Successful Ways To Cut Down Your Car Budget

What are the biggest expenses in your life? For most people I would say that their list would be their kids, their home and their car. Each is an ongoing expense that seems to need constant investment (especially children as I’m currently trying to fund Christmas, a birthday and a school residential at the same time.). The good news is that, at least when it comes to your car, you can successfully cut down your budget in order to make life just that little bit easier,

KAP Motors, who are based in the beautiful seaside town of Brighton,  have recently planned an informative campaign regarding ‘6 Ways to Cut Down on Your Car Budget’ and I thought I would add a few of my own thoughts that may just help you to save money.

Buy Second Hand

If you are planning to get a new car in the New Year, you may just want to consider buying a car second hand. The one thing that is true about buying a brand new car is that it starts to lose value the minute you drive it off the showroom forecourt.

Instead of setting yourself up to pay a huge expense with finance you might be better to check out used car showrooms for good deals with low mileage and one careful past owner. Set yourself a realistic budget that you can afford, and find out what you can get in part exchange for your old car.

Don’t Forget Your Service

It is pretty unbelievable the amount of people who skip the service and then end up paying far more in repairs for bigger problems that would’ve been picked up if they had allowed their car a pamper. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value, and this is silly when issues could’ve been stopped in their tracks. Regular services at a reputable motor group like  KAP Motors Brighton can ensure your car runs smoothly for a long time.

Fuel Savings

One of the biggest recurring expenses when it comes to your car is fuel. You car can’t move without it, but there are ways you can make it go a little bit further. Stick to speed limits, make sure your tyres are pumped up, and avoid using the air conditioner unless you actually really need it (and then maybe just open the window), all these things can stop the drain on your diesel.

 

 

Safer Driving this Winter

 

Last year saw some of the most treacherous driving conditions that drivers have had to face for years. Sub Zero temperatures and deep. relentless snow made driving hazardous, with poor visibility and excess amounts of snow, and then sludge on the roads eventually forcing a standstill. The snow was definitely something best enjoyed watching from a window with a mug of hot chocolate but many still had to venture out for work, particularly those who worked for the emergency services.

My Winter Snow picture from Essington

With Winter now just around the corner, the one thing that can be guaranteed, unfortunately, is that there will be more accidents on the roads. Sleet, ice, snow and wind and fog all make conditions difficult, and call for extra care on behalf of drivers.Before Winter is upon us, now is the time to make sure that your vehicle is Winter ready. It is not worth leaving anything to chance when it comes to your car.

  • Extend your Warranty. It is a true fact that any underlying mechanical issues in your vehicle can escalate as temperatures plummet. This makes extending your warranty on your car a good idea. You need to check with your dealership, but many makers do offer this, for instance Audi offers an extended Audi warranty on their cars.
  • Get your car checked over.  Some brands, like Volkswagen, offer this for free. This includes checking the lights, wiper blades, brakes, battery condition and windscreen washers, all of which can suffer in the winter cold and render you stranded. You can check out garages and your own dealership to see if they are offering their own checks and tests.
  • Check those tyres too. The legal tread limit is less effective at removing water, so you may need to change your tyres before you actually reach the legal limit. If you need to replace your tyres, you can buy tyres online with just a few clicks
  • Leave a bigger gap between your car and the one in front, your stopping distance will increase in poor weather conditions.
  • When it does snow – re-route. Avoid country lanes, roads that haven’t been gritted, roads that are little used if at all possible. Your journey may take longer, but it will be safer.

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When you are making journeys, especially longer ones at Christmas, be prepared. Have drinks, mobile phone charger, a torch, blankets and food, just in case you hit a traffic jam or have any other problems.

Driving-in-Snow

Be safe this year rather than sorry.

Top cars for mums this spring!

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Having kids is one of the trickiest things ever, and mothers are at the center of it all. Sometimes, they constantly feel like they are ferrying the little ones from one place to another while at the same time trying to run other errands. Eventually, they spend several hours on the road, and this the reason why all mother out there need a car that can stomach everything without letting them down.

