Category Archives: Tim’s Tips

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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