Car Gadgets: The Top Five Car Accessories

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Anybody that spends a lot of time behind the wheel will know that car gadgets can make your journey a whole lot better! Here are our top five car accessories.

Key Locator

Phone, wallet … and then you can’t find keys. Avoid running around like a headless chicken before you leave the house by getting yourself a key locator. This little gadget attaches to your keyring and is one of the handiest accessories you can possibly imagine. Simply call the locator from your phone and find your keys! Alternatively, you can press a button on your locator and it will call your phone!

Dashcam

It’s unfortunate, but there are a lot of reckless drivers out there. The best way to prove that you aren’t one of them is with a dashcam. This car accessory records you while you’re driving so you can prove to your insurance company that an accident wasn’t your fault. It also takes note of your GPS location and your speed, which can be used as information to lower your car insurance. Win-win. 

Bluetooth Receiver

Everyone loves a good sing-song on a car journey. A Bluetooth receiver enables you to pair your device with your car so you can jam out to your favourite playlist! This tiny gadget accessory is perfect for cars that don’t have a built-in system and is great for when you’ve got backseat DJs that fancy putting on a few tunes of their own!   

Jump Starter

Never hang about on the side of the road again with this gadget accessory! A jump starter is perfect for when your car battery has gone dead or your car is getting on a bit and needs some encouragement to get going! A jump starter does exactly what it says – it jump starts your car. However, it can also be used as a portable charger for your devices – yes, it’s that small!

Air Purifier

Forget the tree-shaped car fresheners that dangle off your rearview mirror and invest in a car air purifier instead. This gadget does one better than covering any odours in your car – it eliminates them. Here’s the science behind it: the purifier releases millions of negatively charged ions that stick to the particles of odour which are then collected on a plate inside the device. Say goodbye to any wet dog and lingering drive-thru smells!     

From finding your keys to putting on your favourite road trip music, one thing’s for sure – these car accessories will make your next car journey a lot smoother!

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Supercar: The five best magical cars in film and TV

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These five magical cars are proof that sometimes the coolest cars are literally too good to be true. The heroes from these films and programs would all be lost without their trusty cars. Here are the five best magical cars from film and TV.

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has more going for it than an annoyingly catchy theme song. This car is renovated from an old famous racing car and somehow inherits magical abilities along the way. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s abilities are so remarkable that even its inventor is unaware of them. This magic car can release wings to fly or transform into a speedboat if in aquatic-based danger.

2. KITT – Knight Rider

Far before talk of artificial intelligence was commonplace, KITT was helping David Hasselhoff solve crimes. This modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was the perfect sidekick. KITT has too many super-features to list but put simply it was a fully self-aware being that could talk to Hasselhoff whilst providing indestructible destruction. What a combo.

3. Herbie – The Love Bug: Herbie Fully Loaded

Another ahead-of-its time vehicle is the tenacious and totally loveable Herbie. Another self-aware being that knew what it wanted, Herbie faced many challenges in their extensive six-film career as a serious auto racing contender. A true servant to motorsport and film alike.

4. The Flying Ford Anglia – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Whether you like Harry Potter or not, one thing’s for certain – the Flying Ford Anglia from this film is the coolest Ford Anglia ever made. This seemingly average Ford family car is transformed in this film into an invisible flying car which endlessly comes through for Harry and Co. Firstly, it gets Harry and Ron to Hogwarts, then it helps them survive an attack from a magical willow and finally comes to their rescue by saving them from being eaten by an army of enormous spiders. Not bad!

5. The Magic School Bus – The Magic School Bus

We’re sure that more than a few kids growing up in the early ‘90s would put the Magic School Bus on their Christmas wish list! This ordinary school bus could take you pretty much anywhere you wanted – famous locations from the TV series include outer space, the inside of the human body and the dinosaur age. Better than any school trips we can remember!

Whilst it’s always the heroes that get the credit, these five magical vehicles prove that they would nowhere without them. We’re sure that for a lot of petrol heads these cars were the beginning of their fascination with automobiles!

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How To Come Up With Names For Your Car

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We don’t need to tell any petrol heads that it’s easy to have an emotional relationship with your car and part of this involves giving it a name. In fact, giving your car a name is more common than not with one survey finding that 8 out of 10 people do it. Without further ado, here are our top tips on how to come up with names for your car.

