6 Car Running Costs You Might Have Forgotten About


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Anyone who’s ever owned a car knows they drain money like nothing else. You think you’ve got it all figured out when you buy the vehicle. You’ve found a car at a great price, with a sensible finance option and your purse strings are happy. Then you drive it home and realise you’ve completely forgotten all the additional costs that come with driving!


In this post, we’ll quickly identify the biggest costs involved in owning and running a vehicle. They range from the obvious to the hidden charges we all forget about. Let’s take a look, shall we?


  1. Tax – It’s illegal to drive a car without full taxation in the UK. The difficulty here is that you can’t calculate the cost until you decide on the car. Every vehicle falls into a different tax band, and the charges vary. You can help keep your tax costs down by choosing the right car. Many modern vehicles that are environmentally conscious now incur zero road tax, for example. Look out for these and save yourself some money.


  1. Insurance – Again, it is illegal to drive without insurance. It’s this cost that often catches drivers out, as it can get quite expensive. Like road tax, your charge is based on the type of car you drive. It is also calculated based on your personal circumstances. For instance, younger drivers are charged more, as they are statistically more dangerous. Again, get a variety of quotes on the cars you’re looking at.


  1. Fuel – Fuel costs are deceptively tricky to calculate! Petrol and diesel prices fluctuate heavily with the global market and can rise at any time. Not only that, but the claimed mile-per-gallon rate is often different to the real-world rate. You may find yourself guzzling more petrol than you anticipated. It’s worth over-estimating your budget here and taking steps to lower your fuel use.


  1. MOT and repair costs – As a car owner, it’s essential that you keep your vehicle in good condition. Once a year, you’ll have to fork out for an MOT or servicing charge. It’s a vital health check that will highlight any problems. There may also be unexpected repairs or breakdowns to fix during the car’s lifetime. Many car dealers, like motorlinedirect.co.uk, now include servicing as part of the deal. If this is on offer to you, it’s worth taking. We suggest keeping an emergency fund with plenty to cover a big accident. You should also undertake regular car maintenance yourself to keep it in good condition.


  1. Depreciation – You might not consider depreciation a running cost, but you should. From the moment you drive away from the dealer, you are losing money on your car. It happens at an alarming rate and it’s something you must factor in. Of course, if you buy a secondhand car in the first place, you can avoid this process!


  1. Parking – Finally, remember to think about parking costs. It’s this cost that always catches drivers. Do you need a parking permit for your street? Or will you have to pay to park at work?

Have we missed anything major in this list? Make sure you stay money safe and budget for these essential costs!

Four Car Insurance Discounts Every Driver Should Know About


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Aren’t you sick of hearing the same old advice to “shop around” for cheaper car insurance? We’ve all heard it…and yet we can’t seem to find these low premiums everyone swears are out there. What’s the secret? Glad you asked, because we’re going to give you four car insurance discounts every driver should know about. You’re not going to get any special discount beyond these four tips, because frankly, these are the only way the insurance companies themselves save. Let’s consider one by one.

  1. Is Your Car Safe?

How much do you think a wrecked car costs an insurance company? Thousands just for a single vehicle! Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to help the insurance company and yourself avoid a major collision, by reinforcing your car with standard safety features. For example, the safest and most theft-resistant devices for lowering insurance rates include:


  • Clubs
  • Alarm Systems
  • Automatic Seatbelts
  • Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Traction Control
  • Daytime Running Lights


  1. Multi-Discounts

Most car insurance companies cannot afford to lower your rate unless you give them something extra—this extra is oftentimes multiple insurance policies with them, and in most cases paying for a multi-discount does not actually cost you anything extra anyway, since you have to pay someone for health, life and homeowner’s insurance anyway. Furthermore, adding more drivers onto the same car (as with multiple family members) may give you an addition discount, rather than just paying for one car on your own.

