Autotrader vehicle check comparison, round up
Buying wisely without taking risk
Leading car check providers
UK motorists are all too aware of the pitfalls of buying a used car, bike, van or other light commercial. There are so many things to go wrong when buying second hand and the necessity of buying a service like an Autotrader car check has never been more important.
The more important things to check are those that directly impact on your investment. Such items include:
- Outstanding finance
- Car clocking
- Mileage problems
- Car accidents with insurance pay-outs that result with insurance category losses
Buying a used vehicle with any of the above issues will directly impact the value and road safety of the vehicle you plan to buy.
One example is buying a car with incorrect mileage. Such vehicles present a possible mechanic problem as you don’t really know how far the vehicle has travelled and its service history will be out of kilter.
Another is outstanding finance including hire purchase, lease purchase, PCP and other finance products. Should you buy a car with outstanding finance you are going to lose you’re the money paid for the vehicle and the vehicle itself. This is because the vehicle belongs to the finance company and not the person selling it. In fact, as Autotrader tell us, to sell such a vehicle is illegal.
What else does a good car check cover?
There are a number of car checking providers that you would already of heard of:
- RAC Passport £14.99
- Hpi check £19.99
- Autotrader vehicle check £14.99
- Total Car Check £9.99
- Cazana £14.99
- AA car check (affiliated with hpi) £14.99
- My Car Check £9.99
- CarVeto £12.50
But the latest checking service in this list is CarVeto. They’re checks are similar to the above providers but the outcome is a little different. CarVeto offer a free car check to start with. This includes vehicle information, export status, road tax and MOT status and askMID car insurance check status.
They also provide a definitive answer as to whether a vehicle is good to buy, or not, but, you only get this via their Platinum Veto check service. It’s just one product on offer at a cost of £12.50. This is not the cheapest on the market or the most expensive. However, the data provided is almost identical to hpi checks except for the National Mileage Register (NMR). CarVeto dig the mileage data directly from the DVLA MOT history.
Note here that the Platinum Veto tells you of three options
- Pass – vehicle eligible to buy
- Warning – vehicle requires a bit more investigation
- Fail – do not buy the vehicle with further investigation
It’s great to see such a direct answer for online car checks.
For me, CarVeto are the preferred option for a vehicle check. Their prices are competitive with hpi and Autotrader car check, cover of the best quality and their customer service is exceptional.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, CarVeto Platinum includes a clinical used car buying guide that is exceptional.
Team, Faster and Faster
"The Energya three-wheeled concept, a high-performance 'motomobile'
The Canada-based Higgins-Aubéˇ‰nc. has released these images of its new three-wheeled concept, the Energya. According to Higgins-Aubé¬ the Energya is a lightweight, high-performance motomobile thatll have the capacity to seat two passengers and offer supercar levels of performance at a fraction of the price.
The Energya is, essentially, the work of two men Martin Aubéˇˇnd Danny Higgins. The former is an industrial designer who also holds degrees in aeronautics and art history, while the latter is a professional mechanical engineer with a masters degree in aerospace engineering. Both are motorcyclists as well car enthusiasts, and share a passion for off-beat, path breaking vehicles.
Powered by a motorcycle engine that drives the single rear wheel, the Energya has been designed to behave like an open-wheeled racecar. The vehicle features a distinctive, cutting-edge aggressive design that reflects its level of performance, say Higgins-Aubé®Š
A turbocharged ZZR1400 engine should be just the thing for this trike...
Apart from the motorcycle engine (may we suggest a turbocharged Kawasaki ZZR1400 unit?), the Energya concept has a six-speed sequential manual transmission, aluminum chassis, and inboard front suspension that uses superposed unequal A-arms. Particular attention has been paid to reducing the weight of each component, in order to produce a vehicle that conveys a dynamically thrilling experience, claim its creators.
Higgins-Aubéˇ·ish to use a 200bhp four-cylinder motorcycle engine for the Energya, which will propel the 350-kilo vehicle from zero to 100km/h in under four seconds. Given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, says a company press release.
In the near future, Higgins-Aubéˇˇlso hope to create a high-performance battery-powered electric variant of the Energya.
2005 AMA Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme Championship
Round 9: Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
September 3, 2005
Call him The Man. And now, for the eighth time in his storied career, call him The Champ: Miguel DuHamel, 2005 AMA Formula Xtreme Champion, to be precise.
And boy what a finish it was, with the entire season נand the FX crown נ riding on todayӳ final round at Road Atlanta as Team Hondaӳ Jake Zemke and DuHamel rolled into Braselton, GA, separated by just five points. More than just the checkered flag was on the line, as the ultimate title decision would also be determined by which racer could come away with the most laps led.
