MILLIONS of British motorists will need a "Green Card" to drive in the EU if a No-deal Brexit goes ahead, insurers have warned. People intending to use their vehicles on the continent and anyone crossing the Irish border by road may have to arrange extra documentation from March 29. Private motorists and companies have been recommended to contact their providers around a month before they plan to travel to get one - or risk breaking the law. The same rules apply to European Economic Area (EEA) motorists travelling to the UK. Huw Evans, director general of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said: "As it looks increasingly possible that a 'no-deal' Brexit may happen, we want all insurance customers to know the facts about what this means for them. "If you live in Northern Ireland and drive to the Republic of Ireland, or if you plan to drive your vehicle to mainland Europe after a no-deal Brexit, you will need a Green Card to prove you are insured. "You should contact your … [Read more...] about British motorists will need ‘Green Card’ to drive in EU if No-deal Brexit goes ahead
NAVIGATING an insurance policy can be a tricky task at the best of times, let alone when your car has just been stolen. But a common assumption could lead to disappointment when you receive a payout for the cost of the motor, making it important you understand your cover. Almost 90,000 cars are stolen each year in the UK, and the chance you'll need to lean on your insurance policy is rising. One in three drivers expect their motor insurance to pay out the purchase price of their car if it's stolen or written off, according to a study by Consumer Intelligence. But the misconception can see Brits left very unhappy once a claim is settled. Be sure to check your own policy to make sure you know exactly what you're covered for. Are stolen cars completely covered by insurance? For the majority of drivers, insurance providers will only pay the current market price of your car at the time of a theft or accident write-off, minus any depreciation. So even if your motor is brand new, it will … [Read more...] about Are stolen cars covered by insurance, do you lose no claims and can you avoid losing money if your car’s nicked?
A NEW virtual reality system could allow parents to check in on their teenager's driving without being in the car. French automotive supplier Valeo last week unveiled its virtual reality technology - Voyage XR - which can "teleport" you into a car from anywhere in the world. Using a series of cameras, sensors and 3D imaging, virtual 'passengers' can sit in the comfort of their own home and view what's happening in the car. Drivers are able to call family members or friends using the technology and invite them into the car. After accepting and putting on a virtual reality headset, the user then gets a first-hand view from the back seat. The system would mean parents can make sure their children are driving safely when they first get their licence, and even backseat drive from outside the vehicle. During the simulation, drivers even see an avatar of their "teleported" passenger in the rear-view mirror and talk to them using in-built microphones in their motor. Using hand-held … [Read more...] about ‘Teleportation’ system means parents can watch new drivers’ every move inside the car while sitting at home
Although visitor numbers from UK buyers are themselves up +29% year-on-year, and still account for 92% of visitors to Motors.co.uk, the data shows a notable rise in searches from European buyers.Europe’s two other right-hand drive markets led the increase with searches from Cyprus rising +125% and Ireland up +58% between 1 November 2018 and 14 January 2019. There were also year-on-year increases in searches for France (48%), Spain (77%) and Germany (32%). Figures released by the SIMI show that used car imports into Ireland reached a record 100,755 for 2018 an increase of 7.81% on 2017, which its new car sales for the year down 125,557 -4.4% down on 2017. Alan Nolan SIMI Director General said: “The impact of Brexit and sterling weakness continues to drive used car imports to a level where the volume is impacting on the new car market.” “Some European buyers are taking advantage of the uncertainty caused by Brexit by searching the UK’s dealer stock for … [Read more...] about More European buyers search UK used car stock
THE cars most likely to fail their MOT have been revealed. The most recent data from the Department for Transport on MOT pass rates has uncovered the motors most likely to cost their owners more in repairs following their roadworthiness check. Figures analysed by By Miles found the Renault Megane was the motor with the worst pass rate, at just 77.5 per cent in 2017. The Fiat Punto and Peugeot 5008 were the next cars with the lowest pass rates, recording 78.5 per cent and 78.8 per cent, respectively. The Porsche 911 was the model with the highest pass rate of 2017, with just four per cent receiving a fail notice. The sports car was closely followed by the Honda Jazz and Toyota IQ, each recording a first-time pass rate of 95.3 per cent and 94.5 per cent. Models with best and worst chance of passing MOTWorst Renault Megane Fiat Punto Peugeot 5008 Vauxhall Corsa Citroen DS3 Best Porsche 911 Honda Jazz Toyota IQ Mazda MX5 Porsche Boxster Figures also showed the areas where cars were … [Read more...] about The car models most likely to fail their MOT – and those with the best pass rates