Car safety is going to be one of your top priorities when you buy a vehicle. You want to make sure that it’s going to keep you safe on the roads. This is one of the advantages of buying a car brand new. You can make sure that all the safety features are working and functional. That’s not quite true when you buy one second hand. You might discover that the vehicle has developed some issues that make it a little more dangerous on the road. Luckily, no matter what type of car you drive, there are always options if you want to make it a little safer. Let’s look at a few of the best options.

New Tyres

If you’re worried about handling on the road, you can get tyres with better grip that will eliminate the possibility of controlled slides. While controlled, sliding across the road is still dangerous, and although some sports cars allow this, it’s not attended for the road but rather the track. With the right tyres, you can ensure your car stays glued to the road and completely in your control. If your tyres are starting to look like the tread is wearing away, you may want to think about getting them replaced. A thicker tread means more grip for those tight twists and bends.

Back Cam

There are two good things about having a back cam fitted to your car. First, it allows you to get a different view of the vehicle other than using the mirrors. This means that you have a smaller blindspot and less of a chance of colliding with someone on the highway due to not spotting their car. Second, and perhaps most importantly other drivers can see the back cam. That means they will drive more safely around you because they know you’ll have evidence of anything they do wrong. There is nothing more helpful to a car accident attorney than footage from a rear camera. Particularly, if they are attempting to prove wrongdoing or demonstrate that their clients was driving perfectly safely.

Bright Lights

You can think about getting brighter lights for your vehicle, particularly if you are prone to driving at night. HID car lights, while perhaps annoying for other drivers, certainly provide a clearer view of a dark road. You will be able to see further in front of you and ensure that you don’t hit an animal crossing the road or miss a patch of black ice. Be aware, though, some drivers will mistake these lights for you having your full beams on and flash you.

New Tech

Finally, if you’re buying a new car this year, you might want to think about investing in a model with the latest tech. New technology is definitely making cars safer for the roads. For instance, some new cars now have course correcting technology. They are able to recognise if you are in danger of crashing and adjust your driving accordingly. You’ll certainly be thankful for that if you’re not paying attention when driving through congestion.

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Here is some awesome news.  The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) have announced that three iconic cars representing unique American car culture will be displayed “center stage” on the National Mall in Washington D.C. from April 12 to May 4, 2017.

Exhibited in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the National Air & Space Museum and National Gallery of Art you can check out these amazing Hot Rods for free! All of the cars are owned privately and they are being commemorated as part of the National HVA Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be permanently archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

So what cars are you going to get to see and will you be inspired enough to google FindMeCarFinance and start your dream Hot Rod project?

Gypsy Rose


A beautifully painted 1964 Chevrolet Impala designed to go “low and slow” when it cruised East LA in the 1970s.  It was known as one of the most extravagantly painted lowriders of the period and was featured in the opening of the 1970s sitcom “Chico and the Man.”  Gypsy Rose was featured on the cover of Lowrider Magazine in 1980.

The McGee Roadster

A hot rod based on a 1932 Ford V8 Roadster.  It was built by Bob McGee, a soldier who returned from the war and attended and played football for the University of Southern California.  McGee raced the car on the California dry lake beds and used the car to promote hot rod safety.  The iconic car was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1948.

The Hirohata Merc

A 1951 Mercury Coupe that was purchased by Bob Hirohata and extensively customized by master craftsmen Sam and George Barris at their shop in Lynwood, California in 1952.  It was striped by Von Dutch and featured modified design elements from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and Lincoln. Under Hirohata’s ownership it was driven cross country from LA to Indianapolis and Detroit and back.  The car collected over 150 trophies during the first several years it was shown.


The objective of the HVA is to share America’s auto heritage with all American people.  The three cars being recognized on the National Mall celebrates the unique American story of the talented builders that modified production cars for speed and style.  These three examples represent true national treasures of the early days of the hot rod, custom and lowrider movements. It is their first time in Washington, DC.


The HVA expect hot rods, custom cars and lowriders to descend on the nation’s capital during the exhibition. This three-week 2017 exhibition expands upon the two-week 2016 HVA Cars at the Capital exhibition that featured President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car and President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6.