Simply put, Hollywood couldnӴ have dreamt up a better, more dramatic storyline. The fact that the two stars were both Red Riders merely made this blockbuster all the more watchable.
DuHamel entered the race trailing Zemke and needing not only the win but also the point that comes with most laps led to successfully defend his FX crown. Needless to say, both the famously relentless DuHamel and Zemke, whoӤ be going for his first career AMA title, were going to leave everything out on the track. And if their almost two straight seasons of lead-swapping, bar-banging dogfights were any indication, this final 15-lap showdown promised to be epic.
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Thereӳ something about making the most of second chances. Just ask SoBe/Samsung Mobile/Hondaӳ Josh Grant, who capitalized on a red flag and the restart, then went on to grab the lead and secure the win at round two of the AmpӤ Mobile SX Lites Eastern Regional Series in Atlanta. Team Hondaӳ Davi Millsaps, the previous weekendӳ round one victor, took second to stay atop the championship standings and pad his points lead to nine.
Grant grabbed the holeshot in the Lites main and held the lead for five laps until Millsaps got by. Grant was able to keep the Red Rider close, however, and when Davi spun in a corner, that was all Josh needed to retake the lead. From there he and his #24 Honda CRF250R cruised to take the checkers by more than 12 seconds. Millsaps, meantime, had to battle his way back from fourth after his bobble, and the factory Honda ace managed to climb back to capture second. In the remaining top 10 action, GPS Racing/Hondaӳ Michael Blose finished sixth, and Motosport/MDK/Hondaӳ Robert Kiniry eighth.
Team Hondaӳ Ernesto Fonseca was the highest-finishing Honda rider in the premier Supercross main, crossing the line in fifth. The Fonz was then followed home by a quartet of Honda CRF450R-mounted pilots, starting with Nick Wey in seventh, Mike LaRocco eighth, Ryan Clark ninth and Travis Preston 10th
32 Nights lodging in best available accomodations, almost all breakfast and no less than 14 dinners or lunches, All ferry crossing fees for motorcycle & riders, Entrance fees to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Perito Merono Glacier, Parque Nacinal Tierra del Fuego, Transportation and maritime shipping of motorcycle from Texas to South America and return, Support vehicle with staff assisant, Bilingual riding staff, Airport transfers, Special Commemorative Expedition t-shirt, Maps and daily routine sheets, Expedition preparation liturature.
Transportation or freight of your motorcycle to and from the Texas collection point, airfare to and from South America, alcoholic beverages, bagage handling tips, transportation or handling of personal luggage in the support vehicle, mandatory ocean freight insurance (aprrox. $ 60 depending on value of motorcycle), liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (optional), airport departure tax, fuel & oil. .
Pan American Highway, Pucon, Villarrica, Puerto Montt, Carretera Austral, Southern Chili's fiord lands, eastern slopes of the Andes, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier, worlds largest glacier, Torres del Paine, ferry to Tierra del Fuego, Bahia Laparaia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Bariloche, crossing the Andes Range at Portillo, Vina del Mar.
An extraordinary motorcycling adventure in South America, crossing the mighty Andes, through the Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo
As the name implies, this is not a tour. To further clarify the character of this event, it is not a rally. This Pancho Villa Moto Tour Expedition is a very special experience with a clearly defined focus; to reach the End of the World across the Straits of Magellan at Tierra del Fuego.
The ride to El Fin del Mundo travels the South American countries of Chile and Argentina, through the regions of Patagonia, the Southern Andes and on to the most southern populated point on earth. In order to achieve this prestigious goal, over one third of the route is on unpaved surfaces, and although rarely would one consider the riding overly technical, conditions do demand a dual purpose touring mount. BMW/GS, Honda Transalp, Kawasaki KLR 650 are examples. One of the exciting features of this Expedition is that PVMT has made arrangements to ship your personal motorcycle to South America, giving more meaning to the glorious moment when you finally reach "the end of the road".
The expedition approach to this unique riding event is taken very seriously. Riders must be able to meet the physical demands of over a month on the road, have better than average riding skills and most importantly, posses an attitude of flexibility, unselfishness and tolerance. The first Expedition to Tierra del Fuego in 1996 with 21 people was an exceptional success much due to our efforts to create the proper chemistry and environment for what can only be considered a once in a lifetime experience. To preserve the quality of this experience for all, we must be selective and therefore have a simple screening process to qualify the participants.
