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25% Only Clean Cars ‘Once Every


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Once you’ve bought your stunning BMW from Hampshire dealers, it might be a good idea to keep it as clean as you can, or you could end up harbouring all sorts of germs in your vehicle that you might not even be aware of.


According to new research from Carfused.com, 25 per cent of people in Britain only clean their cars once every three months, despite the fact that investigations by the company have found that vehicles contain bacteria including Staphylococcus and E.coli.


Although it would seem as though we don’t keep our cars clean, a filthy motor can put people off from buying. In fact, 20 per cent said that they would pay less for a car if it looked dirty, so if you are thinking about selling your vehicle make sure you take it for a full service and pay a visit to the car wash first.


“You normally hear stories of people taking real pride in their car, cleaning it every weekend and ensuring it’s immaculate at all times. It’s really worrying to see, then, just how dirty people are letting their cars get. We were expecting to find some bad stuff from the University of Nottingham’s testing but we didn’t expect to find bacteria relating to E.coli in there,” spokeswoman for Carfused.com Kate Rose said.


Keep your new BMW clean by using stiff scrub brushes on the carpets and compressed air to help you get rid of any lingering dirt. Remember – just because it looks clean doesn’t mean it is.


 

Is Mobile Phone Use Whilst Driving Declining?


Latest statistics appear to show that mobile phone use while driving is dropping. The total drop seem to equate to a reduction of 47%, which is very significant. Is the message finally getting through do you think about the dangers of being distracted by your mobile device whilst driving? Some say yes - Probably not thinks Mercedes Hampshire!


Since 2009, the number of police patrol cars on our roads has dropped dramatically – FACT! This therefore means that there are less traffic police officers out there to issue tickets. In fact, the Department for Transport figures shows an unchanged amount of motorists using their smart phones at the wheel.


Since 2010, the amount of people involved in accidents caused by using their phone at the wheel, has increased by some 40%. This would certainly point to the fact that at least the same number of people still appear to be using their phones behind the wheel, if not more. The suggested reduction therefore seems to be a misleading statistic that says more about our reducing police force on our highways than mobile phone usage whilst behind the wheel.


The RAC recently commented; “There is still an enormous gulf between what the law states – that handheld mobile phones should not be used behind the wheel – and what motorists see happening on our roads. Drivers are routinely using their phones at red traffic lights, or even while on the move. We have already highlighted the large reductions in the numbers of full-time roads policing officers affecting many of our regional police forces. On average across the country there was a 23% cut in their budgets between 2010 and 2014 – meaning that there are 1,279 fewer officers patrolling our roads. With budgetary constraints, roads policing officer numbers are not going to increase in the near future, but we believe that now is time to halt this critical decline and stop further year-on-year cuts. We also look to the Government to propose other means of enforcing the existing traffic laws to reduce risks on our roads.”


Have you been affected by someone else using their smart phone whilst behind the wheel? Have you been tempted to use yours while behind the wheel? Let us know your thoughts in the “Contact Us” section of our website – we love to hear from you.


Driving Test To Feature GPS

When you are traveling round the south of England in the best used Audi Hampshire has to offer, make sure you are using your GPS safely.


In an attempt to get people using these systems safely and update the driving test to better reflect driving in the UK today, the DVLA is looking at introducing Sat Nav GPS systems into the driving test.


It could replace a part of the test introduced in the past decade called independent driving. At the moment this part of the test involves the instructor telling the person taking the driving test to follow signs to a certain area on their own.


This could be changed so the person taking the test follows the instructions on a GPS system. People taking their driving test could still also use road signs as a second option and to make sure that they know where they are going.


There have been some trials of the new test using a SatNav in an attempt to see how helpful the change could be.


Other changes are planned for the driving test, including reversing out of a parking bay.


Some instructors have reservations that the changes could lead to people becoming dependent on the technology. There have, however, been examples of accidents and fatalities taking place after drivers who recently passed their test used the technology inappropriately.


You can read more about the changes planned for the driving test on The Express Newspaper website. What do you think of this development? Let us know.


Mercedes Hampshire Offers the very Best of Nearly-NEW Mercedes-Benz Models


Purchasing a nearly NEW car, is all about achieving maximum value for your money. In today’s opulent society, luxury cars are something that a large number of people can only dream about. But this dream does not necessarily has to remain a dream especially for today's successful professional. Now consider the latest high-end Mercedes Benz? For example these latest S-Class models have a totally new look and are the epitome of high-tech design with luxury, and Mercedes-Benz Hampshire is the perfect place for you to investigate your options prior to achieving an unforgettable deal.