This is an awesome bit of news and one we are really excited about.  We are hoping to see the guys from Gas Monkey garage and various other celebrity auto legends, heading down to check out this brilliant display, so try and make the time if you can.  What a treat!

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Here’s some exciting news.  Mercedes launched the GLA this year and it has been selling really well over the last few months.  It’s  available with three petrol engines; GLA 200, GLA 250 4MATIC and Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. Power outputs range from 156 hp to 381 hp for the range-topping GLA 45, while combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions start at 50.4 mpg and 131 g/km CO2.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 by VATH

The GLA 200 d 4MATIC and GLA 220 d 4MATIC feature a 2.1-litre diesel engine capable of producing either 136 hp and 177 hp respectively. Combined fuel economy for the entry-level GLA 200 d is 67.3 mpg, while CO2 emissions can be as low as 108 g/km.

As before, the GLA is available in either SE, Sport or AMG Line trim. Customers opting for SE now benefit from Keyless-GO starting function as standard, alongside Apple CarPlay; a reversing camera; and off-road comfort suspension. A 360° camera is now also optionally available for £330 (only in conjunction with Premium and Premium Plus packages).

The Premium package is still available for £1,695 and includes Garmin satellite navigation; parking pilot; LED high performance headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist. For £2,995, the Premium Plus package includes the contents of the Premium package, with the addition of Keyless-Go Comfort package and a panoramic sunroof.


WhiteArt Edition

The new WhiteArt Edition is based on AMG Line trim, with the addition of 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish; black leather upholstery with white and crystal grey stripes; and black floormats with ‘EDITION’ lettering. The Premium package is also standard on WhiteArt Edition models. WhiteArt Edition is available for A-Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

Yellow Night Edition


The GLA 45 4MATIC Yellow Night Edition includes AMG aerodynamics package; AMG Night package; 20-inch AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels with yellow-painted rims; bodystyling with painted yellow details (on diffuser, rear wing and mirror housings); cosmos black metallic paint; Keyless-Go Comfort package; AMG performance steering wheel in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre with ‘EDITION’ lettering; and upholstery in Artico leather and Dinamica with yellow highlight stripes.


The Yellow Night Edition is also available on the Mercedes-AMG A 45, CLA 45, CLA 45 Shooting Brake.


Slipping into a new mercedes is relatively simple with some great affordable finance, however if you fancy seeing what it’s like to own one you could consider hiring a mercedes from the fleet at Xtreme Car Rentals.  It’s a great way of getting to know what it’s like to live with a luxury SUV as most dealerships will only let you test drive for a few hours.

There are, of course, other brilliant european SUV’s on the market.  Including the BMW X3 and the Audi Q7.  But we think the Mercedes is that little bit more indulgent.  Whilst it may seem strange opting for a european brand over our incredible ranges, the EU has strict emissions policies which could make your life a little bit greener.  So it’s worth checking things out and learning from our neighbours across the pond.

Automobiles play a big role in any business. Whether it’s a service fleet or a selection of company cars, they can have some significant purpose. Of course, vehicles are expensive no matter what their purpose. If you’re using them in the business, it’s time to get smart about how you finance them.

Have a better policy

If you’re providing company cars, then there are quite a lot of costs to consider. They are the financial responsibility of the business, from financing to insurance, and there’s some special tax to be considered on top of that. However, there are options to reduce the burden of the costs on the business. For instance, you can make use of novated leasing. This means the employer makes lease payments from the employee’s income pre-tax, meaning both employer and employee save on the costs of the car.

Manage more in-house

If you’re using a fleet of vehicles, for delivering to customers, managing your logistics or anything else, then think about how you supply and maintain those vehicles. If you’re using gas stations and garages in the area, you could be spending more than you really have to. Instead, think about using commercial fuel solutions to cut the costs of the middleman that is the fuel station out of your supply. You can also consider hiring mechanics in-house as part of the business. Paying for employees rather than services is cost-effective if you need to use those services too regularly.

