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It’s all About the Test Drive

When you’re looking to buy a second hand car, you need to make sure that it drives the way you want it to. That is why it’s essential that you take it for a spin before you sign on the dotted line. Thinking this, what do you need to know to make the most out of your test drive?
At Acklam Car Centre, we’re the experts when it comes to used cars; in fact we’ve grown to become one of the largest used car sales companies in the North-East of England. We even sell abroad! And we’re growing all the time. That means we know what you are looking for in your used car.
That’s why we know a thing or two about test driving; we’ve seen it so many times we could practically write a book on the subject. If you want to make sure you get the most out of your test drive experience, check out these top tips to making the most of taking your potential used car out for a spin…

  • Every Road Deserves its Turn: Take as long as you need and try the car on all types of road. There’s no point getting a car that only drives smooth on one type as it could damage your vehicle in the long term.
  • Comfort: If you’re going to be using this car to drive long distances, even commute every day, you need to make sure that you’re comfortable. How easily can you get in and out? Can you adjust the seat for maximum relaxation? Can you see everything clearly etc.
  • Space: How much space is there for you, your children and your stuff? Take the car out for a spin packed with all the things it’ll regularly fit so that you can see how its space potential holds up over long journeys.
  • Let it be Smooth: How smooth is your journey? You can measure this by feeling how bumpy the ride is and it’s another reason why you need to make sure you spend a while in that driver’s seat.
  • Every Day: Don’t do anything you wouldn’t otherwise do; drive as you would in your everyday life. Only this way can you measure how likely it is to hold up under the strain.
  • Drain the Battery: Make sure you switch on everything electrical. This will allow you see how likely the car is to last on a long journey; will the battery go flat if you turn the radio on? If the answer is yes, then you’ve avoided a potential nightmare!

Hopefully those few tips from Acklam Car Centre will help you come to a decision on your next test drive.

The Rise of the Aston Martin

In celebration of the monumental deal Acklam Car Sales completed with an expat from Australia this month for the purchase of an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, we thought we’d take this tie to educate you all on the rise of this iconic car brand.

When you think of British cars, what do you think of? Ask most people that question and you are most likely to find that the answer is the legendary Aston Martin DB5; the car epic British fictional spy James Bond made famous. However the history of the Aston Martin is so much more extraordinary than this one piece of it.

The Aston Martin in fact has a hundred years plus heritage and was one of the first British cars to make it out onto the road when cars were but a dream to most of the population.

The company itself was founded on the eve of World War One, just over a hundred years ago in 1913. It was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin originally as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd,’ a name that didn’t last for long as the next year, 1914, saw the creation of the official ‘Aston Martin’ brand.

The year 1920 was the year that the business famously relocated to Kensington, after the name was adopted following Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill climb in Buckinghamshire. That was how the name came into being.

From there the goal was to create a world famous luxury brand and the roaring twenties was certainly the perfect time to go about it. 1922 was the year that the Aston Martin first competed in the landmark French Grandprix, which saw it arrive on the world stge.

However financial problems plagued the company until it closed in 1925. That was not the end though, as a group  of investors came in to save it in 1926, when it officially became ‘Aton Martin Motors Ltd.’ From here the only way was up, as the company built a range of competitive sports cars and saw entry into the iconic Le Mans 24 hour race in 1928.

The next few decades saw it become a global brand. It adopted mass production, embraced David Brown as leader of the band and introduced the DB models that would one day make the Aston Martin the choice of the famous British spy James Bond.

From there, the rest is history, Acklam Car Sales blog readers. This car is iconic to the point where it’s synonymous with Britishness and even today it’s a triumph of engineering in a way that other cars just simply aren’t.

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.

A car for all terrains

When you’re looking for a car, Acklam Car Centre understands that you need a car that can handle the lifestyle you lead. If you’re the type of person who likes to go off the beaten track, you’ll need to find a car that can handle rough terrain.

We’ve seen all sorts of people come through the Acklam Car Centre Showroom, looking for all sorts of different cars. This means we’ve seen what people are looking for when they are trying to pick out a car that can handle rough terrain and we thought we’d share it with you.

There are several areas you need to focus on when you’re looking for the right car. Don’t focus on the sales pitch, that’ll only distract you. Look at certain parts of the car to see just how it’s going to handle over rough terrain.

You have to start with the tyres. You need to find a vehicle with all-season/all-terrain tyres. These are tyres specially designed to suit any terrain.

You can identify them through a larger tyre tread; these give the wheels extra traction so that vehicle can dig its way out of snow, mud, ice etc. You most commonly find all-terrain tyres on 4×4 vehicles however you can find all-season tyres on a number of cars.

Whilst the tyres are the most important part of the search, there are other things that you have to factor in as well. You want to be looking for a car with its engine in the front.

This is because movement and direction of the car from the steering wheel often focuses on the front two wheels. If the engine is also in the front is means that when you are trying to manoeuvre over tough terrain you have more weight to help you put force behind the wheels.

Or you can get a 4×4. The nature of a 4×4 means that you can control all four wheels which means it doesn’t matter where the engine is. However you shouldn’t get a car with its engine in the back if you want to handle rough terrain, the weight distribution means it lacks the force to power through particularly bad terrain.

You also have to consider the weight and size or your car. Have some common sense; a sports car isn’t going to handle bad weather and conditions very well. A 4×4 has the bulk to help power through bad conditions.

If you’re the sort of person who likes to go off the beaten track, you have to make sure that the car you choose can handle it. Use some common sense, if the car looks like it won’t be able to handle it, chances are that it won’t.


A Guide To Car Insurance

At Acklam Car Centre we’ve seen many potential motorists on our shop floor; as such we know what issues you face when you’re looking to buy a new car. One of the most common issues is car insurance, which is why we thought we’d start you with a basic guide to car insurance.

Car insurance is a special type of insurance policy you take out when you buy a new car. It is designed to pay out should your car be damaged, should you be involved in a traffic accident etc. It is there to protect you from the typically high costs you face when it comes time to haul the car into the shop.

By UK law you have to have car insurance. Legally any vehicle registered on the road has to be insured; in other words there is no getting around it, you have to take out insurance whether you like it or not.

Also it’s important to know that responsibility for vehicles insurance lies by law with its keeper. No car is sold having already been insured, instead once you buy it, it is then your job to go out and get it registered. Similarly if you already have an insurance policy it is your job to register your new car with that policy.

However it’s not simply a case of getting in touch, answering a few questions and coming up with a standard price. Car insurance works by risk; how much of a risk are you as a driver and how much of a risk is your car on the road?

Basically insurance companies want to be compensated if they’re going to have to pay out more, so the higher the risk, the higher the amount you’ll have to pay for car insurance. They find out how much of a risk you are in several ways.

Age is the one that is most known about; after all who hasn’t heard of a new 17 year old driver who, due to their age and inexperience, has to pay ridiculous amounts for car insurance? However there are other factors they take in such as experience, health issues, the state of the car etc.

This means that if you are a risk you often have to pay more, however there are ways to get around this. The best way to do so is to go to a car insurance price comparison website. They do all the research and find you the best deals so you don’t have to!

You have to have car insurance, there’s really no getting around it. However this doesn’t mean you have to pay through the nose for it. Do your research and make sure you come out with a policy that you can handle.