Many motorists will be planning on driving away with a new car now that the new “68” registration plates have been launched. But for lots of people – including younger drivers – second-hand cars are the only choice, as they are often the only cars that those on a tighter budget can afford to run. Buying a used car is a great way to cut costs, as the first owner has taken the hit of initial depreciation. Most new cars lose around 40% of their value in the first year, according to the AA. Picking a model that is a few years old will dramatically slash the upfront cost. But there are risks associated with buying second-hand, so it's important to take your time, and not rush into anything, even if you’re not spending a fortune. What do you need to think about if you plan on buying a used car? When searching for a set of wheels, it’s not just the initial cost of purchase you need to think about. There are also running costs to consider, as well as the … [Read more...] about 10 important things to check when buying a secondhand car
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THE idea of buying a new car can seem like a major expense for a lot of drivers. But becoming the first owner of a motor doesn't always have to leave you in huge debt. There are a number of models currently on the market that retail for a bargain price, and come with the added bonus of a manufacturer's warranty. What Car? has put together a list of the best value motors on sale today. From compact hatchbacks to practical estates, these are six of the cheapest new cars around. Dacia Sandero - from £6,995 The Dacia Sandero is UK's cheapest new car, despite recently bumping up its price by almost £1,000. The simple Romanian build is practical, with five doors and plenty of boot and interior space. But for the bargain price, you will have to sacrifice common luxuries like air conditioning or a radio.Suzuki Celerio - from £7,999 For slightly more than the Sandero's higher range Ambiance version, motorists can get themselves a neat Suzuki city car. And the Celerio comes with … [Read more...] about Top six cheapest new cars revealed – the bargain models you can buy today
Demand for new cars fell by 3.5 per cent in June leaving vehicle registrations for the first half of the year 6.3 per cent behind the figure from 2017. Almost 235,000 new cars were registered last month compared with just over 243,000 in the same month in 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders figures reveal today. The report confirmed another turbulent month for diesel sales in June as they dropped by almost a third annually. The motor industry body has now called on the Government to support investment in next generation diesels if it wants to reduce the emissions impact of vehicles in the country. Back diesel: The SMMT has called on the Government to back next-generation diesel-vehicle technology to make significant reductions to pollution levels in the UK The June decline in diesel registrations marked a 15 months of falling sales for the fuel type. Just 74,361 new diesel models were sold last month - a drop of 28.2 per cent compared to the 103,564 registered in … [Read more...] about New car sales down 6% in the first half of 2018 as diesel plummets
All new cars will be packed with significantly more life-saving safety equipment than ever before within three years - if Europe's lawmakers get their own way. The European Commission is pushing for the mandatory fitment of 11 pieces of technology designed to prevent or mitigate accidents - and save an estimated 7,300 lives in the next decade. These include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assistance and fatigue monitoring systems, all of which could feature on every new car from 2021 under proposals. The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) said the new ruling would be a 'free lunch' for the UK Government, reducing road casualties and saving billions of pounds without requiring any investment. As standard from 2021: The European Commission wants all car makers to fit 11 pieces of safety technology to all vehicles they sell in 3 years - including fatigue monitoring systems that alert drivers when they should take a break The EU policymakers estimate … [Read more...] about All new cars will have these 11 new items of safety tech from 2021
Sounds strange, I know, but I was driving normally. I happened to be in Nissan's new electric car, the Leaf, which has what they call e-Pedal technology. Basically, it means you use the accelerator pedal for picking up speed, slowing down and bringing the car to a halt etc once you turn on the e-Pedal (just press a button). Once you get used to it, you'll find yourself doing it as second nature. Of course, you still have to use the brake to stop suddenly, but most of the time I didn't need to. It worked so well for me that I had to remind myself when subsequently driving another car that I needed to brake. It's a subtly different way of driving and, as such, an apt way of heralding the arrival not just of the new LEAF but another step further on the long and winding road to the electric era. The e-Pedal may be the headline-grabbing element of the LEAF, which I was delighted to see won the World Green Car of the Year award (see P2), but there is a lot more to this vehicle than … [Read more...] about Are we now seeing the fresh green shoots of the electric era with Nissan’s new LEAF?