Transport & Car Blog

MOT: the complete guide

  Friday, 8 March 2019

MOT Approved Test station symbol

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) is Britain’s annual test of vehicle safety, road-worthiness and emissions.  The MOT is a legal requirement in Great Britain, so it pays to understand the ins and outs of it.

We know, however, that everyone must take a first MOT at some point, so we put together this guide on everything you need to bear in mind when taking your vehicle in for its annual check-up.

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Buying used cars at online auctions

  Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Auction cars for inspection on a lot at ASM Auto Recycling in Thame, Oxford.

The perceived viability of buying cars on auction will always vary depending on whom you ask.  However, there can be no doubt that buying used cars through online auctions is one of the most effective methods of getting a bargain for a vehicle, despite evident risks.

Since there is less opportunity to correct any mistakes made online than at a physical auction house, there’s lots to be aware of – whether you’re a veteran or a newbie to the auctioning process.  That’s why we’ve created this guide covering the potential pitfalls to avoid, as well as best practices to follow, before, during, and even after used car auctions that take place online.

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Green car parts explained

  Friday, 21 December 2018

Parts warehouse at ASM in Thame coloured in green hue

Green car parts are widely recognised as an affordable and environmentally-friendly source of used parts from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  Every green part purchase contributes to the hugely valuable recycling industry in the UK, delivering enormous benefits to wider society.

If you’re unsure about any aspect of green parts, keep reading – this article covers everything you need to know.

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Avoid problems when selling your car

  Monday, 19 November 2018

Car owner handing over keys at the end of a sale

There are good reasons to sell your car privately.  It’s often the quickest way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle, and one of the best ways to get a competitive price, leaving you – as the owner – in control of the process.

However, when you’re responsible for the whole end-to-end selling process, it’s worth being aware of a few key things to ensure a smooth, pain-free transaction.  You should also be wary of encountering fraudulent buyers and scammers looking to exploit inexperienced sellers.

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What is Gap insurance?

  Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Car crashes into the back of another

It’s no secret that dealing with insurance companies and assessors can be an unpleasant experience, especially if you’re already worried about your stolen or accident-damaged vehicle.  With many insurers compensating customers at the current value of their vehicle – as opposed to its value when the vehicle was bought – motorists can quickly find themselves drained of funds after wrestling over their claim, especially if the vehicle was brand new.

The ‘GAP’ in Gap insurance stands for ‘Guaranteed Asset Protection’.  There are many different kinds but, largely, this type of insurance is designed to complement your traditional comprehensive car insurance to cover any shortfall between a car’s value (to be defined) and any insurance pay-outs.

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