We get a lot of readers asking questions or looking for explanations about a personal contract purchase (PCP) car finance quote they have received from a dealer or seen online. This is not surprising, as a PCP quotation can look quite confusing. In this article, we are going to go through a PCP finance quote line by line, and explain what each item means. We will tell you what to look out for, and what you can do to adjust each number to suit your needs. If you can understand every aspect of the quote, you are much likely to get yourself a deal that works for you rather than a deal that works for the car dealer. Most buyers tend to focus on one line – the monthly payment figure. They will have a target of £X per month, and that’s all they are interested in. However, every aspect of a finance quotation is connected, so if you are trying to reduce a monthly payment quote to get it down to your target, that will inevitably mean compromising somewhere else. Tweaking … [Read more...] about How to understand a PCP car finance quote
It was the most thrilling drive I’d had in months. I headed fast into a sharp left-hander, carrying a bit more speed than I felt comfortable with. I braced myself for the onset of understeer, but the car turned in sharply and eagerly. I rolled into the throttle as I straightened the wheel, the transmission instantly grabbed a lower gear, and the car rocketed ahead. I kept my foot in it as long as I dared—a bit longer, perhaps—then jumped on the powerful brakes before diving into the next corner. I’d been told the car was improved, but I had no idea it would be this good.That was three weeks ago in the Nissan GT-R. My drive of the new 2019 Lexus ES 350 was nowhere near as exciting.I tell you this only because the Lexus people spent so much of our press preview trying to assure us that the ES had shed its boring-to-drive skin and was now an honest-to-goodness helmsmith’s machine. And for what it’s worth, the 2019 ES 350’ driving dynamics are … [Read more...] about First Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350
If you're thinking this is a rather disparate collection of cars, then good - that's exactly the point. It's a mark of the regard held for the Porsche Cayman - and how high expectations are for the GTS - that a conventional twin test just wouldn't suffice. We know it's better to drive than an F-Type. We're still waiting for an Alfa 4C that delivers on its potential. And the Alpine? One to return to, for sure, but there aren't any right-hand drive cars available just yet. Instead, the GTS must face a two-pronged threat from a pair of rivals at each end of the sports car spectrum: the TT RS and Exige Sport 410. Now we'll concede that a buyer looking at an Exige probably isn't considering a TT, and vice versa. However somebody in the market for the most expensive Cayman currently available might justifiably be after the very best bits of both cars in their Porsche. Across two generations and for 13 years the Cayman has been winning a lot of tests, after all, so evidently it needs more of … [Read more...] about Cayman GTS v Exige Sport 410 v Audi TT RS
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe RX7 has a three-position top! That’s a pretty nest trick. You’ll have to see if its price puts you in the position to consider buying it. When you think of famous ponies, what’s the first image that springs to mind? If it’s the Chincoteage Ponies of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands off the Maryland/Virginia coast, then you may just be my wife. She does love those ponies. If however, your image of ponies actually involves aggrieved chickens then I’ll bet your favorite pony is in fact a pony car, Pontiac’s groovy F-body, a.k.a. the Firebird Trans Am. Yesterday’s 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo bridged the performance gap between old school displacement, and modern forced induction efficiency. Add to that all the Indy Pace Car replica decal-inization and you had yourselves a winner. Well, not quite a winner, at least not at the car’s $19,895 price tag. That proved too high a hurdle for this old pony and … [Read more...] about For $6,300, Would You Get The Drop On This 1988 Mazda RX7 Convertible?
Motoring by Press Association 21/03/2018, 11:16 am Updated: 22/03/2018, 9:10 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? The words Range Rover conjure up images of opulent interiors, intimidating looks and go-anywhere ability. But scrape under the skin, and the engine choices have remained stubbornly powerful, polluting and thirsty. Enter the plug-in Range Rover hybrid, which gives city-dwellers an alternative to plain old internal combustion. It combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, capable of travelling up to 31 miles on battery power alone – perfect for cross-city jaunts. This engine sits near the top of the existing model line-up – undercut by both V6 and V8 diesels plus the V6 petrol, but less expensive than the fire-breathing V8 petrol models. It can count the new Bentley Bentayga hybrid and Porsche Cayenne hybrid as rivals. What’s new? The biggest … [Read more...] about First Drive: Plug-in Range Rover makes a lot of sense in the city, but not so much out of it