  1. Drive Better and Keep Track of It

Driving better goes without saying, and avoiding traffic collisions, speeding tickets and any run-ins with the law goes a long way. However, a lot of motorists fail to report this good behavior and renegotiate with their insurance companies. If you mention your good driving record, and ensure that your public record indeed matches your memories of a good year (indeed, sometimes there is erroneous information on your file and so it’s always smart to check it out once every several months) then your insurance company will usually offer you a lower contract if and when you call them up and ask for one. Some top companies are now offering additional savings for installing tracking devices, that keep track of your mileage, steering and other on-the-road data.

You can get a discount for:

  • 3 or more years without a collision
  • No traffic tickets or moving violations
  • No lapse in liability coverage

Don’t forget that even getting married or reaching the age of 35 and beyond is another discount and signing up with a new insurance provider with this new demographical information may be a way to save.

  1. Discount Program Enrollment

Other than the old standbys, there are only a handful of other programs that can qualify you for lower premiums. These include discounts for driving your vehicle for fewer miles than the local average, for taking a defensive driving course, and for students still in high school or college with good grades and in between the ages of 16-24.

These are four discounts most car owners don’t know about that can save you big bucks on their auto insurance rates. Why not start shopping around, now knowing the four avenues of savings? Infinity Insurance information is a good place to start. Sometimes just bringing these facts up to insurance companies makes all the difference. If your insurance company won’t budge, remember that they are just one of many in your local area. Sometimes a change of venue is the only way you can start a brand new policy that benefits you.


One for All – All Seasonal Tyres

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Car owners worldwide pretty much know how much money their “pets” are taking from them each month. From fuel, maintenance, to minor interventions and tyres. Roughly divided into two groups, for winter and for summer, these assets are quite expensive, and require regular leaving for service. But, as our technology advances, so does the auto industry and it gave us a way to save money, and to be safe as well. All seasonal tyres work perfectly for all seasons, and in addition, you don’t need to change them with the first snow.

Should I?

While most of climate changes are covered with theses tyres, there are some extreme conditions which require for you to invest a bit. Light snow, dry weather and rain are no match for those, but heavy snow is something completely different. This is a specific weather condition, which requires special tyres to have, for snow easily fills up the gaps in tyres, rendering them unusable. First thing you should consider whether to buy these, is the climate of your area. If the winter is mild and not snow burdened, you can take into consideration investing into all seasonal tyres. On the other hand, if winters in your area are known for deep snow, I recommend setting all seasonal tyres for other seasons, and for winter, buy those designed for snow and ice.

What are those?

All seasonal tyres are, simply put, a compromise between performance tyres, which are made for warm weather, and those for rain and snow. For performance tyres is specific that they are softer, with shallow step, but they produce a lot more sound. They are made from softer compound, and provide better traction. When it comes to rain and lighter snow, compound for these tyres is somewhat harder, but the tread pattern is the main difference. It is deeper, wider, and its ability to disperse water is of utmost importance. The main reason why performance tyres are ineffective when it rains is that its treads are unable to deal with the water, and that is where problems are made. Sliding, slipping and impossibility to transfer power from the engine to the wheels are the results which can often lead to car accidents. All seasonal tyres (their mark is AS), are sort of a combination of those two types. Treads which can handle water and great grip for dry conditions are its main distinctions.

How to buy and save?

First thing to be said here, you will need to do some research. Online shopping, comparing prices, and buying slightly used tyres will save you a lot of money. Many online stores are offering discount and free shipping, so if your local dealers are way too expensive, consider this option. Also, many of those sites have customer opinion section, where you can read and consider other people’s experiences. On the other hand, if you are in a hurry, and you cannot wait for tyres to be delivered, visit a few shops in your area, and buy in those stores which offer discount, or the best conditions. Second-hand tyres should be considered as a short-term solution, for their lifespan is quite shorter. Be sure that you ask what their mileage is, and how much more they can be used. In addition, personnel in such stores are highly educated in that area, and can often provide you with some important information and tips.


