|The C1 looks good, goes well and is very cheap – in short, its all you could ever want from a city car. This places it in road tax band B, with an annual charge of £35, dropping to £20 in April 2009.|
|The funky Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is one of the most economical cars on sale in the UK. The Polo BlueMotion 2 has more luxuries which bump its emissions up to 109g/km and into the £35 per year tax band B and £20 from April 2009.
|The Peugeot 308 CC is likely to score in the hearts of buyers with its looks, It has CO2 emissions of 120g/km, placing it in road tax band B.|
|The Mazda MX-5 is a proper sports car, with great handling and a folding soft top, placing it in tax band E with a £170 charge in 2008-9.|
|The 2-litre dCi diesel engine produces 148bhp and accelerates the car from 0-62mph in just 9.8 seconds, placing road tax E|
|The Honda CR-V emits 173g/km of CO2, placing it in tax band E.|
Many general checks can be carried out by the driver/owner but there may be safety and driving implications. For guidance, a skilled technician should be referred to for help in accordance to the manufacturer’s service schedule and the Owner’s manual or whenever you are unsure about what to do.
Maintenance you may need help with:
- Engine Oil
- Engine coolant level
- Air filter
- Battery – if this becomes flat you will need jump leads. To start your car off somebody else’s by attaching the positive terminals of each car together and the negative terminals of each car together then starting the engine.
- Shock absorbers
- Steering fluid -Transmission, brakes, clutch and power
Maintenance to consider in winter:
- Engine anti-freeze
- Special battery care
- Ignition and starting
Maintenance to consider in summer:
- Cooling system
Simple maintenance you can do: