Undoubtedly, the highlight of the late 20th century for enthusiasts of old cars and motorcycles was the 1995 Budget announcement that vehicles constructed more than 25 years ago would be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Better still, this new “historic” classification would apply on a rolling basis, so every January a fresh crop of elderly motors would qualify. Enthusiasts were amazed, because the big scare story circulating immediately before philanthropic VERA (Vehicle Excise and Registration Act) showed up was that all cars more than 10 years old would be banned, in the interests of planet-saving and safety. The perceived threat was so great that the mighty (Austin) Allegro Club International had staged an extraordinary meeting at the Gaydon Heritage Centre. Quite why or how old vehicles suddenly changed from being a public enemy into the Chancellor’s tax-free darling is not clear, but we can probably thank the efforts of the Federation of British Historic … [Read more...] about Taxing times: what you need to know about VED and MoT requirements for historic vehicles
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Are there any other manufacturers that do the whole super-fast estate thing as well as Audi? Certainly none have been at it for as long, with the first seriously rapid RS Audi wagon dating back to the RS2 of 1994 (even if it was co-developed with Porsche). Next in line, in 1999, was the very first RS4. Powered by a twin-turbo V6 with 382bhp it delivered monster performance, and looked the part too thank to its wildly flared arches and dropped ride height. However, it was the later B7 generation RS4 from 2006 that is widely regarded as the best of the breed, in part because its 414bhp V8 is an absolute gem of an engine, but also because the handling shattered stereotypes of fast Audis only being fun to drive in a straight line. Another V8 RS4, known as the B8, followed in 2012, but come the launch of the latest model earlier this year it was clear that the case for big, naturally aspirated engines no longer worked. So it was that when Audi pulled the wraps off the latest RS4 it did so … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. New to the Used Market: 2018 Audi RS4 AvantPost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you're buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer's Glossary. Timing is everything so, when it comes to car buying, dealership document fees are like the late party-guest who suddenly arrives while you're saying final goodbyes and putting leftovers in the fridge. To put it mildly, they're an annoying but common part of most car transactions. For car buyers who don't expect them, however, they can seem like a blatant rip-off. What, exactly, is a document fee? First off, let's get the wording down, because a document fee can go by many different names. Sometimes they're called a processing or paperwork fees, or they might simply be referred to as "doc fees." No matter the label, they all mean the same thing. This fee covers the back-office work a dealership does with any car purchase. Basically, you're paying for paperwork. This can include vehicle registration, … [Read more...] about The dealer document fee: What is it, and should you pay it?
Car forums wept this week when pictures appeared of a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R getting towed away by Florida police at a car show in Daytona Beach. In some ways it’s not surprising—that generation of Skyline isn’t really legal to be in the U.S., though some are here under dubious circumstances. But what may look like a typical JDM import gone awry is so much more, now a case involving theft allegations between two longtime dealers and a legendary performance car being stuck in a confusing custody battle. As a result, the dispute between a Japanese car importer and a former import car dealer has law enforcement baffled as to who actually owns the vehicle. According to a Daytona Beach Police report, the seizure comes after a woman associated with a Japanese car importing operation reported the car stolen from her driveway in early April. About two weeks later, police discovered the allegedly-swiped vehicle at a car show in Daytona, but were told by the former imported … [Read more...] about Cops Seize $130,000 Nissan Skyline GT-R At Florida Car Show And The Story Is Wild
It’s that time of year again — HOT ROD Drag Week registration is set for March with 400 entries available. It’s time to mark your calendars and commit to finishing last year’s to-do list, everyone’s favorite hell week gets closer every minute. We’ve got some minor changes to the registration and wait-list process for 2018, so take care to read through everything so that you have the best chance at a slot. As with prior years, the top three winners from each class from the prior year and all past overall winners will be emailed a private invitation to pre-register for Drag Week using a unique link. This invitation will be sent one week earlier than registration goes live to the general public. Registration Instructions:Save this URL, we will go live with the link — right here — on March 3, 2018, at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern.At that time, the registration link will be posted until the race is sold out.Once sold out, return to this … [Read more...] about HOT ROD Drag Week Registration Goes Go Live – HERE – March 3, 2018