Every month Warrantywise contact a customer who has received excellent service from us and has encountered a recent repair. This month Warrantywise contacted Simon Jaggar. Find out what he has to say for yourself here!
Range Rover Sport
Mr Jaggar purchased his Range Rover Sport from a private seller, therefore felt it was important to have a warranty in place. My Jaggar researched a number of warranty companies, and decided that Warrantywise was the right company for him.
Mr Jaggar said,
“Having researched several aftermarket warranty companies it was clear there were vast differences in cover available and costs involved in taking a warranty. I studied the terms and conditions of the warranties and found that those offered by Warrantywise were the most favourable for myself and most likely to honour payment should I be unfortunate enough to make a claim. The cover available by Warrantywise is comprehensive and for a competitive price.”
Mr Jaggar explained the process of booking the warranty stating,
“I took an online quotation and was contacted by a Warrantywise representative who spoke openly about the policy and forwarded me a copy of the policy to read prior to committing, which I believe showed they had nothing to hide.”
Mr Jaggar was not only happy with how efficiently his repair was dealt with but also the process of completing the paperwork and updating his details.
“I took the policy out and the paperwork arrived promptly, when I changed my number plate to a cherished plate the paperwork was updated and sent to me with no issues or admin charges.”
In late September, Mr Jaggar encountered a fault with his car, and following an examination it became apparent that the car had major engine failure and could not be repaired, and would therefore require replacement. Mr Jaggar said,
“The garage I use submitted a claim to Warrantywise detailing the fault and associated costs with the work required to get my car back on the road. Warrantywise required proof of servicing and immediately honoured the claim allowing me to have the vehicle repaired, it was a very smooth process.”
Mr Jaggar has had a warranty with Warrantywise since August 2015, and since then has recommended Warrantywise to countless friends and family on many occasions. He went on to describe Warrantywise as,
“Professional, efficient and honest.”
My Jaggar was full of praise for warrantywise, and described his overall experience as,
“I have recommended Warrantywise on so many occasions, and I am pleased that everything from buying the warranty to making a claim is stress and hassle free. I am confident I have made the right choice.”
Nothing blows a budget faster than a car repair. Car repair bills are expensive and can set you back financially, unless your car is under warranty.
If your car goes wrong, it’s likely you’ll be met with an expensive repair bill. You may see it as part and parcel of owning a car or van but you have to admit, when it really comes down to it, hassle free motoring is what we all want. When your vehicle is in the garage there’s a scenario most motorists experience at some point in their lives; that feeling of the unknown where one can only speculate and hope to know the outcome of the repairer’s assessment.
Let us make it clear that it isn’t our intention to scaremonger with this post. When your manufacturer’s warranty expires, the car repair bills are your responsibility, so why not take out an extended car warranty and let us foot the bill? Warrantywise offer a used car warranty that is simply the best in the business, and below are the most expensive car repair bills paid in 2016 for our customers. By showing them to you we hope you see the worth in protecting your bank balance this year and beyond.
The following table illustrates the Top 10 Warrantywise car repair bills paid in 2016.
Find out what we’ve paid out in car repair bills for your car here – Simply choose your vehicle’s make from the drop-down menu.
With the arrival of the winter months, weather conditions make driving more dangerous. Alongside the bad weather comes a staggeringly high accident rate. This Winter Driving Guide, will help prepare you and your car for the winter months ahead.
Every month Warrantywise contact a customer who has received excellent service from us and has encountered a recent repair. This month Warrantywise contacted Mehmet Hurer. Find out what he has to say for yourself here!
Mr Hurer has been a customer with Warrantywise for over 8 years. He initially purchased a three year plan with his previous car, a Volkswagon Passat. He encountered a problem with the Passat and upon receiving excellent service from Warrantywise, Mr Hurer had no hesitation in taking out another Warrantywise warranty for his current car, an Audi A4.
Mr Hurer took his car into the Audi dealership for its annual service and MOT. Although he was not experiencing any problems with the car, the routine check noticed that there was a problem with the oil cooler which was leaking small amounts of oil, and if left untreated could have caused major damage to the engine. Mr Hurer mentioned to the dealership that he had a Warrantywise warranty, and from that point onwards it was dealt with by Warrantywise. Mr Hurer said,
“Some warranty companies expect you to pay for repairs and then put in a claim for a cheque – but this was not the case here, as the dealership liaised directly with Warrantywise, and within half an hour the dealership had approval to carry out the repairs.”
