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How To Purchase A Car In The U.S.



When it comes to buying cheaper, you can certainly do it outside the U.K. Even with taxes, fees, and deliveries – when you’re in the market for a U.S. car there’s really only one place to shop. The best online marketplace that has the best car buying guide available on the internet. While you might not think there is such a thing, the U.S. has an excellent online comparison site that can help you get into the U.S. new or used car of your dreams even from across the pond. So, what website should you trust when it comes to buying a car in the United States?

A website that offers you every ounce of knowledge and easy comparison tools to help you better understand the U.S. car buying market, as well as the economic value of your dream car. A website that can help you search thousands of American dealerships for the right car at the right price. Hands down, that online marketplace with a comprehensive buyers guide is A leading online destination, can help you purchase exactly what you want even from the U.K. Why are they the best way to shop cars?

With you can easily research every car on the market, and for those of you that want American Made they offer you something quite special. The American-Made Index is a long standing guide to help you understand just what cars are truly American. In 2017, they revamped the guide to feature a more comprehensive analysis of cars manufactured in the U.S. The American-Made Index ranks cars on whether they are assembled with U.S. made parts, if their engines are sourced in the U.S., and just how many U.S. jobs support the manufacture of the vehicle. If you love American vehicles, this top 10 will be something to see.

Of course, those aren’t the only reasons is the best way to purchase a car in the U.S. You can research and compare car models by the care features you want, and do a side by side comparison of popular car models in the U.S. also gives you the latest and greatest trends to hit the most popular U.S. auto shows in cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA, and NY. There is even a tool to check for the latest safety checks and awards for different cars in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking for a car that has a bigger boot, more legroom, or a lot more technology – is the way to shop in the U.S. Not only is it the best way to compare cars, you can read tons of consumer reviews from honest car buyers just like yourself. Consumer reviews are the best way to keep from buying an old banger – especially when you are looking at cars that are sale by owner. Simply put: this is the best place to keep up to date on the latest U.S. car news, reviews, and trends when you use this brilliant online marketplace.

Five Tips for Selling your BMW



How to Achieve a Quick Sale at the Best Price

There are lots of ways to sell a car. How can you achieve the best price with the minimal delay and inconvenience?

After a house, a car is the second most expensive investment most of us are ever likely to make. The difference is that while buying and selling a house is very procedural, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your car.

If you have a popular and high end motor car such as a BMW, the process can be a worrying one, but the truth is that no car lasts forever, and it is something we all have to face sooner or later. Here are our top four tips for selling your BMW quickly and easily.

1) Get expert assistance

Many people choose to sell their car privately, but for a high value, luxury car, that route can lead to more trouble than it is worth. By using a specialist car buying company, you can sell your BMW quickly, and be safe in the knowledge that you are getting a fair market rate.

Some might argue that you can achieve a better price selling it privately – in some cases that is true, but it is by no means a certainty. You also have the additional costs of listing it and the stress and inconvenience of having prospective buyers inspecting, asking for test drives, finding faults that might or might not exist, arguing over the price and then failing to come up with the money.

Is it really worth the time and aggravation, for a gain that might not even transpire?

2) Information adds value

Whether you follow tip one or you decide to go it alone, or even if you go direct to a main dealer for a trade in, you need to provide as much detail as possible about your car.

Have information such as mileage and service history close to hand, and if you have invested in any repairs or improvements, whether it is a replacement clutch or an after market tracking device, make sure you mention it.

3) Give it a clean

It might sound obvious, but you would be amazed at the difference it can make to ensure the car looks clean and tidy. Invest in a professional valet inside and out, and keep it that way. This is not always easy if you are still using your BMW while it is on the market, but at least make sure you do not let junk accumulate, and try to keep the kids and the dog out of it once you’ve got it looking spotless!

4) Photographs

If you do decide to sell privately, the chances are, you will be listing the car online. Remember, a picture tells a thousand words, so take plenty of snaps to show your beautiful BMW from every angle.

Don’t forget to take some of the inside as well, and try to get a good clear one of the odometer and the instrument panel with the engine on – to show prospective buyers that the mileage is genuine and there are no alarming warning lights showing.

