Dec 112017
 

Somehow, we are nearing the end of the year and the festive season is upon us yet again.

John Lewis has released its Christmas advert extravaganza, which today symbolises the official start to festive preparations.

However, buying gifts for picky loved ones can sometimes make this wonderful time of year feel less than magical. To help take the stress out of your Christmas shopping this year, Warranty Direct’s elves have put together a motoring gift guide for all the petrol heads on Santa’s nice list…

BEST FOR…A STOCKING FILLER

 

Classic Top Trumps – Sports Cars

If they love their fast cars, then this game is for them. With facts about legendary models on every card, this game’s a great way to discover a few new facts while lusting after your dream cars. Don’t worry though – you don’t need to be a car lover to enjoy playing along.

£6.20 from Tesco

BEST FOR…THE INNER CHILD

 

Build your own V8 engine

 This model of a working V8 engine will keep any motoring enthusiast or budding engineer busy, with over 250 parts to assemble. Once put together it runs with illuminated spark plugs and plays V8 engine noise. If they can’t have the real thing, this won’t satisfy the longing completely – but it may keep them quiet for a while.

£49.99 from Amazon

BEST FOR…MUSIC LOVERS

 

Pure Highway 600 In-Car Digital Radio Adapter with Handsfree Calling

Help make a music lover’s commute their favourite time of day through the gift of digital radio. Digital radio can be better quality than FM with access to a much broader range of stations. The adapter sits on the dashboard of your car without changing its interior cosmetics, has no messy wires and is compatible with any car with an FM Radio. This version comes with easy music streaming and hands-free calling with a DAB adapter too.

£149 from Halfords.com

BEST FOR… the CAUTIOUS DRIVER

 

Nextbase 412gw dashcam

Give the gift of peace of mind to a motoring friend this Christmas, with a dashcam. A dashcam records your journey continuously. This can come in handy if you run into any unfortunate incidents in the future, as you can also share footage with police or insurance companies if needed.

£129 at Halfords.com

BEST GIFT FOR… THRILL SEEKERS

 

Hot Drives & Rides Experience Day

Do you know a motoring enthusiast, for whom normal roads just don’t cut it? Give your thrill seeker friend a day to remember with a driving experience day. With this option from Getting Personal, you can choose from either a fast track ride with a professional, rally driving and off-roading – so you’re not short of options, even for the fussiest of friends and family members.

£39.99 from getting personal

BEST FOR…THE DEDICATED

 

Motoring t-shirt

This one is for the true car fans. You have to be a certain type of motoring enthusiast to want to work themed clothing. However, if your motoring friend or relative loves their cars a little too much, Petrol Threads should provide you with plenty of clothing options – so head over and pick out a something with their favourite model on to leave under the tree.

T-shirts from Petrol Threads

BEST FOR…THE SERIOUS DRIVER

 

Leather driving gloves

A throwback to a golden age, for those who still appreciate the fine art of driving, a sturdy pair of driving gloves could be the perfect gift to open this year. Also great for colder months, this pair from Aspinals of London is made from fine Nappa leather and come in two colours.

£95 from Aspinals of London

BEST FOR…THE PERFECTIONIST

 

Black & Decker dustbuster® Flexi® Car Vacuum

While this may not seem like the most exciting of gifts, for the right person this may  (secretly, perhaps) be their favourite present from Father Christmas. This useful hand-held vacuum will keep your prized position looking its best. The extendable hose and long crevice tool allow you to get into those hard to reach areas – a perfectionist’s Christmas wish come true.

£53.00 from Currys

Dec 222015
 

The festive holidays are almost here! As such, our opening hours will change during the main festive period, our opening hours for Sales and Claims are displayed below:

Date Sales Opening Hours Claims Opening Hours
Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th Dec) 8:30am to 1:00pm 8:30am to 1:00pm
Christmas Day (Friday 25th Dec) CLOSED CLOSED
Boxing Day (Saturday 26th Dec) CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday 27th Dec CLOSED CLOSED
Monday 28th Dec CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday 29th Dec 8:30am to 6pm 8:30am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 30th Dec 8:30am to 6pm 8:30am to 5:30pm
New Years’ Eve (Thursday 31st Dec) 8:30am to 1:00pm 8:30am to 1:00pm
New Years’ Day (Friday 1st Jan) CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday 2nd Jan 9:00am to 4pm 9:00am – 12:30pm

 

For more information about contacting us over the festive period, you can visit our website here.

Warranty Direct would like to take this time to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Dec 222014
 

Nearly 100,000* Christmas lunches could be put on hold by the most unwelcome of festive mishaps – car breakdowns.

Analysis of Warranty Direct’s 50,000 live policies reveals that, with an average annual failure rate of 36.5% across all makes and models, some 30,000 individual vehicles could break down on Christmas Day.

According to Warranty Direct’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com), electrical issues, particularly batteries, are expected to be the root cause of more than 25% of all Yuletide breakdowns.

Assuming an average of three occupants per car on Christmas morning, breakdowns could strand nearly 100,000 people on the big day.

Despite being more reliable than average, Vauxhall Corsa owners are the most likely to be affected on Christmas morning – with 1.1 million registered in the UK and a failure rate of 36%, that’s almost 1,200 of the UK’s third most popular model that will break down.

The least reliable model among the top-10 most popular is the BMW 3-series; however, the executive saloon car can boast only 650,000 registered examples on UK roads compared to more than a million Corsas.

Top-10 most popular models by number of registered vehicles & amount predicted to breakdown

Xmas Breakdown

Another popular model – the Ford Focus – is predicted to leave up to 1,000 families stranded on the driveway, followed by the Volkswagen Golf with nearly 900.

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “A huge number of families expect to travel to see relatives on Christmas day; sadly, breakdowns could result in thousands of cold turkeys.

“The winter is generally tougher on many electrical and mechanical components, which can increase the chances of a breakdown. The only option is to be vigilant when it comes to maintenance.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.