Don’t do it all yourself

However, there are times that relying on some outside help can be a lot smarter than doing it all yourself. For instance, you need to consider how you move your vehicles. Perhaps you’re scaling or moving to a new location or you want to move company cars if you’re attending an event in another state. The right vehicle transportation service might be a more cost-effective and secure way to get it done. Especially if you’re moving multiple vehicles, then having them all driven there individually is going to cost significantly more in terms of fuel alone.

Make sure they work as efficiently as possible

If you’re using a fleet to provide a service like those mentioned above, then how that fleet used is of vital importance when considering their potential return on investment. For instance, if they’re delivering goods, then you want to make sure you’re rarely (if ever) letting them on the road without a full load. Otherwise, you’re wasting fuel on a trip that could get more done in return. Similarly, if they’re taking inefficient routes, then they’re wasting more time and money. They might even cause more late deliveries or hold up the logistics of the whole business. GPS tracking, fleet management and telemetric technologies can help you keep on top of the routes and uses of business fleets and create more efficient routes for them.

There’s nothing you can do to stop the business’s vehicles from being one of the bigger regular costs you have to deal with. However, with the tips above, we can hopefully see you saving money by taking them a lot more seriously. Whether that’s how you finance company cars or how you take care of and make use of a fleet.

Car insurance has to be the single worst expense when it comes to driving, and that’s because there seems to be no method to the madness and no reason for why premiums are so high.


That is where we come in because we have spoken to a wide range of car insurers and come up with a comprehensive list of ways in which you can lower your insurance costs. And don’t worry, we’re not going to waste your time with obvious suggestions like have a good driving record. Enjoy.


Always, Always Shop Around


As with everything in life, every company offers a different price, so it absolutely pays to shop around. It could be that you do your research and see what are the three cheapest insurers on average, and then approach them to find the best quote. However, to save a huge amount of time and hassle, we suggest you speak to a professional service, such as Money Expert, and get them to compare prices on your behalf. The benefit of this is simple; these companies have a huge database and a massive range of underwriters that they do business with, meaning you are getting the best deal from hundreds of insurers.


Another great tip is to always buy your insurance over the phone and not the internet, and that is because you will be able to discuss your needs with a person and massively improve your chances of lowering your costs. The problem with the internet is that you are interacting with a machine that is based on an algorithm, and typically means you may end up paying over the odds for excessive cover you don’t need.



Go With A Higher Excess


Excess is quite simply the amount you have to pay before your insurance policy can be used. This may seem like a foolish thing to do, but the chances you are involved in a crash are statistically unlikely, so why pay more for insurance when you may not need it. As such, we recommend you pay a higher excess and lower your premium costs by a substantial amount. Let’s say you increase your excess from £200 to £500; chances are your premium will be reduced by anywhere between 15 and 30 percent. Go with a £1000 excess and you could see your premium costs slashed by up to 45 percent. However, before doing this, it is always wise to have a lump sum saved and put to one side to cover the amount of excess you have agreed to.



All Insurance Under One Roof

The competition in the insurance sector is fierce, which means they try and offer great deals to attract your business. One of the most common and most cost-effective methods they use is to offer their customers a hefty discount when they buy two different types of insurance. As such, see if you can get a deal for getting both your house and car insurance from the same company. Another trick is to get multiple cars insured through the same company, so see what discounts you can get for multi-policy business when you shop around.

Do You Really Need Comprehensive Cover


This is a question that needs asking if you own an older car. Comprehensive cover is incredibly expensive compared to other insurance policies, such as Third Party, Fire & Theft. As a basic rule, if your car is worth less than 10 times the premium, then purchasing comprehensive cover may not be the most effective avenue to go down. As such, we recommend you go online, or to a local dealer, and find exactly what the retail value of your car is, and base your decision off the back of this.



Credit Rating Always Has A Say


Yup, a good credit history can have a huge impact on your insurance premiums, and that is because insurer almost always uses credit information to price their car insurance policies. The reason for this is because research has proved that those who maintain a good credit rating] have fewer claims. As such, we recommend you pay close attention to ways in which you improve your credit rating, such as paying bills on time and keeping balances as low as possible.



