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PEOPLE MORE IN LOVE WITH THEIR CARS THAN THEIR PARTNERS

PEOPLE MORE IN LOVE WITH THEIR CARS THAN THEIR PARTNERS

06/12/2021 16:13:40

Car finance company, Go Car Credit, has revealed that car owners spend 48% more on their car than their partner. With the biggest-spending season fast approaching, Go Car Credit was keen to find out if people invest more in their cars than their relationships. Surveying 1000 car owners with partners, the data revealed that car owners in relationships spend on average £82.19 per month on their car compared to £55.48 on their partner. The survey found that whilst men spend 42% more on their cars than their partners, women spent 54% more on their cars than their partners. The survey also found that 45-54 year olds spend 71% more on their cars than their partners. And that car owners spend 180% more-time cleaning and maintaining their cars than going on dates with their partner. And it revealed that Renault drivers spend twice as much on cars than their partners, Bentley owners spend more on their partners than their cars and 75% of Porsche owners prefer spend time with their car than their partner. Keen to uncover which car drivers spend the most on their partners compared to their cars, Go Car Credit created a ranked table of car brand owners and their monthly spends. Although Tesla owners were the biggest spenders overall, spending on average £125.15 per month on their cars, MG drivers showed the biggest difference in spend, spending 202% more on their cars than their partners per month. Looking at regional difference, Scotland spend the most on their cars monthly (£98.75) and Northern Ireland spend the least on their cars with an average monthly spend of £73.97. Of the findings, Go Car Credit's Marketing Manager Hayley O'Connor said; "We've always suspected UK car owners take pride in their vehicles. But seeing how much they invest in their cars compared to their relationships is interesting. Despite the pandemic, it seems that people are still prepared to pay more for their cars."


LOCKDOWN BOOST AS LUXURY CARS JUMP UP THE TOP 10 LIST

LOCKDOWN BOOST AS LUXURY CARS JUMP UP THE TOP 10 LIST

08/11/2021 16:42:32

Mercedes-Benz cars jumped two places in the UK rankings of most popular cars during the pandemic, climbing from eight before the country's first lockdown, to six in 2020 and 2021 - the only significant change in the top ten table. A luxury motor might not be the obvious choice amidst a penny crunching global pandemic, but many consumers have surplus savings given their lack of holidays and socialising during lockdown. Research from a consumer insight report shows households earning over £28,000 were able to save more than usual during the pandemic. According to data from Quotezone, the top three reasons people borrowed money during the pandemic were to purchase a car, consolidate their debts and to do home improvements - with car purchase as number one. Other luxury cars, such as Land Rover, are also on the move up the top 20 table, jumping from 19th in 2019 to 17th in 2020 and then 14th in 2021. BMW and Audi held steady at 4th and 5th respectively across all three years. Luxurious motors became increasingly popular right across the UK, with Northern Ireland picking up a luxury car in its top three as Audi move from 4th in 2019 and 2002 up to 2nd in 2021. Scotland see Mercedes-Benz move up the top 10 list from 9th to 8th, and Wales see Audi enter the top five for the first time in three years. Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk, comments: "The pandemic has given some drivers the opportunity to trade in their motor for the luxury car they've always wanted - with work from home keeping mileage to a minimum and reducing the need for inner city parking which can be both risky and expensive. "In a year without foreign holidays and weekends away it perhaps makes sense that people took the opportunity to upgrade their vehicles. However just because customers bought a high-end vehicle doesn't mean they should pay high-end prices. Comparison sites help customers compare and save, no matter how expensive the car."


