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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Cars


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The Best Used Cars to Buy in 2014



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Best Cars to Buy in 2014 Source My Car



If you are looking to buy a decent used car  this year then you have come to the right place. What we have done here is put together  a list of the best used cars that you may want to consider when making a purchase in the coming year. This list not only includes the make and model of the recommended vehicles, but also the price range you can expect to pay..

Kia Picanto

The 2011 Kia Picanto 1.01.3 door is the second generation and whilst maintaining its value for money, it also comes with a  much higher feel of quality about it. As well as being very affordable they also come with Kia’s long term warranty in place. You should expect to pay about £4,500 for a decent model.


Volkswagen Up!

Although a bit pricey even now, the Volkswagen Up! 1.0 Take Up will set you back around £6,300, but this city car brings with it a big car feel. This maybe a bit pricey but it does tend to hold its value well, if and when you decide to sell it.


Audi A1

The 2011 Audi A1 1.2 Fsi Sport 3 door is our pick as one of the best superminis around at the moment. The A1 is one of the must have superminis at the present time, and it holds its sale value strongly. The A1 incorporates premium quality, and style that is hard to beat, but expect to pay £9,500 – £12,000 for it.


Ford Fiesta

The 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5 door is a great choice for most families. This gives the agility needed for city driving, but also has great comfort for those longer journeys. This 5 door version also gives an added practicality to the car. Priced between £4,500 and £9,000 depending on condition, this makes it an affordable option.


Hyundai i30

With a price tag of £3,000 – £8,000 the 2009 Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Premium hatchback will not break your bank account. However if you only drive shorter distances you may want to consider getting a petrol engine version of this car.


Mazda 3

Mention owning a Mazda to most people and they will automatically think of a sports car, but the 2010 Mazda3 2.2D Sports 5 door is a great family car. With Mazda’s reputation for reliability, and with great road handling the Mazda 3 is good value for money at just £5,500 – £10,000.


Vauxhall Insignia

With a price range of £5,000 – £14,000 the 2011 Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi Sri has come under criticism from some. However it offers lots of interior space and comfort making it ideal for a growing family.


Volvo V60

The 2011 Volvo V60 D2 R-Design will set you back about £14,500, but it is an ideal family car. With its diesel engine you can keep the fuel costs down, but more importantly the V60 comes with the usual high standard of safety features that we all associate with the Volvo’s.


If you are looking to purchase a used car in 2014 we hope that this short list of what’s available to you has been of some use. Although we have not been able to cover every popular used car we have tried to include a short selection that most people would find of some use in helping them to decide what vehicle to buy. Just remember to do your own research, and price comparison, before parting with your money, and don’t be afraid to haggle!


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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Cars


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Which Are The Cheapest Cars to Insure ?

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As we all know to our cost, car insurance does not come cheap regardless if you are a young first time driver, or a more experienced driver with years of no claims bonuses against your name. Car insurance is more than ever, the most major consideration when purchasing a new car.

In years gone by we would purchase a car and then insure it before finding out how much it was going to cost us, but these days most people will find out the cost to insure a certain model, or make of a car before they even start looking for one.

Shopping around for the best insurance deal is a great way to save money on your premium, but having even a small amount of knowledge about which are the cheaper cars to insure, will without doubt help to keep your premiums down.

Using the following list of cars, which are some of the cheapest cars to insure in the UK, is your best chance of saving some serious money on your car insurance. Our list has been selected based on cars that will fall inside the lowest car insurance groupings.

Dacia Sandero 1.2

The Dacia Sandero has become well known for being the cheapest car to buy in the UK, but with its large boot, practical interior, its low running cost, and the fact that is cheap to insure, makes this an ideal choice if you are looking for a car just to get you from A to B.

Hyundai i10 1.0

The i10 comes in a small package, but it will make you think that you are driving a much bigger car. This makes an ideal run aorund car with the added advantage that it falls in group 1 for insurance.

Vauxhall Corsa

Love them or loath them the full size corsa supermini falls into a group 2 insurance band. With its decent sized interior the corsa would suite any small sized family.

Volkswagen Up

The Volkswagen Up is a small car, but with a deceptive roomy interior that would easily fit a small family. With its compact size and tight turning circle capabilities the Up is ideal for use in the City. Best of all its falls within insurance group 1.

Skoda Citigo

The Citigo is another car that is ideal for city driving, but also has the comfort required for longer open road journeys on most roads, including motorways. Although the entry level Citigo is fairly basic you can choose to have additional options included, and it should still fall within group 1 for insurance purposes.

Although we have given you a list of cars to choose from when trying to save on your insurance costs, this list is by no means complete. Whilst trying to find a vehicle that is cheap to insure you also need to take into account what you, and your families needs are from a car.

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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Cars


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What Are The Most Economical Cars to Buy?


Most Economical Cars

Most Economical Cars



With the cost of running a car forever increasing, most drivers will try to run the most economical car they can, and one of the ways we all try to do that is by reducing our fuel consumption.


