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  1. Double penalties for motorists using mobiles comes into force today

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    Motorists using a phone while driving will receive six points on their licence, a £200 fine and have no option of an awareness course. New drivers face losing their licence if they use their phones at the wheel under tough measures coming into force TODAY (1 March 2017), warned Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. 

  2. GEM Welcomes Rise in Speeding Fines

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    Road safety and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed the announcement from the Sentencing Council that speeding fines for the most serious offences in England and Wales are to rise by up to 50 per cent. The decision has been made in an attempt to deter motorists from speeding. This means that drivers caught at 101mph or above on a motorway could face a fine of up to 150 per cent of their weekly income.

    The current fine is up to 100 per cent of weekly income, up to a maximum of £1000, or £2500 for motorway infringements.

    GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said the increased penalties sent the right message to drivers about the dangers of driving to fast. “Illegal or inappropriate speeds remain a significant road safety problem,” he commented.

    “If more people complied with speed limits, there would be fewer deaths and injuries on our roads; it’s as simple as that. We therefore welcome the increase in fines, as we know the enforcement of speed limits plays a vital role in road safety.”

    “As drivers and riders, we are all responsible for the speeds we choose. No one can tell us to break the speed limit. So we urge every driver and rider to take that responsibility seriously and to play their part in making our roads safer.”

    The new fines are ranked into brands. The tables below demonstrate the reinforcement of these bands.

    Speed Limit (mph) Recorded Speed (mph)
    20 41 and above 31 – 41 21 – 30
    30 51 and above 41 – 50 31 – 40
    40 66 and above 56 – 65 41 – 55
    50 76 and above 66 – 75 51 – 65
    60 91 and above 81 – 90 61 – 80
    70 101 and above 91 – 100 71 – 90
    Sentencing Range Band C fine Band B fine Band A fine
    Points/disqualification Disqualify 7 – 56 days OR 6 points Disqualify 7 – 28 days OR 4 – 6 points 3 points


    Band Range Starting Point  Range
    Fine Band A 50% of relevant weekly income 25 – 75% of relevant weekly income
    Fine Band B 100% of relevant weekly income 75 – 125% of relevant weekly income
    Fine Band C 150% of relevant weekly income 125 – 175% of relevant weekly income
    Fine Band D 250% of relevant weekly income 200 – 300% of relevant weekly income
    Fine Band E 400% of relevant weekly income 300 – 500% of relevant weekly income
    Fine Band F  600% of relevant weekly income 500 – 700% of relevant weekly income
    The court will consider further adjustment for any mitigating or any aggravating factors. They will conclude whether any combination of the following, or any other relevant factors, should result in an upward or downward adjustment from the sentence given.


    Factors increasing seriousness

    Statutory aggravating factors:

    • Previous convictions, having regard to a) the nature of the offence to which the conviction relates and its relevance to the current offence; and b) the time that has elapsed since the conviction
    • Offence committed whilst on bail

    Other aggravating factors:

    • Offence committed on licence or post sentence supervision
    • Poor road or weather conditions
    • Driving LGV, HGV, PSV etc.
    • Towing caravan/trailer
    • Carrying passengers or heavy load
    • Driving for hire or reward
    • Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above speed
    • Location e.g. near school
    • High level of traffic or pedestrians in the vicinity

    Factors reducing seriousness or reflecting personal mitigation

    • No previous convictions or no relevant/recent convictions
    • Good character and/or exemplary conduct
    • Genuine emergency established


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  3. Dealer Case Study – Castle Motors

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    Castle Motors Case Study

    Warrantywise Celebrate 5 Year Anniversary with Castle Motors

    Founded in 1972, Castle Motors is a family owned and run business. With a purpose-built luxury showroom, their forecourt has a wide range of vehicles on display, including some of the world’s most prestigious marques. Castle Motors have been using Warrantywise to protect their used vehicles since 2011, and we recently got in touch with them to talk about their experience with Warrantywise, here is what they had to say.

    Having previously used two other used car warranty companies, Castle Motors did not have the full 100% trust and confidence in them, stating, “we did not like putting our name to other warranty companies, which is why we didn’t sell very many. It’s difficult to sell a product that you do not have faith in. With Warrantywise we are happy to sell them as we appreciate that their quality will reflect back upon us as the selling dealership.”

    Castle Motors wanted to use the best warranty company to protect their cars, so after some research they decided to start using Warrantywise based on the level of coverage, the Quentin Willson approval, the terms, branding and online reviews. Castle Motors rated the service from Warrantywise a 10/10 stating that, “the level of service and ease of claiming are second to none. Warranties are also easy to personalise and great value for the level of cover provided, and, are easy to use and process online.”

