February 2018 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

February 2018 Social Media News

Work of art or waste of money?

Pub landlord spends £100,000 modifying his £30k Ford Focus – now he says it’s “like a work of art”.
MSN

Drivers warned of new DVLA text message scam

The DVLA is warning drivers about a fake text message scam in which fraudsters offer motorists bogus refunds on their car tax.
Honest John

Genuine mistake or attempt to over-charge?

Air-CON! Kwik Fit mechanics ‘try to charge student £600 to fix air conditioning her Citroën C1 does not even have’.
MSN

Win one of three Amazon Echo Dots!

Competition

 

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You will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Amazon Echo Dots.

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  • This competition closes at midnight on 4th March 2018 and the draw will be made on 5th March 2018 and the winner contacted within 28 days.
  • The prizes on offer: One Amazon Echo Dot each, for three entrants, drawn at random, from valid entries, after the completion of the survey.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in the prize draw. The winner will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place. If the winner cannot be contacted within 7 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by My Car Check are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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September 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Average speed camera

How do average speed cameras work?

With modern cars becoming increasingly powerful, it’s easy to achieve speeds where you need to pay particular attention to the prevailing limit.
MSN

Diesel car value PLUMMETS by thousands as toxin tax and scrappage scheme unveiled

Thousands have been slashed from the value of diesel vehicles thanks to a string of new scrappage schemes and the recent introduction of toxin taxes.
Express

Digital driving licence trials begin this month in the UK and here’s what it means for you

Digital versions of the UK driving licence are being tested this month with a possible rollout taking place next year.
Express

The top 5 write-off hotspots as new categories come into effect on the 1st of October


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Starting from the 1st of  October, there will be new insurance write-off categories. From our mid-year data, we have listed, the UK’s top five write-off hotspots.

The old  A, B, C and D write-off categories will be replaced with new codes: A (scrap), B (break), S (structurally damaged repairable) and N (non-structurally damaged repairable).

Below we have explained, each category in more detail:

A – (SCRAP)THIS VEHICLE
B – (BREAK)THIS
S – (STRUCTURAL)
N – (NON
 HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PERSON, DECLARED UNSUITABLE OR BEYOND REPAIR AND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED TO BE CRUSHED IN ITS ENTIRETY. VEHICLE HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PERSON AND DECLARED UNSUITABLE OR BEYOND REPAIR. REPAIRABLE, THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PERSON AND DECLARED SUITABLE FOR REPAIR.

(STRUCTURAL) REPAIRABLE ,THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PERSON AND DECLARED SUITABLE FOR REPAIR.

 

Table 1: Places with highest % write-off warnings

 

1 Morden, South London 35.35%
2 Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire 31.37%
3 Doncaster, South Yorkshire 27.05%
4 Barking, East London 25.00%
5 Northolt, West London 24.19%

 

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns My Car Check, said: “Some parts of the country are much worse than others when it comes to write-offs, with London particularly renowned for it. On average, over 18% of vehicles we check are listed as having been involved in a crash, around one in every five. For Morden, in the first half of this year, the risk of buying a write-off was more like one in three.

“Used car buyers should note that, from October, the new S and N categories will reflect the severity of accident damage, whereas the old C and D categories focused on the cost of repair. This is vital information, particularly regarding category S, because the consequences of being involved in a further smash in a car that hasn’t been properly structurally repaired could be horrific. As before, category A and B write-offs should never return to the road.

“Leaving the safety aspect aside, there’s the impact on desirability and value. A category N write-off which has had cosmetic damage repaired should still cost substantially less than a similar vehicle with clear history. In a survey a couple of years ago, 79% of mycarcheck customers said they wouldn’t buy a write-off. That’s why it’s so important to check before you buy.”

All of our information comes direct from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, we hold  hold comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

Win an Amazon Fire Tablet 7″, £50 High Street Voucher or an Amazon Fire TV Stick

Competition

 

We are running a short survey to learn more about what you think about the vehicle checks we offer.

You will be entered into a prize draw to win one of an Amazon Echo Dot, an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet, £50 in high street vouchers or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. You choose which prize you want if you win!

Complete the survey for your chance to win! – Enter here now

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

By entering this completion you are accepting these terms and conditions.

  • This competition closes at midnight on 17th September 2017 and the draw will be made on 18th September 2017 and the winner contacted within 28 days.
  • The prizes on offer: The choice of one Amazon Fire Tablet 7″ OR one £50 Love2Shop Voucher OR one Amazon Fire TV Stick OR one Amazon Echo Dot, for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in the prize draw. The winner will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place. If the winner cannot be contacted within 7 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by My Car Check are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the prizes.
  • A list of winners’ names is available on written request from My Car Check, Strata House, Kings Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to communications beyond our control.
  • Subscribing to our newsletter is voluntary and you can opt out at any time.

August 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

UK roundabout

You can be fined for moving out of the way of an ambulance

Motorists are being encouraged to learn what the law says about moving out of the way of an emergency vehicle – so as to avoid breaking the law and landing a hefty fine.
Express

Worst roundabout in Britain?

