Daily Mail Online / Motoring

Friday, Aug 17


Motor claims are falling but the cost of car insurance remains high

The number of motor insurance claims fell by 8 per cent in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, to 326,699.


Petrol prices soar to a four-year high despite cost of oil falling

Unleaded has hit 129.71p per litre, the highest price since August 2014, meaning it now costs almost £71.50 to fill up a typical family car, according to the AA.


It can be a costly mistake choosing the wrong car colour

The former glamour model's decision to have her expensive Range Rover sprayed in Barbie pink has devalued the vehicle by at least £3,000, according to experts.

Thursday, Aug 16


Should you buy a used electric car and what to look out for if you do

A new survey found that 76% of us would consider a used electric vehicle, compared to just 63% who would purchase a refurbished laptop and 45% who'd have a hand-me-down smartphone.

Wednesday, Aug 15


Industry bosses say Chinese cars could soon be sold in Europe

This Chinese car market's incredible rate of growth in recent years could soon see these models filtering into our showrooms, say senior representatives at Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen.

Tuesday, Aug 14


VW's electric and hybrid cars contain a poisonous metal

VW officials maintain that the metal is securely housed within the high-voltage battery chargers and won't cause harm to owners.


Street-legal tank-like car that can withstand BULLETS is now on sale

The vehicle, which is packed with defensive systems, has been created by California-based Rezvani and is based on their original Tank XUV (Extreme Utility Vehicle).


Madonna's Mini - the car she sang about in 2003 hit 'American Life' - is for sale for £55K

The 2003 hit single - which went to number 2 in the UK charts - included the line: 'I drive my Mini Cooper, And I'm feeling super-duper, Yo they tell me I'm a trooper, And you know I'm satisfied.'

Monday, Aug 13


Paul McCartney's 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille and John Lennon's 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300 estate for sale

McCartney's Mini is one of four ordered for each Beatles member by band manager Brian Epstein in 1965 while Lennon's Mercedes was used to transport master tapes of his last album.


Car buyers run the risk of unavoidable fines of up to £1k this weekend

With rules dictating that vehicle tax is non-transferable, it means anyone who buys a used car this weekend won't be able to legally drive it on the road.


Sat navs are regularly screamed at by one in five Britons poll reveals

Traffic jam directions, dead end roads and long routes are the main complaints of the device. Gary Smith from Europcar said arguing with an inanimate device is preferred rather than passengers.

Saturday, Aug 11


Volkswagen launches new 6m-long Grand California campervan

Expect prices from £70,000 and £80,000 compared to the current, but smaller and less equipped, California Ocean costing from £53,267 to £62,829.

Friday, Aug 10


Three-door cars are so unpopular they are being culled from sale

The latest to swing the axe is Seat, which has dropped the svelte Seat Leon SC from showrooms with immediate effect, following suit with other car makers.

Thursday, Aug 9


Some 2.5 million UK motorists trapped in car finance deals


Some 28 per cent of motorists using car finance have had at least three agreements back-to-back with the same dealer, with many paying an increased interest rate each time.


Essex is named vehicle theft capital of the UK

The Essex towns of Romford and Ilford saw the highest and second highest rates of reported car thefts, according to a study conducted by price comparison website Moneysupermarket.

Wednesday, Aug 8


Fiat pulls plug on the Punto after 13 years and lowest safety rating ever

Last year, the Punto hit headlines for all the wrong reasons, becoming the first car to ever score zero stars in crash test ratings - an unprecedented feat in the 20 years Euro NCAP has been rating vehicles.


Power bills for 100,000 Isera customers jump by up to £121


Households were paying as little as £834 a year on Iresa's cheapest tariff, according to comparison site UK Power. But after it collapsed last month, Ofgem transferred all customers to Octopus.

Savers locked into fixed-rate cash Isas are being short-changed


New banks have pushed up rates on fixed-rate bonds, with the top one-year rate now at 2.15 per cent - its highest level for more than two‑and-a-half years.

DAN HYDE: Make insurers explain why they're putting up the premium


These days, greedy insurers have become so addicted to hiking prices that they try to sneak them through every year — even without having a good reason.

Tuesday, Aug 7


New car buyers can snap up huge bargains this August

Under new rules, all new cars sold from 1 September must meet tougher emissions regulations. Dealers are now trying to offload existing stock that fail to meet these standards.


British driver caught going 145MPH in France during Gumball 3000 Rally

The driver, who has not been named, was arrested by police at Setques, 60 miles from Calais, on Sunday during the first leg of the Gumball 3000 rally which sees drivers race along public roads.


I appealed an unfair private parking charge and won

Last month, we received a 'parking charge' for apparently waiting at a double yellow line in a BP garage outside of Stansted. However, we fought it and won - here's how...


Fraudulent used car adverts are 'off the chart' this summer

At first glance, adverts look realistic because criminal gangs cut and paste wording from genuine listings. Experts say there has been a significant spike in these since May.

Monday, Aug 6


New cars sales rise 1.2% in July as motorists take advantage of deals

Some 163,898 new cars were registered in July, up from 161,997 in June, as the market ‘stabilised’ following a ‘turbulent’ first six months, according to figures by the SMMT.

Saturday, Aug 4


Drivers endure a 'roller-coaster' petrol price ride as fuel cost increased by 1p per litre

Average unleaded prices in the UK at the end of July were 128.8p a litre, while diesel stood at 131.9p, the motoring group’s research revealed.

Friday, Aug 3


30 UK councils threaten to fine drivers who leave engines running

Nottingham became the latest to introduce £20 fines for idling motorists. However, some London boroughs - who have had the powers to penalise drivers for up to 15 years - have issued a hand full.

Thursday, Aug 2


High tech cars push up the cost of insurance because they are more expensive to repair - RSA boss

Stephen Hester said as vehicles became more complicated under the bonnet they would also become more expensive to repair. The insurer posted a 12.5 per cent rise in profits to £291m.


MPs launch inquiry into funding for potholed local roads

Breakdown recovery providers have received record levels of pothole-related call-outs and there have been 22 known deaths and 368 serious injuries to cyclists on English roads since 2007.


Pick-up trucks are some of the UK's most desirable used cars

While you might expect the most desirable used cars to be awash with premium Porsches, Jaguars and Land Rovers, the top 10 list is brimming with a raft of utilitarian pick-ups, says new data.


Now Elon Musk plunges to an even bigger loss at Tesla

Sales were slightly ahead of forecasts of £3billion for the second quarter of its financial year, compared to £2.1bn a year earlier. However losses hit a record £547m