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New Research: The Insurance Industry Foots A GBP1.9 Billion Fraud Bill

•As the insurance industry shoulders a GBP1.9 billion fraudulent claim bill and investigators report a 44% increase in fake motor insurance claims, car insurance stealth charges are also on the up

•Compulsory excess payments have been increased by 32% in the last year from GBP129
to GBP170 – 85% of drivers would pay this charge in the event of an accident

•Drivers with a compulsory excess above GBP500 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7% – 1.55% of these could pay between GBP1,000 to GBP3,000 to claim

•With over 4.4 million accidents resulting in a claim each year, this GBP41excess increase will make the insurance industry GBP154 million more in the next 12 months

•The number of drivers with a compulsory excess on their policy has jumped by 4% from 81% and currently impacts 21.5 million drivers

•On top of this, the average policy price has increased by 10% from GBP478.70 to GBP526.42 for fully comprehensive cover and almost 13% for third party

As the insurance industry foots a GBP1.9 billion fraud bill and recent reports reveal a 44% increase in false claims, new research from uSwitch.com shows that providers are strategically recouping this money from consumers by hiking compulsory excess charges by almost a third (32%) in the last year. In addition, the number of drivers being hit with a compulsory excess fee of between GBP1,000 and GBP3,000 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7%. Across the country, this means that in the event of an accident, drivers will now have have to pay their insurer an average of GBP170, a fee which has gone up by GBP41 from GBP129 since August 2008.

With over one in five drivers (4.4 million) claiming on their car insurance each year, insurance providers will now be making an additional GBP154 million more from compulsory excess hikes in the next 12 months. This GBP170 compulsory excess charge combined with the average voluntary excess payment of GBP197 can make claiming for an accident a costly business. In fact, any damage that costs less than GBP367 to repair really isn’t worth making a claim.

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Protect Your Taxi Company with Taxi Insurance

The main source of transportation in big cities such as New York City or Chicago, taxis offer many people the convenience of not having to deal with the responsibilities of owning a car. For a taxi company to thrive, however, it must possess a quality taxi insurance policy to protect not only their employees, but the customers as well. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com explains how vital taxi insurance is to a company. To compare insurance rates, fill out this form now.

“Not only are taxis a cheap alternative to owning a car, they also act as our own designated driver after a long night of over-age drinking,” the article, Taxi Insurance: Protection for Your Yellow Vehicle, reveals. “At the end of the day, however, a taxi is first and foremost a business, and any legitimate taxi company needs taxi insurance to protect their business. Operating in an industry that results in over two million passengers injured each year, taxi insurance provides taxis with the assurance that they will be protected in case an unfortunate incident occurs.”

Unlike standard auto insurance, taxi insurance provides a number of coverage options designed particularly for taxis. This includes liability coverage that protects the cab company, the driver, and the company’s assets. It also includes comprehensive coverage against vandalism, theft, fire and other damages caused by an accident.

There are certain requirements a taxi must first meet before even being considered for coverage. On top of functioning as fare-based, taxi drivers must also be between the age of 25 and 65, have a valid driver’s license for more than two years in the United States and possess a clean criminal record.

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Take Action Against Car Title Fraud

Most people were raised with the value of treating others the way they would like to be treated but unfortunately in this cutthroat society we live in these days, that value gets lost and it becomes every man or woman for themselves. Car title fraud is a prime example of people taking advantage of people for an easy profit. However, car title fraud can be avoided by simply performing a vehicle title history check, according to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com.

Knowing why car title fraud exists and how it works is an important stop in prevention. “The main reason car title fraud exists is because states lack conformity on what constitutes a ‘salvaged car,’” states the InsuranceAgents.com article titled, ‘Car Title Fraud: An Introduction‘. “There has been a push for the federal government to step in and mandate what is considered a ‘salvaged car’ so there isn’t a discrepancy between states.”

But until the feds step up to the plate, here are a few simple tasks that be accomplished by the purchaser to avoid car title fraud.

-Perform a vehicle title history check online by running the vehicle identification number, or VIN, of any vehicle made after 1981. -Take a pick from any of the numerous Web sites designed to perform accurate and timely VIN checks.

-Purchase car title insurance. This is relatively low cost and can save bundles if the buyer runs into a fraudulent title.

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Breaks From Driving Fuel Accident Rates

New research released by Lloyds TSB Insurance has revealed the serious impact of driving breaks on accident rates, as nearly 100,000 crashes caused last year were by drivers taking to the wheel after a long break from driving.

Lloyds TSB Insurance commissioned road safety experts to test the roadworthiness of licensed motorists who had not driven for six months or more. The results revealed that these drivers made four times as many serious safety errors as regular drivers, worryingly increasing their crash-risk by a quarter.

The insurer estimates that 98,000 accidents last year can be directly attributed to lack of driving practice, causing over £200 million worth of damage. Yet public awareness of the risks is low, with half a million ‘rusty drivers’ planning to take to the road in the next 12 months.

Driver ability in all key areas is impaired, according to the findings, with serious deficiencies in observation (86 per cent), speeding discipline (27 per cent), clutch control (33 per cent) and steering (13 per cent).

Crash risk is also heightened by the length of the driving ‘break’, with those taking to the wheel after a year nearly twice as likely to have an accident.

Despite the experiment revealing no marked difference in performance between the sexes, further research suggests women are more likely to take extended driving breaks than men (58 per cent vs. 42 per cent).

Commenting on the research, Karen McCarthy of Lloyds TSB Insurance, said:

“There is no substitute for practice and anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel after a long break needs to think really carefully about the risks. A simple refresher lesson or practice in a low traffic area can make a huge difference to your confidence and road awareness.”

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Truck Insurance Quotes For That Trusty Pick-Up

Auto insurance should be as vehicle-specific as possible. Just like luxury automobiles require premium auto insurance, pick-up trucks require a specific policy that offers extensive coverage as well as affordable rates. According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, truck insurance can be expensive if the consumer doesn’t know what steps to take before purchasing a policy.

“With its sturdy frame, blue collar-esque design, and pension for being practical instead of flashy, you might think insuring your pick-up truck will be inexpensive,” the article titled, ‘Truck Insurance: Fill The Bed Of Your Pick-Up With Savings’. “[But] auto insurance—and more specifically truck insurance—is determined by a number of different factors that you should be aware of if you want to find the lowest possible quotes.”

The factors that insurance companies look at in determining auto insurance quotes for trucks include the age, make, model, and anti-theft devices of the truck. Those interested in the most affordable truck insurance should compare quotes before purchasing their truck since make and model do factor into premiums.

Go online to InsuranceAgents.com to get in touch with an auto insurance agents and learn more about saving on truck insurance today.

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UK Tyre Specialist Welcomes Kumho’s Eco-Friendly SUV

Online tyres retailer Blackcircles.com has recently welcomed an announcement from tyre company Kumho about a radical innovation in the “green” cars field: an environmentally friendly sports utility vehicle.

As almost every manufacturer offers 4×4 options, Blackcircles.com has always offered a wide range of 4×4 tyres, including Pirelli Scorpion, the Goodyear Wrangler and the Michelin Diamaris. However, traditionally, 4x4s are considered to be damaging to the environment. Usually you will never hear the terms ‘sports utility vehicle’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ used to talk about the same car, but this vehicle developed by Kumho, which they have named ‘Fortis’, accomplishes this anomaly.

Kumho Tires are currently a huge tyre supplier, producing millions of tyres for SUVs, among other types, every year and exporting them worldwide. The company is based in South Korea, but has factories in China, Vietnam, and most recently in the United States.

Rob Dolton, the car designer behind the Fortis, is in fact the only qualified vehicle designer employed in the tyre industry, and he is based at Kumho’s European Technical Centre in Birmingham. Dalton is using this car to demonstrate Kumho’s new breed of 4×4 tyres, and to show what SUVs of the future could look like.

Fortis is a combination of the brute force of an SUV, and delicate aesthetics inspired by South Korean glass sculpture. It still has a lot modern features: the drivetrain consists of four separate 100hp chassis-mounted motors for each wheel. This allows off-road traction, ESP and hill descent with trouble-free transitions between four wheel drive and two wheel drive, front wheel drive and rear wheel drive.