1. Consider your car’s personality

Obviously, the first thing you need to consider when naming your car is its personality. This might sound silly but there are actually lots of factors which affect this. Firstly, think about the way your car looks: if your car is small and sweet-looking (e.g. a Fiat 500) a name like Gary might not be suitable. It’s also fun to consider the make and model as part of drawing up a personality. An older model should have an older name and vice versa.

2. Your personality

Your personality makes a big difference when naming your car. If you have a louder personality, for example, you might want to pick an out-there name. You should also consider your major interests, for example, if you’re an avid fisher you might want to give your car a name like Marlin.

3. The license plate

The letters in the license plate can act as inspiration for the name you choose, it’s all about being creative with it. There are many ways you can make this work for you, here are a few examples:

  • BTY: This could be an inspiration for Betty, Betsy or Berty.
  • D4N: This could be an inspiration for Dan.
  • RG1: This could be an inspiration for Reggie or Reginald the 1st.

4. The colour

The colour of your car is one of the most obvious parts of your car and it can help to steer you in the right direction. Here are a few examples:

  • Black: Midnight, Black Beauty, Zorro, Storm
  • Red: Ferrari Fred, Scarlet, Ruby
  • Blue: Aqua, Baby, Sky
  • Grey: Onyx, Graham, Bullet
  • White: Ice, Jack/Jill Frost, Snowy

You use your car on a daily basis and it’s easy to get emotionally attached – very easy, believe us. If you’re looking to cement your relationship with your car, you might want to follow our steps above and give it a name!

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At the Pump: Petrol Prices Around the World (Infographic)

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Alongside the weather and the news, petrol prices are one of the UK’s favourite subjects for small talk. Whether you’re outraged at the ever-increasing prices at your local garage or gobsmacked at discovering a cheaper petrol pump, we never seem to tire of discussing how much we put in the tank!

We got to thinking about how our prices in the UK compare on a global scale: are we all moaning about nothing or are we really paying premium prices?

To find out, we did some research into the current global petrol prices. Whether you’re surprised by our findings or not, at least you can introduce some impressive facts into your next conversation over petrol prices! Without further ado, here’s our research on petrol prices from around the world.

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Heavyweights: The Best Selling Cars of All Time

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From Aston Martins to Bentleys, everyone has their dream car, which got us to thinking: what do most of us Brits end up with? Here’s our lowdown on the best-selling models in the UK of all time*.

1. Ford Fiesta – 4.13 million+ sold

From first time drivers to OAPs, who has ever looked out of place behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta in the UK? We seem to love this crowd-pleasing hatchback model. In fact, the British public has apparently accounted for the ownership of roughly a quarter of the Fiestas that have ever existed. Icon.

2. Ford Escort – 4 million+ sold

That’s right, Ford takes first and second on our most sold models list in the UK. Despite this car being discontinued over 15 years ago, it dominated two decades worth of the automotive market – totting up an impressive number of sales in the process.

3. Vauxhall Astra – 2.8 million+ sold

This was by far the closest Ford ever got to any serious sales competition. The original Vauxhall Astra has been one of the best-selling cars in the UK since 1979. Its forty-year existence makes it one of the longest-living cars still in production.

4. Ford Cortina – 2.5 million+ sold

For a staggering nine-year run from 1972 to 1981, the Ford Cortina was the best-selling car in the country. In 1979, it broke a British record by making 193,000 sales and in its final year of production in 1982 it was second only to its sibling model, the Ford Escort.

5. Vauxhall Corsa – 1.82 million+ sold

This is the dream model for every boy racer that’s just passed their test. The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a popular car in the UK but experienced the height of its success from 2002 to 2005 where it was the best-selling supermini for all four years and in the top three best-selling cars overall.

6. Vauxhall Cavalier – 1.81 million+ sold

The Cavalier is a master of disguise. This family car has had many versions, facelifts and modifications including an estate and a sports coupe version. This automotive chameleon was one of the best-selling cars of the early eighties and was pipped to the top spot only by the Ford Cortina in 1984 and 1985.

