Honest John has been the resident “agony uncle” at The Daily Telegraph for more than 20 years, responding to readers’ car-related queries with his trademark blend of experience, authority and, sometimes, bluntness. He remains undeterred by the volume of correspondence he receives every week, from car-buying advice to the sort of complex legal cases from which he has gained a solid reputation as a champion of consumer rights. Despite receiving many hundreds of queries each week from Telegraph readers and via his own website, Honest continues to deliver his no-nonsense - and, always, highly trusted - advice. For ease of use, we’ve broken batches of Honest John queries into sections relating to the nature of the problem, such as tyres, odd noises, diesel issues, automatic gearboxes and the like. If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] And if you’re one of the many readers who … [Read more...] about Common car insurance problems and advice
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As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. Let’s see what we have on deck for this week: My wife leases a Nissan Leaf for about $200 a month. Our insurance on it has been as high as $300a month. I’ve asked for an explanation from my insurance agent as to why the insurance is so high and I have not received an answer. Any ideas on this matter? Is it typical to pay more for insurance on a lease than if you had a purchased with a typical auto loan? We’ve recently switched from Safeco two Travelers and have both auto and home insurance with them. This is a tough question to answer because your insurance premiums are based on numerous variables in addition to the car you drive, like your location, your driving habits and even your credit score. That being said having a … [Read more...] about Why Is My Car Insurance So High On My Electric Car?
Motoring by Press Association 16/03/2018, 4:24 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A vehicle subscription service that allows motorists to pay a monthly fee to rent a car has received £5.5 million-worth of investment. The funding round for Drover was co-led by venture capital firms Cherry Ventures, Partech and BP Ventures, with continued participation from existing investors. A further £2m had already been invested by Version One and Forward Partners in Drover’s pre-seed round, making total investment in the firm £7.5m. The London-based company says that the sizeable funding will be used to scale the company further and invest in its engineering and product team. Drover is an online platform where customers can get access to cars via an all-inclusive monthly subscription, as opposed to a more rigid, long-term finance or lease option. The cost of the car, insurance, maintenance, servicing, taxes … [Read more...] about Car subscription service receives multi-million-pound investment
Go to a local car dealership, enter the showroom, open the door to one of the vehicles on display, and breathe deeply. Ahhhh, new car smell. Intoxicating, isn’t it? Alluring to the point that you’ll spend, on average, about $13,500 in order to obtain it. Wait. What? That’s right. According to Kelley Blue Book, in 2015, Americans spent, on average, more than $33,500 on new vehicles. Meanwhile, J.D. Power reported that in the 2015, the average used vehicle cost just over $20,000. That new-car smell sure is an expensive air freshener. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Of course, there are other reasons to buy a new car. At the same time, it makes plenty of sense to buy a used car, and not something vintage like that cool Volkswagen Thing pictured above. We’re talking about lightly used vehicles, the type J.D. Power describes when it claims that in 2015 the average used vehicle was 4.3 years old and had 51,554 miles on the odometer. First up … [Read more...] about 6 Smart Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car
Microwave ovens eventually die and require replacement. When mine started making an odd popping sound and emitting an electrical smell during use, I unplugged it, went to the closest store known to sell microwave ovens, bought a new one, plugged it in, and then continued heating up leftovers for lunch. It took less than an hour. Cars eventually die and require replacement. People don’t buy cars like they buy microwave ovens. You never wake up, decide to buy a new car, walk into a dealership showroom, swipe a credit or debit card, and drive away in less than an hour. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND 'LIKE' US HERE. J.D. Power research confirms this. In recent years, the company’s New Autoshopper Study has found that about 80 percent of car buyers use the Internet to research new vehicle purchases, spend an average of 14 hours doing so, and take an average of four months to make a decision about which make and model to buy. As a person who … [Read more...] about 8 Important Decisions to Make Before Buying a New Car