Men vs women: Customer Survey Competition

july-competition

Simply complete our 5 minute survey to have a chance!

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

We are running a short survey to learn more about how you, our customers, feel about the car buying journey. But there’s a twist….

We want to understand the differences between men and women, or learn that actually, they are very much the same.

By completing our survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire 7″ or £50 in High Street Vouchers.

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

By entering this completion you are accepting these terms and conditions.

  • This competition closes at midday on 22nd July 2016 and the draws will be made on 22nd July 2016 and the winners contacted within 28 days.
  • The prize: One Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ for the first name drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey and £50 in Love2Shop vouchers for the second name drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in the prize draw. Winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place. If the winner cannot be contacted within 7 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by My Car Check are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the prizes.
  • The competition is not open to anyone associated with My Car Check or any associated companies.
  • A list of winners’ names is available on written request from My Car Check, Strata House, King’s Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to communications beyond our control.
  • Subscribing to our newsletter is voluntary and you can opt out at any time.

23% of all motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have at least one serious warning

Motorcycle checks at My Car CheckAnalysis of used motorcycle registration searches during June 2015 to May 2016 has shown that 23% have at least one serious warning 17.7% of motorcycles are written off, 4.9% have outstanding finance and 0.6% have been stolen. In comparison to cars, motorcycles are less likely to have a warning, but only slightly.

The models most likely to be written off, have outstanding finance or be stolen are:

  Most Written Off Model Write-off %
1 Triumph Spirit ST 1050 47.83%
2 Honda CBF 125 M-D 45.45%
3 Honda WW 125-D 36.36%
  Most Outstanding Finance Model Outstanding Finance %
1 Yamaha MR 125 X 21.05%
2 Yamaha YZF R1 09 18.18%
3 Triumph Spirit ST 1050 17.39%
  Most Stolen Model Stolen %
1 Yamaha NXC125 Cygnus 8.57%
2 Honda WW 125-D 4.55%
3 Honda CBF 125 M-A 3.70%

Source: My Car Check (models with minimum 20 checks between June 2015 and May 2016)

 

The riskiest motorcycles to buy in the UK - My Car Check

Above: a handy infographic showing more data from the same analysis.

Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car vehicle without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting mycarcheck.com.

June 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Car tax

 

Tax disc deficit

Vehicle excise duty collected fell by £200m in the six months following the abolition of paper tax discs.Express – Government loses £200 MILLION in SIX MONTHS after scrapping paper tax discs

 

Worst MOT pass locations

The 10 places with the worst MoT test failure rates and the 10 places where cars are more likely to pass. Telegraph – Where in Britain do most cars fail their MoT test?

 

It’s the wrong fuel bobby!

Police forces that spent the most money fixing wrongly fuelled vehicles revealed; and how to avoid following suit. Telegraph – £400K To Fix Patrol Cars Police Filled With Wrong Fuel

Customer Survey Competition

june-competition

Simply complete our 5 minute survey to have a chance!

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

We are running a short surveys to learn more about what you, our customers think about the used car buying process.

For each survey you complete, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire 7″ or £50 in High Street Vouchers.

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

By entering this completion you are accepting these terms and conditions.

  • This competition closes at midnight on 30th June 2016 and the draws will be made on 1st July 2016 and the winners contacted within 28 days.
  • The prize: One Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in three separate free prize draws. Winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place. If the winner cannot be contacted within 7 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by My Car Check are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the prizes.
  • The competition is not open to anyone associated with My Car Check or any associated companies.
  • A list of winners’ names is available on written request from My Car Check, Strata House, King’s Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to communications beyond our control.
  • Subscribing to our newsletter is voluntary and you can opt out at any time.

Vauxhall Corsa is worst offender for combined write-off and finance warnings

Analysis of used car registration searches during April 2015 to May 2016 has shown that the Vauxhall Corsa is most likely to have both a write-off and an outstanding finance marker on it. The Corsa SXI AC was the riskiest overall, with 6.25% of those checked having both these serious warnings and 58.47% having at least one warning. Their average value was £7,348.

Completing the top ten are:

  Model Write-off % Finance % Both %
1 Vauxhall Corsa SXI AC 39.29% 21.43% 6.25%
2 BMW X5 D Sport Auto 25.64% 10.26% 5.98%
3 Vauxhall Corsa S Ecoflex 26.73% 25.74% 4.95%
4 BMW 520d M Sport 20.87% 20.00% 4.35%
5 Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition 44.83% 27.59% 4.31%
6 Yamaha Yzf R125 26.62% 14.94% 3.90%
7 Audi A3 S Line Tdi 22.58% 22.58% 3.23%
8 Ford Focus Zetec Tdci 15.74% 16.75% 3.05%
9 Peugeot 206 Sport 26.47% 6.86% 2.94%
10 Volkswagen Golf R32 20.35% 8.72% 2.91%

Source: My Car Check (models with minimum 100 checks between May 2015 and April 2016)

 

The riskiest makes and models to buy in the UK - My Car Check

Above: a handy infographic showing more data from the same analysis.

Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car vehicle without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting mycarcheck.com.

May 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Man looking at a smoking engine in his car

 

Forget the stereotype, apparently it’s wrong!

Not one German manufacturer in the top 10 most reliable cars. Express – German cars: not as reliable as you might think

 

Everybody needs good (parking) neighbours!

How annoying and frustrating this must be? Have you ever had parking issues where you live? Telegraph – Man documents three-year parking war with pictures showing his driveway blocked almost every day

 

This is a little tricky, but if you look for long enough you might just see it (or not)!

“Dramatic” changes to a classic road sign. Telegraph – Spot the difference as iconic road sign is updated

Selling a used Motorcycle – Top Tips

Biker holding helmet with motorcycle on sunset.Wash and Polish
It goes without saying that the more looked after a bike is the better chance it has of selling. Give it a good wash and polish, lubricate and adjust the chain. Take a few good quality photographs. Show close-ups of the good bits.
Advert Wording
List as many of the bike’s details as possible. Year of manufacture, model derivative, mileage, service history, and MOT renewal date. If you leave something out than it just leaves a level of uncertainty for anyone looking at similar adverts.
Be honest about what you say about the bike. You don’t have to list all its minor defects, just be honest about any information that you do give. If you say its showroom condition but the fairing is hanging off, then it not only puts buyers off but opens them up for negotiation.
After Market Extras
If you have fitted any extras it is always best to keep any original parts to pass on with the bike. It can be worth putting a bike back to standard and selling additional items separately.
Paperwork
Put all your documentation together. If you don’t have the original service book, then put as many service receipts as you may have together, it helps to build up a picture for the buyer. Old MOT certificates show a progression in mileage and help to verify a bike’s history.
Asking Price
Be realistic with your asking price, use our valuation service to give you a realistic asking price. If you start too high, then you can often deter any potential buyers. Believe it or not, if you go too low, then this can also scare people off. Buyers often think there must be something wrong.
Road Tests
Road tests are always a difficult situation for selling a bike. If you feel comfortable about doing so, at least make sure that the buyer has insurance cover. It can be an option to agree a test ride once payment has been made.

Buying a used Motorcycle – Top Tips

Biker holding helmet with motorcycle on sunset.Accident damage

Always look for signs of accident damage. Often small items get overlooked following a repair and are a good indicator of a bike’s history.

Check handlebar ends, levers, mirrors, along with footrest hangers – particularly rear footrest brackets as these are the widest point and often don’t get replaced after a spill. Scuffs on any or all of these don’t always mean a crash but are a warning sign to investigate further.

Bodywork
Standard paintwork is important. You may like that special day-glow pink finish, but straying away from original colours limits the sell-on value. Chips and marks on the fairing often can’t be avoided, but indicate how a bike has been looked after.

Tank pads are a common fitment these days, a scruffy one can be replaced but may hide a mark. Damage to the fuel tank is probably a bigger issue than to fairing lowers for instance.

At the same time have a look behind the fairing – or under the seat if it has a lifting seat. Corrosion and damage can often be seen here and worth noting.

Wheels and Tyres
Check tyres condition – not only for wear. Replacing a pair of Superbike tyres could cost in excess of £300 a major consideration compared to a bike with new unworn tyres. But also remember to check the actual tyres. A bike used under normal road conditions will not have been worn to the edges. A tyre which has thehero blobs or edge mouldings worn has probably seen some track use.
Have a good look at the wheel rims, check rusty and flaking paint. With alloy wheels, always check the rim edge for flat spots.

Exhausts
Replacement exhausts may be desirable but always ask if the standard system is supplied with the bike. Many owners replace standard systems both for aesthetic and performance reasons. Without the standard system, having a non-road legal silencer could mean additional expense at MOT time.

A non-standard exhaust may also indicate crash damage.

Engine and Frame numbers
Check engine and frame numbers. It has been known for stolen bikes to have engine and frame numbers removed and re-stamped or for numbers to be ground off. This is not any easy thing to verify for the less knowledgeable but if they have been tampered with, then quite often something doesn’t quite look right. Also check that paperwork and bike details match.

