Mar 232016
 

Hatchbacks don’t have to be boring little shoppers, they can be prestige holdalls with a nice badge.

Why Buy?

Neither model is a current anymore, but that does not make them any less desirable. The Volvo is still the cool Scandinavian that looks sophisticated and modern. By contrast the Mercedes is a tad more brash but it is highly desirable for the simple fact that it is a Merc. And why not?

Which models?

The C30 was revamped in 2007 and was available in well-equipped S, SE, Sports and Lux trim. There are lots of diesel and petrol engines to choose from. Before the CLC was the C Class Sports Coupe. This revised model from 2008 was a far better model with lots of new parts.

Are they reliable?

The Warranty Direct stats are very revealing indeed. The Volvo spreads its faults around with the electrics being the weak spot. On the whole though it is very reliable. The Mercedes has only two weak areas, the major one being the axle and suspension, but the repair costs are lower.

How much do they cost?

Volvos are good value and can start at just under £3000 rising to just under £12,000 for a 2012 model. The Mercedes can cost below £5000. Better to spend £6000 for a tidy 200 CDi that has not done too many miles up to £11,000 for a 2011 example.

Sum Up: The Mercedes is more of coupe, but it is classy and reliable. The Volvo still looks different and is an upmarket hatch.

Volvo C30

Average Repair Cost £318.45

Engine 17.78%*

Axle/Suspension 20.00%*

Electrical 24.44%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above average

* failure rate

Mercedes CLC

Average Repair Cost £202.24

Axle/Suspension 80%*

Electrical 20.00%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Good

* failure rate

Mar 232016
 

Home and business owners across the UK earned more than £2million in 2015 by renting out their unused parking spaces with YourParkingSpace.co.uk. The online parking marketplace is reminding home and business owners the huge benefit that their unused spaces could have on their finances in 2016.

Its customers, both private and commercial, rent out a variety of parking spaces through the site including driveways, private off-street parking spaces, lock-up garages and spaces from commercial car park operators. With household finances continuing to be squeezed, renting out unused parking spaces could be a great way to earn extra, regular income.

Michael Watson rents out his parking space at his home in West London for £120 per month. “I’d heard through friends the concept of people renting out their unused parking spaces. I was initially a little concerned that others in the building complex would take issue but with YourParkingSpace I have found an excellent, regular tenant for the space. It also prevents the space being used by drivers who shouldn’t be parking there.”

Joan Pryce, from Fareham, near Portsmouth, rents out a garage parking space for £60 per month. “I first discovered the idea of renting out my parking space by looking online. The space and income is fully managed by YourParkingSpace and there’s been no issues as my rental client has been very good. I spend the extra income on household bills, not very exciting but extremely helpful living on a pension and it stops my husband hoarding in the garage!”

Those who live near high profile event and sports venues could benefit the most from YourParkingSpace. Joy Farrukh lives close to Wembley Stadium and rents out nine spaces across her two driveways, earning £15 per day for each space when events are taking place.

“My brother introduced me to the idea of renting out my drive as he already knew about it and when he realised the size of both my drives and the location of my homes, he put the idea to me”, said Joy.

“I meet and chat with almost all of the drivers because I think it’s important for them to feel a strong element of trust in me knowing that their vehicle is safe and then they are at complete ease as though they’ve parked with me before.”

It’s not just individuals and homeowners benefiting from letting parking space, many businesses are also utilising YourParkingSpace’s services. Bruntwood is a family-owned and run property company that provide office space, serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and retail premises to companies with over 100 properties across Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. YourParkingSpace.co.uk rent out its unused parking inventory across their property portfolio.

Andrew Butterworth, Sales Director at Bruntwood Estates Ltd, said: “Utilising the services from YourParkingSpace is a fantastic way for us to increase revenue from unused sites. The whole process is easy and straightforward and is an excellent way for businesses to generate extra income for their unused parking space. Taking just one of our sites in Manchester, over £30,000 in incremental revenue was generated by YourParkingSpace in 2015.”

Commenting on the amazing sums that its customers earned in 2015, Harrison Woods, managing director of YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “It’s great that our customers have earned such significant amounts of money by renting out their unused spaces with us. We hope that even more customers will join our parking revolution in 2016.”

For more information on YourParkingSpace.co.uk or to find out about renting out unused parking spaces please visit https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk.

Mar 222016
 

New research reveals that almost twice as many motorists are confident about buying a car unseen today, compared with three years ago.

There has also been a rise of almost one third in those who describe themselves as comfortable to buy a car online.

But franchise dealers need not fear being sidelined by online motor retail specialists because the research also highlights a 50% rise in customers travelling outside their local area to buy from a national main dealer.

However, the research also appears to sound the death knell for private car sale classified advertisements, with survey respondents reporting a dramatic fall in purchases from that source

The research, conducted in February 2016 for Buyacar.co.uk, reveals changes in consumer attitudes and behaviour following a major survey of motorists in August 2013.

