Will turning your radio up really fix that rattling noise?

We’ve all been there, that sinking feeling as you hear your vehicle make an unusual sound. Although it’s tempting to turn up the volume and ignore the problem, it’s not going to fix anything. Sounds can tell us a great deal about our cars, and if you listen closely you might be able to diagnose the problem from just the noise alone. Some rattles, clicks and clunks can be classic examples of mechanical problems. Here are a few examples of what to listen out for:

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Vehicle making noise when braking?

As we have mentioned in a previous article, if you hear any noise as you apply the brakes then you should seek professional advice as quickly as possible. Screeching, grinding or squeaking could indicate that your brake pads need replacing. Waiting too long to fix this could be dangerous and lead to more expensive repairs down the line, so whatever you do DO NOT ignore this sound.  Continue Reading →

Buying a used car – a haggler’s guide

2.7 million used cars are sold privately in the UK every year but frequently buyers fail to carry out even the most basic of checks, giving unscrupulous sellers the perfect opportunity to take advantage. One of the most important things to remember is never to simply buy a used car on “face value”. The advertised price is practically never definitive so you should always be willing to haggle and for that you need leverage. We have put together a guide of the basic pre-negotiation checks.

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Still have a paper driving licence?

You may or may not know that in June this year, the DVLA abolished the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence, as well as enhancing its digital checking services.

Yet around 7 million GB drivers still hold a paper driving licence (that is, any licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) and some of our customers may well be among them.

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