Author Archives: cartime Tim

Top 5 types of summer car

Top 5 types of summer car

  Think ‘summer’ and you’re likely to think ‘road trips’, which is partly why we’ve made the BMW 330d M Sport our top 5 summer cars. Aside from road trips, there are lots of other ways to enjoy the warmer weather and sunnier days, as there are plenty of other types of car that can […]

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Top 5 cars for city driving

Top 5 cars for city driving

  City living comes with its benefits and its challenges, and this is as true of motoring as it is of any other part of the urban lifestyle – so what are the best cars to choose as city runabouts? Here are five of the top cars for city driving, including some all-time favourites and […]

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cartime set to become one of the largest car dealers in North-West

cartime set to become one of the largest car dealers in North-West

  From humble beginnings, selling cars from his mother’s driveway, Managing Director, Matt Kay established cartime, one of the North West’s biggest independent used car dealerships. During 5 years of trading, we have experienced continued year-on-year growth and in 2016 appeared as a new name on the highly regarded “Top 50 Independent Dealers” list for […]

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How to get the best used car for your budget

How to get the best used car for your budget

  Getting the best used car for your budget is about more than just the price displayed in the windscreen – although of course that is a good place to start. But making the most of your used car budget also means factoring in the options for how to pay, the condition of the car, […]

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cartime’s June 2017 Car of the Month is the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

cartime’s June 2017 Car of the Month is the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class burst on to the roads in the spring of 2013 and four years later, this persistently popular coupe has earned its stripes with cartime’s June 2017 Car of the Month Award. Its sweeping curves are classic Mercedes-Benz, with a businesslike front grille that adds an executive touch to the overall design, […]

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Audi A1 wins cartime Car of the Month May 2017

Audi A1 wins cartime Car of the Month May 2017

  The Audi A1 has gone from strength to strength since it first reached the UK market in November 2010, and 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary since it was first previewed at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show First unveiled as the Audi metroproject quattro concept car, it was renamed as the A1 Project Quattro in […]

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10 cars we can’t wait to drive in 2017

10 cars we can’t wait to drive in 2017

  The 2017 crop of new cars has some real gems, from road-going runabouts to supercars that are as likely to end up in private collections as they are to be spotted driving through your nearest city centre. Here are ten cars we can’t wait to drive in 2017 – once they go on the […]

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Feel the force of tomorrow’s cars, today

Feel the force of tomorrow’s cars, today

  Although Star Wars is of course set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, for most of us May the 4th – which has come to be celebrated each year as ‘Star Wars Day’ – brings to mind a futuristic world of spaceships and robots. But back on Earth, we’re already […]

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Eco cars: Three of the best

Eco cars: Three of the best

  We’re all doing our bit to save the environment, and the car you choose to drive can have a big impact on your number of ‘carbon miles’ over the course of a year, or even a single road trip. Of course fuel efficiency makes good financial sense too, and with an ever-increasing number of […]

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Three favourite ‘Easter eggs’ in familiar cars

Three favourite ‘Easter eggs’ in familiar cars

  Talk about Easter eggs at this time of year and you’ll most likely think of chocolate. However, nowadays in many films and computer games, they have their own “Easter Eggs” which can be a hidden message or in-joke, and can be anything from a secret menu option on a DVD, to a particular colour […]

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Top five tips for giving your car a spring clean

Top five tips for giving your car a spring clean

  March is one of the most important months on the calendar – the spring equinox brings the first days with more than 12 hours of daylight, the clocks go forward, making those lighter evenings last even longer, and winter finally gives way to spring. So for many of us, those longer days will be […]

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Big spring savings in cartime’s March Clearance

Big spring savings in cartime’s March Clearance

  We all love a good spring clean, and cartime’s March Clearance campaign is a chance for you to make big savings on some of our most popular cars this season. In fact our whole range is coming down in price, and that means great deals for you, and some extra space for us to […]

