End Of March 2016 Deals & Offers

Thursday, 24. March 2016

Hi, Graham Hill here, thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope you learn a lot and as a result end up driving a great car. In order to do so you can get all the information you need by buying my book, An Insider Guide To Car Finance or use me to finance your next car. Happy driving.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0CRD Overland Auto + Metallic

Includes: 20″ Alloys, Sat Nav, Leather Upholstery, Bluetooth, DAB etc.

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                                                £369 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Mileages Available

Mini Clubman Cooper 2.0D 5Dr (Chilli Pack) Manual + Metallic **New** 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £189 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Vauxhall Zafira 1.4i 140 Turbo SRi 5Dr 7Seat Manual **New** 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £229 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Mercedes GLC 250D 204bhp AMG Line 4Matic 5Dr Auto + Metallic **New** 

Equivalent to Audi Q5 and BMW X3

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £369 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot 308 2.0HDi 150 GT Line 5Dr Manual + Metallic **Price Reduction** 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £179 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Ford Edge 2.0TDCi 180 & 210 SUV AWD Various Models 5Dr Manual & Powershift inc Metallic

** This is Ford’s largest SUV for sale in Europe – competing with BMW X3 – Packed full of Technology**

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, FULL Maintenance Included

6+23                  Zetec 180                                  £289 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium 180                            £305 + VAT per month

6+23                  Sport 180                                  £329 + VAT per month

6+23                  Sport 210 Powershift             £349 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium 210 Powershift       £319 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium Lux                            £329 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT

Renault Grand Scenic 1.6DCi Dynamique Nav 5Dr 7Seat Manual + Metallic 

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                                                £199 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Mileages Available

Hyundai Tucson 1.7CRDi Various Models Very Limited Stock 

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

          6+35                      S                                 £225 + VAT per month

          6+35                      SE Blue Drive            £229 + VAT per month

          6+35                      SE Nav Blue Drive   £225 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Models & Mileages Available

 

Seat Ibiza 1.0 Sol Sport Coupe 3Dr Manual in Emocion Red

Includes 15″ Alloys, Air Con, Blue Tooth, DAB, Cruise Control etc.     

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                    Manual                            £119 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT, There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery. Other Mileages Available

6+23                  Titanium 210 Powershift       £319 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium Lux                            £329 + VAT per month

BMW 640D 3.0 2Dr Coupe, 4Dr Gran Coupe, 2Dr Convertible SE & M Sport Auto
Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included
BUSINESS USERS ONLY

6+23                          4Dr Gran Coupe SE                      £425 + VAT per month

6+23                          4Dr Gran Coupe M Sport              £469 + VAT per month

6+23                          2Dr Coupe SE                               £455 + VAT per month

6+23                          2Dr Coupe M Sport                        £495 + VAT per month

6+23                          2Dr Convertible SE                        £549 + VAT per month

6+23                          2Dr Convertible M Sport                £583 + VAT per month

For Business Users Only. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

BMW 420D 2.0 M Sport 2Dr Coupe Auto + Metallic
Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included
BUSINESS USERS ONLY

6+23                                                                £327 + VAT per month

6+35                                                                £328 + VAT per month

For Business Users Only. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Mercedes E220 BlueTEC Diesel SE & AMG Night Edition 4Dr Saloon Auto + Metallic

Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          SE Business                          £249 + VAT per month

6+23                          AMG Night Edn Business       £269 + VAT per month

6+35                          SE Personal                          £299 + VAT per month

6+35                          AMG Night Edn Personal      £319 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT – As Can Be Seen Personal Carries A Premium. Road Fund Licence Included For Year 1, You Pay For Year 2. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail For Colours Available From Stock

** NEW** Kia Sportage Various Models 5Dr Hatchback inc Metallic

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                  1.7CRDi isg 1 2WD                                  £169 + VAT per month

       6+23                  1.7CRDi isg 2 2WD                                  £199 + VAT per monthnth

  6+23                  2.0CRDi KX 1 4WD                                  £199 + VAT per month

         6+23                  2.0CRDi KX 2 4WD                                  £235 + VAT per monthnth

   6+23                  2.0CRDi GT-Line AWD                            £257 + VAT per month

    6+23                  2.0CRDi GT-Line AWD Auto                  £269 + VAT per month

  6+23                  1.7CRDi isg 3 2WD                                  £239 + VAT per month

  6+23                  1.7CRDi isg 4 2WD                                  £269 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT

VW Golf 2.0TSi 220 GTi 3Dr & 5Dr Manual Inc Metallic 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          3Dr                                        £249 + VAT per month

6+23                          5Dr                                        £255 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail For Colours Available

Jeep Renegade 1.6 Multijet 120 2WD Night Eagle 5Dr Manual

Includes 17″ Black Alloys, Bluetooth, Touchscreen Nav, Rear Parking Sensors, Climate Control, Front Fogs etc.

