What is WLTP and why does it matter?

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WLTP stands for the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure. It is a global standard for testing the fuel economy and emission levels of vehicles. It was introduced in 2017 and extended to all cars and vans from September 2019. Why was it introduced? Since the early 1990s a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test … Continue reading What is WLTP and why does it matter?

The agency model – how will it affect car buyers?

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For a few years now a new approach has beckoned that is set to change the way vehicles are sold. It is called 'the agency model' and could mean that soon if you buy, finance or lease a new car the experience could be quite different. In fact some manufacturers have already moved into agency … Continue reading The agency model – how will it affect car buyers?

What should you expect when being sold finance and insurance by car dealers?

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If you've bought a car from a dealership in recent years you would have no doubt been given the option to purchase it using finance and probably would have been sold the odd insurance add-on product too. Both finance and insurance (F&I as it's known in the trade) give dealers additional income on top of … Continue reading What should you expect when being sold finance and insurance by car dealers?

FCA’s new Consumer Duty to raise standards for car buyers

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There aren't too many people that get excited by new rules and regulation. But when they provide helpful protections and raise standards for consumers they are so very important. Cue the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA's) new Consumer Duty which is due to come into force in July 2022. What is the new Consumer Duty? It's … Continue reading FCA’s new Consumer Duty to raise standards for car buyers

New car sales fall by 14% – how will this impact used car sales?

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported that new car registrations in the UK fell by 14.3% to 243,479 in March on last year. Whilst the fall is largely attributed to the lack of new car supply there are also concerns that the current cost of living crisis may be leading many … Continue reading New car sales fall by 14% – how will this impact used car sales?

Government launches electric vehicle infrastructure strategy

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In 2021 a quarter of all new vehicles sold in the UK were fully electric, compared to just 2% in 2020. The transition from petrol and diesel to electric is happening at pace. This is necessary because by 2030 all new cars and vans sold must not emit any carbon dioxide at the tailpipe. Barriers … Continue reading Government launches electric vehicle infrastructure strategy

Why you need to be insured to test drive

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Test driving is a really important process for any car buyer.  It’s the only way of checking if a car runs and performs as it should and gives you the driving experience you are looking for. But even though a test drive may only last for 15 minutes it is very important that you are insured … Continue reading Why you need to be insured to test drive

How does the 2022 Spring Statement affect motorists?

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak unveiled his Spring Statement in the House of Commons today. We summarise below the key measures that have been announced that impact on motorists: Fuel duty cut by 5p per litre The change takes place from 6pm tonight (23 March) and will remain until March 2023. The Government … Continue reading How does the 2022 Spring Statement affect motorists?

Spring Budget 2022 – will Government throw a lifeline to motorists?

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On 23 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak will give what is arguably the most difficult budget statement for many years that the Government has had to make. The dilemma for the Chancellor - how can Government pay for the £300bn+ it has borrowed so far to tackle Covid-19 given the current cost … Continue reading Spring Budget 2022 – will Government throw a lifeline to motorists?

Navigating the current car market for buyers

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The car market is a difficult one for anyone to navigate these days. Many people that are either nearing the end of their current car finance or lease agreement - or who have run their motor into the ground - are finding it troublesome to understand which fuel type, make and model to go for … Continue reading Navigating the current car market for buyers

ADR – what is it and why is it important?

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The Motor Ombudsman (TMO), an ADR provider in the motor retail space, has urged car buyers to choose the dealership they buy from carefully. The warning has been timed to coincide with the new March plate which usually leads to an increase in both new and used vehicle orders. ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution, … Continue reading ADR – what is it and why is it important?

ICO publishes video surveillance guidance as CCTV usage continues to grow

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It is fair to say that surveillance is big in the UK. We have one of the world's highest concentration of CCTV cameras. There are over 5.2 million used by consumers, businesses and public authorities - compared to just over one million in France, a country 2.3 times bigger than the UK. There are also … Continue reading ICO publishes video surveillance guidance as CCTV usage continues to grow

Will modernising vehicle standards prevent clocking?

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Clocking, the informal term for rolling back the mileage on a vehicle's odometer. In the UK adjusting a vehicle's mileage itself is not a crime, but selling a vehicle with adjusted mileage is. If you purchase a clocked car then at best it will be worth much less than what you paid for it, and … Continue reading Will modernising vehicle standards prevent clocking?

EU proposes new measures on the sharing of product usage data

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The European Commission (EC) has published proposals for a new European Data Act which aims to ensure that a wider range of stakeholders can be granted access to product usage data in order to foster competition and innovation. The legislation will also give more control to consumers to determine how data generated by their usage … Continue reading EU proposes new measures on the sharing of product usage data

Car buyers warned of scams ahead of plate change

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As buyers look to purchase 2022 plate vehicles over the next few weeks an influx of used cars will come to market. Although this often provides a great opportunity to get hold of good quality stock buyers are being warned to be vigilant of the common scams in operation that could be used to defraud … Continue reading Car buyers warned of scams ahead of plate change

Bought vehicle add-ons using BNPL recently? You could be in luck

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has acted to provide consumers with some much needed love and protection on Valentine's day. If you've been into a dealership recently and used Klarna, Clearpay, Laybuy or Openbuy to pay for vehicle add-on products like extended warranties, GAP insurance and alike you could receive some money back. In fact, … Continue reading Bought vehicle add-ons using BNPL recently? You could be in luck