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What do you need from your flash new convertible?

When you buy a convertible, you’re buying something that isn’t just about practicality; it’s about the open top experience that you can use to jet off into the sunset. Nevertheless, there are some very practical concerns that you should consider to get the best out of your convertible.

At Acklam Car Sales, one of the most respected car dealerships throughout the North of England that trades on an international scale, we’ve seen so many people buy convertibles. For them it’s all about the look. What kind of statement does it make? The thing is that there’s so much more that goes into buying this prince of cars.

First comes the consideration that comes from the name itself- the roof. Which will work better for you? Is it the open top convertible or the closed top? That’s the point, if you don’t want the roof that lifts off then you really shouldn’t be thinking about the convertible at all.

Then you need to think about how the roof lifts off. The older style convertibles have a top that you have to remove yourself whilst the newer ones are mechanised. Which one works best for your budget? Do you want a vintage look?

Now we move away from the roof and think about performance. As a class of sports car, convertibles are known for their performance capability and you need to think about what works best for your lifestyle. There’s no point getting a car that goes from nought to sixty in six seconds if you have kids that might be in it. Be sensible.

It’s also essential that you think about spec, as this can be a real issue for convertibles and sports cars in general. You need to think about the engine/gearbox combinations and trim levels. Certain combinations and trim levels are more favoured in the market place and can be used to secure a better deal. Ask for more details on this.

Finally, you really need to think about cost. Convertibles are luxury items and they can set you back a fair bit. Can you handle the cost? Would it be better to get it second hand? At Acklam Car Sales we regularly have a fantastic range of convertibles and you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Acklam on the rise with £35,000 Aston Martin sale

Acklam Car Sales hit the new this week after striking a landmark Aston Martin sale worth £35,000. The deal sees the North-East car dealer continue to grow as it drives on the road to global success.

The Northern Echo reports that this week Acklam Car Sales, a Middlesbrough-based car brokership that has gained a stellar reputation throughout the North-East of England, has extended its global reach, after ramping up sales figures and expanding into the lucrative Australian market.

Acklam has gained a reputation for excellence throughout the industry, and this expansion down under follows hot on the heels of company expansions into lucrative European markets, such as France, German and Cyprus.

The deal that led the car dealership down under came in the form of the sale of an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage for £35,000, to an expat businessman who currently resides in Perth, Australia.

The Aston Martin, the ultra-cool car brand made famous by suave fictional spy James Bond, especially the iconic DB5 model, is considered today to be one of the most well-known, admired car brands in the world.

According to Acklam Car Sales, this 14 year old V12 DB7, which is currently making the round the world trip down under, has only had one previous owner who clocked up only 25,000 miles in his time behind the wheel.

Furthermore, Acklam manager Chris Andrews pointed out that as they stock other luxury car brands such as Porsche, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, they are perfectly positioned to spot an oncoming trend. That trend is that these models are seeing a big rise in the rate of demand as buyers’ confidence makes a strong return due to the sustained economic recovery.

Andrews said that “it’s been a fantastic year and we’ve seen a definite change in the market across the UK and beyond.” The 35 year old expanded by saying that “sales are up, which we hope is the shape of things to come, and people are starting to feel like they are coming out of the recession and into a recovery.”

Andrews then turned his attention to the DB7, saying that it is going up in value and that this particular buyer was a perfect example of this rising trend. He said that “the buyer moved to Australia 30 years ago and had always fancied an Aston Martin, so this was perfect for him.”

It’s been a banner week for Acklam Car Sales as interest in the North-East car dealership spreads beyond the continent, reaching a truly global audience.

Selling your car for scrap: a guide.

Sometimes your car has had it and there really is nothing else you can do. It’s destined for the scrap heap. What do you need to know when you’ve decided it’s time to sell your car for scrap?

At Acklam Car Sales, we always say that wherever possible it’s always best to try and sell your car on to a second hand dealer, so that other people can use it and it lives on. However some cars really are hopeless and you have no choice but to scrap it.

In this case, scrapping it really is the only way to make any money on it, money that you can then put towards a shiny new  car, or a very efficient second hand one. In order to make this money there are some things you need to know about scrapping your car first.

First things first, a lot of people believe that when selling your car for scarp you need to get a Certificate of Destruction. Not true. If a scrap yard tries to tell you it is, they’re conning you. Don’t believe them for a single second.