Suspensions
Have a good look at the suspension both front and rear. Pitted or marked fork stanchions will have damaged the fork seals, whereas rusty and unclean rear shocks could mean worn and seized linkages.

Chain and Sprockets
A quick visual check of the chain will indicate how well a bike has been looked after. A dry rusty chain means that other things may have been overlooked. A lot of sports bikes don’t have a centre stand so adjustment is more difficult. Check the side adjustment bars – next to the rear wheel spindle. A fully adjusted or worn chain will have been moved back to full extension.

Engine
Ask to hear the bike running. Sellers are quite rightly reluctant to offer test rides, but ask to hear the bike running and engage gear. If the engine is still warm when you arrive it may just mean that the seller has been for a ride. However a cold engine can give you a better idea of starting etc.

Listening to the engine for someone who is non-mechanical won’t necessarily highlight any problems, but anything really untoward would stand out. Don’t forget the seller doesn’t know how knowledgeable you are.

Ask when the oil was last changed. This should be at least yearly even if the bike has stood for most of it.

Reason for Sale
Ask the owner why they are selling. A genuine seller will probably have a plausible reason. Often a direct question will throw a seller if they are trying to cover something.

Paperwork
If everything looks okay and you want to proceed further, ask to see the bike’s paperwork. Loads of different owners and higher than average miles doesn’t always mean bad news. The service history is a better indicator.

The ideal would be a full service history with stamped book from an approved franchise dealer. This is the exception rather than rule in most cases. Gaps in service history mean more, so try and follow the timeline between whatever history is there.

Old MOT certificates will show a mileage history and old receipts from service and repair work can build up a good picture. A bike should really have a yearly check as a minimum, if only to change the oil and filter.

Certain marques such as Ducati and Harley Davidson will de-value by not having a full franchised dealer history and whilst this may not be of concern to you it may have a bearing upon re-sale.

Keys
A final reminder is to ask if all keys are available. A bike supplied with only one key or more importantly without the red master key if relevant, can mean additional future expense.

Final note
A good point to remember is that if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is!

April 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Vehicle dashboard camera

 

This will be worrying for consumers who trust franchise dealers above “dodgy” backstreet dealers.

Civic owner forced to go to court after Honda dealer refuses to take damaged car back. Car Buyer – Dodgy franchise dealers

 

This is why dangerous, last-minute maneuvers are not a great idea!

Dashcam captures close call on slip road in Wales. Telegraph – Last-minute maneuvers

 

Here’s proof auto pilot in cars can avoid collisions.

Tesla Model S autopilot prevents man colliding with truck in Ohio. Telegraph – Tesla auto pilot averts crash

345,000 vehicles with a hidden history are bought each year without the buyer’s knowledge

My Car Check 2015 Report - Vehicle check data insightMy Car Check are the UK’s number one car checker service, empowering used vehicle buyers with the facts to make a more informed decision. Buyers are in danger of making a grave error if they do not check if the vehicle they are intending to buy has been stolen, written off or still has debt against it.

To celebrate My Car Check’s tenth birthday we took the opportunity to reveal some interesting and helpful facts and information with our consumer and trade customers. Having performed over 10 million vehicle checks on cars, bike and vans over the last 10 years, we’re pretty well-placed to shed some light on used vehicle data.

A combination of recent customer research and insights taken from all vehicle checks carried out on our website during 2015, we’ve got some very interesting facts to share in our report “Making Better Used Car Choices”.

Here’s a few highlights taken from our report, which can be downloaded in full for FREE here.

My Car Check 2015 Report - Cover My Car Check 2015 Report - Top Reasons for Warnings My Car Check 2015 Report - Ford Summary

Above: the main cover, the top reasons for warnings and an example manufacturer summary.

  • There is great need for used vehicle buyers to carry out a comprehensive vehicle provenance check as 46% of all vehicle searches had at least one warning
  • 96% of consumers choose to carry out a vehicle provenance check before buying their chosen vehicle
  • Approximately 345,000 vehicles with a hidden history are bought each year without the buyer’s knowledge
  • 48% of consumers buy a used vehicle every two to three years
  • A large proportion of consumers prefer to buy vehicles from independent dealers (48%)
  • £7,632 was the average value of a used vehicle searched in 2015
  • Petrol vehicles were the most searched fuel type with 56% of all searches
  • Black was the most searched colour with 23% of all searches
  • 5 door hatchbacks were the most searched body style with 27% of all searches
  • Ford was the most searched marque, ahead of Vauxhall, Volkswagen, BMW and Audi.

Download the full report for FREE here.

Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car vehicle without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting mycarcheck.com.