Dec 212018
 

Car Films to Watch Over ChristmasIt’s December and that can only mean one thing; staying in with an open fire, drinking a cup of hot chocolate and watching our favourite Christmas films!

From bona fide classics to Christmas-inspired picks, Warranty Direct has put together its definitive list of must-watch car movies to enjoy during the festive frenzy.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

We thought we’d start our list with an oldie but a goodie. Based on Ian Fleming’s classic, this musical fantasy film is about an eccentric inventor who transforms a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children. They all then go off on a magical adventure to save their grandfather in a faraway land.

It’s far from gritty realism, but this majestic movie is a must-watch for all the family. After all, who doesn’t wish they could own a flying car?

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

For our second pick, we’ve gone for a modern classic. Though this film spawned countless sequels, we still think the original is the best.

Starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, this first outing of the franchise is all about a police officer whose loyalties are put to the test when he becomes involved in the street racing world.

Plot aside, this high-intensity action film boasts thrilling racing scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat this Christmas.

The Italian Job (1969)

This British action comedy starring Michael Caine features iconic appearances from a Lamborghini Miura and a Mini Cooper, in the hope of bringing Torino to a standstill, only to steal the Gold and escape.

Aside from being one of the most quotable movies ever, this film is a feast for the eyes for any motoring enthusiast and the perfect way to get your heart racing over the lull between Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Vacation (1989)

For the fourth spot on our list, we’ve gone for full-blown ‘80s nostalgia.

This Christmas-themed family comedy follows the Griswold family as they head out in their trusty wood-panelled wagon to pick up a Christmas tree. However, their plans for a perfect family Christmas are scuppered by plenty of comedic hi-jinks along the way.

Starring Chevy Chase and a young Johnny Galecki (perhaps better known as The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter), this is the ideal, feel-good Christmas movie to put on after Christmas dinner.

 Drive (2011)

Looking for a film that’s a little different? Why not watch this a modern-day indie classic?

Starring Ryan Gosling as a brooding stuntman and mechanic who moonlights as a getaway driver, this crime flick is an intense ride that features plenty of dizzying car chases along the way.

Of course, in the real world, when you’re looking for quality vehicle repairs, you’re unlikely to be met by a Hollywood star.

However, if great quality workmanship is what you’re in search of, we have our very own Preferred Repairer Network to guarantee our policy holders the best quality service when an unexpected fault or breakdown occurs.

Cars (2006)

For our final choice, we’ve gone for this Pixar animated adventure, which is a charming treat for adults and children alike.

The film follows a rookie race car (appropriately named Lightning McQueen), who discovers the true meaning of friendship when he finds himself lost in a run-down town called Radiator Springs.

This film has everything you could want from a family classic – plenty of thrills, touching moments – and classic vehicles to marvel at along the way!

 

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.