100 MPG+ During Your Commute When You Switch To a Motorcycle

Budget conscious motorists could be missing one of the biggest savings available on daily travel – Motorcycles! Did you know that small motorbikes and scooters can achieve well over 100 miles per gallon? How does that compare with your car?

Look around during your commute and you will notice that most cars have one occupant. That is a lot of spare space and metal to drag around and means they are simply burning money as fuel.

Learning to ride is not as difficult as you might think either; a one-day CBT test is all that is required for smaller motorcycles and scooters. Even if you can’t see yourself as a motorcyclist, then you will still gain vital road knowledge from the perspective of people on two wheels.

Switching from a medium sized car to a 125cc motorbike will net you savings on fuel, tax and insurance and in many cases will cover the cost of a brand new motorbike in the first year.

Combine all of the monetary advantages with the fact that motorcycles are great fun and can cut right through the traffic and they offer a solution to modern traffic problems that cannot be ignored.

http://www.cbt-test-training.info gives people looking to take their first steps in to the world of motorcycling all the information required from the moment they learn to ride a motorbike right through to taking the CBT or bike test.

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Europcar Launches New freeDeliver Service

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe for both leisure and business users, just made car hire easier, with the launch of its new freeDeliver service. Now customers hiring a car for two days or more can sit back and Europcar will deliver it to their door as well as collect it when their trip is finished – at no extra charge. The new, unique, service reflects Europcar’s sustained commitment to bring travellers added value on every booking.

freeDeliver offers Europcar customers the convenience of free car hire delivery and collection to their home address, within a 15 mile radius of the nearest Europcar location. No other car hire company offers such a service and Ken McCall, managing director, Europcar UK, believes it’s what customers want, so that they don’t have to use valuable time getting to and from car hire locations at the beginning and end of their journey.

“We are aiming to challenge the status quo of the car hire market with freeDeliver,” said Ken McCall. “As the market leaders, I think we need to set the benchmark for a new customer-focused car hire service for leisure travellers and freeDeliver is just one of the initiatives we are developing to achieve this. It’s a crucial step in putting the trust back into the relationship between car hire companies and leisure travellers.

“freeDeliver gives back time to our customers – and gives them a service with no strings attached. Business travellers already know how convenient it is to have the car delivered to their door and collected at the end of the reservation. Now we are giving that same convenience to leisure travellers.”

freeDeliver offers Europcar leisure customers the convenience of free delivery and collection at their home. Valid for all bookings for two days or more, it’s completely free of charge within 15 miles of any of Europcar’s 200 locations. Customers can have their car delivered to any address within an agreed one hour window, so there’s no waiting around and Europcar collects it at the end of the booking which means no hassle and no charge.

“There’s no question that time is the most powerful commodity we all have – yet none of us have enough of it,” concluded Ken McCall. “We wanted to create a way to give back time to our customers – without it costing them any more. No other hire company offers such a service, but we hope it will set the benchmark and others will follow suit because car hire needs to be as convenient as possible.”

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Admiral Reveals The Impact Of Rising Fuel Costs On Motorists

Admiral has found motorists using their cars less and ignoring problems with their cars due to motoring costs.

Half of UK motorists say they have reduced the amount of driving they do due to the rising cost of fuel, while more than nine out of ten feel ripped off by the current price of petrol and diesel. These are some of the findings of new research by car insurance expert Admiral that illustrate how motoring costs are affecting many drivers.

Admiral commissioned YouGov to survey 2,500 drivers as part of the annual Admiral Survey of Motorists. The results reveal the impact fuel prices are having on motorists, with 92% agreeing they feel ripped off by the current cost of fuel.

Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director said: “With the average cost of a litre of unleaded at £1.36 and diesel at £1.41, our research shows the depth of feeling British motorists have about the high cost of fuel right now. And it seems high fuel costs are actually affecting how much they drive, with 51% saying they’ve reduced the amount of driving they do.”

Admiral also asked motorists what percentage of the cost of fuel they believe is made up of duty and tax and what percentage of it they think would be a fair amount. On average, they believe 64% of the cost is made up of fuel duty and VAT, however they think a fairer amount would be less than half that at 31%. Actually fuel duty and VAT account for around 60% of the total price of petrol and diesel.

But it isn’t just the cost of fuel that’s affecting driving habits; other expenses are having an impact too. 18% said they have ignored a fault or problem with their car because of the cost of repairs. While 15% said they have cut back or stopped servicing their car due to costs, and even more worrying, 8% said they have ignored problems with their tyres due to the cost of replacing them.

Sue Longthorn continued: “It’s a concern that some motorists are willing to drive around with tyres not in the very best of condition. This could cause more serious problems long term and could even cause them to have an accident.”

Despite half of motorists admitting they have reduced the amount of driving they do because of the cost of fuel, they do not expect the rising cost of motoring will result in less traffic. Only 37% said they agreed it would result in fewer vehicles on our roads, compared with 41% who didn’t agree with this.

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MOT Changes Will Drive Up Repair Bills, Claim

People who buy cars from the small ads are likely to be hit with big bills if proposed changes to the current MOT testing schedule go ahead, a national used car retailer has predicted.

Private car buyers, says ACF Car Finance Limited, would stand a greater chance of inheriting costly mechanical faults which until now have been remedied by the car’s previous owner.

This, it believes, will be the consequence of delaying a car’s first MOT from year three to year four, and afterwards testing it only every two years instead of annually.

ACF Car Finance, which operates a network of car showrooms across the UK, says that reputable dealers will continue as they do at present to inspect cars thoroughly before sale.

Any mechanical faults or safety issues will be remedied at this stage – but buyers of cars from private sellers could find themselves landed with unexpected repair bills they can ill afford.

Such a prospect has been overlooked by MPs who are currently debating possible MOT changes, believes Mark Jones, Divisional Manager of Operations and Logistics at ACF Car Finance:

“Issues identified at the MOT are the responsibility of the car’s owner – but if no recent test has highlighted these and the car is sold, the problem is simply passed down the line,” said Mark.

“People who buy privately often do so because they believe they can save on showroom prices – but under this proposed new regime, such a decision could exact a severe financial penalty.

“The cost of a repair could be substantially higher than would have been the case had it been picked up earlier and put right by the previous owner,” he added.

Mark, who sends thousands of vehicles each year for MOT testing, says it’s a myth that modern cars are now much less likely to develop faults than in the 1960s when MOTs were introduced:

“ACF Car Finance has very strict buying policies and a team of experienced buyers, but we still MOT test every car before re-sale, including those less than three years old.

“It’s a fact that almost half require some degree of repair work, the majority of which is safety related.

“To put it simply, there is much more which can go wrong on modern cars, and the worsening condition of our roads, especially potholes, is also a major cause of vehicle damage.

“Lengthening the time between inspections of a car is going to mean that problems are overlooked, and then passed on by the private seller as an expensive legacy to the next owner.

“We are lobbying strongly for a drastic re-think of these proposals – but if they do go ahead, people should know that buying a car from the small ads could be a big mistake,” said Mark.

ACF Car Finance specialises in supplying vehicles to the growing number of people who find that even minor blemishes on their credit records are affecting their ability to borrow or get car credit.

More information about the company can be found at www.ACFCarFinance.co.uk.

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