12 Dec

Understanding your 4WD vehicle

Purchasing a 4-wheel drive vehicle is a big step from your usual standard road car. You now have the opportunity to venture off the track and put your new car to the test. Each 4×4 wheel drive is different, so familiarise yourself with the vehicle manual before starting your journey. Understand the safe ways to switch your vehicle from 2-wheel drive to 4-wheel drive without causing damage. Some older off-roaders require your front wheels to be unlocked before entering 4WD mode. Most 4WD vehicles have two 4×4 options, 4-wheel drive low and 4-wheel drive high. High can be driven at higher speed and can be used to provide your car with extra traction, Low ratio mode is a slower mode and can be used for the more challenging surfaces such as...
28 Nov

Off-roading adventure seeker

If you love an adrenaline rush and also enjoy taking control, off-roading is a great, fun and dangerous activity for thrill seekers out there. If you like to break the rules and decide off-roading is the thrill seeking activity for you, you must take some time to decide which 4WD car is right for you. Knowing the dangers and planning ahead is essential, always plan for the worst case scenarios. Have a first aid kit handy, food and drink stocked up and spare warm clothing if you are stranded out in the cold, as weather can dramatically change in the evenings, even on the hottest of days. Off-roading can be done on a variety of surface conditions, such as snow, sand and mud which are handled in similar ways to...
23 Oct

Buying an Old Car

Many people buy used cars but how many people really look at motors that are more than 10 years old? There’s no harm in doing this you know, just because a car is old doesn’t mean it won’t be fit to drive. We’re often told that old cars are tiled, on their deathbed or waiting to be scrapped but this will depend on the car itself. You can still find cars from the 1970s and 80s with low mileage and if they’ve hardly been used and they’ve been well looked after then they should still be worth looking at. Having a new but used car can still be quite pricy and perhaps by looking further down the line over the 10 year mark you’ll find a car that’s cheaper, in...
29 Aug

Selling a car with problems – The risks

Many people choose to upgrade to a newer car. They may want something bigger, better, faster, smaller or shinier. Whatever their decision it means they have the opportunity to place their existing vehicle on the second hand car market. If, however, you’re selling your vehicle because it’s riddled with problems, you should be upfront about them. Okay so you won’t make as much money as you would if you were to lie about the issues, but how can you allow someone to drive a car that isn’t fit for yourself? They may not be knowledgeable in mechanics and may be looking for a reliable car, believing yours is right for them, only it isn’t. Though cars used cars are ‘sold as seen’ privately, you can be challenged in court if...
5 Jul

Can you buy a good car for under £1,000?

Most of us buy used cars, so if you only want something to run you about from A to B, you may only want to spend up to £1,000. That can seem like quite a lot of money, especially if it’s your first car, but you have to be careful. It’s possible to buy a decent used car for under £1,000 but it’s also possible to buy one that has many hidden problems. It’s important to get your car inspected no matter how much you’re willing to spend, but especially when you’re spending your life savings. If you have a family member or friend who knows about cars, you may want to take them with your for the viewing, perhaps letting them have the test drive. Alternatively, you can pay...