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Not all bad news for younger drivers when it comes to insurance

Posted by Michael Rochford on 9 August 2018 in Used Car Buying Tips | Comments Off

  While insurance premiums for young and first-time drivers remain obstructively high, new research indicates that, by ticking off a few criteria, those same drivers can get much cheaper insurance in their second year of driving. Figures given to Motorcheck by insurance firm Coverinaclick show that a 21-year old driver on a provisional licence could...

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Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Mazda CX-5

Posted by Michael Rochford on 30 July 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

Mazda CX-5 used ‘SkyActiv’ – light chassis & body focus with engine efficiency & friction free to give fuel efficiency & driving engagement.

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PCP – So what’s all the fuss about?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 9 July 2018 in New Cars, News | Comments Off

Consumers warned by the CCPC to think carefully before committing to a PCP. But we ask what’s all the fuss about and should we really be worried?

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Hyundai i40 1 2017 white side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Hyundai i40

Posted by Michael Rochford on 27 June 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

As an alternative to SUVs & crossovers the Hyundai i40 shows there are still some truly excellent cars being offered in lower slung form.

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Pan-European mileage register will be vital in the war against clocking

Posted by Michael Rochford on 6 June 2018 in Car Clocking | Comments Off

This week European MEPs have voted in favour of a resolution that would see ‘clocking’ made a fully criminalised action in all EU states.

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Opel Meriva 1 Blue front and side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Opel Meriva

Posted by Michael Rochford on 30 May 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

If you’re looking for maximal interior space, yet minimal exterior size & running costs, a 2nd Gen Opel Meriva could be just the car for you

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Apparently everyone’s going to buy an electric car …

Posted by Michael Rochford on 15 May 2018 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Research indicates that it will be 2033 before electric cars become ‘mainstream’ & probably up to 2050 before they take over entirely.

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BMW i3 1 Blue fromt and side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: BMW i3

Posted by Michael Rochford on 2 May 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The BMW i3 is one of the best battery-powered cars of recent years & with affordably priced used cars emerging a great choice for EV driving.

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Ford S-Max 1 Grey side view on mountain road

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Ford S-Max

Posted by Michael Rochford on 25 April 2018 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The secret of the Ford S-Max is that it is actually a very good to drive, the last bastion of driving enjoyment for those with lots of kids.

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Keeping safe from car theft

Posted by Michael Rochford on 18 April 2018 in Motorcheck Mechanic | Comments Off

While car theft is common it is not usually a violent crime. If you are vigilant & informed you’ll be doing a lot to keep it at arm’s length

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