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A Few facts about Courier Insurance

I know what you might be thinking when you hear the term insurance. You might be wondering why you need another type of cover. This is especially important to you if you happen to be driving for a living because this is where courier insurance comes in.

For some time now courier insurance has been a legal requirement in the UK. There are some hefty fines for not paying this sort of insurance and they can go as high as £1,000. Furthermore, if you don’t pay it your vehicle might be seized and you might be experiencing problems recovering it. If you use your van rarely, or even if you don’t use it at all, you still need to pay the premiums. It’s important that you comply with the latest legal requirements. The key here is to find the right courier insurance provider so that you don’t end up paying more than you need to.

Courier insurance is a legal requirement for anyone operating a courier business. This is true whether you’re self-employed or work for a courier business. If you’re unsure about the type of courier insurance you need, it’s important to speak with an expert, such as the team over at Insurance Revolution to ensure you’re getting the correct type of cover.

When browsing courier quotes, you’ll find a wide range of conditions and cover types. This is why it’s important to really get to know the type of cover you require. What type of goods do you usually carry? Are they left in your vehicle overnight? Where is your work vehicle stored when it’s not in use?

Another tip is to try and not base your choice of cover purely on cost. Some policies may cost less, but could end up costing you more in the long run. When it comes to insurance policies, you don’t always necessarily get what you pay for – some of the smaller, more niche insurers may offer cheaper prices than larger companies, for essentially the same policy.

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Selling a 190 SL

The Mercedes 190 SL has stood the test of time as an iconic automobile. Built from 1955 to 1963, the little two seat roadster was considered a less expensive alternative to the larger 300 SL. But being less expensive than its big brother didn’t make the 190 SL a cheap car. It still carried the top quality engineering and design that Mercedes is known for.

It was designed to compete with the Morgan, the Jaguar and the Aston Martin in the two seat road car class. Though not specifically designed for racing, it provided enough handling and power to please its owners. The 1.9 L in line four cylinder engine sported twin two barrel carburetors and a four speed gear box. Mercedes was one of the first company’s to offer a fully independent suspension, both front and rear. The 190 SL came equipped with the double Y suspension as a standard feature, allowing it to grip the pavement better than most at the time.

For looks, the 190 SL retained Mercedes’ simple elegance, but with a far less boxy appearance than its larger models.  A convertible by nature, the 190 SL offered a soft top convertible and an optional hard top convertible that could be stored in the trunk. With leather bucket seats, a subtle accent of wood trim and Mercedes’ trademark lack of dashboard clutter, the interior was comfortable, functional and pretty to the eye.

Because of its quality and limited production, the 190 SL remains a highly coveted collector’s automobile. Those in possession of a 190 SL know that whatever the current condition, it is a vehicle worth restoration. A top quality restoration presents problems for some owners, as the availability of genuine parts; the skill needed to properly restore it may be beyond their limits. Many of these owners feel it may be wiser to sell their 190 SL to a deserving owner who will provide a good home to their collector car. As specialized dealers, they are a little more in tune with the limited collector’s market.

Fortunately, there are companies available that specialize in Mercedes’ automobiles and are willing to place a willing buyer and seller together and may help negotiate a fair price for both parties. Some dealers may be willing to purchase it on their own and complete the restoration process.  If the dealer offers a fair price to the seller, it is a win for both parties. The seller receives the going rate for a rare automobile and the buyer obtains the ability to restore an automotive classic to its original beauty.

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How to choose a VW with the highest miles per gallon?

Thinking about hiring a VW car for a big road-trip? One of the main considerations would be just how far you get on each gallon of fuel you fill up on.

UK based Volkswagen dealer, Inchcape Volkswagen, has put together some findings on how far each VW type would get you. The VW model with highest miles-per-gallon rate is listed in each case (unless there was more than one with the same figure):

