Finance your Next Car with Northumbria Motors

Finance your Next Car with Northumbria Motors

If you need to get a new car but are concerned that you won’t be able to pass the required credit checks, getting in touch with Northumbria Cars might be the perfect solution for you. Offering a wide range of used cars on offer and an excellent record for helping customers get the car finance they need no matter their circumstances you can be certain that they will be able to help you get the car you need.

Unlike some other companies that offer bad car credit loans at Northumbria Cars they don’t compromise on the quality of cars that they offer even if you have a poor credit history, every vehicle that they provide comes complete with 1 years tax, 6 months warranty, 6 months MOT and is RAC approved so regardless of what car you decide is best for you; you can be sure that it will be reliable and fully safety checked.

Whether you are looking for a work van, a small run around or a car suitable for a large family with a wide range of cars and vans to choose from you can be sure that at Northumbria Cars they will have something that suits your needs perfectly, and with no deposit required in most cases and guaranteed car credit regardless of your credit history getting the vehicle you require is easier than you may first think.

At Northumbria Cars they aim to offer every customer a personalised service and every car finance application they receive is given an individual assessment so your details are only received by the lenders most likely to approve your application, by offering this unique service to every customer they are able to offer guaranteed car credit no matter what credit history you may have.

With over twenty years’ experience helping people get the vehicles they need at Northumbria Cars they have the knowledge required to make sure that their customers are happy with the service they receive and with some excellent working relationships across the industry they often be able to find you the most competitive rates available for your car credit as well.

A dedicated team of experts are available to give you all the help and advice that you may need regarding bad car credit loans you can be sure that at Northumbria Cars they will do everything they can to make sure that you are happy with any decisions you make, an advisor will be happy to ensure that you secure the finance you require with repayment rates that are within your budget.

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Being able to secure finance for a vehicle and maintain repayments is a really good way to improve your credit rating if you have had problems in the past and with a straight forward and easy application process getting a new car or van with Northumbria Cars guaranteed car credit could be a really good step in the right direction if this is something that you are trying to do.

So if you need a new car or van and are uncertain about how likely you are to be accepted for credit why not take a look at some of the options available at Northumbria Cars? With excellent customer testimonials, a really wide range of vehicles on offer and a professional team of mechanics to make sure every car and van is in the best possible condition, along with a quick and simple application process you could be driving away in your new car sooner that you think!

For more information on how you could drive away a new car today, please call 0191 488 3176 or visit the Northumbria Cars Website who have been supplying quality used cars throughout the North East for over a decade now. You won’t be disappointed.

Twice as Much Diesel Fuel Consumed in 2016 than Petrol

Twice as Much Diesel Fuel Consumed in 2016 than Petrol
Drivers using diesel consumed twice as much fuel than those with petrol vehicles in 2016, new figures have shown. Published in its annual Transport Statistics report, the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that 24.6m tonnes of diesel were used in road vehicles last year, compared with 12.1m of petrol fuel.

The report also shows that diesel use was still on the rise too, with four per cent more diesel was consumed last year than in 2015, when the total reached 23.7m tonnes.

The news follows an announcement by chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in his Autumn 2017 Budget speech that diesel cars not complying with new real-world driving emission (RDE) regulations — affecting vehicles that emit more than 80g/km of nitrogen oxide — would see higher taxation.

Hammond said: “From April 2018, the first-year VED rate for diesel cars that don’t meet the latest standards will go up by one band and the existing diesel supplement on company car tax will increase by one percentage point.”

“Drivers buying a new car will be able to avoid this charge as soon as manufacturers bring forward the next-generation cleaner diesels that we all want to see.”

Many manufacturers, such as Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Vauxhall and VW Group brands, have already introduced scrappage incentive schemes over the course of 2017 to encourage motorists to trade in old, high-emitting diesel cars towards new and ‘cleaner’ vehicles.

This was in response to the Government’s announcement that new diesel and petrol vehicles would no longer allowed to be sold in the UK from 2040. Already in 2017, the SMMT has reported a 14.9 per cent decline in diesel regulations.