Well, when it comes to pros of this type of tyres, the first reason is definitely money. You will save quite a bit of money, if you invest in this kind of tyres, and in addition, that money can be saved after just a few months. Also, the space is somewhat important; for you will have one set of tyres, instead of two in your garage, for the other will be mounted on your car. It is widely known that garages are cramped and stuffed places, and every bit of space needs to be saved. Most of all, great selection of tyres will provide you with comfort and reliability at the same time.

So, when everything said is taken into consideration, these tyres represent the future of this section of car industry. They are available, and already in use, so there is no reason to switch to those immediately.

About the Blogger

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to automotive industry and latest car news. In her free time she enjoys visiting car shows and reading auto related articles.

Drifting – The Sport of Losing Traction Explained

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Many of us have rallied, raced and skidded all over the track, but now there’s a new kid on the block that’s caught the attention of petrolheads all over the world as it is becoming a motorsport in its own right. We’re talking about the art of drifting.

Originating in Japan, even Hollywood has cottoned on to the high-thrills and spills of drift racing with the successful film franchise ‘Fast and Furious’. And now it’s really starting to take off in the UK with its very own championship events drawing more and more competitors and spectators alike.


So what is drifting and how do you get a car to drift? Well, if you’ve ever driven in snow or ice and felt the back end of the car swing out, then you’ll be familiar with the sensation, except that drifting is about losing traction without losing control and most definitely not stalling like most of us do in that sort of driving situation.

Deliberately getting a car to slide is a real art form and takes a lot of practice. Before you’ve even switched on the ignition you’ll need to look at your driving position. For drifting you need to be sitting closer to the steering wheel than you’re perhaps used to, but it gives you much better control of the car, especially when it’s full lock on, full lock off type stuff.

Now you’re ready in the car (which will be rear wheel drive – if it’s a standard front wheel or all-wheel drive it ain’t drifting!), you’ve got your helmet on and you’re sitting on the tarmac of a specialist circuit well away from the public roads. It’s time to go drifting. There are three basic drifts to test your motoring mettle out there:

* The handbrake drift

* The brake drift

* Dynamic drifting

The handbrake drift is the one that most novices begin with and, as you might well guess from the name, you initiate the slide using the car’s handbrake. As you enter a corner at a controlled speed (this is one method that can be down at a relatively slower pace), it’s clutch down, handbrake up. As the rear starts to slide, release the handbrake and hit the gas to drive you out of the corner – sideways! Of course, you’re bound to stall a few times as it’s pretty alien to most of us to deliberately get a car sliding, but once you’ve cracked it, it’s a brilliant feeling as you gracefully glide around a bend.


Having got that basic move sussed, you might move on to the brake drift. This is where your footwork will get fancier than a Cha Cha Cha and it’s all done at a higher entry speed to really get the adrenaline flowing. Coming in to the corner in a straight line you start to brake, then lift off slightly whilst steering into the corner. The key to all this is the amount of braking you apply and when. It’ll take a lot of practice, but once again, get it just right and you will be flying round those bends.

For the most stylish drift there is, you need to master dynamic drifting. This is the expert level that even Top Gear’s The Stig would have had to practice to get just right. It’s all about a proper, full on, high speed approach in third gear, then lift of the gas momentarily and as the car starts to drift, it’s a question of controlling your trajectory with the steering. Not enough or too much and you’ll spin out. There’s no braking or handbrake use involved here, it’s all about the balance of the car and handling skills. Nail this one on your first attempt and you’ll definitely get a high five from your instructor!

Of course, technically you can drift anywhere, but we wouldn’t recommend taking your family saloon to a car park anytime soon, even if it does rekindle your lost youth. IntotheBlue.co.uk offers drifting experiences at professional circuit venues around the country, where the cars have been prepped for drifting use and there are expert instructors on hand to guide you from the passenger seat to make sure you get the most out of your session and don’t just spend the whole time spinning, stalling and wearing out the clutch or the tyres.