Mike Welch, MD of BlackCircles.com, said “The vehicle type and the terrain you drive on always dictate the best kind of tyres for you, tyres last longer if they are used for the purpose they were designed. So having tyres that can adapt to their environment is a great innovation! This is definitely a look into the future of tyre design.”

While these tyres are not yet in production, Kumho tyres such as the Kumho 769 and Kumho Ecsta are currently available through BlackCircles.com with some fantastic savings.

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Breaking Free from SR-22 Insurance

If you’re a driver who has had a few too many run-ins with the law as of late, prepare to be filing for SR-22 insurance in the near future. Unlike other insurance policies, however, this insurance won’t provide you with protection. According to a recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com, SR-22 insurance is not something drivers want to possess.

“Like other types of auto insurance, SR-22 insurance is basically a document that proves you have financial responsibility,” the article, Getting Acquainted With SR-22 Insurance, reports. “If you are cited by law enforcement for driving without insurance then you will be required to carry proof of SR-22 insurance for roughly three years just as if you were on probation.”

Although proof of financial responsibility can be obtained through most insurance providers, it is a strenuous process. Drivers are simply better off practicing safe driving because there are several incidents that can cause you to file for SR-22 insurance. They are:

1. Committing a DWI, DUI or other serious violations
2. Having your license suspended or revoked
3. Being involved in an at-fault accident without insurance
4. Having a tendency to repeat traffic violations

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Locking Down Suzuki Motorcycle Insurance

Suzuki offers a wide range of vehicles but is perhaps best known for their slick, sporty, super fast motorcycles. If you are contemplating satisfying your inner speed freak with a Suzuki motorcycle, be sure you effectively protect it with Suzuki insurance. You can find the most competitive rate possible for your new ride by going online to Vehicle Insurance Quotes Today Equals Auto Insurance Savings compare multiple auto insurance quotes.

Typically, insurance providers will charge higher rates for vehicles that are deemed dangerous, high-risk, or expensive. Suzuki motorcycles fall into this category and thus usually require extensive Suzuki insurance policies that come with pricey premiums. It is absolutely necessary to protect your Suzuki with an all-encompassing policy regardless of the price. However, according to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, you can secure the most affordable Suzuki insurance possible by taking a few simple precautions.

According to the article, the first and most important step is talking to several auto insurance agents about different Suzuki insurance policies. Doing this will allow you to compare and contrast between different policies to find the cheapest one out there and may also save you money on your vehicle by leading you toward a different model that is cheaper to insure.

Suzuki insurance isn’t going to be cheap but it can be affordable if you know the steps to take. Insurers will always consider vehicles like Suzuki motorcycles to be high risk to insure but you can find yourself the best possible rate for your Suzuki insurance by going to InsuranceAgents.com today to compare insurance quotes.

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Suspended Licenses Result In High Car Insurance Quotes

Just because you made a few mistakes that resulted in your license getting suspended doesn’t mean you’re cursed to receive high car insurance quotes for the rest of your life. There are steps you can take so you can start fresh with a clean driving record and low auto insurance premiums.

According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, committing too many violations on the road could result in a suspended license. “As if it weren’t daunting enough to lose your key to open and unrestricted transportation, a suspended license may cause your auto insurance premium to skyrocket.”

Once your license is suspended you should really invest yourself in proving to your insurance company that you are taking your driving seriously. You can do this by taking a defensive driving course, paying all fees you owe to the DMV, and even applying for a temporary license.

The InsuranceAgents.com article states, “To get a temporary permit/license, the suspended-licensed driver will have to pay their state’s reinstatement fee, fulfill responsibility criteria and successfully complete a written test. To keep this privilege, the driver is not allowed to make even one more moving violation.”

So if you have a suspended license or are interested in learning more about managing life with a suspended license, you should visit InsuranceAgents.com. There you will find a plethora of insurance agents willing to work with you and your situation, no matter what it is.

