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Used Cars of Bristol provide vital transport for NHS staff, carers and elderly stranded by snow storm

Last Friday, with the Used Cars of Bristol showroom closed for the day due to bad weather, Sales Manager Rob Buckland posted on Facebook that he was available to help transport Doctors, Nurses, Carers and others stranded by the bad weather in his Land Rover Defender.

Throughout the day, Rob completed vital trips for 15 people, including taking an elderly man home from Southmead Hospital to Tockington, who had been stuck there overnight. He also drove nurses and carers around homes in the Hartcliffe and Bishopsworth. Rob refused payment from all passengers and requested that they donate any offer to charity instead.

Used Cars of Bristol’s offer of help was seen by over 110,000 people, and was shared over 1000 times on Facebook, leading to a very busy day battling the snow!

Rob Buckland said “I think I did about 15 trips all around Bristol in the end, mainly transporting Nurses, Carers and Patients to and from the Bristol Royal Infirmary. It was quite a challenge and I was exhausted by the end of a very long day, but it felt great to help the people in our city.”

On Facebook, members of the public paid tribute to Rob’s efforts:

Ollie Fowler said: What an absolute gentleman. Took my girlfriend into work (BRI) and refused any money (even advised to put the money into a charity box). Refreshing to see there are still people of this nature around.”

Kay Morrison said: Would like to thank the owner of Used Cars of Bristol for giving his time and dedication to help those in need working in the nursing homes and hospitals so we can look after others in need, you’re a true gentleman.

Jean Stephens said: People are so caring. Xxx

Dealership owner and brother Sam Buckland commented: “I’m extremely proud of Rob, and that as a company we were able to use our resources to contribute to keeping the local hospitals running throughout a difficult few days.”.

Notes:

Used Cars of Bristol on the Hartcliffe Way is home to Bristol’s biggest indoor showroom, with over 200 cars in stock. The multi-award winning dealership is one of the fastest growing independent dealers in the South West.

Contact details:

Used Cars of Bristol: www.usedcarsofbristol.co.uk or 01179 533336

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What to Do if Your Car Heating is Blowing Cold Air January 16, 2018 at 8:48 AM

A car heater is important, especially during the cold winter or in the mornings. Heating your car enhances comfort and creates an ambience that allows you to cruise seamlessly, but when the heater malfunctions, temperatures may drop and sometimes you only get cold air. If your car heater blows cold air, this could be as a result of a number of reasons including a stuck thermostat and problems in the entire heating system. Don’t panic when this happens as there are few things you could do that will rescue you from the frustrations.

Check your thermostat – is it serviceable?

The first culprit when your car heating is blowing cold air is the thermostat. The heating system relies on the heat that comes from the coolant running through the engine, and a thermostat helps to regulate the amount of water that flows through engine compartments to help in cooling so you can eventually get the warm air.

When the thermostat malfunctions, the heating system of the car is also affected and thus might blow cold air. Therefore, ensure to check the thermostat to see if it has issues and whether the problem can be repaired. In some cases, it is only wise to replace the thermostat if it is beyond a state where it can be repaired.

Check for airlocks in the heating system

If there is an airlock in the fluid lines, there will be an improper delivery of coolant to help the heating system operate normally. This could be as a result of foreign objects lodged on the way. Check if the heating system of your car has a bleed screw that could help you fix the system. After doing some fixes, run the engine and listen if there is a hissing sound, which signifies a successful rectification.

Check for water leaks in the system

Another issue that might be causing the heating system not to function normally is the presence of water leaks. This means the required amount of coolant is not delivered, so you need to check to ensure all fluid hoses are fixed properly. Also, confirm if the radiator pump and head gasket are fixed perfectly. It is most recommended you assign this work to a mechanic who understands the car to avoid making your problems worse.

Inspect the heater and heater controls

The good thing about the heating system is that it can be repaired if problems are noted that are not too severe. Before you think about making replacements, it is advisable to inspect the heater controls and the heating system to see if there are issues that can be fixed. The heater could be clogged or broken and the controls might be stuck or cut, so the right command is not delivered to the heating system. If the problem is detected, make sure to use the right tools and if you think the procedure required is too technical, you should visit your mechanic to have the issue fixed using professional tools and methods.

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What To Do If You Fill Up With The Wrong Fuel

We all know not to misfuel our vehicles, but occasionally we are subject to lapses in judgement or concentration – perhaps you are in a rush, confused by a new station layout or just muddled by a new change in vehicle. Whatever the reason, acting quickly and calmly can help prevent your mistake from causing any long-lasting damage to your car’s engine.

