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Beware the Cash for Crash scams

04 Sep

Crash for cash scams are staged collisions.

The one to watch for is when someone deliberately flashes you to dupe you into thinking they are giving way and then driving into the side of your vehicle. This makes it very difficult for you to prove that you were given way to turn into the road, and allows the other party to make an exaggerated insurance claim. Continue reading →

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Do your Homework before the School Run

29 Aug

The school run brings with it a 20 per cent growth in rush hour traffic. A little preparation can go a long way to making the school run easier, safer and less stressful, so take the extra time and plan ahead. Continue reading →

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A Clear Sign of Success.

24 Jul

Your car or van is a mobile advertising hoarding for your business, but are you making the most of it? Continue reading →

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Keeping your vehicles and drivers legal

19 Jul

IF YOU run a small fleet of 5 or more vehicles you have a legal obligation to ensure you assess the road risk of your drivers and that your company cars comply with safety and documentation requirements. Continue reading →

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Simple Tips for a Stress Free Commute

18 Jul

The biggest problem with commuting is that everyone travels at the same time. People get frustrated and tired and will be more inclined to behave unpredictably – be wary and anticipate the actions of road users around you. Continue reading →

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Standing out in the Crowd

05 Jul

This is a car to be noticed for two reasons – it’s the new Vauxhall Ampera which has a fantastic new generation electric/petrol hybrid engine and it has been beautifully wrapped by its proud owner – Signs Express in Northampton. Continue reading →

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We’re all going on a Summer holiday!

17 Jun

As the summer holidays approach, you may be considering driving in Europe.  This article includes several tips about safe driving in both France and Germany.  Remember you must comply with the rules of every country you drive through. Continue reading →

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Driving Abroad – Plan and Prepare

06 Jun

If you’re planning to drive in Europe, you’ll need to be aware that driving laws and regulations differ from country to country. Even if you’re planning to merely pass through a country, you’ll need to be aware of their regulations for touring drivers. Plan and prepare for your trip abroad and get up to speed with the local rules of the road. Continue reading →

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Driving and Dementia Awareness Week

23 May

This week is Dementia Awareness Week, and as dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 – an age group which makes up 25 per cent of the UK driving population – here are some tips for older drivers. Continue reading →

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Top Tips When Leasing a Van

10 May

When leasing a van for business purposes it’s always best to do your research. There are a lot of things you need to consider before you commit to a particular vehicle. Here are a few things for you to think about before choosing your new van: Continue reading →

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Beer and Barbeques

09 May

Summer is nearly here! The summer is a time of festivals, BBQs and jam packed beer gardens. But the summer sees a rise in drink-drive casualties too. Enjoy yourself and leave the car at home if you plan to celebrate with a drink.  Here are a few things to consider this summer: Continue reading →

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Don’t go parking up the wrong tree.

01 May

As a lady trying to park her car goes ‘viral’ on youtube, here are a few hints to make parking easier and to save any embarrassment:

Park on the left-hand side of the road if possible – make it always if it’s at night.

In a car park you should reverse into parking spaces. This will make it safer when you’re driving out and more fuel efficient as you’ll be manoeuvring with a warm engine. Also, it’s easier to steer into a small space backwards rather than forwards – steering effectively with the rear wheels is better for manoeuvring.

If reversing into a space, try to start by manoeuvring the car so that the space is straight behind you – the less turning you have to do backwards, the easier most people find it to judge.

Some buildings have signs saying to park nose in, because of where air intakes are for the ventilation and where car exhaust pipes will be when parked backwards – look for the signs so you don’t gas the occupants!

Car sides are often not straight, so watch other things than just the car next to you when lining up in a space.

A higher seating position inside the car makes it easier to manage knowing where the corners are when in a tight space.

Use your mirrors as well as looking over your shoulder to check how close to things you are, and how straight your vehicle is. And there’s no shame in peering out of an open window to get a better look.

At the supermarket, try and park away from trolley parks and corners to avoid your car being damaged.

Think about which bit of the car you need access to when you get back to it – so if you have heavy items to lift into the boot, park so it is easily accessible.

When reversing in a space, the rear wheels are the point where a car “pivots”, so watching where they are relative to the corner of a wall/other car is really useful.  Once they are past the corner, the way you steer relative to it will need to change as not to clip the other object with the rear of your vehicle.

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Driving Safely on Country Road

18 Apr

Going for a Drive?

Enjoy our beautiful country roads with thes simple tips to keep you safe:

  • Always ensure you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear on your own side of the road. This will mean you probably need to significantly reduce your speed when approaching bends. Accelerate only when you can see through the bend.
  • Be aware that vulnerable road users including cyclists and horses are more likely to use these roads, and give them plenty of space when you do come across them.
  • Rural roads can be very windy. Use the line of hedges, trees or telegraph poles to reveal which direction the road goes in well in advance.
  • Drive with extra care past apparently isolated houses and buildings, in case people or vehicles are around.
  • Mud on the road may mean that farm vehicles will be moving around. Look out for vehicles emerging from field entrances.
  • Don’t swerve uncontrollably if a small animal darts out in front of you. It’s better to have a broken fog light or a dented bumper than the loss of control or a serious accident.
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What To Do If Buying A Car Outright Just Isn’t Affordable

02 Apr

For many people buying a car outright is something that’s just not financially possible nowadays. That is unless you want to be driving around a piece of metal that has more wrong with it then right. We here at Applewood Vehicle Finance we have an affordable solution for you. Continue reading →

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World Car Awards 2013 – Shortlists Revealed

28 Feb

It’s that time of the year again and the nominees for this year’s World Car awards have been revealed! The four categories have been narrowed down and the shortlists have been announced.

The best cars from the last 12 months have been chosen by a panel of 66 International automotive journalists from five countries: UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Russia. Continue reading →

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Top Tips for Car Leasing

31 Jan

When you’re looking to upgrade your car it can sometimes be difficult to decide what the best option is – should you lease or buy a car outright. Interest rates are staying low for 2013 so car leasing may well be the way to go. Here are some important things to remember when you’re leasing a car: Continue reading →

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The Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost

31 Jan

You may be wondering how a little 999cc can haul a Ford Focus across Britain’s roads but the 1.0 Ecoboost does just that. The little turbo charged, three cylinder engine packs a punch, matching the traditional 1.6 Focus at an impressive 123bhp. It has much lower torque and brilliant fuel economy, offering 40mpg-plus. Continue reading →

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First of the fleet ready for delivery

12 Dec

Smart signwriting completed and the first van of the fleet is ready for delivery to our customer.

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Leasing a Car Vs Buying

07 Dec

With the rising price of insurance premiums, fuel and car prices in general it can sometimes be difficult to know what is the cheapest way or running a car, should you lease or should you buy a car outright? Continue reading →

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30 Nov

We have come across a Payday Loan company that is scamming our website address, along with a number of other reputable businesses.  The link is this below:

Applewood Vehicle Finance Ltd are in no way related to this and we are taking steps to prevent this from continuing.

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Company Driver Policy

12 Oct

Do you have a driver policy in place for your employees?  Talk to us about the legal requirements and we can supply you with a sample policy free of charge.

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New Website Launched

20 Jul

Our new website is now live.  Have a look at the offers available for immediate delivery.

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Best deals on servicing

09 Jul

Cover all your servicing costs with a simple monthly payment.

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