Do Less Miles

We all think we do the national average of 10-12,000 miles a year, but we don’t. Chances are, you did around half of that last year. However, we will say it again next year because we’ll panic. But stick to your guns and take advantage of the discounts offered to drivers that do fewer miles. You’ll be surprised at how much cash you can save by dropping from 10,000 miles to 8,000.

Other than the US, there aren’t many countries that have a bond with automatic cars. In the States, the majority of the cars don’t have a stick shift, whereas everywhere else loves a manual gearbox. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Well, it’s the Americans with their love of cars without a manual gearbox. Anyone who drives a manual will find it hard to believe that an automatic is a better car. The truth is, though, that an automatic car is just as good if not better than a stick shifter, and here’s why.

Automatic Gears Gear Lever Auto Circuit Gearshift
Automatic Gears Gear Lever Auto Circuit Gearshift


Easier To Drive


There is no doubt that a manual is a much harder car to drive because of the clutch. To switch gears and keep a manual moving, you need good clutch control, and although you might have it, you don’t need it with an automatic. Without a gear stick, you just put the car into drive and press down on the gas. If you want to brake, you gently touch the brake pedal. It is that easier, and it gets even easier after a handful of automatic driving lessons because you get more comfortable behind the wheel. Driving an automatic is like driving a big go-kart, and there is nothing easier to drive than a go-kart.


Very Fun


Go-karts are also a lot of fun, and so are stickless cars. In fact, they are just as much fun as a manual because they give you more time to enjoy the ride. Instead of having to think about slowing down and switching gear, you can concentrate on driving. That means you can drive faster and test out the car without the need to focus on arbitrary things like changing gear. Plus, a lot of automatic cars have a flappy paddle gearbox option, and that is so much fun because it makes you feel like Michael Schumacher in his prime. How is that not enjoyable?!


Fuel Economy


Most people might find this hard to believe as manuals have always been more fuel efficient. For a start, they are lighter, plus they use fewer RPMs when on the road. Automatics, however, are fighting back and are much easier on the gas than ever before. Take the Tesla as an example. The new Tesla is an electric car that only costs around $700 a year in fuel according to Forbes. $700 equates to $58 a month or $14.50 a week. Even with a manual transmission, it is hard to cut the costs any lower.


More Valuable


Now, the more they cost will increase the initial cost. The good thing is automatics also keep the value, unlike manuals. A regular car will lose up to half of its original cost as soon as you drive it off the lot. The new automatics are a little different because they are changing the face of the industry. If a Tesla will only cost you $14.50 a week to run, it makes sense that it will always be in demand. Plus, electric cars are the cars of the future, so their demand is already high.


Quite simply, you can sell an automatic car for more money than you can a manual, and that should blow your mind.

Many people enjoy large, off road journeys that can take them into high snowy climbs or through low boggy regions. It can be part of a wider holiday, like a camping trip or just something to do with the family over the weekend. There are many things you need to bear in mind when you conduct such a trip, things that if you are left without may ruin your trip or see you stuck out in the wild for an extended period of time. There are all kinds of myths with driving, but one of the constants is being prepared. If you are prepared then you can ensure you all enjoy the trip. Here are some tips that can see your off road adventure go without a hitch.


Get The Right Kind Of Tyres

You need to bear in mind that different surfaces need different tyres. If you need a long haul drive before you get to the destination then use someone like Wiltshire Tyres to ensure you have new tyres. Check the tread depth beforehand so that you know whether you need to replace them. When you get to the destination, you may need to do certain things with the tyres. For example, if you are climbing all over snowy mountains you may want to take tyre chains so you have purchase over rough icy ground. Tyres are super important because they are what connects you to the surface you’re driving over. If they aren’t right, you could be stuck.

Take Spare Parts


When driving over rough ground all kinds of things can happen that could break something. A spare tyre is a must, as is the jack and equipment to change it. You need to be sure you have good quality tools to make changes, such as a socket wrench to change spark plugs. Having one of these means you can make changes on the go as needed. Take lots of water too, and some oil in case you suffer any kind of rupture. A sat phone can be useful, letting you reach anyone in situations of need.


