Car Sales

Things you must consider when buying a car

When it comes to buying a car, it is understandable you may feel slightly apprehensive or maybe overthinking some parts of the buying process. So to put your mind at ease and allow you to get the right car for you, here are the most important tips and things to take into consideration before making that important purchase. 

First things first although possibly the most simple, only buy what you can afford, you should never put yourself in financial strain over a car. A car is one of the most important purchases you will make in your life next to a house, so you must not be tempted by that gorgeous V8 on offer that is just out your suitable price range, as a nice car is not worth financial turmoil. Furthermore don’t forget to check how much insurance and road tax maybe, as this is something often overlooked, just like the running costs. A lot of people can be met with a nasty surprise when they don’t look into any extra costs and can get unintentionally low on cash.

On the note of practicality you should ensure your vehicle meets your everyday needs, from your commute, to what you will keep in it, to who will be in it. You should ensure you have the appropriate boot space and seating for your everyday needs. Because if you have a family, you must consider if everyone can comfortably fit with their own personal belongings. As not many sports cars can carry a family let alone the weekly shop!

Thinking long term is so important when it comes to purchasing a car, for example a good thing to do is to do some research on how well the model of car, that you want to buy performs over time and researching its longevity. This can potentially save you a good amount of unneeded expenses on repairs, due to the car not performing over time. You should also look long term when it comes to value as well, because when it comes time to part ways you should ensure you will still be able to get some of the original cash back you payed for it. Furthermore you should also know your current cars worth too, as you will be able to sell that if need be, to buy a car slightly out of your current price range.

When you’ve found the car for you, always be sure to test drive it before making the final purchase as only then will you know if its the right one. You will get used to the turning circle, the seat and where your body is sits, all the minor differences that makes each car unique. As one of the most catastrophic mistakes you can make is to buy a car without fully getting a feel for it, then regretting it after only a week of driving. 

On the whole take all these points into careful consideration and remember to buy from a trusted seller with consistently good reviews. As the importance of the purchase of a car cannot be stressed enough, and you do not want to be deceived by a dishonest seller.

Car Hire & Rentals

Why should you rent a car for a weekend away?

Every now and again its good to get away for a while, even if its just for a couple of days, whether thats with your significant other or with the whole family, a small break from the monotonous repeat of everyday life can come as a welcomed hiatus. But have you ever considered renting a car? Many people don’t understand the freedom, practicality and enjoyment you can get out of renting a vehicle for a weekend getaway, there are so many things people do not consider as advantages for a weekend rental, so here are some reasons why you should consider it.

If you choose to get a rental this means you have a wide variety of cars to choose from, so you can select the most practically equipped car for the trip. As if you are taking a family, choosing a 7 seater Ford S-max for example would be ideal, because you have enough room for everyone to be comfortable and a boot size big enough to keep everyones bags. You can be very specific and find whatever car is most suitable for your needs and requirements. Your day-to-day personal car may not be able to accommodate for so many people so when renting a car, this gives you a lot more freedom and is a lot more practical. 

Furthermore on the note of practicality taking the road is a lot less hassle than flying, and in the end a lot more cheaper. You can directly drive when and where you need to go, and not have to wait in ridiculously long queues, probably have your flight delayed and overpay for some cold airport food, all for a 30 minute flight…

On a lighter note driving a new car can be a fun, new experience especially if its an automatic and you’ve been shifting the gears manually your whole life. So that can come as a welcomed break, as you see a new side of driving. As you know every car is different in its own way, and every manufacturer has distinct features from the other. So when choosing your rental you can keep this in mind and drive a brand of car you’ve always liked but never got to experience.

If your car has a lot of miles on the clock or is a little unreliable, taking it on a long journey may not be the right thing to do. When renting, usually most rental cars have very low mileage and are very well looked after to ensure no problems occur during the time you have it for. By driving another car as well as saving mechanical wear, you will be saving tyre wear especially your on tread depths and air pressure. A rental really can take a lot of stress out of your weekend away, as you’re not constantly worrying about the wellbeing of your vehicle.

If you wanted to make your weekend away that little bit extra special, for possibly an anniversary or a significant birthday why not rent a classic or performance car to make your weekend unforgettable? You can choose from an array of cars that you never would of thought you’d be behind the wheel of, as a weekend spent driving around the coast in a Jaguar E-Type with your significant other, sounds like the most perfect way to celebrate a milestone or anniversary.

On the whole renting a car for a weekend away seems to be a safe, practical and exciting thing to do. As airplane travel is simply too much hassle, especially for a domestic flight, furthermore taking your own car can be some unneeded stress and when you’re away any unneeded problems and issues are the last thing you need on a stress free getaway.

Car Sales

Why are petrol hatchbacks becoming more popular?

Over the last few years there has been a large shift in the car market with people now buying what they need, not so much what they want. This in turn has lead to a significant rise in the amount of hatchbacks bought by the public, with people choosing practicality over a car that will run up unnecessary expenses or be hard to drive. In this modern day world, with everything so constant and on-the-move people just need that comfy reliable run around to get them from A to B in a bit of style. 

Firstly, hatchbacks are often very fuel efficient, economic cars, that also have great longevity being very dependable and versatile. It is an ideal type of car for the majority of the population too, with it being a perfect commute car that also has enough room for 4 people, and most having sizeable leg room too and a considerable boot space, where you can comfortably fit your weekly shop. Modern day hatchbacks are made for every aspect of life, as in the last decade especially, they have became a lifestyle.