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BMW 4 Series takes our February 2017 Car of the Month title

BMW 4 Series takes our February 2017 Car of the Month title

  The BMW 3 Series was – and still is – one of the great success stories of modern motoring, but against all odds the BMW 4 Series has proved to be a worthy successor, leading to sighs of relief from BMW aficionados and newcomers to the marque alike. Like the 3 Series before it, […]

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Five cars we loved through the decades

Five cars we loved through the decades

  You can’t escape Valentine’s Day in February, but for keen motorists it’s the perfect excuse to reminisce about past loves and some of those truly iconic cars of decades gone by. Here’s cartime’s pick of five of the most iconic and well-loved cars of the past half-century. 1960s It’s hard to pick one model […]

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class is our first Car of the Month in 2017

Mercedes-Benz C-Class is our first Car of the Month in 2017

  As we get our Car of the Month series underway for another year, there’s no worthier winner of January’s title than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a modern classic that has sold over a million units since the ‘new generation’ Saloon and Estate models were introduced in 2014. Together the C-Class Saloon and Estate frequently top […]

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Get through the worst winter weather in a Used 4×4

Get through the worst winter weather in a Used 4×4

  When the worst winter weather sets in – whether it brings downpours of rain, ice-covered roads or snow drifts – the last vehicles to still make it through are usually the 4x4s, with their better traction and sturdy suspension. Not everyone can afford a brand new production line 4×4, but with our fantastic selection […]

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5 ways to buy a bargain car in the January sales

5 ways to buy a bargain car in the January sales

  The New Year means there’s usually a bargain to be found, and the car industry is no exception to this, with January sales and great deals to be found especially when you buy a used car, as this already makes your money go much further. Here are five ways to buy a bargain car […]

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Audi Q5 is our December Car of the Month!

Audi Q5 is our December Car of the Month!

  We’re ending 2016 in style with the hugely successful Audi Q5 as our December Car of the Month. It’s been a big year for the much-loved SUV, with the millionth Audi Q5 leaving the production line in August in Sepang Blue, destined to be driven by a family in Germany. This ‘jubilee’ was reached […]

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Top 5 Affordable Family Cars If You’ve Got Kids

Top 5 Affordable Family Cars If You’ve Got Kids

  Family man? Yummy mummy? If you’ve got kids, your car probably means a lot to you. The faithful family run-around has got to be reliable, roomy and robust – these days that tends to mean an SUV or MPV – but that doesn’t have to be the case. Hatchbacks still play a large part […]

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Is Premium Petrol Really Worth It?

Is Premium Petrol Really Worth It?

When you pull up at the pumps, you’ve usually got a choice of petrol. From standard unleaded, to super or premium, it can be confusing and you might end up just going for the cheapest. So, what is the point in premium petrol? Is it actually worth it? As premium fuel can cost up to […]

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Real Housewives of Cheshire go Christmas car shopping at cartime

Real Housewives of Cheshire go Christmas car shopping at cartime

REAL Housewives of Cheshire stars Lauren Simon and Leanne Brown swapped reality TV for a spot of Christmas shopping on Thursday. Lauren and Leanne – the wife of footballer Wes Brown – headed down to our the car dealership, on Bell Lane in Bury, where they spent the afternoon test-driving various cars. Both ladies have […]

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Winter Car Care: Why Won’t My Car Warm Up?

Winter Car Care: Why Won’t My Car Warm Up?

