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Written By: admin on February 22, 2013 No Comment

Choosing a family car can sometimes be a nightmare. It can often feel like there are too many options and nowhere near enough advice to simplify the choice. Below are four of the most asked questions, with some handy answers and tips to make the search for your perfect family car that little bit easier.

Which Class of car is best for me?

So the first decision you need to be making is, what car will suit my family’s needs? Where you live will prove one of the best ways to answer this question. If you’re based in a more rural area maybe consider an SUV. You will need a vehicle which will be able to tackle adverse weather conditions, preferably one that won’t leave you stranded in ice with very cold and very miserable children. The same question applies for city dwellers, an SUV or MPV may be too large and cumbersome to park in small city spaces, think on road parking. Try an estate or saloon, a car which is easy enough to park into most spaces, eradicating the continual laps of the supermarket car park on a Saturday afternoon.

It sounds like a rather small and insignificant detail, but opt for dark coloured interiors. There is no task as hard as scrubbing Ribena and mushed strawberries, out of cream carpeted interiors. Leather is an even better option if it is available; never underestimate the calming effect of a wipe clean surface.

Now you may not have considered doors as an issue, but now think about trying to fit car seats through said doors?  Sliding doors are incredibly handy for trying to control a bigger brood in a car park, no worries of denting nearby vehicles and lots of extra space, to manoeuvre children into the car. However these doors are normally found on SUV’s and MPV’s, if you’re looking for a smaller vehicle test how wide the door opens, always take your car seat with you to any test drive and try fitting it in the car.  Remember, there is no worse feeling than seeing your brand new cars paint work on your brand new baby seat.

Is My Baby Seat Right?

Car safety seat law is long and at times complicated, and most certainly something you never thought about before your family grew. However now you’re faced with heights and weights, rear facing and front facing, isofix and non isofix, it all seems like a lot of choice; however there are a few things that can help.

If you’re expecting I would heavily advise making sure whichever car you purchase has isofix anchors as standard. Therefore no matter what safety seat you opt for you are prepared for all eventualities. If you have any worries about fitting safety seats yourself, Halfords offer a fantastic service where they will fit the seats for you, and all for free.

Make sure the car you purchase has the ability to turn off the passenger air bag. In most vehicles this can be enabled by either a switch or a key. This eliminates an expensive trip to the manufacturers if you need to place a rear facing car seat in the passenger seat at any time.

Always take your safety seats to test drives with you, this is especially important if you have more than one. Make sure the seats are easy to secure and fit comfortably inside the car. It’s a fantastic chance to check the size of the vehicle out, as well as testing if your bad back will handle the height of the vehicle and the weight of a baby seat.

How Much Space Do I Need?

Your main space concern may be how many children can I squeeze inside but children come with baggage, and unfortunately that’s needs squeezing in too.

The more leg room across the back seats makes it easier to fit child seats. Also check space saving compartments in the back of the car. They make it easy to store books, toys and other items to distract the children from the inevitable ‘are we there yet’ question.

Boot size is incredibly important, it’s not just buggies that need to fit in the back, but nappy bags, book bags, sports bags, lunch bags to name a few.  Estate cars are the best choice for offering huge amounts of boot space. When going on a test drive ask to try your buggy in the boot, this will be your biggest item, therefore you can judge how much space you have left for other child paraphernalia.

How Do I Check How Safe a Car Is?

Naturally you’re worried about the safety of your children. The best way to check how safe a car is would be to check the Euro NACP test results.  These are readily available online with detailed descriptions of the outcome of all assessments carried out on each vehicle.

The Euro NACP carry out various assessments to test child safety, adult safety and pedestrian safety. Each vehicle is rated on a percentage and given a star rating. The website is fantastic for comparing choices within different classes of vehicle and also gives you a good idea of the kind of safety technology each vehicle employs.

It’s the little things that you would expect to come as standard that need checking, especially when you are buying a used car. Does the vehicle have anti-lock brakes, are there child locks? The thought of a four year old making an escape at a traffic light is one that is both haunting and sleep depriving. Make sure you check all the small things, and don’t worry if you feel your being over the top, at the end of the day it’s the safety of your family which is at stake.

Ashleigh-Rose Harman writes on behalf of Tilsun Group, a contract hire and leasing company who provide a wide range of Euro NACP tested family car leases, suitable for all families, big and small.