Mr Hurer’s car is now back with him and fully repaired. When asked if he would recommend Warrantywise to friends and family he said,
“In a word, definitely!”
Going on to describe Warrantywise as,
“Trustworthy, Efficient and Friendly.”
Mr Hurer was nothing short of praise for Warrantywise and finally concluded with saying,
“This is the second time I have claimed with Warrantywise and on both occasions they have been very efficient and helpful. Claims have been settled in full and on time, and been a very stress-free experience. They have always been easy to get hold of, both using email and over the phone. I have no hesitation recommending Warrantywise – i’ve been using them for over 8 years now.”
Do you worry about expensive car repair bills? If your car goes wrong, it’s likely you’ll be met with one. You may see it as part and parcel of owning a car or van but you have to admit, when it really comes down to it, hassle free motoring is what we all want. When your vehicle is in the garage there’s a scenario most motorists experience at some point in their lives; that feeling of the unknown where one can only speculate and hope to know the outcome of the repairer’s assessment.
Let us make it clear that it isn’t our intention to scaremonger with this post. When your manufacturer’s warranty expires, the car repair bills are your responsibility, so why not take out an extended car warranty and let us foot the bill? Warrantywise offer a used car warranty that is simply the best in the business, and below are the most expensive car repair bills paid in November for our customers. By showing them to you we hope you see the worth in protecting your bank balance this year and beyond. The following table illustrates the Top 5 Warrantywise Car Repair Bills Paid in November.
Find out what we’ve paid out in car repair bills for your car here – Simply choose your vehicle’s make from the drop-down menu.
Lexus have made a drivable replica of the Lexus IS using precision tools and corrugated cardboard to show off their craftsmanship.
Lexus aren’t known for being bad at anything. The luxury brand embodies enigmatic Japanese reliability and technology with something a little more crisp and classy than your average Toyota. The cars are beautiful, economical and fairly pricey. For the most part they are also made of metal.
Not this one though! Lexus UK have gone above and beyond to showboat their design flare with this project.
Using the original design files for the IS meant that this promotional piece of art is not only impressive – it’s dead on, complete with interior. If you’re a fan of Lexus or the arts or even corrugated cardboard (?) you need to see this.
The “takumi” – men and women with outstanding crafting skill – work on the Lexus production lines and hone their dexterity skills by learning how to fold paper into a origami model cat, using only their non-dominant hand. The Origami Car takes the spirit of this talent to a far higher level, while also embracing the spirit of Lexus’s Creating Amazing global brand campaign.
Headlights, tyres and other parts of the car are in fact, the usual metal and plastics but the fact the car can drive and you can comfortably sit inside it is pretty astounding.
With this beautiful replica and their recent hoverboard project, it’s safe to say we will be keeping a close eye on Lexus’s future projects with bated breath. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the video below. Marty McFly eat your heart out.
A recent survey by the IMI has revealed as many as 53% of drivers are considering buying or leasing an EV as their next new car.
Considering an EV or Hybrid vehicle? You’re not the only one. According to new research done for the Institute of the Motor Industry, over half of the UK is considering an EV or hybrid vehicle as their next new car. The news comes after a considerable change in the market and EV sales hit record numbers.
EV and Hybrid vehicles now account for 3% of cars registered in 2015 and with recent news surrounding Diesel vehicles, that figure could very well rise sharply by the time we see 2016. Government is also offering a £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant to tempt drivers into a shiny new eco-friendly motor.
Concerns have been raised about the level of skill our workforce possesses when it comes to EV’s and Hybrids.
IMI CEO, Steve Nash said: “We have always expected demand for electric and hybrid vehicles to increase gradually over time as the cars become more sophisticated and the public become aware of their quality, the level of demand shown in this survey is astonishing and requires a response from Government.”
IMI is calling on the government to address the skills shortage with a proactive apprentice recruitment programme to help industry to bridge the skills gap.
It also wants Ministers to introduce a license to practice for technicians working on electric and hybrid vehicles in similar way it regulates vehicle air conditioning maintenance and repair to protect the driving public.