Do You Research


You need to make sure you research the area you are going to. You may be fine knowing you are driving over icy mountains for a day or so, but what if the weather gets really bad and you end up swallowed by a blizzard. It can be a really dangerous issue that you need to be careful in. Research completely mitigates it. There may be avalanche warnings out or severe weather warnings that cannot be ignored so make sure you do your research before going wherever you need to go.


Tell Someone

Someone needs to know you are going, don’t just take off with the family without letting someone know. Then, if they don’t hear from you for a predetermined amount of time they’ll know something is wrong and call the relevant authorities. You can go with peace of mind, knowing someone knows what you are doing and when you are due back.

Driving is one of the greatest skills that anyone can ever learn. Unfortunately, there’s no denying that it’s also one of the most expensive. For the average person, finding ways to slam the brakes on those rising costs is essential. Thankfully, no matter how many years you’ve been behind the wheel, there are ways to reduce those costs.

Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive-3

Lower driving expenses will help you enjoy a better relationship with your time behind the wheel. Of course, there are habitual changes like carpools. However, the most important thing is to consider every step of those driving activities. As long as you give it a thorough treatment, it should be a pretty smooth transition towards better driving.

Here’s all you need to know.

Pass First Time


The first step to becoming king of the road is to gain your driving license. In truth, this can be one of the most exciting times in your life, particularly when you get told that you’ve passed. However, it can be a costly process too, especially if you don’t take it seriously.


As a driver, you have a number of options at your disposal. Many people find that crash courses are a great solution for passing fast, and at the first attempt. However, the most important factor is that you prepare properly to give yourself the best chance of getting it right at the first attempt. Sadly, once you start getting to test four or five, you’ll find that your savings for that first vehicle have taken a big hit.


The practical elements aren’t the only key aspect to consider, though. Theory tests can become equally substantial if you let them. Whether it’s online practice or reading textbooks, giving it the attention it deserves is key.


Find The Right Car


Once you’ve passed your test, the world is your oyster. However, you’ll need a vehicle before embracing those opportunities, which is why getting this decision right is vital. Apart from anything else, you’ll remember your first car more than any other. Therefore, you must make sure that those memories are of a positive nature.


Whether you’re a first-time driver or an experienced one, finding the right model for your needs is essential. There is no right or wrong answer, as different people have varying needs and preferences. One thing that all drivers should do, however, is test drive any prospective purchase. Only your body will know if it feels right for you. Then again, if you’re lucky enough to be offered a freebie from your parents, you should grab it with both hands.

There are plenty of other questions to ask, such as whether to buy new or used. Likewise, you might want to wait until the new registration plates are close to release so that you can secure a better deal.  Combine this with the right decision regarding repayment plan, and the costs will drop significantly.


Give Your Car Some TLC


Vehicles are advanced bits of machinery, but they will inevitably encounter a few problems over the years. Those issues will become far more regular if you don’t treat the car properly, though. As such, looking after the motor should be a 24/7 challenge.


Simple jobs like maintaining tire pressure and fluid levels will go a long way to helping. Perhaps most importantly, you need to read your manual and understand the signs that trouble is brewing. Acting quickly will keep your vehicle safer, and reduce the long-term costs. Borrowing some cash from Personal Money Store will enable you to get your ride back into top health. By maintaining that condition, you should find that the car lasts longer and costs less to run.


There are a number of upgrades that can reduce the weight of your car to aid fuel consumption. Alternatively, you could simply invest in a Sat Nav to ensure that you always take the most appropriate route. You’d be amazed at how much money you save over the year. If it helps save time too, you’d be a fool not to capitalize.


Get The Best Deals


Finding the most cost-effective route to owning the car will offer a fantastic foundation, but it’s only the start of this process. If you truly want the best value for money, you need to take a panoramic view regarding all potential expenses.

After the car purchase, insurance costs are the next biggest expense. Thankfully, comparing the various deals with The Zebra will enable you to cut a huge chunk off of those bills. For new drivers, named drivers can be another great way to lower the costs – although you aren’t allowed to do it unless it is a legitimate reason. Meanwhile, searching for the best deals on new parts and other items should increase those savings even further.


