Author Archives: Allie

peeves of driving

Top 10 pet peeves of driving!

At CDG we love to drive; there’s not much better in this world than cruising in your car with your windows down, the sun shining and the birds singing… but hang on, what’s that coming towards you? You can’t quite make it out through the fog light glare, you think it’s going straight over as there’s no indication but then bang! Your day is ruined by a careless driver.

peeves of driving

Hitting the open road is a source of stress for many…

A study from the Institute of Advanced Motorists found that a third of UK drivers no longer enjoy taking to the road. This could be because sometimes on the UK’s clogged up roads even the simplest journey can feel like a gruelling battle; as other drivers infuriating bad habits send you into a spin.

If this is you, take a deep breath and read on; as we’ve compiled all your top driving bugbears, so you can have a cleansing rant and get on with your day…

1. Not indicating

peeves of driving

Indicators: generally found on all cars

It’s amazing how many super smart cars these days don’t come with indicators, or so you’d think! Why such a simple thing is so widely ignored is enough to send us Brits round the bend! Indicating makes the road a better, safer place; it means you can judge what other drivers are doing and speeds up decisions at junctions.  There’s no excuse for this bad behaviour.

2. Tailgating

Not only is this an intimidating and aggressive way to drive; it’s also incredibly dangerous. It takes over 90 meters to stop when you’re driving at 70 mph, that’s longer then the length of Big Ben, so why do some drivers think it’s acceptable to drive inches from your bumper?  Until they invent telepathy, there’s not much you can do about this dangerous driver except hope that the next time they hover at a bumper, it belongs to an unmarked police car.

3. Leaving fog lights on

peeves of driving

Fog lights should only be used when visibility is down to 100 meters or less

This is not only incredibly annoying, but also quite dangerous. Forgetting to turn off your fog lights or switching them on when not needed, could land you with a fine if spotted by the police. Rear fog lights make it harder to spot brake lights; front fog lights can dazzle oncoming cars and vehicles that are following.  Flash your foggy friend and they’ll soon get the message.

4. Hogging the centre lane

Frustrating because it is so easy to remedy; how often have you wanted to lean out the window and scream ‘move over’ to a driver stuck in the middle lane for no good reason! These people seem to have no concept of what the inside lane is for; they join the motorway, pull into the centre and just stick there for the rest of their journey; no matter how heavy or light the traffic is. It’s enough to drive you crazy! The good news is that the police are cracking down on this kind of careless driving and can now issue on the spot fines to lane offenders.

5. Queue jumping

peeves of driving

Queuing: fun for everyone!

We’ve all been there; the traffic slows as a lane is closing, and everyone moves over and forms a nice neat line, edging slowly forward to get through the block. Everyone that is, apart from Mr Speedster. Obviously far more important than the rest of us, this joker comes whizzing up the now empty lane and pushes in at the front; causing tailbacks and congestion.  We’re not sure why their time is more precious than the rest is ours, but no doubt they’ll force their way in, or get aggressive if no one will let them.

6. No appreciation

So you’ve been nice enough to let the aforementioned queue jumper push his way in, and what do you get for your kindness? A small gesture of thanks? Any kind of acknowledgement? No; you get nothing. Not saying thank you to fellow road users is one of the top reasons we get so filled with rage when driving.  A small wave when someone lets you out, a flash of headlights or a blink of your hazards; it takes nothing to make someone feel appreciated and ease the anger!

7. Driving at 40mph, everywhere!

Oblivious to the general flow of traffic on a motorway, or 30 mph zones in towns and villages, this driver has their dial stuck on 40 and won’t speed up or slow down for anyone.  Dodgy on the motorway; they cause tailbacks and frustration, especially when combined with number 4 on our list, and downright dangerous in urban areas where children play and pedestrians go about their business.

8. Litter bugs

peeves of driving

Litter belongs in a bin

That feeling of rage; when you are following a car and recoil in horror as they dump their litter out of their window. There is no excuse for a lazy litter bug who has little consideration for anyone else, and feels it’s ok to just dump their drink cans and food wrappers as and when they please. Bin it; that is all.

9. Dozy dawdlers

It must be nice to live in a world where time is of no importance, and driving about the countryside is like floating on a cloud; with no consequences and no one else to worry about. Not like the rest of us, who have to follow these daydreaming dilly-dalliers after they pull out in front of us on an otherwise empty road, or sit in the middle of two lanes at a junction, or take up two; sometimes three parking spaces in a packed car park. Infuriating!

10. Dialling & driving

You’d think that the fact that talking on your mobile and driving is illegal would put people off; but sadly this is not the case. It’s enraging when you see a driver on their phone; so distracted that they seem to have lost all concentration and awareness. Put the phones down people! That call can wait. Or just get yourself a hands free kit and your problems are over.

palms

What to look out for when buying a used car…

You’ve been searching for months, and you’ve finally found it; your dream car! The price is right, the model is perfect and the mileage is spot on; but could all of this be just a little too good to be true?

liars

Look out for body language which could hint that your seller is not being completely honest!

Buying a used car is a stressful business; there’s so much to think about and take in. The last thing you need is to be lied to by a private seller, but how can you determine whether the seller is telling tales? Lucky for you, we’ve got some top tips that will help you spot someone being dishonest and take some of the stress out of buying a used car.

Ever had the feeling that you’re being lied to? Chances are you have picked up on the subconscious signals that liars give off; and you’re probably right! When people lie, they can’t help but use body language that gives them away.