“We need a license to practice for technicians to reassure the public and to protect the employers who invest in the skills required to take care of the next generation of vehicles and their owners. We will be seeking and urgent meeting with ministers as a matter of urgency.”
To name a few Electric & Hybrid:
• BMW i3 Range Extender
• Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
• Lexus IS 300h
• Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
• Toyota Prius
• Mercedes C300 Hybrid
• Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
• Mercedes S300 Hybrid
• Lexus RX 450h
• Toyota Yaris Hybrid
• BMW i3
• Tesla Model S
• Volkswagen e-up!
• Nissan Leaf
• VW e-Golf
• Kia Soul EV
• Renault Zoe
Charging your EV is probably the single biggest concern people have. The number of charging points in the UK has increased dramatically with number rising from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 9,000 in September 2015. This means that you really can’t go far without finding a place to park and power up. You can even check where these charging point are in advance using websites like Zap Map.
With EVs still featuring relatively new technology, one of the key concerns for buyers is long term costs after the car’s warranty expires. Now with well over 40,000 EVs on the road, a number of cars have passed the manufacturer’s warranty date which is why Warrantywise has created the used EV warranty with the help of Quentin Willson.
He says: “Having owned several EVs over the last five years, and driven all the available models, it’s time to bust the urban myths about electric cars. EVs work well for many drivers, and cars like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Renault Zoe, Citroen C-Zero, BMW i3 and i8 are reliable, popular and fashionable. At Warrantywise we’re reassuring used EV drivers that there’s now no such thing as ‘repair anxiety’.”
So with half of UK drivers considering an EV, millions of diesel cars fibbing about their emissions and £5,000 grants to all who want to make the change, owning an Electric car is looking more and more attractive by the day. Consider an extended warranty for your EV when the time comes.
Parking in cities can be stressful and expensive but there is a new app to solve all of your problems. AppyParking is here for you.
If you live in or frequent a city then you will know the very real struggle of finding a parking space that isn’t riddled with limitations that leave you feeling anxious and rushed. One man who knew all about that struggle has taken big steps to revolutionize inner city parking and help ease the stress. Say hello to AppyParking.
What is AppyParking?
AppyParking is a free to download smartphone App that shows drivers all the on-street and off-street parking options in the city. It’s multiple features include; displaying “Nearest & Cheapest” parking spaces, electric car charge points, disabled bays, motorbike bays and multi storey car parks across the city making it really easy to find all parking spaces.
The App aims to save time, stress and money for anyone who needs to park in London and other busy cities, although currently it is limited to Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bristol, Norwich and Portsmouth. This is set to change though.
We got to have a chat with Dan Hubert, CEO of AppyParking to get the low down on the latest parking app. We asked if the App would soon be able to give data for the rest of the UK and he confirmed this, adding “We are continuing to roll out new cities thick and fast. We also have some great new features coming along, such as nearest and cheapest petrol.”
Dan said “We have the technology and partners to roll out a full scale real-time parking solution so that we can tell drivers what spaces are available before they get there. We have also teamed up with Vodafone drivexone to turn cars into sensors creating the world’s first ‘One Click Parking’ system’’
AppyParking are on a mission to take all the guesswork and stress out of parking so that people can spend more time enjoying the things they love. Studies have shown that looking for a car space takes the average Brit 333 days and costs £34,000 over their lifetime.Last year motorists were fined £667 million!
The idea came about when CEO Dan Hubert was struggling to find a parking spot;
‘’One day I was looking for parking in London to attend a gig, and all the resident and paid bays were full. There were yellow lines outside the venue that no one had parked on, so I asked a traffic warden passing by if I could park on the single yellows and he said . He told me that it was legal to park there after 6:30pm, meaning I had VIP parking outside the gig for the night and I got to feel very smug about it! I went to the council at a later point to see if this data was available and it wasn’t, so this became the start of my journey.’’
It was then that Dan thought something had to be done about this awful lack of communication between council and drivers. We asked Dan what the harshest parking limitation or fine he had ever seen was and we couldn’t believe the answer. Disabled drivers were also being stung.
“In Central London there are unique disabled badge parking rules that don’t comply with the generic blue badge rules, that aren’t signpost. As a result disabled drivers return to their car to find it’s gone. AppyParking is the only app to show all this information to alleviate the situation and to make sure it never happens again.”