Another time where you should go the extra mile for a great deal is when you sell your current car. Keep it clean, complete those other small maintenance tasks, and make it look more attractive. If it helps you get a better sale price, it will open your options greatly.


Drive Responsibly


Taking a responsible approach to consumer decisions will certainly put you on the road to success. Having said that, the fact is that your actions on the road can be equally influential to the overall costs of driving. Ultimately, it has to be a 24/7 commitment. Otherwise, you could open yourself up for a nasty fall.


Prevention is the best form of protection, and knowing the most common road accidents will help you avoid them. Anti-sleep devices and Bluetooth speaker systems can help you avoid dangerous distractions. Not only could this save you money; it could additionally save your life.

Aside from avoiding damage, you need to respect the law. Driving on the phone or over the speed limit can be very harmful to your finances. It could end up costing you your privilege of being allowed to drive too. Most importantly, if you aren’t prepared to take greater care on the road, you shouldn’t even be on it.

Is your car road ready or it just one bad turn away from coming to a complete halt? Believe it or not, your car will tell you if it’s about to break down. It could emit a funny smell or the lights might start to flash but more often than not, it’s going to be a noise that tells you something is wrong with your beamer and it needs a fix. Here are some of the most common noises that you might encounter with your own little speedster.


Any Noise When You Turn A Corner

If you’re turning into a bend and you hear a screeching, grinding or crunching noise it points to an issue with the steering. Now before you start to worry, we’re not suggesting that you’re suddenly going to lose complete control of your car. Once the vehicle starts making this noise you’ll have some time before it creates any serious issues. But you still need to get it checked out, even if it just needs some lubrication.


Humming Like A Hovercraft


Can you hear a humming or whirring underneath your car? Again this might mean that it needs some lubrication. Or, it’s possible that the transmission is shot and needs a repair. It could even point to a problem with the nuts and bolts holding everything together. The trouble here is that a noise underneath the car echoes clouding the original source. As such, it’s often impossible for a lay person to tell what is actually causing this noise. So, it could be something serious, or it might be completely innocent. You just won’t know and that’s why you should take it to a car mechanic. They’ll be able to run a few tests and quickly diagnose the issue.

Do your brakes squeal like a pig when you’re pressing down on them. Don’t worry, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have stopped working. Instead, it’s possible that they are squealing because they are a little dirty. Or, it might be because the brake pads have worn down to the point where they are completely useless. As such, this is another sound that you want to get checked out. If it stops, you can mostly assume it was just a little dirt. It’s when the squealing gets worse that there’s typically a problem.


Tick Tick Tick…Boom!


We’re only messing around, if your car is emitting a light ticking noise underneath the hood it’s probably something to do with the oil level. You need to put more oil in the car. Once you have done this it should stop and this is one rare noise that doesn’t lead to a costly repair.


Ratter Tat Tat

Finally, if you hear a rattling underneath the car, don’t just ignore it. It could be anything from a loose exhaust to a loose brake bad. Either way, something isn’t working properly and needs to be fixed. You don’t want to leave it too long. Otherwise, that loose piece of your car will probably fall right off.

2017 Volkswagen Golf car comes with new features that would make it among the top rated cars in the year 2017 for those who would like to increase their style and class. It will have a base engine of 1.8-liter turbocharged inline, a comparatively new iron-block unit belonging to EA888 engine family. In addition, it will produce 170 horsepower at about 4500 rpm with a 6-speed automatic. The powertrain is not particularly quick; one would easily say that its user friendly and has no turbo lag.


It will accelerate from zero-to-60-mph in just 7.5 seconds with top speed governed at about 125 mph. In addition, it will have sports system of a 9.2-inch glossy with flush-glass central display. With a personalized control panel of reconfigurable 12.3-inch LCD Gauge Cluster should enable choose your entertainment, communications, and navigation information much easier. This new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Review should enable you redefine your style and class from one level to another from its remarkable features.