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Beware of solidifying screenwash


  1. Posted on January 9th, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. An interesting story appeared earlier this winter, where a BMW owner had a manufacturer warranty claim refused, for using an aftermarket screen-wash that reacted with an incompatible type within the car’s washer bottle and caused a blockage. The owner was quoted saying that the main dealership told him that he should have used BMW’s branded […]

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Alternatives to Prosecution


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Introduction Speeding Red traffic lights National driver awareness scheme Drink-drive rehabilitation workshops Frequently asked questions Introduction Where motorists are caught committing certain road traffic offences they can be given the opportunity to attend a re-education course as an alternative to prosecution. The most popular courses are for drivers caught speeding, but there are also workshops […]

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Driving documents


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. A look at the vehicle and driver paperwork that goes with motoring Introduction Driving licence Insurance Vehicle excise licence MOT test certificate Your vehicle Keep your vehicle on the right side of the law Frequently asked questions Introduction As you can imagine, the laws governing how we behave and what we may and may not […]

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Enforcement Guide and the Penalty Points System


  1. Posted on January 1st, 2018 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Stay on the right side of the law! Introduction Drinking and Driving Drug Driving Insurance Speeding Dangerous driving Careless or inconsiderate driving Mobile phone offence The fixed penalty ticket Disqualification Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act Vehicle seizure Points on your licence FAQs Introduction Every day throughout the country police deal with numerous road traffic offences. […]

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2017 Auto-Review


  1. Posted on December 27th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. 2017 saw much happening but precious little appears to have changed, despite politicians and the car industry spending the year flapping around like headless chickens. For me, I would not conclude that the year has been entirely bland, because at least it has thrown-up several surprises. Car finance shake-ups Carrying on from previous years, motoring […]

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Recalls on the increase


  1. Posted on December 14th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Perhaps we should be grateful that the number of vehicle recalls is going-up, as manufacturers are encouraged to admit fault and undergo the expensive operation of recalling and fixing newer vehicles with safety-critical defects. Safety critical defects According to the Stericycle Expert Solutions Recall and Notification Index, 2017’s third quarter saw recall levels rise by […]

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New write-off categories clarified


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. While I admit that this story is hardly hot-off-the-press, since the announcement came at the beginning of October, I have noticed that few outlets, other than the motor trade press, have reported it. It remains important, however, should you consider buying a vehicle that has been repaired, following an accident. Effectively, the new categories for […]

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GEM helps keep older drivers safe on the road


  1. Posted on September 26th, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. International Day of Older Persons takes place on Sunday 1 October More than 100,000 people over 90 still have driving licences ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is keen to stand up for the increasing number of older people who choose to continue driving. The support is backed up by findings from […]

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Car finance under the spotlight


  1. Posted on September 22nd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is difficult to know who to trust these days. The emissions scandal has called into question the credibility of more than just a single car manufacturer but it seems that, once again, the financial sectors may not have been acting as transparently as they should. Now where have we heard that before? The main […]

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GEM urges all road users to put safety first and make Project EDWARD a reality


  1. Posted on September 18th, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The second European Day Without A Road Death takes place on 21 September 2017 70 people still die every day on Europe’s roads Please support Project EDWARD by signing the pledge   ROAD SAFETY and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is once again proud to be supporting Project EDWARD, the European day Without A […]

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