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What’s the coolest car for dads on the school run?

Automotive experts at hpi have revealed the Top five list of cars guaranteed to boost the ‘school gate cred’ of UK dads following a poll amongst its team of motoring editors.

The poll comes ahead of Father’s Day (Sunday 18 June).

James Dower, senior Black Book editor at hpi, said: “With Father’s Day this month we thought it would be fun to look at some of the makes and models of cars that can give the ultimate feeling of school gate cred. Our team of editors considered everything from top of the range supercars to one-off fantasy cars as seen in the movies such as the classic DeLorean from Back to the Future or Vin Diesel’s 1968 Dodge Charger featured in the latest Fast and the Furious movie. They eventually decided to keep it real by settling for more realistic vehicles that would really appeal to dads.

The Top 5 list of cars offering the greatest school gate cred is as follows:

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Industry News, Uncategorized

An introduction to electric cars

Once the car had been invented in 1885 by Karl Benz, it didn’t take long for a massive global industry to spring up, with thousands of tiny companies around the globe each building small numbers of cars. The thing is, while the internal combustion engine (ICE) was in its infancy at the turn of the last century, so was the widespread use of electricity. As a result, car buyers could choose between electric and ICE models – while there were also a few steam options.

Many of the cars being built back in the late 1800s and early 1900s were powered by electricity, because while they took ages to charge and had a very limited range, they weren’t much less practical than a petrol-powered car. The latter had to be hand cranked to get them started and they were slow, noisy and unreliable once they were running. Electric cars could be started instantly and were much easier to drive as well as less anti-social as they were far quieter.

At this point, most people were still relying on horses to get around and as a result few people travelled very far back then, but as the car evolved to become faster, more efficient and much more usable, the electric car got left behind. What effectively killed off the electric car in one fell swoop was the Ford Model T; it cost little more than a third of the electric alternative as it was mass produced.

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Industry News, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Consumers in driving seat with new look one-stop hpi website

Car buyers and sellers are gearing up to receive convenience and peace of mind all in one place from automotive data experts hpi, following the relaunch of its new look website www.hpi.co.uk

The customer friendly website provides one destination for motorists to find a complete vehicle history check, get free valuations and has an instant vehicle recall check feature. The site provides everything consumers need to know if in they are in the market for buying or selling a car.

hpi.co.uk makes everything simple and intuitive for customers. And by providing key services on one easy to navigate site, motorists can find out about a vehicle’s past, how much it is worth and if there has been any manufacturer based design issues or safety faults associated with it.

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Buying & Selling, Industry News

Petrol or diesel?

Open a newspaper or surf the web for just a short time and the chances are you’ll come across a news story about how diesel cars are killing us all, thanks to their heavily toxic emissions. It’s so unfair. After all, we were coerced into buying diesel-powered cars thanks to their low CO2 emissions and now we’re being told that those same cars are pariahs because they’re destroying our air quality.

At this point it’s worth reading our blog on emissions standards for new cars, because if you believe everything you read in the media you’ll assume that diesel cars really are the work of the devil. The reality of course is that the latest models are incredibly clean – the problem is that there are millions of older cars out there being used every day, which are nothing like as clean.

With the average lifespan for a car in the UK a little under 14 years, and with the latest rules having come into force less than a couple of years ago, it’s going to take a long time to rid our streets of the dirtiest motors. In a bid to speed up the process there’s talk of a diesel scrappage scheme being introduced, but how many people will be able to afford to throw away a car that may have years of faithful service left to give would remain to be seen.

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Industry News

Emissions standards explained

Whenever you burn any type of fossil fuel, whether its coal, gas or oil, you create a cocktail of by-products that are released into the atmosphere. Up to a point mother nature can compensate, but with a global population of 7.5 billion, Earth is struggling to cope with the rate at which our precious resources are being used up – as well as the rate at which the environment is being polluted.

The global population is very mobile; many of us use planes, trains, ships and cars to travel, while goods are transported vast distances. It’s reckoned that in 2010, for the first time ever, there were one billion cars in use around the world, each one pumping out an array of chemicals, most of them harmful to our health.

