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eCall is here


  1. Posted on March 29th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Following GEM’s initial report on the scheme in 2014, after today, every new car model will be fitted with an emergency call (eCall) system. Should the car detect the need to telephone the emergency services, it will do so not only requesting help but also sending location and technical information first, such as if the […]

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Tyre ageing to be researched


  1. Posted on March 28th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is a popular question among GEM members – when does a tyre become too old? Sadly, we cannot provide a definitive answer, because it depends on so many variables, including storage and usage conditions. Whenever we have queried premium tyre manufactures about age limits, the answers are, understandably, vague. Research commissioned Yet, the first […]

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New car depreciation rates revealed


  1. Posted on March 8th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. While it is easy to bemoan rising fuel, VED and insurance prices, many owner-drivers do not realise how much money their new, or nearly new, car is shedding without them even realising. Top Ten popular cars’ depreciation Using data provided by Glass’s, insurethegap.com analysed the depreciation rates of the top ten best selling cars from […]

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Beware of solidifying screenwash


  1. Posted on January 9th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. An interesting story appeared earlier this winter, where a BMW owner had a manufacturer warranty claim refused, for using an aftermarket screen-wash that reacted with an incompatible type within the car’s washer bottle and caused a blockage. The owner was quoted saying that the main dealership told him that he should have used BMW’s branded […]

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Alternatives to Prosecution


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Introduction Speeding Red traffic lights National driver awareness scheme Drink-drive rehabilitation workshops Frequently asked questions Introduction Where motorists are caught committing certain road traffic offences they can be given the opportunity to attend a re-education course as an alternative to prosecution. The most popular courses are for drivers caught speeding, but there are also workshops […]

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Driving documents


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. A look at the vehicle and driver paperwork that goes with motoring Introduction Driving licence Insurance Vehicle excise licence MOT test certificate Your vehicle Keep your vehicle on the right side of the law Frequently asked questions Introduction As you can imagine, the laws governing how we behave and what we may and may not […]

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Enforcement Guide and the Penalty Points System


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Stay on the right side of the law! Introduction Drinking and Driving Drug Driving Insurance Speeding Dangerous driving Careless or inconsiderate driving Mobile phone offence The fixed penalty ticket Disqualification Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act Vehicle seizure Points on your licence FAQs Introduction Every day throughout the country police deal with numerous road traffic offences. […]

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2017 Auto-Review


  1. Posted on December 27th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. 2017 saw much happening but precious little appears to have changed, despite politicians and the car industry spending the year flapping around like headless chickens. For me, I would not conclude that the year has been entirely bland, because at least it has thrown-up several surprises. Car finance shake-ups Carrying on from previous years, motoring […]

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Recalls on the increase


  1. Posted on December 14th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Perhaps we should be grateful that the number of vehicle recalls is going-up, as manufacturers are encouraged to admit fault and undergo the expensive operation of recalling and fixing newer vehicles with safety-critical defects. Safety critical defects According to the Stericycle Expert Solutions Recall and Notification Index, 2017’s third quarter saw recall levels rise by […]

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New write-off categories clarified


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. While I admit that this story is hardly hot-off-the-press, since the announcement came at the beginning of October, I have noticed that few outlets, other than the motor trade press, have reported it. It remains important, however, should you consider buying a vehicle that has been repaired, following an accident. Effectively, the new categories for […]

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