However a Certificate of Destruction is needed if your car is going to be crushed. It is the responsibility of the scrap yard to provide this; it is not your responsibility. This is the only occasion where you will need the certificate.

Really, selling your car to a scrap yard is like selling it to anyone else. You’ll still have to fill out the same form from the DVLA. In this case though, you’ll need to make sure that you fill out the relevant V5C registration section of the form. Liability for the car then officially transfers to its new owner.

From here you’ve got to remember that scrapping is a business, they are looking to make money. This means that you won’t get the same amount for your car with each scrap yard. Always remember to look around to see who will get you the best deal. Research really is everything here. As a rule of thumb, remember that at the moment you should get around £70 for a scrap car.

At Acklam Car Sales, we know that if you can avoid scrapping our car, you really should, as you’ll get a lot more money selling it to a second hand dealer. We’ve grown to become one of the most trusted second hand car dealers throughout the North of England and we’d be only too happy to help.


What should you look for when you are buying a van?

Here at Acklam Car Centre, we like to make sure that we have whatever type of vehicle you need. This is why we regularly feature vans. What should you be looking for when you decide it’s time to buy a van?

We know here at Acklam Car Centre that a van is an entirely different beast than a car. With a van, you are looking for something practical, something to help you work or to provide enough room for the everyday needs of a family.

This means that what works for a car, might not necessarily work when you are buying a van.  So, getting straight to the point, readers, what should you be looking for when you decide it’s time to buy your first van?

Space is obviously the biggest thing. You are buying the van for this reason in the first place. Think about how much space you are getting with what’s on offer. Is it enough for your needs? Is it too much? Think about how much money you want to pay.

However, space isn’t the only thing you need to think about when you’re buying your first van. You also need to consider mileage. This is really important when you’re getting a second hand van because they’re used a lot for things like work, so it will have clocked up a lot of miles. This information should be freely available from whoever is selling you the van.

Another thing that can be a real issue with vans is the brakes. This is because of a general driving rule. The larger the vehicle is, the stronger your brakes need to be to be effective. Always ask to check the brakes, the ultimate safety measure, before you even think of buying.

Finally, when it comes to buying a van you really need to think about the tyres of the vehicle. Again, the tyres get a lot of action on vans, so if you’re buying new, make sure they will endure. If you’re buying second hand, make sure they will last for a long time.

When you’re thinking about buying a van you need to remember readers that it’s a very practical vehicle. If you have any doubts at all about the vehicle that you are buying, ask for the relevant information. If they are a reputable dealer, like Acklam Car Centre, they will be only too willing to provide you with that information.

How to fix minor car damage

At Acklam Car Centre we understand that you don’t want to take your car into the shop every time there’s slight damage that need to be fixed. That’s why this week we thought we’d address the question of how to fix minor car damage.

Our experience as one of the largest growing car dealerships in the North of England has led us to see many people pay extreme amounts to fix minor faults. The reality is that some of these faults can actually be fixed without having to ever darken the doors of your local mechanics.

Make no mistake, we’re talking about aesthetics; dents, scratches, weather damage etc.  Any damage that goes further than aesthetics requires a mechanic; it would be unsafe to fix it yourself. However if it’s just about aesthetics there’s a number of ticks you can try.

The first concerns dents and dings. Often if you’ve taken a trip through a hail storm then the body of your car is dinged repeatedly, this can damage the paintwork and create dents that damage the aesthetics of the vehicle.

At this point you’d take it into the mechanic, instead why not try a hairdryer. It may sound crazy but it really works. The power of the device can actually force the dings to pop back out. This only works with minor dents but it’s always worth a try.

Now we move onto scratches. It’s an issue when your car gets scratched and considering how often people are forced to squeeze into tight car parking spaces; it’s an issue that a lot of people face.

For big scratches it’s always best to go to a professional; however for small scratches it really isn’t worth paying for their services. Why not painting over it? It’s a tiny scratch so you’ll do no harm covering it up and car paint is surprisingly easy to get a hold of. Sometimes it also comes off if you use an adhesive or if you buff it out.

But what about weather damage? Sometimes increased exposure to the rain and snow, especially in winter, can do damage that seems irreversible. However in this case all you need to do is use some common sense Take it to a car wash and get the full works; wash, dry, wax etc. and you’ll have it looking brand new in no time for hardly any money at all.

When it comes to fixing minor aesthetic car damage it really is all about common sense; how can you approach this issue, will it do any harm etc. However any serious issues should at once be referred to a mechanic.