car care

Why you might need scratch and dent cover

Why you might need scratch and dent cover

Car insurance comes in many different forms. While standard motor insurance is compulsory to drive your vehicle on UK roads, other kinds of cover have been created to suit specialist circumstances. When you buy a new car, you may consider additional insurance options available to protect your new car. For example, you could take out Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP policy) or even a built-for-purpose insurance product for tyres or alloys. Another type of specialist cover you may want to consider is scratch and dent insurance. In the following sections, we take a closer look at this type of insurance and why it might have value for you as a driver.…

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What can cause your car's value to depreciate?

What can cause your car's value to depreciate?

Whenever you buy a new car, you know that you're not likely to have an asset on your hands that holds value in the long run. A new car devalues as soon as your drive it off the forecourt, and unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about it. With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the things that can cause the value of your car to depreciate and what you can do to protect its value in the case of an insurance claim.…

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6 ways to save money on your car this winter

6 ways to save money on your car this winter

As winter approaches and petrol costs continue to rise, you might be getting concerned about quite how much it's costing to run your vehicle. At Direct Gap, we're here to make your driving experience as affordable and economical as possible, so here are our top ways to save money on your car this winter.…

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Why it makes sense to consider scratch and dent insurance

Why it makes sense to consider scratch and dent insurance

There is no escaping the odd ding or scratch on your car - from overgrown hedges scraping your paint to clumsy manoeuvres in a car park causing a dent, there are countless ways you can end up damaging your vehicle. It doesn’t matter how safely you drive on the road, as even everyday things like grit or small pebbles can cause scratches and damage to your car's paintwork and bodywork. There are many reasons to consider protecting your vehicle with Scratch & Dent Insurance.…

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Why do I need alloy tyre insurance in autumn/winter?

Why do I need alloy tyre insurance in autumn/winter?

Generally, we recommend that you fit your car with a set of alloy wheels when possible. It's best to do this ahead of the autumn and winter seasons to prepare your car for harsher weather. One drawback to alloy tyres, however, is their price, so it makes good sense to protect them.…

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How to get the most out of your car tyres

How to get the most out of your car tyres

Car tyres are one of the most important components of your car, providing grip on the road and keeping you in control while driving. It is really important to keep your tyres in good working condition so that you stay safe on the road and minimise the risk of a tyre blowout.…

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What is the simplest way of making your car more reliable?

What is the simplest way of making your car more reliable?

Everyone wants their vehicle to be as reliable as possible. Whether it's for getting us back and forth to work, getting the kids to school, or going to the shops, we all rely on our vehicles. Despite that, many people neglect the one simple thing that can help eliminate most common mechanical and reliability issues - regular servicing.…

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4 top tips for making your car look and feel brand new

4 top tips for making your car look and feel brand new

Everyone wants their car to look its best, but in difficult times it can be a hard stretch to think about buying a new one. Whether you're opting to stick with what you've got because it doesn't make sense to buy anything else, or you've decided that your old car deserves a refresh, you don't need to spend a lot of money.…

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What are the best ways to keep your vehicle in good condition?

What are the best ways to keep your vehicle in good condition?

Everyone wants to keep their vehicles as reliable and safe to use as possible. Getting stranded at the roadside is not high on anyone's list of priorities - but it's a serious risk. Vehicles are complex machines, so there's always a chance for something to go wrong completely out of the blue. Many drivers, however, unknowingly increase their risks of breaking down. There are some very simple ways of ensuring your vehicle is as reliable as possible for you to drive.…

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How do you keep your vehicle's tyres in the best possible condition?

How do you keep your vehicle's tyres in the best possible condition?

Your tyres are one of the most essential parts of your vehicle - they are literally the only thing keeping you on the road. Your whole vehicle touches the road's surface on a surprisingly small patch of the tyre. Despite this, however, many drivers fail to understand how to keep their tyres in the best condition possible.…

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