And if you want to see the best of British drivers drifting, take a look at the DriftCup and the British Drift Championship for all the info on competitive drifting, with rounds at venues around the UK.

For more information, check out our blog where you can find many articles like this one!

The World’s Worst Supercar…and the Best

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Supercars are a staple of the auto enthusiast world. Despite that fact that most car lovers will never get the chance to own or drive one, supercars hold a mystical appeal that’s hard to shake. From early legends like the Porsche 959 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL to modern wonders like the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron, the growing family of amazing supercars is astonishing to observe.

And as you can imagine, automakers have undergone quite a bit of trial and error to achieve the incredible automotive feats we see today. Unfortunately, some manufacturers experienced a little more error than trial. And a few real supercar flops have been produced over the years as a result, real duds and ugly ducklings.

But out of all such cars, there’s one that tops them all: the Panther 6. This car is without a doubt the absolute worst supercar of all time, if it can even be called that. Here’s a rundown on its misguided life in the supercar world.

Where Did This Monster Come From?

This strange vehicle was manufactured by Panther, a small sportscar company in the United Kingdom, in 1977. Unsurprisingly, the company went under in 1980 after being bought out by a South Korean corporation.

The Wheel Situation
Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room. Why does this thing have six wheels!? Supposedly this design was inspired by the Tyrell P34, a six-wheeled Formula One racer. However, the Panther 6 didn’t come close to pulling off the design. Honestly, the P34 was probably pushing it anyway.

Is It a Caddy?

Tucked away in the bowels of this enormous beast of a car is a twin turbocharged 500 CID Cadillac V-8, which supposedly could propel the car to over 200mph. Unsurprisingly, it never got close to achieving that proclaimed top speed.

Where Are They Now?
Unfortunately(?), only two Panter 6 vehicles were ever made, one white and one black. Both of them still exist, and one of them is kept somewhere in the Middle East.

Interested in seeing some of the best supercars ever made, instead of the worst? Check out the graphic below.

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The Evolution of the 250+ MPH Supercar

Need a Car Detailing Service? Here’s What to Look For

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When we hear the words auto detailing, most of us think of it as just a simple car wash. But is that all? No way. The professional car detailing industry brings in more than $9 billion in revenue in the United States alone – that’s more than just suds!

Car detailing can happen on the outside and the inside. Exterior detailing refers to cleaning and restoring your car’s original look, focusing on the paint and glossy finish. Exterior cleaning also refers to cleaning the windows, tires, wheels, chrome trim, and other components that you see outside the car.

Interior detailing involves the cleaning of the inner cabin. Over the past 50 years, interiors of automobiles have been made from a number of materials ranging from natural fibers to vinyl, plastics, leather, and others. Different products and methods are used for cleaning, based on the type of surface and its condition.

Mistakes Car Owners Make When Choosing a Car Detailing Service

  • The first and foremost mistake is quickly choosing a package without comparing the prices offered by different service providers. In addition, too many service providers charge customers the full cost of the package, even when all the services in it are not used.
  • Another mistake is not choosing the right type of cleaning service. Each car requires a different cleaning technique. This is of great importance, especially when it comes to the interiors and the paint job. A chemical cleaning service might cause irreversible damage to the car.
  • Though mobile auto detailing may seem convenient for busy people, it may end up spoiling the car.

Choosing a Car Detailing Service

Self-Service: The self-service car wash has been the most popular car wash service ever. There are several self-service spots that you can use by paying a small fee. They provide you with a water jet pump and a foam brush, and a few even give you towels to wipe your car dry. Though it might be good for your budget, it may not be ideal for your car in the long run.

Hand-Wash Service: This is a service that is carried out by people who are trained to wash cars by hand. After the car is cleaned, it is completely rinsed and wiped down with non-abrasive towels. You can find such services at shopping malls and parking garages. This does save you the time and trouble of washing your car by yourself, but it could make a big dent in your pocket if someone were to carelessly make a scratch on the paint.

