Money and Environment

New Diesel cars penalised again in tax changes


  1. Posted on April 17th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Car tax rates changed again at the beginning of April – here is what you need to know. Firstly, the changes apply only to new cars; here is a link to the changes announced in April 2017. New diesels will be hit hard, because their tax rate increases by one band. Interestingly, company car tax […]

    Read more »

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 […]

    Read more »

Compensation claims feared for used cars


  1. Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Which used car would you buy? One promoted as having one private owner, or another one advertised as a former member of a business fleet, even if it were driven by one driver? The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reckons that this question makes a difference to second-hand car purchasing decisions and its recent ruling is […]

    Read more »

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 […]

    Read more »

Car finance under the spotlight


  1. Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is difficult to know who to trust these days. The emissions scandal has called into question the credibility of more than just a single car manufacturer but it seems that, once again, the financial sectors may not have been acting as transparently as they should. Now where have we heard that before? The main […]

    Read more »

New car tax rates explained


  1. Posted on March 28th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. When GEM compared the Vehicle Excise Duty rates between a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and a decade-old Volkswagen Polo automatic, we concluded that the car tax system (VED) had become unbalanced. For buyers, who could afford a new (or nearly new) car, they tended to pay either nothing, or very little, in VED. The main […]

    Read more »

Seven tips to help make the most of every drop of fuel you buy


  1. Posted on February 21st, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Road safety and breakdown recovery organisation GEM Motoring Assist has assembled a selection of easy-to-follow seven tips that will save you fuel as well as reduce your risk on the road. “Any driver can make good use of these tips, starting right now,” says GEM road safety officer Neil Worth. “The result should be not […]

    Read more »

Diesel Particulate Filter introduced for petrols


  1. Posted on August 24th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Despite the heavy criticisms that have been directed at diesel engines in the past few years, the fuel still offers advantages. Recently, I liaised with a committee that influences the UK government’s air quality policies, which recommends the diesel scrappage scheme (of which I do not approve, as written here). I queried, if people scrap […]

    Read more »

Has slimer visited your car?


  1. Posted on February 7th, 2014 by Rob Marshall
  2. Some GEM members have experienced problems recently, caused by their diesel cars’ fuel filters (pictured) becoming blocked with slime. The engine becomes starved of fuel and then stalls. Diesel is expensive enough, without sub-standard fuel resulting in a breakdown but media reports, which have circulated since late December, have reported that the fuel is to […]

    Read more »

Fuel Efficient Driving


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Introduction A change of attitude Maintaining your car Before you set off Take the weight off Eliminate short journeys On a journey On the motorway In town Car sharing Green driving is safer driving Frequently asked questions   Introduction Fuel prices have been up and down a lot in recent years – but there’s no doubting the long-term trend is upward. We […]

    Read more »