Oct 122015

It’s Monday once again and it’s the start of a brand new week for us here at Warranty Direct. So let’s take a look at the latest stories that have been popular on our social feeds.

Warranty Direct’s New Website






Warranty Direct has launched a newly-upgraded website, specifically designed to make it even faster and easier for customers to get an online quote. The new site delivers a much faster quote and application process and has been optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop use, allowing customers to get an instant quote wherever they are. Why not give it a try today?

Google Driverless Cars are brilliant but also boring – BBC News






Members of the press were invited recently to try Google’s driverless cars for themselves. While the technology aspects are sound in practicality, the experience itself leaves a lot to be desired as reported by the BBC. The technology development and push of driverless cars continues on…

Able Cause: Meet The Champion of Britain’s disabled drivers – The Telegraph







Director of policy and campaigns for Disabled Motoring UK, Helen Dolphin has helped campaigned to aid disabled motorists. This interview, conducted by The Telegraph, discusses her inspiring story and the work that Disabled Motoring UK is now doing for disabled drivers.

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.

Have a great week!

Oct 072015

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 the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

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: Toyota Avensis (2003-2007)








Reliabilty Index Score: Average

After the first-generation Avensis, the second take on the model was a revelation. Okay, so Toyota still didn’t understand the concept of driving for fun or creative design, but when it comes to a painless ownership experience, there isn’t much that can compete with this family car. Offered in saloon, hatch or estate variants, the Avensis doesn’t excite you, but it is an easy car to own.

Written by Richard Dredge

What’s great about this car?

Reliability / Safety / Comfort / Equipment levels / Diesel engines

What’s not so great?

Unadventurous design / Dull dynamics

Things to keep an eye on

  • Engines can cut out for no apparent reason, usually because of a faulty fuel safety cut-out switch.
  • Diesel engines can also cut out because of a build up of residue on the hot wire in the air flow mass sensor.
  • Look for damaged rear suspension; speed bumps can wreak havoc with the car’s underside.
  • The petrol engines can use a litre of oil every 600 miles. So check the engine isn’t running on empty.
  • Make sure the headlight bulb surrounds are intact; they can melt, ensuring bulbs can’t be replaced. Damaged units should have been replaced under warranty.
  • Clutches aren’t always very durable, so check there’s no slipping.

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

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.

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.

Have a great week!

Oct 012015





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 this past week:

Villages could pay £300 for extra pothole repairs – Eastern Daily Press







A pilot scheme to help reduce the number of potholes on Norfolk’s rural roads could see parish councils paying £300 a year for the extra service. While the service allows parishes to buy additional Highway Ranger visits to repair damaged roads and potholes, there could be a growing concern of other parishes being strapped for cash when it comes to paying the additional money.

Potholes galore in Manchester – Manucnian Matters






Manchester has ranked second in a list of UK cities with the highest number of accident claims filed against local councils in 2014. It’s been implied that the deterioration of Manchester’s roads is one of the factors that contribute to the number of accidents on council owned land.

Milton Keynes Council – 40% fewer potholes in the city







Milton Keynes Council has reported that it has reduced the number of potholes in the city by 40 per cent. This has achieved as part of the Council’s £50m resurfacing investment into Milton Keynes’ roads, Redways and footpaths.

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