Find The Perfect Paint For Your Classic Car


Description: How to find the best paint match for your classic car. Using the knowledge of fellow enthusiasts and seeking expert help from colour services companies.

Tackling the problems of finding an accurate colour match for older cars

A key part of renovating a classic car is repainting it in its original colour. This can be a very difficult part of the process for older cars where the exact colour ‘name’ as given by the manufacturer is unknown, or the appearance of the original colour has deteriorated over time. Fortunately, specialist help and advanced colour matching techniques are at hand.

Defining ‘classic’ in classic cars

A classic car can mean different things depending on who you talk to. In the USA there are more specific definitions as many states have their particular taxation criteria based on age, but here in the UK it’s less clear cut; this article sheds some light on it.

As it will likely be an older car, the original paint may have long since faded and maybe even been covered up in a totally different shade in an ill-advised respray undertaken some time previously.

So how to find out what paint colour should be used?

Owners’ clubs

If there’s an owners’ club or some type of community – quite likely these days with the advent of social media and online forums covering specific interests – this is a worthwhile first port of call. A photo of the car posted in the relevant forum or social media platform may reveal very quickly what colour you should be looking for.

It it’s less obvious, maybe a certain shade of blue as opposed to a bright colour like yellow or orange, you may have to arrange for someone to physically examine the car’s paintwork. This could be a worthwhile step if you’re fully committed to getting the best restoration possible for your classic car project.

Paint codes

Your car may have the paint code somewhere on the bodywork or maybe on one of the door jams. Somewhat confusingly the code may not bear any relation to the colour; for example ‘brown’ may not have the letter ‘B’ anywhere in it, but if you can find the code this makes for a good starting point.

Finding it could be a challenge; again owners’ clubs and other knowledgable people on forums may be able to help for your make or maybe the dealership (if it’s a marque still operating) may be able to help you find the paint code.

Armed with this information, you can go to a paint specialist to get an accurate colour match. Some have an online database of paint codes for cars and what colours they relate to.

Specialist colour matching

To find an exact colour match may require more specific and specialist help; even when the colour has been identified there can be variations amongst the same shades. This is sometimes down to weathering and fading over the years, and the fact manufacturers have tended to use different paint suppliers who inevitably may provide different variations on the same basic shade.

Specialist technical equipment such as a spectrophotometer is used by some colour services companies; this machine measures colour electronically and can produce very accurate colour matching results. This can help enormously if you haven’t got a paint code.

In order to enable the colour company to determine your paint colour this way, you’d need to provide a sample such as a fuel filler cap, flap or other reasonably sized area. Further information would be important such as the manufacturer, model, year of manufacture and a general description of what colour the car should be.

You can usually send the item to be analysed in via courier and they’ll return it once they’ve analysed it and prepared matching paint for you.

If you’re only looking to paint some of the car it’s vital that the sample comes from the area that you’ll be painting. If, for example, you supply the fuel filler cap but you’re actually painting a couple of panels on the other side you may not get an exact match.

Detective work

Sometimes a very old car that requires major renovation may be in such a poor state that even identifying what shade beyond a vague ‘possibly blue or maybe green’ is almost impossible. In these cases, a visit to view the car from a colour expert may be required.

They may have to carefully remove layers of colour to ascertain what the original would have been, and research colours of the time from the specific manufacturer of the particular model you own.

Use the experts

Things have come a long way since body repairers ordered some paint and mixed it in the hope it would provide a colour match. Using the specialist help discussed above you stand a very good chance of finding the paint to do your classic car justice.


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Self Driving Cars: Will We See Them in Traffic in 2016?




Self driving cars are a concept that has intrigued people for a long time. There are a lot of concepts under development – Google is a major name that has dedicated a lot of effort to them, and Apple is rumored to build one itself. And a lot of progress has been made in this matter: we could see Johnny Cab (the computer-controlled taxi from the old Total Recall movie) roam the streets soon. But how soon?

Google’s Sergey Brin told the public in 2012 that self-driving cars might make it to the streets as early as 2017. Later another Google executive has updated this estimate, pushing out the release date of such products to the years between 2017 and 2020 – which is more realistic. One thing is for sure: we won’t see a truly autonomous car in traffic this year. So, if your dream was to play all slots online casino games while “driving” to work, you’ll have to wait a few years to fulfill it.