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2p Fuel Duty Increase Will Cost Drivers £1 Billion Extra in the Next Year

As petrol prices spike at a six month high of 104.7p per litre, Brits face the prospect of another 2p per litre rise in fuel duty on 1 September. New analysis from uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service, reveals that consumers will be forced to shell out an extra £29 per year as a result of the impending price hike – equating to an additional £1.16 for every tank of petrol they buy. In total, this will cost UK drivers over £36 million in the next month alone as the cost of filling the average tank hits over £62. This is a 26% (£12.99) increase since 2007, when a full tank cost a more modest £49.22 (87.9p per litre).

Adding insult to injury for motorists, industry experts suggest that petrol prices are in fact set to soar by up to 3p a litre at the height of the holiday season this month, due to the rising prices of oil and an 8% rise in the wholesale cost of fuel. Coupled with the double whammy of the 2p fuel duty increase, consumers could be subject to a 5p a litre rise in total. Further knocks to drivers include government plans to end the temporary cut in VAT on January 1, 2010 – just months after the fuel duty increase comes into force.

However, the research suggests that British motorists are not simply prepared to sit back and watch their petrol bills rocket! One in three drivers (33%) are now planning to ditch their larger gas guzzlers and in favour of a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle, with over a third (36%) citing fuel efficiency as the most important consideration when buying a new vehicle.

“It is not surprising that, for drivers looking to buy a new or second-hand vehicle, size increasingly matters. Flash Harry’s are becoming well and truly flushed, with more and more motorists prioritising fuel efficiency over ‘forecourt flashiness’ by downsizing their cars to pre-empt the increasing expense of filling up the tank. Getting from A to B is more about MPG than ever before, and, with further petrol price increases in the offing, drivers are right to think about the total running costs of a vehicle before making a final decision on the forecourt.”

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While Seeking Mitsubishi Insurance May Be A Strenuous Action, There Are Ways To Simplify The Process

While seeking Mitsubishi insurance may be a strenuous action, there are ways to simplify the process. Many drivers are unaware of the factors that go into determining insurance quotes for their vehicles, but a recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com reveals the ease that goes into purchasing Mitsubishi insurance.

“In order to give yourself the best possible chance at finding the most competitive and adequate Mitsubishi insurance on the market, do yourself a favor and go online to compare auto insurance quotes from multiple auto insurance agents,” the article, Mitsubishi Insurance High For Some Models, states. “To further secure yourself the appropriate type and amount of Mitsubishi insurance, you must understand what factors go into determining the quotes you’re receiving.”

The article suggests, however, that there are other ways you have to prepare. “No matter what brand of car you purchase, your luck in finding extensive and convenient auto insurance is determined by the specific model you’ve chosen. Mitsubishi insurance is no exception to this rule.”

There are also several factors that go into determining Auto insurance rates. The list, referencing the Highway Loss Data Institute, explains that the statistical rankings of the make and model you purchased in the areas of cost of injury, collision, and theft claims are all important factors.

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Auto Insurance Rates Rose 3 Percent Last Year. In 2009, They’re Expected To Rise Another 4 Percent, At Least

It may seem impossible to believe, but auto insurance can still be affordable. Even though rates are rising in most areas of the country, drivers don’t have to let their insurance policies lapse in order to save money, according to a recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com.

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Auto insurance rates rose 3 percent last year. In 2009, they’re expected to rise another 4 percent, at least. In some areas (depending on the carrier), they’re expected to rise even more. And with many U.S. households suffering from grossly reduced incomes, many drivers may be led to believe that affordable auto insurance is a myth. But it may just require a little digging up to find.

According to the InsuranceAgents.com article, “Several Tips to Keep Auto Insurance Premiums Low as Rates Rise,” drivers who want to keep their auto insurance coverage need to begin their search by figuring out what auto insurance quotes are in their price range.

“The first step in beginning their search for low auto insurance quotes is to figure out exactly how much they are willing to spend on auto insurance. In order to do this, they will have to sit down and budget their expenses,” according to the article.

This means having to calculate finances, like one’s income, savings, expenditures, bills and debts, and miscellaneous expenses.