Does it work?
AppyParking is already saving over 100,000 users time and money and local businesses are also benefiting. Charlie Mullins, CEO and founder of Pimlico Plumbers used the App to try and cut costs acquired by parking fines and it works amazingly well. Mullins said “This app has the potential to save Pimlico Plumbers £100,000 a year. It will also improve efficiency and save time, all of which will benefit the service we provide to our customers,”.
An engineer from Pimlico who used the App said “Time is money at the end of the day and getting two or three tickets a month isn’t uncommon. Sometimes just getting a parking spot feels like a full-time job and the working man really doesn’t need the hassle. I found AppyParking very simple to use, allowing me to quickly park up and focus on my job.”
AppyParking has received backing and support from all over the country with president of the European Parking Association at London Councils, Nick Lester, saying “Anything which gives motorists better information about where they can and cannot park is a good thing as it avoids drivers getting a parking ticket. Dan Hubert’s passion and drive to create a holistic smartphone app that can give drivers better and more reliable information is ambitious and admirable.”
Give it a try?
If your heading to London or any of the cities mentioned above then why not give AppyParking a go? Head over to the Playstore or Apple Store and download for free.
Have you ever wondered how the suspension system in your car works? Wonder no more! Read on to learn all you need to know.
Suspension keeps your car’s wheels in contact with the road, all the while providing a smooth ride. driving on rugged terrain.
Whether you’re travelling on a bumpy road or turning around a corner, your car’s suspension is constantly working to provide a comfortable ride and keep your car firmly planted on the ground.
Car suspension has several important jobs. It ensures your car is always in contact with the road, increasing friction and improving control. It also assists in providing consistent, predictable steering to allow your car to travel smoothly.
Finally, there’s the most obvious benefit of suspension – it keeps you, as well as your passengers, comfortable. Modern suspension systems are made of many parts, all of which play an important role in keeping your vehicle steady and comfortable.
Have you ever wondered how your car’s suspension system works? From the shock absorber to the steering linkage, read on to learn more about the components that make up your car’s suspension system and how they work together.
Why car suspension is so important
When you compare cars, which factors do you look at? Most people compare cars using factors that are easy to measure and quantify, such as a car’s fuel mileage or horsepower.
Since the effectiveness and quality of a suspension system isn’t as easy to measure, it’s a factor that often gets overlooked. Despite this, suspension plays a big role in a car’s performance, safety, handling and ride comfort.
Even the smoothest of roads have small bumps and imperfections that your car will pass over as it travels. Without suspension, the force of driving over a small bump in the road would be transferred entirely into your car’s chassis.
At low speeds, this could result in discomfort for the driver and passengers. As your car begins to move at higher speeds, the force of driving over a bump could result in it temporarily losing contact with the road and becoming out of control.
Suspension doesn’t just keep you comfortable in your car – it also prevents you from crashing because of a bad road surface. The faster your car is moving and the bigger the imperfections it’s passing over, the more important good suspension becomes.
Modern car suspension systems are made up of several components. There are four key parts of a suspension system, all of which are equally important: the chassis, the shock absorbers, the control arms and the steering linkage.
The chassis, which is also known as a frame, is a metal structure that supports the body, engine and interior of the car. The chassis is held up by the car’s suspension, which ensures the rest of the car remains in full contact with the road.
The shock absorbers are components – typically springs or a torsion bar – that are designed to absorb the energy from imperfections in the road and prevent it from causing a sudden impact that is transferred into the car’s chassis.
The steering linkage is part of the vehicle’s steering system. It connects to the front two wheels – or, in the case of a vehicle with four-wheel steering, all turning wheels – to transfer movement from the car’s steering gear.
The control arms connect your car’s suspension to its chassis. When your car passes over bumps in the road, the control arms ensure the wheels are constantly lined up with the body of the car, improving control and comfort.
How car suspension works
Whenever your car travels, the suspension system is constantly working to ensure it’s safe and safety. When you corner, it keeps all four wheels in total contact with the ground. When you pass over a bump, it stops your car from feeling the impact.
The shock absorbers are a vital component of any suspension system. Car springs need to absorb energy from bumps in the road. To do this, the shock absorbers in your car’s suspension system need to have a dampening system.