The Expedition to Tierra del Fuego is an opportunity for you to fulfill a dream, to ride where others only dream, to be a part of a growing fraternity of adventure travelers who seek challenge as a means of giving more meaning to life and the pleasures of motorcycling. This ride is not for everyone. We don't want everyone.... just 20 people with the heart, the spirit and the drive to be a part of the most fantastic motorcycling experience ever offered by Pancho Villa Moto-Tours.
Due to space limitations and the nature of this Expedition, the following outline highlights the routes and points of interest. A more detailed itinerary with overnight stops will be provided for participants.
The Essence of the Route...
Upon your arrival in Santiago, Chile, the group will be transferred to thc ncarby coastal resort town of Vina del Mar where PVMT staff will alrcady bc making the advance preparations to clear motorcycles through customs. A couple days are allowed to complete this process, perform final mechanical prepations and enjoy the warmth of summer in the southern Hemisphere.
Once underway, the Expedition will begin the ride south the paved Pan American Highway, darting inland from the coast for stays at some of Chile's more popular lake villages such as Pucon and Villarrica. By Day 5, the Pan American Highway officially ends at Puerto Montt and then it is on to the island of Chiloe accessed by ferry with an overnight in the charming seaside village of Castro.
The Expedition will begin in earnest with a five hour ferry ride back to the mainland and overnight at Chaiten. Pavement and people become a scarce and welcomed change for the next few days as you ride on the Carretera Austral, a frontier road only inaugurated in recent years and giving access, to willing adventurers, the beauty of Southern Chile's fiord lands, skirting the eastern slopes of the Andes through green forests and over incredibly scenic passes. Overnight stops are in Puyuhuapi and Cohaique.
Entering Argentina, the Expedition will experience several days of riding through the enormous windswept rcgion known as Patagonia. This southern half of Argcntina and Chile is a state of mind that has lured adventurers for centuries. Inhabitants arc scarce, save for thc occasional sheep ranch, or estancia. Guanacos, cousins of the Ilama and camel as well as the ostrich likc bird, thc Nandu, are oftcn seen. The jagged snow capped Andes range of Fitz Roy, loom in the distance as you travel Highway 40 to Calafate from where a day cxcursion will take you to view the breathtaking sight of the Perito Moreno Glacier one of thc worlds largest, and possibly only growing glacicr. Tons of ice "calve", crashing into the translucent blue waters, echoing thunder through the mountain valleys.
Thc mountains of Torres del Paine dwarf the Alps of Europe. Here you can witness the mighty condor in flight, a gratifying reward for your efforts to reach this remote region of South America.
After two nights in Punta Arenas, the group will board a ferry for a two hour crossing to the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. The Argentina port town of Ushuaia, staging point for many Antarctic expeditions, is the ultimate destination. A short ride to Bahia Lapataia, the End of the Road. . . .17,848 km. from Alaska!
Having reached the Southern most inhabitable point on earth, the return ride is no less exciting. For nearly two weeks you remain in Argentina, traveling the paved coastal road to Comodoro Rivadavia, then working your way inland with highlights such as Bariloche, the Switzerland of South America. Reentering Chile from Mendoza, the ride is breathtaking as you cross the Andes range at Portillo, returning to Vina del Mar and the conclusion ofthe Expedition.
TOTAL MILES: 5,600 - LONGEST DAY: 387 - SHORTEST DAY: 80 - UNPAVED PORTION 2,100
Shipping the Motorcycles...
PVMT has madc arrangemcnts to ship your personal motorcyclc to Chile for thc Expedilion. This we feel is an economical and practical alternative to renting a motorcycle as wcll as lending more meaning to this uniquc advcnture.
You will havc to have your motorcycle in Texas at a to bc announced datc and collection location (the end of November or first week of December depending on shipping schedules), over one month prior to the actual beginning of the event in South America. PVMT staff will handle the loading of thc bikes and transport from the collection point to Houston for shipping to Chile.
Upon the completion of the Expedition members will take part in thc process of reloading the motorcycles in thc container near Vina del Mar, Chile. PVMT staff will prearrangc thc clearances through customs and the necessary paperwork for shipping the motorcycles back to the USA. Sailing timc from Chile to Houston is approximately 20 days however thc actual time from sealing the container door in Chile and opening it again in Texas is subject to shipping schedules and USA customs.
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The famous Mainstreet of America is 2400 miles long and goes from Chicago to Los Angeles. The US 66 crosses 3 time zone's and 8 States.