BOND FEVER BOOSTS ASTON MARTIN

BOND FEVER BOOSTS ASTON MARTIN

07/10/2021 09:54:05

A few things come to mind when you think of James Bond: martini's, suave suits and of course his iconic Aston Martin. New data from Chill Insurance has revealed that demand for Aston Martin's has increased by 110% in the UK in the past month, as the world enjoys the new James Bond flick 'No Time to Die', Daniel Craig's last assignment as James Bond. Using Google search data, Chill identified a huge spike in demand for the luxury car brand, famously driven by 007 throughout the franchises' 26 films. James Bond movie memorabilia can be notoriously expensive, with lifelong fans eager to get hold of a piece of film history. These are the most expensive James Bond Aston Martin's ever sold: - Aston Martin DB5 (appeared in Golden Finger & Thunderball) Sold at Pebble Beach in 2019 - Sold for £4.6 million - Aston Martin DB5 (appeared in 1995 Golden Eye) Sold at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018 - Sold for £1.9million - Aston Martin DB10 (appeared in Spectre) Sold at Christie's, London in 2016 - Sold for £2.4 million


DOUBT ABOUT DRIVER-LESS CARS

DOUBT ABOUT DRIVER-LESS CARS

07/10/2021 09:50:21

A study by Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) has revealed that 46% of British motorists think they'd be a better driver than driverless cars powered by Artificial Intelligence. Regionally, it's Scottish people who are Britain's most confident drivers with 54% of Scots answering that they'd trust their own driving skills over driverless vehicles. People living in northern England are the second most likely group to back their motoring prowess over driverless cars (48%), followed by people in the South East (47%) and respondents in the Midlands (46%). However, just four in ten people (40%) in Wales and the South West feel they'd be better drivers than driverless cars. Generationally, 18-24 year olds believe in their driving abilities most (52%) whereas just 39% of over 75s think they'd be a better driver than a driverless car. The Department for Transport announced earlier this year that self-driving vehicles could be allowed on UK roads by the end of 2021, with automated lane-keeping systems (ALKS) the first type of hands-free driving legalised. The government says the market in the UK could be worth as much as £42 billion by 2035, capturing around 6% of the £650 billion global market, and creating approximately 38,000 new jobs. The research from Volkswagen Financial Services UK also found that almost a quarter of Brits (24%) think the first fully driverless car will be available to consumers in five to ten years, whilst 8% think they'll never hit the mass market. Just 4% of respondents felt that a fully driverless car will be available to consumers within the next 12 months. And many consumers are not completely convinced by the idea of a driverless car, with only one in five people (21%) saying they're likely to buy a driverless car if and when they become available. However, men are significantly more likely than women to answer that they would be likely to purchase a driverless car (29% versus 13%). As expected, younger people also indicate a greater likelihood to purchase a driverless car. Respondents aged between 25 and 34 years old are ten times as likely to buy a driverless car than people aged 55 to 64 years old (50% versus 5%). Most people who are interested in driverless cars say they would expect to spend their time listening to music (44%) whilst behind the wheel, but 22% of people would still be focusing on the road. Other popular activities envisaged by this group included watching TV or a film (25%), reading (25%), sleeping (20%) and checking emails (17%). The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said automated driving systems could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over the next decade through their ability to reduce the single largest cause of road accidents - human error.


CLASSIC CARS OFTEN FAIL THEIR MOT

CLASSIC CARS OFTEN FAIL THEIR MOT

27/09/2021 17:45:45

Exclusive new data from the DVSA has revealed 18.4 per cent of classic cars aged over 40 years old failed MOT tests, despite there being no legal obligation for owners to have one carried out. Obtained via a Freedom of Information request by bookmygarage.com, the data showed 121,204 classic cars aged over 40 years old voluntarily had an MOT test between January 2019 and June 2021. Since May 2018, cars aged over 40 years old (classed by the DVLA as 'historic' vehicles) have been exempt from MOT tests and road tax, though owners are still responsible for keeping their vehicles in roadworthy condition. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points. The reasons behind voluntary MOT tests being carried out likely stems from owners or perspective buyers of classic cars seeking reassurance that the vehicle is in a safe condition. In addition, any cars which have been 'substantially modified' in the last 30 years, will also still legally require an MOT test. Of the cars tested, Dodge had the highest failure rate with over half (55.2 per cent) failing, followed by BMC (Austin-Morris) at 39.3 per cent and Volkswagen at 31.9 per cent. However, numerous renowned manufacturers also had clean sheet records with zero recorded failures, including Bentley, Wolseley, Saab, Peugeot, Opel, Toyota and TVR. The DVSA data showed newer classic cars were more likely to fail than their older counterparts, as 1970s cars are three times as likely to fail than those from the 1950s. In 2020, just 41,000 historic vehicles were tested, down 32 per cent on 2019, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


