MOT

No cars will be able to beat new £500 diesel tax 0

No vehicle will be exempt from the new £500 diesel tax when it is introduced in April 2018. The new legislation, announced in the recent budget, will hike all new diesel vehicles purchased after its introduction, up a tax band. For cars that emit between 191g/km and 225g/km of CO2 that’s an extra £500 in(…)

How to spot car clocking 0

In the old days, car clocking could be achieved easily by just popping off the odometer cover and winding it back with a screwdriver. The digital age has made ‘clocking’ a good deal more complex. Rogue operators are using a vast array of illegal software to manipulate all manner of car functions, from reducing displayed(…)

Paramedic forced to get out and guide ambulance down blocked street 0

Paramedics do a fantastic job under trying circumstances. Saving lives whilst dealing with all sorts of hindrances: drunken assaults and abuse, literally having to drive a race of life or death against the clock when emergencies are called in. Now it seems even the police are doing all they can to make the lives of(…)

Frustrated commuter paints his own road signs 0

It’s certainly a novel way to beat the traffic; one commuter in China became so fed-up with uncooperative road signs that he decided to take matters into his own hands. Sick of having his bus sent round the houses on the way to its destination day after day, the man went rogue and adapted the(…)

Servicing Stop tips for driving in snow and ice 0

Yes, we British do tend to make a ludicrous amount of fuss over a couple of snowflakes. Our transport infrastructure completely grinds to a pathetic, messy halt and we all whip ourselves up into completely over the top levels of hysteria. That said, it’s likely at some point over the next few months that you(…)

Thousands of test cancelled as driving instructors go on strike 0

December 4 saw thousands of driving tests cancelled across the UK as instructors staged a 48 hour strike. The strike was a protest by driving instructors at changes made to their working practises, with the introduction of new criteria to the current driving test. One of the new parts of the test sees candidates being(…)

The history of Black Friday 0

By David McNeill When did Black Friday become a thing? Like many people, I can’t remember when it was that Black Friday actually became ‘a thing’. I just assumed it was another example of the UK becoming ‘Americanised’, a cynical, made-up celebration driven by multinational retailers seizing the easy opportunity to whip consumers into a(…)

Black Friday Mistakes – Servicing Stop tips on what not to do 0

It’s almost that time again. Black Friday. The most retail-heavy day of the year is back, bringing with it all the contrasting emotions that ‘making a great saving’ bring. Exhausting, isn’t it? The fear that you could be missing out on some sort of mega deal lingers throughout the day. Shoppers are driven to extreme(…)

How to pass your MOT test first time – Servicing Stop tips 0

As words: ‘MOT’ and  ‘test’ tend to gather the same levels of enthusiasm as ‘stench’, ‘tax’ or ‘leak’. Only the worst kind of self-masochist enjoys that particular trip to the garage; the nail biting wait to find out whether you’ve passed, then being made to pay through the nose to fix it if you haven’t.(…)

MOT Checklist – Tips to help your car pass first time 0

The dreaded MOT test… It takes a special kind of masochist who looks forward to that particular nail bite. The annual ritual, the nervous wait to find out whether or not we’re going to be stripped of our transportation, the sizable repair bill rubbing salt in the wound. Obviously our cars suffer a fair amount(…)