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Preparing Your Car for Winter

We know it’s a few months away from the winter yet but if you have ever been stranded in the midst of winter you’ll know all too well, the importance of being prepared. Driving in cold, winter weather presents some of the most challenging driving conditions and breakdowns more than double in the winter months so we’re here to help you get your car prepared in plenty of time as well as sharing the best products to help you through the winter months.

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5 secret ways to cheaper car insurance

We all know car insurance can be an expensive (but essential) evil. Opt for an automatic renewal and your policy can leap up in price without you even realising, make a claim (even if it’s not your fault) and it can be even worse. Shopping around is one way to avoid facing stupid prices, but it isn’t fool-proof and certainly isn’t the only way to get your premium down. 

Read below for five secret ways to find cheaper car insurance. Try them out and see whether they work for you!

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Gadgets to Modernise an Older Car

Thanks to their shine and new car smell, brand new cars in the showroom are often hard to resist, especially when it comes down to their tech appeal. In car technology has grown so quickly over the last decade, even cars that are a few years old can be lacking when it comes to gadgets. However, unlike our smartphones, our cars don’t need to be updated every year to get a tech refresh – there are so many products on the market to bring almost any older car into the 21st century and we have 5 of the best here…
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Everything you need to know about The Grand Tour…so far

A couple of months ago, while names were still being decided, we trawled the internet to see what Hammond, May and Clarkson were earning in their new Amazon endeavour (see the piece here). A fair few dramas (and a main host dropping out of the original BBC show) later, we’ve got a lot more info and are getting excited about the upcoming spectacle.

From how to get tickets to when it all kicks off, here’s everything we’ve been able to find out so far about The Grand Tour so far. Know anything else? Let us know!
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Top Tips for Maintaining Car Health

You wouldn’t go as long as a year to get a haircut so why would you go a full year without checking your car in between services? Of course one of the most reassuring things about new cars are they need much less-frequent services to ensure they are running well however with increased service intervals often up between 15,000 and 20,000 miles, there are some checks you must do yourself to keep your car in good health for as long as possible.

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All new cars to be electric in Germany by 2030

Back at the beginning of the year we cast our predictions on what we expect to see more of this year – personalisation, driverless cars and you guessed it, electric vehicles. Now electric vehicles aren’t a new thing but they have certainly grown in popularity over the years. Would you believe there are now 50,000 plug-in vehicles on UK roads compared to only 3,500 3 years ago in 2013? We know, it’s crazy but it’s all down to a heavier taxes on emissions, a shift in attitude towards electric cars, constantly improving public charging outlets across UK cities and greater choice of vehicles.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Car Mad Dad

It’s no surprise that at Number 1 Plates, both our replacement car and novelty plates are incredibly popular gifts for auto-loving gents – particularly on Father’s Day. To make sure you’re not driving down the wrong road this year, here’s our gift guide for presents any car-mad dad will love (almost) as much as his set of wheels:

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How to get the most out of your Holiday Car Hire

Some of us can’t wait to escape the huge motorway queues – ditching the car for a week or two is a holiday in itself (never mind all the sangria and sun). Others of us, meanwhile, love to get out and explore in a new vehicle – choosing that all-important holiday hire is one of the most exciting parts of the trip. Regardless, car-hire companies can occasionally be a slippy surface to navigate, particularly when you’re abroad. To make sure you make the right choice for your needs, here’s our advice for the best holiday car hire.

holiday car hire tips and advice

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Amazon are paying HOW MUCH for the Top Gear trio?!

Regardless of whether you liked or loathed Top Gear, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid it at the moment. From the ‘original’ show and its new lineup on the BBC to the ‘new’ (old-format with original presenters) rival on Amazon Prime (confusing or what,eh?), news is being released weekly and it’s an all-out motoring war between the two. This week’s headline and key focus is the price tag the three ex-BBC favourites came with. According to Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt, they’re being paid far more than they’re worth. But how much, exactly, are they earning?

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