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The World’s Greatest Road Trips

Posted on July 14th, 2016

The world is a massive and wonderful place packed full of hordes of excellent scenic roads that prove a driver’s delight, and now that we’re in the full swing of summer 2016 there’s no better time to think about getting out there in your car for a holiday. If you were to Google the best road trips you’d likely find yourself inundated with suggestions, so we’ve put together our top picks to help you out. Iceland’s Ring Road Though not the largest of islands, what Iceland lacks in size it makes up for in sheer beauty. The 1339 km road loops…

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What’s The Difference Between Branded And budget Tyres?

Posted on February 11th, 2016

Your tyres are the only point of contact your car has with the road, so it’s important to ensure yours are up to standard for keeping you safe and ensuring your car is performing adequately. When the time comes for you to replace your car’s tyres, whether to go with a premium branded tyre set or budget tyres is one of the decisions you’ll face. We’ve listed some of the differences between the two below. Safety Every tyre has to meet the minimum legal requirements to make them safe to be used on the roads, so regardless of how much you…

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5 Reasons To Use Your Local Independent Garage

Posted on January 25th, 2016

The majority of motorists, when asked, report a higher level of satisfaction when visiting their independent garage compared to manufacturer servicing centres, every time. Here at Auto Exhaust and Tyres, we know that’s no accident – our locally run garage allows us to offer great services at affordable prices, to all our customers. If you’re not already sold, check out our top 5 reasons to use your local independent garage below. Convenience Dropping your car just down the road for its MOT or service is far more convenient than having to travel to a manufacturer-linked garage. Staying local means you can…

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The Evolution of Bond Cars

Posted on December 16th, 2015

James Bond is synonymous with iconic cars, and with every film comes the excitement of which vehicle will be used by the English spy. Here at Auto Tyres and Exhausts, it’s no surprise that we’re as big fans of the getaway cars as we are of the films themselves, so in this articles we’ve listed 10 of the most iconic Bond cars in history. Sunbeam Alpine Model: Series II (1962) Film: Dr. No (1962) Bond: Sean Connery The first Bond car was the Sunbeam Alpine, an English made car that had also featured in the novel Dr. No as well as…

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The VW Scandal: How, Why, & What’s Next?

Posted on October 15th, 2015

The VW Scandal: How, Why, & What’s Next? This month saw one of the biggest scandals in the motoring industry, with the news that VW has admitted after investigation that approximately 11 million of its diesel cars are fitted with software that controls emission outputs during testing, but turns off when the cars are on the road. This device prevented testers from recognising that some affected cars were operating with emission levels over 20 times the regulated amount! Here at Auto Tyres and Exhausts, our experts have summed up the VW scandal, and what it means for the company and car…

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What Happens When my Car is Serviced?

Posted on September 14th, 2015

Car services will differ depending on the model of your car and the type of service you are having (interim or full), but generally consist of a series of check to ensure the car is able to run safely and reliably. It is important to have your car serviced by a professional at a garage, as several components need to be checked that you will not be able to do yourself. This is also an essential cost in order to ensure your car will be able to pass it’s MOT test. An interim service should be carried out every 6,000 miles,…

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Used Car Sales Hit Six Year High

Posted on August 21st, 2015

Figures now show that 2014 saw the highest annual used car sales in over six years, with the DVLA reporting 6.8million changes of car ownership registered in the UK that year. The sale of privately used cars has increased by 1.18% overall from 2013, with Greater London seeing the greatest increase in any region with sales up by 2.25% compared to the previous year, likely a reflection of the ever increasing population in London. These figures have shown the UK to be at a six-year-high for used car sales, now at their highest point since 2008 when 7.21million used vehicles were…

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The Rise of Eco-Driving

Posted on July 28th, 2015

With rising environmental awareness, the spotlight on eco-driving has never been brighter. CO2 emissions, energy use and fuel consumption can be drastically cut with just a few changes to your car and driving style, and could save you a lot of money on fuel in the process. Our team at Auto Exhaust & Tyres have listed our top advice on driving economically – not only impacting the environment in a positive way, but your wallet too! Regular Maintenance A poorly maintained car will use more energy on the roads, as will a car with under-inflated tyres, so ensure you get your car serviced…

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OnStar: In Car Technology at its Best?

Posted on May 26th, 2015

From mid-2015, an exciting new personal driving service called ‘OnStar’ will be available across the range of Vauxhall vehicles to those throughout Europe and the UK. OnStar offers a safer and smarter driving experience to all motorists with a welcome safety net of emergency assistance and connectivity services that no other car manufacturer offers. OnStar USA OnStar is already being effectively used in the US.  Introduced in 1996 and with a base in Detroit, OnStar provided crucial assistance, like emergency call-outs as well as other help such as help finding and unlocking your car or turn-by-turn navigation.  And following its success,…

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Are Autonomous Cars Just Around The Corner?

Posted on April 20th, 2015

There are an estimated 30,000 automotive-related deaths a year, of which 90% happen because of human error. So when Google released their self-driving car, it caused quite a stir of excitement about its possibilities. But how viable are these ideas and how close are they to becoming a reality? Google-powered self-driving car The Google car is based around three main principles; autonomy, efficiency and safety. It relies on GPS, 3-D laser mapping and radar to analyse and interpret their surroundings. This allows the vehicle to maneuver around objects, such as cyclists. The main aim of the vehicle is to “remove human…

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