PERSONAL CONTRACT 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                      £185 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail For Colours Available

Toyota Rav 4 2.5 Hybrid Business Edition 5Dr CVT Auto 

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                                                £209 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Mileages Available

Mercedes GLA 200d 5Dr Manual & Auto inc VAT 

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                  Sport Manual                £239 + VAT per month

        6+23                  Sport Auto                    £249 + VAT per month

       6+23                  AMG Line Manual         £259 + VAT per month

        6+23                  AMG Line Auto             £269 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Mileages Available

Skoda Octavia 2.0TDi Scout 4WD 5Dr Estate Manual & DSG Auto

Includes 17″ Alloys, Sat Nav, Parking Sensors, Leather Seats etc.     

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                    Manual                            £170 + VAT per month

        6+23                    DSG Auto                         £193 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT, There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery. Other Mileages Available

Skoda Yeti 2.0TDi 110 SE Business 2WD 5Dr Manual

Includes 17″ Alloys, Sat Nav, Parking Sensors, Leather Seats etc.     

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                    Manual                            £162 + VAT per month

        6+35                    Manual                           £168 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT, There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery. Other Mileages Available

BMW 3 Series 4Dr Saloons & 5Dr Estates in Solid Paint

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          318i Sport 4Dr Man                £239 + VAT per month

6+23                          318i Sport 4Dr Auto                £245 + VAT per month

6+23                          318i Sport 5Dr Est Man           £256 + VAT per month

 6+23                          320i M Sport 4Dr Man             £295 + VAT per month

 6+23                          320d M Sport 4Dr Man             £309 + VAT per month

 6+23                          335d M Sport xDrive 4Dr Auto  £329 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages And Models Available – Please Call Or eMail

BMW 1 Series 3Dr & 5Dr Hatches in Solid Paint 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          116d Eff Dyn Plus 3Dr Man                £219 + VAT per month

6+23                          116d Eff Dyn Plus 5Dr Man                £215 + VAT per month

6+23                          116d Sport 5Dr Man (Nav)                 £219 + VAT per month 

6+23                          118d Sport 3Dr Man (Nav)                 £222 + VAT per month

6+23                          120d Sport 3Dr Man (Nav)                 £229 + VAT per month

 6+23                          120d Sport 5Dr Man (Nav)                 £235 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages And Models Available – Please Call Or eMail

Renault Kadjar SUV Various Models inc Metallic Paint

Signature Nav: Sat Nav, Heated Leather Seats, BOSE DAB Radio, LED Headlights, Panoramic Sunroof 

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+35                   TCE 130 Dynamique Nav           £195 + VAT per month

        6+35                   DCi 110 Dynamique Nav           £215 + VAT per month

        6+23                   TCE 130 Signature Nav             £215 + VAT per month

         6+35                   DCi 110 Signature Nav              £225 + VAT per month

       For Personal Please Add The VAT. Other Mileages Available

VW Golf 2.0TDi GTD 184 5Dr Manual in Black 
Includes Sat Nav + Car Net Guide & Inform, Heated Front Seats & Headlamp Washers, 18″ Alloys, Parking Sensors Front & Rear, Front Fogs

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                      £221 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available. There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery

VW Golf 1.4TSi 5Dr Match Edition 5Dr inc Discover Navigation + Winter Pack 
Includes Sat Nav + Car Net Guide & Inform, Heated Front Seats & Headlamp Washers, Adaptive Cruise Control,  16″ Alloys, Parking Sensors Front & Rear, Front Fogs, Electric Folding Mirrors,

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                      £178 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available. There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery

VW Touran 1.6TDi SE 5Dr 7Seat Manual     

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

        6+23                                                       £201 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT, There Is A Documentation Fee Of £199 Payable On Delivery

 

VW Scirocco 3Dr Coupe Various Models 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          1.4TSi BMT Tech GT                    £205 + VAT per month

