When it comes to the many aspects of motoring, such as researching information about new and used cars, looking for a competitive insurance quote, or understanding your motoring rights, the Internet is a great place to begin. In this post we look at 6 websites that are of great value to any motorist and which you ought to bookmark today.
Auto Express http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/
One of the longest established motoring websites, Auto Express is a treasure trove of news, features and reviews from across the motor industry. It offers a blend of news and topical features, together with a huge database of new and used car reviews, written both by the website editors and car owners. The site also looks at other aspects of the motor industry, and includes features about accessories, phone apps, tools, comparisons of new gadgets and motoring aids, and much more. A key feature of the site is its comprehensive reviews, which are searchable by year, manufacturer, rating and other helpful rankings, and which also feature comments by owners and drivers to help inform the reader. The site also includes numerous videos and multimedia.
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Similar to its sister site AutoExpress, this online resource again features a wealth of news and reviews from across the motoring world. There are hundreds of reviews of both new and used cars with plenty of comment alongside a rundown of the key features and specification. A handy comparison guide to similar cars in the same class as each vehicle is also included. The site is also laden with new content, such as editor blogs about various aspects of the motoring industry, and in-depth news articles and features. The website also features a leasing service, where visitors can search across hundreds of leasing opportunities from numerous manufacturers and companies – an extremely good feature which is customisable in many ways.
Evo is a website specifically geared towards the supercar and performance car side of the industry. It also features a wide range of news and features, together with the latest reviews of new models. There are longer, in-depth articles which tackle various aspects of the performance car world, while there are also links to subscribe to the companion Evo printed magazine. Evo also provides details of hosted track days at which supercar owners are given the opportunity to gauge their driving and vehicles against fellow enthusiasts. The site also provides access to lots of video content, including reviews created by the website team, and hosted content on behalf of the industry.
Auto Trader http://www.autotrader.co.uk/
The UK’s largest and most well-used vehicle trading site, Auto Trader provides thousands of used car listings spanning almost every conceivable class of vehicle, from supercars to imports to vintage cars. Searches are easily customisable by price, distance and type of car, while the site is also full of features, including tips for both buyers and sellers, reviews of thousands of cars, and links to hundreds of sites offering insurance, car finance, and other motoring products. There are over 50 articles specifically concerned with the various aspects of buying or selling vehicles, including features on owner rights, how to make an offer, preparing your vehicle for sale, valuations and more. These are an invaluable aid for anyone considering purchasing a new car or selling their existing vehicle. The site also provides dedicated areas for the buying and selling of other types of vehicle, such as farm vehicles, motorhomes, caravans and plant machinery.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website is an invaluable place to seek out information about vehicle registrations, excise duty, medical advice, and much more. It offers a one-stop-shop for official forms and advice, such as the Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) forms, replacing lost licences, notifying the authorities about a car purchase or sale, and lots more. The site is part of the gov.uk website, is sponsored by the Department for Transport, and provides online forms and guidance on most legal and bureaucratic aspects of motoring.
Unicom Insurance http://www.unicominsurance.com/
Established in 1992, Unicom Insurance is a leading insurance broker for the motor trade. The company provides comprehensive guidance and advice on its website, and offers a premium service for purchasing a motor trade insurance policy, combined cover, traders rescue policies and much more. The site provides a quick quotation service, and even a discount for applying online. The website also includes many news articles and features about various aspects of the trade, such as the use of trade plates, what is covered by trade insurance, and legal requirements for those working in the motor industry.