Ask yourself:

  • Are their hands clenched?
  • Are they fiddling with clothing or jewellery?
  • Do they have their arms crossed?
  • Are their hands in their pockets
  • Do they keep showing you their palms excessively?
  • Do they keep placing objects between you?
  • Are they constantly rubbing at their neck, touching their nose and covering their mouth?
  • Do they seem jumpy and fidgety?
  • Are they giving you mixed signals; like nodding in contrast to what is being said?
  • Are they not mirroring your body language?
  • Is their eye contact off; you can’t get them to look at you or they look directly at you for too long?

If any or all of these are taking place, the chances are you are being lied to; so hot foot it out of there at once!

Of course body language is not the only way to spot a liar; they have a whole host of tricks up their sleeves. Recent research suggests that one in five people admit to telling lies when trying to make a sale on their car. These include hiding existing faults, mechanical issues and poor service history. A few even admitted to lying about the cars mileage and worryingly, some even admitted to lying about previous accidents.

Don’t be diverted

Watch out for diversion tactics when inspecting a car. A seller might park in a way so as to hide scratches and bumps, they might try and distract you while you’re giving the car a once over, and use strong air fresheners to disguise dodgy smells – check out our feature on how to spot a flood-damaged motor, too. Keep your wits about you and make sure you pay close attention when looking over the car for any issues.

Trust your instincts.

If you think that something is not right and get that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach then you are probably spot on. If it feels too good to be true, it almost always is. Don’t be afraid to walk; your gut feeling is nearly always correct!

Two pairs of eyes are better than one

If you can, take someone else along with you to check out the car. A second pair of eyes might be able to spot something that you wouldn’t if you were on your own. If you don’t know a whole lot about cars, try to take along someone with a bit of knowledge to help you out.

Save yourself stress and buy from a dealer!

Getting your used car from a reputable dealer such as Crawley Down Group can save you from the clutches of dodgy private sellers. With CDG you are guaranteed a top quality used car, great service and more importantly, not a lie in sight!

You will have extra peace of mind knowing you will drive away with at least 6 months warranty on your new vehicle! Visit http://www.cdg-cars.com/used-cars/ to view our full range of used vehicles or pop in and see us today!

summer car

Our top tips to get your car set for summer!

After a freezing winter and the stormy wash out that was spring, your car is in desperate need of a good scrub! Salt from the roads, dirty water and tree sap are doing their best to turn your car from a gleaming set of wheels into a beaten up old wreck.

The weather is picking up and the sun is out making this a great time of year to give your car a thorough going over. Here are our tips for making sure your car is all set for summer…

summercar3

1. Total wash out

Sounds obvious, but the first thing to do is give your car a really good clean. Using a good quality car shampoo, start from the roof and work downwards allowing stubborn areas of dirt at the bottom more time to soak. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies and pay attention to the underside of door and window sills as dirt can collect here.

Salt from the road and tree sap can cause real damage to your paintwork, so make sure you give it a thorough going over and leave it spotless. Ensure you’ve removed all soap residue before allowing to dry, and finish off with a good wax to protect the paintwork.

2. Get inside the job

Cleaning the inside of your car is really important following a long cold winter and wet, windy spring. Your car needs time to dry out as wet clothes, shoes and pets can cause moisture to build up.

Pick a sunny day and get to work! Remove the mats and give everything a good hoover. Wipe down surfaces, remove rubbish from pockets, seat backs and under seats; don’t forget the boot! If your carpets and seats are looking water stained and smelling bad they could be increasing the chance of rust, so invest in some car upholstery cleaner and give everything a good scrub.

3. What lies beneath…

It’s important to give the underside of your car a good hosing down, as salt from winter roads can build up and cause corrosion. Get a pressure washer adaptor for your hose pipe and give it a thorough clean. Alternatively take it to a Jet Wash and make sure you clean the underneath.

4. See clearly

Don’t forget to polish up the car windows, inside and out, and give your mirrors a good wipe down. Large amounts of dirt can build up on the inside of your windows causing visibility issues and leaving them looking bad. Use a window cleaner and make sure you get right into the corners. Don’t forget to check your windscreen wipers for sign of damage and replace if necessary.

5. Tread carefully

Post winter tyres are in desperate need of a little TLC. Firstly check their tread depth; the legal minimum depth is 1.6mm, but we would recommend changing them when they get below 2mm to be on the safe side. Check for signs of damage, wear and tear or splits, check the tyre pressure is correct and lastly give them a really good clean. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre while you’re at it!

6. Breathe deep

air

It’s important to get your air-con checked every 2 years

Air-Con systems need recharging with gas & lubricant every 2 years to remove bad odours, clean the unit and keep the temperature at the correct level and there’s no better time to do it than after a damp spring and a cold winter. Over two thirds of vehicles are fitted with air conditioning and climate control systems as standard these days; so we highly recommend booking your car in for an air-con check and re-gas to make sure everything is in great working order.

SPECIAL CDG OFFER UNTIL END OF JUNE!

Our Summer check is only £19.99! This includes an air con check to test its temperature and efficiency, as well as a 70 point vehicle health check! Call 01342 859200 and quote ‘SUMMER14’ to book today!

And lastly…

While you’re at it, carry out a few quick checks to keep your car running smoothly. You should ideally be carrying these out once a week; or at the very least before the start of a long journey:

  • Check oil levels
  • Check radiator levels
  • Check windscreen wash levels
  • Check tyre pressure
  • Check windscreen wiper blades