Our Favourite Car Owners’ Reviews

Years ago, the only car reviews you could read came from motoring journalists. Clarkson and Co aside, what you got was a reasonable and restrained summary of a model’s strengths and weaknesses. Ah, but that was before the internet. Today, anyone with a keyboard can review a car. And they do — with extravagant praise,… read more

VW Group at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Part Two

Two cars hogged the limelight at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Both were electric cars made by the VW Group. In this post, we look at why that’s a big deal. As always, the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show played host to mildly tweaked versions of old favourites, outrageously expensive hypercars and wacky concept vehicles. Yet… read more

VW Group at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Part One

The bi-annual Frankfurt Motor Show (or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, if you prefer) is one of the biggest events in the motoring calendar and, not surprisingly, a showcase for German manufacturers. So much so, in fact, that the VW Group organises its own preview night before the doors are officially thrown open. This year’s show seemed like… read more

Respect the Czechs — Our Skoda News Round-Up

OK, when it comes to Skoda, we admit we’re biased. After all, we specialise in providing MOTs, servicing and repairs for the marque (and all the other VW Group brands). But honestly, they’re such great cars. Owners love ’em, because they’re well-designed, sturdy, reliable and affordable. Pick the right model and you can zoom along… read more

Ten Tips to Help Drivers and Cyclists Live Together, Part Two.

Oh, drivers and cyclists… can’t we all just get along? Can’t we share the roads in a spirit of peace and harmony? Actually, the two groups mostly get along fine. Considering the colossal amounts of miles clocked up on UK roads every day, the number of incidents involving motorists and cyclists is remarkably low. Having… read more

Ten Tips to Help Drivers and Cyclists Live Together, Part One.

Drivers and cyclists — two very different tribes sharing a long, narrow territory.  In this two-part post, we’ll post our tips for how they can get along. Let’s be clear about one thing: most of the time, motorists and cyclists get along just fine. The overwhelming majority of drivers are careful and respectful around cyclists,… read more

What’s that rattling noise in your car? A quick guide.

Your car is able to make a number of insanely annoying and unnerving noises. These include squeaks, squeals, knocks, thunks, grinding sounds, buzzing, sighing, clanking — and our personal favourite, the rattle. When a rattle strikes, this quick guide is designed to point you in the right direction. Two key questions — where and when?… read more

Long Distance from South Wales — Does the Car Beat Everything Else? Part One

We’re travelling four hundred miles from our garage in South Wales. Should we go by car? As you might expect at Welsh VW Specialists, we’re die-hard motorists. So our first instinct for taking a long distance journey is to zoom off in the car. But recently, we’ve been wondering. With congested roads and fuel costing… read more

The M4 Relief Road…It’s Decision Time

It’s decision time for the M4 Relief Road proposal. We take a look at both sides of a heated debate.   After years of waiting, acres of press coverage, hugely expensive reports and plenty of old-fashioned mud-slinging, we’re finally going to get a decision on the infamous M4 relief road proposal. First Minister Mark Drakeford… read more