Automated Car Wash: Automated car washes are chosen by people who constantly travel on salt or sandy roads or in areas where their vehicles are exposed to abrasives. This is also the quickest and easiest option to clean your car in a scratch-free manner. These car wash providers use soap, brushes, and cloth friction to clean your car; this is the best way because it’s a touchless system. The water and soap get sprayed by high-pressure hoses in all directions and make your car squeaky clean. The best part is that after the wash, the car is sent through a blow-dry system that prevents it from getting scratched. However, there are a few things to consider while planning to give your car an automated car wash.

  • Pricing: Look for a car detailing service that provides coupons or special offers. There are a few places that provide offers on their least busy day of the week, for example, a 20% discount on Wednesdays. Try to schedule an appointment on those days. Another way is to compare packages, quality of service, and pricing to find the best option.
  • Features: There will be times when you just need a simple exterior wash and a vacuum. In such cases, don’t go looking for service providers that give you extensive packages. Instead, look for one that provides reasonably-priced smaller packages.
  • Reviews: Moving into a new neighborhood and looking for a good detailing provider? Try asking the family next door, or looking up reputed sites for reviews on nearby providers.
  • Affiliations and General Considerations: It’s always better to select companies that are affiliated with reputed organizations. The Better Business Bureau is dependable and provides the best information when it comes to car detailing services. Also find out if the service provider gives coupons, discounts, and special offers like oil changes or fluid checks to return customers.

As there are a few situations where your interiors or exteriors could get damaged during the detailing process, it’s important to go to a professional who provides a warranty on services. By being aware of the pitfalls to avoid, and by taking a closer look at all the services that your provider gives you, you can easily make your choice and drive your car into the place where it can shine.

Get the Right Insurance Policy

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Whether you’re looking for car, home, life or business insurance, there are many different types of coverage you can get. Insurance agents can help you evaluate your lifestyle and select the right policies, so you’re covered for any eventuality.

Auto Insurance

There are several ways you can lower your auto insurance costs. For example, if you successfully complete a driver’s education course, many companies will give you a discount. You can also buy a low-profile vehicle that costs less to insure. If you have a good driving record and a high credit rating, your car insurance may cost less.

Home Insurance

There are many aspects of your home that you would like insured from damage such as the structure, built-in appliances and wall-to-wall carpet. You can also get coverage for water backup of your sewer and pipes that causes damage inside your home, as well as coverage for other buildings such as a garage or gazebo. Some additional coverage includes:

• Contents such as furniture and electronics
• Personal liability for bodily damage or property damage of a guest
• Flood and earthquake coverage usually with a separate deductible
• Medical or funeral expenses for someone injured on your property

Life Insurance

Life insurance may be the basis of financial security for your family. There are four main types of life insurance and each has advantages.

• Term life insurance provides a lump sum payment to the family of the policy holder if he or she should die within the term of the policy. A term may be from 10 to 30 years. This is the least expensive type of policy, but when the term is reached, the policy expires.

• Whole life policies last the whole life of the policy holder, but the premium payments remain the same throughout. The policy can be completely paid at some point, and it will grow because it has a fixed rate of interest.

• Universal life insurance provides protection the whole life of the policy holder and gives access to tax-deferred cash values. Fixed policies cannot be changed, but with flexible policies, you can change the level of protection.

• Variable universal life insurance includes investment features. With this type of policy the policy holder can have access to professionally managed investment for future needs.

Business Insurance

Business insurance is required for all small business owners, so their personal finances are not touched in the event of a disaster. These policies can be customized for the type of business.

Ask your agent to help you decide which type of coverage is most suitable for your lifestyle.

The Right Recreational Wheels: Caravan, Motorhome, Camper or Box Trailer?

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There’s a growing trend in Australia – camping. But, where do you start? There are so many vehicle choices and ways to do this. Here’s what most people do.


The motorhome is the classic camping vehicle. Motorhomes are like large trucks with well-appointed features like T.V.s, beds, kitchens, and bathrooms. They usually have turbo-charged diesel engines so they’re very fuel efficient and yet also very powerful.