Multiple crashes at ‘lethal’ roundabout cause concern where “at least ten vehicles have had accidents within less than 48 hours of this new junction opening”.
Telegraph

The new ’67’ car registration numbers axed by the DVLA

Here are new UK number plates the DVLA has deemed too silly, rude or offensive and banned from use.
Auto Express

Ford Fiesta Zetec, UK’s most popular used car


2017-vehicle-check-reportFord Fiesta Zetec


Our new vehicle check data from the last 6 months, shows some key information on the three most searched models in the first half of 2017: 1) Ford Fiesta Zetec, 2) Mini Cooper, 3) VW Golf GTI.

  Table 1: Most searched models 1 Jan – 30 Jun 2017

% write-off % finance avg value
Ford Fiesta Zetec 30.60% 15.17%  £993
Mini Cooper 17.16% 4.29% £4,554
VW Golf GTI 20.69% 9.36% £4,211

 

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “Ford Fiesta Zetec retained its title as our most searched model, followed, as in 2016, by the Mini Cooper. VW’s Golf GTI nudged the Vauxhall Corsa SXI down to fourth to reclaim the third place it held in 2015.

“Second hand car buyers should note that serious warnings have risen again, to 30.8% of all checks in the first six months of 2017. The top 20 makes averages are now 18.15% for write off, 10.12% for outstanding finance and 0.89% for stolen.

“Check before you buy to confirm that the one you’re looking at has a clear history and a Fiesta Zetec should deliver fantastic value for money – that’s why it remains the UK’s most popular used car.”

My Car Check information is provided from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, we hold comprehensive data on every vehicle in the UK – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

Bad news for Corsa as used car warnings soar again


2017-vehicle-check-reportVehicle check warnings 2017 so far


Our new data from the last 6 months, shows some serious warnings. Which includes (write-off, finance and stolen) have risen by 30.8% of all checks in the first six months of 2017.  year on year this has increased,  it was 25.6% in 2015 which then went up to 28.5% in 2016.

The Citroen C1 Vtr was the highest risk of our 100 most-searched models for write-off, the Corsa Sxi AC for finance and the Ford Fiesta Titanium for stolen.

Table 1: Highest risk for write-off

1 Citroen C1 Vtr (50.9%)
2 Vauxhall Corsa Sxi Ac (49.1%)
3 Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition (48.7%)


Table
2: Highest risk for finance

1 Vauxhall Corsa Sxi Ac (29.1%)
2 Land Rover Range Rover Sp Hse Tdv6 A (28.6%)
3 Vauxhall Corsa Se (26.4%)

 

Table 3: Highest risk for stolen

1 Ford Fiesta Titanium (10.8%)
2 Vauxhall Corsa Vxr Turbo (9.3%)
3 Ford Focus Rs (7.1%)

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “These new figures show the risks associated with the UK’s most popular used vehicles and why it is so important to check before you buy. Given its unwanted appearances at the top of our write-off, finance and stolen charts, secondhand Corsa buyers in particular need to know what they’re getting into.”

July 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Driving Licence

Your driving licence has THIS hidden code and it could land you with a HUGE fine

Secret codes found on the back of your driving licence could land you with huge fines and penalty points.
Express

Volkswagen to issue alert over handbrakes on 134,000 of its cars

The German car maker says a possible fault could result in the “auto hold function” not working.
MSN

Why don’t the British like automatic transmissions?

In the UK we almost all learn to drive a manual car and we almost all buy a manual car. Why do we not the most comfortable option?
Honest John

Five most popular used car makes, have no guarantee of a clear history


2017-vehicle-check-reportOutstanding finance


New data from My Car Check shows that, even though the car has an expensive price tag, there is no guarantee the vehicle will have a clean history. Compared to Ford, BMW had a 21% more chance of a risk warning, and second was Audi with a 16% chance of warning compared to Ford.

Below is the table, which shows the top five UK car make modes with high percentage of risk warning:

Most-checked makes Top 3 models Average value % with warning
  • Ford
  • Fiesta Zetec
  • Fiesta Zetec Climate
  • Fiesta Style
£4,442 37%
  • Vauxhall
  • Corsa SXI
  • Astra SXI
  • Corsa SXI A/C
£4,761 38%
  • VW
  • Golf GT TDI
  • Golf GTI
  • Golf S
£7,252 38%
  • BMW
  • M3
  • 320D SE
  • 118D M Sport
£15,358 58%
  • Audi
  • A3 Sport TDI
  • TT Quattro 225
  • A3 SE TDI
£12,247 53%

Gavin Amos, head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, says: “People presume that more expensive cars must be a safer bet, but our data busts this myth. They can actually be much higher risk, for example, for outstanding finance or plate transfer. Whether you’re spending a few hundred pounds or tens of thousands, investing a tiny percentage of that to check if it is stolen, previously written-off or has debt against it is surely a no-brainer?”

My Car Check has two categories of warning: serious and advisory. 28.5% of all vehicles checked on mycarcheck.com in 2016 had at least one serious warning against them. This is up from 25.6% in 2015. 23.8% of all vehicles checked on mycarcheck.com in 2016 had at least one advisory warning against them. This is down from 30.8% in 2015.

Download the full report for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car vehicle without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting mycarcheck.com.