7. Volkswagen Golf – 1.8 million+ sold

The Volkswagen Golf might not be the highest-selling hatchback on the market but it certainly holds claim to being the best. The Golf has received multiple international awards over twenty years for being an affordable car with great automotive technology – winning ‘World Car of the Year’ once and ‘European Car of the Year’ twice.

8. Ford Focus – 1.7 million+ sold

The Ford Focus had pretty big shoes to fill when it first came on the market, replacing one of the best-selling Ford models in the UK of all time (the Escort). It didn’t disappoint. The Ford Focus was a favourite amongst mums for its space and the Ford Focus ST was a favourite amongst boy racers for its speed.

9. The Mini – 1.58 million+ sold

Yes, of course, the Mini is on the list. This car has been an icon for the UK automotive industry for more than 50 years. Although it’s ninth on this list, the Mini often features on the top of the greatest British cars polls and is widely considered as one of the most influential models of all time.

10. Rover Metro – 1.49 million+ sold

Intended to be a follow-up from the classic Mini, the Rover Metro became a popular car in its own right: during its early years, it even outsold the almighty Ford Fiesta! Princess Diana also famously owned one before her engagement to Prince Charles – talk about British car royalty!

* Figures accurate as of 2014. Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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Road Rage UK: The UK’s Main Causes of Road Rage

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At one point or another, you will have had some choice words or gestures with a fellow driver on the road. Despite this being a common aspect of modern-day driving, road rage has no official status or definition. It is seen simply as any aggressive or violent reaction to any disagreeable driving. But what do we find most disagreeable?

Road rage is a broad term which is caused by a wide number of irritating driving nuances. However, most of these can be boiled down to one or two actions which prompt an aggressive response. In a poll of over 18,000 drivers (conducted by the AA), these were the six things that topped the list of most frustrating driving habits:

  • Tailgating – 26%
  • Talking on a mobile phone – 25%
  • Hogging the middle lane – 23%
  • Lane drifting i.e. moving across several lanes at once – 10%
  • Overtaking on the inside – 7%
  • Driving too slowly/speeding/littering – 3%

Whilst some of these are actually illegal and others are just plain annoying, they all seem to prompt a road rage response from UK drivers. In fact, 78% of drivers have admitted that they have experienced some kind of road rage and more than half of those drivers stating that it’s a daily occurrence. It’s natural that with all this road rage going on across the country, there are some common phrases we share:

  • Go on then, move! – 72%
  • He’s not even looking! – 67%
  • Of course, it’s a BMW! – 64%
  • You’re welcome! – 58%
  • You could park a bus in there! – 41%
  • Are they actually blind?! – 28%

Yes, so maybe we’ve removed some expletives from the list but we’re sure that you’ll relate to some of these road rage rants all the same! It seems that we’re never short of words when another driver has annoyed us. Surprisingly, a considerable majority of us (66%) said that we were reluctant to use the horn which is designed for such occasions. So, instead of talking about it (or beeping our horns) what should we be doing about all the road rage out there?

There are a number of ways that we can bring more peace to our roads and motorways. Here are our top tips:

  • Plan your journey – The less likely you are to be in a rush, the less likely you are to get exasperated with delays or other drivers.
  • Apologise – If the incident is your fault, openly acknowledge that with an apologetic raised hand. This can diffuse the situation.
  • Ignore aggressive drivers – Avoid eye contact or interacting with a road enraged driver, it will only make things worse.
  • Stay in your vehicle – Under no circumstances should you exit your vehicle to talk with an enraged driver, this could take the situation from frustrating to dangerous very quickly.
  • Pull off the road – If you have been in a road rage incident, pull over and take the time to calm down before driving onwards.

It seems that as long as we have cars, we’ll have road rage. However, the next time you can feel your blood boiling over someone speeding, drifting or simply being downright stupid, take a second to remember that road rage isn’t worth it. The only thing that can come from it is even more bad driving.

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Car Tech That Could Change the Way We Drive

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Technology is constantly moving forward. Just consider what your phone can do now compared to ten years ago. However, it’s not just our phones that are capable of doing more. Today’s cars are near-unrecognisable from their automotive forefathers. Here are some car technologies that could change the way we drive (sooner than you think)!