When deciding on the size of car we may want to purchase, most people will look at the miles per gallon (mpg), as an indicator of how economical a car will be. Although mpg claims are based on a car being run in a factory setting, and as long as you don’t expect to get the same mpg as claimed in the brochure, the mpg rating will allow you to compare one make, or model against another.


What we thought we would do here at is make things bit easier, and list the most fuel efficient cars you can buy in the UK.


We have not included full electric cars, and hybrid cars, but stuck to just conventional engine cars based on their mpg


The top cars to consider are,


  1. Peugeot 308 HDi with 91.1 mpg
  2. Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion at 88.3 mpg
  3. Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi with 88.3 mpg
  4. Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi – 88.3 mpg
  5. Skoda Octavia Greenline – 88.3 mpg
  6. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi – 88.3 mpg
  7. Ford Fiesta Econetic  – 85.6 mpg
  8. Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi – 85.6 mpg
  9. Citroen C3 1.4 e-HDi Airdream – 83.1 mpg
  10. Ford Focus ECOnetic – 83.1



The Most Economical Car: Points to Consider

As most of you will already know, the smaller diesel cars tend to have higher mpg, but if you have a growing family they are not going to be the best option. As well as looking at the mpg you also need to take in to consideration how you use your car, and how many people you usually carry in it.


You will also need to consider what sort of driving you tend to do. If you do a lot of motorway driving, or cover large distances a small petrol engine driven car may not be the best option.


If you don’t cover long distances a small petrol engined car could be the right choice for you. Diesel cars may give more mpg but they can be more expensive to buy, and they can be costly to fill up.


The most important point to consider though, when buying any car, is to make sure that you do not spend more than you can afford. This is especially the case when using a finance deal to purchase a car.


If you do not have any other option than to take out a finance deal to purchase a vehicle, before signing anything, make sure that you sit down and work out how much you can realistically afford to pay back each month.


Work out your finances carefully, and a good rule of thumb is to not include any extra money you earn from working extra shifts or overtime. This will protect you if your extra hours are reduced or withdrawn.


Taking time to decide on the size of car you need, and how much you can realistically afford will go a long way to helping you make the right decision.






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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Cars


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What Do You Do When Your Car Suffers Flood Damage

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Water Damaged Cars




As many parts of the UK are still suffering from flooding we thought we would take a look at what to do if your car becomes immersed in flood water.

Whether flooding has occurred dues to heavy rain, or a swollen river there are certain actions you can take to try to save your car from being written off by your insurance company. The amount of damage sustained to your car will be determined by the length of time it was submerged, and whether it was submerged in fresh or salty water.


Prevention Better Than Cure

Obviously preventing your car from suffering from flood damage is the best option. Following weather broadcasts on your local radio stations, or TV news will help you to be fore warned of approaching floods and bad weather. Evacuating the area likely to suffer flooding is the best option, but if you need to remain in that area, parking your car on high ground or away from the area likely to be at risk of flooding is a good idea.

If you have to drive through flooded roads, do not drive through deep flood water. If you can not safely determine how deep flood water is on any road, do not attempt to drive through it. This is especially the case if you come across flowing flood water.


Act Quickly!

If your car does become submerged in flood water, once the water has subsided, and you can do so safely, you need to take action quickly. The first step at all times is to contact your insurance company, but you also need to begin to dry your car out.

A god tip is to take photos of your car so that you have physical documentation of the damage caused that you can present to your insurance company. In many cases it will not be possible to save a vehicle once it has suffered extensive flood damage, but by acting quickly you could minimize any long term damage.

If the flood water reached or submerged the engine, Do Not try to start your car. If you turn the engine over  it can cause more water to be forced through the engine, the transmission, and brakes causing more damage.

The best course of action is disconnect the battery, and have the car towed to a local garage, or mechanic. Once you have contacted your insurance company you should be ok to start drying your car out, but as mentioned earlier document everything by taking photos .

The steps you need to take to start to dry out a flood damaged car are,

  • ·         Drain the flood water from all areas of the car and engine, and flush using fresh                     water, or solvent.
  • ·         Drain out all the fluids and oils that have been contaminated, and replace with new             ones.
  • ·         Dry out and clean all the electrical systems and components.
  • ·         Clean all seats and upholstery using a wet/dry vac. Extracting as much moisture and             water from the seats and the upholstery as possible to will help them to dry out                     quicker
  • ·         You will need to take the car to a mechanic or garage that specialises in evaluating             flood damaged vehicles. They will then be able to advise you on whether  your car is           worth repairing.
  •           If your car was submerged in salt water there is very little chance of saving the car, so           it is not worth spending a lot of money on trying to do so.

Prevention is always the best option, and can be a whole lot cheaper. So if your local area is at an immediate risk of flooding, you may want to consider moving your vehicle to safer or higher ground. 


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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Cars


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Green Fuels and What They Are

Green Fuels And What They Are?