Furthermore a hatchback is a perfect first car for new drivers, as insurance is low and so are the running costs, with them being relatively easy to drive as they don’t take up too much road space, meaning they are easy to parallel park too! The simplistic, clean layout many of them have make them an ideal first car as they have all the fundamental things you need, without the over complicated technology of many cars in 2019.

On the whole a hatchback is probably the safest and most financially sound car to buy. As statistics show that around 75% of hatchbacks maintain 58% of their value after three years, which on average is 23% better than any other type of car. Presenting all these reasons about the advantages of owning a hatchback makes it very apparent why so many people are flocking towards buying them. They are reliable, relatively inexpensive and practically stylish with there being so many to choose from to pick your style.

Land Rover

A brief history of Land Rover

In 1948, the first ever Land Rover was produced, the Series 1,  which ran for an impressive 10 years on the production line. Since its birth, Land Rover was determined to make the ultimate off-road 4×4 and SUV to be used across all farms, mountains and any demanding terrain all across the world, being inspired by the hills and greenery of Britain. The Series 1 was an instant success and by the end of 1949 it quickly out sold all other Rover vehicles and was exported to nearly 70 countries. 

Just 10 years later the 250,000th Land Rover rolled off the production line, and just 7 years after that, in 1966 the 500,000th was built. Two historic milestones hit so quickly showing a clear sign of success early on. But Land Rover didn’t stop expanding from there, in 1968 Leyland, which included Rover and Triumph merged with the British Motor Corporation, who owned Morris, Austin and Jaguar. This merge united all manufacturers in the new company called ‘British Leyland.’

Throughout the next decade, business at Rover was thriving and in 1970 Range Rover was born. The new Rover would be set to be the nucleus of the Rover brand, with the Land Rover focusing on its niche of incomparable off-roading excellence, the two new lines would take on different markets and consumer groups going forward, as the Land Rover would now shift to becoming a cultural icon in British automobile history with its off roading excellence. 

But before Land Rover could achieve this in 1975, their newly merged manufacturing company which wasn’t even a decade old yet, British Leyland, had to go under state control to narrowly avoid bankruptcy, due to industry complications and financial problems. Cuts were made all across the company and Land Rover suffered a holt in their growth but after recovering around the back end of the 1970’s, the 80’s are when Land Rover started to pick up the pace again, with the release of new models, such as the ‘One Ten’ and ’Ninety.’ The success of these cars paved the way for what was coming in the turn of the next decade. 

In 1990 Land Rover changed the automobile industry forever with the first Defender coming off the production line. It was an instant cult classic, with its distinct body kit, illustrious appearance and its unparalleled ability to conquer any treacherous terrain that lay in its way. To this day the Defender is regarded as one of the most iconic off road vehicles off all time, built for a purpose and often exceeding expectations,it is a versatile machine fit for any challenge.

Since the triumphant success of the Defender, Land Rover have continued that same success with their future endeavours since, especially with the release of the Freelander in 1997. Land Rover continued to stick to its roots of off-road excellence with the new model being built with that in mind, it even came with a hill descent control system. A decade later in 2007 Land Rover made its 4,000,000th car as the brand continues to push boundaries in what is possible in a car on off-road terrain, and how possible it is to blur the lines between a car used for the daily commute and a car used to battle any perilous terrain.

In the current day Land Rover continues to excite with the up and coming release of the 2020 defender, after officially ending production of the vehicle in January of 2016. The new vehicle comes with an abstract paint job, and a brand new, reworked body kit that has got people aching for any leaks or new information. But Land Rover have kept pretty secretive about the new model, which in turn has only lead to more speculation and hype. As Land Rover continue to thrive in the off-road and SUV side of the automobile industry, there really is only few competitors, in the market that they dominate. As 2020 nears and the new defender is getting closer to release every day, Land Rover is not going anywhere anytime soon.


Why is the Jaguar E-Type so iconic?

Elegant, beautiful, iconic and inspired by Jaguar’s Le Mans three peat of victories in the 1950’s . A car that defined an era of style and continues its legacy as an untouchable classic in the modern day, is there really a more iconic British car than the E-Type?

At the time of release in the 1960’s Jaguar had two main competitors, Aston Martin and Ferrari but what set them apart from their rivals was the price of the car when released. The E-Type upon release (converted to todays price equivalent) was £40,000, which was half the price of the latest Aston and a third of the price of the latest Ferrari. But this didn’t mean the E-Type was produced like a budget sports car, it took only 6.9 seconds to reach 60 mph which at the time was up there with one of the fastest luxury sports cars in the world, furthermore reaching a top speed of 150mph.

Legendary designer Enzo Ferrari, who was one of Jaguars fiercest competitors, even said the famed quote claiming the E-Type to be “the most beautiful car ever made,” upon its release in March of 1961. With such high praise from one of the most accomplished figures in the automobile industry, there was really no ceiling for what the E-Type was capable of, and for how big of an impact the mark it was going to make on the culture.  

The E-Type was (and still is) a symbol of ultimate style and British racing excellence. In 2004 Sports Car International magazine put the E-Type at #1 on their list of “ Top Sports Cars of the 1960’s.” Showing a clear distinction to its rivals, as arguably, to this day the E-Type is the most prominent car left from the era of 1960’s sports cars. It was also used in the film Austin Powers, being a very memorable part in its Union Jack flag wrap, capturing the minds of moviegoers and car enthusiasts alike. 

In the current day the E-Type continues to excite and amaze no matter what generation you are from. The beauty of the extraordinary body design can draw instant attachment from anybody, from the mark it made on the history of automobiles to the stunning appearance, and cemented status as a British cultural centre-point, the E-Type is really one of a kind and a true icon.