Sep 222015

Buy Used Bargins Now Photo

Although the UK’s biggest car-buying brand, What Car?, is  quite rightly urging eager buyers to hold their nerves in  negotiations with dealership salesmen in order to secure the  best prices on new cars, the simple truth is right now is the  best time to buy used and back it up with cover from  Warranty Direct.

Traditionally the fortunes of the new and used car markets  have been linked to the change of registration plate. So when that happens this creates an artificially high demand for new cars and to help pay for them, a larger number of part exchanges flood into the car trade. This situation provides a variety of opportunities for the buyer after a bargain.

It is September and the 65 plate change sees many people part exchange their old cars and this is your chance to pick up those vehicles for less because suddenly there are lots more used cars around.

Although you still need to take your time when buying protecting yourself with Warranty Direct cover is essential for complete peace of mind.

Sep 212015

It’s the beginning of another week here at Warranty Direct and we thought we’d share a roundup of the latest motor news we’ve shared over the last seven days via our social media feeds.

Nine things we learned at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – Auto Express







With the doors closed on the 2015 car show, Auto Express reflect on last week’s event and take away the nine important key points worth paying attention to. From crossover cars, film promotions and the tricky task of naming a car – there is an awful lot to take away and digest.

New Range Rover is a “fortress” on wheels – The Telegraph







Range Rovers are well known from their 4×4 off road adventuring. But if you wanted extra protection on your vehicle then their latest might very well provide you with ultimate safety.  The £360,000 Range Rover Sentinel is billed as a “mobile fortress” that is capable of withstanding grenades and gunfire. Now that is protection in extreme conditions.

Second-Hand Car Sales At All-Time High – Sky News






Car ownerships are noticing a rebound from a five-year low, with three-quarters of UK families now owning at least one car, with new research. This rise seems attributed to the low level of new car production following the credit crunch.

Don’t forget we share more motoring news through our social media feeds so follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to be up to date with the motoring world as well as the latest news from Warranty Direct. Plus over the next few days, we’ll have more exciting articles exclusive to the blog so make sure you favourite the Warranty Direct blog site for more motoring insights.

Sep 172015





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, 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, aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow’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:

Injured Derbyshire cyclist: I will sue council over potholes – Derby Telegraph







One of more discussed stories on our social feeds this week was the story involving Chris Clay who was injured after getting in a cycling accident caused by a large pothole in Dalbury Lees. Left with concussion, a broken elbow and a fractured cheekbone, Mr Clay is taking legal action against Derbyshire County Council.

Most pothole riddled cul-de-sac fails to be resurfaced – Northampton Chronicle.






Residents of a pothole riddled cul-de-sac in Northampton have a had a petition to repair the street turned down despite claims it could be one of bumpiest in the town. Last year Northamptonshire County Council was awarded £1.5 million to repair hole-laden roles but this cul-de-sac has not been deemed suitable.

Motorists to benefit from new road A90 surface near Laurencekirk – Montrose Review






Motorists using the A90 near Laurencekirk has benefitted from an improved road surface following a £181,000 investment by Transport Scotland.  Overnight improvements took place earlier this month and have seen the southbound carriageway resurfaced.

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

Sep 162015

Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index, made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after it’s fallen out of its manufacturer’s warranty.

Taking factors into account include breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the results help inform motorists what to possibly expect with their cars.

This week’s car:  Seat Ibiza (2002-2006)









Reliabilty Index Score:  Good

Seat wants to be seen as the sporty arm of the Volkswagen Group, and with cars like the Ibiza, that shouldn’t be very hard to achieve. With those sharp lines and taut handling, the Ibiza is fun to drive, if not class-leading. Jump into a 1.9TDi Sport though and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one – it’s just a shame that prices are on the high side. – Richard Dredge

What’s great about this car?

Bold styling / Reliability / Spacious interiors / Lusty 1.9TDi engine

What’s not so great?

Firm ride / High prices

Things to keep an eye on

  • Front suspension can produce odd creaks from dried-out bushes.
  • Plastic timing belt tensioners of 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines fail.
  • Ensure climate control works properly – it sometimes doesn’t.
  • Trim can squeak and rattle badly, with cures sometimes being hard to come by.
  • Stereos fail, especially CD players which can skip all over the place.
  • Headlights can suffer from condensation inside the covers.
  • Alarm systems can be temperamental, and are usually difficult to fix properly.
  • Wiper systems can play up, both front and rear.

For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index.

Sep 142015

It’s time to start another new week here at Warranty Direct with another roundup of the latest motoring news we’ve noticed over the last seven days and shared through our social channels.


15% of MOT verdicts are incorrect – Auto Express








Auto Express research reveals high numbers of incorrect MOT test results and a potential growing inaccuracy of MoT test centres across Britain.

Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 Preview – Car Magazine








The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is about to get underway and Car Magazine take an in-depth A to Z look at the potential new cars to be unveiled at the show.

You can follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds (including ones for Reliability Index and Potholes UK) to see more motoring related articles such as these offerings every day.

Have a good week!