 

 

Written By: admin on February 18, 2013 No Comment

In recent years, there has been plenty of cry and hue about saving our planet and environment awareness, and entire matter of global warming. And the exhaustible sources of fuel and energy have been used excessively. To cope with this problem, car manufacturers and scientists are trying to develop alternative energy sources for running vehicles. And this has given birth to electric cars, which are eco-friendly. You may also like to read about cheapest cars 2013.

Electric cars are those vehicles that run with electric motors. These motors obtain power through electrochemical cells. As these cars include battery packs, they are also referred to as the battery electric vehicles. No petroleum or gas is required to run these cars. Since a non conventional power source runs these cars, there will be both good and bad things about these vehicles. Now, let’s take a look at pros and cons of electric cars.

Pros

  • Electric cars are known for the low emission, so these vehicles help a lot to control the environment pollution. It runs absolutely with clean energy source. No smoke, no fumes, in short, no toxic gases or emissions are thrown to the atmosphere.
  • These vehicles are very energy efficient. They secure their power from hydrogen fuel cells and sun. In comparison to the internal combustion machine, electric cars offer more mileage by 3 times though the engines run on alternative fuel. Moreover, when the electric vehicle is switched on, you won’t notice any build up or any energy loss. Even with zero RPM, it is possible to obtain maximum torque.
  • In some models of electric cars the battery can be charged by plugging the car in the standard 110 volt outlet. The cost for charging a car is similar to the cost of lighting a 60 Watt bulb. If a car is charged for 3 hours by turning off the light, it will last for an entire day, and the electricity bill won’t increase drastically. So, too much electricity is not needed to charge these vehicles.
  • Once you have bought the car, it will help to save your money depending upon how much you drive. Moreover, these vehicles are safe to drive, lightweight, and compact. A conversion kit is also offered with such cars.

 

Cons

  • One of the major and most evident drawbacks is the need to store energy to run the electric vehicle. The entire paraphernalia and the car battery are pretty heavy and not user-friendly at all.
  • When it comes to speed the electric cars are not as efficient as those powered by conventional fuels. They can’t even top the speed to a gas tank. Because of their low speed range, there are only ideal for city driving.
  • It takes 12 hours to charge the battery completely, and you need to do it overnight. There are very few charging stations which are located in far distances, so it is not proper to charge the battery in the day. You will be in big trouble if you run out of charge while traveling.

Author Bio: Do you like to know more about hybrid cars? If you do, then read more articles by Scott Garcia. You can even read about the top ten companies in the world that produce hybrid cars.

Written By: admin on February 11, 2013 No Comment

Are you on the fence regarding whether you should lease or buy your next mode of transportation? There are advantages and disadvantages to leasing a car, and the list below will help you learn what they are.

Advantages

  • To lease a car will cost you substantially less in monthly payments than if you were buying the auto. The reason is because you are only paying for the depreciation of the vehicle over the period of time that you are using it. You are not paying on the full value of the car.
  • In many instances, you can get away with making no down payment on the vehicle, although you are still responsible for the first monthly payment and applicable registration and tag fees.
  • You have the option of driving a new car every so many months, depending on the length of your lease agreement.
  • If you lease your auto for the same amount of time as the manufacturer’s warranty, you will be covered if any repair costs should be incurred while the auto is in your possession.
  • You will save on sales tax when you lease your vehicle as you will only pay the amount of tax that applies to your usage. Also, the taxes will be stretched out over the length of your agreement and will be paid along with your monthly payments. You are saved the hassle of paying taxes in one large amount all at once.
  • You will never need to worry about selling your vehicle. Once the lease agreement has been concluded, you simply return the car to the dealer.

Disadvantages

  • You will never own your vehicle. If you are driving a car that you really like and feel comfortable with, you will be required to relinquish it back to the dealer at the end of your lease agreement.
  • If, for any reason, you need to terminate your lease before it is up, you will have to pay a penalty, and it can be rather hefty.
  • You will also be penalized if you drive your vehicle over the specified number of miles that will be stated in the agreement. This can be another hefty charge if you exceed the allowed mileage by a considerable amount.
  • Being hard on the vehicle will cost you. The car needs to be returned to the dealer in the same condition in which you received it. If you bring the auto back with dents, dings, scratches and any other type of damage, you will be responsible for the damages.
  • You will never be able to customize your vehicle by acquiring a new paint job and adding beneficial accessories to it. The car must be returned to the dealer exactly as it was at the beginning of your lease agreement because you do not own it.

As can be determined by the above list, there will be pros and cons to leasing a vehicle. What you need to do is weigh both the pluses and minuses to ascertain if leasing is the best option for you.

Guest author Melanie Lewis writes for a site that has more information to help you decide whether to lease or buy a car.

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