10 things to know about the new Renault Kadjar

Renault revealed its new C-segment crossover earlier this year in Paris. It’s called Renault KADJAR, and it looks absolutely fabulous. For a Renault, that is. It’s mission is to compete with his sibling, the Nissan Qashqai, for supremacy in a segment that brings up to 30% of sales in China and is larger and larger in Europe.

Renault Kadjar

1. It has 4×4, 4×2 and Extended Grip, that will allow it to reach difficult terrain, even if the car is not prepared for hard off-road.

2. It’s 4.45 m long, 1.84 m wide and 1.6 m tall – a compact crossover, larger than the Renault Captur but smaller than the Koleos.

3. It’s geared towards the young living an active lifestyle, with plenty of boot space for its segment (472 litres) and interior modularity at its best (the front passenger’s seat can be transformed into a table, and the rear bench can fold 1/3-2/3.

4. It’s also geared towards the asphalt road, with up to 19 inches wheels, but its 190 mm road clearance means that it can also attack some country roads (18 degrees attack angle, 25 degrees rear angle).

5. It’s spacious enough for 4 adults and a child, that means a family will have no problem using it as a family car.

6. It has a modern interior, with Renault’s R-Link 2 multimedia system and connectivity providing high-tech entertainment and mobile apps designed to help the driver on the road. Continue reading

Getting a Car Loan with Damaged Credit

As anyone who has dealt with damaged credit knows, a low score can lead to a long list of obstacles when making financial decisions. Finding cars for sale with a less than stellar credit score can be a difficult process, but it’s certainly not impossible. Follow a few of these tips to find and secure your auto loan.

Know Your Credit Score

Before you begin your search for a loan, get the facts. Find out exactly what your credit score is and what that means for your potential to get a loan. There are several companies that will provide you with your credit score at no cost. Go into the process with realistic expectations to avoid being surprised or quickly let down if you’re met with obstacles. This will help you to go into the situation with confidence, showing lenders that you are well prepared.

Getting a Car Loan

Keep Your Options Open

You may find that the first place you visit in hopes of finding a loan won’t work out. Don’t let this setback be the end of your search. There are many places to look for a loan and you may be surprised by how many options you’ll have to choose from. Keep in mind that some lenders will be more willing to work with you than others. It’s a matter of doing some research and taking the time to find the right lender for you and your situation.

Look Close to Home

As you begin your search, start with the places that you know well. Go to the bank where you already have an account. Check with your credit union. For an example, when searching for cars for sale in Newcastle, look for the lenders in the area. These lenders may be more willing to work with you if they know you. Others may have a relationship with local car dealers and will know how to best make a loan work for you. Continue reading

The 5 Most Expensive Cars To Insure

Car insurance is a necessary expense for those of us who drive. What a statement. You are probably thinking, wow, what an obvious thing to say. Cars tend to be a never ending burden on our wallets. From the monthly payments, gas and maintenance, to the dreaded car insurance.

However, for those of us that consider our cars prized possessions, it can really get expensive when we start talking about adding family members, insuring multiple cars, drivers under the age of 21 or 25 but we can really start talking about big bucks, when we involve the type of car we are insuring and trust me, that flashy sports car is really going to cost you.

Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG

The Countdown

Now the average American driver isn’t out cruising around in a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but for those lucky few it doesn’t come cheap. Using national averages, we have conjured a list of the top five most expensive cars to insure in the US:

5. Mercedes G55 AMG costs an average of approximately $3000 a year to insure.

4. Porsche 911 Carerra S Coupe costs an average of approximately $3100 a year to insure.

3. Aston Martin DB9 costs an average of approximately $3200 a year to insure.

2. BMW 750Li costs an average of approximately $3300 a year to insure.

And last but certainly not least our number one spot of most expensive car to insure in the United States is:

1. Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG costing an average of approximately $3600 a year to insure.

Now the average cost to insure any of the vehicles above, assumes the insurance covers an individual, experienced driver with a fantastic record. Imagine the cost if you add your 18 year old son to the insurance plan! Continue reading

Mitsubishi ASX drive test. Fighter jet!

Mitsubishi ASX is a bold move from the Japanese manufacturer in the crossover segment, and after Outlander’s success, it’s presence on this segment was mandatory, especially in the face of such as Nissan Qashqai and co.

