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Used Car Sales: Buying The Right Engine Size

Picture the scene. You’re on a cold, wet used cars sales forecourt and there’s a high energy salesman reeling off facts and figures.

In your head you already know what you like and want. You like the wheels on the Scirocco, the windows on the X5, the heated leather seats in the Qashqai, the wing mirrors on the Golf, and the engine in the Twingo…

Hang on a second, the engine in the Twingo?

For many people buying a car, the only reason that engine size affects their purchasing decision is because it can swing their insurance policy premium one way or the other. When it comes to used car sales, engine size should not just been seen for it’s effects on insurance, but for the way it will help or hinder your driving habits and routines.

Do you live in a built up area and drive a fairly short distance to work, stopping and starting at traffic lights, zebra crossings and in traffic? What do you need an SUV or sports car for then? SUVs generally have larger engines which are designed to drive comfortably at high speeds, often over 60mph. Take the Audi A8 4.0l for example; this car would be wasted as an inner city commuter car, as it does all of its best work and gets the most efficiency out of the 4.0 litre engine on country roads and motorways.

Why did we mention the engine of the Twingo? Well, at 1.2l it’s small, yes, but it only needs to be small if it’s going to be driven at low speeds. Once this bad boy gets up to 70mph or over, it’s going to be slightly straining the engine, which can be damaging in the long run. This car, along with other small engine cars like the Up!, 107, Smart Car, Mini, Citigo and Aygo are not only friendly for city driving, they also have smaller chassis that are easier to park and navigate through tight gaps.

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What you may not know is that with the improvements in engines over the last decade, you’ll find that a 1.4l engine in 2015 holds about the same power as a 2.0l engine from 2005. So even though you might feel your smaller engine car pulling a bit at high speeds, it wouldn’t be pulling anywhere near as much as it would have a decade ago. Car experts agree that most people with mixed driving habits of city, country and motorway driving would not struggle with a modern car that has an engine anywhere between 1.0l and 1.6l.

Large engines burn a lot more fuel than small engines, so unless you’re driving at high speeds for long distances, like a travelling salesman perhaps, you might only need a small engine car. Large engine cars may be more suitable for those who often have a full car of passengers, or a heavy load of goods being carried around. The same goes for vans, the larger the load, the larger the engine. If you tow a trailer or a caravan, it’s also advised to used a car with a large engine. Small engine cars will provide a better miles per gallon ratio when used for low rev and low speed driving, which is common in cities and towns.

So, when visiting a used car sales showroom or forecourt, bear in mind to consider the size of engine you need, rather than a size too big or too small for you. This will help you out in the long run, as it will maintain your car better, putting less stress on the parts, and will help reduce your fuel bill!

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Visit In Town Automotive’s used car sales showroom and we will give you honest, expert advice about the size of engine best suited for your driving habits. We are often credited for our honesty and integrity and this is carried through into our used car sales preparation. Every used car or van we have for sale has been serviced, MOT’d & valeted and had any necessary remedial work completed, giving you peace of mind that you will not get down the road and start having problems.

For extra peace of mind and credibility all our cars come with a minimum 6 months warranty so in the unlikely event you do have an unforeseen problem we will endeavour to resolve it immediately, and not forgetting that most car sales will qualify for 3 Years FREE SERVICING too.

If you see a vehicle you like in our car sales showroom you can either pre-book a test drive by calling on 01604 666700 or pop down to our showroom at Rothersthorpe Road Industrial Estate, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8ES. We have access to various vehicle finance options for car sales which we are happy to offer.

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Northampton Car Owners De-Icing Guide

Northampton Car Owners: De-icing Guide

Many of you may be waking up this morning to find a fine membrane of ice blanketing your car.

This is a minor grievance for many Northampton car owners, and causes thousands of people to be late for work, trying a variety of methods to clear their windows and mirrors.

As you stand there in the cold street, watching your breath dissipate in the morning air, you should know the correct way to de-ice your car to avoid causing damage. Remember to fully de-ice the windows, because nobody like a ‘tank commander’!warning northampton car owners tank commanders

Seven De-Icing Rules For Northampton Car Owners

Rule number one: Do not pour hot water on your windscreen; this can crack it or make existing chips worse. Use lukewarm water gradually to melt the ice.

Rule number two: Get the engine running to warm up the inner mechanics of the car, which will in turn heat up the vents and de-ice the windows from the inside.

Rule number three: De-icer spray can really help in these situations, so it’s a good idea to keep a bottle in your vehicle. Don’t forget to use this on your mirrors too.

Rule number four: The classic ‘credit card’ scraper trick is an ancient mistake when trying to de-ice your car. Two reasons it is a bad idea is that it can scratch your windscreen and also the ice can lower the temperature of the plastic, making it more likely to snap. Use a proper scraper.

Rule number five: Keep your windscreen wiper off until all the ice has been removed, then use the wipers to push all the loose ice off the glass. New wiper blades will make this easier.

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Rule number six: Don’t drive off until all the windows and mirrors are clear. Just scraping the middle of the windscreen is dangerous and inadvisable. We want safer roads for all Northampton car owners, and nobody likes what is known as a ‘tank commander’, someone who drives with just a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. If you are brave enough to do this, don’t be surprised when the police pull you over! #NoTankCommanders!

Rule number seven: This preventative method is rather obscure, but some people swear by it. The night before an expected frost, cut an onion in half and rub it over the outside windows (click here to see one of our team attempt this!). It may make your car smell slightly, but it should stop ice from forming. Additionally, you can tie plastic bags over the wing mirrors to stop ice forming on them; just remember to take them off before you drive away!

Northampton car owners, have these tips helped you? Tweet us @InTownAuto

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Used Car Sales: Buying From A Garage Is Best!

There are so many ways to purchase a used car in the modern market, mostly thanks to the multitude of options the internet provides. However, knowing where your car is really coming from is a trickier business.

The risk with car sales through private or independent sellers is that they can be notoriously bad with ‘forgetting’ car faults, or otherwise simply failing to mention them. The most corrupt of this sort will buy a used car on the cheap knowing that an internal issue is the cause of the reduced price, but will then go on to sell it at a premium.

Used car showrooms do a great job, providing a selection of used cars that come from a variety of sources, like auctions, part exchanges and ITK trading. However, many of these showrooms lack a vital component that makes buying a used car from a garage or service centre the best method.

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The missing component is the vehicle technicians! Garages are filled with mechanical experts who are able to give a professional vehicle health check, as opposed to a quick ‘once over’. Vehicle technicians will not only make sure that the car is running smoothly, legal and safe for the road, but they can also estimate the health of the car parts, like tyre tread depths. If there are faulty car parts, a garage is the best place for the car to be!

Buying from a garage also provides the safeties of buying from a used car showroom, like warranty and finance. Surpassing those benefits, the inclusion of free or discounted MOT checks and servicing is something that should surely entice any customer to consider this avenue of vehicle acquisition.

Here at In Town Automotive, we are often credited for our honesty and integrity and this is carried through into our used car sales preparation. Every used car or van we have for sale has been serviced, MOT’d & valeted and had any necessary remedial work completed, giving you peace of mind that you will not get down the road and start having problems.

For extra peace of mind and credibility all our cars come with a minimum 3 month warranty so in the unlikely event you do have an unforeseen problem we will endeavour to resolve it immediately, and not forgetting that most car sales will qualify for 3 Years FREE SERVICING too.                         

If you see a vehicle you like in our car sales showroom you can either pre-book a test drive by calling on 01604 666700 or pop down to our showroom at Rothersthorpe Road Industrial Estate, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8ES. We have access to various vehicle finance options for car sales which we are happy to offer.