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  1. Top 5 things that could go wrong with your car – and how to fix them

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    • More than 75% of Brits would leave it to a mechanic to do all standard maintenance checks on their vehicle
    • Almost a third of British motorists have never carried out basic maintenance tasks on their car before  (28%)
    • More than 30% of UK drivers don’t feel confident enough to change a tyre
    • Ten per cent of motorists are unable to identify warning lights on their car’s dashboard
    • One in ten drivers do not feel 100 per cent confident when it comes to filling up their petrol tank
    • More than 10% don’t have the confidence to check their own tyre pressure

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    Swinton research reveals that more than a quarter of British motorists avoid basic car maintenance tasks – three quarters would leave standard maintenance checks to a mechanic, rather than checking themselves.

    With that in mind, we’ve pulled out the top five problem areas faced by UK drivers and developed some handy tips on what you can do to make sure you avoid a sticky and costly situation.

    Key stats:

    ·         More than 75% of Brits would leave it to a mechanic to do all standard maintenance checks on their vehicle

    ·         Almost a third of British motorists have never carried out basic maintenance tasks on their car before  (28%)

    ·         More than 30% of UK drivers don’t feel confident enough to change a tyre

    ·         Ten per cent of motorists are unable to identify warning lights on their car’s dashboard

    ·         One in ten drivers do not feel 100 per cent confident when it comes to filling up their petrol tank

    ·         More than 10% don’t have the confidence to check their own tyre pressure
     

    What can go wrong and how you can fix it:

    1.     Oil runs out unexpectedly – half of motorists don’t feel confident changing oil themselves

    If your oil runs out, the engine will start to overheat and the increased friction can cause permanent damage. You can avoid the panic by checking the oil dipstick at least once a fortnight. Simply find the bright handle labelled ‘Engine Oil’, remove the stick and wipe clean, place it back into the pipe, pull out once more and check where the oil film comes up to.

    2.     Flat tyre and no spare – a third of UK drivers feel uncomfortable changing a tyre

    One of the most common car nuisances, a flat tyre can seriously hinder your journey. If you aren’t able to use your spare, handy repair kits are available from most auto parts stores and include a can of clever sealant which can temporarily seal any holes until you can get to a garage. Be sure to keep one of these in your car boot at all times and try to get into the habit of checking your tyre pressure regularly.

    3.     Empty screen wash – almost one in ten don’t feel confident filling their wiper fluid

    Having enough washer fluid in the tank is important for safe driving, especially if you

    drive long distances often. Most screen wash caps are marked with a windscreen wiper symbol, so just unscrew the cap and fill with a mixture of water and screen wash fluid – your owner’s manual will contain instructions on mixing the right proportions.

    4.     No more engine coolant – more than a third of motorists would ask a mechanic to check their coolant levels

    It may be the last thing on your mind but checking the coolant levels in your car is extremely important as it prevents your engine from overheating and will stop the inside of your system rusting. Your driver manual will talk you through how to do this on your car model.

    5.     Dead battery – two thirds of motorists would go straight to a mechanic about battery issues

    Preparation is key when it comes to a dead battery. Always ensure you have a set of jump leads in your car and carry out regular checks on your battery voltage with the multimeter under your bonnet. Key tell-tale signsof a battery that’s about to die are dim headlights and trouble starting the engine in the morning.

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  2. Warrantywise Case Study #10 – David Stuckey

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    Every month Warrantywise contact a customer who has received excellent service from us and has encountered a recent repair. This month Warrantywise contacted David Stuckey. Find out what he has to say for yourself here!

    Key Facts
    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    Mercedes SLK Various £1,325.20

    Mr Stuckey has been a Warrantywise customer for over six years. He purchased his first warranty in 2010, and over the years, he has had to request repairs on multiple occasions. Having encountered various faults with his car, Mr Stuckey has been paid, in total, £1,325.20. 

    The most recent repair Mr Stuckey encountered was to replace a blower motor. Mr Stuckey said, “The fault had been an intermittent fault with the blower refusing to work at times, but it was slowly getting worse. I took my car to the Mercedes Specialist that I now use and they diagnosed the problem. I contacted Warrantywise and they authorised the work and the repair was done a few days later. I had to pay for the repair but Warrantywise sent me a cheque promptly.”

    Mr Stuckey further went on to say, “My car is 12 years old now and I have had a Warrantywise warranty for the last six years. I took my first warranty in 2010 which was three years. I then took out one for two years and now I am in my third policy which will expire in Aug 2017.”

     

    When purchasing his Mercedes SLK Mr Stuckey had been recommended to purchase a Warrantywise used car warranty. He stated, “Warrantywise was recommended to me by the service manager of the Mercedes main dealer I used. I had bought my Mercedes SLK 320 new in 2004 and it was coming up to six years and I wanted to extend my warranty cover, at that time Mercedes did not offer a warranty extension for cars that were over six years old. I was especially pleased to be able to chose the level of labour rate which at that time was £150 an hour being charged at a Mercedes Main Dealer.”