6+23                          1.4TSi BMT Tech Black Edn GT   £245 + VAT per month

6+23                          2.0TDi BMT Tech GT                    £233 + VAT per month

6+23                          2.0TDi BMT Tech Black Edn GT   £239 + VAT per month

6+23                          2.0TSi 280 R                                £274 + VAT per month

6+23                          2.0TSi 280 R DSG Auto               £292 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages And Models Available – Please Call Or eMail

Nissan X Trail 1.6DCi TEKNA 2WD 5Dr 5Seat Manual  

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                          Solid Paint                                £255 + VAT per month

6+23                          Metallic                                     £260 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail For Colours Available

 

Peugeot 108 1.0 Active 68 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £119 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Peugeot 108 1.2 Puretech 82 Top Allure 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £125 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot 208 1.2 Puretech 82 Allure 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £139 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Peugeot 2008 BlueHDi 100 Allure 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £179 + VAT per month

6+35                                                                         £175 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Peugeot 3008 BlueHDi 120 Active 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £209 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot 5008 BlueHDi 120 Active 5Dr Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £220 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot 508 HDi Active 120bhp & 150bhp 4Dr Saloon Manual + Metallic 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                   120bhp                               £209 + VAT per month

6+35                                   150bhp                               £222 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Citroen DS3 1.2 Puretech DSign 3Dr Manual

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £135 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Volvo V40 T2 R-Design 5Dr Estate Manual (Cars In Stock) 

Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £189 + VAT per month

6+35                                                                         £189 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Hyundai i30 Blue Drive 5Dr Hatch & 5Dr Tourer Estate Manual inc Metallic  

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                     1.6CRDi 110PS SE Hatch                    £145 + VAT per month

6+35                     1.6CRDi 110PS SE Tourer                   £155 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. For Nav Add £17 + VAT Per Month, Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Hyundai Tucson 1.7CRD 5Dr Manual  

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                     S                                                         £219 + VAT per month

6+35                     SE Blue Drive                                      £225 + VAT per month

6+35                     SE Blue Drive Nav                              £229 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. For Nav Add £17 + VAT Per Month, Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Ford Kuga 2.0TDCi 150 Various Models 5Dr Hatchback Manual inc Metallic

Business & Personal Rates

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                  Zetec 2WD                                  £215 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium 2WD                            £225 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium X Sport 2WD             £255 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium Sport 2WD                £249 + VAT per month

6+23                  Titanium X 2WD                        £235 + VAT per month

For Personal Please Add The VAT

BMW 520D 2.0 M Sport 4Dr Saloon Auto + Metallic
Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included
BUSINESS USERS ONLY

6+23                                                                £279 + VAT per month

6+35                                                                £276 + VAT per month

For Business Users Only. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Mini 1.5 Cooper D 3Dr & 5Dr Hatch Manual + Metallic + Metallic
Based on 2 & 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included
BUSINESS USERS ONLY

6+23                            3Dr                                    £169 + VAT per month

6+23                            5Dr                                    £159 + VAT per month

6+35                            3Dr                                    £168 + VAT per month

6+35                            5Dr                                    £162 + VAT per month

For Business Users Only. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Peugeot Partner 850 HDi L1 92 Professional Van 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £165 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot Expert 1000 L1 H1 90 Professional Van 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £179 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Peugeot Boxer 330 L1 H1 110 Professional Van 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £219 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

 

Peugeot Boxer 335 L3 H2 130 Professional Van 

Based on 3 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+35                                                                         £229 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Citroen Berlingo HDi 75HP 625 Enterprise Van in White or Shark Grey 

Based on 2 Years, 10,000 miles per annum, No Maintenance Included

6+23                                                                         £145 + VAT per month

For Personal Add VAT. Other Mileages Available – Please Call Or eMail

Insider Information – New Moves To Clean Up In Car Pollution!

Tuesday, 13. October 2015

OK time for a little bit of insider information. It would seem that the European regulators are taking a very close look at pollution and not because of the VW/Audi situation.

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In fact it has nothing to do with what comes out of the car but more about what gets sucked into the car. Concern is increasing as congestion reaches an all time high on British roads and with many cars and vans not fitted with stop start technology or have it but switch it off, if you are sitting in a queue of traffic there is a concentration of pollutants being sucked into the cabin.

