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Average Used Car Price Increase During July 2016

Luxury cars pricing and used car sales helped to bolster the used car market which increased by a slight 0.1% in July, according to Motors.co.uk.

The online website recorded the change through its transactions throughout the month, with the average price of a used vehicle rising slightly to £12,472.

The wholesale market at Manheim’s auctions saw its average selling price drop by 3.4% month-on-month, but within that figure the luxury segment saw selling prices up by 6.5%.

A spokesman for Manheim said: “While the average wholesale selling price was largely affected by the 3.9% decrease in ex-fleet car values, which fell to £9,822, it was bolstered by a slight rise of 0.5% in the average selling prices for part-exchange stock, which rose to £3,529.”

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UK Vehicle Accident Whiplash Claims On The Rise

New study reveals the number UK vehicle accident whiplash claims among the highest in the world.

You might have been here before. You’re sitting in the car among a long line of traffic that isn’t going anywhere fast. It’s been a tiring week and it’s raining hard outside and you’re so looking forward to finally getting home and having a nice relaxing a cup of tea. Out of no where you see a little forward motion in the traffic jam and then it happens. Someone accidentally bumps their vehicle into the back of yours and all of a sudden – you’re both having a bad day.

Hopefully for most of us this kind of incident is resolved quickly and more importantly, no one is hurt. Unfortunately ‘whiplash’ is an injury quite common with vehicle accidents. It appears however that figures released by the insurer LV reveals that UK whiplash claims as a result of car accidents are above the European average.

The UK even has a higher percentage of whiplash claims compared to the US, with nearly 80% of all injury claims seeking compensation for whiplash.

LV report that whiplash claims are estimated to cost the insurance industry £2billion a year, adding a painful £90 to every insurance policy, and that the average driver receives five calls or text messages that offer financial remuneration after a crash. One in eight are contacted by a claims management group before they had even reported the accident to their insurer!

In light of recent trends, the Government has announced it will remove the right to “general damages for soft tissue injuries”, along with increasing the upper limit for the small claims court for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000. LV believes however there is more the Government needs to do to curb the number of minor injury claims that raise the premiums of all motorists.

Martin Milliner, GI Claims Director of LV=insurance said: “Government makes one change to the system and the fraudsters find a way around it – meaning further action is needed and fraud persists. The more time it takes to implement changes, the easier it makes it for fraudsters to find another loophole, hitting the pocket of the honest consumer.

“We would like to see a quick and comprehensive response from Government to implement all the Insurance Fraud Taskforce’s recommendations.

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Electric Charging Motorways To Trial On UK Roads

A new futuristic electric technology set to trial in the UK soon, and could charging its way underneath a road near you!

The new technology trial, funded by the Government and managed by Highways England, will power cars through a charging infrastructure situated beneath the road’s surface. Removing the need for static charge points. It literally charges your car as you drive!

One could say it’s similar to the wireless charging technology we’re seeing for mobile phones and portable devices, where you can simply place your device upon a “charging mat” instead of plugging it in with a  cable.

At present, electric cars can only do long distance trips by taking extended breaks for conventional plug-in charging. The newly-announced 18-month trial programme is based on the installation of a charging infrastructure under chosen test roads. Specially adapted vehicles will be used to check the technology’s efficiency.


“Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace,” said Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson. “We’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A-roads.”

Besides wireless charging technology, Highways England has reaffirmed the government’s Road Investment Strategy commitment to install 20-mile plug-in charging points on the motorway network.

“The government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones. “As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”

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Number Of Untaxed Vehicles In UK Rises

Recent figures show an increase in the number of drivers caught without road tax following the recent abolishment of the paper tax disc.

Data released by AutoExpress and obtained by the DVLA reveal that since the paper tax disc was scrapped  six months ago, the number of enforcement cases where drivers had no road tax had risen by almost 50 per cent.

The DVLA shows 117,490 cases were recorded between October 2014 and March 2015, compared to just 82,999 and 86,939 in the previous two six-month period when the tax disc was still in operation.

A spokesman for the DVLA told AutoExpress: “We continue to operate a comprehensive package of measures which makes vehicle tax easy to pay but hard to avoid.

“We write to every new vehicle keeper when they buy a used vehicle to remind them that they must tax the vehicle before they can use it. If they don’t, they become eligible for enforcement action.”

My own experience!

At present there seems to be some confusion as to what happens when you buy a used car or motorcycle. I recently purchased a used Yamaha R6 from a private seller, and both he and I, and his wife ,and my friend had to really look through the V5 document and make our own interpretations of the procedures!

I signed the V5 document and kept the little tear-away “proof of new ownership” strip.  The seller retained the main body of the document with the responsibility of posting it to the DVLA to inform them of a change of ownership.

Not knowing quite what to do from here, I visited the DVLA website as soon as I arrived back home and began a monthly road tax Direct Debit. My advice is have you road tax in place as soon as possible!

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2015 Witnessing Record Breaking Rise In New Car Registrations

2015 “half year” new car sales up 7% – the highest half-year performance ever recorded.