It’s freezing. Has anyone else noticed? And there’s nothing worse than when your car simply won’t warm up on a winter’s morning… Well, except for waiting for the bus in the snow. How does the heating work? The heating in your car is supplied by hot coolant that circulates through the engine. A small amount […]

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Car of the Month… Kia Sportage

Car of the Month… Kia Sportage

This month, we’re feeling sporty… So, we’re making way for the Kia Sportage. The Sportage counts some excellent rivals among its competition, including the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5, and the Ford Kuga. After years of fine-tuning and finesse, the humble Kia Sportage has finally secured its position as a major player in the compact crossover […]

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We’re Supporting CanCare: Boxer Robin Reid and Author Stuart Haworth Visit cartime

We’re Supporting CanCare: Boxer Robin Reid and Author Stuart Haworth Visit cartime

We recently welcomed ex-championship boxing star Robin Reid and his good friend Stuart Haworth to the cartime showroom, as the duo browsed our selection of Range Rover Sport and Evoques. The pair were searching for the first in a fleet of cars for Stuart’s business, CanCare. Following his diagnosis of terminal cancer seven years ago, […]

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Must-Read! 3 (And a Half) Benefits to Buying a Car on Finance

Must-Read! 3 (And a Half) Benefits to Buying a Car on Finance

  Yes, buying your next car is a big expense. But, it doesn’t have to break the bank. More and more car buyers are choosing to fund their next purchase with car finance. Why? Because with a few simple, sensible choices, it can be an easy, affordable way to buy a car. Aside from the […]

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cartime Welcomes Jai, Our New Aftersales Manager!

cartime Welcomes Jai, Our New Aftersales Manager!

  At cartime, we’re always looking for new ways to improve our customer experience. From sourcing great quality stock to refining our services, our team will always go the extra mile to meet your needs. We also put a great deal of focus on our aftersales care. When you buy a car with cartime, your […]

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Presenting October’s Car of the Month… BMW 3 Series

Presenting October’s Car of the Month… BMW 3 Series

  When it comes to buying a car, we’re all looking for the holy trinity of motoring. This is the perfect combination of attractive styling, driving thrill and a price that won’t make you want to take the bus. Sound too good to be true? Top Gear’s Richard Hammond (or does he belong to Amazon […]

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Matt Features in AM Online Article: How Data Affects Our Stock

Matt Features in AM Online Article: How Data Affects Our Stock

  In a recent AM-Online article, experts looked at how used-car dealerships source their stock – and how data and new technology is having an effect on the cars we choose to sell. Our director Matt Kay was on hand to offer his viewpoint, amongst a handful of other specially selected dealers and explains what […]

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cartime’s Matt Kay Unveils Plans for £Multimillion Car Supersite

cartime’s Matt Kay Unveils Plans for £Multimillion Car Supersite

  It’s an exciting time for cartime, as our director Matt Kay has recently unveiled our latest ambitious plans; a multimillion-pound rebuild of our Bury-based main showroom. The investment, which has just been awarded planning permission from Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, will see cartime HQ transformed into an iconic car supersite, with a showroom to rival the […]

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Driving in Fog: How to Use Your Lights CORRECTLY!

Driving in Fog: How to Use Your Lights CORRECTLY!

  Driving in Fog 101 We hate to say it… But winter is on its way. During autumn, evenings get darker and the prospect of fog and mist is much more likely – making driving conditions much riskier. Even if you’re a confident driver, driving in fog can be daunting, as the reduced visibility can […]

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Why the VW Golf is Matt Kay’s Car of the Month!

Why the VW Golf is Matt Kay’s Car of the Month!

  VW Golf Awarded ‘Car of the Month’ The VW Golf is one of the greatest gifts of the 20th century. Yes, it’s safe to say it’s right up there, with the other greats – the internet, Kevlar, Hula-Hoops and the toaster. Since the Mk1 was first unveiled back in 1974 (also the year of […]

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PCP Car Finance – Is It Right for Me?

PCP Car Finance – Is It Right for Me?

  PCP – Personal Contract Purchase Explained PCP car finance packages are hugely popular to finance a car. They’re flexible, quick to arrange and relatively cheap… You’re pretty much guaranteed a good deal on a huge choice of makes and models. To help you decide if a PCP deal is the right one for you, […]

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We’ve Hidden Cash in a City Near You… And It Could Be Yours!