When trying to save money, the last thing one should do is drop their insurance policies to simply save money in the short term. This puts the former policyholders at risk for a huge financial loss, and too often results in them losing thousands of dollars in even minor events (like a fender bender in a car accident, for example). Not to mention, driving without auto insurance is against the law, in most states.

InsuranceAgents.com suggests other ways to save money on auto insurance, including raising the policy’s deductible, asking for discounts, driving less, practicing safe driving, maintaining good credit, searching for auto insurance quotes regularly, and also, figuring out the right amount of coverage (under-insuring and over-insuring can both cost you too much money).

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GM And Chrysler Bankruptcies Bring Worries About Warranties and Auto Insurance

With the recently filed bankruptcies of both GM and Chrysler approved, consumers are flooding social media sites, blogs and advice columns with questions about car warranties and auto insurance. According to research conducted by FreeInsuranceAdvice.com, these questions primarily fall into three categories:

• Will car warranties be honored by the manufacturers and dealers?
• Does the bankruptcy filing impact existing auto insurance policies?
• How will outstanding car loans be affected?

Car warranties will be honored
A majority of the postings were related to whether GM and Chrysler car warranties would be honored. According to an interview in USAToday with Steve Harris, General Motors’ vice president of global communications, the answer is yes. In addition to the company’s backing, the government’s Warranty Commitment Plan was announced in March to reassure buyers of General Motors and Chrysler vehicles that warranty claims would be honored during the companies’ restructurings.

Auto insurance policies need to be monitored
Most people have insurance directly through major insurance companies and those policies are not affected by the bankruptcies. The financial services groups of both GM (GMAC Financial Services) and Chrysler (Chrysler Financial) are separate companies with strong financial records, despite their parent companies’ problems. It is expected that they will be affected negatively only to a small degree and for a short period of time as the companies emerge from bankruptcy. However, consumers who do have their insurance carried by these financial service groups should check with their insurance agents to ensure that coverage is adequate and continuous along with getting the best car insurance advice possible.

“Consumers are rightfully nervous but the sky is not falling,” says Michael Crosson, Publisher of FreeInsuranceAdvice.com. “These two major car manufacturers should emerge stronger, leaner and certainly more focused on creating better products. This may even include better and longer warranties and better insurance offerings. At FreeInsuranceAdvice.com, our goal is to provide the most up-to-date information as the market changes.”

Car loans unchanged
Other consumers were concerned about being credited for payments made to the financial services groups of the bankrupt companies. Consumers who have loans should continue to make their payments, according to federal authorities supervising the bankruptcies. However, for these finance companies the future is far from rosy. “Clearly, auto finance delinquencies are increasing,” says Bradley Rubin, automotive sector specialist with BNP Paribas in an interview in TheStreet.com. “We think there will be a significant increase in auto finance delinquencies this year.”

FreeInsuranceAdvice.com is a consumer information service center that provides a wide range of articles and helpful resources on auto, home, health and life insurance advice. The website was launched in March of 2009 and is one of the largest repositories of teen car insurance information available online. The company is headquartered in Gold River, CA.

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DragonFire Racing Takes Over Round 3 and 4 in Lucas Off Road Racing Series

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

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“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

DragonFire Racing is an industry leader in the performance racing field and a one stop shop for fabrication, paint, performance and protection for stock and custom ATV, Side-by-Side and other off road racing vehicles. In addition to the Yamaha Rhino parts, racers can find a wide selection of ATV exhausts and side-by-side parts, for all major brands including the Polaris Razer, Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Prowler and Honda Big Red parts.

With a 10,000 square foot corporate facility and newly opened retail facilities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif., DragonFire Racing has grown to be a reliable and preferred solution for outdoor racing enthusiasts. For more information on the Yamaha Rhino 700 EFI or DragonFire Racing, please visit http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

About DragonFire Racing
DragonFire Racing is a leader in custom racing performance parts and accessories for Yamaha Rhinos Performance, Sand Rails, Pre-Runners, Arctic Cat Prowlers, Polaris Rangers, Kawasaki TeryxSide X Side parts, ATVs with headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Focused on building performance accessories and turnkey race vehicles, DragonFire Racing delivers high performance parts and vehicles to customers and dealers worldwide. DragonFire Racing has franchises in California and Arizona. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

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New High Performance Car Tuning Parts Shop By TorqueCars

TorqueCars have a fine online reputation for giving unbiased and practical advice to the car tuning and car styling community. TorqueCars now announce the exciting launch of a new online car parts shop.

