How to pass your MOT on the first attempt

February 11th, 2016

MOT failureA recent report by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has revealed that 40% of all vehicles fail their MOT test on the first attempt. It’s a surprisingly high figure that’s made worse by the fact that 50% of faults could be easily avoided with basic maintenance. Take these simple steps to avoid the three faults that cause the majority of motorists to fail their MOT: Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Tips for Cheaper Van Insurance

February 5th, 2016

van imageIf you are looking to cut the cost of your van insurance; take these ten steps to free-up your finances: Read the rest of this entry »

Taxi Talk: Interesting Taxi Facts

February 4th, 2016

black taxiIf you want to brush-up on the history of your profession, or test your driver’s knowledge next time you’re sat in the back of a taxi; you’ll have to go a long way to find more interesting taxi trivia: Read the rest of this entry »

Rising Car Insurance Costs & Fraud Clampdown

January 29th, 2016

car fraudIt’s widely understood that fraudulent car insurance claims are responsible for driving up premiums, but it’s hardly a new problem; so we decided to take a closer look at what’s being done about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Buy to Let Tips

January 27th, 2016

landlord mistakesTaking your first steps on the property investment ladder can be daunting; so we decided to ask some seasoned buy to let landlords how to get things right first time: Read the rest of this entry »

News Round-up: Interesting Insurance Stories in the Headlines

January 25th, 2016

lifelineBIBA throws a lifeline to businesses at risk of flooding

Homeowners recovering from the recent floods can take some comfort that they will have access to affordable home insurance thanks to ‘Flood Re’. After years of negotiation between the government and the insurance industry the scheme comes into effect in April and has been widely welcomed across the board, with one exception. Until now business premises have been excluded from the agreement and small business owners in flood prone areas have been bracing themselves for prohibitively high premiums. Read the rest of this entry »

Should landlords let their tenants redecorate?

January 20th, 2016

diy 2With property prices going through the roof it’s harder than ever for first time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder and tenants are renting for longer and longer periods. Landlords are often reluctant to let their tenants decorate, but transforming a house into a home can benefit everyone involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Top summer holiday destinations

January 18th, 2016

summer holidayWith the financial hangover of the festive period lingering, and the mercury dropping below zero, January can sometimes seem like a long hard slog. So why not brighten things up by planning a summer break?  The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has revealed 2016’s holiday hotspots and provided plenty of ideas for more unusual destinations. Read the rest of this entry »

Flood Resilience Measures Explained

January 14th, 2016

flood resilianceThe recent floods in the north of England have thrown into sharp contrast the differences in thinking behind flood prevention. While the government and the Environment Agency both agree that something needs to be done; nobody is quite sure where to start. Read the rest of this entry »

Flood Insurance: Some solace for winter flood victims

January 8th, 2016

flood imageWith large areas of Northern England still underwater, and more rain forecast to fall, it’s been a devastating Christmas for many UK homeowners. However, analysts have provided a glimmer of hope for flood victims by predicting that premiums won’t rise and that insurers will shoulder the financial burden.

The country has been battered by storms over the past month and the Met Office has confirmed that December was the wettest month since records began way back in 1910. The auditing giant PwC estimated the economic impact of the storms could top £2.5billion and insurers are bracing themselves for payouts in excess of £1.4billion. Read the rest of this entry »