    “Warrantywise was recommended to me by the service manager of the Mercedes main dealer I used.”

    Mr Stuckey stated that he has recommended Warrantywise many times over the years. He described Warrantywise as, “Reliable, trustworthy and competitive.”

     

    Mr Stuckey was full of praise when describing his overall experience with Warrantywise, he concluded by saying. “I have found Warrantywise to consistently deliver a good standard of service, the staff have been well organised and knowledgeable and I think they offer good value for money. Using a product like Warrantywise has given me the necessary support to keep my car longer than I would otherwise have done.”

    “Using a product like Warrantywise has given me the necessary support to keep my car longer than I would otherwise have done.”

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    Fault Code Amount
    Gearbox £4199.45
    Turbocharger £3748.06
    Engine £3584.88
    Gearbox £3542.40
    Suspension £2925.28

    View more Top Paid Repairs for Mercedes Cars

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    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 
  3. Top 5 Warrantywise Car Repair Bills Paid in January 2017

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    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 top 5 most expensive car repair bills paid in January 2017 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 January 2017.

    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    MCLAREN MP4-12C Gearbox £10,000
    LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER Engine £5000.00
    FERRARI CALIFORNIA Electrical £5000.00
    FERRARI CALIFORNIA Electrical £3750.00
     LAND ROVER  DISCOVERY 4  Multimedia  £3318.62

     

    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.

    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 

    Thanks for reading. Make sure to stay tuned to the Warrantywise blog, FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more great content throughout 2017!

  4. Warrantywise Case Study #9 – Simon Jaggar

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    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!

    Key Facts
    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    Landrover Range Rover Sport  Engine £3,900

    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.”

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    Fault Code Amount
    Gearbox £5136.02
    Engine £5000.00
    Engine £4984.00
    Engine £4183.14
    Turbocharger £3971.80

    View more Top Paid Repairs for Landrover Cars

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    Warrantywise work in partnership with global feedback engine Feefo, and were awarded their Trusted Merchant award for 2014.

    Click Here to read what our customers say about us on Feefo.

     

    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 
  5. Top 10 Warrantywise Car Repair Bills Paid in 2016

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    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.

    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    MCLAREN MP4-12C Gearbox £5510.47
    FORD KUGA Engine £5445.62
    PEUGEOT RCZ Engine £5084.00
    LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 3 Engine £5084.00
    MERCEDES E CLASS Engine £5084.00
    BMW M3 Engine £5084.00
    PORSCHE 911 TURBO Engine £5084.00
    MERCEDES AMG Engine £5084.00
    AUDI RS5 Differential £5083.97
    VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG Engine £5034.00

     

    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.

    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 

    Thanks for reading. Make sure to stay tuned to the Warrantywise blog, FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more great content throughout 2017!

  6. Winter Driving Guide Infographic

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    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.

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  7. Warrantywise Case Study #8 – Mehmet Hurer

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    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!

    Key Facts
    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    Audi A4 Cooling System £628.37

    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.”

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    Fault Code Amount
    Gearbox (selector) £4655.33
    Gearbox (auto) £4536.00
    Gearbox (auto) £3605.22
    Radiator £3600.00
    Tensioner £3528.01

    View more Top Paid Repairs for Audi Cars

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    Warrantywise work in partnership with global feedback engine Feefo, and were awarded their Trusted Merchant award for 2014.

    Click Here to read what our customers say about us on Feefo.

     

    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 
  8. Top 5 Warrantywise Car Repair Bills Paid in November

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    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.

    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    AUDI RS5 Differential  £5084.00
    VOLVO XC90 Engine £3034.00
    BMW X5 Differential £2696.35
    PORSCHE BOXSTER Air Con £2460.45
    AUDI Q5 Flywheel £2192.00

    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.

    Want a quote for the ultimate car warranty protection? Easy! Visit, www.warrantywise.co.uk/quote 

    Thanks for reading. Make sure to stay tuned to the Warrantywise blog, FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more great content throughout 2016!

  9. Carboard Lexus IS – Thinking Outside The Box

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    Lexus have made a drivable replica of the Lexus IS using precision tools and corrugated cardboard to show off their craftsmanship.
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    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.



    Takumi

    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.


    Hoverboard Project

    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.

     
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  10. Half of the UK is considering an EV

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    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.
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    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.


    Registration Graph
    Source: Next Green Car


    Skills shortage

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    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:

    Hybrid Vehicles
    • 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

    Electric Vehicles
    • BMW i3
    • Tesla Model S
    • Volkswagen e-up!
    • Nissan Leaf
    • VW e-Golf
    • Kia Soul EV
    • Renault Zoe

     
     
     


    Charging Points

    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.


    EV Warranty

    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.

     
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