What Should I Do?

If you find that you have msis-fuelled your car, it is important that you do not attempt to start it under any circumstances. This will reduce the likelihood of the wrong fuel leaving the tank and being pumped to the engine – something that will prove expensive to repair. You should remove the keys from the ignition immediately and, if you are parked at a refuelling point, get help from surrounding staff. It is important that you do not consider turning your car on to put it in neutral; putting it in neutral is still a risk that should only be taken if moving is an absolute necessity. If you have already started your car, get it somewhere safe and follow the above steps. From there, simply call a breakdown provider — such as AA, RAC or Green Flag — for an assessment of the damage and a fuel drain service.

Signs to Look Out For

Sometimes we may not realise we have miss-fuelled. Some symptoms of a miss-fuelled car include erratic acceleration, smoke from your car’s exhaust and misfires. If you suspect any of the following, stop and call a recovery company to be safe.

What Are the Risks?

It is more difficult to fill up a petrol tank with diesel than vice versa. This is because the nozzle of a diesel pump shouldn’t normally fit into a petrol tank, mitigating potential disaster (although mistakes can still be made). As a result, most misfuelling incidents occur when filling a diesel tank with petrol. By a sorry coincidence, filling a diesel engine with petrol has the worst effect.

This is because diesel fuel lubricates. When using petrol by accident, this increases friction in the tank and car, causing damage to your fuel system, its metal parts and other systems not compatible with petrol. Assuming that you have called a recovery company in good time, you are looking at a minimum charge of hundreds to tow your car to a garage for inspection.
If you find you have damage, the price can run into the thousands depending on how much has been contaminated. You may be looking at a new fuel pump, pipes, a new tank, filters or even a new engine altogether. This is why it is an imperative to minimise risk from the outset by restraining those keys and keeping that car turned off. If only small amounts of the incorrect fuel are introduced to your car, your engine can most likely take it, but you should still get it seen to.

Remember, always double check the nozzle before filling up your car to avoid habit and laziness from sinking in. Stay focused when refuelling just as you would at other times.

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5 Advantages AR Can offer the Automotive Industry

Augmented Reality or AR, where a simulation is laid on top of the real world, has the potential to change every aspect of our lived reality. With this change comes new opportunities for private industries to innovate. Here we’ll discuss five great things augmented reality can offer the automotive industry.

Smart Information in Real Time

Ever wished that your car windscreen could be like a video game screen, where handy information about everything around you can be displayed right in front of your face? Augmented reality will allow for important information to be overlaid on your outside view, providing a super smart heads-up display.

Auto technology designers Harman have built an AR driving info system they call LIVS. The system will gather live data about things like street signs, braking and accelerating, other vehicles, and so on, and display them in front of the drive through a simulated video.

Virtual Test Drive

Imagine being able to experience what it’s like to drive a car without actually needing to get behind the wheel. Augmented reality will allow car companies to give you a simulated test drive experience so you can try before you buy without the risk of crumbling your unbought car against a lamppost.

Both Jaguar and Volkswagen are working on technologies that will allow customers to experience their vehicles without actually getting inside them. Volkswagen is offering a mobile app with 3D graphics. Jaguar has created an AR advert that also works via your smartphone.

Simulated Show Rooms

Imagine if you didn’t have to travel to a showroom in order to view a car; soon, car dealers will be able to bring the showroom to you. Instead of travelling to a lot and wandering around in the cold amongst the real cars, a dealer could project the models on offer one by one into your driveway, so you can see how they look in front of your bay windows. Hyundai is already making use of this new sales strategy.

Augmented Design

The integration of augmented reality technology into the design process will allow car creators to experiment with different design options at a much lower cost. Bodywork designers, for example, can show what aesthetic changes would look like without having to create concept models.

Volkswagen has created an AR system that allows information about vehicle components to be laid over the design models, allowing for component analysis without having to build prototypes. BMW has built wearable displays for their engineers that show them what to do next and which tools are needed.

Allowing Drivers to Communicate

Communication between drivers has never been easy. It generally degenerates into shouting, waving and eventually rude hand gestures. The inability of drivers to communicate crucial information leads to frustration, confusion and anger. But the rise of augmented reality may help spell the death of road rage.

Imagine if you could send a message to a fellow driver that would pop up on their screen. Imagine if you could highlight an obstacle ahead on the road to them: “Slow down! There’s a car broken down up here!”. The roads could become a much more friendly environment.

