New car sales

Car sales accelerate as drivers rush to beat the April road tax changes

New car sales accelerate in January as drivers rush to beat the April road tax changes

You’d be smiling too if you’d just avoided paying hundreds of pounds more in road tax

Drivers alarmed by the changes to VED road tax are believed to have fuelled a sudden surge in new car sales.

New road tax rules, which come into force this April, will make it much more expensive to tax many of Britain’s most popular cars.

During January, typically a quiet month of the year for new car sales, sales grew by 2.9 per cent. A total of 174,564 were snapped up, marking a 12-year high.

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White cars lose money, green cars are likely to be crashed, study shows

White cars

The Ford Focus was the most popular white car with 14,103 sold last year (Picture © Ford)

White cars were the most popular in 2015. But drivers who choose ice-cool white cars may see red when it comes to selling their motors on. White cars could lose their value quicker than other colours, according to used car experts. And drivers who pick green for their next motor are more likely to have it stolen or written off than if it’s in any other shade.

Of the 2.6m cars sold in the UK throughout 2015, more than a fifth were white. It was the third straight year that this has been the nation’s most popular paint colour, according to trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The SMMT added that demand for white cars grew by 2.2 per cent in 2015. A decade ago, just one per cent of cars were ordered with the neutral tone. Continue reading

New car sales boom: Why it’s a great time to buy a car

New car sales boom

Now’s a great time to get a new car bargain with great deals on models such as the Volvo XC60 (Picture © Volvo)

There’s a new car sales boom and Britain’s automotive industry is in rude health. But while 2015 is on the way to becoming a record year for car sales, there are still plenty of bargains for new car buyers to snap up. Some experts are saying that new car buyers have never had it so good because car makers are competing so hard against one another in the bid to win new customers and keep existing owners loyal to their brand. Continue reading