We’ve Hidden Cash in a City Near You… And It Could Be Yours!

  It’s Competition Time at cartime – and We’re Calling It CASHtime! At cartime, we believe in paying it forward. That’s why we’ve decided to brighten up your day, by hiding a bundle of cash in a town or city near you! cartime Tim has been a busy guy, stashing a few nifty fifties here […]

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Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… Audi A3

Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… Audi A3

Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… It’s the Audi A3! Robust yet refined, the Audi A3 is the ultimate all-rounder. This luxury hatchback has been a class-leader ever since it was launched back in 1996, offering a touch of class quite unlike any other. Now in its third generation, this is a model that’s gone […]

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World’s First and Only TITANIUM CAR – On Sale Now for Just £2million

World’s First and Only TITANIUM CAR – On Sale Now for Just £2million

  We’ve got a serious case of car-lust down at cartime HQ this week… Thanks to the Icona Vulcano, the world’s first and only titanium car. If you’ve dreamt of a glittering, one-of-a-kind collector’s car worth more than £2million, well – the Shanghai-based manufacturer has finally made your wish come true. Nestled under the bonnet […]

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Don’t Be Bald and Risk Breaking the Law! Checking Tyre Tread Depth

Don’t Be Bald and Risk Breaking the Law! Checking Tyre Tread Depth

  Tyre tread depth… Do you know the law? Not being aware of the UK’s tyre laws can be a costly motoring mistake. If you’re caught driving with bald or too-worn tyres you can be fined and you’ll get points on your license. This post will tell you the legal limit for the correct tyre […]

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Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… The Range Rover Evoque

Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… The Range Rover Evoque

Here’s our director Matt Kay’s Car of the Month… Since the sun’s been out this week, it seems like everybody is talking about the latest entry in Range Rover’s line-up of ever-controversial Evoque models… The Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Ridiculous. Eye-popping. A ‘chocolate teapot on wheels’. These are just some of the terms that have […]

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Driving a hard bargain! How to negotiate the best deal when buying a used car

Driving a hard bargain! How to negotiate the best deal when buying a used car

  We’ve been at it again, helping people to knock down the price of their next used car in the Manchester Evening News. Don’t believe us? Check out the article below! Driving a hard bargain! How to negotiate the best deal when buying a used car Haggle your way to a complete steal when shopping […]

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Ten Points to Remember for a Terrific Test Drive

Ten Points to Remember for a Terrific Test Drive

  You’ve found your dream car, now’s the time to take the test drive… … And this is the most crucial part of buying a used car. This is where you’ll decide whether or not to buy, so we’ve listed ten points to remember during your test drive. Bear these in mind to make it […]

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What Were They Thinking?! Worst Car Names in the World… Ever!

What Were They Thinking?! Worst Car Names in the World… Ever!

  Can you think of any terrible car names that’d top our latest list? Every manufacturer, from Ford to Ferrari, is guilty of the occasional ill-advised idea, when it comes to naming its latest model. Here’s a list of cringeworthy choices, as we present to you… 7 of the world’s worst car names.

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How to Stop Car Depreciation and Save Cash!

How to Stop Car Depreciation and Save Cash!

What is Car Depreciation and How Does it Work? If you’re buying or selling a car anytime soon, you’ll need to be aware of car depreciation. As with most items, when it comes time to resell your car, you can expect to notice a difference between the price you initially paid and the price you […]

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Why Choose a Car Supermarket?

Why Choose a Car Supermarket?