5 Fantastic Dog Friendly Cars

Many people consider a dog to be an essential part of the family, but fewer people consider their canine friend when choosing used cars. Below, we examine five of the most dog-friendly cars out there, and what their advantages are.

1. Skoda Superb Estate

The Skoda Superb Estate is an all-round great choice even for drivers who don’t have dogs – but for those with a canine companion, it’s incredible. The seats are comfortable for your dogs to rest after a long walk, or alternatively, the boot is spacious and roomy enough even for people with a whole pack of dogs. Additionally, Skoda offers a fantastic range of dog-friendly accessories from a Dog Safety Belt to keep your pet safe on the move to an easy-clean rubber floor to the boot, as well as their innovative dog hammock for the back seats.

2. Land Rover Discovery

Perfect for those who like their weekend walks to take place off the beaten track, this fantastic 4×4 is ideal for outdoors-loving dog owners. As well as being a great car in its own right with seven comfortable seats for the whole family, the Discovery also boasts a huge boot so the dog can spread out and get comfortable. You can also buy rubber floor mats to fit this car, to protect the stylish flooring from muddy paws.

3. Skoda Fabia Estate

This compact estate car is actually brilliant for those with smaller dogs, as the boot has a low, wide opening which makes it easy for shorter dogs to hop in. The boot is also massive, holding up to 530 litres, making it also a good choice for those with multiple dogs. Even better, you can also choose to accessorise your car with a handy dividing guard, which keeps you all safe by ensuring that your dog doesn’t try to leap into the front seat while you’re driving.

4. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Fantastic for dog owners who also care about the environment, this plug-in hybrid is capable of covering most city journeys on electricity alone – ideal for a trip to the vet or for a walk in a city park. A large boot capable of holding pretty much any breed of dog makes it a dog-friendly car, while the optional dog guard protects your safety and rubber mats protect the flooring from dog damage.

5. Dacia Logan MCV

This fantastic car is a great all-around choice for those with kids as well as a dog, as the plush and stylish seating is capable of comfortably holding five people. The boot also has a capacity of 573 litres, which is easily sufficient for transporting two medium or one large hound in comfort. You can easily buy a rubber boot liner to protect your boot from mud and damage, while interior mats save the flooring if you intend to allow the dog in the main part of your car.

While choosing from the range of dog-friendly cars is difficult, there are many used cars out there that will suit your needs. Look out for large, low boots as well as a good range of accessories and you can’t go far wrong.

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5 Simple Steps to Get Your Car Winter Ready

As the nights draw longer and the temperature drops down, Autumn is the perfect time to get your car winter ready. After all, there is nothing more frustrating than a mishap in the freeze of winter that could have been entirely avoided by a little preparation. So, before the weather gets too cold, dark and rainy, consider these steps to prepare your car for winter motoring.

1. Get Your Car Serviced and in Shape

Servicing your car in advance for winter makes sure that you are in tip-top shape when those days get a little harder and your car takes more of a beating from the elements. This is especially true if your car is in need of a service. Many problems encountered in your day-to-day drive are related to the winter cold. So be pre-prepared with a service and maintenance check.

Don’t forget the nooks and cranny’s of your car or rely entirely on the workshop. With the possibility of more extreme weather conditions and reduced visibility, don’t overlook your windshield wipers, lights and washers; if your wipers are streaking, consider replacing them. Your battery should also be the main priority when servicing. Batteries need replacing every three to five years and they can really take the winter strain. Used cars are in particular need of regular checks.

2. Check Your Tyres

Tyres are essential components for steering and braking that are often overlooked. You should regularly check your tyre’s pressure and thread depth. The legal requirement is 1.6mm, but it is recommended that you have at least 3mm in the colder months. If you are living in a notoriously snowy Northern county or are expected to be driving in the snow, consider keeping accessories like snow chains or snow socks in your car.

3. Anti-freeze and De-icer

You should top up your engine cooler with a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water for winter motoring. We tend to dilute this solution with mostly water through the summer. It is worth attending to in order to prevent your solution freezing and engine overheating as it gets colder. Consider also preparing a bottle of anti-freeze or de-icer for storage in the car – this can be used to de-ice your windscreen when frozen in the morning along with a scraper (not a CD). Definitely don’t use hot water in this situation, this can shatter your windscreen and make your used car a useless car.

4. Prepare and Store an Emergency Kit

A basic emergency kit should consist of a torch with spare batteries or a wind-up torch, a warm coat or jacket and blanket, hi-visibility vest, wellies, a warning triangle, first-aid kit and jump-start cables. Additionally, if you are driving long distances and expect heavier snow, prepare long-life food, water and carry a shovel.