Type of VW Power (ps) Torque (lb/ft) Government mpg
Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.4 TSI GTE DSG 218 295 166
Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.4 TSI GTE Advance DSG 218 295 166
Volkswagen Passat Saloon 1.4 TSI GTE DSG 218 295 166
Volkswagen Passat Saloon 1.4 TSI GTE DSG 218 295 166
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 R LIne 90 170 74.3
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 SEL 90 170 74.3
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 Beats 75 155 74.3
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 Match Edition 75 155 74.3
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 Match Edition 110 184 70.6
Volkswagen Jetta Saloon 2.0 TDI GT 110 184 70.6
Volkswagen Jetta Saloon 2.0 TDI S 110 184 70.6
Volkswagen Jetta Saloon 2.0 TDI SE 110 184 70.6
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 S 110 Not recorded 70.6
Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI S 115 184 68.9
Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE 115 184 68.9
Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI 90 S 90 Not recorded 68.9
Volkswagen up! Hatchback 1.0 75PS BlueMotion Tech Up Beats 75 70 68.9
Volkswagen up! Hatchback 1.0 BlueMotion Tech High Up 75 70 68.9
Volkswagen up! Hatchback 1.0 BlueMotion Tech Up Beats 60 70 68.9
Volkswagen up! Hatchback 1.0 BlueMotion Tech Move Up 60 70 68.9
Volkswagen up! Hatchback 1.0 BlueMotion Tech Take Up 60 70 68.9
Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 251 67.3
Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech GT 150 251 67.3
Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech R Line 150 251 67.3
Volkswagen Golf SV Hatchback 2.0 TDI SE 150 251 65.7
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback 2.0 TDI 110 BlueMotion Tech Design 110 184 65.7
Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 110 BlueMotion Tech Design 110 184 64.2
Volkswagen Touran MPV 2.0 TDI R Line 150 251 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 2.0 TDI SE 150 251 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 2.0 TDI SE Family 150 251 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 2.0 TDI SEL 150 251 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 1.6 TDI 115 S 115 Not recorded 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 1.6 TDI 115 SE 115 Not recorded 61.4
Volkswagen Touran MPV 1.6 TDI 115 SEW Family 115 Not recorded 61.4
Volkswagen Tiguan Crossover 2.0 TDI BMT 150 S 150 251 60.1
Volkswagen Tiguan Crossover 2.0 TDI BMT 115 S 115 236 60.1
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Estate 2.0 TDI 4MOTION 150 Not recorded 57.6
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Estate 2.0 TDI 150 251 56.5
Volkswagen Sharan MPV 2.0 TDI CR BlueMotion Tech 150 S 150 251 56.5
Volkswagen Sharan MPV 2.0 TDI CR BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 150 251 56.5
Volkswagen Sharan MPV 2.0 TDI CR BlueMotion Tech S 115 207 56.5
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech 262 R Line 262 428 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech 262 SE 262 428 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BMT 262 R Line Plus 262 428 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BMT 262 Response 262 428 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech R Line Plus 204 332 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech R Line 204 332 42.2
Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech SE 204 332 42.2

 

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5 Tips When Shopping for Car Parts

Maybe you’ve had an accident. Maybe you’re just trying to personalize or accessorize a hot ride. Whatever your reasons for shopping for car parts, here are just a few tips for narrowing down your options and getting your money’s worth.

1. Know Your Brands

Some parts are made to be universal, especially those that are small or non-essential. Others are specialty products that should only be placed or matched with vehicles under the same brand. For example, if you’re repairing a Nissan Fontana, make sure that you’re using Nissan Fontana parts.

2. Debate New Versus Used

New parts have none of the wear and tear of used ones, so they can be an attractive option if you’re looking for both quality and longevity. On the other hand, if you’re shopping on a budget, used parts can be found for only a fraction of the cost of their factory-sealed cousins. You’ll have to decide for yourself if new or used parts are right for you.

3. Determine Your Specs

What size do you need? What power levels do you require? Are there any special functions or features that you’re willing to pay more to enjoy? These are important questions to ask regardless of the specific parts that you’re looking for; whether it’s lug nuts or grill hoods, you should know the exact specs that you need.

4. Read Online Reviews

Before you purchase anything from a particular company, make sure that you’ve read reviews of their brand. You might find that their low prices mask shoddy construction or that their return policy is a joke. Don’t take the word of their own testimonials, however; look for third-party review and ranking websites.

5. Ask for Discounts

Comparing and contrasting products is essential for getting a good deal, but what if you find something that you really want but can’t quite afford? Shoot an email to the company in question. They might have coupons or shipping codes that they’re willing to dangle in front of a potential customer, or they might have unadvertised price matching policies that can be a great help to your final bill.

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you shop for car parts. Whether you’re accessorizing a new vehicle or repairing one that was damaged in an accident, use these guidelines for getting your car just the way that you want it.

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Is it a good idea to use retread tyres on your car?

Using retread tyres on your vehicle can be an excellent way of saving money, but is it really safe to do so? You may have heard scare stories about retread tyres, and be wary of having them fitted to your car. After all, you want to protect your own safety, as well as that of any passengers you are carrying.

The truth is that the safety of retread tyres depends on the reputation of the provider you get them from. If you are going to invest in retread tyres you need to compare tyres carefully, and choose a product that is good quality. We are going to take a look at why these good quality retread tyres are safe to use. Let’s start by explaining what a retread tyre actually is.