As well as offering big name performance parts the shop offers a wide selection of car styling parts to cover subtle interior modifications to full exterior styling. You will also find a wide range of alloy wheels in the very latest styles and colours.

The aims of the shop are to provide great value performance parts. A wide range of parts is provided and covers the casual car modifier looking to improve his car in subtle ways for road use all the way up to high performance track day parts.

You will find all of the big name brands in the shop and the search facility allows you to see which parts are available for your car. The site also contains feedback and customer ratings on each product which helps the decision making process.

Order fulfillment is provided by POTN, an established online car parts provider, and benefits f r o m their network of contacts and suppliers. 

TorqueCars owner Waynne Smith says “We are very excited by this partnership and it has already been very well received by our car tuning community. It took a long time to find a company who had similar aims and aspirations to ourselves and together we have created, what we hope will be, the ultimate online car parts store.

We never rest and are always looking for new innovative products to offer and ways to improve the shopping experience. The latest development is that we can now ship to most countries around the world although orders have to made via email and paid via pay pal.”

With the release of the latest Fast and Furious film there has been a big increase in interest for tuning cars. The partnership between TorqueCars and POTN certianly couldn’t have been better timed.

“At POTN.COM we are always looking to form partnerships with other businesses that will offer our customers a richer experience. TorqueCars is an excellent example of a business that gives car enthusiasts information and advice which is of a really high standard. It is an absolute pleasure to associate ourselves with them.” – Nick Morton. Managing Director. POTN.COM

It is impressive to see such success in the current economic climate but it goes to show that if you offer a good quality product at the right prices you can easily buck the trend. The credit crunch does not appear to be preventing car enthusiasts f r o m making the most of their cars. In fact it may well be helping as people avoid replacing their car and look for ways to upgrade its performance and handling. To see the full range of products and browse the store go to http://torquecars.potn.com

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Online Tyre Retailer Blackcircles.com Launches Service In The Netherlands

Selecting the right tyres for your vehicle is now easier than ever for Dutch motorists with the launch of Auto Banden Shop – the Dutch trading site for online tyre retailer Blackcircles.com.

By visiting Autobandenshop.com, motorists in The Netherlands can now have access all the major tyre brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, Dunlop and Continental at the kind of low prices that have already transformed the UK market.

The ability to purchase online and have tyres delivered straight to their home will now make it easier than ever for Dutch motorists to stay safe on the road and choose high quality tyres.

Mike Welch, Managing Director of Blackcircles.com, said: “One of the core guiding principles of Blackcircles.com is that there should be no barriers to tyre safety and we are delighted to be helping Dutch motorists to stay safe on the road.”

“The decision to enter the Dutch market was driven by what we were seeing amongst competitors who are growing on the back of offering customers an inferior deal.”

“Our aim in Holland is to set a new standard for low cost tyres combined with high quality service.”

In the UK, the company’s fast, high quality service has ensured that 40% of its monthly business comes f r o m customer referrals. Blackcircles.com has been able to save customers an average of 40% on their normal purchase of tyres.

Mike Welch is one of the UK’s leading young entrepreneurs having left school at 16 to become a tyre fitter before going on to launch Blackcircles.com in 2001 and take it to turnover of £10 million.

 

Blackcircles.com was founded by Mike Welch in 2001 and has more than 300,000 customers and sales of £10m. In 2008, Pneus En Ligne was launched in France, offering mail order tyres for the French auto market.

Autobanden Shop in Holland is one of several other European trading sites launched by Blackcircles.com which include Mein Reifen in Germany, Neumaticos-net in Spain, and Pneumatici Tutte in Italy. Blackcircles.com was recently named as one of 20 winners at the 2009 BT Business Essence of the Entrepreneur awards, where Mr Welch also received the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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Scottish Motorists Leave Russell Standing For Kiera

Scottish drivers are ten times more likely to stop at the roadside for Hollywood star Kiera Knightley than controversial comedian Russell Brand, while only 1% would help Kerry Katona, according to a recent survey.

