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by Lesley Howes on 18th March 2019 in Knowledge

To help improve air quality an ULTRA LOW EMISSION ZONE (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019. HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU? Initially covering the existing Congestion charge area but extending in October 2021, the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) means that most vehicles including cars and vans will […]

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Winter Driving Reminders …. It’s Not Over Yet

by Lesley Howes on 26th February 2019 in Knowledge

Hottest February Day on record yesterday – but the sharp frost again last night reminds us that it is still winter, so here is a summary of some of the important things to help to keep you safe behind the wheel if bad conditions return and you have to make that journey. • Keep your […]

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BREXIT and Driving in Europe

by Lesley Howes on 15th February 2019 in Knowledge

If you are going to be driving in Europe after 29 March you may need to be prepared for a no deal… so what must you do to be legal? The details of any possible deal are vague, but a no deal situation is likely to have the greatest effect on drivers. It is expected […]

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by Lesley Howes on 31st January 2019 in Knowledge

You might find this surprising – coming from me – but there are times when leasing a car or van may not be the best solution. Maybe the work is really tough and you can’t bear to witness a beautiful new vehicle getting wrecked……. Perhaps the vehicle is going to be doing horrifically high mileage……or […]

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by Lesley Howes on 19th November 2018 in "A Bit of Fun" !

It doesn’t have to be Black Friday to get great value from The Car Lady but we’ve made it extra special with LOW INITIAL PAYMENT CAR MATS INCLUDED FREE “IN CAR” SAFETY KIT And of course, our usual friendly & helpful service as standard  Immediate Delivery. 10,000 miles pa. Initial Payment Only £300 + […]

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9 and a half ways to cut your fuel costs

by Lesley Howes on 25th October 2018 in A Bit of Fun!

Average petrol & diesel prices in the UK are the highest they have been for several years. The average unleaded price is currently 131.40 and diesel 136.70 (pence per litre) That’s expensive! So apply some of these Eco Driving techniques and start cutting your costs. Eco-driving is mainly just driving with a light touch of […]

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” Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…”

by Lesley Howes on 9th October 2018 in Knowledge

Seeing this gorgeous fungi on my walk recently made me think of the words from John Keats poem ” Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…” and with it the realisation that Autumn is upon us – a reminder that it is time to think about our driving style and adapt to the season….. as these […]

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Meet The Team at The Car Network

by Lesley Howes on 17th September 2018 in "A Bit of Fun" !

Hello, we would post a “getting to know us” blog for you giving you a little insight into who we are and what goes on behind the scenes. Lesley, aka The Car Lady, has been running The Car Network for over 30 years and deals mainly with Business & Personal Contract Hire Leasing. Her team […]

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by Lesley Howes on 11th September 2018 in Knowledge

You may have already heard about the new emissions testing that is being introduced in the motor industry. This is as a result of new regulations regarding the way that fuel consumption and vehicle emissions are tested. It is called Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure or WLTP for short.  

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A “Must Read” – Driving in Europe

by Lesley Howes on 20th July 2018 in Knowledge

Did you know that when driving in France you are required by law to carry the following items in order to avoid any unnecessary fines or penalties :- • French clean air stickers – called Crit’Air vignettes – are part of a six-category sticker system that applies to all motor vehicles in certain areas to […]

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