We’ve tested the European version fitted with the 1.6 litre 115 PS gas engine, and were surprised by this little SUV destined to be liked by youngsters and small families. The three main points to like? Exterior design, handling and modularity. The three main points not to like? Plastic quality, smallish engine and extremely annoying beeps coming from the car when you start the engine without having put your safety belt in advance.

Mitsubishi ASX

This having been said, let’s tackle them in order in our Mitsubishi ASX test drive review:

Design 8/10: it really looks like a fighter jet on steroids. Its frontal part seems to be taken directly from the superb Lancer and is so mean that other cars in the fast lane are in a hurry to make way for you. For those looking for the most striking car in the segment: here it is! It’s a pity that the interior doesn’t catch on the exterior and is the usual somber ‘look at me I’m soo serious’ black on black that we usually get from Mitsubishi.

Quality 7/10: the interior materials on the Invite level are hard plastics on the doors combined with somehow softer plastics over the dashboard, durable textiles on the chairs and high-quality plastics on the door handles and central console. If you manage to get the Intense or Instyle packages the leather provided is of good quality but the overall feeling of sturdiness remains. It’s a well-assembled car, but without any refinement. Continue reading

A Successful Vehicle Transport Business Depends on Solid Revenue

Cars are great for driving long distance and for commuting, but everyone, from an individual to a car broker, eventually needs to have a vehicle transported from one destination to another. In some cases it can be a regional job, and in others the transfer could involve a trip clear across the country. Whatever the case, car transport serves a purpose and useful one for many.

For truck transporter drivers, the jobs can be very lucrative and rewarding, both financially and as a chance to travel and see more of a country by road. That said, a lot depends on making sure that the truck used is maintained well and the car transferred is protected and kept from harm.

Vehicle Transport Business

The Core Element of a Successful Transporter Venture

Having the means to maintain a truck and the equipment to transfer a car properly depends heavily on keeping a steady stream of jobs and demand going. That comes from fostering good relationships with repeat customers like car collectors, car dealers and personal property moving companies. Smart transporters are always marketing their services as well, whether it be with business cards and flyers or by phone and referrals. The wider a net is cast, the more possible connections and customers can be had.

Maintenance and Equipment

With a steady stream of business revenue established, maintaining a truck properly is key to holding onto business and delivering services. The running truck needs to be considered a top priority since, without it, the transport business won’t happen, period. That means investing the money and repairs when needed, changing tires and oil on time, and maintaining adequate insurance coverage in case of an accident. Continue reading

What to do if your car fails an MOT test

Many people assume that if your car fails an MOT you have to get it repaired right away with that particular garage that tested your car but you actually have a few options available. We will start by going back to the beginning and looking at when you booked your MOT.

You are allowed to get your car MOT tested up to a month prior to the current MOT expiry date, the new MOT will also be matched to the same date as the current expiry date so you gain additional time on your MOT certificate. The system has now changed making everything computerised so you don’t need any of your old certificates although they are beneficial to keep for when you come to sell the car, you can find more information about an MOT from gov.uk here.

MOT test

You may have already known about the month period that you can get your car tested which means you know there is no need to panic if your car fails its MOT. Unless your car is really bad and the MOT tester reports it as not roadworthy then you can still drive your car until the MOT expiration date. This allows you to look elsewhere to get the repair work done for a better price, you can then return to the MOT testing station to claim your free re-test. Continue reading

How Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems Can Help You Save Money

Maintaining the right tyre pressure might not feature among the important tasks in your busy schedule, but are you aware of the ‘price’ you are paying for this?

10% to 50% of tyre tread life is lost when air pressure is not adequately maintained. This means more frequent and expensive tyre replacements. Besides, driving on underinflated tyres brings down fuel efficiency.

Maintaining the right tyre pressure saves fuel and money and increases tyre life as well. More importantly, failure to maintain adequate tyre pressure gravely increases chances of accidents due to tyre blowouts.

Tyre Pressure

How to Maintain the Right Tyre Pressure to Stay Safe and Save Money

This depends on two factors

  • An awareness of factors affecting tyre pressure

Factors that affect tyre pressure include the quality of driving, driving surface and seasonal changes. Sometimes a screw, a nail or any sharp object on the road might perforate the tyre, causing the air pressure to drop. In winter, usually the air pressure goes down one or two pounds per month, in summers the rate of air loss is much higher.