What is a retread tyre?

As you will be aware, there comes a time when the tread on your car’s tyres is too low for you to be able to drive safely. This is when you need to have the tyres replaced. Retreading is a process which enables the worn tyres to be re-used.

Any worn tread that is left is removed from the tyre. New rubber is then molded to the tyre to replace the worn tread. The newly treaded tyre can then be fitted to a car, and driven on safely. You can see why it’s so important that you make sure you buy retread tyres from a reputable provider, so that you can be sure the retreading process has been completed in an expert manner.

Is a retread tyre ever really safe?

If the retreading of a tyre is completed in the correct manner, the tyre is just as safe to use as a new tyre. Do not forget that many haulage companies and airlines make regular use of retread tyres. Here are some of the situations in which you may have heard the safety and performance of retread tyres questioned.

  • Excessive heat can easily destroy retread tyres. In fact, heat has just as much effect on new tyres as it does on retread tyres.
  • Overall performance of retread tyres is not as good as the performance of new tyres. This is not the case. Retread tyres are even often used in motoring endurance events.
  • Accidents can be caused by using retread tyres. If you use good quality retread tyres on your vehicle you are no more likely to cause an accident than someone using new tyres. Accidents are more often caused by driving on bald tyres, or tyres that are over or under inflated.

As you can see, driving on retread tyres should be just as safe as driving on new tyres.

Buying retread tyres can be a good cost-saving exercise, when it comes to replacing worn tyres on your vehicle. It’s a perfectly safe practice, as long as you make sure that you buy the tyres from a trusted and expert provider.

 

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Learning to Drive


Most of you, my readers, are probably proud owners of a driver’s license, but a few of you, especially those younger ones, might be just getting to know the ins and outs of the driving world. This is for them that I would like to write this post hoping that they are going to benefit from it the way so many other new and inexperienced drivers have benefited so far. So, let me get started.

Thanks to the progress in technology, those aspiring to drive can learn a lot with the help of a driver training simulator. It is basically a lot like playing a video game, the difference is that you are actually learning to drive and are supposed to follow the rules you would be normally following while driving on the road.

You have to admit that it is a great way to learn the basics of driving. As a matter of fact, I wish I had that sort of tool when I was learning to drive. Let’s just say it that I had to learn to drive the hard way, but I am really glad that my kids are going to have a better tool at their disposal to learn to drive safely.

The main premise of the software is to allow the drivers to learn to drive safely. The app is actually quite advanced when it comes to checking whether you were looking at all the directions you were supposed to look when driving. This can be achieved because when using the simulator you will be using a camera to monitor everything you do.

One of the most attractive features of the software is that you have a chance to learn to drive in some very extreme weather conditions. It can be especially useful if you know that you live in a climate where the weather is usually bad and when your exam might fall on a rainy or foggy day. As it is with all driving tests, it is better to be overprepared, so make sure that you take all the necessary steps to make that happen. The more practice you get, the better, and if you learn at home in addition to driving on the road, you are a lot more likely to be able to pass the tests.

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Where to Get Your Hands on Affordable Cars

We are need cars in our daily lives. We need them to be able to drive our kids to school, we need them to get to a supermarket for our weekly shop, we need them to go to restaurants, etc. When public transportation is not reliable in your area, all you can think of is how much you need to have a car. And this is what I have been thinking about for a long time recently. The public transportation here is not reliable at all. During winter months, you can spend even up to 50 minutes standing on a bus stop. Even tracking information is not reliable yet with many buses not being tracked the way they should be. If this is the case, only an affordable car is an option.

It turns out that you can buy many used cars under 10000 provided that you know where to look for them. Used car dealerships are your best bet as this is where you can find hundreds of cars for sale at some very affordable prices. Sometimes you would be surprised how affordable some cars can be and that those who sell them might be selling their cars for a lot less than they should.

The type of car you will want to choose will determine what car you get eventually. If you are a seasoned driver you will probably not mind having an older car that has served somebody for longer. This is a cheaper option as low mileage cars are usually more expensive. On the other hand, if you are new to driving you will certainly appreciate a car that is rather newer as it will be easier for you to learn to drive in a car that is new as opposed to driving in a car that has served somebody to longer. The car you choose ultimately should provide a good balance between the price and between the comfort you could achieve with the right car. You would be surprised how much you can get at the right price and that having a good car at a good price does not have to be a luxury anymore.