More fuel-efficient cars

This technology is set to dominate the next stage of the automotive industry – the increasing number of hybrid and electric cars cropping up every day stand testament to this. As many international governments commit to green energy plans, we believe green car technology will (one day) become the norm. Expect to see petrol stations doubling up as electric charge stations in the next decade. Very sci-fi!

Self-driving cars

Autonomous cars are causing a lot of excitement in the automotive industry. A number of companies have invested large amounts of money into cars that can drive and park by themselves. In fact, there is already a wealth of semi-autonomous technology out there, with more and more cars featuring auto-braking sensors, adaptive cruise control and self-parking features.

Energy-storing body panels

Hybrid and electric cars are already set to become the norm of the automotive industry. Whilst this is probably a good thing, there is one slight hang-up that needs some ironing out. The batteries required to run a green energy vehicle add a significant amount of weight onto the vehicle. That’s where energy-storing body panels come in. The idea is that the panels would be able to store some of the energy from the batteries, powering the vehicle when it needs it most. Reducing weight and increasing energy efficiency. Win-win.

Predictive vehicle technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a pivotal part to play when it comes to the future of car technology – especially when it comes to predictive vehicle technology. Put simply, this technology will tell you what your car needs when it needs it. Forget dashboard lights that tell you about issues with your engine or when to top up your petrol, the whole of your car’s performance will be tracked and relayed to you via your smartphone or laptop. From the sensible to the sci-fi, there is no doubt that advancements in-car technology will change the way we drive. If you’re excited about the cars of tomorrow, but looking to finance a car for today – apply now or get in touch with our dedicated team of experts if you have any questions.
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Bluebird and Beyond: A History of the Land Speed Record

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Humans have always been fascinated with going faster. In fact, we seem to associate speed with the advancement of mankind; the fastest vehicle on earth acting as a benchmark to where we’re collectively at. Among the most famous speed vehicles of them all were the Bluebirds.

From 1914 to 1964 the land speed record was dominated by the British. In that time, there were twenty-five records set, of which only two were set by teams outside of the UK. This impressive period of British domination was led by Malcolm Campbell. Campbell was the undisputed king of speed. He broke the record nine times over eleven years, taking the top speed from 146mph to 301mph. The vehicles that he used to make these records were all called ‘Bluebird’.

The name for Campbell’s cars was inspired by a play of the same name by Maurice Maeterlinck. Immediately after seeing the play, Campbell famously woke a paint shop owner in the night so he could purchase azure blue paint before racing at Brooklands the following day. Campbell named three cars this way that all broke the land speed record, increasing the top speed by over 200mph from the first version to the last. However, there would be another record-breaking Bluebird not driven by Malcolm Campbell.

In 1964, Malcolm Campbell’s son Donald followed in his footsteps by setting his own land speed record. Driving in his own vehicle named the Bluebird CN7, Campbell hit a record speed of 403.10mph which was to be the last land speed record set in a wheel-driven vehicle. Astonishingly, in the same year, Campbell also set the water speed record in the Bluebird K7. To this day he remains the only person to ever achieve this feat.

Following on from the Campbells’ reign as the fastest men on earth, the Americans took centre stage in the era of the turbojet engine. This new technology revolutionised the field and enabled previously unimaginable speeds to be reached. For almost a decade the Americans held every land speed record that was set, eventually reaching speeds of over 600mph.

For over a decade, no attempt got close to beating the record set by the Americans. Then the British teams made a comeback. Originally, a small overtake in the record was made by Andy Noble in 1983 – increasing the top speed by almost 3mph. However, Noble continued to direct land speed projects and returned fourteen years later with a new vehicle and a new driver, called Andy Green. In the space of a month, Green became the first person to register a speed over 700mph and the only person to drive a vehicle that broke the speed of sound, peaking at a top speed of 763.035mph. This record stands today, but with two projects currently working on breaking it, it might not stay that way for very long.

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Smart Driving: Top Car Apps

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The whole world is being driven by smart technology, and the car industry is no exception. From the giants of Google and Apple, to ingenious tech start-ups, everyone is trying to provide a better driving experience through their apps. To give you a little steer in the right direction, we’ve got a list of our top car apps.