We offer 2 week and 3 weeks guided Harley tours. Of course you can ride the Route 66 on your own...at any date. We make sure there is a bike waiting for you in Chicago or Los Angeles) and...if you wish we also arrange the accommodations along the road.
About the Route 66... From Chicago to Los Angeles the US 66 passes three times zones and eight states Historically the Route 66 is from 1926, and pioneers of the road already arranged in 1932 the road to be paved in Los Angeles. The glory days were after the war: in the fifties the cars rode bumper to bumper behind each other More and more motels, restaurants en gasstations were needed. There were many warning signs saying: Dont stick your elbow out too far, it might go home in another car. In the early fifties they started replacing parts of the Route 66 by Interstates. The Route 66 was first recognized in 1926 by the Highway Commission as one of the roads that formed the Highwaynet at that time. North - South Roads got odd numbers, East - West Roads even numbers. For a long time they tried to get the number 60 instead of 66, but in November 1926 the road was officially named as Route 66. The Road as a whole was never built, though. All the commission did was giving connecting roads the same number. That is why Route 66 goes through several villages and towns. In the passed years several bypasses have been built through big cities and other roads became a part of the Route. Although the Route 66 since 1984 officially no longer exists - They took all the US 66 signs down - about 90% of the road is still undamaged. In a few cases as an independent State Highway 66, or as a State Highway with a different number, in cities as business loops but mostly as a Service route along the Interstate. The still existing parts are for a part in bad shape, and for a part very well taken care of. The front roads are not always as important as they seem. The road can all of a sudden end with a sign: road ends. Thanks to the efforts of several Route 66 Associations more and more Historic Highway 66 and Old Highway 66 signs appear along the road.
Day 1- Arrival in Chicago, transfer to the hotel, partying in the Windy City, or.... go to bed early to prepare for the adventure which will start tomorrow. Chicago, IL.
Day 2 - 136 mi/218 km. Today well pick up the motorcycles and ride to the start of this world famous road. Since the World Exhibition of 1933 that is on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and East Jackson Grant. In Dwight on the Old 66 youll find the Carefree Motel and Marathon Oil Station, both from 1930. Theres also a Route 66 Service Center. Bloomington, IL.
Day 3 - 180 mi/288 km. Today were riding through the agricultural part of Illinois. A town where you definitely have to stop is McLean with the Dixie Truckers Home and the Route 66 Hall of Fame. In St. Louis is the Gateway Arch, a 192 m. high bow of steel to honor the pioneers who were searching for luck. The town of Lebanon is known as the Used Car Capital of the World. Everywhere along the Route youll see those old forties and fifties cars. We follow our way to Meramec Caverns. This is one of the most famous places of interest along the road, and has been since the early beginning of the Route 66. Stanton, MO
Day 4 and 5 - 195 mi/312 km. We make a 40 miles detour from Springfield to Branson. This town is now called the new Nashville. Tonight you can visit one of the many shows in this Music City. You have the whole day to explore the area. E.g. Lake Taneycomo: beaches and a Pirate Cruise are just two ideas of how to spend the day. An other thing you cant miss is Silver Dollar City. This is a town which has been rebuilt as a town of the eighties of last century. You can watch craftsmen working the way they did in the old days. Branson, MO.