5. Check Your Coverage

Comprehensive breakdown coverage is a necessity in all situations, but it is more markedly needed in bad conditions. Make sure you are covered and up-to-date as this will put your mind at rest. Remember to keep the number of your recovery company with you in your car at all times, both in writing and on your mobile.

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Will Driverless cars affect your driving skills?

The car as we know it has dramatically changed: driverless cars have arrived and in the coming decade, these will become more advanced and available to the mass market. But what does this mean for the everyday driver?

The advent of autonomous, driverless cars now means that for the first time in history, the car, rather than the driver, can be in control. But how are driving skills affected by effectively demoting the driver in this manner? The gradual addition of semi-autonomous technology to the car can undoubtedly benefit safety; for example, it can be advantageous to have the assistance of technology when driving at night, in foggy conditions, or in torrential rain.

But a concern is that over time, as drivers become less used to tricky, demanding conditions, this will reduce their driving skills. At present, commercially-available semi-autonomous systems are not designed to completely replace basic driving skills and it can cause problems when drivers consider that the car is more responsible for the driving than they are. However, as driverless car technology advances and cars become fully autonomous, driver skill may become irrelevant: someone without a licence may be allowed to have their car drive them to their destination autonomously, but may not be allowed to control the vehicle at any point, whereas someone with a licence may be allowed to do so. Interestingly, the increasing prevalence of these systems will have economic implications for industries such as taxi services and logistics.

The level of technology which is currently incorporated within commercially-available semi-autonomous cars is certainly impressive. Standard everyday car models now include driver-assist technology which, for example, can ensure that the car stays within the lanes of a motorway, automatically and safely brakes in the event of an accident, or guarantees that the car has enough of a gap to the car ahead or behind. But a major concern regarding the advent of semi-autonomous car technology is that drivers are relying too much on the available technology and actually cause problems through inattentiveness and distraction.

For example, figures now suggest that the incidence of individuals using smartphones whilst driving, to perform actions including texting or browsing the internet, is on the rise. Additionally, a recent poll suggested that only a minority of people would actually only monitor a self-operating car, and not perform other activities, when in that situation.

However, manufacturers including Tesla and Nissan are incorporating innovative safety features in order to combat laziness and inattentiveness and prevent drivers placing too much faith in the autonomous systems. For example, safety features now include specific eye-tracking sensors which prevent drivers from taking their eyes off the road or systems which stop the car if the steering wheel is not touched for a certain period of time.

Overall, fully-autonomous cars offer the potential for an individual to use their time productively in a car. But currently, over-reliance on semi-autonomous car features are likely to degrade driving skills and drivers are placing too much faith in the on-board systems.

Why Buy a Used Car?

It goes without saying that buying a brand new car costs much more than buying second hand. And there are plenty of reasons why. It’s important to note that cars these days have much longer useful lives. That means used cars can provide greater value than ever before. Nonetheless, not all used cars are equal. It’s up to every prospective car buyer to do some research before investing in a second-hand vehicle.

Depreciation

All cars depreciate. But they still lose most of their value in the early years of their lifespan. While levels of depreciation vary from one car to another, most new cars can lose up to half their value within three to four years of being driven off the lot. Therefore, buying a new car as an investment for your business or as a first-time car owner may not be a wise idea.

CPO Programs and Vehicle History Reports

Thanks to Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) programs, buying a used car comes with greater peace of mind. CPO programs vary with different manufacturers and dealerships, but they offer some great packages. Cars sold through CPO programs are well maintained; they have low mileage and are well cared for.

Another good thing is that you can always obtain a vehicle’s history report by simply running its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Vehicle history reports should provide accurate and up-to-date data on anytime the vehicle has an accident, changes hands or is repaired among other important details. A bad history report can save you from buying a lemon while a good history report will make you sleep better at night.

Lower Insurance Costs

Insurance costs are primarily based on the value of a car. Therefore, a new car will cost relatively more to insure compared to a used car. Moreover, you can save more with an old car by dropping some elements of insurance.

Cheaper Registration Fees

There’s the potential to save on registration fees as older cars often cost less to register than new ones. In fact, many jurisdictions are increasing registration fees to increase revenue earnings. There are also annual vehicle taxes, which are based on the engine size and when the vehicle was registered.

Better Value for Money

Due to the high rate of depreciation on new cars, buying used can translate to better value for your money. If you’re on a tight budget, you may only afford an entry level car in the new market. But shopping used can buy you that luxurious and better-equipped car you’ve always dreamed of owning.