Speeding Offences Reach Six Year High

Speeding Offences Reach Six Year High
Speeding offences reached a six-year high last year, according to figures released by the Department for Transport. There were 2.2m prosecutions for speeding offences in 2016, compared with 1.6m in 2011 – nearly a one-third increase.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, called the figures “highly concerning”. He said: “Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it’s a driver’s speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t, how hard they will hit.”

“Last year, excess speed contributed to almost a quarter of all fatal crashes and urgent action is needed. Brake is calling for increased enforcement by the police, a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas and ‘Intelligent Speed Adaptation’, which helps drivers stay within the limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles. “These measures are essential to lowering the increasing number of needless deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.”

But while the number of speeding offences went up between 2011 and 2016, department figures also showed that the number of offences for dangerous, careless or drunken driving decreased.

In 2011, there were 276,000 recorded offences, as opposed to 179,000 in 2016, representing a 35 per cent decline.

Mercedes ‘Relay’ Box Thieves Caught on CCTV

Mercedes ‘Relay’ Box Thieves Caught on CCTV
CCTV footage has been released showing thieves using a “relay” device, which receives a signal from the victim’s key inside their home, to steal a car the BBC News website is psoting. West Midlands Police believe it is the first time the high-tech crime has been caught on camera.

Relay boxes can receive signals through walls, doors and windows but not metal.

The theft took just one minute and the Mercedes car, stolen from the Elmdon area of Solihull on 24 September, has not been recovered. In the footage, one of the men can be seen waving a box in front of the victim’s house.

The device receives a signal from the key inside and transmits it to the second box next to the car. The car’s systems are then tricked into thinking the key is present and it unlocks, before the ignition can be started.

Mark Silvester, from West Midlands Police’s crime reduction team, advised using a Thatcham-approved steering lock to cover the entire steering wheel.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said an option was to put keys inside a Faraday cage or Faraday bag, which block electromagnetic signals.

UK Car Production Rises in October

UK Car Production Rises in October
The number of cars built in the UK last month rose by 3.5% compared with a year earlier, driven by higher exports. Just over 157,000 vehicles were made in UK factories in October, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Production for export increased by 5%.

But output for the domestic market fell by 2.9%, as a result of “lower business and consumer confidence”, combined with “confusion over government’s diesel policies”, the SMMT said.

In Wednesday’s Budget, the chancellor announced that new diesel cars that do not meet latest emissions standards would face a one-off tax increase in April. The increase will be levied on all diesels that do not meet the Real Driving Emissions Step 2 standards on emissions for the first year of ownership. This is expected to affect most new diesel cars.

The SMMT said 82.1% of UK-built cars were exported last month, the highest proportion this year, “with the bulk going to our biggest trading partner, Europe”.

The number of cars made so far this year is down 1.6% compared with the same period last year at 1.1 million. Production for the home market has fallen 6.8% compared with a 0.1% fall in vehicles for export.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said it was “encouraging” to see positive growth in exports and a “slight increase” in overall output. “Production for British consumers, however, has continued to fall as domestic demand for new cars decreased for the ninth month this year amidst continued uncertainty over both Brexit and the government’s air quality plans.”

The SMMT also published a new independent production forecast that revised expected UK output for the year as a whole down to 1.73 million, against the 1.8 million previously forecast.

“The latest independent UK forecast report is worrying news for the sector, predicting annual output which is, at best, static compared with last year,” said Mr Hawes. “The industry needs stability and a clear roadmap for Brexit if we are to encourage investment and arrest the decline in both the market and business confidence.”

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment Glasgow

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment Glasgow

When you own a car, you want it to stand out from the rest. By customising the wheels on your car, you can express your personality and yet make your ride look so outstanding; people won’t be able to keep their eyes off it. Alloy wheels can make a big difference as to how your car or vehicle looks and drives on the road. Because of this, motorists – often led by the custom car fraternity, have been upgrading to larger alloy wheels for many years, replacing the basic steel wheel which is often fitted to a car with a set of custom alloys.

While they look great, alloy wheels can often present a problem for the motorist. Often the wheel itself won’t be as tough or durable as a conventional steel wheel and can be more easily damaged. When they are damaged, bent or curbed do you need to completely replace them? Replacing your wheels can cost a lot of money and, should you only need to replace one wheel, you may not be able to get the same style of wheel.