There are many reasons why you should go with this exceptional brand with its stunning youthful looks. Once you begin to understand this, you will know that these cars are truly the real deal. From the minute you settle in the driving seat, you will begin a memorable driving experience. Ownership of such a high spec nearly new Mercedes Benz will lead to an extremely pleasurable safe driving for many years to come. These are the qualities that are painstakingly brought to you through the genius of Sindelfingen. The many reasons to buy a Mercedes-Benz is simply surmised in the famous slogan: "Das beste oder nichts!" in other words “The Best or Nothing.” Mercedes-Benz continues on its long history of bringing new technology innovations to the automotive industry. Based on this tradition, Mercedes-Benz clientele have come to expect nothing less than technological innovation and leadership. That means, Mercedes-Benz has to deliver the very best in all areas: research and development, production, sales, service, purchasing and aftermarket business. “Nothing but the best” is reflected in the company’s core values of perfection, fascination and responsibility and is ingrained in their corporate culture. You’ll find that we at Mercedes Hampshire understand that it is a privilege for us to offer such a fine vehicle to you. We invite you to log-on to our website at http://www.hicalibrecars.com and later visit us at our dealership in Fareham. A new way to discover or re-discover Mercedes-Benz and get the very best for yourself.


Mercedes Hampshire are very familiar with these advanced technologies and can make your future driving experience with these beautiful cars painless and pleasurable.


Why Mercedes Benz?


What begins as a breakthrough becomes the standard for every car on the road. Enjoyment is paramount along the ever more exciting road map to the future and a never-ending roster of new achievements. Since inventing the first car, Mercedes-Benz has set the pace for what all cars might someday become. With an ongoing stream of firsts in safety, performance and driving there’s only one reason the world’s first automaker remains first in innovation. Carl Benz said it best: "The love of inventing never dies and that can’t be measured", for Mercedes-Benz is not interested in building cars that are merely powerful or fast. Instead, they engineer cars that combine the many facets of performance to create something extraordinary. From the most affordable A-Class to racy AMG and S-Class models, a new generation of power is sweeping through Mercedes-Benz. Advanced new Direct Injection petrol engines give stronger performance from less fuel with fewer emissions. From the new ECO Stop/Start function to advanced two-mode hybrid with full electric capability, numerous supplemental innovations further reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of conventional-fuel engines. Mercedes-Benz knows, fulfilling that destiny will take more than just plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. That’s why they’ve driven innovation of renewable, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell power. You can own the future today for example, with the B-Class F-CELL. The Mercedes-Benz family is devoted to the craft of car manufacture. A Mercedes-Benz should always look like a Mercedes-Benz, and what they produce are vehicles that not only look, but feel and sound like nothing else on the road. For well over half a century, Mercedes-Benz engineers have been devoted to preparing for a moment they hope never occurs. Mercedes-Benz offers exclusive new breakthroughs to help make an accident less severe, less damaging, and even less likely. Mercedes Benz is well known to set the trend that all other car manufacturers may follow someday. It stands first in terms of safety, comfort, performance and all other aspects. Mercedes Benz dealer Hampshire is an organization well familiar with the facts that makes the brand popular among the people. As the new buyer finds it difficult to decide which way to go when it comes to selecting a car; then Mercedes Hampshire will make the task painless and pleasurable.


After Sales Support


We have always paid a great customer attention and the highest quality of service and support for your nearly NEW Mercedes-Benz. The slogan says it all – "Das beste oder nichts!" (The best or nothing) Mercedes dealer Hampshire helps you achieve such levels of after sales service effortlessly.

 

School Runs ‘Add 35 Minutes’ On Average To Weekly Commutes


Once you’ve sorted your new car out via the best Hampshire used Audi dealership out there, make sure you bear in mind that the school run could make your morning commute to work a bit longer as more cars are out there on the road.


According to new research from Confused.com, the start of the school term means that commuters driving to work will find that an extra 35 minutes on average is added to their journey times in the mornings as parents take their children to school.


During the summer holidays, the typical daily commute was 23 minutes but once the kids are back in the classroom this climbs to 30 minutes.


In all, 86 per cent of Britons use their vehicle to get themselves to work, with 49 per cent reporting back that their commute was a lot quicker during the holidays. What’s more, 32 per cent admit that they’ve got to work in a bad mood because of terrible traffic, while 27 per cent say they’ve experienced road rage on their way to the office.


“Drivers should take extra care during heavy traffic in the morning – any erratic driving as a result of road rage or other drivers on the road could lead to accidents which will have an impact on insurance premiums,” head of motor insurance with the price comparison site Gemma Stanbury warned.


If you’ve been the victim of a road rage incident where you’ve been threatened or damage has been done either to yourself or your car, make sure you get in touch with your local police force on 101.