  Shopping at a Car Supermarket These days, there are plenty of car supermarkets around… In fact, you’re spoilt for choice! But what makes a regular old dealership qualify as a car ‘supermarket? And more importantly, what are the benefits of shopping at one? Well today folks, we’re here to tell all… A used car […]

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Everyone Loves Topless: 7 Sizzling Convertibles for Summer

Everyone Loves Topless: 7 Sizzling Convertibles for Summer

  Everyone loves a convertible… … Especially when the sun is shining. We’re feeling hot, hot, hot, so here’s a list of our favourite drop-top models for this summer. Audi A5 The Audi A5 Cabriolet is a super stylish, sophisticated convertible that ticks all the boxes; inside, out and under the bonnet. As you’d expect […]

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cartime Presents… The UK’s Top 5 Best Driving Roads

cartime Presents… The UK’s Top 5 Best Driving Roads

  The very best driving roads, right on your doorstep Great Britain is renowned for many great things; Big Ben, bad weather and a good old full English breakfast. But we do offer so much more than just beans and bangers… The UK is home to some truly great driving roads. A quick Google search […]

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Selling Your Car? 3 Things to Do Before You Do!

Selling Your Car? 3 Things to Do Before You Do!

What to do before selling your car So, you’re thinking of selling your car – but the sheer thought of timewasters and tyre-kickers is seriously putting you off. Whether you’re selling privately, part-exchanging or preparing to face an auction, here are three things that you must do before you put your prized motor on the […]

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cartime Give Away a Car on Key 103’s Heartless Hotline… But Did It Get Stolen?

cartime Give Away a Car on Key 103’s Heartless Hotline… But Did It Get Stolen?

  How mean are the people of Manchester? With the launch of its latest competition Heartless Hotline, Key 103 is giving its listeners the chance to steal prizes from each other – but are the people of Manchester really mean enough? We donated a car to a mum-in-need and then had to listen out to […]

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Top 5 Economical Cars that Aren’t Too Expensive or Ugly

Top 5 Economical Cars that Aren’t Too Expensive or Ugly

If, like us, you’ve been keeping an eagle-eye on the prices at the petrol pumps, you’ll be saddened to see them slowly creeping back up again. While under-a-quid a litre was nice while it lasted, we all knew it wouldn’t be long before we were forking out much more for fuel. Buying an economical car […]

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9 Useful Questions to Ask When Buying a Car… Including Car Finance Deals!

9 Useful Questions to Ask When Buying a Car… Including Car Finance Deals!

Buying a car? Don’t forget this list, even when you’re ready to look at car finance deals! So, you’ve started shopping for your next car – but what do you need to know? If you’re buying from a reputable used car dealer then they will provide you with all the information on the car, but […]

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Is HP car finance right for you?

Is HP car finance right for you?

If you’ve been shopping for car finance, you might be wondering if HP is right for you. No, we’re not talking brown sauce – we’re talking Hire Purchase (HP) finance packages. Buying a car through hire purchase is a popular option. It’s straightforward and it’s flexible, letting buyers choose their dream car and spread monthly […]

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5 Common Car Finance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Car Finance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Today at cartime we are offering you some trusty car finance advice shared by tim himself! We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most common mistakes that buyers make when choosing to finance a car. By remembering our car finance advice (and avoiding) as many of these as possible, you’ll save yourself headache, hassle […]

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How to Get Car Finance, Even if You Have Bad Credit!

How to Get Car Finance, Even if You Have Bad Credit!

Deals like 0% finance on used cars can help keep car-buying costs right down. But what if you have a poor credit rating? Does that mean you’ll never qualify for any decent deals? Not necessarily – there is still hope. Our guide to ‘getting car finance, even if you have bad credit’ is here to […]

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cartime Tim’s Tips for Buying Cars on Finance

cartime Tim’s Tips for Buying Cars on Finance

  Wondering what to look for in a finance package? Well, here are cartime Tim’s tips for buying cars on finance! Financing a used car can be confusing, but everyone’s favourite car fanatic is back with some brilliant tips for buying cars on finance. Yes, buying a used car will save you money but if […]

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Win A Date Night for Two with cartime!

Win A Date Night for Two with cartime!

