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Car Insurance Groups Explained

Car insurance groups are a great way to get an indication of the expected range you might pay for a car. They can be used as a guide to estimate your insurance costs and finding a car with a low insurance group may be your best chance to obtaining cheap car insurance.

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Old Van awaiting car scrapping service

TFL ULEZ Van Scrappage Scheme

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone van scrappage scheme provides great incentives to scrap your polluting old vehicle in Greater London. With a cash inventive of up to £9,500 available there has never been a better time to scrap your vehicle with Car.co.uk.

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A SORN my car in a garage

SORN My Car

A SORN is a Statutory Off Road Notification and is the declaration to the DVLA that you have removed the vehicle from the public roads. There are several reasons why you might make a SORN and also several legal requirements to be aware of. Here, we talk about the topic and explore the what, why and how of SORN.

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Summer feet driving a car in flip flop shoes

Driving in Flip Flops

Whilst driving in flips is not specifically illegal it could still land you in some hot water. We discuss the subject and elaborate on why your choice of footwear matters.

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Image of a V5C Registration document issued  by the DVLA in the UK

What is a V5C Logbook?

A V5, correctly known as a V5C is the logbook of a vehicle that is a physical document issued by the DVLA upon registration of a vehicle in the UK. Its primary purpose is to serve as a vehicle registration certificate and provide the details of a vehicles registered keeper.

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What Year is my Car?

The age of your car and what year it was manufactured in can be determined in a number of ways. The valuation of a vehicle is often affected by the vehicle year of manufacturer. If you are wondering 'how old is my car' then we have the answers for you.

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What to do if you can’t get car finance

What to do if you can’t get car finance

If you have a poor credit history or have suffered a bankruptcy in the past, you may experience some difficulty in securing a car finance agreement. However, there are multiple lenders willing to offer you the chance to pay for your car in monthly instalments and many ways available to boost your credit score and improve your chances of being accepted.

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Will I be accepted for car insurance?

Will I be accepted for car insurance?

Whether or not you’ll be offered a car insurance policy will depend on your individual circumstances. This can include your age, safety record, credit history and the way you’ve managed your insurance policies previously.

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Is gap insurance worth it?

Is gap insurance worth it?

Gap insurance is designed to work alongside your standard car insurance. It’s additional cover that can assist you financially if something unfortunate should happen to your car. If your new, or even second hand, vehicle is stolen or involved in a traffic accident, resulting in it being written off, then gap car insurance will ensure you don’t face a loss.

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What car gap insurance should I buy?

What car gap insurance should I buy?

Gap insurance covers you for the ‘gap’ between the maximum value of your vehicle and the amount your car insurance company will pay you if your car were stolen or had to be written off.

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Whose number plate is this?

Whose number plate is this?

Number plates, sometimes referred to as vehicle registration plates, have been used in the UK since 1904. The Motor Car Act of 1903, that became law the following year, required all motorised vehicles to be enrolled officially in the Vehicle Register and made it compulsory for them to all carry number plates. This law was passed to make sure the authorities could trace vehicles easily if they were involved in illegal activity or a road accident.

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How does gap insurance work?

How does gap insurance work?

Guaranteed Asset Protection or ‘gap’ car insurance is a type of policy designed to be used in conjunction with your standard car insurance. Gap insurance was first conceived to cover the potential financial losses of car owners if their vehicle experiences certain unfortunate circumstances. For example, if a car is so badly damaged in a road accident that it can’t be repaired and must be written off, or if you are a victim of theft and your car is stolen, a gap insurance policy can assist the owner in reclaiming the full financial investment they made when they first purchased it.

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Why are number plates yellow and white?

Why are number plates yellow and white?

Across our world, different nations have their own system of vehicle registration, and plate colour plays a part in this. Plate colours and their purpose vary from India, where you can tell the President from his red plate and the common man from his black on white registration, to the multi-coloured plates of America, where the verdant state of Vermont issue green-coloured plates to match. Australia has an unlimited palette for their plates with many featuring designs and motifs. While French number plates once resembled ours, they now have a system of their own with black character on white plates at both the front and back.

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Where to buy a number plate

Where to buy a number plate

Whether you’re worried your number plate is damaged, becoming difficult to read and could land you in trouble with the law or if you’re in the market for a bespoke reg to add a personal touch to your new car, you’ll need to know where to buy a number plate.

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When do number plates change?

When do number plates change?

While France was the first nation to introduce licence plates in 1893, the United Kingdom caught up in 1904 when the Motor Car Act made registration plates a legal necessity. Ever since, vehicles across the country have had to wear individual number plates, containing a series of specific characters designed to help the authorities identify them in the event of their involvement in accidents or criminal activity.

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How much is my number plate worth?

How much is my number plate worth?

Whether you’re looking to sell your personal number plate or are simply curious about its value, a common question among car owners is ‘How much is my number plate worth?’

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How much is a personalised number plate?

How much is a personalised number plate?

Even though cars coming off the production line are difficult to distinguish between, their relationship to their owners can be incredibly personal. While each car already possesses its own unique VIN number, given to it when first manufactured, that acts as the auto-equivalent of a human fingerprint, it’s not uncommon for drivers to have affectionate names for their vehicles.

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Do manual or automatic cars use more fuel?

Do manual or automatic cars use more fuel?

The debate about fuel economy between manual and automatic transmission cars has, for a long time, been won by manuals – but has modern automatic gearbox technology turned the tables? We’ll have a look at the evidence.

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