Executive electric vehicle maker Tesla revealed the investigations when they launched their new Model X SUV with the weirdest back doors that open upwards in the old seagull style. They have a new system called Bioweapon Defence Mode (seriously) which features two air filters that Tesla boss Elon Musk says will give the car, ‘air cleanliness levels comparable to a hospital operating room’.

As Musk pointed out, they are ahead of the game. It doesn’t take a mastermind to work out that the emissions from the idling car in front has to go somewhere and it makes sense that most finds its way into the car behind.

Not surprisingly, having taken steps to stop children from being damaged by cigarette smoke it is logical that other in car pollutants will come under attack. You heard it here first. By Graham Hill

Sophisticated Car Theft On The Increase

Wednesday, 29. April 2015

Having been in this industry for years there are few things that have caused me serious concern but the rapid growth in sophisticated car theft over the last few months is one of them. One leasing company won’t allow you to lease a Land Rover car without having a tracker fitted which can add quite a bit to the monthly rental.

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Thieves are even targeting vans now, not only for the money they can make on the van but also the goods or tools that are being carried around in the back. The latest high tech thefts are perpetrated by gangs using gadgets that reprogram the electronics controlling keyless entry and start systems.

There has been a lot of publicity around these thefts but few people know that the surge in thefts has come about as a result of a change in European legislation which countered anti-competitiveness by making it easier to obtain replacement keys and the ability to program them. Vehicles on the thieves radar are high end Audis, BMW’s Range Rovers and Ford Transit Vans.

Within hours of being stolen cars and vans are being exported in containers, either whole or in parts, abroad as far away as Africa. Manufacturers have been advised to look into this problem as a matter of urgency. Changes to the electronics have been called for as well as improved marking methods to identify stolen parts.

The warning came after BMW said that it had fixed a security flaw that allowed hackers to unlock the doors of up to 2.2 million Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW vehicles. As a result the police have stepped up their anti theft operations. They launched Operation Endeavour which was a campaign against keyless car theft. Scotland Yard reported that they had made 84 arrests and an 800 strong team of officers from the Met, Kent, Essex, Hampshire, Surrey and Thames Valley seized 222 vehicles after monitoring 20 arterial roads.

In another operation a search at Felixstowe docks found 5 Range Rovers believed to have been stolen from Surrey, South Woodford and Islington in containers bound for Kenya. Hundreds of parts from a dozen BMW cars, stolen in East London, were headed for Cyprus. In order to hide the stolen parts they were stashed within a pile of motorbike parts.

The police believed that the car parts were to be forward shipped. The police and manufacturers are working on the problem but in the meantime the police are suggesting that drivers revert to 80’s technology by fixing highly visible steering and brake locks which may be enough to deter a crook from breaking in. From my point of view the law needs to be changed.

We allow people to sell the gadgets and others to buy freely online. The law only says that you must not use the equipment for illegal purposes. It should be illegal to sell or buy this equipment unless you are properly authorised to do so. Not to do this is ridiculous. By Graham Hill

Preparing For Winter Part 2

Wednesday, 31. December 2014

Here is part 2 of my safety tips as we count down to winter. I mentioned in my last list of tips the importance of making sure that your screen is clear, not only outside but inside. Clean the inside of your screen regularly with anti mist cleaner.

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My experience is that this still won’t stop the screen from misting up but it makes them clear quicker when you turn on the demister. Remember that in the rain stopping distance is doubled so allow plenty of space between you and the car in front. It is a legal requirement to switch on your headlights (if not automatic) when visibility is less than 100 metres.

Another recommendation is not to use cruise control when driving in the wet. Also if you break down in heavy rain don’t leave your bonnet open, some older drivers and truck drivers would do this to indicate that the vehicle had broken down but this will allow the electrics to get wet and make the job of the recovery man or woman much harder.

For some strange reason Brits don’t understand the full dangers of floods, maybe because it is rare for us to experience really heavy flooding (last year being an exception) so we tend to be somewhat glib. The fact is that a massive 32% of all flood related deaths are by drowning in a vehicle.

Here are some more frightening facts to remember the next time a local stream or small river overflows its banks and you feel safe to drive through it. Two feet of standing water is enough to float a car whilst 12” of water flowing at 6mph is also enough to float an average family car. And if you feel the need to drive through a flood splashing water up into the engine compartment, an egg cup full of water in the combustion chamber can wreck an engine.

OK, onto some water tips. Only drive a car through water that you know isn’t too deep, by that I mean halfway up the wheels. Don’t drive through fast moving water, even if the water is just a small stream. Drive on the highest section of the road, check the camber, this is normally the middle of the road.

