Advice for drivers affected by the VW emissions crisis
HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that any customers affected by a potential recall of certain Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles will not have their Benefit-In-Kind tax status changed if it comes to light that the emissions for a vehicle have increased.
The news comes as the Department for Transport announced that consumers who purchased vehicles in good faith will not incur additional Vehicle Excise Duty costs.
VW has made it clear that technical solutions are being developed and will be presented to responsible authorities before the end of October.
The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) details of affected cars are to be released to retailers shortly and a self-serve process for customers to check if their vehicle is affected will be set up.
So far, some 4,000 VW Group vehicles have been removed from sale across the UK.
Excellent Euro NCAP ratings for Hyundai Tucson, Mazda MX-5 and Vauxhall Viva
The Hyundai Tucson, Mazda MX-5 and Vauxhall Viva have all performed well in the latest round of Euro NCAP safety testing. The Tucson compact SUV achieved five stars, thanks to high scores in all areas of assessment. Although AEB technology is offered as option on the Tucson, it was not included in the rating as the uptake is not expected to be high enough.
The Vauxhall Viva city car was awarded four stars. The body said there were still a couple of issues - in an offset test, the head bottomed out the airbag and in the side pole impact the chest was protected poorly. Chest protection offered to the rear small female passenger dummy in the latest full-width rigid barrier test was also weak while the driver slipped under the seatbelt, resulting in elevated risk at knee and femur injuries.
The Mazda MX-5 also achieved a four star rating, combining good all-round performance in crash tests with exceptional pedestrian protection thanks to the deployable bonnet fitted as standard. However, the absence of AEB disappointed NCAP, as the testing body said many similarly-priced cars in other segments offer this safety equipment at least as option.
www.CarContractHire.com is launched!
It’s been months in the making and we are excited to be finally able to share a new concept in car leasing where you can lease a car entirely online from start to finish – welcome to www.CarContractHire.com!
www.CarContractHire.com is all about bringing you the very best of car leasing – sharing with you the best deals and ensuring you’re not missing out on a cost effective and hassle free way to get behind the wheel of the latest models by keeping the process entirely online.
Just 10% of vehicles on the UK’s roads are on lease so chances are that up to now you’ve been missing out on the benefits that a long term car lease can bring.
CarContractHire.com aims to change this by offering a simple online process that offers great value with only special discounted deals available.
What are the benefits to leasing a car?
Businesses have long been tuned into the benefits of leasing vehicles but for individuals it’s a newer concept….in short it’s all about hassle free and cost-effective motoring.
• Leasing is a great to get behind the wheel of the newest car model, even if you can't afford to purchase it outright.
• Love that new car smell? Leasing means you could be driving a new model every two or three years and you’ll never have the hassle of selling the car or worry about depreciation; simply hand the keys back and take out a new lease.
• Like the security of set monthly outgoings? Then leasing is for you. Monthly costs are fixed, the only additional costs are fuel and insurance. The initial outlay is also low; typically equal to three or six monthly rentals.
• Risk averse? If a maintenance agreement is taken out this eliminates the worry of things going wrong and associated costs.
Leasing a vehicle is a little like renting a property. You sign a contract to pay a monthly fee for the car over a set period, at the end of which you hand back the keys to the leasing company. Most of us rent before we buy a property so the question has to be why are we not leasing a car rather than buying one and why are we not enjoying all the benefits of a new vehicle without the strain of up-front capital expenditure?
Curious to find out more – click (here) to see our latest deals and take a moment to picture yourself behind the wheel of your brand new car!
Consumers are missing out on the benifits of leasing cars
With 10% of cars on the UK roads leased, are you be missing out on the benefits that others who have long term car leases are enjoying in 2016?
Time for some facts – According to The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) the vehicle leasing and rental sector makes a huge economic contribution to the UK. In fact, back in 2013, the sector added £24.9 billion gross value to UK GDP which to break it down for you is the size of both Edinburgh and Leicester economies combined!
So what is leasing a vehicle? An easy way of understanding it is to think of it is like renting a house or an apartment. You sign a contract and pay a certain amount of rent each month over a set period of time, for example for two years, and at the end of this time you return your keys – done deal! The biggest difference is that buying a property is an investment, buying a car is not because they depreciate in value the minute they leave the forecourt.
To enter a contract, you have to complete and submit an application form. Once that’s been submitted and approved the car is delivered and it’s all yours (well for the length of the contract!). Each month you have to pay rent and when the contract is up you simply return the car. Sounds simple right? So what exactly are the benefits?
Leasing your car is both value for money and an easy way to get behind the wheel. Whether you are doing this because you want a brand new car which you normally couldn’t afford to buy or because you want a car for a set period of time for a set price.
Choosing the option for maintenance eliminates risks and makes on going costs predictable.
You don’t have to go through the hassle of selling a car.
You have the option of leasing a different car every two or three years.
You will never have to worry about the car being out of warranty.
What’s not to like? Sounds like a fabulous way to start the new year!
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Winter driving - be prepared
The truth is most of us are woefully unprepared for driving in even the most moderate of winter conditions. The trusty loyalty card has come to the rescue on a number of occasions when the windscreen has needed defrosting 5 minutes after the journey to the office should have begun. But let’s be honest, the British weather is unpredictable to say the least so forgive us if we are mildly sceptical when forecasters tell us that winter weather is on its way. A few simple preparations though can make all the difference if mother nature does deliver.
Keep time on your side - keep an eye on the forecast, if sub-zero temperatures are forecast allow yourself time to properly defrost car windows - and lights - with enough time to get to where you need to be on time. Remember, if your vehicle is frozen, so are the roads so rushing is not a good idea. Oh, and as heroic as the loyalty card can be, invest in some proper defrosting equipment and keep it in the car in case of an equally frosty journey home.
Stay connected - always keep a phone charger in the car. Not just for ensuring that amazing snowman you made makes it onto the Facebook hall of fame, you never know when a sudden change in conditions or a weather related accident might leave you stranded and needing to call for help.
Be well equipped - aside from an impressive collection of bags for life, the boot of the car should contain a few items that could become essentials if bad weather hits. Always carry a warm blan-ket, some warm, waterproof footwear and a shovel in case of being stuck in the vehicle. It’s al-ways advisable to keep a bottle of water and some snacks in the car with you too.
And finally, take it easy - you are better arriving late than not at all. Respect the conditions and always consider whether it is worth travelling at all. Stay safe.