But if you are eager to try driving without driving, you’ll need to buy a Tesla – more specifically, a Model S. The car uses a combination of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors, plus the data provided to it over the air, to drive autonomously. While still under development, Tesla’s “Autopilot” feature shows a lot of promise. Today its Autosteer feature can keep the car in its lane, maintains the car’s speed and will even change lanes automatically once the driver signals this intention. It’s not a fully automated system – it requires the driver to keep hands on the steering wheel. It merely assists the driver and makes the driving experience easier.

We’ll most likely see a series of new features introduced this year, which will bring us close to self-driving cars. Mercedes plans to launch its “Autobahn Pilot” which will allow autonomous driving on the highway, and even overtaking of other vehicles automatically. Dutch tech company Mobileye is planning to release a similar feature this year, followed by a similar set of features for country roads in 2017. But more exciting products are on their way to be released the following years, like Tesla’s fully autonomous car (which will allow the driver even to fall asleep), or Chinese tech giant Baidu’s self-driving car which will take on Beijing’s crazy traffic.

If you enjoy driving, don’t despair: self-driving cars will not become mainstream for at least five years, and will only overtake traditional cars on the road by 2035. Until then you’ll have to make do with what you have – the roar of the engine, the asphalt under the wheels, and the wind in your hair while you steer.

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5 Apps That Will Revolutionize the Car Industry

With today’s advancement in technology, we’re seeing more apps and gadgets that are set to revolutionize how we drive, how our cars function and even their maintenance. From smaller changes that help make a drive more comfortable to making engines more gas-efficient, we’re entering a new generation of vehicle technology that combines smartphones with car mechanics. These are just some of the many apps out there that are bound to make an impact.

  1. Combination Chip Tuner/Mobile App
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    In the past, chip tuners had to be manually adjusted in order to select the ideal customization for your car. Although the installation was and is very easy, the information gathered by the chip tuner was less accessible. Today’s chip tuners have jumped leaps and bounds in their technological advancement, combining the power of smartphones with the installed chip tuners.  Using a handy app like RaceChip, you can now control the performance settings of the engine, thus allowing you to select performance levels based on efficiency, sport or race. This is also widely accessible to most vehicle owners: you can easily find a racechip for your car as there are customized chip boxes and software available for more than 3,000 vehicle models from over 60 manufacturers.
  2. Android Auto
    Forget separate smartphones – that’s the past. The future has Android already installed within all cars, with an accessible screen for the driver in the front panel. Already built into the dashboard and ready to run, the Android Auto works as an infotainment system with all necessary pre-installed apps, including Google Maps, phone, voicemail, music, and so on. Everything runs on voice command, so no more dangerous situations of looking down while driving to change the radio station, song or even text.
  3. “Are We There Yet?”
    This is a smaller revolution for parents who can no longer put up with the ever-annoying and popular question from children. Similar to a screen on an airplane, the “Are We There Yet” app for kids runs in a back display or smartphone to show your children an animation of the distance and arrival time. It’s easy to program and could be the new go-to system for all cars and public transportation world-wide. No longer will arrival time be a mystery, as with this smart but simple app, everyone in the vehicle will know the car’s status.

  4. Maintenance Through Virtual Reality
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    We are now in the generation of self-fixers, regular people who fix their own gadgets and mechanics with the handy help of Youtube videos and online tutorials. So it should be no different when it comes to cars. Introducing the Virtual Guide, an app that shows you how to change oil and perform maintenance duties. The app will connect to your car to understand its status, provide recommendations and show you a diagram and image of your car’s engine or interior. Using videos and tips, any beginner will be able to follow along.

  5. Manual Actions are in the Past
    As technology advances and we become so interconnected to it, manual movements and processes like locking cars through keys are no longer relevant. The entire lock and unlock system is already being integrated fully into smartphones and especially smart watches. However, the deviation away from keys is being taken even further, as engines will be remotely started from smartphones, as will the ability to honk the horn and flash lights. This is particularly helpful in situations where cars are stolen, as the GPS system will locate the car and even allow you to stop the engine safely and cause a raucous from afar.



