Month: August 2011

New Euro NCAP Results Out Now

Euro Ncap is the body responsible for testing crashing and banging all different types of vehicle to find out how safe they are. How much protection dose a certain type of vehicle give and dose it give the same levels of protection to all of the occupants.  We have all seen the crash test dummies however they have made testing a vehicles safety into an exacting science. Testing how the vehicle performs under different scenarios, different speeds and different types of impact. In fact in my opinion Euro Ncap’s  work has had a direct result in encouraging the manufactures to improve safety for all of us as a Euro EnCap 5 Star award can be a huge marketing tool. Lets be honest do you want to buy a vehicle that you know will not protect you if you are involved in an accident. Mm-mm lets think , No I don’t. In Fact Euro Encap even test how safe it is for predestrians The new results are just out In this month’s report the top scorers with five star results are the Audi A6, the BMW X3,  the Chevrolet Aveo  Chevrolet Orlando, the Citroën DS5,  the Hyundai i40, the Opel Ampera,  the VW Golf Cabriolet and Volkswagen Jetta. This is fantastic news for the German manufacturers as a Euro Ncap 5 start rating can really make a difference is sales. Surprisingly...

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Hyundai Gap Insurance

Are you looking for more information about Hyundai Gap insurance? If you are reading this then you are most likely just about to buy a Hyundai and your local dealership has just spoken to you about their form of gap insurance. You may not have heard of gap insurance before but is actually a very easy and very common form of insurance.  Normally your dealership will have quoted you anywhere from £395 up to the most I have heard of was a staggering £895.  So what is gap insurance and how can it protect your Hyundai? Let me explain. You have just bought a Hyundai and paid lets say £10,000. Two years later you car skids on black ice, thank fully no-one is hurt but your pride and joy is written off. Your motor insurance company pay you your Hyundai’s market value on the day it was written off and you get a cheque for £6500. Not nice, you have just had an accident you have no car and you have lost £3500. Gap insurance can protect you against this. Depending upon the level of cover you choose. So before you get prices take time out and decide how you want you gap insurance to protect you. Did you pay for your Hyundai using contract hire or finance with a small deposit? OK why not look at finance gap...

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Go Skoda – Again!

Now I make no secret of the fact that I think Skoda is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Barely a day goes by without them winning yet another award. Not just the ones given by industry experts , people and insiders who make calculated judgements. But more importantly the awards voted for by us the Great British Public. I am a member of Briskoda the Skoda forum who one the whole are a good bunch. So I was really pleased to get an email from Briskoda (this is the Brands owners and enthusiasts website). They admit themselves that they don’t normally send our emails so I was intrigued to open it and have a read. In fact I think that this is the first email they have sent or at least the first one I remember getting. Skoda are really proud that they have just broken the magic 200miles an hour record in a Octavia. Now when you think of Skoda you may think of may thinks but top of your list is probably not speed. Perhaps build quality, value for money or even their famous cake advert. Speed well no not really. You may have heard of their sports range the VRS but well super speed, breaking record speed sorry no!  So it is a really big scoop for the brand who later today hope to...

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Motorhome Gap insurance

Buying Motor home gap insurance is essentially no different than any other gap insurance. The only real difference is that usually the price you pay for your motor home is a lot more than the average vehicle. So just like when you are thinking of buying gap insurance for any other type of vehicle you need to think about what you want and not necessay the dealership or your gap insurance provider. Your dealership will at best only ever offer your one form of motor home gap insurance. That’s usually because they only have one to offer. But when...

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What do you think of slow drivers?

OK so we all know that driving to fast can and is dangerous. So how do you feel about driving too slow? I have just dropped my partner off at the airport and am staying at home to look after animals. No rest for the wicked I hear you say. Driving home I realised that there seams to be a major problem on our roads and motorways. Now we all know that driving too fast has a direct link to the numbers of accidents. But have you ever really thought about the dangers of driving too slow? I was driving back down the M56 and got snarled up in slow traffic. Hey it happens. But in this case there seemed to be a real bottle neck. I got close to the end to find a driver driving at 65 miles an hour in the middle lane. The inside lane was empty and the outside lane was bottle necking to allow drivers to safely over take the driver.  Lorries and vans where having to get into the outside lane to overtake. Nightmare! I was furious. I had just wasted 25 minutes queuing behind a driver who seemed hell bent on slowing the motorway down. Now equally I don’t like someone driving at 9 million miles an hour so close to the back of my car that at any second they...

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