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With autumn upon us and the nights and temperatures drawing in, it’s time to take stock and consider how best to keep ourselves safe on the roads. Changing seasons bring very different road conditions: not to mention the need to winter-proof our vehicles and perhaps our driving styles. Here are our top tips for safe autumn driving.
Fitting a car seat is an absolutely crucial, indeed legally required, part of of parenthood. You should take true care when fitting the seat and ensure that you consult both the manufacturers instructions and your car’s user manual. Worryingly, a study conducted by Good Egg Safety, revealed that 60% of UK car seats are not installed correctly. This severely jeopardises the safety of your child and should be avoided at all costs.
There will always be the burning question of repairing your car against the outlay of buying a replacement but sometimes, when life forces our hand, the immediate higher expenditure can in fact save more money long term.
So, you’ve got the grades you need and you’re heading off to the big smoke to start a new chapter of your life, as a student. Making the transition to student living can be a tricky but incredibly exciting one, and there’s a whole new list of products you once took for granted that are suddenly prime bargaining tools; milk, bread, toilet paper and beers (cold or otherwise!) are all valuable commodities...but none are more in demand than the humble used car! 

As the swinging sixties swept across America, Ford vice president and general manager, Lee Iacocca, hatched a plan to create a car for the people. A playful, luxurious, four-seater, that was both affordable and desirable. A car that represented the times and was different from all the rest. A car that reflected the newly acquired affluence of American society, but that was big enough to accommodate the burgeoning families of the original baby boomers. 

Times were changing and Iacocca wanted Ford to lead the way in providing luxurious, mass production cars that could be affordable and flexible. It was his aim that the Mustang would be tailored to each customer’s needs, being as fancy or functional as required.

The luxury cars featured here have performed well when tested. They have good reliability and safety ratings. Top luxury cars are like any other. Depreciation of new models happens almost instantaneously upon purchase. However, luxury cars hold their value comparatively well. The quality of these vehicles means they stay nicer for a long time than some vehicles. Luxury cars look and feel timeless whether you purchase a new or pre owned car.

Did you know you could save money by choosing a car in a low insurance group? People who purchase cars in low groups pay lower premiums than those for higher groups. A group rating panel sets the groups. Members of the committee include Lloyds Market Association and the Association of British Insurers.

The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre administers the group. When the panel meets, new car models are assigned to a group ranging from 1 to 50. Group 1 is the cheapest to insure. High-performance models are typically placed in the highest groups and bring the most expensive insurance premiums.

Convertibles are purchases made with the heart. They are the purest automotive art form. Drop-tops are taking everyday driving to a new enjoyable level. The ultimate driving experience is found behind the wheel of a convertible.

Historically, a retractable roof had a frame with a folding textile fabric that evolved to the most common type of convertible. A less often seen detachable hardtop provides a more secure and weatherproof alternative. Technology has improved the retractable hardtop. It is becoming more common.

This week we are breakdown the different types of convertibles available to you, so you can make the best choice for the summer!

The potholes on Britain’s roads are presenting potential safety hazards and causing vehicle damage. As moisture in the cracks of the road freeze, it expands and causes potholes. The structure of the road is damaged further when cars drive over the potholes. The holes become bigger as the structure below the surface layer is damaged. Adverse weather conditions such as wet-dry and freeze-thaw cycles, that repeatedly occur, make the situation worse.

A number of tyre and wheel problems can result from hitting a pothole. Wheels can crack or buckle, and lumps can develop in the tyres from the initial impact. Also, alloys crack and wheel balancing and tracking are misaligned. Potholes have caused drivers to lose control of a vehicle and become involved in accidents. Here are some top tips to help you avoid potholes...

In 2008, the DailyMail.com News reported that approximately 120,000 people per year add the wrong fuel to a vehicle. That is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 13 per hour. Over £50 million are paid out in repair bills. Putting petrol into a diesel tank is more common than the reverse. Diesel nozzles are bigger and unable to fit most petrol tanks.

Continue reading to discover the best way to limit your expense if you find yourself in this predicament. If you have any questions you would like to ask us, simply tweet us @MotorRange using the hashtag #MRQuestions.