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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Saab 9-5

Posted by Michael Rochford on 28 June 2016 in Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

So Saab is gone. The last generation of Saab 9-5 was one of its best cars & showed its promise – big, handsome, roomy & really well built.

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Write off – Beware the cut-and-shut…

Posted by Michael Rochford on 21 June 2016 in Motorcheck Mechanic, Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

A “cut and shut” car is a write off type that simply cuts the good ends off two cars and welds them together and you’ve turned two bad cars into one good one!

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Ford Ka

Posted by Michael Rochford on 14 June 2016 in New Cars, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The ‘New Edge’ philosophy of the Ford Ka was all sharp angles, big lights & gave us a new generation of sharply styled Fords.

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Potholes are the dark secrets lurking in a car’s history

Posted by Michael Rochford on 7 June 2016 in Featured, New Cars, Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

Potholes & unrepaired verges are emblematic of our crumbling road infrastructure with many of our minor & major roads in a parlous state.

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Ford Focus

Posted by Michael Rochford on 31 May 2016 in Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The second generation Ford Focus had greater cabin space & a higher-quality interior, but retained the pin-sharp chassis of the first Focus.

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PCPs driving down used car values

Posted by Michael Rochford on 24 May 2016 in News, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The point of a PCP is it relies on an accurate projection of the future used value of the car. All good news until the market softens.

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: BMW 3 Series

Posted by Michael Rochford on 16 May 2016 in New Cars, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The BMW 3 Series 320d, 2.0-litre turbo diesel is smooth, refined, powerful & yet with the potential to supply 60mpg if driven with a light foot.

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Selling a used car – Sniffing out the dodgy used cars.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 9 May 2016 in Road Safety, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

Even in selling a used car our smell is very powerful and has been shown to unlock memories in the brain that other stimuli just can’t reach.

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Seat Alhambra

Posted by Michael Rochford on 2 May 2016 in New Cars, Used Car Buying Tips, Used Cars | No comments

The Seat Alhambra comes with a massive space in the fold-away 3rd row with a smidgen of boot space left or folded flat a boot of 955-litres.

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Why your next big option choice should be pedestrian detection.

Posted by Michael Rochford on 26 April 2016 in New Cars, Road Safety | No comments

Cars can be deadly to those around us – Pedestrian Detection Systems shave vital microseconds off reaction times or a driver’s distraction.

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