Air quality has become a massive issue over the past few months, with the private car getting the blame for much of the problem. All forms of transport have a part to play in polluting our air, and fossil fuels are at the root of the issue. Each time you start your car’s engine, this is what comes out of the exhaust and how it affects us:

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Industry News, Press Releases, Valuations
HPI Free valuation

hpi® puts diesel consumers’ minds at ease with free future valuations

Leading vehicle data service, hpi®, is offering diesel users peace of mind with the launch of its latest online valuations tool.

hpi® will now display future valuations for vehicle valuations completed online at hpivaluations.com making it easier than ever before to track the future values of any vehicle.

The new free to use future valuations service is in direct response to increasing negativity and bad publicity surrounding diesel vehicles and usage. Pressure is mounting on the government to introduce measures to remove the most polluting vans, taxis and cars from the roads, leaving owners of diesel vehicles concerned about the future values of their vehicles.

This is the first time car buyers and sellers have been presented with free future vehicle valuations. The service will be freely available for two months to help calm the fears of diesel vehicle owners. For cars under five years old future valuations up to five years in the future are provided.

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Industry News
New child seat rules

Child car seat rules explained

You won’t carry a more precious cargo in your car than your children, so it’s great that there’s a huge range of excellent products on the market to help you transport them safely. However, from 1 March 2017 the rules changed and it’s left a lot of parents feeling very confused. Indeed, according to a recent survey by confused.com, just 13% of parents claim to understand the new legislation.

Much of that confusion hinges on the fact that from 1 March, backless booster seats (also known as booster cushions) can’t be sold for smaller children, and many parents are assuming that from this date their old seats can’t be used. However, the new law states that parents won’t be forced to replace old seats; it’s just that selling backless booster seats for smaller children became illegal. As a result, ‘high-back boosters’ are now the only option if your child weighs under 22kg, is shorter than 125cm and needs a new car seat.

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Industry News
new road tax rules 2017

New road tax rules explained

The UK government has a problem. Its income from vehicle excise duty (VED, or road tax) and fuel taxes has plummeted in recent years thanks to increasingly efficient cars; it’s reckoned around a quarter of new cars pay no road tax at all. As a result, the current CO2-based system is set to be overhauled from 1 April 2017 in a bid to increase revenue from drivers.

The current system sees car owners paying more VED the more CO2 their car emits. Under the new regime only pure-electric cars with tailpipe CO2 emissions of 0g/km will be exempt; all other cars will pay a flat fee of £140. However, to bump up its income further, the government is also imposing an extra annual charge of £310 on any car costing over £40,000. This is for the first five years only though; it’s to stop older, thirstier cars from quickly becoming worthless, because of the high cost of taxing them.

If you buy a car with a list price of £40,000 you’ll have to pay that £310 annual supplement (for the first five years), even if it’s an electric car such as a Tesla. This list price includes any optional extras you specify, so just a few hundreds pounds worth of options could end up costing you an extra £1550 over the next five years. Incidentally, the list price doesn’t include any on-the-road charges such as number plates, fuel, delivery charges or a new car registration fee. Also, even if you negotiate a big discount it’ll make no difference; the bill you pay is based on the list price, not the transaction price.

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Press Releases
students driving

HPI helps put students in driving seat as they head off to university

As record numbers of students are offered university places for 2016, vehicle history check expert, HPI, is urging students who might be getting their first car to be thorough when doing their homework.

Philip Nothard, consumer and retail specialist at HPI said: “For students who are embarking on an exciting new life in a new city, owning a new or used car can be a real lifeline so it’s important to pick something that’s right, if a car is part of the plan. Many students will be owning their car for the first time so it’s key to remember that September is a great month to bag a bargain in the car calendar with some great finance deals available on new cars and large numbers of nearly new vehicles available in the market.”

Record low interests, coupled with manufacturer discounts on certain models, mean a new car has never looked more attractive.  Financial considerations are important as there are running costs to think about as well as the living costs associated with being away from home for the first time with small city cars an ideal first choice as they are economical, not too flash and great for getting around in.

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