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How Best to Avoid Car Depreciation

The depreciation of a vehicle is an unfortunate certainty in car ownership. Regardless of how new or old your car is you won’t avoid its value falling as soon as you start driving around. As frustrating as this is, rather than just let this inevitable process damage your resale value, the sensible option is to do your best to fight back.

So if you’re wondering how you can go about this, you’ll be pleased to note that there are several ways and means you can avoid car depreciation. What follows in this post are some methods for you to consider:

Look After your Car

Taking the time to look after your car properly is a big help. As simple as it sounds, things like maintaining your service schedule and regularly replenishing levels and replacing old and worn features of your vehicle really make a difference. One of the biggest battles here is making sure you regularly keep on top of this.

Adapt your Driving Style

High-revs and an aggressive driving style can be damaging and detrimental to the longevity of your car’s engine, suspension and tyres. Yes, it can be quite enjoyable to let your car stretch its legs and see how much power you can get out of it, however, if you want to protect its value you should adopt a more conservative driving style. Keep revs low and take extra care when driving on country roads.

Avoid Unnecessary Journeys

As suggested above, there is the unfortunate reality that every single time you drive your car its value drops. So, the easy solution to this problem is to avoid driving your car as often. Don’t take this to the extreme though, just avoid shorter and unnecessary car journeys and walk to your destination instead.

Buy Sensibly

On top of all of these recommendation though comes arguably the most important factor – the car itself. For second hand buyers in particular,you should look for:
•    A full service history
•    Low mileage
•    A clean driving history
•    Good condition
•    A reasonable age (if used)

Reliable retailers like Exchange and Mart for example, will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your car fits this criteria and you don’t fall foul of any unforeseen issues that can really affect its resale value.
So, take on board some of these recommendations and if, and when, you decide to sell on, you may get with more money back than you think.

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Choosing your next vehicle can sometimes be a difficult task. With such a large number of options available, it can be hard to know what to pick and the last thing you want is to make the wrong decision. What you need to do is trust in a vehicle from a recognised brand, something that can accommodate a variety of needs and come with a choice of options. One such vehicle you should consider is the Audi A3.

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Citroen Ready to Display Two Classic DS21 at the London Classic Car Show

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European Road Trip Essentials: What You Need for Your Journey

If you are considering going on a European holiday, rather than paying over the odds for many different flights and transfers between hotels, why not consider a road trip instead? Not only can taking a road trip be a more affordable option, you also get a sense of freedom that can otherwise be lost in a cabin at 38,000 feet. At the same time, Europe’s roads can offer you some of the most incredible sights and sounds for no cost at all, that being said, it’s very important you are properly prepared.

Like with the planning of any holiday there are things to consider and prepare for to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. But if you’re not sure where to start, read on to find out what you need to do.

Route Planning

First and foremost, before you set off you need to know exactly where you are going. Whether you’re planning on staying in a hotel or simply driving around the European mainland, you should have researched and plotted out where you intend to go. As useful as Satnavs are, they are not 100% reliable and it doesn’t hurt to have a contingency plan just in case.

Safety Equipment

As any responsible driver will know having emergency equipment in your vehicle like first aid kits, a spare tyre and replacement engine fluids (to name but a few) is a must wherever you are. On Europe’s roads however there are other laws and restrictions regarding what you must have in your car that you need to ensure you have in your vehicle so you are driving safely and legally.

Proper Cover

Along with the above equipment, there’s also the very important matter of being covered should the worst happen. The last thing you want is your car to breakdown in the middle of a foreign country with no means of rescue, communication or support. Investing in proper European breakdown cover from a provider like Breakdown Direct is an absolute must to safeguard you, your passengers and ultimately your vacation.

Emergency Funds

Toll roads are common on many of Europe’s major routes, so be sure you have a surplus of money in your car to pay for these. More importantly, ensure you have the correct currency as not all European countries use the Euro. Be sure to check this for each country you intend on driving in.

So if you take our advice, all that’s left to do now is get behind the wheel and set off on what will be an incredible voyage for you.

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To make self-driving car a reality in the near future, Japanese automaker Nissan has joined hands with NASA with a five year research and development partnership.

The joint venture will focus on how autonomous technology can be perfected and how it can be applied in the right way to commercially mass production vehicles in the future while keeping the emission levels low.

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