Car advice

Carrying out a DVLA MOT check

The benefits of completing a car MOT check An MOT check could uncover a host of hidden details when you’re buying a car, that determines whether you’re buying into someone else’s problems or not. There are a variety of reasons for taking advantage of the DVLA MOT check and the additional services that provide even…

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Fixter debunks the most common driving myths

From driving without shoes to the MOT renewal ‘grace period’—we debunk them all! You’ve probably heard worse than we’re going to include here (in fact, we’d love to hear them if you’re willing to share) but every driver has had an argument about or been subject to someone telling them a driving myth that simply…

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Car advice

The Fixter guide to squeaky steering

My car squeaks when turning! What should I do? Let’s face it; some noises are just plain annoying. There are plenty of sounds that your car will make to cause you frustration and despair over its life, but when a car squeaks? It’s just plain annoying. A squeak could be nothing. Or it could be…

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Car advice Fixter MOT FAQ

The Grand Fixter MOT FAQ of 2020

Everything you always wanted to know about the MOT* (*but were too afraid to ask) Ok, so we’re not Woody Allen, and it’s highly unlikely that this is going to turn into a ‘cult’ blog post. However, there are plenty of questions involving motoring basics that our customers get a little flushed or embarrassed about…

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Car advice Car smartphone

Controlling your car with your smartphone

How our smartphones are taking over the way we control our cars You’d be hard-pressed to find a vehicle manufacturer that doesn’t include a smartphone app as part of the package when selling you a new car. The most standard of those apps could well include remote start/stop functions and manage your central locking system…

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Car advice Air conditioning

Air conditioning tips to get the best from your system

All the air-con information you need to get the most from your A/C unit Your car’s air conditioning unit shouldn’t just be responsible for keeping you cool in summer. It offers benefits all year round, keeping your cabin at the optimum temperature, eliminating condensation, speeding up the demisting process, and more. Keeping your system in…

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Car advice Exhaust

How to carry out simple exhaust repairs

Using tapes, bandages, pastes and patches, to stop your exhaust from blowing When you consider current car exhaust prices, it can make sense to patch up those small holes and leaks around the joints. A good quality exhaust will last much longer than it once would have. Stainless steel has replaced galvanised in most instances,…

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Car advice Wing mirror

How to replace wing mirror glass

Replacement wing mirror glass: a complete guide We use our wing mirrors every time we drive, without giving them a second thought. Well, not unless they’re covered in snow, too dirty to see anything through, or broken. If you’ve got a broken wing mirror, then it depends how badly broken it is as to what…

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Car advice Mobile Tyre

Mobile tyre fitting: your complete guide

Everything you need to know about mobile car tyre fitting A mechanic or car enthusiast will encourage you to check your tyres regularly and take as good care as possible of them, to extend their life and keep you safe. In truth, as a typical driver, we probably don’t pay as close attention to them…

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Car advice Oil change

The Fixter guide to your oil and filter change

What difference will an engine oil and oil filter change make? The answer to our first question is: it could save your engine from expensive damage that you could have easily avoided. Your engine oil is designed to keep all the internal workings of your engine running smoothly and safe from harm. It protects moving…

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Car advice DPF filter

What is a DPF filter, and how does it work?

What is DPF on a car, its function, and how best to maintain it? There are plenty of technical terms and car part names bandied around the motor industry that leave many drivers in confusion. DPF is one such term. So, what does DPF mean? Well, DPF stands for diesel particulate filter. They feature solely…

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Car advice Alloy wheel

How much does an alloy wheel refurbishment cost?

How much does an alloy wheel refurbishment cost? How to repair alloy wheels and refurbish them A good set of alloy wheels can make a standout car—but only if they’re in tip-top condition. Alloy corrodes. It’s also pretty soft compared to the steel construction of a more basic and cheaper wheel. What that adds up…

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Car advice Car windscreen

How to clean and care for your car windscreen

Car care tips – how to clean a windscreen for your optimum visibility In the following article, we’re going to look at the best ways to take care of your car windscreen—inside and out. As well as washing and polishing the glass, we’re going to look into how to change windscreen wipers, how to demist a…

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Car advice Lambda sensor

What does a lambda sensor do?

What is a lambda sensor? In simple terms, a lambda sensor measures the amount of oxygen in your exhaust fumes, to ensure your engine is burning fuel correctly. We’ll dive a little deeper into exactly how and why in a moment. We’ll also answer a few other questions, such as ‘how do you test a…

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Car advice Cat D damage on car

What is Cat D damage on a car?

What is Cat D damage? There are 4 levels of insurance write-off when it comes to cars; Category D was one of them. Up until October of 2017, the 4 write-off categories have been ranked from A to D. So, what is Cat D in the new system? Category N is the new name for…

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Car advice Antifreeze

All you need to know about antifreeze for your car

The best ways to use antifreeze for car care Antifreeze is the active component in your engine’s coolant. Generally, antifreeze is mixed 50:50 with water; it’s this mixture that is primarily responsible for keeping your engine cool enough to operate at its optimal temperature, and from freezing in the cold months. It helps your coolant…

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Car advice How much does it cost to wrap a car?

How much does it cost to wrap a car?

Whether you’re rebranding or recolouring, just how much does a car wrap cost? No matter how much you love and care for your car, time is going to take its toll. That gleaming showroom appearance will slowly fade, the vibrant lustre finish will begin to lose its sparkle, and your what was once your pride…

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The safest new family cars of 2019

Euro NCAP appraise the new models that are the UK’s safest family cars of 2019 The European New Car Assessment Program (or Euro NCAP if you don’t want to have to regurgitate such a mouthful each time you mention them)…

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News Coronavirus outbreak UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Fixter remains operational through the Coronavirus lockdown 25 March 2020 The safety of our vehicles is still paramount despite the Coronavirus MOT 6-month extension Today the government has announced an extension of 6 months on MOT due dates, and has…

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News How to pass your MOT first time

How much should an MOT cost?