We’re feeling the love… …at Bury’s best used-car supermarket, cartime. We’re suckers for a bit of romance, which is why we’re offering one lucky couple the chance to WIN a date night on us!* Maybe you fancy whisking your lucky lady off for a swanky evening meal? Or treating your man to a tasty, romantic […]

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Car Finance: HP vs PCP | cartime Blog

Car Finance: HP vs PCP | cartime Blog

You may have seen in the news recently how 2015 was a record year for car sales, both new and used. One reasons cited for this boom in sales was the fact that the economy is recovering and people are getting more confident about making larger purchases. Another was the fact that dealerships such as […]

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It’s Winter Service Time!

It’s Winter Service Time!

With winter well and truly upon us, we take a look at just a few of the reasons it’s so important to properly service your car. The colder weather can cause lots of problems for cars, many of which can be avoided with a little TLCC (that’s tender loving car care). If in doubt, pop […]

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Car In For a Service? You Could Drive a Ferrari for a Day!

Car In For a Service? You Could Drive a Ferrari for a Day!

  cartime is all about offering customers a new way to buy a used-car. For us, that involves improving your car-buying experience by making it a little bit special. This extends to our very own on-site Car Service Centre, where we’ve had a great idea that involves giving something back to our customers. How does […]

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cartime Tim’s Top Tips for Lowering Car Costs!

cartime Tim’s Top Tips for Lowering Car Costs!

Everyone loves saving money – including our old friend, cartime Tim. So much so, our very own animated amigo has compiled a list of the best ways to make buying and owning a car cheaper, with everything from getting yourself some 0% finance, to making sure your tyres are pumped up correctly! Figures from the […]

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What Makes a Car Supermarket?

What Makes a Car Supermarket?

Did you know that three-quarters of motorists buy used cars? If you’re thinking about shopping for a used car, you’ve probably heard the term ‘car supermarket’. Actual or online (or both!), outlets like ourselves are now considered the best and easiest places to shop when you’re looking for the right car, at the right price. […]

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Buying Used Cars on Finance: cartime Tim’s Must-Read Guide

Buying Used Cars on Finance: cartime Tim’s Must-Read Guide

  Used Car Finance Guide Car finance has revolutionised the way people purchase a vehicle. The process of buying used cars on finance means that even the most prestige makes and models are now more accessible – with the option to take out a loan, your dream car doesn’t have to stay just a dream […]

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Introducing Our New Collection Centre

Introducing Our New Collection Centre

We’ve got some exciting plans on the horizon in the form of a shiny new collection centre, just down the road from our main showroom where the Bell Lane Car Centre currently sits. We enlisted the help of Fletcher Smith, an architect’s practice who are responsible for designing buildings for some of the Europe’s biggest […]

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Track Day Competition Winner Puts Cars Through Their Paces

Track Day Competition Winner Puts Cars Through Their Paces

You might remember back in May when we ran a track day competition on our Facebook and Twitter pages, giving one lucky winner the opportunity to spend a day at the track test-driving high-end sports cars including a Ferrari and a Lamborghini. That lucky winner of the track day competition was Philip Atkinson from Salford, […]

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‘cartime set to become Manchester’s biggest car supermarket’ says Lancashire Living!

‘cartime set to become Manchester’s biggest car supermarket’ says Lancashire Living!

Here at cartime we’re proud to offer our customers ‘a new way to buy a used car’, changing the way you shop for used cars in and around Greater Manchester. Our company ethos lies in providing main dealer facilities for prestige makes and models such as Audi and BMW – only we enjoy offering them […]

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winter driving tips with Tim

winter driving tips with Tim

With the winter months often comes more treacherous driving conditions so Cartime Tim has come up with a set of trusty tips to help keep us safe on the roads during winter.

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Changes to car tax

Changes to car tax

From the 1st October 2014, there was a big overhaul of the car tax system in the UK. For the first time in over 90 years, vehicle owners are no longer required to display a tax disc on their windscreen.

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