When you begin to think about buying a car you have a lot of decisions to make. The choice of car itself of course, but you must also decide whether you need finance to help with the purchase, where to go for insurance and whether you want to also buy warranty cover against mechanical breakdown. If you see a Chevrolet that is exactly want you want then you have those other decisions to make fairly quickly. Chevrolets have been very popular in South Africa so they are an obvious choice for you when you want a used car. You will know that spare parts and service facilities are available everywhere in the country so it is a matter of addressing those three questions.
It makes sense to spread the cost of your vehicle over a few years. After all you will be expecting it to be a reliable runner. When you made the decision to buy a car you must have thought about how much you could afford and the running costs including fuel, insurance, servicing and purchase finance.
The Internet is an excellent place to go for information on everything to do with the automotive industry. That includes buying cars themselves and it is possible that you have found your Chevrolet on a nationwide website that links buyers and sellers. Such a website is likely to also be able to provide you with access to competitive financial deals because this is a logical extension of the buying process.
Similarly, everyone who buys a car needs insurance and it is very convenient to use such a website. There will be no necessity to use the insurance sources it provides but they will certainly give you an indication of whether the existing quotations that you have are competitive.
Everyone realises that cars break down at times. Even when they have been regularly serviced there is no guarantee that something major will not fail. If you want to avoid facing a large bill in the coming years you can take out warranty insurance.
It is important to understand specifically what such a policy will cover and what it will not. The policy certainly provides peace of mind and allows you to spread your risk over the lifetime of your car into small monthly instalments.
It is likely that you will get roadside assistance within such a policy with your car being towed to a garage if necessary.
You have selected your Chevrolet; now make some decisions.
There should be a large choice of Chevrolet Used Cars at any time online because of how popular the brand is in South Africa and the wide range of different vehicles available under this brand name. Buying your car is just one of the processes you need to go through to get on the road. You certainly need the finance to buy, insurance is mandatory and you may like to look at warranty options as well.
Ever since they were introduced over a hundred years ago, the human race has had an ongoing and enduring love affair with the car. That’s pretty easy to understand. The car age really revolutionised the way we live, where we live and where we work. Making transportation cheaper and more convenient, it has provided people all over the world with endless options and possibilities. As a result, many economies have grown exponentially, thanks to the new mobility that their workers could avail themselves of. Car manufacturing, selling and servicing is big business in every industrialised country. While all of this sounds fantastic, up to this point there really has only been one real loser in the whole equation: our planet.
Convenience Versus Pollution
Given the opportunity, who would not want to own a car? Car prices have dropped overall for decades, or at least have maintained the same price, adjusted for inflation, while providing more comfort, security and convenience. Modern electronics allow the engine to basically check itself every second, or even less, making adjustments to make the car run more reliably and efficiently. Other electronic novelties such as GPS keep people from getting lost and have made those old maps that our grandparents used to rely on practically obsolete. As a result, we are all happily motoring away, going to work, going to school, going to a sporting event or even taking an extended vacation. But until recently, car engines were fairly dirty affairs: They created a lot of pollution in the form of CO2, carbon dioxide. Many experts feel that the sheer number of cars on the road around the world, estimated to be at one billion today and expected to double in the next 50 years, have been major contributors. Obviously, something has to change.
Technology to the Rescue
It could very well be that in the next few decades, the old petrol or diesel engine will be a thing of the past. New technologies are already in place and being used, such as hybrid engines which use a petrol or diesel engine coupled with an electric battery. Especially for city driving, the electric battery can provide all the power necessary, and when it ultimately has no more electricity left, the regular engine kicks into gear. The good news is that engineers are continually refining this process so that the petrol engine can actually recharge the battery. Even all-electric motor cars are beginning to be introduced. Although they don’t emit any pollution at all, they still can use a lot of polluting energy when they get recharged at home at night. Electricity has to come from somewhere, and it often comes from dirty coal plants. For countries that are using renewable energy sources or even nuclear power, the pollution aspect of the electric car is moot.
Upgrading Your Ride
if you are ecologically minded and are thinking of getting one of these latest high-mileage, low-pollution models, you will most likely have to sell your existing car. This process can be quite simple: All you have to do is click here, and you will meet a company that will pay cash for your car while offering you a very fair price, a simple process and excellent customer service.
At this year’s EICMA, Honda have unveiled their latest generation CB650F and CBR650F motorbikes, which mark a return for the Japanese bike manufacturers one-platform-multiple-models language – this language has helped the company to shift one heck of a lot of CB500 bikes, and it is expected to help here too.
The CBR sport bike is perhaps the most interesting of the two. This bike is clearly aimed at a younger crowd with a very modern design. It features a 649cc inline-four engine that has a handy forward tilt of 30 degrees, giving the bike excellent weight distribution. With a 67mm x 46mm bore and stroke, this bike is designed for serious business, with the 16-valve engine built not just for speed but also fuel economy – it’ll rev to 11,000 rpm and return a claimed 47.2 mpg.
Not bad for a bike that aims to be so sporty.
Peak torque of 46.5 lb /ft arrives on the bike at 8,000 rpm, which is quite low in the rev range for a bike of this type. That peak torque allows you to cruise in a higher gear (although, that would be rather boring) and ride the wave, as it were.
