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DVLA has now completed automatic roll out of the red vehicle registration certificate (V5C). It is now encouraging the keepers of any vehicles who still have an old style blue V5C to replace it with new a red V5C free of charge. This can be done by sending the original blue V5C with a covering letter to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BA. Or by telephoning 0300 790 6802, you will need to have the registration number, make and model of the vehicle and the document reference number of the blue V5C (this is the 11 digit number on the front of the V5C). You must be the registered keeper and there must be no changes needed to the V5C. DVLA also recommends that any buyer offered a second hand vehicle with a blue V5C gets the seller to replace the document with a red one from DVLA before they part with any money for the vehicle.


It is a good idea to take a photo of your insurance certificate and V5C (Log book) of your vehicles, and send it to me and I will up load these to your on line vehicle details, enabling you to access these important documents from anywhere.

You might think why this is necessary, well I can tell you that if you ever find your selves towed away you will not be able to retrieve your vehicle without copies of these documents, of course you can use our retrieval service as we do not need these documents as we have our own trade insurance certificates and authority documents in place.

You do have the option of depositing all your vehicle documents with us for safe keeping (its free)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Safe motoring




Diesel now the enemy!


Isn’t it typical, like many of us I converted to diesel being told of economy and emission benefits, and let me tell you I am impressed with the power and performance of diesel engines, but now we are told of dangerous gases and carcinogenic particulate matter (PM) that are spewed out into the atmosphere from such engines.
The TFL are already busy conducting studies and are set to introduce a congestion charge (there answer to everything) for the owners who choose to drive in central London with their pre 2014 diesel engine cars and vans, this will cause much consternation with all the private owners and companies that run commercial fleets etc.
No doubt a glut of diesel engine vehicles will be going cheap in the not too distant future.
It’s quite difficult to know what to do next, there is something about electric cars that just does not seem right.
Maybe my age is prejudicing the new technology, so it looks like a flight back to petrol engines or hybrids.
Pure electric is still not there, unless you can afford the revered Tesla, but even this has its draw backs as it needs special charging posts, that are not yet readily available on every corner.
If you wish to sell your diesel vehicles before the prices start to plummet give me a call.

Winter motoring tips

Check your car or get us to do it for you

  • Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.
  • Battery – the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
  • Fuel – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
  • Lights – check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs. (we can supply call us)
  • Tyres – should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.
  • Windscreen – reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
  • Screen wash – use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
  • TOP TIP Locks and door seals – stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing. (we can supply call us)
  • Going away? – Don’t go away and leave car on street without letting us know.

Tyres, the urgent demand deal

The moment you need to replace a worn or damaged tyre you will find that finding the exact replacement becomes quite a chore, dealers will sense your anxiety and will apply the urgent demand deal price, you will hear the stock in trade comment ”Let me check, yes, I’ve got one left” this usually closes the deal. Or the make and size you want is on back order and will be a couple of days!

Had you called and calmly enquired (out of curiosity) the cost of replacing one of your tyres it would have been quite a different response, discounts and special offers would be thrown at you, and an amicable negotiation would have been achieved.

Of course our office is always engaged in negotiations on behalf of our members with dealers to secure the best prices available.

We then arrange either the car to be collected and taken to the garage or a mobile unit sent out to you for the tyre to be fitted.

Those of you who like digging the well before thirst sets in, can order the tyre of your choice from us which we will store at our garage in Battersea (free of charge) in readiness for that fateful day when a replacement is necessary, Thus protecting you against the urgent demand deal and non availability issue.

Email me your tyre sizes for a quote or arrange for one of us to visit you.






Tax discs expired!

Vehicle tax changes

From the 1st of October 2014 the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen.

It doesn’t matter whether if it has time to run it can be discarded or kept as a souvenir.

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire (and we will too).

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Myths of driving with a failed MoT

The question many motorists ask is, does it really matter if I drive my car without an MoT?

Also, what happens if I take my car for an MoT before the previous one has lapsed and it fails? In this case, you may wonder if your MoT failure has caused the old MoT certificate to become invalid, even if it’s still in date?

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£1000 fine threatened for an expired driving licence

Let us have the expiry dates and we will ensure you never forget this potential nightmare.

Many motorists could find themselves having to pay out £1,000 if they fail to keep their driving licence up to date.

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Driverless cars

Google have announced they are going to launch driverless cars!
If this is to succeed it will mean the beginning of the end for the private hire business which might be a good thing.

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