Don’t forget the tires when washing away the grime of winter

Tire cleaner Available at: All automotive supply stores Price: $8 and up for tire cleaner, $7 and up for the brush There is something about spring that makes us want to wash away the grime of winter. Polishing from top to bottom makes the ride shine, but what about the tires? Show them some love to complete the spring cleaning. Major auto detailing suppliers such as Simonize, Mothers, Armor All, and 3M offer tire cleaners that help restore that fresh-from-the-factory look. A quick spray and scrub with a sturdy contoured hard bristle brush pulls all the dust out. You might…

Audi’s A3 Sportsback vs new Mini Clubman

Mini has just released a new Clubman estate with a raft of update What Car? pitches it against a like-for-like Audi A3 Sportback diesel to discover which is best  By Sarah Bradley For Thisismoney.co.uk Mini’s recently launched Clubman is looking to take the premium hatchback crown with a raft of new improvements to new recently revealed compact estate car. But Audi’s A3 Sportback isn’t about to give up its position as the class benchmark without a fight.  What Car? pitched two similarly equipped, powered and priced diesels against each other to see if the newcomer upsets the status quo. New…

Which Jaguar would you take: 201mph F-Type SVR or the £1million XKSS?

By Ray Massey for the Daily Mail Hollywood actress and star of The Fast And The Furious Michelle Rodriguez jumped for joy this week after she hit a maximum 201mph driving the new Jaguar F-type SVR during the Silver State Classic Challenge in the Nevada Desert — a headbanging speed-trial event in which I’ve also participated. It was her personal top speed in the fastest production Jaguar ever — beating her previous high of 140mph. Michelle said of the car, built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations: ‘Driving this car was insane! Reaching 201mph felt amazing, the car drove…

How to get the cheapest car insurance: Ten tips for cheaper car cover

By This Is Money Updated: 09:43 EST, 31 March 2016 Boxing clever: Laura Keely’s premium has been slashed thanks to opting for an insurer’s blackbox policy The major crime most drivers commit against their personal finances is failing to shop around for the best premium and simply accepting your insurer’s renewal quote, which is likely to be much higher. Younger drivers can also grab themselves potentially much cheaper car insurance by opting for one of the new blackbox policies, these put a spy in your car to monitor your driving and reward those who are careful and don’t drive at…

Extreme weather leads to most potholes in years and big business for some

An annoying sign of spring — the dreaded pothole — is testing the patience of Canadian drivers this year while also creating a financial bonanza for auto repair shops. Extreme fluctuations in early spring temperatures along with lots of rain have unearthed a high number of potholes that are exposing motorists to hefty repair bills. “It’s probably the worst year I’ve seen in the last 10 to 15 years,” Ben Lalonde, president of My AutoPro service centres in Ottawa, said in a recent interview. Business is up as customers are showing up with bent wheels, punctured tires, misalignments and wrecked…

What can a hacker realistically do to my car and should I be worried?

What could a hacker realistically do to my car? And why would anybody even bother? Right now, can a kid access my car in 30 seconds with a laptop, like hackers seem to do on all those TV procedurals, and steal my car or get me to drive off the freeway? – Rich, Vancouver. Hacker Chris Valasek to make a Jeep Cherokee to do terrifying things. Like display a photo on its infotainment screen of Valasek and partner Charlie Miller in tracksuits. And stop entirely on a busy highway. But Valasek’s not worried about his own car being hacked. At…

New Ford truck option makes reversing a trailer as easy as turning a knob

Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist Available at: Ford dealers Price: $925 as part of a trailer tow package Backing up the truck while hitched to a trailer befuddles many of us. The counterintuitive thinking used to turn the steering wheel left to turn the trailer right is too much for some drivers. How many have jack-knifed and dented the bumper or had vacation-ending arguments? I won’t lie. I’ve dented the bumper, left the trailer on the lawn and refused to drive in campgrounds. But now, Ford has raced to your rescue. Introduced in the 2016 Ford F-150 Special Edition…

Me & my money: Sir Stirling Moss on racing and investing in property

By Dan Moore For Thisismoney.co.uk Sir Stirling Moss sitting in his Mercedes before driving up the hill at Goodwood in June 2015. Fancy renting in central London? Imagine if your landlord turned out to be none other than motor-racing legend Sir Stirling Moss. The 86-year-old is a hands-on buy-to-let landlord, who is just as likely to be found touching up the paint work in your apartment as he is enthusing about the sport that made him world famous. Moss has been a keen investor for decades, focusing mainly on properties and cars. Unsurprisingly, his initial capital stemmed from a highly-successful…

TVR follows Aston Martin with new factory

New V8 sports car to be built at the facility from next year Factory will be situated next to the Circuit of Wales – the brand could use it for customer passenger rides Just 40 miles split TVR’s site and Aston Martin’s new St Athan car plant By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk A month after Aston Martin revealed it will be building its forthcoming crossover SUV at a new facility in St Athan, TVR has announced it will also hand-craft cars in Wales from next year. The manufacturer that brought us bonkers cars like the Cerbera, Griffith and Tuscan will…

Jaguar to make nine ultra-exclusive XKSS sports cars costing £1m each

Jaguar’s Classic division will build the cars that were destroyed when the Brown Lane factory burned down All will be hand-built to the exact specification of the fire-ravaged motors and have been earmarked for collectors World’s first super car: The XKSS was a D-Type race car converted for the road. Steve McQueen even bought one By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Almost 60 years after being destroyed in a factory fire, Jaguar will complete the nine XKSS sports cars it was due to assemble in 1957 when the blaze struck. The models, conversions of the iconic D-Type race car, will be…