Kiera Knightley topped a poll by Internet tyres retailer Blackcircles.com, with 30% of all Scottish motorists saying they would come to her rescue if she had a flat tyre. In contrast, the figures revealed that TV & radio presenter Russell Brand, himself no stranger to TV and movie success, would be helped by just 3% of motorists in the country.

Former Atomic Kitten singer and reality TV star Kerry Katona fared worst of all in the survey of more than 1,000 drivers, with just 1% saying they would give her roadside assistance, leaving her joint bottom of the survey with football ‘hardman’ Vinnie Jones.

Mike Welch, managing director of Blackcircles.com, which operates from 95 garages in Scotland, says the survey highlights some quirky points about motorists’ behaviour. He says: “It’s reassuring that there are still some Good Samaritans on our roads, especially if you happen to be a beautiful Hollywood A-lister.

“My advice to Kerry and Russell would be, if you’re planning a trip to Scotland in the near future, check your tyres immediately because the public won’t be coming to your rescue!”

Blackcircles.com operates by allowing customers to buy their tyres online or over the phone and have them fitted at one of more than a thousand independent garages across the country, with savings of up to 40 percent compared to high street tyre retailers.

Blackcircles.com was founded by Mike Welch and has more than 300,000 clients and sales of more than £10m. Mr Welch is the former business and e-commerce manager at Kwik Fit and founded Blackcircles.com in 2001. Blackcircles.com offers over 40,000 tyre items from budget tyres to mid-range and premium brands. Blackcircles.com was recently named as one of 20 winners at the 2009 BT Business Essence of the Entrepreneur awards, where Mr Welch also received the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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LV= car insurance has revealed that almost one in five drivers (19%) has downsized or sold one of their cars since the onset of the credit crunch in a bid to save money

LV= has revealed the main reason given by motorists for downsizing their vehicle over the last eighteen months was to save money in fuel (61%) while nearly a third (29%) said they did it to cut the cost of road tax. Those who downsized their vehicle estimate they have already saved an average £309.

Despite the emphasis from the Government on ‘greener’ driving, only one in six (15%) of those who had downsized cited environmental concerns as part of their decision.

Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents to the LV= survey said they would consider buying a second car to reduce their insurance premiums. LV= analysts recommend looking for a common make of car with a smaller engine as that will generally help to reduce insurance costs.

LV= also suggested several steps motorists should take in order to get the best value car insurance including shopping around and ensuring the driver has the right class of cover and is not paying for business or commuting use if they don’t require it.

With more UK motorists downsizing, or buying second hand instead of new cars, the effect on new car sales has been catastrophic, with sales of new cars falling by a third over the last year and 600 fewer vehicles a week being registered in November 2008 compared to the same time the year before. As a result, car production has slumped by a third over the last year and the Government is now considering extending state aid to the troubled motor industry.

John O’Roarke, Managing Director of LV= Car Insurance, said: “Buying a car is often the second biggest purchase people make after their house so it’s only natural that in the current economic downturn, when people are being more careful with their money, they also look to save on motoring costs.

“This is undoubtedly a smart move, as the credit crunch looks set to bite deeper. By following the guidelines above, motorists downsizing should be able to make significant savings every year without having to consider getting rid of their car altogether.”

Opinium Research carried out a survey of 1,954 people between 12 and 16 December 2008.

About LV=:
LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. The new LV= brand identity was launched in March 2007. LV= employs more than 3,700 people, serves more than 3.6 million customers and members, and manages around £7 billion on their behalf. LV= is also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly Societies Year Book 2006/2007, Total Net Assets) and a leading mutual financial services provider. The company offers car, travel, home insurance, and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website: www.lv.com

LV= insures over 1.6 million cars and 480,000 households in the UK and has been awarded the Defaqto five star insurance rating for home and car insurance.

Via EPR Network
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