Alloy Wheel Repair is often not a simple process. The repair depends on the type of wheel you have, whether it is a painted, polished, or machined rim wheel with a painted centre. It also depends on the type of damage that has occurred. Whether your car alloys are subject to minor road scratches or major cracks, specialists alloy wheel repairs and refurbishment companies, such as Diamond Cut Wheels of Glasgow are able to rapidly repair and refurbish your alloy wheels to help get you back on the road again quickly and safely. And, at a fraction of the cost of replacement alloy wheels!

Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels offer specialist care and services available to help your alloy wheels maintain their top class appearance. A typical repair and refurbishment will be completed within 2-3 working days and a collection & delivery option is available.

So what is diamond cutting? This process entails skimming your alloy wheels with a high powered diamond coated buffer, leaving a sophisticated shined surface to your alloy wheel rims. A protective coat of lacquer is then applied to your alloys to finish off the process. Although a diamond cut finish is not possible on all cars, most of the alloy wheels we see can be skimmed in this fashion for the latest in alloy style and to give your ride the look that gets you noticed. It can even add a little extra protection against kerbside bumps and scrapes and chipping from the road. These hazards can leave unwanted markings and damage to your wheel trims, so get protection the diamond way with Diamond Cut Alloys.

At our workshop in East Kilbride, Scotland, our trained experts will carry out all that is needed to make your alloy wheels stand out from the rest; many of the jobs can be completed within 48 hours and we provide this service at very competitive prices.

Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
There are many ways for you to contact us, you can call us and you can phone us on 07824 565280 or visit our website which provides full and comprehensive information on the range of alloy wheel repair and refurbishment services we offer.

Motorists to Switch from Petrol & Diesel

Motorists Looing to Switch from Petrol & Diesel
One-third of motorists looking to switch from petrol and diesel for their next car. A survey of AA members found that many drivers are looking to turn towards electrified models. British motorists are increasingly looking to move away from traditional petrol- and diesel-powered cars, a survey has revealed.

A poll of 19,308 AA members found that one third were hoping to make the switch from fossil fuels. Of all the members who currently own a diesel vehicle, a mere 16 per cent said their next vehicle would also be an oil-burner.

These findings have prompted the motoring organisation to further its efforts to help members who own or are looking to own an electric vehicle (EV). Part of this is a new partnership with Chargemaster, which operates the UK’s largest EV charging network.

Through this, AA patrols will be able to recover an EV that has run out of battery and recharge it at any of Chargemaster’s POLAR network charge points.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “We have always been at the forefront of motoring innovation and as our member surveys show, the number of plug-in vehicles on the roads is going to increase quickly. “Our partnership with Chargemaster will offer AA members fantastic benefits in the future and now gives them peace of mind in the event of an emergency.”

Chargemaster CEO David Martell said: “We recognise that charging infrastructure, whether at home, at work, or in public, is critical to increasing the uptake of EVs and supporting drivers to make the switch. “The benefits now available to 15 million AA members means that many more drivers will have the confidence to join the thousands of people moving to electric motoring every month.”

According to ZapMap, there are currenty more than 14,000 public charging points in the UK, with roughly 300 being added every month.

Self Drive Shuttle Bus in Crash on First Day

Self Drive Shuttle Bus in Crash on First Day
A self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas was involved in a crash on its first day of service.
The vehicle – carrying “several” passengers – was hit by a lorry driving at slow speed. Nobody was injured in the incident which city officials say was the fault of the human driver of the lorry. The man was subsequently given a ticket by police.

The shuttle is the first of its kind to be used on public roads in the US.

The collision comes a day after Waymo – owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet – announced it is launching a fully self-driving fleet of taxis in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Las Vegas shuttle, designed to ferry passengers to the famous strip, uses a system developed by Navya, a French company also testing its technology in London. The shuttle carries up to 15 people and has a maximum speed of 45km/h, but typically travels at around 25km/h.

A spokesman for the City of Las Vegas told the BBC the crash was a “fender bender” – a minor collision – and that the shuttle would likely be back out on the road on Thursday after some routine diagnostics tests.

“A delivery truck was coming out of an alley,” public information officer Jace Radke said. “The shuttle did what it was supposed to do and stopped. Unfortunately the human element, the driver of the truck, didn’t stop.”

