorcycle Helmet The motorcycle helmet is a life saving device. People should follow the tips mentioned in getting the right one because this could save the child from serious injury should an accident take place. ... 2007-02-16
Decoding VIN ...with the VIN of a vehicle you have opportunities to find out many different things about the vehicle.... 2007-02-16
The Bike Rack You can prevent your bike from getting stolen by using a bike rack. You can securely attach your bike to a bike rack. This rack in turn is fixed to the ground, or to any other solid structure such as ... 2007-02-16
Car Buying Tips Tips and thoughts to consider when buying your next car, whether it be new or used.... 2007-02-16
Restore A Classic Car There are many questions to answer before you buy a classic car. Your budget situation as well as your willingness to spend on it to restore it are some the most important. ... 2007-02-13
Car Tools If you are a car owner who occasionally works on his or her own car, please don't go out and spend thousands of dollars on high priced tools. Professional mechanics make a living with their tools and ... 2007-02-07
Used Motorcycle Helmets A motorcycle helmet is one of those essentials that will help save your life should you have an accident while riding your motorcycle.... 2007-02-01
Car Engine Light You're driving along in your car and suddenly your Check Engine Light comes on. What does it mean? Check Engine Light, Check Engine Soon Light, Service Engine Soon Light, Engine Light, Engine Manageme... 2007-02-01
Car Air Filters I've got a confession to make. I don't like shopping for car parts. In fact, I always see it as an unnecessary expense that should magically fix itself.... 2007-01-28
Automotive Paint Job Actually creating a great automotive paint job takes skill and finesse. Automotive painting is one of the most arduous and painstaking tasks in crafting a car.... 2007-01-28
The Hybrid Car If you have followed along with the news lately, you have no doubt noticed the growing interest towards the hybrid car. What is this all about? ... 2007-01-28
Car Batteries Think of the battery as the heart of your car. You need a battery you can count on to get your motor running and keep it pumping all day long. ... 2007-01-28
Car Running Costs Everyone knows that running a car costs a lot of money. But how much is a lot of money? would you be better off taking the bus? Or is running a car well worth the money when compared to the cost of ot... 2007-01-28
Save On Car Repairs Are you one of those few people who are having trouble in getting their cars repaired and drain their finances as well? If you are, then, it is high time you start looking for ways to save on car repa... 2007-01-28
Motorcycle Helmets A motorcycle helmet is used as a protective gear for the head to avoid severe injuries brought about by an accident.... 2007-01-28
Car Wash Tips Most of us have been helping to wash the car since we were kids, so while some of these tips are going to be well known, you may find some details here that are missing from your weekend car buff and ... 2007-01-28
Cleaning Leather Car Interior With regular cleaning and conditioning, a leather interior will last for the life of the vehicle.... 2007-01-28
Buying from a Car Dealer Congratulations !!!! You got the car deal you were looking for.... 2007-01-23
Car Rental Mistakes Cheap car rental deals are spread all over the web. But not all are good deals. There's a few thing you must look out for... or your cheap car rental deal might work out a lot more expensive than you ... 2007-01-23
Car Suspension Types of car suspension include leaf springs, coil springs, air springs, and torsion bars.... 2007-01-22
Change Tyre It always happens at the worst times! You need to know how to change a tyre even if you have an auto club membership. Depending on where you get a flat tyre, there may not be a phone nearby to call a ... 2007-01-22
Buying A Car Nowadays, hundreds of articles advice people on what to look for before buying a new car. But, very few articles advice a prospective car owner on what things he or she should avoid doing. ... 2007-01-22
Fuel System The car fuel system feeds your engine the gasoline/diesel it needs to run. If anyone of the parts in the system break down your engine will not run. Let's look at the major parts of the fuel system:... 2007-01-21
Diesel and Gasoline Engines In the transportation industry there are two major types of engines. These are the diesel engine and the gasoline engine.... 2007-01-21
Diesel Engine Car The diesel engine car at one point was a very popular vehicle, but due to many issues it has been largely avoided by purchasers in countries such as America.... 2007-01-21
Online Car Finance Looking for buying new car but worried for finance? Car buying has become very easy these days with the choice of car finance companies. A number of finance companies provide online finance to buy car... 2007-01-20
Car Parking Prices Car parking charges drive everybody mad, on top of been charged a fortune for petrol, car tax, insurance and other car running costs you also have to pay for the privilage to stop driving your car and... 2007-01-16