Dampening means to make something less intense. When your car passes over a bump, the impact is transferred to the springs in its shock absorbers. Dampening stops the springs from constantly bouncing up and down after an impact.
Thanks to dampening, the effects of going over a bump are gradual and smooth. As your car drives over a bump, its shock absorbers will compress before expanding to absorb the impact without causing your car to judder.
Early cars had simple shock absorbers that provided the same amount of resistance, no matter how intense an impact was. Today’s cars have shock absorbers that detect the velocity of an impact and provide a suitable amount of resistance to absorb it.
Suspension doesn’t just prevent your car from feeling the impact of bumps that it drives over. When your car turns a corner, the suspension keeps all of its wheels firmly connected with the road.
When your car sits still, its weight is evenly distributed – save for weight differences due to other components – across all of its shock absorbers. When it turns, the shock absorbers each absorb a different amount of the car’s weight.
Without suspension, turning into a corner at high speed would result in the weight of your car being transferred onto one or two wheels. This results in loss of control over the car and, at speed, at greater risk of crashing.
As you enter a corner and begin steering your car, its shock absorbers not only deal with bumps in the road – they also absorb the force of your car turning, resulting in smooth cornering and constant grip with the road on all four wheels.
Does your car have healthy suspension?
Just like the other parts of your car, it’s important to keep your suspension system in good condition for a smooth, safe ride. Since your car’s suspension constantly moves to deal with bumps and corners, it needs to be maintained regularly.
Over time, the shock absorbers and other parts of your car’s suspension system can become worn out. If your car no longer handles or drives as smoothly as it once did, certain parts of its suspension system may need repairs or replacement.
Your car’s suspension system plays an important, under-appreciated role in helping it drive and handle smoothly. Take great care of it and your vehicle will drive, corner and handle flawlessly for years to come.
Six cities in England are set to fall shy of EU air quality targets. £12.50 charge for diesels to enter “clean zones” may be introduced.
Air quality and vehicle emissions are hot on the lips of just about every motoring body out there. EU standards being imposed across the UK are forcing some major cities to take action as they lag behind in their clean air efforts.
The EU’s Air Quality Directive states that on average over the course of a year there should be no more than 40 micrograms – a millionth of a gram – of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre of air. The EU target states that there should never be more than 200 micrograms of the gas per cubic metre of air even in the worst conditions.
EU member states such as the UK were expected to meet this target by 2015, but in 2011 the Department for the Environment published a report showing that the Midlands were so far behind, they would not reach the target until 2020. Now it has published a new report saying air quality in what it calls the West Midlands Urban Area won’t meet the target until “after 2030”.
The Midlands aren’t the only areas affected which means there could be a “clean zone” charge coming to a street near you.
Authorities in London have said that only the cleanest diesel cars entering the city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2020 will not have to pay the new charge of £12.50. Of course this is also on top of the £11.50 congestion charge.
If these charges come into play, they will be set by the relevant city’s council although £12.50 seems to be the going rate. Hopefully, this will stick and nobody will be fleeced at a higher rate than London.
The news hasn’t exactly been met with open arms. Diesel drivers have gone from being coaxed into buying diesel vehicles to now suffering all sorts of charges and the government coaxing them into buying Petrol or Electric vehicles.
One person said “Nowadays, some petrol engines emit more pollution than diesels.” with another commenting “If they do that (introduce clean zone charge), I’ll just order everything online – it’s cheaper anyway. This would be a fantastic way to kill off trade in town centres.”
Commenting on the Derby Telegraph Facebook page, one person said “Improving public transport might help to reduce cars in the city. I live in Ashbourne and one bus every hour is not enough to get me to use it. I very often have to stand the whole way with 20 other people. I would happily come in on the bus if there was a better service.”
AA spokesman Paul Watters has made a statement saying the plan is “unworkable”. He said “We obviously need cleaner air but we need to address it in a much more mature way. Drivers are confused, they have been encouraged to have low CO2 cars which were diesels.”
What would you do?
It’s common to see motoring bodies making statements on new legislation and fines and it’s very easy to criticize decisions made by governments, especially when these decisions involve a cost to the public… so what would you do? How would you get the air in our major cities clean enough to meet EU targets? We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment and let us know.
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