BOND FEVER DRIVES ASTON SEARCHES

BOND FEVER DRIVES ASTON SEARCHES

20/09/2021 16:31:32

Growing James Bond fever is driving up demand for some of the franchise's most iconic cars - including the Aston Martin DB5 and V8 saloon - according to data from PrestigeDriverApp. Searches for Aston Martin DB5s have increased by 45 per cent in the past 30 days, with collectors, car buffs and superfans clamouring to own a piece of Bond history as the new release reignites interest in the super sleuth's iconic car collection. The Aston Martin DB5 is the most iconic Bond car and to date has featured in eight films, including Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale and new release No Time To Die. Searches for Aston Martin V8 saloon - another iconic Bond supercar which is also set to feature in the new release - have increased by 29 per cent; whilst searches for the Lotus Esprit (the submarine car made famous by Roger Moore in the Spy Who Loved Me) and the BMW Z8 (driven by Pierce Brosnan in the World is Not Enough) have also risen. Reuben Smith of PrestigeDriverApp said: "James Bond is synonymous with driving some of the world's most exclusive supercars and it is no surprise that as excitement grows for the new release collectors are once again switched on to some of the film's most iconic cars. Although in the original Ian Fleming books, Bond's car of choice was a Bentley, Aston Martin is probably the car maker most associated with the films and there have been numerous models featured in the franchise over the years - including the DB5, V8, V12 Vanquish and made-to-order DB10. "We have seen searches for Bond's favoured car brands (including Aston Martin, Lotus, BMW and even Bentleys) increase across the board over the past 30 days as excitement surrounding the long-awaited film starts to build. And buyers could be on to something - the classic car market is booming and if purchased at the right time and kept in good condition, the returns on prestige cars (especially those associated with the James Bond franchise) could outperform property, art or gold."


THREE-QUARTERS OF CARS IN UK BOUGHT FROM CAR SHOWROOMS

THREE-QUARTERS OF CARS IN UK BOUGHT FROM CAR SHOWROOMS

14/09/2021 12:44:23

The majority of car owners (76%) buy their car from a car showroom, rising to 86% of over 66s, compared to just 58% of under 34s. The survey of 2,000 UK drivers, commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, finds that drivers, who prefer to buy from showrooms, do so because: 1. 34% wish to part-exchange their vehicle; 2. 33% want a showroom warranty - this is particularly important for over 66s (41%), compared to under 34s (25%); 3. 21% like a showroom's after-sales service; 4. and 11% want to be able to access finance options. In contrast, almost one in ten (9%) prefer to buy a car online or privately so they don't have to deal with car salespeople (10% men and 8% women) and 12% say they can get a better deal not buying through a showroom. The remaining buyers purchase cars from a private seller (9%), car supermarkets (4%), online retailers (3%) and gifts from family members (3%). One in twenty (5%) drivers are happy to buy a car online without even seeing it (8% men and 3% women), rising to one in ten (11%) under 34s, compared to 4% of over 55s. 9% would also buy a car without a test drive (11% men and 6% women). Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Office of InsuretheGap.com said: "Car showrooms continue to be the Goliath of the car industry, and remain the go-to place for most car purchases. Drivers clearly feel confident in the quality of vehicles offered and the overall service. What I do find surprising is how many people are happy to either buy a car they haven't seen or one that they haven't even test driven!"