    Repairs Procedure

    On the unfortunate event of a breakdown, Warrantywise have a simple and straightforward repairs procedure . When asking Castle Motors about their experience with the repairs procedure, as they do request repairs on behalf of their customers, they praised the repairs process as being quick and easy to deal with, “the whole process is fast & easy. Payment is quick, and most importantly fair. Telephone customer service especially during the claim procedure is quick and efficient.”

    Further going on to say, “this is in stark contrast to other warranty companies that I have dealt with in the past. Occasionally we have to claim on other companies warranties when vehicles come in, often we sit on the phone for tens of minutes waiting for them to answer, when they do they seem to put hoops for you to jump through to get paid out. It is companies like this that give the industry bad press.”

    “The whole process is fast & easy. Payment is quick, and most importantly fair.”

    Castle Motors Case Study

    Booking Process

    When booking on warranties, car dealers can either use the online system or ring their dedicated account manager. Castle Motors prefer the online system stating, “we particularly like the online system, it is swift and easy to use even for computer non literate people.”

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    Castle Motors said their top three reasons for using Warrantywise are:

    • Ease and speediness of claims procedure
    • Level of coverage
    • Satisfaction and peace of mind for customers

    Castle Motors praised their overall experience with Warrantywise stating, “we would describe Warrantywise as a fair, honest & reliable company. We are proud to sell their products and will remain doing so for the foreseeable future. We genuinely feel that their products add value to our vehicles.”

    “We would describe Warrantywise as a fair, honest & reliable company.”

    Meet their Account Manager… Lindsay

    I started my journey at Warrantywise in April 2012, however, I did not join the trade department until July 2013. This is when I took over managing the account for Castle Motors and I have built up a great working relationship over the last 3 and a half years.

    I love my job as an Account Manager because of the relationships I am able to build with car dealers. It is great to be able to call Castle Motors on a monthly basis and not feel like it is a “sales call” but more of a catch up call.

    Dale is my main point of contact at Castle Motors and I find it so easy to talk to him. He knows that should he ever need anything then he can just call or email me and I will help him.

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  4. The 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure

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    Owning a car is not always the cheapest. With the cost of fuel, maintenance and car insurance, it can all add up. Car insurance is expensive, and seems to be rising with each passing year.

    There are a number of ways to bring the cost of your car insurance down, and choosing a car in the right insurance group is high up on the list. When choosing a car to buy it is important to consider insurance group ratings, each car is assigned to an insurance group, group 1 cars are the cheapest to insure, and group 50 cars are the most expensive to insure. Cars are rated on their price, performance, repair cost and security. As the driver you are also judged based on, age, occupation, where you live and your driving record, these are all factors that come into play when calculating the overall insurance cost. Here at Warrantywise we have compiled a list of cars with low insurance costs, scroll down to see.

    Hyundai i10

    The new second generation Hyundai i10, falls into insurance group 1, therefore, making it cheaper to insure than previous models. Equipped with 1.0 litre engine, the i10 is a fantastic city car with low running costs, and can handle the motorway just like a bigger and more expensive car. The i10 features an interesting design, with an improved ride, therefore, making it an ideal first car for young drivers.



    Fiat Panda 

    For those looking for a cheap, small car, with low running costs, the Fiat Panda is the ideal choice. The spacious car offers a decent drive, and with its tall body there is a good amount of interior space, as well as many customisation options available.  Thanks to its big windows, the car offers great visibility, making it an easy car to drive with decent fuel economy.



    Toyota Yaris

    The Yaris is a great option if you are looking to buy a cheap car with impressive safety ratings, featuring 2nd on the Warrantywise reliability table, the Yaris may be the cheapest car to insure based on your driving history. The Yaris is a great city car due to its compact size and eco models.



    Vauxhall Corsa

    The Corsa is a very popular car amongst many drivers, making it one of Britain’s best selling cars. The entry-level Corsa Sting and Corsa Life come in at just group 2, making it one of the cheapest cars to insure on our list. The Corsa has reasonable running costs, and is an overall good value car with modern interior.



    Volkswagen Up!

    An impressive small car, the Volkswagen Up! is one of the cheapest to insure featuring in group 1. The Up! is a smart looking car, great to drive and with an impressive economical engine, it is one of the best city cars on the market.



    SEAT Mii

    The SEAT Mii is an environmental friendly cost effective car, and due to it’s low emissions it is exempt from road tax, making it an even more affordable car on top of its low insurance costs.  With its agile handling, and great visibility the Mii is great fun to drive, on both local roads and the motorway.



    Ford KA

    Worry about fitting your car in to a small parking space?  The Ford Ka is your answer. Due to its compact size you will never have to worry about fitting it in to small parking spaces. The KA is cheap to run, buy and insure, making it the perfect all rounder.



