Miscellaneous

Cheap car cleaning that costs you dear


  1. Posted on June 24th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. We all love a bargain but does your nearest supermarket car park, mobile car wash attendant, or your local cleaning outfit that has sprung-up outside a redundant petrol station forecourt, really know how to clean your car properly and safely? Of course, most of us do not ask questions past the price and most of […]

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US highway police give chase to confused Japanese tourist


  1. Posted on May 1st, 2014 by James Luckhurst
  2. A Japanese couple on vacation in Utah was pulled from a rental car at gunpoint near the Arizona border over the weekend after leading police on an accidental high-speed chase because they didn’t understand U.S. traffic laws. Utah Highway Patrol officers conducting a drink driving sting operation spotted the couple’s car swerving between lanes on […]

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Not all automatic gearboxes are equal


  1. Posted on December 16th, 2013 by Rob Marshall
  2. More and more GEM members are seeking advice on the latest generation of automatic transmissions, whether it is purchasing guidance, or help, after an expensive mechanical breakdown. Confusion, it seems, is rife. Recently, carmakers have made successful progress in developing a new range of automatic gearboxes that sap neither fuel nor power. In truth, these […]

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Car Paint Scratch Repair


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The appearance of scratches on an otherwise well-maintained car can be infuriating but Rob Marshall explains how to both prevent and cure those irritating blemishes. SCRATCH PREVENTION You can prevent your paintwork becoming damaged – and being presented with a scratch repair bill – during everyday use by taking a few simple steps. Wash your […]

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Service a car efficiently and safely


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure that your vehicle remains in safe condition and Rob Marshall explains the fundamentals of car servicing and what should feature on your service checklist. YOUR SERVICE CHECKLIST A service checklist will allow you to assess what your car needs. A service checklist is often provided within the vehicle’s servicing […]

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Winter Car Checklist


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. While extra care needs to be taken on wintry roads, when driving, Rob Marshall recommends that a winter check, performed regularly on your car, will also pay dividends. While cold and damp conditions put your car under extra stress, several straightforward winter checks, most of which can be performed on a domestic driveway, will not […]

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Off-road Car and Caravan Storage


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. A vehicle can deteriorate rapidly, should it not be stored correctly. Rob Marshall guides you on what actions to contemplate to reduce some of the issues. Regardless of how long and where you plan to store your car or caravan, treat its body to a thorough wash. Hose beneath the wheel-arches and underside, to prevent […]

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Pre-MoT Test Home Checks


  1. Posted on November 29th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Receiving an MoT failure certificate can be an irritating and expensive inconvenience but Rob Marshall advises that a few easy home checks will reduce the risk. Follow these straightforward DIY home checks to reduce the chance of an MoT Test failure. Intended to eradicate the increasing number of dilapidated jalopies from UK roads, the Ministry […]

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As Winter Comes To An End, Give Your Car A Spring Clean


  1. Posted on March 14th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist, the road safety charity and award-winning breakdown cover company, is advising drivers to get into gear as spring approaches. With the new spring season officially starting on Wednesday 20th March, now is the time to get your car ready for the promise of warmer weather, says GEM. In light of the changing […]

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Plastic wipe and go


  1. Posted on November 8th, 2012 by Rob Marshall
  2. Convenience sells. In today’s fast-paced world, a plethora of products is designed to save us all both time and effort. The popularity of the disposable ‘wipe’ in everyday life, for cleaning anything from baby’s bottoms to kitchen surfaces, is proof that many members of the public no longer have the time (or inclination) to saturate […]

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