Nov 252015

Via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, we at Warranty Direct like to pick out and share some of the big motoring stories that we have noticed from the various online motoring news outlets of the internet. Here are three of the biggest stories we’ve shared recently.

How Quick Are Your Reactions – The Telegraph







The Telegraph take a look at a new online driving game that assesses users’ age based on their reaction times in simulated emergency stops. While it’s been seen as fun and addictive, the game has a serious aspect with implications for road safety as research highlights some alarming results.

Turbo gives petrol cars a boost as diesel faces backlash – BBC News






The BBC reports on how turbo charged petrol engines are helping to improve better fuel economy and lower emissions without a comparable loss of performance. With diesel registrations on the decline, it seems that motorists are now favouring the special petrol engines

Tesla Model S recalled over seatbelt failure – AutoCar







Tesla are conducting a voluntary recall of all 90,000 Model S electric cars due to a seatbelt failure discovered in Europe. One of the Model S cars was found to have a fault with the front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner. Customers wishing to get their car checked are advised to book appointments.

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Oct 282015

You might be very bored by the whole Volkswagen ‘cheat software situation’, but should we be worried? Will it make VWs worth less? Should we still buy a used VW? Warranty Direct can help answer those questions, especially as it also relates to companies that are part of the VW group, including SEAT, Skoda and Audi.

For the moment though it is probably best to keep on driving your VW group diesel. If you are happy and it does the job then don’t worry and certainly don’t panic sell.

Want to buy a diesel? A used one may well be a tad cheaper and you can play all sorts of games with sellers, especially dealers who can only see a depreciating asset in the corner of the forecourt. If you are spending say up to £5-6K you won’t lose that much over a few years.

Do you really need a diesel? I have been consistent on this matter, and clearly the environmental arguments don’t exactly stack up. Their economy is good and better than anything else even if that might be called into question as well. But essentially, for knocking around the locality, you could choose a less problematic petrol.

Don’t believe us? Well, Euro Car Parts spoke to one of their customers D&D Autos, in Ashford, Kent, is a recent winner of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF)Garage of the Year award.

Bosch Master Technician, Matthew Pestridge, workshop manager at D&D Autos, said: “It is surprising to see a brand like VW suffering an issue like this but, despite all the headlines, we have not had a single call about it. Owners who bought a VW because of their environmental performance will rightly be shocked, but most buy on comfort, reliability and badge.”

Jul 032008

DieselRising pump prices are starting to hit the demand for diesel cars.

With diesel costing £1.30 a litre compared to petrol at £1.17 and the price gap widening, the rise in diesel sales, which began in 2000, could be coming to an end.

New research by Cap Monitor revealed dealers have noticed a cooling in customers’ enthusiasm for diesel models with just 4 per cent believing demand was still rising.

One in four felt the cost of fuel was putting more customers off diesel engines while 15 per cent said buyers were staying away from diesel.

However 47 per cent of dealers said there had been no change in demand and 9 per cent did not know or were not applicable.

A spokesman for Cap said: “You have to do huge mileages to make diesel worthwhile.”

He said 69 per cent of 100 used car dealers surveyed had also found spiralling fuel costs were persuading customers to buy smaller engined cars with just 4 per cent saying they had not noticed this trend.

A further 5 per cent said their customers had not started downsizing yet but believed they would do so in future but one in five said car owners would “continue to drive what they want”.

It claimed the average three-year-old mid-sized family diesel car currently costs £600-£800 more than its petrol counterpart but the annual fuel bill was only £105 less.

This means only after seven years will the lower fuel bills compensate for the higher purchase price.