 

Don't Neglect Your Car Repairs!

 

After you've bought a new set of wheels from Hampshire Audi dealers, make sure that you take your car for regular services and check-ups with your local mechanic so you know that your vehicle is always roadworthy and doesn't represent a risk.

 

According to new research from Gocompare.com, 11 per cent of drivers have put off replacing their tyres and five per cent have delayed brake repairs because they're a bit strapped for cash, but such delays could either make your car dangerous to drive or even illegal.

 

It was found that just 61 per cent of motorists fully understand their dashboard displays (so perhaps familiarise yourself with all the knobs and dials), 59 per cent know what the service interval is and 66 per cent state that they have their car serviced regularly.

 

In terms of costing, the average amount a car service will set you back each year is 205. In London, you can expect to pay an average of 283, while in the north-east of the country you'll face a bill of 135.

 

"While delaying repairs and maintenance may seem like a good way of saving cash, it can lead to more serious problems and bigger bills in the long-run and could render your car unsafe and illegal to drive," Gocompare.com car insurance spokesman Matt Oliver said.

 

The purpose of a service is to check over all the parts of your car that will wear down over time, such as brake pads and the oil - which you may not know how to check yourself. As every vehicle is different, check your handbook when you buy a new car to find out what will need replacing.

 

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Enjoy our latest high-end arrivals into our stock of 4-marquees of distinction namely Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW and Audi.


These absolute thoroughbreds are extremely well specified one owner low mileage specimens defining luxury at their best, the true luxury Hi-End performance saloon of the 21st century. An incredible car with an unbeatable value. That is the ingenious of SINDELFINGEN & INGOLSTADT in living form, which is what makes an everyday reality of these Beauties with Driving Excellence. Why not be part of this incredibly enjoyable driving experience, and be part of Mercedes-Benz and Audi’s world of luxury. A unique opportunity of experiencing and owning these stupendous driving machines conceived and built for the special in you!

 

Top 5 Tips for Cutting Car Insurance....!


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Here are our top tips for Hampshire Porsche drivers and others around the UK who are keen to cut their insurance premiums down as much as possible – a concern for the majority of motorists, we’d have thought.


Safety and security


If you’ve got a garage or a driveway, then you’ll be able to reduce your premiums a bit. Insurers will offer you more affordable cover if you can offer your car protection, so add some extra security features to it as well.


Name drivers


Even if you think you’re the safest driver around, you can be placed in a high-risk category if you’ve recently passed your test, have previous claims or are under 25 years old. So name a more experienced driver on your policy to help bring the premiums down.


Pay upfront


People think often think it’s cheaper to pay monthly but if your bank balance can swallow the whole amount at once, you could save yourself a few hundred pounds. So try and pay it all upfront if you can.


Type of cover


The majority of insurers will offer three different levels of cover – comprehensive, third party fire and theft, and third party. The minimum level legally required is third party, but it’s not always the cheapest. The best deals can be found on comprehensive cover so make sure you do your research before you buy.


Got any advice of your own for keeping car insurance costs to a minimum? Give us a shout in the comments box below.

 

Do You Know What The Speed Limit Is...?

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You may have passed your test and think you know the Highway Code like the back of your hand, but chances are what you think is right is actually quite incorrect, at least where speed limits are concerned. Once you’ve got your new car sorted from Hampshire Mercedes dealers and are about to take to the road, just have a think to see if you know what the limit is on the kind of highway you’re on. According to new research from The Co-operative Insurance, 38 per cent of people cannot correctly identify the speed limit for a single carriageway road. Apparently, 25 per cent think it’s 50mph and ten per cent think it’s 70mph. In fact, just 36 per cent of those asked managed to get the answer right. "The impact of not being aware of speed limits on the roads can’t be underestimated; speeds are set for a reason and driving without knowing speed can have harmful consequences to other road users and pedestrians, especially if you are travelling too fast,” The Co-operative Insurance’s Steve Kerrigan said. Even if you’re a seasoned motorist, it can’t hurt to refresh yourself about the rules of the road. Did you know that the speed limit varies depending on what kind of vehicle you’re driving, for example? If you’re in a car, dual-purpose motor or a van and you have a caravan or trailer in tow, the speed limit on a single carriageway drops from 60mph to 50mph. Learning the rules can only be beneficial for you and other drivers if you want to stay safe on the road.

 

Beware Internet-Enabled Dongles…!   