If your car is a manual keep the revs high by slipping the clutch whilst in water, it is important to keep your engine running. In deep water you should keep your foot on the accelerator as water will travel up the exhaust pipe if you let the revs drop. In a flood take it in turns if you meet oncoming traffic. Allow them to pass first keeping to the highest part of the road.

Make sure that you test your brakes when you leave the water. Finally in this section I must clear up a misconception regarding SUV’s or commonly known as 4WD cars. They are not amphibious vehicles. They are not safer than a normal saloon car, they won’t offer more protection if you are involved in a crash and they certainly won’t fare any better than any other car if you are driving through a flood.

Last year the AA answered calls from 4,000 motorists who had come to grief in floods. Many had driven through water only to get the car die on them when they drove out with 1,000 still stuck in the middle of the water. The AA has a specialist flood rescue team, known as AA SORT (Special Operations Response Team). They are already on alert as we start to move through autumn to winter.

One of the warnings from the AA, other than don’t believe your SUV is a boat, is don’t ignore statutory ‘Road Closed’ signs. They are there for a reason and certainly avoid driving through anything more than a puddle. By ignoring road closed warnings you could put your insurance at risk.

Water can write off cars or severely damage engines but if you ignored a warning saying that a road was closed the insurer could avoid paying out on a claim. So greater care is needed and take no risks. Water can be a killer. More next time so watch this space. By Graham Hill

Graham Hill Reviews The New Range Rover Sport

Wednesday, 17. September 2014

As you know my car reviews are legendary due to the fact that the manufacturers stopped sending me cars to test drive many years ago, so I thought ‘sod ‘em’ I’ll say exactly what I think as I don’t have to suck up to them in order to have a car to drive for the weekend.

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Unfortunately, whilst not a big fan of 4WD cars, I have to say that I’m impressed with the soon to be launched Discovery Sport that replaces the somewhat leggy Freelander and brings the Discovery style into the 21st century.

It will come with 7 seats as standard and has adopted some of the latest Range Rover Sport lines, still popular with drug dealers (I’m told), premier division football players (new), 1st division football players (used) and accountants (new). For some strange reason Jaguar Land Rover have decided to fit the new car with an old engine whilst launching at the same time the Jaguar XE with the new Ingenium engine.

I understand that the new engine will find its way into the new car later next year so might be worth waiting. The car will come with 2WD and 4WD powered by the eD4 and SD4 engines via a 9 speed auto or 6 speed manual gearbox. Improved tech spec. and style will no doubt appeal to lovers of 4WD cars although I have to say that the leather seats look like venetian blinds and the headrests on the back 2 seats look dopey.

I wait with interest to see the replacement full sized Discoveries which currently remind me of a hearse! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! By Graham Hill

Do We Need A New Car Model Every Year?

Friday, 23. September 2011

Isn’t it about time the manufactures started to put their design staff on some internal company awareness courses or set them to work planning the layout of the staff canteen or something? Why should they do this? Because we have far too many cars and variants. Over the years we have seen the manufacturers start to change their cars every year with Read more

Oversubscribed VW Offers Lead To Customer Dissatisfaction

Wednesday, 10. November 2010

VW Passat CC
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Talk about left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing! VW has had some great deals towards the end of this year. Demand was great but they hadn’t realised that when they promote a car they should make sure that they can meet demand – sounds a bit logical to me. But no, that would be far too simple and obvious so now we have some very unhappy customers who are still not being told when they can expect to receive their Passat CC’s or Touareg’s even though they were originally told Read more

Car Finance Expert, Graham Hill, Advises Of New Safety Features On Cars

Thursday, 1. April 2010

Who are EuroNCAP? Do you know? Well it turns out that far too few people do so they are on a mission to become more visible. They are a group formed in 1997 by the Transport Research Laboratory and they are the organisation that crash tests every new car to award it safety stars from the driver’s perspective, passenger perspective and pedestrian perspective. Over the years many companies have insisted upon Read more

Is White The New Black For Cars?

Tuesday, 14. October 2008

Well having reported a few weeks ago that white cars have been making a comeback it would seem that used car buyers are not quite so keen according to Eutotax-Glass’s who report that some supercars and luxury grand tourers can lose as much as £5,000 compared to a popular metallic colour. Whereas some high performance and those fitted with sports kits do very well. To demonstrate the quirkiness of the market Read more