There are an abundance of high-street variations available for your car’s yearly MOT test. If you’re looking to keep as much of your money in your own pocket as possible, then those special offers you’ve seen for £20 tests will…

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How much are shock absorbers?

The cost of replacing shock absorbers The shock absorbers on your car play an essential role in the comfort of your vehicle’s drive quality. This gas or oil-filled tube, compressed by a piston, is responsible for levelling out your car’s…

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News Engine BMW

How much should a car service cost?

How much does it cost to service a car? According to searches and statistic figures, the average price for a car service in the UK is £125. But which service is that? There are a selection of different service alternatives…

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News Car engine

How to check and change brake fluid?

Checking and changing your car’s brake fluid The following article should answer any questions you may have regarding your car’s brake fluid. You should be better equipped to know when you’re likely to need to replace it, what it’s expected…

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David Beckham Range Rover Sport for sale

Next week’s London Classic Car Show includes an auction, facilitated by COYS of Kensington, of celebrity-owned cars like a Range Rover Sport driven by David Beckham. On 16 February at 2:00PM viewing begins for cars like Beckham’s. Other autos include…

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Your driveway could generate £325+ per year

Based on yourparkingspace‘s driveway and other private parking space owners’ earnings of over £15million in 2018, you could be missing out on at least £325. With 45,000+ registered listings, the online marketplace turns empty spaces into cash. Although London, with…

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Car advice

Car rental tips for holiday travels

If your holiday travels require a car rental within the UK, make sure to follow the tips below. Provided by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), you’ll find pointers to avoid unnecessary hassle. The organisation claims many companies…

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Cheap parking in Greater London

14 years ago London introduced parking reform, impacting the allocation of spaces to tenants of new buildings. Rather than imposing a minimum number of required spaces, as handled before 2004, buildings were set with a maximum amount. Following 2001’s Planning…

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Dacia introduces new UK home delivery programme

Avoid the dealership altogether Building and pricing cars online isn’t necessarily innovative. However, Dacia makes the process quicker and easier for customers. Through arecently launched online portal, only four steps stand between you and a new Dacia. After selecting financing…

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Nearly 300,000 Vauxhall Zafira cars recalled

Affecting 2005-2014 models Following the Vauxhall Zafira 2015 recall of 235,000 cars built between 2005-2014, the plagued manufacturer recently found 47,000 additional at risk autos. Although most of the originally identified cars were fixed, about 32,000 are awaiting repair. The…

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BMW UK fire risk recall

Half million UK BMW’s recalled in 2018 If you drive a diesel-engined 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, X3, X4, X5, or X6, built between 2012 and 2016, your car could be one of 268,000 recalled models. Additional models included…

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2019 Jeep Wrangler October launch

All-terrain contender With many challenges to consider, including recent penalties for diesel and high emissions, the new 2019 Jeep Wrangler offers a small petrol engine. Launched in the UK over the weekend, Jeep’s infamous off-road vehicle starts at £44,495 -…

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Save £9,500 off new Renault ZOE EV

Beyond initial cost-savings As part of Renault’s scrappage programme, allowing drivers to swap old cars for new models, you could save up to £5,000 on a new car. When combining this reduction with the UK government plug-in grant of £4,500,…

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Repairs & prices

Car battery replacement

Lifespan Although a car battery can last for at least five years (when properly cared for), it will usually become worn and inefficient within three years. This reduced lifespan is due to external factors like cold, wet weather – a…

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Volkswagen incubator welcomes six auto start-ups

Inaugural international start-up programme German automaker Volkswagen selected start-ups at pitch competitions in Tel Aviv, Prague, London, Riga, and Hanover dealing with car-pooling, petrol payment, blockchain vehicle history, route optimisation, e-vehicle charging station booking, and road surface quality. Named the…

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Dyson electric car UK test track

Dyson shows commitment to EV market To compete with Elon Musk’s Tesla, Dyson plans to raise its investment in electric cars to £200m. Furthermore, the British inventor, James Dyson, wants to build testing facilities in a former Wilshire World War…

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Top electric cars in 2018

Current barriers Ahead of the proposed 2040 ban on petrol and diesel cars, Auto Trader conducted research on purchasing electric cars in the UK. Although the government wants 50% of all cars to be electric by 2030, drivers remain skeptical…

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Repairs & prices

Aircon regas / recharge

Breathe new life into your car – fix warm aircon Whether you’re driving a luxury car or a compact Ford, Vauxhall, or Seat, an air con regas or recharge can do wonders. This refresh is especially useful as temperatures continue…

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Hot weather tips & escapes

More hot weather to come This summer’s hot weather already broke records and we’re barely in August. With terms like “scorched UK” and “heat dome” used for the current heat wave, it’s hard to escape. Despite upcoming rain relief throughout…

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Widespread Ford safety recalls

Transmission shifter cable issues As first reported in The Daily Mail as a gearshift recall, Ford identified errors with over half a million cars and SUVs. Autos to look out for include 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fusion sedans and…

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Road tripping to seaside Brighton

Brighton – quick drive from London With a reported 1-hour 45-minute driving time from London, Brighton makes for the perfect seaside urban getaway. Referred as ‘London by the Sea’ in the Telegraph, this coastal city is full of surprises. Here…

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Europe bans diesel for cleaner air

United Kingdom’s 2040 plan One of the major changes to this year’s MOT test requirements is tougher scrutiny of diesel cars. Not having a proper filter (DPF) could run you a £1,000 fine. However, none of this will matter if…

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