Check a Car
you're interested in a particular make and/or model of car and want to
know what specifications you can expect to find. This search tool lets
you search by car type (small family through to M.P.V.s)
vital part of safe driving, is a legal set of tyres. If you have your
car regularly serviced, the garage should tell you when it's time to change
your tyres. For your own peace of mind, our 'Check Tyres' section gives
you the correct tyre pressures for each make of car. There are also useful
tips about tyre maintenance to prolong the life of yours. Tyres are expensive,
but the fine for getting caught with a faulty one is £2500 per tyre
out how Brake Fluid works and how they are rated.
are vital - any loss in effectiveness or response should be checked immediately.
Checking at each service will help minimise any risk of faults developing.
Brake chatter, drag, rattle excessive pedal travel etc. we tell you the
to do an easy suspension check or further examination.
nothing more aging on a car than signs of rust or paintwork that's become
dull and scratched. Our tips will help preserve your car's bodywork and
keep it looking good for longer. Also, we highlight the vulnerable areas,
were damage can occur and may have been retouched.
purpose engine oil serves in the smooth running or your vehicle: lubricating,
sealing, cooling and cleaning. See what type of oil you should use for
those things under the bonnet! Checking the engine oil level and other
top ups that may be required. Identifying problems early, if your car
develops any unusual knocking or rattling noises.
precautions to keep your car safe and deter thieves from targeting your
pride and joy. There's a lot that can be done to reduce the risks and
our list of do's and don'ts can help.
of good advice about safe stopping distances for day and night driving.
Mobile phone hazards and results from car tests - has your car been tested?
How safe would it be if you had a crash.
biggest single cause for the dreaded non starting engine! Especially in
colder weather! Keep an eye on yours, with our helpful tips. If you have
to resort to a jump lead start, it's time to get a new battery or find
out why it isn't charging - the problem won't just go away.
useful list of items to check before you buy, will help avoid some of
the pitfalls. Look at the different options of buying from a dealer, privately,
at auction and over the internet
many people never think about, until a fault develops. The automatic transmission
fluid and filter should be changed every two to three years or 24,000
to 36,000 miles. Find out about the important function of the ATF.
transmissions fail in as many ways as there are car models. In contrast,
there are only a few reasons why anyone needs automatic transmission repair.
I break it down into four major categories: neglect, abuse, design flaws,
and normal wear and tear.
most commonly overlooked job in car maintenance is failing to top up the
coolant and add antifreeze. Don't wait until the weather has turned really
cold, before preparing properly for the winter freeze. Find out how to
flush your system and add antifreeze.
your steering isn't responding the way you think it should - have look
at our diagnostic chart and see what the possible cause could be.
you need to know about car number plates, giving the years of registration
and the letters that show where it was first registered.
your emissions and do your bit for the environment. This section has hints
for keeping your CO2 emissions and fuel consumption down. Check your car's
your nearest UK MOT Test Centre - just enter the town or post code. If
you are a garage or MOT Station, make sure you're listed, if not apply
a trip? Don't get caught in long delays - check out our Live Traffic Information
- updated in real-time and avoid the trouble spots.
Nav isn't everyone's favourite toy - if you prefer to map our your route
in advance and need to know how to get from A to B, just enter your starting
town or post code and your destination, then you will see full directions
and a map view.
your next car is an ideal opportunity to save on fuel costs, by putting
some research into which cars are the most economical/ fuel efficient.
It follows that the larger the car the more fuel it will use - check a
car for fuel consumption with our handy selector. Work out your m.p.g.
(miles per gallon).