Does Buying A Hybrid Car Make Good Sense Or Is The Idea A Waste Of Time?

It’s no secret that us Brits live in a country where petrol and diesel prices are among some of the highest in the world. Our American friends only pay just over $4 a gallon for their gas. That equates to around £2.50 for around 4.5 litres of petrol. In Britain, we have to pay around £6.00 per gallon of petrol!

Because of that fact, fuel efficiency is at the forefront of most people’s minds when they drive their cars. To spend less time at filling stations, some folks drive slower to get to their destinations. While others avoid using their cars altogether.

Car manufacturers are often coming up with ways to make engines more fuel-efficient. For example, EcoBoost engines use turbos for extra power on small engines. They do this without affecting fuel economy.



Alternatives to conventional cars

Another way to save money on fuel is to not buy it altogether! A growing army of electric cars can often get spotted on Britain’s roads and motorways. The only downside to electric cars is that they don’t offer a decent mileage range. You are bound to run out of juice after just 80 miles of mixed driving!

One exciting technology to overcome this problem is hydrogen fuel cell cars. They take the same amount of time to refuel as petrol and diesel cars, and they offer zero emissions. In fact, the only thing you are likely to see out of the tailpipe is water.

Hybrid cars: yay or nay?

It’ll be a long time before hydrogen fuel cell cars are mainstream. As with electric cars, the industry needs to overcome issues surrounding cost and infrastructure.

So, for the moment, it seems the only viable option open to motorists are hybrid cars. But do hybrid cars make good sense or is the idea a waste of time?

In a nutshell, hybrid cars combine petrol or diesel engines with an electric motor and battery. For short, local journeys, the electric motor and battery run the show. And when you need to go further afield, the combustion engine takes over.

What’s clever about hybrid cars is that the engine recharges the electric motor’s battery. It’s an obvious advantage over electric cars, where you have to plug them in and wait a few hours for a full charge.

On a recent trip to Inchcape Lexus, I was checking out the new Lexus CT hybrid. I have to admit; it’s a nicer option for those that don’t want to buy a Toyota Prius! The technology has come a long way in hybrid vehicles.

You can now expect greater ranges, better fuel efficiency and more down-to-Earth styling. The only downside is cost; some cars can take up to 18 years for you to break even on their purchase!

Still, most people least their cars rather than buying them. And if you want a new car that costs little to keep on the road, hybrids are an attractive proposition in this case.

Stay tuned for reviews on future hybrid models here on this website. See you later!

R.I.P. Tax Disc: What You Need To Know About The New Car Tax Rules

It doesn’t matter whether you own or hire a car in the United Kingdom. To drive a car on public roads, one thing you have to do is make sure that it’s taxed. For almost 100 years, the way to prove that a car has had its tax paid for was by checking its tax disc.

The tax disc is a small piece of paper in the shape of a disc. By law, you had to display it somewhere on your windscreen. The usual place to display your tax disc was often at the bottom-left corner of the windscreen.

But now the tax disc we are all familiar with will soon become a distant memory. One that is now consigned to the automotive history books. Recent changes to the vehicle licensing system in Britain mean that the paper tax disc is now obsolete.

So what does this all mean for you as a motorist? It turns out that every car owner in the UK will get affected by the vehicle licensing changes. If you’re not too sure what it means for you, today’s handy guide will tell you all you need to know.

Why is the tax disc abolished?

As with all government departments, the DVSA holds a comprehensive set of computer records. Some of that electronic data they keep includes information on which cars in the UK got taxed at any specific time. DVSA systems can also tell if a car has a SORN notice, or if it is just untaxed.

When the police need to do a vehicle enquiry, they can use the DVSA’s electronic systems. They no longer have to rely on information from paper tax discs. The now-abolished tax disc system was also open to fraud and abuse.

Buying cars

Under the old vehicle licensing system, you could transfer any remaining car tax to the vehicle’s new keeper. But under the new system, this is no longer possible.

