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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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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Advice and Tips

How to be a safer motorbike rider

Summer is finally here and once again our roads are filling up with motorcyclists keen to make the most of the great weather. If you’re one of those motorcyclists you need to be seriously careful because according to government statistics, bikers make up 1% of the total traffic on UK roads, but account for over 20% of casualties. If you’re a rider you should be terrified by that stat.

It’s no surprise though, because a bike has no side impact bars, crumple zones or airbags to save you when things go pear-shaped, which is why every time you ride you need to stick to a few simple rules. A minor error of judgment that a car driver might shrug off could prove fatal for a biker.

According to official figures, the things most likely to cause a motorcyclist to come to grief are failing to negotiate bends on rural A-roads, collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking and loss of control. The latter one is a bit of a catch-all as it could be because of poor positioning on a bend or riding too fast for the conditions. Either way, sticking to these simple rules could mean the difference between life and death.
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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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Advice and Tips

Essential motorbiking kit

Spring has sprung and its arrival means our roads are full of motorcyclists, keen to enjoy the warmer, drier weather now it’s here. But while riding a bike gives you a sense of freedom that your car-driving compatriots can only dream about, it comes at a cost. Bikers are much more vulnerable; even a minor low-speed incident which a car driver would shrug off, can leave a biker seriously hurt. That’s why wearing suitable protective clothing every time you get on your bike is so important.

Choosing what to wear when riding isn’t just about protection from injury – it’s also about comfort. The correct gear ensures you’re comfortable, warm and dry, helping you to fully enjoy your ride without distractions. Many items of protective wear also have reflective panels or strips, ensuring you stay highly visible at all times. Remember, don’t just go for the way the clothing or gear looks; it needs to perform too.

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Buying Advice

How to choose the right car

Superminis, city cars, hatchbacks, saloons, coupés and convertibles, all from a huge range of manufacturers. Petrols, diesels and hybrids, manual transmissions and autos. Just how do you home in on the car that’ll best fit your needs and budget when the choice is so overwhelming? The answer is to research any potential purchase thoroughly, and here’s how.

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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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Valuations
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Diesel running costs set to rise

Unless you’ve been enjoying a long holiday on Pluto for the past few months it won’t have escaped your attention that diesel-engined cars are not flavour of the month. They’ve been singled out as pariahs for their part in poisoning our air, and is it any wonder when you see old buses and high-mileage (or badly maintained) family hatchbacks spewing out clouds of noxious soot as they accelerate away from the lights?

For years, diesel cars were set to save the planet. They produce less CO2 than petrol-engined vehicles because diesel contains more energy than petrol. However, while CO2 emissions are lower, diesels produce far more particulates and it’s these that cause air quality problems – they get trapped in our lungs and cause breathing difficulties.

It’s this air quality issue that has led to lots of headlines about thousands of premature deaths each year. However, that number varies wildly and nobody knows what it is because we’re not talking about healthy people being struck down in their prime. Generally those who are dying are already very ill, and their deaths are being brought forward by as little as a few days. But nobody knows how many days; no wonder the figure is impossible to pinpoint.

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Valuations

How to maximise the value of your car

Nobody wants to be taken to the cleaners when they sell their car, but how can you maximise the amount you get for your car when you sell it? It’ll come as no surprise that giving it a seriously good spruce up can make a big difference to its value – potentially hundreds of pounds!

When somebody buys a used car they want to be reassured that it’s been looked after. A dealer doesn’t want to have an unhappy buyer bringing the car back and a private punter won’t take on a car that they think will be a liability. So how important is cleanliness at selling time?

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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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