Day 6 - 235 mi/376 km. Were going back to the Route 66, and follow our way through several Ghosttowns. In one of these towns, Rescue, are the Modern Cabins from 1940. At Joplin you cross the state border of Oklahoma. Following the telephone poles in the town of Baxter Springs, you will experience a very old part of the road and cross the Rainbow Bridge. One of the attractions is the Historical Museum. Through towns like Commerce, Miami and Catoosa youll arrive in the Oil Capital of the World. This town has experienced its growth this century, therefore the architecture is mainly in Art-Deco Style. Tulsa, OK
Day 7 - 120 mi/192 km. We are riding through hilly countryside, this used to be the huntingfield for Indians, and later the grounds of cattle farmers and outlaws. Oklahoma City is famous for it's National Cowboy Hall of Fame, where the cultural heritage of Buffalo Bill and John Wayne are honored. Oklahoma City, OK
Day 8 - 99 mi/159 km. Through El Reno to Bridgeport, where you can see an historical bridge over the South Canadian River. Well take a small detour to Anadarko, where the Indian City - USA is. In this museum you can see the rebuilt towns of the 7 tribes who were being chased away long ago. They show you the way they lived, their culture and habits. Clinton, OK
Day 9 - 175 mi/280 km. On to the last part of Oklahoma. In Elk City you can visit the Anadarko Basin Museum: the former Casa Grande Hotel. In Sayre the Court House is worth visiting;this building was used in the movie Grape of Wrath. The attraction in Texacola is a jail from 1910. In Shamrock they opened up the U Drop Inn Caf again. This day will be full of desolate areas. Amarillo, TX
Day 10 - 110 mi/176 km. You just have to visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. 10 Cadillacs, partly
buried in the ground, standing lonely in the field. In Clenrico youll find the First/Last Motel. The signs are old, some parts have disappeared. There is no through road left, just a dead end with parts of pavement and lots of weed. Tucumcari Tonight- 2000 Motel Rooms. A huge billboard introduces you to this town with its many motels. Among them is the Blue Swallow Motel, a popular object for photographers and mentioned in several Route 66 documentary. Tucumcari used to be a town with more bars than streetlights along the Route 66. Tucumcari, NM
Day 11+12 - 160 mi/256 km. In Santa Rosa youll find the well known Route 66 Club Caf from 1935. It's logo is the smiling face of a little fat guy. In the past you used to find this face on billboards in the area, to attract customers to the Club Caf. Unfortunately it has been closed since 1995. In Moriarity First Avenue has been named Old Route 66 again. Santa F is a city that hasnt lost his identity in its 400 years of existence. It is a beautiful place. Santa F, NM
Day 13 - 197mi/316 km. A short ride to Albuquerque with the World Longest Mainstreet, which is called Central Avenue here. It is 18 miles long an youll find a lot of motels and restaurants from the 1930s. Today well ride through and along Indian Reservations again. In Grant you can have lunch in Marias Diner or in the Golden 50s Caf. This Caf opened his doors in 1955 as the Uranium Caf. Gallup, NM
Day 14 - 185mi/296 km. Well visit a lot of famous Route 66 towns today. In Holbrook youll find a lot of interesting attractions, like the Wigwam Village from 1946 and Old 66 Trading Post. Youll spend the night at a hotel that opened up on New Years Day of 1927. In the passed years several famous people have stayed here, like Clark Gable and John Wayne. Flagstaff, AZ
Day 15 - 115 mi/184 km. From Flagstaff youll ride via Cameron and through the Painted Desert to East Rim Drive. This is a route with a fabulous view. At the beginning of the Grand Canyon is Desert View Point, that on your East offers you a great view of the Painted Desert. This is a very colorful rock desert On the Westside you have a great view of the Canyon, where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Natural forces created this Canyon, a process that still hasnt come to an end. Overnight: Grand Canyon, AZ.
Day 16 - 170 mi/272 km. The biggest attraction in Williams is the Grand Canyon Railroad. Seligman has the most famous barbershop on the route.Angel Delgadillo is one of the most well known preservers of the route. Peach Springs is a town in the Hualapai Indian Reservation where you can see a garage from 1927. You overnight at a hotel with a special Route 66 Dinner. Kingman, AZ.
Day 17+18 - 103 mi/165 km.Today you will ride on the impressive Hoover Dam, a huge dam that pushes the Colorado River to Lake Mead. The great measures will be explained in a guided tour. From Las Vegas it is possible to make several trips in the area, by airplane or helicopter. There is enough time to explore Las Vegas Island of Illusion. This is a famous gambling town. The casinos are definitely worth visiting, even if it was only for the decoration inside. Especially at nighttime Las Vegas shows you what Glitter and Glamour really is about. Las Vegas, NV
Day 19 - 298 mi/475 km. Well rise early today to return to Kingman and follow the Route 66. In Oatman, a scenic Ghostown, you can have a bite to eat at the Gold City Saloon and Restaurant and buy souvenirs at Fast Fannys. After that the Sitgreave Pass, to visit Eds Camp from 1919. Poor Oakies used to trade most of their few belongings to buy water, parts or gasoline. Eds Camp still exists, as a sort of open air museum. In Newberry youll find the Sidewinder Caf, location of Bagdad Caf. If you pay attention you may find the Route 66 sign on the pavement. Barstow, CA
Day 20 - 185 mi/196 km. Before were heading on to coast, we first visit Ghosttown Galico, a former mining town. Further on you lease ride through Mojave Desert along towns like Victorville, where you , besides the Outpost Wedding Chapel, also find the stuffed horse of Roy Rogers. In San Bernadino you can try a hamburger at the first (?) McDonalds of America. The end of the route is Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica, CA
Day 21 - An extra day to spend on the beach or explore the city and the area. A visit to Universal Studios or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is highly recommended! Los Angeles, CA.