Why Buy a Personalised Registration Number

Nothing can satisfy your heart more than when you have your favourite slogan, hobby, nickname or unique message embedded on your car. You can always look at it and recall the central events behind the birth of such slogans, nicknames or words. Crafting customised registration numbers has become a legal source of income for many artists today. When you finally decide to purchase a personalised registration number for your newly purchased car, here is a guide on how to buy quality registration number and the benefits you will get.

How People Buy Personalised Registration Number

It may not be simple to buy quality personalised registration number, but if you understand what you want and go for it, you will have exciting shopping experience. The first legal step those shopping for personalised registration numbers take is to come up with customised slogans and messages. After they have already developed the slogans or messages, they then fill out applications for personalised license plates. Most of them get their personalised registration numbers from their Autoplan brokers after which they then hire professional artists to craft their personalised registration numbers.

Why People Still Buy Personalised Registration Number

People have different tastes and preferences when it comes to personalised registrations. They prefer to get their cars fitted with personalised registration numbers due to varied reasons. The most common reason most people still insist on installing their cars with personalised registration number is that it helps separate them from the crowd. Personalised registration numbers pass a bold and bright message about your vehicle. They make your car look unique and draw everyone around to admire it and want to have a ride. The next group of car owners mostly love to buy personalised registration number for their vehicles because it gives them a unique identity.

The registration numbers are uniquely crafted, and they are not a replica of any other registration number on the road. This uniqueness makes you feel bold and a unique identity. Most other people also install their cars with personalised registration number because they want to show their creativity and ability to come up with unique ideas. The fact that personalised registration numbers are uniquely and customised numbers mean they require lots of creativity to invent.

This is good especially for people who are always looking for ways to showcase theirs creatively to the world. Other people use personalised registration numbers because they help camouflage their car’s actual age. These registration numbers are simply unique, and the message they pass is uniqueness and boldness.

So, having them fitted on your vehicle gives you the opportunity to disguise your car and make it hard for the outside world to tell the age of your car. The largest number of car owners likewise buy private registration number for their vehicles because they see it as a valuable and lifelong investment. The idea of having these registration numbers is to differentiate your car from others and trademark your car. Even though these numbers do not appreciate in value as time goes on, they do not depreciate very quickly. They will keep your message fresh to viewers for many years to come.

What to do if your car engine overheats

You will usually first be alerted to the fact that your car engine has overheated by flashing lights on your dashboard. At this point, it is essential to pull over and correct the problem. Car engines can overheat for numerous different reasons, but overheating is more than a minor inconvenience: it can severely disrupt the workings of your engine. In grave cases, an overheated engine can catch fire and damage the engine components leading to costly repairs. Follow this guide to prevent this worst case scenario befalling you.

Why do car engines overheat?

Before you can treat your overheated car engine, it is necessary to understand why car engines overheat. Below are the four main causes:

Not enough coolant: low coolant levels will quickly send engine temperatures soaring. This could be caused by the fact that you have been lax about topping your coolant up, or it could be because there is a leak in your coolant system (the latter is a more serious problem). In addition, you need to ensure that the coolant is concentrated: it will not work so well if it is too diluted.
A faulty thermostat, or a thermostat that simply needs tweaking.
Hot weather: all of your engine components may be working just fun, but the sun can heat them up pretty quickly.
A lack of engine oil: oil provides lubrication which prevents friction. Friction between engine components causes them to heat up.

How to fix an overheated engine

Following the discussion above, it is clear that when your engine has overheated, you ought to check the following three aspects of the engine first:

Coolant levels and possible leaks
Engine oil levels
Thermostat faults and settings

If coolant or engine oil is running low, simply top it up and your engine should be fine. Keep some coolant and engine oil tucked away in a ‘repair box’ in the boot of your vehicle for eventualities such as this. If your thermostat is set to the wrong temperature, just tweak it so it’s correct. Any coolant leaks ought to be dealt with instantly – if you feel unable to do this yourself, head straight to a professional mechanic who will be able to deal with it for you. Similarly, a faulty thermostat will need to be assessed by your mechanic as soon as possible. The one thing that you cannot control is the sun: try and avoid driving for long periods in very hot weather, though and you should be fine.

Now you know what to do if your engine overheats

Drivers ought to react immediately to an overheating engine, as what starts as a small problem (for instance coolant that needs to be topped up) can evolve into a large and drastic issue (for instance smoke billowing from your car). Follow the guide above for engine success!

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