Diesels can haul a lot of weight, and take a lot of abuse, without quitting. And, that’s important if you’re going into the outback or on a summer holiday in Australia. Motorhomes come in a variety of sizes and berths, but they have one thing in common – they’re ideal for a large family.


Trailers, or box trailers, which are also referred to as camper trailers, are trailers that are towed behind a car or truck. They’re pretty basic, and made for young families or individuals who might be going out with one or two people, maximum. The trailer itself is like a portable tent, and they’re incredibly popular for this reason.

They give you the feel of “roughing it” without having to sleep out under the open sky. Because they’re smaller and more compact, you don’t get the same kinds of features you’d get from a motorhome. At the same time, they’re a little more rugged.


Campervans are basically campers that are attached to the chassis of a van. Usually, they’re fitted to the van afterwards and are separated from the cabin. This makes them a sort of half motorhome, half trailer. You must get out of the van to get into the camper area, so it’s a little less convenient than having a motorhome.

The nice thing about this setup is that they’re usually cheaper than motorhome, they provide some of the features of a motorhome, and can be easier to drive as well as more practical.

It’s not uncommon for a campervan to have a toilet onboard, a fridge, lounge area, cooktop, and a sleeping area. So, you’re getting a lot for the money.


If you shop this Caravan and Camper Megastore in Perth you’ll notice something very interesting. The chasm between a camper and a caravan is huge. Most people who aren’t familiar or accustomed to camping sometimes can’t believe that these things exist. A caravan is a self-contained vehicle that’s towed by a truck, usually (it’s too large for many cars to tow). Inside, they’re usually quite a lot of room – a double bed, seating around a large table, a small fridge and stove, storage room, and other amenities.

Of course it has a bathroom, sometimes two. The seats and sometimes the table can be converted to a bed and there may also be bunk beds. Some caravans also have showers,. So really, you don’t have to leave it if you don’t want to.

That’s awesome for days that are a little too windy or cold or when it’s raining. Caravans are more difficult to maneuver than a trailer or campervan, but they’re also made for extended camping trips.

About the Blogger

Sean Lynton is an engine mechanic and avid camper. Whenever he has the time, he likes to post his experiences on the web. Look for his articles on many camping, recreation and outdoor websites and blogs.


The Skoda VisionC: A Fresh New Trend For Future Skoda Models?

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The Skoda marque is one that is gaining popularity in Europe and other parts of the world. It’s a Czech car maker owned by the Volkswagen Group since 1990. The buyout was part of the Czech Republic’s fall in communism and the privatisation of many industries.

Ever since it became a part of the VW family, Skoda has come up with a plethora of award-winning models that see people flocking to the brand. Examples of best-selling models include the Fabia hatchback and the Octavia line of saloon and estate cars.


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Of course, one of the notable things about Volkswagen is its continued passion for innovation. Because Skoda is part of the VW family, it’s a characteristic that has rubbed off on the Czech firm.

As we all know, car makers develop a plethora of concept cars in their time. They do so to “test the water” as it were. They want to find out which innovations are the ones that will get welcomed by the motoring public, and which ones get doomed to failure.

One of the concept cars that Skoda worked on is the “VisionC.” It’s an odd name for a concept car, don’t you think? Still, what’s in a name? As a car maker, you want people to feel inspired and excited by the car, not the name!

What is the Skoda VisionC concept?

In a nutshell, the Skoda VisionC is a concept coupe. At first glance, it looks like the love child of an Audi A5 and a Skoda Rapid. But all jokes aside, one thing’s for certain. The Skoda VisionC concept car has smooth, sculpted contours that are set to grab anyone’s attention on the street.

You’re not likely to find a car that’s even remotely like it on car sales websites like easternwestern.co.uk. Nor will you see anything like it on motoring sites and blogs. It is a unique, one of a kind vehicle.