    Dacia Sandero

    The 5 door spacious Dacia Sandero is one of the cheapest cars to buy and insure, making it a perfect family car for those on a budget. It is a surprisingly large car with more interior space than its rivals. It comes well equipped as long as you avoid the basic model, and is enjoyable to drive.



    Skoda Citigo

    The Skoda Citigo, falls into insurance group 1 as a result of its low price. The driving experience of the Skoda Citigo, is what sets the car apart from its rivals. Thanks to its light controls and engineering the Citigo is a satisfying drive on both local roads and the motorway.



    Nissan Qashqai 

    The Qashqai proves that it is not always city cars and small hatchbacks that are affordable to drive and run. The interior space offers passengers with plenty of legroom. The Qashqai is a small SUV, and is near enough as cheap to run a conventional family hatchback. Although more expensive to insure than other makes mentioned, the low running cost makes the Qashqai an ideal choice for families.


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  5. Warrantywise Ultimate Car Warranty Revealed: Cover For a Used Bugatti Veyron

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    • Warrantywise’s most expensive cover to-date: a warranty for one of the world’s fastest and most advanced cars, the Bugatti Veyron
    • Due to be sold by Tom Hartley, Britain’s premier high-end car dealer, the Veyron will come with a twelve-month Warrantywise warranty included
    • The million-pound supercar will be covered by a Platinum Plus warranty which costs £10,000, offering unlimited claims up to the value of the car
    • The Bugatti Veyron is powered by an 8.0-litre quad-turbo engine, producing as much as 1,200hp and with an ‘unrestricted’ top speed of 267.8mph
    • For more sensible warranty cover, we offer plans for popular models like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf from just £19 per month

    Tom Hartley

  has revealed details of its ultimate cover: a Platinum Plus warranty for one of the world’s most exclusive cars, the Bugatti Veyron. The £2m supercar, which is available from Tom Hartley, Britain’s premier high-end car dealer, will be sold as standard with a £10,000 twelve-month Platinum Plus warranty.

    As one of the world’s fastest, most desirable and most complex vehicles, the Bugatti Veyron needs a very special warranty – in this case Warrantywise’s highest level of cover, Platinum Plus. Warrantywise will cover any repairs up to the retail value of the car, including wear and tear, plus roadside assistance and car hire.

    The Platinum Plus warranty covers all mechanical and electrical parts, including oil seals, labour rates, air-conditioning, gaskets, drive belts, wiring looms and radiators. And with a total of ten radiators, four turbochargers and sixteen cylinders, a Warrantywise warranty will be a welcome inclusion for the Veyron’s new owner.

    But the Bugatti’s complexity is necessary for its incredible performance. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds, and is still officially the ‘Guinness Book of World Records Fastest Production Car’, hitting an ‘unrestricted’ top speed of 267.8mph.

    Away from the world of 200mph-capable supercars, Warrantywise also provides cover for some of the UK’s most popular models at more affordable prices. Cover for cars like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf, for example, start from just £19 per month.

    Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said:

    “The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most incredible cars ever built, but it comes with a price to match. Servicing and repair costs will always run into the tens-of-thousands, so we wanted to provide Tom Hartley and the Bugatti’s new owner with the best possible cover to make sure there are no unexpected bills at the start of their ownership. We’ve got experience in covering almost every car on the road, from Fords to Ferraris, but this latest Bugatti warranty is really the pinnacle of our line-up.”

    Warrantywise have provided Tom Hartley with warranty cover for more than 12 years –Click here to check out the Tom Hartley Case Study

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  6. Warrantywise Case Study #7 – Dimitri Romanos

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    Every month Warrantywise contact a customer who has received excellent service from us and has been paid for a repair. This month Warrantywise contacted Dimitri Romanos. Find out what he has to say for yourself here!

    Key Facts
    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    Mazda 5 Braking System £1328.81

    Mr Romanos purchased his Mazda 5 from a local car dealer in May 2015, where he was offered the option of purchasing a Warrantywise car warranty. Mr Romanos had a look through the cover and decided that it was important for him to cover his car with a warranty. Since then he has renewed his policy with us and has been a customer for over one and a half years.

    His recent repair was the second repair he had encountered in his Mazda 5.  The fault occurred when Mr Romanos started to hear a noise when driving, and noticed warning lights on his dashboard, so he took the car to his local garage. The car was later diagnosed as having a fault in the braking system.

    “A load of warning lights came on and the car was making a noise. So I took it to the garage, gave them my warranty book and they said they will sort it for me.”

    The car was returned to Mr Romanos fully working. We asked him how he found the service provided by Warrantywise, he said,

    “It was a really straightforward, nice and easy process, and I have recommended you to family and friends who are looking to buy a car warranty.”

    Mr Romanos described his overall experience with Warrantywise, stating,

    “It has to be one of the easiest, stress free repairs I have ever been through in my 25 years of driving, thank you.”