Let’s say that you want to buy one of the used cars at TC Harrison. The onus is on you to tax the car before you can drive it away. Of course, they can also discount the car by the amount of tax they would have offered. But you still need to organise the car tax yourself.

Selling cars

Planning on selling your car soon? If so, you can’t transfer any remaining tax to the new owner. Instead, you have to apply for a refund of any outstanding tax on the car. And the new owner needs to apply for six or twelve months’ tax themselves.


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The changes to the system have drawn widespread criticism, and here’s why:

  • If you sell your car in the middle of the month, you miss out on that month’s refund;
  • If you buy a car in the middle of the month, you’re paying tax for the days and weeks you haven’t owned the car.

I know what you’re thinking. Those problems were there before the changes, right? The thing is; those problems are further compounded with the new laws. According to a recent article in the Telegraph newspaper, the changes could cost motorists up to £38 million a year.

I hope today’s guide has been useful to you. Thanks for reading, and see you soon!

Amazing Facts About Jaguar That Will Be Useful For Your Next Pub Quiz!

Jaguar is a car marque that is known around the world for its luxurious, high-performance models. Some of us might associate the Jaguar brand with the more-discerning motorist, but these days it’s a car brand that is actually within financial reach of most car drivers.

Many Jaguar models have been spotted in all sorts of popular films. My favourite is the Jaguar E-Type with a British Union Jack draped all over it in the 1997 movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

For those of you that are into your Jaguar cars, aside from Jag-spotting on TV and in films, there is probably a great deal that you might not know about this iconic car marque. Here are some facts about Jaguar which you should memorise in case someone tests you on your Jaguar knowledge (such as at a pub quiz)!

The company didn’t start off making cars

You would have thought that the company would have been conceived by people who were solely devoted to cars, but the company can trace its roots back to the Swallow Sidecar Company, created by two motorbike enthusiasts!

The first car they produced wasn’t a Jaguar

When William Lyons and William Walmsley produced their first automobile, it wasn’t a Jaguar-branded car at all! The car that they produced was for the Austin Motor Company, and it was called the Austin Seven Swallow.

The company changed its name twice

As time went on, the company focused more on creating cars and less on motorbike-related items, so in 1933, it changed its name to SS Cars Limited (the “SS” abbreviated for “Swallow Sidecars”).

This name wasn’t particularly popular between 1939 and 1945 because of World War II; the “SS” in Germany was an abbreviation of the Schutzstaffel, the personal protection unit for Adolf Hitler, so in 1945, it was renamed to Jaguar Cars Limited.

Jaguar is currently owned by an Indian company

Once upon a time Jaguar was an independently-owned British company, then it was amalgamated into British Leyland in 1966.

In 1984 with the demise of British Leyland (or British Motor Corporation as it was subsequently known as), Jaguar got spun off as an independent company once again until all of its shares were bought by American car manufacturer Ford in 1989.

Fast forward to 2008, and the iconic luxury carmaker was sold by Ford to Indian automotive manufacturer Tata Motors. So when you go out and buy a used Jaguar, it might have been made under British, American or Indian ownership!

Jaguar cars are still designed and built in Britain

Despite the fact that the car company is owned by an Indian firm, they were keen to keep things British and so all Jaguar cars produced today are designed at the Jaguar Land Rover engineering centres at Coventry (West Midlands) or Gaydon (Warwickshire).

The manufacture of those models is done at the firm’s Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, with some manufacturing expected to take place in Solihull

Image Credit: Jaguar MENA (obtained via Flickr).

Top Tips To Help You Buy The Perfect Car

When it comes to buying a car, there are many factors involved that can affect whether you end up buying the perfect car or a nightmare car!

It’s often common knowledge that you should do some research into the next car you buy, but the trouble is, a lot of people don’t actually know what they are supposed to be researching – or even why they are supposed to do research!

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If you are about to go out and buy a car, here are some practical tips for helping you do the right research beforehand – and, of course, information on why it is important that you do the right research in the first place!

How much do you want to pay?

It can be all too easy to just go out and buy a car because it looks great, and not actually think about whether you have got a good deal on your new car or not! Before you go and do some car shopping, you should sit down and calculate exactly how much you can afford on your next car, taking into account regular costs such as insurance, tax, MOTs and servicing.