According to Skoda, the VisionC concept is a coupe that “has a self-assured and dynamic look.” Part of the design brief was to create a car that had invisible door handles, a feature that can sometimes look weird on cars. Except that, on the VisionC, it only enhances its looks.

They also wanted to sculpt a car that was expressive, dynamic and eco-friendly. Having read the full details of the Skoda VisionC, it seems the engineers at the Czech car maker have ticked all those boxes!

What’s so eco-friendly about the Skoda VisionC?

The Skoda VisionC is eco-friendly. Why? Because it offers what the firm boasts as “outstanding” emissions values. It uses CNG (compressed natural gas) as its main source of fuel.

Skoda says that the VisionC natural gas-powered car only uses 5.1 cubic metres of gas per 100 kilometres (or 62 miles). In emissions terms, that translates to a CO2 output of around 91 g/km. You might be wondering what the big deal is of a car with such low CO2 emissions. After all, there are plenty of cars on the road today that boast such figures, right?

What Skoda want to do is show the motoring public – you and I – that it’s possible to buy a mid-sized eco-friendly vehicle. You’d usually associate low CO2 emissions with small city cars because of their low weight.

Under the bonnet is a bi-fuel 1.4-litre TSI engine. It’s a turbocharged engine that also uses petrol. We all know the benefits of using LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) in vehicles. But Skoda decided to go for something different. As mentioned, the engine uses compressed natural gas too.

One might think the 1.4-litre TSI engine is rather small and frugal. But nothing could be further from the truth! Skoda says that the VW-derived engine offers 109 brake horsepower and can achieve a top speed of 133 miles an hour.

What’s the interior like in the Skoda VisionC concept?

Deceptive is perhaps the best word I could think of when describing the interior! Why is that, you might be wondering. Well, when you look at the car’s exterior it displays the characteristics of a coupe.


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Because of that fact, one could naturally assume the interior is rather cramped and maybe even uninspiring. But when you sit inside the Skoda VisionC concept car, you’re in for a real surprise!

The interior of the car is rather spacious. The dashboard layout is sleek, has clean lines, and the controls are laid out in a simple to use arrangement. Presentation was high up on Skoda’s to-do list when developing the VisionC concept car.

It offers an infotainment system that has an attention-grabbing 3D display. The touch-screen multimedia display projects up from the dashboard and is quite futuristic indeed.

The rear passengers are also treated to the next-generation multimedia system also. They have foldaway screens. And the centre armrest also has a display that shows vehicle statistics.

On the backrests, there are air vents integrated into them. And, when you need to do so, you can have the headrests flipped up.

Has Skoda used any existing designs into the VisionC’s styling?

As you know, the Skoda VisionC is a five-door coupe. The design language used on the car got based on the new design line that the firm adopted for its model three years ago. Skoda wants to make more of a push into the premium car market.

The engineers behind the VisionC concept have used a combination of contours and surfaces. They did so to come up with this innovative design. They also incorporated those styles with crisp, defined shapes. Doing so helped them to give the car a unique take on the existing Skoda design language.

Other recent concept cars have used similar styling. So it’s likely Skoda are considering adopting them for future models. On their website, read where they talk about the VisionC’s interior. They said it gave “a glimpse of Skoda interior design of the future.”

Take from that what you will, but I’d be willing to bet that Skoda’s future vehicles look similar to the VisionC concept!

A Complete Guide To Looking After A Luxury Car

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For any car enthusiast, the ultimate dream is to own a luxury car. The car of choice will vary from person to person, but the luxury feeling is the same. It may be an old classic like an Austin Healey or a classic Ferrari. It may be a newer model like a Porsche Boxter or even a Lamborghini. Whatever the car, the important thing is that you feel like a superstar when you drive it.

The concept of luxury will differ depending on what you want from your car. For some, luxury is the fierce roar of the engine under the bonnet. It’s the speed and power that comes from within. For others, luxury is more about the refinement and sophistication. It’s about the comfort and quiet of the ride and the elegance of the design. This is the difference between a McLaren and a Bentley.