Self-driving technology has been involved in crashes before, but almost all reported incidents have been due to human error. Earlier this year an autonomous vehicle being tested by ride-sharing company Uber in Arizona rolled over after another driver on the road failed to give way.

Great Value Car in Newcastle & North East

Great Value Car in Newcastle & North East
If you are planning to take a trip and are looking for reliable car hire in Newcastle you may want to take a look at some of the great rental vehicles available at Metro Rental, with high quality vehicles available including cars, vans and minibuses no matter what plans you may have or the size of your party they are sure to have something that will cater to your needs perfectly.

 Metro Car Rental
With some great value prices on offer and really flexible rental agreement terms you will be able to get a really good deal that it completely tailored to the length of your stay and with conveniently placed premises where you can collect your vehicle from why not avoid the hassle of long distance driving and take public transport but still take advantage of the convenience of having your own vehicle when you arrive?
All vehicles are fully insured, taxed and hold a full MOT and have all been cleaned and safety checked prior to being hired so you can be certain that any vehicle you hire will be fully road legal, safe and pleasant to drive. With an easy booking process and a straight forward price plan hiring a car with Metro Rental is simple and quick, all you need to do is provide the relevant documents to complete the process and you can simply drive away.
Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure being able to have the comfort of your own transport gives you the freedom to do the things you need to do and plan you time as you wish and by choosing hire a vehicle you can get something that caters to your needs perfectly, which can be useful if you are travelling with a larger group than usual or need something a bit different to your own vehicle. So if you want to find quality and convenient car hire in Newcastle why not take a look at what is available at Metro Rental?
Located in Gateshead, close to the Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Newcastle City Centre and providing excellent access to all of the North East, Metro car and van hire offer a friendly and efficient service from private hire to all types of business hire and leasing.
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As specialists within car hire Newcastle and the North East, they have a proven track record of providing a first class service to their customers and have the experience and knowledge required to make sure that they only hire cars of the best possible standard every time.
For more information hiring a car in Newcastle or for touring Northumberland call (0191) 460 33 44 and speak to one of our friendly staff or visit the Metro Vehicle Rental website today. You won’t find a better car hire company anywhere in the North East.

Ford to Move Away from Traditional Cars

Ford to Move Away from Traditional Cars
Ford’s new boss has outlined plans which he says will make the US car giant “fit” to compete in a changing industry. Jim Hackett said Ford would shift resources from traditional cars to SUVs and trucks, while investing in electric power and tech services. The firm will also automate its manufacturing processes more to help to cut costs by $14bn (£10.5bn).

Mr Hackett identified the goals after a 100-day review. He became head of the company in May, replacing Mark Fields, who had been in the top job for only three years. During that time, the firm had two of the most profitable years in its history, but the share price drifted lower.

Investors have been concerned that Ford is not moving quickly enough in markets such as China and in sectors such as automated cars to fend off competitors, including new ones emerging from Silicon Valley.

“The industry is staring at the tech companies coming at it. That’s where I feel I bring some experience to Ford, where I can help,” said Mr Hackett, who joined Ford last year to lead its autonomous car division before taking the top job. “Fitness is the way you protect your broadsides from disruption,” he told an investor meeting in New York on Tuesday.

Mr Hackett said the firm needs to automate and simplify its production processes and invest $7bn in its successful products, such as SUVs and light trucks, which have driven US sales this year. It is also planning to make its vehicles more tech-savvy, with 90% of its vehicles sold around the world “built with connectivity” by 2020.

Executives said those features – such as easy compatibility with phones and other devices – would help attract customers to the brand. They said they also opened opportunities for new lines of business, such as medical transport, ride-hailing and goods delivery.

The firm already operates a shuttle bus service called Chariot in four US cities and is set to expand it further by the end of the year. Ford said it has signed agreements to work with cities such as Mumbai on transport.

Mr Hackett said Ford had been slow to shift to electrification because of the costs. But it is working on partnerships with companies such as Zotye in China, where the government has called for quotas related to electric car sales.

Company leaders said they are confident about prospects in China, where the firm has lagged behind some peers. But they are looking carefully at operations in Europe, which have been affected in part by Brexit and the fall in the pound.