Guides

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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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 […]

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Take the stress and risk out of your European road journeys


  1. Posted on April 20th, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has published advice for staying safe and secure on European road journeys this year. The advice takes the form of six top tips covering planning, equipment, safety, legal matters and security issues. Neil Worth, road safety officer at GEM Motoring Assist, said: “The European motorway network […]

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Brighten up behind, GEM urges drivers using daytime running lights


  1. Posted on November 21st, 2016 by James Luckhurst
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they’re as visible as possible at all times. The advice comes amid concern that many drivers may be inadvertently making themselves harder to spot from behind when daytime visibility is reduced, because they’re relying on automatic lighting systems and front-only daytime running […]

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Buying advice for accessories that improve car security


  1. Posted on September 30th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. With car thefts rising, the best thing you can do is to reduce the chance of your car being either broken into, or stolen. While my last blog on the subject gave some advice, I tend to be asked by GEM members about anti-theft accessories. Whatever you decide to buy, it is best to choose […]

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Put safety first on the motorway


  1. Posted on February 16th, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist says the four motorway deaths at the start of the half-term getaway offer a grim reminder of how dangerous our high-speed roads can be. Two fatal collisions occurred within an hour of each other on Saturday morning. In the first, a double-decker coach collided with a stationary car on […]

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Buyer Beware! – Buying a used car


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Buying a second-hand car can mean getting a great bargain, but it can also mean stepping into a minefield of costly, or even legal, problems. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a trained mechanic to spot the dodgy deals! Just follow our guide to buying used and make sure you drive away a great deal. […]

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Beat the dealer


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Introduction Do you need to buy? Planning The test drive Don’t commit to anything The fine art of negotiating Stay calm Beware of the extras If things have gone wrong Introduction Buying a car, whether new or used, represents a big financial commitment for most of us. Whether you’re looking to pay cash, arrange a […]

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Buying a car privately


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The classified advertisements can provide one of the cheapest routes to buying a car, but going privately can also mean taking the most risks with your money.  Follow our guide to help you come away with a great bargain, and no nasty surprises. Your rights and responsibilities Vehicle checks The test drive Viewing the car […]

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Buying and using a caravan


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. If you’re considering taking your first steps into the world of caravanning we have all the information you need and a list of useful contacts to help you on your way right here. GEM also offers caravanners some of the best insurance deals available to ensure that your caravanning experience is a positive one. Am […]

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