GPs and those working in other medical professions have a greater chance of making a claim on their car insurance for being at fault in an accident, according to recent research from Gocompare.com Car Insurance.
If you have had your motorhome in caravan storage in Devon, but are now planning to take the vehicle abroad for the summer, do not forget to check driving regulations of the country you are visiting.
This might sound obvious to you, but according to Gocompare.com Car Insurance, one-third of motorists do not look at the requirements and laws of driving in a foreign country before they hop behind the wheel.
Only 41 per cent check whether their car insurance is valid or offers the same level of protection, while almost a fifth think all they need to drive in Europe is a GB sticker and headlamp deflectors.
Matt Oliver from Gocompare.com Car Insurance said there are several challenges to driving in Europe, including the different side of the road and unfamiliar language.
“Being able to recognise and understand road signs and potential hazards and knowing what equipment and documents you’re supposed to carry will help to ensure that you’re driving both safely and legally,” he stated.
This advice will be useful to many caravanners and Brits travelling to Europe in their cars this summer, as 23 per cent are planning to drive abroad. However, 28 per cent do not check speed limits, traffic signals, local alcohol limits, car seat laws and safety equipment regulations for the country they are heading to.
Of course, motorists should not just check driving laws and their insurance policy, but should also make sure their vehicle is safe for long journeys.
Best Price Financial Services suggests checking tyre pressure, tread and oil levels, carrying a first-aid kit and a car ‘tool kit’ in case you have a breakdown or accident, and packing all relevant paperwork, including vehicle registration documents and insurance certificates.
Here at Tordown Storage, we know just how much joy owning a classic car can bring. After all, we’re specialists in storage for classic cars in Devon! So it comes as no surprise to us to learn that one in five people are now thinking about buying themselves one of these models, not just for enjoyment, but to serve as an investment for the future.
When you park your car on the street, you are trusting to luck to a certain extent these days. You never know who’s going to walk past it and what they might decide to do to it, whether they’ll just leave it alone or think to cause some mindless damage.
The great thing about caravans is they offer home-from-home comfort while on holiday, and one motorhome fan who wanted to provide this luxury to others even turned her mode of transport into a tea room.
If you’re looking for the best car storage Devon has to offer, you’ll know there are many reasons you may not want to keep a car at home and see the value in a safe, secure location for it. Whether it’s not fit to be driven, isn’t a car for everyday use or you simply want to keep it protected from the world, our specially adapted car storage units have you covered.
If you want to see some examples of the worst case scenario alternative, take a look at this car lot in China where millions of pounds of cars have been left abandoned. According to the Daily Mail, this parking lot in Chengdu is dubbed the ‘tyrant’s car park’ down to the number of luxury cars which have been left there after being abandoned by their owners.
The lot of 200+ cars include the likes of Mercedes, Range Rovers and three Bentleys – which have a combined value of nearly £1,000,000 alone.
Some of the cars are involved in criminal cases, so cannot be claimed back by their wealthy owners, while others have simply been left abandoned. While local authorities try to auction some of the vehicles, they’re proving a real nuisance in trying to dispose of them.
Many of the cars have been there so long that weeds, bushes and trees have grown up around them, making for quite the amazing spectacle.
However, we’ll settle for well-maintained, clean, easy-to-access storage for our customers’ treasured motors, thank you very much!
CCTV footage has shown the theft of a man’s £20,000 caravan and home in Dundee last week, as reported by the Evening Telegraph.
The Fendt model was just under a year old and had cost something in the region of £20,500.
The caravan was parked in an area that the unfortunate victim had been developing and he had been living in the caravan temporarily until he had a more secure and permanent home. The victim, only 21 years of age, now finds himself effectively homeless, not to mention significantly out of pocket at the ill-fated loss of his caravan.
He hopes the released CCTV footage, along with the offers of rewards for information that leads to the finding of his lost home, will help towards recovering his caravan and bringing the perpetrator to justice.
This harrowing story goes to show how easy it is for opportunists and thieves to strike. The man in question was living in the caravan at the time of its theft and had only vacated it for a short period of time, yet most caravan or mobile home owners only use them for sporadic trips and holidays, leaving them vacated and vulnerable for large chunks of the year.
Theft can happen at any time, so it is important to consider the security of your caravan during times when it is not being used.
When the winter months hit and your caravan might just be sitting in the drive all season, why not consider looking for your local caravan storage in Devon or Cornwall to ensure that it is safe from theft or damage when it’s not in use?
If you need the best specialist storage for classic cars while you await a buyer for your painstakingly restored motor, we’re the best choice in Devon and the surrounding areas- who knows, you may even run into another classic car enthusiast who’s looking for a new investment piece!
However, if you’re struggling to find a buyer here in the British Isles, have you considered looking at marketing your classic car to the USA? You might not think they’re your ideal market being used to a left hand drive, however, new research suggest the USA are going mad for British classic cars at the moment.
According to an article by Classic Cars For Sale, the demand and price for European classics, including workaday vehicles by brands such as Ford and Citroen, has sky rocketed of late, with some models rising in value by 30 per cent in the last year.
We Brits are the top pick for US buyers thanks to the ease of a deal here, according to John from Golden Chariots, a classic car transport company. This is not only down to a shared language, but also the amount of bureaucracy involved: “Importing cars from the UK to the USA has so much less paperwork attached,” he says.
This is all in spite of our classic cars having right hand drives, unlike our mainland European counterparts. The good news for classic car lovers in the UK too is that it’s also easy to import models from the US too!
If you’ve got a spare £10 million stuck down the back of the sofa and aren’t sure how to spend it, may we suggest that you splash out on a McLaren F1, which has just gone on the market for a pretty impressive asking price of £9.5 million.
According to Classic Cars For Sale, McLaren Special Operations has maintained the vehicle and is now offering it as new to some pre-approved buyers. So perhaps you won’t be able to get your mitts on this particular vehicle but we’re sure you can find something else to spend your £10 million on!
This particular car comes in Carbon Black and all the extras you could ever want that the manufacturer is renowned for. We’re talking about a Tag Heuer owner’s watch, special books, a boxed titanium toolkit and fitted luggage. What’s more, it’s one of the last six F1s that McLaren ever made and has only done around 2,800 miles… so whoever does end up with it is buying a bit of history, as well as ensuring they look nothing but amazing on the roads.
If you are in the market for a new old classic car, what about investing in a 1961 Jaguar E-Type instead? This brand is all about style and even Enzo Ferrari called it the “most beautiful car ever made”. Or you could go for the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. After all, if it’s good enough for James Bond, then it’s good enough for us.
Whatever car you do end up investing in, make sure you drop it in to Dorset car storage company Tordown Storage if you’re going on an extended trip. We’ll make sure it’s well taken care of while you’re away.
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