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Revealed: the true cost of running a car

Cost of motoring

It costs between £250 and £404 a month to maintain a car in the UK, depending on where you live, claims new research. According to vehicle finance provider Moneybarn, car maintenance is highest in London (around £404 per month, or almost 18% of an average monthly salary). Calculating various motoring …

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Top 10 most failed car parts

Car maintenance

Alternators are the most unreliable car part in the UK, according to warranty provider Händler Protect. The research also revealed that vehicles aged eight years old and are the least dependable. Händler Protect says providing warranties to dealers across the UK has given it a clear picture of what items …

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SEAT duo pass their driving test

SEAT-Arona-and-Ibiza-AA-Driving-School-cars

AA Driving School instructors are to be given the option to choose two of SEAT’s most popular models – the Arona crossover and Ibiza supermini. The deal struck by SEAT Fleet will see the Ibiza FR 1.0 TSI 95 PS and the Arona SE Technology 1.0 TSI 95 PS become …

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Fiat 500 is electric ‘car of the year’

New electric Fiat 500

The all-new, all-electric Fiat 500 has been crowned Car of the Year by leading electric vehicle website, DrivingElectric. The third incarnation of Fiat’s iconic model impressed DrivingElectric’s judges by offering an unrivalled blend of desirability, chic looks, a smooth ride and an enticingly low price tag to “move the game …

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UK’s first all-electric ‘filling’ station opens

First Electric Forecourt - Braintree, Essex

The first ‘Electric Forecourt’ in the UK is open for business near Braintree in Essex. Funded by Gridserve, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Innovate UK and OZEV, electricity is generated from both the solar power canopies above the chargers, and a network of hybrid solar farms, also operated by Gridserve. Gridserve …

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Land Rover Defender crowned ‘Car of the Year’

New Land Rover Defender - Goodyear 4x4 tyres

The all-new Land Rover Defender has done the double at the annual TopGear.com Awards, winning the overall Car of the Year and “Unstoppable Force” titles. Judges of the prestigious prize praised the new Defender for being one of the toughest vehicles on the road today, and a brilliant successor to …

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Top 15 most hated car mods

Car eyelashes - Carwow

From headlight eyelashes to lowered suspension, new research has revealed the most disliked car modifications amongst drivers. According to the survey by car buying comparison site, carwow, many of the mods can knock hundreds of pounds off a vehicle’s resale value. Other hated car modifications include fluffy dice and novelty …

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VW ID.3 is No 1 in Europe with EV buyers

Volkswagen ID.3

The all-new Volkswagen ID.3 was the best-selling electric car in Europe during October, according to the latest figures. JATO Dynamics revealed a total of 10,590 futuristically-designed ID.3s were registered in the EU, also placing it 29th in the overall rankings. The No 1 car in Europe overall was the VW …

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Kia Sorento scoops ‘Car of the Year’ title

Kia Sorento

The all-new Kia Sorento has been named the best car in Britain by leading motoring title Carbuyer. Kia’s seven-seat SUV impressed Carbuyer’s panel of judges with a remarkable blend of space, tech and value for money, which it says combines to form “a versatile SUV that’s nipping at the heels …

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‘Lock up your Landies’ plea

Classic Land Rover

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is urging farmers and enthusiast owners to increase security measures as organised criminal gangs are scouring the countryside stealing iconic Land Rover Defenders. “Unfortunately, Defender thefts have risen sharply again and we are heading back up towards pre-COVID levels,” said Rebecca Davidson, NFU Mutual Rural …

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