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Jaguar XF named Company Car of the Year

The annual SME Company Car of the Year awards took place last week at Scott’s of Mayfair with the Jaguar XF Saloon picking up 2 major awards – SME Company Car of the Year and Large Company Car of the Year. It is the second winning year for the XF, which was named Director Company Car of the Year at the same event in 2017....

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DVSA calling on MOT testers to leave feedback regarding upcoming changes to the MOT test

The new MOT inspection manual will come into effect on 20th May 2018 and will reflect substantial changes to the MOT test. The DVSA is asking test stations to leave feedback on the latest draft. Head of MOT policy at DVSA Neil Barlow said “Although it won’t come into effect...

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Retailers need to adapt as car buyers prefer shopping online

Recent survey results show that people are willing to shop online for their biggest purchases, even their vehicles. A survey by onepoll, commissioned by FairSquare, asked UK consumers for their opinions on their experiences when buying a car on finance. The results show a clear shift in consumer preferences from...

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Roses are red, violets are blue, Brits love their main car, but not as much as number 2!

New research from car insurer LV, reveals that nearly a third (29%) of second car owners love them more than their main car showing that the well-loved, unsung heroes and run-around vehicles play a vital role in family life. Owners love their second cars so much that a fifth, of...

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Used car buyers beware – vehicle theft is on the rise

Figures show vehicle theft has risen by nearly a third in the last three years and TRACKER is urging used car buyers to be vigilant when on the hunt for a bargain. In 2016 over 85,000 vehicles were stolen, which could lead to a rise in the number of cars...

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Fleets going electric much faster than expected

Official figures from the SMMT revealed that sales of diesel cars dropped by 25.6% in January and this decline is set to continue as fleets lead the way in moving away from the fuel much faster than the industry expected. Confusion over Government policy is said to be one factor...

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Manufacturer websites are failing to meet the demands of company car drivers

A study by Sewells Research and Insight on company car drivers buying habits and their evaluation of manufacturer websites show that major car fleet manufacturers are failing to meet the needs of company car drivers. The Fleet: Driver study revealed that company car drivers derive less enjoyment from the experience of...

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Demand for hybrid sees VW Golf top December leasing enquiries

Data released today from ContractHireAndLeasing.com shows that the VW Golf was the most enquired about new car in December. Almost a quarter of all Golf enquiries were for the plug-in-hybrid 1.4 TSI GTE model propelling it into the top spot...

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Today marks the beginning of the end for the Severn Bridge tolls

Good news for motorists and hauliers today as ownership of the Severn Bridges revert to public ownership and the VAT element of the current bridge tolls will no longer apply. The government plans to scrap the tolls altogether by the end of the year and the Freight Transport Association has...

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Most popular cars of 2017 revealed

Auto Trader recently revealed which cars have been searched for most on its online marketplace in 2017. The BMW 3 Series has retained its position at the top as most searched for car in the UK, a title it has held for 7 years. The make attracted over 40 million..

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