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As Hampshire Mercedes dealers, we like to keep abreast of the latest motoring news and developments, and have just discovered that internet-enabled dongles that are typically bought by drivers after a new car investment could actually be putting their vehicles at risk. New research from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) has found that certain gadgets could make it easier for hackers to infiltrate vehicles, with the team finding that there are two entry points that could be made more secure – the configuration options and the update protocol, Wired reports.The UCSD researchers noted in a paper that will be presented at a Usenix security conference soon that “this problem is particularly challenging because, since this is aftermarket equipment, it cannot be well addressed by automobile manufacturers themselves”. This is of course concerning to all drivers behind the wheel of internet-connected cars. Back in July, Wired’s Andy Greenberg was shown just what could happen if hackers did decide to target a vulnerable vehicle. Hackers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller were able to turn the AC on full, change radio stations, turn the windscreen wipers on and turn the transmission off – stopping the accelerator from working. If you have invested in a new car and are planning on buying aftermarket gadgets to connect your car to the internet, be it to carry out safety checks, to synchronise your multimedia or to reduce your insurance costs, it might be worth thinking again and doing more research to find out if such additions will make your motor more vulnerable.

 

The very Best of Nearly-NEW Cars - The 4th generation Audi A8 has been the sweetest yet..!


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Purchasing a nearly NEW car, is all about achieving maximum value for your money. In today’s opulent society, luxury cars are something that a large number of people can only dream about. But this dream does not necessarily has to remain a dream especially for today's successful professional. Now consider the latest high-end Mercedes Benz? For example these latest A8 models have a totally new look and are the epitome of high-tech design with luxury, and AUDI Hampshire is the perfect place for you to investigate your options prior to achieving an unforgettable deal. You’ll find that we at Audi Hampshire understand that it is a privilege for us to offer such a fine vehicle to you. We invite you to log-on to our website at http://www.hicalibrecars.com and later visit us at our dealership in Fareham. A new way to discover or re-discover Audi and get the very best for yourself.


Audi Hampshire are very familiar with these advanced technologies and can make your future driving experience with these beautiful cars painless and pleasurable. The 4th generation A8 is by far the sweetest, most sophisticated executive saloon Audi has ever made. Audi is also calling it the sportiest A8 yet. At a glance, this may seem a little difficult to digest. It’s hard to equate two-ton plus twin-turbo with sporty—but that’s one of the many pleasant surprises about this thoroughbred designer automotive powerhouse. Basics: This is the fourth generation of Audi’s premium saloon. Like the other established players in this exclusive game—BMW 7-series, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS460, Mercedes S-class—the latest big Audi has grown bigger. Audi’s extensive use of aluminium helps keep weight somewhat in check despite the standard all-wheel-drive system. And a slick new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission—plus the addition of 22 horses to the 4.2-liter, direct-injection V-8—makes the A8 livelier than its curb weight suggests. The engine’s basic specifications haven’t changed a great deal; the gains were achieved by adding Audi’s variable intake-valve-lift system and reducing internal friction. Only the Mercedes S400 hybrid is believed to surpasses the A8’s overall ratings. However, where the A8 really justifies Audi’s “sportiest” claim is in its composure on lumpy back roads when the g-loads are coming from odd angles and the pace is brisk. BMW wrote the manual on this—a benchmark blend of compliance and agility. Still, Audi’s adaptive air suspension may have added a new chapter. With its combination of forward-weight bias and all-wheel drive, under-steer is still the basic dynamic trait. But the push is mild, the threshold of stability-control intervention is high, and the predictability factor is exceptional. The faster you go, the more level the car’s cornering attitude becomes as it hunkers down and attacks the apexes—all this and supple ride quality, too. Inside, the new A8 is what we’ve come to expect from Audi—tasteful, elegant, and adjustable to just about any personal dimensions you bring to the supportive leather seats. Even Quasimodo could find a comfortable driving position here, particularly with the optional, 22-way-adjustable seats in our test car. In addition to the endless alterations possible, these heavenly cathedras have five different massaging functions from which to choose. It’s the best automotive rubdown we’ve ever experienced. As you’d demand of a car in this class, the A8 is packed with all sorts of electronic goodies, including a touch-pad update to Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface), allowing the operator to make navigation system entries by scrawling them on the pad with a finger, one letter at a time. The system seems able to recognize cryptic handwriting, and the pad can also be used to activate six radio presets. Audi Dealer Hampshire is an organization well familiar with the facts that makes the brand popular among the people. As the new buyer finds it difficult to decide which way to go when it comes to selecting a car; then Audi Hampshire will make the task painless and pleasurable.


After Sales Support


We have always paid a great customer attention and the highest quality of service and support for your nearly NEW Audi A8s. Our slogan says it all – "Look After your Clients and Your Clients will look after YOU!" #audidealerhampshire helps you achieve such levels of after sales service effortlessly.