Luxury Car Market Shrinking Warns HR Owen

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 3, 2011

Up to now the luxury car market has withstood the economic slowdown and the financial crisis remarkably well. In fact sales of luxury cars all over Europe showed a significant increase during 2010. This was certainly not the case for cars aimed at the middle and working class,...

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High Fuel Prices Boosts Popularity of Carpooling

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 3, 2011

The meteoric rise in the cost of fuel over the past few years appears to have stimulated interest in carpooling (or lift-sharing as it is also known) across the country. Leading car sharing website Liftshare says more people have signed up for membership in the past month than...

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Prices of Used Cars Exceptionally Stable

By Creditplus | Thursday, November 3, 2011

According to the latest edition of the CAP Black Book, used car values stabilised in October and at this stage they are actually "unusually stable." It seems that a fragile balance has been struck between relatively low stock levels and muted consumer demand. Historical figures suggest...

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New Toyota Auris in the Pipeline

By Louise Hutchinson | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toyota fans will welcome news that the motoring press has published the first spy shots of a brand new Toyota Auris. The car was spotted on a test drive near Toyota's Belgian test facility. Although details are rather sketchy at this stage, it is very likely that...

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Peugeot and BMW to Cooperate on Production of Electric Cars

By Louise Hutchinson | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Despite sluggish sales of electric cars both in the UK and Europe, major car manufacturers have clearly committed themselves to producing "greener" cars in future. At this stage the majority buyers do not seem to be willing to pay a premium for an electric vehicle though, making life difficult...

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OFT Receives Large Number of Used Car Complaints

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New figures that were published by the OFT on the 11th November show that used cars remain one of the top sources of complaints received by the office. So far this year Consumer Direct, managed by the OFT, has received in excess of 56,000 complaints from consumers. The...

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Motorways to get Train Signs

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Not even the best car deal can help you once you are on the road - stuck in one of our notorious traffic jams. Motorways are, in fact, soon to get signs informing drivers about the benefits of switching to rail transport if a new set of proposals by...

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Fake Smash Sites Named and Shamed

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What do you do when you are stuck in a three year car loan deal and you hate the car you are driving? You just crash it and then claim from the insurance. At least that is what a growing number of Britons seem to be doing. ...

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The Most Reliable 4x4 on our Roads

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

When one purchases an expensive vehicle such as a 4x4, reliability is of the utmost importance. Nobody likes surprise repair bills. According to Warranty Direct there is no other 4x4 out there on UK roads with a higher reliability rating than that of the Honda HR-V models...

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The Delivery van That Will Follow you Home

By Creditplus | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Technology is changing so fast nowadays that the average car buyer who only wants reliable transport may find it hard to keep up with all the latest developments. The latest news comes from Volkswagen's design centre in Potsdam - where the company has just revealed its eT! electric...

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Audi Electric car on Fleet Trial in Munich

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Audi has announced that the A1 e-tron extended range electric car is undergoing extensive fleet trials in Munich, Germany. The project is managed by Audi, Stadtwerke Munchen, E.ON and Technische Universitat Munchen. It will use 20 Audi A1 e-tron cars to test the effectiveness of the existing...

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Latest Euro NCAP Test Results

By Creditplus | Monday, October 31, 2011

The latest Euro NCAP results might not surprise many car lovers - there are very few rotten apples left in the car market after all. All of the entries passed the test with flying colours and were awarded a five-star rating, except one: the Lancia Voyager. The Lancia...

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Scottish Government Creates Fund for low Carbon Cars

By Louise Hutchinson | Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Scottish Government has announced it will make available another £4.2 million to public bodies to stimulate the development of low carbon vehicles. The announcement was made by Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Capital Investment and Infrastructure. The aim is to help Scotland reach its...

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Motability to Introduce Price Cap

By Louise Hutchinson | Saturday, October 29, 2011

Most of us who have to spend years paying off our car payments do not take kindly to reports of fraud where tax money is involved. This is exactly what has been happening with the MLA scheme and Motability, it seems. Motability has now decided to introduce...

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Mazda Unveils new 6 Concept Car

By Creditplus | Friday, October 28, 2011

In a short 18 months from now interested car buyers will be able to purchase the brand new car that is to replace the Mazda 6. This news has been confirmed by Mazda. The four-door sedan concept car will be called "Takeri" and it will make its...

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Cars the Celebrities Drive

By Louise Hutchinson | Thursday, October 27, 2011

Perhaps you are one of those people who wants the exact kind of car your favourite movie star drives. Even if that is not the case it is nevertheless always interesting to know how they get from point A to point B. There is certainly not a...

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Brazil Suggests Sugar Cane Ethanol Should Power Electric Cars

By Louise Hutchinson | Thursday, October 27, 2011

Before signing up for your next car, consider this: the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil has recently completed a study into the use of sugar cane for the production of ethanol and electricity and the findings might surprise many: the researchers say that only 4% of available cropland would...

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Volkswagen Promises a Whole Range of new Models

By Creditplus | Thursday, October 27, 2011

In a era not so long ago, driving a Volkswagen meant driving one of the reliable little bug-mobiles called the Beetle. It made more noise than a freight train, it was not particularly light on fuel and it was not the world's best handling car either. Volkswagen has come...

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Decline in Electric Car Sales

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In what is undoubtedly bad news for car providers, electric car sales are following the trend set by their internal combustion counterparts and are well below expectations. Only 308 electric cars have been purchased through the Government's grant scheme during the period between June and September this year....

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New Volkswagen Beetle Prices Available

By Louise Hutchinson | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Those of us who have to use finance to fund our wheels all have one thing in common: there's a limit to what we can afford. So if it just so happens that the car of your dreams is ever so slightly beyond you reach, it means you will either...

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