Just make sure that you don’t go over your budget, even if there is an ‘awesome’ car for sale that costs a few hundred quid more than your ceiling amount.

How much will it cost to keep the car on the road?

As I mentioned a moment ago, you will need to determine how much it would cost to pay for regular motoring costs such as car insurance, road tax, MOTs, as well as services and repairs.

The car fuel data, CO2 and vehicle tax tools website will help you find out how much it would cost to tax your car, its carbon emissions, and its fuel consumption figures as provided by the car’s manufacturer (handy for finding out how economical on petrol or diesel your next car is).

Can you easily get spare parts for it?

Whenever we need to get spare parts for our car, the first place we would contact would be our local main dealer’s parts department. The trouble is, parts prices from main dealers can sometimes be extortionate, so we would sometimes have to shop around for the best deals on these parts.

If you buy a car that is no longer in production, it can start to get difficult to source parts for it, although websites such as enable you to get quotes for parts from a number of different companies, regardless of whether the part is new or used. Still, it’s something that is worth thinking about, as you don’t really want to buy a car that parts are scarce for!

What’s it like to drive?

You might have had your heart set on a particular make and model of car to drive, but unless you actually take it out for a drive you won’t know whether you are going to like driving it or not!

Therefore, it’s important that you go out on a test drive, because if you find the car uncomfortable to drive, you will need to go back to the drawing board and find another suitable car to buy instead!

5 Reasons Why BMW Remains to be One of the Most Popular Vehicle Manufacturers in the World



Most cars on the road aren’t fitted with supreme handling, luxurious design and tarmac-scorching 0-60 times, but BMW really has the edge over “most cars,” and it makes you wonder why, as a car manufacturer, they are so popular.

So, here’s 5 reasons why:

1. Advancements

BMW cope extremely well when it comes to building upon a former model. Take the E90 and the newer 3 series for example. BMW believe that, with the 3 series, ground-breaking improvements have been made to the car’s weight and balance. Shaving off and carving out unnecessary car components really complimented the smooth and suppleness of the steering, adding to its agility on tight corners and sharp bends. Although the 3 series is larger than its younger sibling, it looks a lot sleeker and much more sporting. The precisely crafted characteristics of the front  and rear grille enhance its appearance, almost disguising the car’s added bulk. The sharply-cut face of the 3 series strikes a powerful presence when cruising down the road, one that will surely turn heads in awe.

These kind of improvements really dignifies the “ultimate driving machine” philosophy BMW pretty much live by. Speaking of philosophy, whenever I’ve sat in a BMW I always get the feeling that the manufacturers stick to a “less is more” approach. So many BMW models are very user friendly but at the same time not basic.

2. Going Green

Recently, BMW has started to shift their focus towards the future of efficient dynamics and sustainable mobility. This shift has brought in, not only the eco-friendly crowd, but people who seem to be forward thinking tech-lovers. Their expansion saw the company having its most successful year in history in 2012.

3. Not So Traditional

A lot BMW’s success has come from the companies forward-thinking ethos. The idea that car companies should stick to tradition is something that BMW doesn’t regard as important. With the switch from the usual naturally aspirated engines to turbocharged and electric, BMW has smashed the barriers and expanded their market massively.

4. Branching Out

Another huge market that BMW occupy is the motorsports industry. The company has thrived in the industry mainly because of how efficient the handling is. The technology implemented into their track cars has been transferred to the road vehicles, giving the cars probably the best handling you could possibly hope for.

5. Affordable

BMW’s are always compared to rival companies like Audi and Porsche, mainly because of how beautiful and classic some of the cars these companies produce are. But the only different, and a monumental difference, is the price. BMW cars are just more affordable and more reliable; it’s as simple as that. Take a look at dealerships selling used bmw cars and compare the prices to a Porsche or Audi – the facts speak for themselves!

So there are just 5 reasons why BMW is one of the most popular vehicle manufacturers today. In short, if you want a reliable, good looking vehicle with next to perfect handling and for a very generous price, I would look no further than any model of BMW that takes your fancy.