Dec 282015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New data analysis from automotive technology solutions provider, HPI, reveals that Scotland has the greatest number of used cars for sale hitting the HPI outstanding finance register. The North West of England and Wales follow close behind.

Although, the analysis is aimed at buyers, it is a good indication to private buyers as to where they should be careful. A vehicle that has outstanding finance registered against it legally belongs to the finance house, which means unwary buyers could lose the car and the money they paid for it.  With as many as 1 in 4 used cars hitting the HPI finance register, buyers need to protect themselves from the finance fraudsters.

The chances of buying a car that still has finance owing against it is much more likely in some regions across the UK than others.   Buyers in the regions London, East Anglia and the South West are the least likely to find themselves with a car that is legally owned by someone else. High volumes of HPI Checks conducted by buyers in the City of London, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Man, South Glamorgan and Ayrshire are hitting the HPI finance register the most, meaning these cars are likely to be owned by the finance house.

Private buyers stand to lose the car and the money they paid for it if it later turns out to have finance against it. The only safeguard buyers have against putting their reputation and their business at risk, is to conduct a vehicle provenance check.

Most provenance checks are backed by a Guarantee* and the provider will negotiate with the finance house on behalf of the dealer. HPI holds details of over 7 million live finance interests, which represents in excess of 98% of the UK’s motor finance market, making the HPI Check one of strongest defences against finance fraud.

* – subject to terms and conditions

Dec 272015
 

 

 

 

 

 

The UK used car market continues to grow, with recent DVLA statistics showing that used car transactions have grown by three per cent year on year during late summer/autumn 2015. Year to date used car transactions have also increased, by 4.2% and 225,000 units year-on-year according to Autotrader.co.uk.

The 4×4 segment showed the strongest performance with used sales of large and small 4x4s growing by 9.1% year on year as the UK moved towards winter, and savvy shoppers prepare for weather warnings. So right now, and not surprisingly, it costs more to buy a 4 x 4.

Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace for buying and selling new and used vehicles, have revealed the Top 10 most searched for 4x4s.

  • BMW X5
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Honda CR-V
  • VW Touareg
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Audi Q5

Auto Trader’s Retailer and Consumer Products Director Karolina Edwards-Smajda, said; “The current increasing levels of used car transactions are a bi-product of the strong new car registrations that have been experienced over the last few years, with these vehicles now re-entering the used car market. Transactions for nearly new cars less than one year old and cars between one and three years old are fueling the growth, showing an increase of 8% and 15% year-on-year respectively.

Dec 102015
 

With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories.

County Council trials new technology for tackling potholes – Harrogate Informer

 

 

 

 

 

With new technology and processes being investigated to help tackle pothole repairs, the Harrogate Informer focuses on one new technology being trialled across the Harrogate district. The Velocity Jet Patcher is designed to fill potholes much faster than conventional methods. The process takes only a couple of minutes for each hole with no excavation, no waste materials and the filled hole ready to drive on immediately. Promising technology at work….

Potholes: the scourge of cyclists returns for the winter – Cycling Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Winter upon us, Cycling Weekly advises the best course of action to deal with potholes this season. Potholes can prove deadly to cyclists if avoiding them forces them out into the road and being hit by other vehicles. Although it’s hard to predict where a pothole might occur on a cyclist’s travels, there are a few things riders can do to reduce incidents or injuries attributed to potholes.

More than 45,000 potholes repaired across Worcestershire – in just 18 MONTHS – Worchester News

Worcestershire County Council have revealed that they repaired 45,000 potholes in just 18 months. Since April 2014, highway workers have patched around 83 potholes every day. Another 15,000 are due to be completed by next year.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Oct 152015
 

Potholes_logoWith potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories this past week:

Derby City Council Defends Pothole Fixing Record – Derby Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derby City Council has declared that they’re pulling out all the stops to fill potholes across Derby roads. They’re backing up with the claim by announcing that the council has seen an increase of nearly 50% in productivity regarding road resurfacing.

Angus Council declares ‘Victory’ over county potholes – The Courier

 

 

 

 

 

Having set some ambitious targets regarding road maintenance, Angus council are declaring victory against potholes as they edge ever closer to hitting their goals. A proposed review of how potholes are tackled should benefit from this achievement as the winter months approach.

“Wrong” kind of Pothole will not be fixed quickly – Western Morning News

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new trial policy put forward by Devon County Council might throw a spanner in the works when it comes to resurfacing roads affected by Potholes. The “wrong” kind of pothole may be classed as a low priority. Suffice to say, the logistics of this trial policy have not gone down well with residents and politicians in the area.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Oct 052015
 

It’s the beginning of another week here at Warranty Direct and, as per Monday tradition, we thought we’d share a roundup of the latest motor news we’ve noticed gaining noticable traction on our social feeds.

Peugeot 107 crowned most reliable ‘student car’ – BT News

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty Direct revealed the most reliable “student cars” last week, and the winner is was a surprise. The 2005-2014 Peugeot 107 was found to be the most reliable car for the university student lifestyle of working, sleeping, drinking or whatever it is they get up. Other cars featuring in the list include the 2008-2015 Honda Jazz and the 2002-20120 Nissan Micra.

Car Smoking Ban Comes Into Force – BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

New driving laws came in effect on the 1st of October this month with the ruling banning smoking in vehicles containing passengers under the age of 18. This new rule affects drivers in England and Wales with Scotland possibly to follow suit soon. If a driver is caught breaking this new rule, they will receive a penalty fine of £50. The BBC News article looks at the pros and cons of the new rule as well as how much force will be put in by authorities.

New Car Buying Rights – The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also coming into effect from the 1st of October was the brand new Consumer Rights Act. Described as the biggest overhaul of consumer law for a generation, it brings in some new legislation especially in the realm of buying new cars. New car owners can reject a faulty car within thirty days of delivery and, even after that period, claim a full refund if the first car repair doesn’t fix the vehicle’s problems. The Telegraph article breaks down the important information car buyers need to be aware of.

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Have a great week!