Using Pool Cars – are they a Good Idea?

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Pool cars are cars that can be used by multiple people. They may be part of a lift sharing scheme into work, or they may be available in a particular area for people to use for the day. They are thought of as being a good way to help reduce the number of cars on the roads. If people have cars that they don’t use daily, or they are able to take advantage of a car pool scheme, this could have a significant impact on the number of people deciding to buy cars. A car is an expensive purchase after all and many people are actively looking for ways to reduce their expenses.

However, pool cars have been known to be a nuisance in some areas of the UK. Residents complain that they park in their parking spaces and take up space on residents’-only roads. When people are paying lots of money for a parking permit, this is understandably a problem.

How to Tax your Car

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All cars need to be taxed in order to be driven on the roads. Some will incur very little tax, whereas others will have a higher rate to pay due to the type or age of the car – perhaps it is an older diesel engine or similar. Sometimes, tax will be completely free if a car is very new and is considered to be environmentally friendly. In this instance, you will still need to tax the car and this is your responsibility entirely. You just need to make sure you remember to do it.

When you buy a new vehicle, ask about the tax on it. Tax lasts for a year so you may not need to worry about it for a while. Once you own a car, you should receive reminders about taxing it every year. Tax the vehicle online or send the form off in the post. You will no longer need a car tax disc.

Getting your Car’s First MOT

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A car begins to need a MOT after 3 years. It will need to have the MOT on or before the date it is due, otherwise, you will be illegally driving a vehicle without a MOT. Here are some considerations if it is your first time booking your car in:

  • Choose a reliable garage. Some will offer you discounts so look around for deals as well. Find a garage that offers you reliability and good service as well as good prices.
  • Get a record of your MOT and keep it safe. You never know when you might need it. This is going to come in especially handy if you decide to sell your car.
  • Make any repairs immediately. Your car will not be roadworthy if you don’t make repairs straight away. You may also have advisories so keep an eye on these and make sure you get the work done when you need to.

How to Look After your Car

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Cars inevitably age over time and sometimes, it can feel like all you do is repair them. There are things you can do to make your life easier though, which may cost you a little bit more money now but can save you a great deal of money in the long term.

First of all, carry out basic checks on your car every so often. This can just be a quick visual check to make sure nothing is physically damaged and things like the lights and windscreen wipers are working as they should.

You should get your oil changed according to the instructions in your manual as well. Monitor the oil though, as this can be a good indicator if something else is going wrong with your vehicle.

Check your tyre pressure regularly, perhaps once or twice a month. It’s easy to do and can actually make a big difference to the way your car drives and the amount of fuel it is using.

Electric Cars – are they Worth it?

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Electric cars have been growing in popularity for many years now. They have gone from being clearly inferior in terms of the technology behind them to actually quite decent and viable car options. If you are thinking about buying an electric car, it can be hard to know whether or not it will be worthwhile.

The main advantage of driving an electric car is being able to help the environment. Electric cars are much more environmentally friendly than petrol or diesel cars and they have the potential to make a big difference to the atmosphere. You may also be able to enjoy other benefits like free parking and reduced costs when driving on toll roads or in restricted areas.

The main disadvantage is the lack of places to charge electric cars. Whilst charging stations are becoming a more regular fixture, they are still by no means common and it may be difficult to find one.