It’s been a record half-year for UK new car market with a firm 7% raise in the number of new car sales in the first half of 2015 – the highest half-year performance ever recorded. 1,376,889 units were sold between January and June, with Uk buyers choosing more UK-built cars than ever before.

The SMMT commented that “low interest rates and attractive finance deals, combined with a wealth of new models featuring the latest technologies, have continued to encourage consumers to purchase new cars.”

A significant feature of recent months has been a strong surge in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles, and this was once again the case in June with volumes rising 70.9%

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It is still a great time to buy a new car in the UK, and it is encouraging to see more consumers choosing British models. This is important for the wider economy with 799,000 people now employed across the UK automotive sector, including retail. We anticipate a flatter second half of the year as the market finds its natural running rate.”

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DVLA Bans Number Plates Because They’re Too Offensive

The DVLA has revealed more vehicle registration numbers that have been banned for use in the UK because they are considered offensive.

The bans also include plates that are deemed to have religious references, innuendos, and even drink related references, clamping down on those related to alcohol abuse such as SL05 HED and AL60 POP.

“There’s nothing scientific about it,” a spokeswoman told us. “A group of staff meets twice a year and looks at plates that could be seen as offensive. It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”

Auto Express decided to see which registration plates might have slipped through the DVLA taste test, and a few had clearly passed it by – such as TO62 POT, LO62 ERS and AR62 END.

The list doesn’t just include words the DVLA classes as rude. Anything that can be seen as racist, religiously offensive or even drug related is also unavailable. These include plates such as JE55 US, 15 LAM, OS55 AMA and even AD13 CTS.

Even drivers with creative imaginations investing in a private plate cannot slip by the clampdown! The DVLA’s powers stretch to what can – and can’t – be used on these, too. Here are a few examples of the number plates that have been vetoed by the DVLA in the past few years:


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2014 Showing Increase In Bike Sales

Latest figures from the MCIA reveal a continued climb in new and used motorcycle sales in August 2014.

Motorcycle sales in August 2014 reveal a steady climb compared to the same period in 2013. A total of 6,980 new bikes were sold in August showing a 6.6% climb in new registrations on the previous year.

The Naked and Scooter categories proved most popular in new bike sales with the Honda CBF 125 registering 145 units, and Honda PCX 125 registering 136 units respectively.

In the Sports category, the Kawasaki Z1000 SX lead the way, whilst the learner appealing Yamaha YZF R125 lead the SuperSports field.

Highest Registering Model August 2014 Within Each Category

Adventure Sport – Yamaha WR 125 X 76
Custom – Harley-Davidson SPORTSTER N 883 45
Naked – Honda CBF 125 M 145
Scooter – Honda PCX 125 136
Sport/Tourer – Kawasaki Z1000 SX 57
SuperSport – Yamaha YZF R125 171
Touring – BMW R 1200 RT 10
Trail/Enduro – Honda CRF 250 L 21

Total Sales in August 2014 By Manufacturer

  1. Honda – 1,134
  2. Yamaha – 973
  3. Triumph – 401
  4. Piaggio – 376
  5. Kawasaki – 325
  6. Lexmoto – 287
  7. Harley Davidson – 259
  8. BMW – 248
  9. Suzuki – 241
  10. KTM – 239

Source: mcia.co.uk

UK Car Market Shows 30th Month Consecutive Growth

The UK new car market has experienced it’s 30th month of consecutive growth in August, according to the SMMT.

Figures for a thriving car market report that 72,163 new cars were registered in August, which is a 9.4% rise compared to August 2013. These positive figures reveal a 30th month of consecutive growth in the new car market, considering that August is usually the quietest of the months for new car sales making up just 3% of the annual total. September by comparison contributes on average 18% of the annual sales.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “New car registrations reached two-and-a-half years of consecutive monthly growth in August, as confident private and fleet consumers continued to snap up enticing deals on a wealth of advanced new products.

“The UK’s performance in the context of Europe is particularly impressive, with growth consistently ahead of the rest of the EU for the past two years. As the UK market starts to find its natural level, we expect to see the growth level off during coming months.”

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Ford Begin Testing Right-Hand Drive Mustang

Ford begin testing the first “right-hand drive” Ford Mustang ahead of global production.

Perhaps one of the most iconic cars in history, and a personal favourite of mine which I will come to shortly, the production of the first right-hand-drive Ford Mustang is to begin soon. Presently “in testing”, the new format Mustang will allow the car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world including the UK.

Ford engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive Mustang. The sixth-generation of this vehicle.

Even though the United States is the largest market for Mustangs with more than 9.2 million sales since the car’s debut in 1964, over 161,000 Ford Mustangs have been sold outside of North America in that time.

As a fan, I would love to see more of these iconic cars cruising around the UK roads. Ever since seeing films like K9, and Gone In 60 Seconds, I’ve always had a soft-spot for the classic 1960’s Mustangs!


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