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Best second-hand family car

In the past, driving a used family car often meant spending miles in a mediocre hatchback, stuffed to the brim with baggage and uncomfortable family members. Nowadays, buying a second-hand family car doesn’t need to mean compromising roominess, reliability or comfort.

ASM has compiled a list of the best used family cars to help you on your search. Many are celebrated vehicles with strong used values, so you will see a fair spread of approximate prices. It is, however, entirely possible to find an economical and reliable vehicle for under £10,000 with a little patience and a look in the right places. If your budget for a used family car is under £2,000 then head to the bottom of our list.

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How has coronavirus impacted the used car market?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a noticeable affect on most industries, including the sale of used cars. According to Fleet News, used car values fell by 2.2% in March, as retail and trade demand became influenced by the Coronavirus crisis.

There was a further, more dramatic effect on used car prices from 16th March as demand fell; the number of cars sold on Friday 20th March was 23% lower than on 6th March and 19% lower than on 13th March. Cap HPI, experts in automotive data were confident that values would likely continue to fall, as the UK went into lockdown and fewer people required transport due to furlough schemes coming into play.

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Car CO2 Emissions

Ever wondered what carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are generated by your vehicle? You might not be aware that CO2 emissions can influence the amount of car tax you pay, as well as the rate of company car tax for fleet users. Discover how much the average car CO2 emissions is and how much it can differ between new and used cars.

Within our comprehensive car CO2 emissions guide, we’ll also discuss the vehicles that emit the lowest levels of CO2 emissions and the public opinion on driving eco-friendly cars on our roads.

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Typical tyre problems that can hinder the performance of your car

Tyre problems for any road user are no laughing matter. Damage to your car tyres not only reduces the performance and efficiency of your car, but it can pose a serious risk to your safety and that of other road users.

Tyres are some of the most common car parts that encounter wear and tear. The cause of this is down to them being in constant contact with road surfaces – good and bad. Subsequently, tyres will often need periodic attention to prevent permanent tyre damage and having to fork out on unnecessary replacements.

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How to prevent catalytic converter theft

In this article, we take a look at the rise in thefts of catalytic converters, why this may have occurred, and, more importantly, how you can prevent catalytic converter theft happening to your vehicle. Plus, find out about what to do if you are affected by this type of theft.

Cross-section of a catalytic converter

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