In contrast to the CBR we have the CB650F, naked bike that’s really rather beautiful. It uses the same engine as the CBR50F, and benefits from 2-channel ABS – 240mm rear discs and 320mm front discs will ensure adequate stopping power when needed. Whereas the CBR features good weather protection from the body panels, the CB is naked, and so weather protection is minimal – as such, this is a bike best kept for a sunny day.Grantham Honda’s Motorcycles UK will have the CB650F in stock when it becomes available, so if you want to judge for yourself how well protected it is, you’ll be able to pop down and take a look.
The key difference between the CB and CBR, other than their design, is rider position – the CB features a higher riding position, whereas the CBR is more leaned forward. This bike is inspired by its elder sibling the CB1000R, and it is rather aggressive in its design.
Both bikes produce 85.8 bhp and 46.5 lb /ft of torque.
All in all, Honda have showcased two rather beautiful bikes at EICMA 2013. The CB650F is beautiful and the CBR650F is very sporty indeed. Both share the same engine, and as such, your choice will come down to whether you want a naked bike or a sport bike, and which riding position you prefer. For me, the CB is the betterbike of the two, but that’s only because I’m an old man (ha!).
The UK driving test is already considered a tough test. You need a certain amount of skill to pass the test, and for good reason – drivers must be able to drive safely on the roads in order to help reduce accidents and make sure other road users are not put in danger. But the government plans to make changes to the driving test in order to further safeguard drivers and pedestrians. These changes will affect who can drive and how they drive.
Current UK driving test
Under current DVLA stipulations you must reach the required standard of driving and knowledge of driving safety in order to pass your driving test. You do not have to have a set number of lessons or hours on the road behind you before taking the test – you take it when you are ready. You must pass the sight test before you get in the vehicle, and you must take with you evidence of passing the theory test. During the practical driving test you will be tested in various conditions and using different roads and traffic flows. You will need to prove you can safely stop and move off, execute an emergency stop, and handle the car in reverse. There is a section where you need to drive independently, making decisions about where to go and how to drive in order to keep up with traffic and drive safely. Once you have proven you meet the standards, you will be passed.
Under new guidelines developed through research commissioned by the government, the minimum age for driving in the United Kingdom could be increased to 18. There are also plans for a probationary period for new drivers. If the proposals go through, new drivers won’t be able to drive before they are 17 and will need to complete a “learner stage” that takes 12 months, during which time they must keep a driving log-book and clock up over 100 road-learning-hours. After passing the practical test, the driver will have a probationary license and will display P plates once they reach the age of 18. Other ideas concerning changes to the test and the driving procedure for new drivers include a night curfew for the first 12 months of independent driving – the driver will not be allowed to drive between 10pm and 5am unless accompanied by someone aged above 30. Stricter rules regarding the use of mobiles and alcohol intake will also be introduced. After all these conditions have been met the young driver will be awarded a “free” license without restrictions for driving.
Reasons for change
These guidelines have been suggested following research that shows 22 percent of deaths on the road involve a young driver 17-24. Under the current rules you can make an application for a driving license when you are three months away from your 17th birthday. Click here for information about the current driving license requirements, and to find out how to get in contact with the DVLA about changes to the driving test or other changes that affect young drivers in the UK.
New car sales according to the Guardian are continuing to grow, with figures for July proving they have risen for the 16th month in a row. Backed by strong finance products and some great deals it seems that our love affair with new cars is strengthening once more. Fancy a new car then? Well how about really going for it and looking at one of the breed of super fast estate cars on offer. Estates used to be big, lumbering, boxy things that were far from pretty. But not anymore – there have now been a number of super estates on the market for a few years, but the range of cars with pace as well as space just seems to keep increasing. Perhaps not known for their incredible economy, they are all stunning to look at. Take a look at two top picks from the German stable.
Audi RS6 Avant
This luxurious and large estate actually weighs nearly two tonnes but can accelerate quicker than a Porsche Cayman S. Currently in its third generation, the RS6 is a brilliant solution for a lot of people. It has a twin turbo and a four litre V8 engine – slightly smaller than its predecessor but still with plenty of torque. As standard you get an automatic eight-speed gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive.
Its price point for some is slightly eye watering at over £20,000 more than the S6 and more than double the price of an entry level A6 Avant. However for many the price tag of around £77,000 is worth it and there’s no mistaking the RS6 for its cheaper brothers – bespoke bumpers, wider wheel arches, more metallic trim and 20-inch alloys see to that. Practicality of owning means you may need to shop around or even book in somewhere more off the beaten track to get a good deal – car service in Truro anyone? Drive-wise you get good handling and the electronics and suspension manage to hide the fact that it is so large and heavy.
Mercedes Benz E63 AMG
This estate claims to offer the best in practicality and speed and sits squarely alongside its German stablemates. Its boot is cavernous and in spite of the overall size of the Mercedes its twin turbo V8 is super quick off the mark. For many, if you have the means to purchase one of these new super estates you probably have the means to look after it, but it can still be worth your time shopping around for a decent priced Mercedes service.
As you would expect for a Mercedes, the E63 AMG has a very high spec and features a number of styling additions, including five spoke 19-inch alloys, a sculpted rear and front bumper and chrome trim. It manages to sound like a muscle car with a low rumbling from the exhaust and the ride quality (although quite firm from sports suspension) is great for those who enjoy a performance car. It manages to reach 0-62mph in an amazing 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of around 155 mph.