Green Fuels And What They Are?


Over the last few years there has been a move towards car fuels that are more environmentally friendly, as conventional fuel creates emissions that are bad for the environment, and health. Many of us already know that there is a real push towards cars being driven by electric motors, but what are the other alternatives?

Here at Source My Car we thought we would give you a short guide to what green fuels are available, and how they are more environmentally friendly.

Petrol – It is important to take a look at petrol and why we need to find other sources to fuel vehicles. Petrol is still used by the majority of motorists, but is one of the major causes of global warming. Petrol engines produce such chemicals as carbon-monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. As well as causing global warming they also contribute to acid rain, and it is also harmful to human health. As petrol is made from crude oil it is non renewable, which means crude oil will run out at some time in the future.

Diesel – Diesel driven vehicles produce less carbon dioxide, than petrol driven cars, but they do release more volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxides. Diesel cars are 30% more efficient than petrol driven ones, but diesel, just like petrol  is produced using crude oil.

LPG – Many of the cars that are powered by LPG in the UK are hybrid vehicles. LPG is much more environmentally friendly than petrol engines as they produce less carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides. LPG also has the added benefit of causing less wear and tear to a vehicle, and is more fuel efficient.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – CNG is more fuel efficient, and they emit fewer toxic chemicals than conventional cars. Most petrol and diesel powered engines can be converted to run on CNG.

Bio-Diesel – Bio-diesel is a renewable fuel source as it is produced using things such as sugar beet, rape seed, palm oil and sunflowers. Bio-diesel powered cars do not produce toxins, and it does not produce as much damaging exhaust emissions. Bio-diesel is usually cheaper to purchase than petrol or ordinary diesel, and you can even get free bio-diesel if you are prepared to collect the used oil produced by restaurants.

Bio-ethanol – Bio-ethanol is made from renewable energy sources, and although less common in the UK it is gaining popularity in countries such as Brazil. Bio-ethanol is created by the fermentation of certain crops such as sugar-cane in Brazil, and soya-beans in USA.

Electric – Some of  the newer cars being built are incorporating electric power sources and running them alongside petrol driven engines. As technology continues to grow so will the distances electric driven cars can go before having to recharge. As electric driven motors do not emit exhaust fumes it could be argued that electricity is the greenest fuel source that we could develop to power cars.

Whether you welcome green sources of fuel with open arms or not, the future for car drivers will mean using better alternatives than petrol or diesel. There will possibly come a time in the future when it will be harder to find a petrol station that actually sells petrol or diesel made from crude oil, than it is to find a local charge point for an electric car today.

We hope that our short introduction to green fuel sources will help you to become a little bit more knowledgeable about the different green fuel sources available to you.


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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Cars


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Getting The Best Deal From a Car Dealer

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Getting the Best Deal From a Car Dealer




When buying a used car we all want to try to get the best deal possible, but for many people trying to haggle over a price with a salesman can seem a daunting task. It is only recently that here in the UK we have been encouraged to haggle over prices, even if in a high street store, and it does not come naturally to many of us.


There are however some very simple steps you can take to help you get the best dealer from sales people at any dealership.


Get your finance organised

If you do not have the cash needed to purchase the car you want, then you will need to take out some kind of finance package. If you arrange the finance through a salesman they will normally offer you a “flat rate” interest which could mean you end up paying a much higher APR. By shopping around for your finance deal you will more than likely end up paying a much lower APR than a salesman could offer you.



Trading You Car

If you are trading in you own car as part of the purchase deal always make sure that you check the value of your car. Most dealers will offer you about £1500 less than the value of your car. This may not seem like a good deal to you, but you have to take in to account that the dealer will need to cover certain costs before they can resell your used car, such as servicing, replacing brakes, and possibly tyres. By getting your car valued at different garages you will be better prepared to haggle the price being offered to you for your trade in car.



Get Ready to Walk

If you are not being offered a fair deal don’t be afraid to walk away. There is a good chance that if you let them know that you are prepared to walk away you will get a better deal. At the end of the day no dealer or salesperson wants you to go to their rivals and make a deal.



The Untruth

Don’t be afraid about telling a lie or two, tell them that you was offered a better car, and a better trade in by one of their competitors. Find out who their competitors are in your area and mention the competitors name who offered you the so called deal. They are not going to phone up their competitors to find out if you are telling the truth or not.


At the end of the day the salesperson is going to be trying to do the same as you are, getting the best deal for themselves. Being prepared before approaching any dealership means that you have a much better chance of getting a better deal, which means more money in your pocket.


If you don’t like the idea of haggling don’t be afraid to take a friend or family member with you who is willing to do the talking. Haggling is just another word for negotiation, and negotiating deals is how all businesses work.


5. Don’t be afraid to lie and say you were offered such and such car with such and such trade in from a competitor.

6. The best time to shop is after new reg comes in or even better, end of financial year.

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Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Cars


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