  • A Mechanism which indicates low tyre pressure

Such a mechanism is called the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS. By alerting you to low tyre pressure, so that you can remedy the issue at once, TPMS systems help you save money. This article looks at different types of TPMS systems and how they work. Continue reading

The new 2015 Audi Q7

The new Q7 renounces the massive looks of the first generation and now looks more like a family car than a bulky SUV. This should add more space inside, but also more sportivity, as the car seems to be lower than the former generation and slightly wider. The car is also 660 lbs (350 kg) lighter, and this should also bring a lot of sportivity and fuel efficiency.

2015 Audi Q7

If the outside looks are more like an evolution, inside we have a very different story. The dashboard is completely new, with the air conditioning vents spreading on its entire length, Passat-like, and with a new central display finally put where it belonged – directly in the driver’s line of view.

We can also see a second digital display behind the wheel, and we can expect the same amount of graphical entertainment already seen on the new Audi TT. Expect a plethora of driving assistance systems for the driver, including auto-braking, lane keeping, blind spot warning and auto-parking.

Powertrain-wise, we can expect to have a twin-turbo V6 TDI developing 385 PS with the help of a third supercharger, but also the usual lineup of 6 and 8 cylinders – just more powerful and more economical than the current engines. Also be aware that we’ll have an e-tron version combining the V6 TDI with an electric motor that should provide enough range for daily 100% electric driving (30 miles/50 km in full electric mode) or for hitting the road big time (800 miles/1300 km total range).

Fleet Insurance: Make Sure You Get The Right Cover!

Insurance premiums can be very expensive when a company opts to insure all the vehicles they have individually. In order to save money, it is prudent for the management to buy a fleet insurance policy for all the vehicles that they operate and save a lot of money on premiums. The paperwork is also reduced which translates to saving of time that could have been lost going through the papers in the insurance process.

Insurance cover for a number of vehicles that an individual or a company may own can be very expensive when every vehicle is insured on its own. This is where the fleet insurance cover becomes essential because it reduces the cost of the premiums, as the fleet owner will only have to pay a single premium for all the vehicles in operation. Another good thing about this kind of insurance is that individual vehicles can have different level of coverage even though the premium is one. The insurance company on the other hand has an easy time in handling claims with effectiveness and efficiency.

fleet insurance policy

The Things to Consider

Before you embark on purchasing a fleet insurance cover, you will have to determine the number of vehicles you want to insure. You will need to check if the make and models of your cars are covered in the policy that you are planning to buy. Most automotive insurers will consider a fleet to be made up of at least for vehicles, while a few of them will cover 2 vehicles under the fleet insurance policy. There are major insurers who will only insure companies that have large numbers of vehicles.

Restrictions from Some Companies

There are various restrictions when you want to insure a fleet of vehicles under one policy. An example of such restrictions is where some companies will only allow a company to buy the fleet insurance policy if the vehicles to be insured are all of the same type and meet the insurer’s specifications. Continue reading

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

The new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has been revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show and it surely is a step forward in the right direction for the Korean brand. Known as ix45 in Europe, it will start selling in April in the US, and towards the end of the year in Europe.

Hyundai prepared two variants of the new Santa Fe. As you can see from the pictures, the new Hyndai Santa Fe Sport (the shorter version) is a compact SUV, 184.6 inches long (4.690 mm), 66.1 inches tall (1.680 mm) and 74 inches wide (1.880 mm). It’s wheelbase is 106.3 inches, which is a lot for this segment.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (ix45)

Under the hood, the new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will have a choice of two engine: 2.4 l GDI offering 190 hp and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm), and a 2.0-l T-GDI turbo developing 264 HP and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque. Both engines are coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the front axle is benefiting from Torque Steering Control.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is also prepared with safety in mind: customers can opt for a Lane Departure Warning System, while the car comes in standard with no less than seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.

Among comfort technologies that will be available on the new Santa Fe we can count a Start/Stop button, keyless entry, a multimedia Supervision Cluster incorporating a color LCD, BlueLink connectivity, LED headlights, heated steering wheel and sliding second-row seats.