    Mr Romanos

    Fault Code Amount
    Engine £3500.00
    Differential £1831.02
     Engine £1822.88
    Fuel Injection Pump £1418.98
    Braking System £1328.81

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  7. Top 5 Warrantywise Car Repair Bills Paid in October

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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 October 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 October.

    Make Model Fault Code Amount Paid
    VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R32 Engine  £3084.00
    MASERATI GRANCABRIO Suspension £2400.12
    AUDI  R8 Shock Absorber £2302.06
    BMW X5 Differential £2161.69
     CITROEN GRAND Gearbox £1988.72

    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.

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  8. Dealer Case Study- Tom Hartley

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    Tom Hartley has been buying and selling luxury, performance and classic cars for more than 43 years, as a result gaining a respectable reputation in the dealer motoring industry. His showroom is home to the widest array of luxury, performance and classic cars available in the UK. Selling top brands from the likes of Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bugatti, Jaguar, Aston Martin as well as Classic Cars.

    Warrantywise went to visit Tom Hartley recently, to speak to him about his experience with the company. Warrantywise were shown around the 40-acre Hartley countryside estate in Derbyshire that houses the supercars. Tom stated that his aim is to ensure the quality, luxury and heritage him and his son Carl have worked hard to portray in Tom Hartley, is also visible and carried through from a warranty company. Protecting his luxury used cars with a warranty that him and his customers can trust is important to him.

    Warrantywise have provided Tom Hartley with the UK’s Best Used Car Warranty for over 12 years. Tom stated, since dealing with Warrantywise “we’ve had a great relationship, we’ve never ever had any problems, they honour their warranty cover and they do it very efficiently.” Tom went on to state the process of dealing with Warrantywise as straightforward and simple, praising the one-to-one service Warrantywise provide to car dealers.

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    Tom Hartley is one of the leading motor dealers in the industry, having dealt with repeat and new business for over four decades. Tom specified that the key to repeat business is through maintaining a reputable and good relationship with customers. Tom stated that, ensuring customers are happy with their car as well as the aftercare, is only possible with a warranty. He explained that Warrantywise understand the value of business, so when a customer encounters a fault with the car, Warrantywise adhere to it straightaway and get it repaired.

    When asked why he chose Warrantywise, Tom stated, as our cars are sold worldwide, it is important to gain a reputation of trust with customers, which encourages repeat business, “Being established for over 43 years, it is very important to us that our customers are very comfortable with the warranty we put on our used cars.” He continued by saying,

    “When we sell a car with the name Tom Hartley on it and a Warrantywise cover we are 100% happy.”

    Tom identified similarities in Warrantywise and Tom Hartley stating, “I see a lot of Warrantywise strengths and services as the same as Tom Hartley, it is a family owned business and they understand the importance of dealing with issues and how quick they have to be dealt with.”

    Adding to the reputation factor, Tom stated,

    “When anybody see’s the name Quentin Willson in contact or connected to any business, they’re going to assume it’s the best. I have no doubt in my mind that there isn’t a better warranty company in this country.”

    Tom praised the Warrantywise repairs process as being simple and easy to deal with stating, cars do break down that’s why they have warranties. Further going on to describe the Warrantywise warranty cover to the equivalent, and just as good as a franchise dealerships or manufacturers warranty.

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  9. Driving Etiquette Around the World

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    The mechanics of driving a car varies little wherever you go; however, the laws, unwritten rules and cultural etiquette that govern roads can be drastically different, even between neighbouring countries.

    iCarhireinsurance researched the rules across 6 countries, as well as some of the wackier driving customs from around the world, and visualised it in an easy to digest guide so travellers planning on driving abroad canavoid upsetting the locals, not to mention expensive fines and stints in a cell.


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  10. Warrantywise Case Study #6- Mr Samiloff

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    Mr Samiloff 

    Vauxhall Astra @ £32.50 per month

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    I own a Vauxhall Astra Elite 2010. In February of 2016 I had an automatic gearbox failure. All transmission had gone, also water pump, oil cooler leaking. Without any problems from Warrantywise. They paid the main dealership for the repair. With a new gearbox I’ve been with them for sometime, and never had a problem.

    02 September 2016 

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    Fault Code Amount
    Gearbox, Transmission, Pump £2511.71
    Sun Roof Motor £2142.35
    Fuel Injection Pump £1788.98
    Gearbox (auto) £1745.00
    Diesel Fuel Pump £1738.00

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    Mr Samiloff has been a valuable customer for many years. He contacted us when he encountered a problem with his car, the repairing garage diagnosed the car with various gearbox faults, including a water pump seal leak. We are very pleased we could help Mr Samiloff, and were able to authorise the payment in full with the plan holder not having to pay a penny!

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