Waze

Waze is easily one of the best car apps around. Essentially, it’s the most comprehensive route-planning app on the market, taking every factor into account to suggest the best journey possible. Waze tells you about live traffic conditions and gives you optimised alternative routes in real-time. It also lets you know about upcoming speed cameras as well as driving hazards. These hazards include road closures, construction delays and even sneaky potholes.

Drivvo

If you’re the kind of person that isn’t knowledgeable about cars, Drivvo is the app for you. It lets you keep track of almost every service and maintenance issue you could encounter. You can also use Drivvo to keep a track of your vehicle expenses (such as fuel, maintenance and tax). If that isn’t enough, it will also update you when you need to refill your car with petrol or get your next car service – useful!

Smart Dash Cam

Having a black box is perfect for some drivers but having a dedicated dash cam can be hassle and/or expensive. Enter Smart Dash Cam, this free app transforms the camera on your smart phone into a dash cam. You can set the app to only operate at specific times in your journey that you know will be particularly hazardous. You can also use any other apps whilst using it – music, route-planning, etc.

PetrolPrices

Petrol is one of the most expensive parts of having a car, so it’s understandable that many of us try to organise our journeys around where we can fill up our cars for a good price. Well, PetrolPrices is here to help make that a whole lot easier. Over 97% of the UK’s petrol stations are on the app! So, next time you need to fill up the car on your way somewhere – fire up PetrolPrices.

Parkopedia

How many of us have taken in most of the city from a car window with our necks craned out of the window, driving round in ever frustrating circles trying to find somewhere to park? According to Parkopedia: too many! This app records the location of over 70 million parking spaces, in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. With those kinds of numbers, finding a car parking space should become a lot easier.

Car apps are there to make your driving experience as smooth as it possibly can be. From planning the best journey and plotting out petrol stops along the way, to keeping track of your car expenses and making sure you capture video of any potential dangers or accidents on the roads – these car apps have got you covered when you’re behind the wheel. Plus, when it’s finally time to get out and give the legs a stretch, parking the car will be easy as you like!

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Flashy: Car Brands and the Stereotypes People Have About Them

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Be honest with yourself, at some point you’ve judged somebody by the car that they drive. We know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but sometimes it’s far too fun! So, here’s some of the car brands and stereotypes people have about them.*

Hatchbacks

Hatchbacks have been the starting car for almost everyone, but some people just can’t seem to break themselves of the habit. Here’s some of our stereotypical hatchback hunches:
  • Volkswagen Beetle – Estate agents, hairdressers and happy-go-lucky types.
  • Peugeots – Elderly teachers and university lecturers with a boot full of boxes.
  • Vauxhall Corsa – Boy and girl racers starting out.
  • VW Golf GTIs – Boy and girl racers that have graduated from the Corsa school.
  • Toyota – It’s written into the T&Cs that only a boring person can buy a Toyota.

Saloons

Saloons are often thought of as being the compulsory car of suited and booted business types, and if we’re honest, it’s probably true. Here’s our sly saloon stereotypes:
  • BMW – Yuppie suit type – younger.
  • Mercedes – Yuppie suit type – older.
  • Audi – Yuppie suit types who like to think they’re not a yuppie suit type.
  • Jaguars – Former aristocrats, who refer to everyone outside of their friends as ‘new money’.
  • Volvo – Steady Eddies who like safety and reliability, a lot.
  • Subaru – Extreme racers, there is a 9/10 chance that they could probably fix your car in any scenario.

4X4s

4X4s are reserved for those that are starting to make their way or have already reached the top of the ladder of success. Here’s our favourable 4×4 mentions:
  • Land Rovers – Middle aged tweed-clad couples with a Collie in the boot.
  • Range Rovers – Yummy mummies and football players.
Whether it’s a lifestyle symbol, childhood dream or just a matter of practicality – there’s no denying that certain people are drawn to certain cars. Perhaps this says something about the importance we place on cars, and perhaps our cars do actually say a lot about who we are – even if they don’t, you can still spot car stereotypes from a mile off! *Disclaimer: there is no offence meant by the following stereotypes, they are exclusively for comic purposes.
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Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 23.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 23.88%, 47 monthly payments of £234.69 followed by 1 payment of £244.69, total cost of credit is £3,775.12, total amount payable is £11,275.12.

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