All you need to know about car purchasing, financing and garages

How to buy and/or complain about a new or secondhand car and/or a garage

Purchasing a car, second to your own home is probably the biggest purchase many of us will ever make. Most purchases go smoothly although it may not seem like it! Regardless of whether you buy a new or second hand car, at some point it will probably end up in a garage to for service and/or repair.

So I’ve brought together lots of different posts all in one place!

steering wheel and dashboard

Stories of buying cars and complaining

Smart Car Not Smart Enough for this Cow! Gaining redress for faulty new car) This is the story of how my Mum’s new car developed faults for which SmartCar (Mercedez) didn’t want to provide redress. I won.

How to complain about a second hand car story of how I helped Elaine get a full refund for her second hand car

How to protect yourself when purchasing a car and how to complain

Car buyers alert: how not to get fobbed off what you need to know to ensure you are in a good position when buying a new or secondhand car

Everything you need to know about financing your car purchase the different ways of financing your car and what to do if it goes wrong

A guide to credit and debit cards and the Consumer Credit Act 1974 how and when you can complain to your credit card company or bank

What you need to know when using a garage

How not to get fobbed off by a garage (and what to do if you have been!) how to protect yourself when choosing and using a garage

How to save money on car insurance

How to save money on your car insurance lots of tips and ideas on saving money on your car insurance

Do Morethan just comparison websites for insurance quotes! word of warning about only using one site for comparing quotes

Why motor legal protection is a rip off and the free alternative what it says on the tin!

4 cars in grid square with title caption

More help and advice on effective complaining

Why you should write not ‘phone to complain effectively the importance of writing not phoning when complaining

For more help on complaining effectively see Top 20 Tips How to Complain!

How to Complain: The Essential Consumer Guide to Getting Refunds, Redress and Results!

 

For masses of information, tips, guidance, laws and regulations and templates GET THE BOOK! How To Complain: The ESSENTIAL Consumer Guide to Getting REFUNDS, Redress and RESULTS!

 

Guide to saving money when getting to the airport

How to save money getting to the airport

You need to factor in the cost of airport parking versus any form of getting to the airport when booking a holiday. Last year when booking a holiday I looked at the same holiday departing from two different airports. It was actually cheaper from Southend airport than Gatwick. However, before booking I checked the cost of car parking and once that (and the same driving time) was factored in, it was cheaper to go from Gatwick.

So how can you make sure you don’t get stung and end up paying more than you might otherwise need to do!

1)Always do your research on the cost of travel – do the flight times mean that public transport is out of the question? Would altering the flight times make a difference to overall cost even if the cost of the flight goes up?

2) Use comparison sites for airports as well as looking direct as prices can vary enormously.

3) Use cashback sites like *Topcashback to get money back on the cost.

4) Sign up for emails – sometimes you can get good discount codes in advance of booking your holiday, but always check with and without.

5) Clear your cookies each time you go back to a site so the cost doesn’t go up.

6) Look at getting a taxi it could be cheaper.

7) Book the car park as much in advance as possible, prices tend to go up nearer the date of flight.

8) Check terms and conditions, do you want to pay a few quid extra for free cancellation for example?

9) Make sure you are comparing like with like, e.g. off airport parking, local sites, meet and greet, transfer times etc.

10) Most car parks book within 24 hour periods so give yourself leeway in case the flight is late coming back which will mean you will avoid a possible late arrival fee.

11) Check out other places to park, could be someone rents out their parking space outside their house, or it’s cheaper to park at a train station!

12) Consider a hotel which offers parking, sometimes when you take public transport instead of driving and parking it may be cheaper.

In order to avoid any possible issues, take photos of the car before you leave your keys including one of the mileage. If you do it will be much easier to complain to gain redress. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 the car park must provide services with reasonable skill and care. If it does not do so then you are entitled to redress.

cars parked in open space

Look out timber frame on a beach "researching, booking and complaining aabout holidays and flights. Tips, ideas and your rights"

 

 

See lots more for All you need to know about booking/complaining about holidays/flights/travel

 

 

 

*refer a friend link