Since August 2013, when almost 5,000 motorists were first polled on their car buying habits and attitudes, the proportion of those who say they would be happy to buy a new car online, without seeing it first, has risen from 17.5% to 31.3% – an increase of 78.8% in positive responses.

At the same time, the number of people describing themselves as ‘wary’ of buying a car unseen from a reputable online source has fallen from 27.7% to 25.5%.

But the most positive change in attitudes to online car buying was found among those who had previously ruled out buying cars online at all.

In August 2013 more than half of all respondents said they wouldn’t buy cars online but that figure has now reduced to 43% – a 21.1% drop in anti-online purchase sentiment.

Growing consumer comfort is not limited to online new car sales. Motorists are now demonstrating a strong preference to buying used cars online.

The 2016 survey included questions which were not previously asked, inviting motorists to evaluate their own changes in attitude over time. This revealed that 39.2% agree with the statement ‘I’m MORE likely to buy a new car online now than I used to be’ and 21.3% agree with the statement ‘I’m MORE likely to buy a used car online now than I used to be’.

The latest survey reveals the strength of the UK motor retail market in general, with good news also for traditional dealers – and franchise groups in particular –throughout the results.

For example, in August 2013, respondents reported where they had bought their current car and the latest survey indicates that consumers have been looking further afield and increasingly buying from national main dealers since then.

The figure for those who had bought from a main dealer more than 50 miles from their home saw almost half as many again travelling further afield to buy their current car, compared with the car they owned at the point of the 2013 survey.

The biggest change in where people had purchased their current car this time was a 50% slump in those who had bought from private sellers – from 11.6% to 5.8%.

Austin Collins, Managing Director of Buyacar.co.uk, said: “This was not a survey of Buyacar.co.uk customers, so the results are not skewed in favour of our own business or even the online car retail model in general. It’s genuine evidence that consumers are increasingly comfortable with the concept of buying cars online and unseen until they take delivery.”

Mar 212016
 

PassatVolkswagen’s Passat is proving to be hot property as it moves faster off the forecourt than any other model in February, selling in just 19 days. Not only was the Passat saloon the fastest selling car nationally, but the estate version was the eighth fastest selling car.

Both are 2013 versions when the well-equipped R Line derivative was added to the range. The combination of frugal engines, well-built, premium interiors and plenty of room for both passengers and luggage, especially the estate, prove particularly attractive to executives and families alike.

Volkswagen’s other models have a strong showing in some of the region’s fastest sellers too, with the Golf being the second fastest seller in the East of England. The Golf also takes fifth, sixth and ninth places in Northern Ireland’s fastest sellers, plus it was fourth quickest out of dealerships in the West Midlands.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director said: “Our Market Report noted that while there was a dip in market share for new VW models in January, average used car prices for Volkswagens remained relatively unchanged according to our Used Car Retail Price Index. Car buyers’ appetite for these cars hasn’t dropped off either as online classified ad views on Auto Trader showed stable results across the board for the last six months.”

February’s national best sellers also included five crossovers and 4x4s, with Toyota’s RAV4 whipping off the nation’s forecourts the second quickest. The Toyota RAV4 originally launched in the mid-90s with a car firmly aimed at smaller families and delivers a decent on-road driving experience. The latest generation first went on sale in 2013 and it’s this generation of RAV4 that is proving quick to be snapped up by buyers.

Also notable is the appearance of Volvo’s XC90 in the nation’s quickest selling cars. The 2015 model is proving in demand with car buyers as it ranks as the ninth fastest used car to shift from British showrooms, plus the Swedish company launched the all-new XC90 in early 2015 too.

Of the top 10 best-selling new cars in 2015 none make an appearance in February’s national top 10 fastest sellers, but the Ford Focus is the fastest selling car in the East of England and it’s joined by a number of other best new car sellers including the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Qashqai all showing a quick pair of heels off the East of England forecourts.

Rank Description Average Days To Sell Average Retail Price
1 2013 Volkswagen Passat Saloon Diesel Automatic 19 £11,732
2 2013 Toyota RAV4 SUV Diesel Manual 21 £16,964
3 2012 Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Petrol Manual 21 £7,094
4 2011 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Petrol Manual 21 £5,231
5 2013 Hyundai ix35 Estate Petrol Manual 21 £11,125
6 2013 Honda CR-V SUV Petrol Automatic 22 £17,372
7 2015 Ford Kuga SUV Petrol Manual 22 £18,151
8 2013 Volkswagen Passat Estate Diesel Manual 23 £11,580
9 2015 Volvo XC90 Estate Diesel Automatic 23 £48,950
10 2013 Toyota AYGO Hatchback Petrol Semi-Automatic 23 £6,033

 

It’s also interesting how many times Volkswagen models rank not only in the nation’s fastest selling cars but in quite a few regional ones too. It’s clear buyers are not shying away from purchasing models from the German brand and ties in with one of the key findings in the Auto Trader Market Report that showed VW average used values have remained steady in the past six months