This spring, for instance, calls for the best family car that is reliable and highly practical. That said, here are some of the best cars for mums this spring that fit the budget and aren’t a bore at all.

 

Toyota Highlander

Anybody who has kids and owns a Toyota Highlander is probably going to suggest that you get the car. The vehicle is a perfect choice for your troop regardless of what they are carrying; backpacks, lunch boxes, sports gear, strollers and many more.

It offers a smooth ride, admittedly almost exactly the same as that of a luxury SUV. It comes with a V-6 engine, which is known to produce less vibrations, and is equipped with an eight-speed auto transmission. Both give the Toyota Highlander beauty on the road.

This particular vehicle’s dashboard comes with a shelf you can keep sunglasses and other things in, and the center console is big enough to swallow other baby stuff, like a diaper bag. With all its beauty, it comes with five charging ports, a system for collision avoidance, and three-zone climate control.

Toyota Highlander is not too big or too small either, but it guarantees meeting all the needs a mother could desire in a vehicle.

Honda CR-V

Honda makes some of the popular family cars and the often-preferred models include the Honda CR-V. It is a midsize sports utility vehicle with a capacity of five. It is also spacious and it features a large and functional storage space behind the second row.

If the little ones want an elevated view of scenery outside, the Honda CR-V is the one to pick. It is equipped with adapter plugs, which is a plus for keeping or charging devices on the go, and it gets the best mileage on the highway or in the city.

The car delivers an equilibrium in terms of practicality. All its amenities are upscale and the manner in which it was built, one can’t help but admit that it is one of the most comfortable and safe vehicles to use with your kids.

Apart from its affordability, it is a beauty and silent. While you are on the lookout for this vehicle, perhaps you should consider the EX version. It comes with lots of safety features including an auto emergency brake system, collision and road departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. It is worth every penny.

 

Honda Odyssey

The CR-V might be the favorite mom’s car, but the Honda Odyssey might just be the thing for those with a slightly bigger team. It has the capacity of eight persons and a cargo hold bigger than the CR-V’s.

The Odyssey comes with a V6 engine, which guarantees reliability, six-speed automatic transmission with other features including a Bluetooth audio streaming, rear-view mirrors, phone connections, front adjustable seats, among others.

The Odysseys is loved for its ease of handling, the elegant look, the impressive and cozy interior as well as its myriad functional features that every vehicle carrying many passengers should have. You might call the Honda Odyssey the mother of all minivans for it is the best money can buy.

It also has a version that comes with safety systems like forward collision and lane and road departure warnings.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Everything about the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport screams technology. Regardless, whether you are a tech-savvy or a fashion mother or not, it makes one of the best buys ever. This vehicle offers fuel efficiency, unmatched performance, and a turbo-charged engine for incredible speeds.

It makes quick and impressive maneuvers, sails smoothly on the highway, and is highly comfortable. It also comes with other features that include a remarkably integrated Blue Link infotainment system and phone controls that are mounted on the steering wheel.

The standard version of the Hyundai Santa Fe also comes equipped with air-conditioning and a camera for reversing. The leather seats, the automatic lights, wipers and its controls for the climate are enough to entice every mom looking for the best car this spring.

 

Jeep Cherokee

This is one ideal vehicle for both on and off-road use. Clearly, you are not looking to drive your kids out to the wild but nothing brings a sense of reassurance knowing that your vehicle can totally rely on all the times.

The cargo room, the mileage it offers, the strong build, and all the features it packs make it one of the preferred mom cars ever. The Jeep Cherokee isn’t just a wrangler for the enthusiasts, it is, and still will be one of the first SUVs ever.

Liveliness hasn’t been left out. The different versions of the Jeep Cherokee pack a ton of impressive systems like airbags for safety, touch-screen entertainment systems, comfort traits, and additional features, which come in handy.

With the V6 engine, its affordability, durability and the sleek road performance, nothing should stop any mom from having an SUV that stands out from the rest.

Meanwhile, you can always hire any of these beauties at Intelligent Car Leasing to see how they perform on the road before making your purchase decision.