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Five Things to Check to Ensure the Safety of Your Car

As the owner of your vehicle, you have the responsibility to make sure that your vehicle is safe. You want it to be safe for your passengers as well as others on the road. Check these five things on a regular basis to ensure that your car is safe for you as a driver, for your passengers, and for individuals in other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

The very first thing that you want to look at is the condition of your tires. Your tires are what will hold your car on the road. Look at the sidewalls of the tires and make sure there are no bulges or deep scrapes. Then check the depth of the tread. If you see something that looks suspicious or that is not in good repair, take your car to a tire professional and have it evaluated by them. Change the tire if necessary.

Second, look at the lights and signals on your vehicle. This would include looking at of the blinkers as well as the hazard flashers in the rear and front of your vehicle. You want others to see your signals to understand what your intentions are while driving. You may have to ask where can I find headlights for my car if the ones you currently have are not in good working condition. Any money spent on fixing lights and signals is worth it since it will protect you and others.

The third thing you want to look at is the brakes. The brakes allow you to stop your vehicle. They are what will keep you safe if you have to stop suddenly. The brake pedals should not feel soft, and there should not be a lot of movement in them.

The fourth thing to look at is the fluid levels in your vehicle. This will prevent a mechanical problems from becoming a problem that endangers you and others on the road. The fluid levels that you want to check on a regular basis include power steering fluid, transmission fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, and engine oil. You also want to check the water level in the vehicle. Even checking the windshield wiper fluid levels is important in order to ensure that you have a clear view while driving.

The last thing to check is the electrical and safety components in the vehicle. If you see any warning lights, figure out why they are on. Also, check the seat belts and buckles.

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Effective Auto Repair

Whenever the seasons are changing is a good time to have your automobile checked out in order to minimize the likelihood that you will have problems that could leave you stranded. There are certain components that are more likely to fail in extreme temperatures. As a result, you should pay special attention to these items before the coldest or hottest times of the year come. Places like Discount Muffler, Brake & Automotive have qualified technicians who can help with your auto repair palatine IL.

If your battery is beginning to age, you should have it checked. While most people realize that batteries can fail in cold temperatures once they start to get weak, they are also more susceptible to failure during extremely hot weather. It is much easier to have your battery changed at a time that is convenient to you than to wait until you are stranded because your car won’t start.

A broken hose can leave you along the side of the road as well. As hoses age, they can become brittle and develop cracks or other weak spots. Sometimes, they can have bulging places that form when they start to weaken. If you see any of these signs, you should have them changed. A weak hose is more likely to rupture because of extreme heat.

Broken belts can prevent you from being able to go where you want also. They run critical components like the alternator. When the belt breaks, the alternator will not function and the battery will not charge. Today’s vehicles will not run for very long without a functioning alternator. With a broken belt, you will also lose your power steering. Belt driven water pumps will not work either. Without a functioning water pump, serious engine damage can occur.

You might also want to have your engine coolant checked. In the winter, if it is too weak, it could freeze. If it does, you may be looking at an engine replacement because of a cracked block. If it is too weak in the summer, you are more likely to experience a boil over. This will lead to engine overheating.

These are a few of the things that can be sensitive to temperature extremes if they are not in top condition. A little effort up front can help to identify and fix any issues before they leave you stranded.

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How to Have a Good Truck Repair Experience

All vehicles need repairing from time to time and there is nothing to deny it. It is no wonder then that car shops remain some of the most popular businesses in the country these days and for the right reason.

In this post, I would like to tell you how you can have absolutely the best semi truck repair experience you can possibly imagine with your truck repair. Here are some suggestions to make that happen:

1. Don’t wait for an emergency to develop. This can prove to be very costly. In my opinion, regular checkups are one of the best ways to make sure that nothing goes wrong in your car and that you never have to be towed to your nearest car shop.

2. The choice of your car shop to which you are going to take your truck matters a lot as well. Make sure that you only use the services of somebody reputable in your area. If you are unsure who it is make sure to ask around and I am sure you are going to be able to find out quickly.

3. Make sure that the garage you choose to use has certified technicians on site. Make sure to check their credentials and never be ashamed to ask for them if you are there in person.

4. I strongly believe that tidiness matters. As a tidy person myself I appreciate it when the garage I use is clean and organised. Only this way can I be sure that my car or truck is going to be in clean condition after I come to collect it. After all, there is nothing worse than having your car covered in substances you did not put on it.

5. Finally, how much you pay for the services matters as well a lot. Make sure that you are not overpaying comparing it with other providers in the area. It might be also too suspicious if the services are too cheap. If this is the case, try to check the credential of the car shop in question and then act accordingly. Only this way can you be absolutely sure that you are getting the best services possible.

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