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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….


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Best Cars for Summer Driving

After great weather up and down the UK this week, we could be fooled into thinking summer has arrived. Although it hasn’t officially arrived we are seeing lighter evenings and if you’re anything like us, you’ll no doubt be wanting to drive your car off into the beautiful sunset.


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….


Changes to road tax from April 2017

To drive a car on UK roads, first and foremost you must have valid car insurance and have the correct level of tax on the vehicle. This includes when you first purchase a car and drive it from a dealers forecourt. Although you have to organise your own insurance and tax, some dealerships may tax…


3 of the worst driving mistakes you’re (probably) making

Let’s face it, we all think we’re a good driver (and heaven forbid should anyone disagree). But, regardless of how good we might think we are, we’re all liable to making a motoring mistake or two (come on, even Lewis Hamilton does it!). Here are three of the most common driving mistakes. How many are…