CARS CREATING THE MOST ONLINE BUZZ

CARS CREATING THE MOST ONLINE BUZZ

14/09/2021 12:43:21

Car fans love to show off their favourite vehicles on social media and chat and debate with other petrol heads, whether it's the latest supercar that they can only dream of owning or their very first car of their own after finally passing their driving test. But which are the cars that get discussed and posted about the most online? Social media is a vital way of gaining exposure for brands of all kinds and it's no different for cars, so we've taken a look at which vehicles generate the most discussion online, taking into account three factors: mentions on Twitter, mentions on Instagram, and a number of posts on Reddit. Taking the top spot is Nissan's legendary GT-R supercar, which as well as being the most mentioned car on Twitter, was also the second-most popular car on Reddit. The GT-R is the successor to the Skyline GT-R and has been one of the most popular supercars for 13 years now and is popular amongst petrol heads for being one of the more affordable supercars on the market. In second is another iconic model, the Ford Mustang, which is by far the most talked-about car on Instagram, with over 14 million posts mentioning it. It dates all the way back to 1964 and essentially started the "pony car" trend in the US, inspiring similar models such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Its latest evolution is the all-electric Mach-E model which launched in 2020. The Honda Civic has a loyal fan base thanks to its long-standing history and family-friendly targeting. The compact car was initially known for being a reliable, fuel-efficient runaround, but later models such as the Type R, VTi, GTi, and Si have shown a sportier, higher-performance side to the Civic.


RISING INTEREST IN HYBRID CARS

RISING INTEREST IN HYBRID CARS

01/09/2021 16:31:07

Over half (52%) of Brits believe their next car is likely to be a hybrid vehicle but despite this strong intention to go greener, 68% of petrol and diesel drivers feel like they do not know enough to buy one. New research from Honda indicates that this knowledge gap is one of the contributing factors to Brits taking over a year (13 months) on average to purchase a hybrid vehicle - highlighting a gap between people's green goals and car purchases. When it comes to technology, the research revealed that hybrid drivers consider themselves to be early adopters. A third (33%) say that they are likely to try new technology before friends and family, in comparison to 18% of fossil fuel drivers. This attitude also influences whether they update other items of personal tech, with only 15% of diesel and petrol drivers likely to upgrade their mobile phones before others, in comparison to 27% of hybrid drivers. This contrast is consistent when it comes to vehicles too. Petrol and diesel drivers tend to favour the familiar, with 57% agreeing that purchasing a hybrid would be a "leap in the dark". It is perhaps understandable then that those looking for a little more tech in their lives prefer hybrid cars. Hybrids offer a great combination of petrol and electric virtues, enabling quiet, zero-emission running at lower city speeds with the power of a petrol engine available at higher speeds, along with quick, conventional refuelling for longer journeys. Some combine this innovation under the bonnet with the latest in-car gadgets too; the all-new Honda Jazz e:HEV offers WiFi hotspot capability, an AI-powered personal assistant and a My Honda+ app to keep owners connected to their car remotely.


DON'T LEAVE DOGS IN HOT CARS

DON'T LEAVE DOGS IN HOT CARS

19/07/2021 17:32:09

GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging pet owners to ensure their animals are safe and comfortable on car journeys this week. The call comes as forecasters predict sunny and warmer weather for later in the week, with temperatures rising into the high 20s by the weekend. GEM chief executive Neil Worth warns that it's both dangerous and illegal to leave an animal in a hot vehicle. "If the dog becomes ill or dies, you are likely to face a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006," he warns. "This offence can bring a prison sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £20,000." GEM has compiled a short checklist designed to ensure dogs stay safe and comfortable on car journeys: Leave your dog at home on warmer days. If you do need to transport your dog, bring plenty of fresh drinking water, and a bowl. Ensure your dog is able to stay cool on a journey. Don't let your dog travel unrestrained. Instead, use a proper travel basket or crate to create a safer space. Dog seatbelts and travel harnesses are also available. Make plenty of stops on long journeys give your dog a good drink of water. Animals are unable to sweat in the way that humans can. Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws, so it only take a a few minutes for dogs left in cars on hot days to begin experiencing the distressing symptoms of heatstroke. If you suspect your dog is developing heatstroke on a journey, stop somewhere safe and find somewhere cool and shady. However, if signs of heat exhaustion become apparent (for example excessive thirst, heavy panting, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness), you should go straight to a veterinary surgeon. If you see a pet in a vehicle on a hot day, take immediate action. For example, if you're in a supermarket, roadside service area or garden centre car park, note the car make, model, colour and registration number, then go inside and ask for an announcement to be made. If this doesn't bring the owner out, or you're in a location where finding the owner is impossible, then dial 999 and ask for the police.



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