However, there is no doubt that these are both luxury cars. And when you own a luxury car, you want it to stay exactly like that. You want that paint finish to shine like it’s brand new. You want the interior to remain pristine and luxurious. You want the engine to roar every time you put your foot down. You don’t want dirty paintwork, messy interior and an engine that chokes. With that in mind, you’ve got to take care of your luxury car. It’s important to look after it, both inside and out. That’s what today’s article is all about. We’ll look at how you can keep your luxury car feeling brand new.

The car itself – First of all, the level of care will differ depending on the car you own. For example, for some petrolheads, there is no purer experience than driving a classic car. No horsepower and torque in the world can match the feeling of driving a classic Corvette. If this is the case, you’ll need to be prepared to put in a lot more work. Classic luxury cars require renovation, modernisation and restoration. Their engines are more fragile and their parts more elusive. On the other hand, if your idea of luxury is a newer model, it’s much easier. You can buy a Porsche or a Bentley from Red Line Specialist Cars and you’ll barely have to lift a finger. Modern luxury cars are the best of the best. They are reliable, powerful and solid.

Classic restoration – If you have your heart set on a classic luxury car, you’ll have to be prepared to work. These cars were not built with 21st century driving in mind. Their brakes, steering and suspension no longer hold up against even the most modest current cars. You’ll have to hunt down new parts and take the time to breathe new life into it.

General maintenance – Even with the super reliable, modern luxury cars, they won’t maintain themselves. You’ll still wear down the brakes, the tyres and the engine itself. Looking after a luxury car is no different to a standard road vehicle in this sense. You simply have more to lose if you don’t stay on top of it. As with any vehicle, you should regularly check the fluids, especially the oil. Change it when necessary and don’t let it become dark brown or black in colour. Check the tyre tread and the tyre pressure and ensure they are running at the correct levels. Clean or replace your air filters regularly and check the wear on the brakes. These simple checks will keep your luxury car feeling luxurious every day.

Servicing – The general maintenance checks you can easily do yourself. However, it’s also worth checking in with the professionals every once in a while. They will be able to sport impending problems before they happen. More importantly, modern luxury cars are heavily reliant on electronic systems. These cannot be easily accessed or maintained by yourself. Electric systems require expert knowledge and so regular, professional servicing is essential.

Cleaning and detailing – When you own a luxury car, it’s all about the looks. It may sound superficial, but that’s what draws us to the car in the first place. The elegance of the curves and the sleek designs are what made us fall in love with cars. It is this aspect of the vehicle that you need to work hard to maintain. In order to keep it looking beautiful, you need to learn how to clean it like the pros.

Outside – First things first, let’s look at cleaning the outside of the car. The biggest mistake here is taking it to a mechanical car wash. The experts always advise washing your luxury car by hand. It provides a much deeper, more thorough clean. Luxury car owners tell us that they love the experience of hand washing their car. Once you’ve given it a full soapy wash, get into the details with paint cleaners. You may also want to purchase a small paint pen from the manufacturer that matches your colour. It will allow you to cover up small scratches. Finally, you’ll need to buffer the car to bring out that shine and then finish it with a good wax. Don’t forget the windows, the wheels and the tyres themselves.

Inside. – Naturally, you can’t prevent any accident, but try to prevent anything that could cause stains or damage. Most luxury cars have leather trim which is easily maintained. Dust and vacuum regularly. Then use a leather cleaning product to keep it looking brand new. The carpets are your final consideration and ignoring them could spoil everything. Use a stiff brush to remove dirt and then vacuum.

Remember, the cheap things become quite expensive. There are so many benefits to owning a luxury car. However, one downside is the cost of the small things. Everything from fluids to car parts can be expensive because they are rare or specific. Just take this into account when you’re budgeting for maintenance.

There you have it, folks! Don’t let your pride and joy fall into disrepair. Keep it looking and running like brand new with these tips and tricks. See you next time!