Synthetic Oil Synthetic motor oils have been the object of numerous misconceptions held by the general public. Many people, including some mechanics, have been misled by these persistent myths.... 2007-01-15
Engine Cooling The function of the engine's cooling system is to remove excess heat from the engine, to keep the engine operating at the most efficient temperature, and to allow the engine to reach its ideal operati... 2007-01-15
Car Electrical Today, a car uses an extensive electrical system just to produce, store, and distribute all the electricity it requires to allow it to run smoothly and offer the driver the comfort he now expects. ... 2007-01-14
Car Fluids Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape requires constant monitoring of vital fluids. Read you owners manual and look for a diagram of the engine. Most times there will be a diagram showing where to che... 2007-01-14
Diesel Engine Evaluated The diesel engine is fast becoming on of the more economical choices for individuals. With the rising costs of fuel, it is seen that diesel is still one of the more affordable options. It in the best ... 2007-01-14
Hydroplaning There's probably no worse feeling. You're driving on a wet stretch of road and all of a sudden it feels as though your vehicle has a mind of its own. Of course, your vehicle isn't possessed; it has "c... 2007-01-13
Oil / Lubricants Oil weight, or viscosity, refers to how thick or thin the oil is. The temperature requirements set for oil, by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is 0 degrees F (low) and 210 degrees F (high).... 2007-01-13
Winter Driving Many young drivers will venture onto the roads this winter season, some for the first time. In fact, there are almost 3 million drivers in Canada between the ages of 16 and 24.2 That's why it's import... 2007-01-12
Automotive Upholstery Care Automotive upholstery comes in a variety of materials and fabrics including vinyl, leather, cloth and velour. Maintaining the durability and cleanliness of automotive upholstery can be quite expensive... 2007-01-06
Diesel Generator Engine The diesel generator owes its roots to mainly two inventors. One of these is the creator of the first generator Michael Faraday and the other is the creator of the diesel engine Rudolph Diesel. ... 2007-01-02
Safely Drive in Summer A quick check-up can help prepare your car for the stress of high temperatures in the Australian summer and increase its reliability on road trips, whether they are long or short so you can drive safe... 2006-12-30
Car Tire Blowout Having a flat tire is one common problem encountered by almost every car owner. As tires are your only contact between the car and the road, flat tire or tire blowout is something that you want to gua... 2006-12-30
Auto Navigation Systems I've only had my auto navigation system installed for a short time, but it's already helped me out quite a bit. I've been able to avoid traffic, find shorter routes to the places I visit regularly...... 2006-12-30
Diesel Engine History The diesel engine has a long history that is intertwined closely with economic and other issues of the time.... 2006-12-30
Car Legal Expenses Is legal expense cover truly an optional extra, or should it be viewed an essential? We assess it here and advise. ... 2006-07-21
Buy Cars Before buying a car - new or used - you should ask yourself why exactly do you need a car. Other than the obvious reason of having convenient transportation, are there any other pressing reasons for b... 2006-02-28
Global Positioning System Global Positioning System is a navigational aid, funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense. What benefit will you get from GPS?... 2006-02-28
Automotive Air Conditioner If your automotive air conditioner isn't working quite right, here are a few ideas to begin.... 2006-02-06
Second Hand Car Avoid the pitfalls when you buy a second hand car in the UK. This article tells you how.... 2006-01-15
Fuel Mileage Yes you can! Increasing fuel mileage of your car has never been easier.... 2005-10-26
Cheaper Car Insurance Car insurance premiums rise year after year, follow these tips to cheaper car insurance.... 2005-10-26
A Lemon Car If your fortune takes a turn after you purchase the car and problems arise with the car, what can you do? What requirements must my car fit in to be called a "lemon"? ... 2005-10-26
Measuring Wheels and Hubcaps A fantstic brief guide on how to correctly measure your wheel for it's hubcap size..... It's not as obvious as you think!... 2005-10-06
OEM Car Parts Aftermarket, OEM, or genuine car parts... you're confused about what to choose. If that's you, read the following. ... 2005-10-06
Car Dealer Auto Scams 5 auto scams that you absolutely must avoid, when purchasing from a car dealer.... 2005-10-06
Motorcycle Safety Safety in riding motorcycles in order to prevent injuries and accidents is a very critical issue, following are tips in motorcycle safety. ... 2005-10-06
Hybrid Engines A hybrid engine uses two or more energy sources to propel a vehicle, is this the new energy efficient and environmentally friendly engine?... 2005-10-06

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