Jan 282019
 

Motor Show in GenevaWe might have said goodbye to 2018, but if you’re a motoring enthusiast, there’s still plenty of reasons to be cheerful. The year ahead is jam-packed with must-see events to help indulge your inner petrolhead.

Whether you’re a car show newbie or a seasoned veteran, there will be something out there for you. So, get your calendar at the ready and read Warranty Direct’s definitive guide to what we think are the best motoring events in 2019…

Mini Fair: Sunday 27th January

Getting our list underway is Mini Fair. Now in its 20th year, this extravaganza takes place at Staffordshire County Showground.

Expect thousands of people to attend this event to honour the classic Mini as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Key sessions not to be missed include the ‘Pride of Ownership’ where you can showcase your ‘pride and joy’ and the charity auction.

London Classic Car Show: 14th-17th February

Held at Excel London, this is a must-visit for any classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast.

The London Classic Car Show brings together the best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products; the best ingredients for a day of motoring entertainment.

At this year’s event, you’ll even be treated to a tribute to The Italian Job film, which turns 50 this year.

If you want to see some of the world’s finest classic cars up close and in tip-top condition, this show is unmissable!

Geneva Motor Show: 7th March-17th March

One of the most high-profile events in the automotive calendar, The Geneva Motor Show is always hotly anticipated by industry experts and members of the public alike.

It’s a hotspot where brands not only reveal updates to existing models, but also shine a spotlight on new models set to hit the UK market too.

This year (the 89th edition), TAG Heuer will be in attendance for a special exhibition paying tribute to the world of motorsport.

Le Mans 24 Hour: 15th– 16th June

Taking place at the renowned Circuit de la Sarthe, 2019 will be the 87th running of this legendary race which first took place in 1923.

With more than 260,000 spectators expected to be in attendance, Le Mans is perfect for adrenaline junkies and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.

Goodwood Festival of Speed: 4th-7th July

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush closer to home, look no further than Goodwood. Described by some as ‘motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party’, it takes place in picturesque Chichester.

One of the world’s biggest and most famous motoring events, it’s an ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most renowned cars, as well as celebrate the rich history of motorsport with thousands of likeminded enthusiasts.

 Concours of Elegance: 6th-8th September

Taking place within the picturesque grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Concours of Elegance is a sophisticated event that boasts appearances from 60 of the finest cars ever made.

There’ll be no shortage of luxury super cars with manufacturers including Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin in attendance.

If you’re looking for a high-end experience, as well as an opportunity to ogle some of the world’s rarest cars, this is the event for you!

Classic Motor Show: 8th-10th November

Last but not least, we cap off our list with The Classic Motor Show. A mainstay of the NEC in Birmingham, this is one of the largest classic car shows of the year.

With over 2,000 classic cars on display, as well as hundreds of trade stands, there’s no shortage of things to explore…and purchase!

Attended by some of the UK’s largest car clubs, it’s also a great opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most knowledgeable motor-heads.

If being among so many great cars gets you thinking about what you need to do to protect your own ‘pride and joy’, look no further than Warranty Direct’s very own warranty cover, which helps to protect you against the cost and hassle of unexpected vehicle failure once your original manufacturer’s warranty runs out.

Mar 222016
 

New research reveals that almost twice as many motorists are confident about buying a car unseen today, compared with three years ago.

There has also been a rise of almost one third in those who describe themselves as comfortable to buy a car online.

But franchise dealers need not fear being sidelined by online motor retail specialists because the research also highlights a 50% rise in customers travelling outside their local area to buy from a national main dealer.

However, the research also appears to sound the death knell for private car sale classified advertisements, with survey respondents reporting a dramatic fall in purchases from that source

The research, conducted in February 2016 for Buyacar.co.uk, reveals changes in consumer attitudes and behaviour following a major survey of motorists in August 2013.

Since August 2013, when almost 5,000 motorists were first polled on their car buying habits and attitudes, the proportion of those who say they would be happy to buy a new car online, without seeing it first, has risen from 17.5% to 31.3% – an increase of 78.8% in positive responses.

At the same time, the number of people describing themselves as ‘wary’ of buying a car unseen from a reputable online source has fallen from 27.7% to 25.5%.

But the most positive change in attitudes to online car buying was found among those who had previously ruled out buying cars online at all.

In August 2013 more than half of all respondents said they wouldn’t buy cars online but that figure has now reduced to 43% – a 21.1% drop in anti-online purchase sentiment.

Growing consumer comfort is not limited to online new car sales. Motorists are now demonstrating a strong preference to buying used cars online.

The 2016 survey included questions which were not previously asked, inviting motorists to evaluate their own changes in attitude over time. This revealed that 39.2% agree with the statement ‘I’m MORE likely to buy a new car online now than I used to be’ and 21.3% agree with the statement ‘I’m MORE likely to buy a used car online now than I used to be’.

The latest survey reveals the strength of the UK motor retail market in general, with good news also for traditional dealers – and franchise groups in particular –throughout the results.

For example, in August 2013, respondents reported where they had bought their current car and the latest survey indicates that consumers have been looking further afield and increasingly buying from national main dealers since then.

The figure for those who had bought from a main dealer more than 50 miles from their home saw almost half as many again travelling further afield to buy their current car, compared with the car they owned at the point of the 2013 survey.

The biggest change in where people had purchased their current car this time was a 50% slump in those who had bought from private sellers – from 11.6% to 5.8%.

Austin Collins, Managing Director of Buyacar.co.uk, said: “This was not a survey of Buyacar.co.uk customers, so the results are not skewed in favour of our own business or even the online car retail model in general. It’s genuine evidence that consumers are increasingly comfortable with the concept of buying cars online and unseen until they take delivery.”

Mar 282013
 

Car mileageMotorists in Northern Ireland cover more miles per year than any other in the UK, according to research by Warranty Direct.

Drivers in County Londonderry clock up the most – a car-breaking average of 11,133 miles per year. In fact, counties in rural Northern Ireland occupy three of the top five slots in the automotive warranty specialist’s UK mileage chart.

Scottish counties feature four times in the top 10, with East Lothian-based drivers travelling an average of 10,678 miles while, in England, Suffolk and North Yorkshire are the counties in which drivers spend longest behind the wheel.

At the other end of the scale, the Isle of Wight and London are the best places to find low-mileage cars, with the average motorists there notching up just 6,928 and 8,556 miles a year respectively.

The UK’s top 10 counties for average annual mileage

County

Average annual mileage

County Londonderry

11,133

East Lothian

10,678

County Antrim

10,657

County Down

10,526

Renfrewshire

10,345

Ross-Shire

10,258

Gwent

10,139

Kincardineshire

10,055

Suffolk

10,053

North Yorkshire

10,049

Higher mileage vehicles are more at risk from breakdowns caused by parts simply wearing out. Warranty Direct’s database of 50,000 live policies shows by the time they reach 35,000 miles, 25% of cars will have developed a fault that costs more than £500 to repair.

The parts most likely to fail because of simple ‘wear and tear’ include suspension arms and steering racks, as well as much more expensive components, such as turbos and automatic gearboxes, which can cost up to £1,400 to repair.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Drivers based in remote, rural areas with limited public transport networks are, understandably, more dependent on a car for day-to-day travel and are often forced to travel further for the daily commute.

“But, as a car’s mileage increases, so does the likelihood of components wearing out. The majority of car warranties exclude faults that happen because of ‘wear and tear’ so the longer you push your car, the more you could be risking unwanted repair bills.”

The UK’s bottom 10 counties for average annual mileage

County

Average annual mileage

Isle of Wight

6,928

London

8,556

Inverness-shire

8,563

West Sussex

8,787

Midlothian

8,807

Dorset

8,847

East Sussex

8,847

Surrey

8,871

Kent

8,967

Cornwall

8,980

Warranty Direct policies protect the motorist against failures caused by ‘wear and tear’, as well as faults that come to light during routine service and MOT procedures and breakages of insured parts caused by the failure of an uninsured part.

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information or for a quote, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

May 192011
 

Free MOT TestIndustry leading direct to consumer car warranty provider, Warranty Direct, has teamed up with Kwik Fit to offer drivers of three-year old cars the chance to get their first MOT test fee for free.

With nearly a million more cars failing their MOT test in 2010 than three years ago, drivers can avoid the test fee, which amounts to almost £55, by registering at www.warrantydirect.co.uk/mot .

The number of cars failing their MOT increased by more than 2% over the last three years, to 40.6% in 2010. That equates to an extra 976,000 vehicles*. Coincidentally, three years is traditionally the age at which cars start displaying signs of wear and tear and typically leave the protective umbrella of a manufacturer warranty.

Cars registered at least 30 days before the third anniversary of their original registration date can then be booked into one of 550 Kwik Fit workshops for a free MOT. Even non-qualifying cars can receive 45 per cent off the MOT test fee.

If drivers take up the no-obligation quote for an extended warranty offered by Warranty Direct as part of the registration process, they will also get their MOT fees paid for every year for the life of the warranty.

Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “Three years of age is generally a landmark age for a car. In most cases, it stops being covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and things start going wrong and wearing out.

“With times being as tough as they are economically, the legal requirement of the MOT test is an additional burden on the household budget that we could all do without, although the test itself remains essential for road safety.”

In order to qualify for the free MOT fee offer, cars must be registered at least 30 days before the third anniversary of their original registration date and must also have an original manufacturer’s warranty that expires on or before the third anniversary.

Visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk/mot for more information, plus terms, conditions and exclusions.