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A Class Review

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

My Mom recently got herself a Mercedes Benz A Class from a family friend who had barley drove it, it is a nice white one so it is right up my street. She has added me to my insurance so I thought I would take it for a spin and maybe use this blog for an actual reason rather than just talking about pink cars ha. For me there are a few things that I judge a care by, first of how easy is it to park.

The second hand Mercedes A Class was a little bit bigger than anything I usually drive, however, it wasn’t too hard to park at all, especially with the parking assist technology that was super helpful. Therefore I cant fault the Mercedes A Class in this respect. Secondly I like my car to feel like an extension of my handbag, with plenty of nifty storage units for sunglasses, lippy, gloss, face wipes, eyeliner, blusher, hair brush, eye shadow and a good mirror so I can get myself looking pretty when I get stuck in traffic. I must admit it was great for that, it is an automatic so the elimination of a proper gear stick made for extra room for storage space. The sun visor mirrors also had lights on either side meaning I can use them at night, a luxury that I’m not used to, so again the Mercedes gets top marks.

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Thirdly, boot space. I like to use the boot as an extension for my wardrobe. It should be able to store ample shoes, loads of PJs, for any spontaneous slumber parties, uggs, and basically, any left over clothes that were making my room look untidy. The Mercedes A Class boot was adequate enough, though after a weekend with the girls some stuff did start making its way onto the parcel shelf, so I give the boot space a 3 out of 5.

Finally, how does it look? The A-Class was actually a pleasant surprise. When my mom told me she was getting one I think I was picturing something closer to a second hand Mercedes Benz R Class for some reason.

 

OMG Citroen DS3… PINK!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Fiat 500s are so last year!  their are certain cars that are just girly, the original for me was the Ford KA, then there was the Nissan Micra, and then there was the Fiat 500, which, despite my opening comment I still love.  Recently I have been totally falling in love with a another girly car, one of my girlfriends swears by her second hand Renault ZOE, and I agree to an extent, but this one is a bit more feisty, packing a bit more of a punch and aggression. The main thing that really makes me want this car is the incredibly lush colour options you have. one word…. PINK! That’s right ladies you can get the DS3 customized in pink paint! I know right!? OMG! There are two different styles, you can go pink and black or pink and white. The roof and the wing mirrors are the parts that get covered in pink.

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Aren’t they just darling? What’s more, the pink DS3 looks absolutely stunning on the inside too! There a splashes of pink everywhere, the whole dashboard is pick and the gear stick is pink and proud! There is also a special edition version I have noticed where the interior is divine.

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Just look at it! It’s like something from Grease, the pink ladies would feel completely at home in one of these babies. Notice the “hello Gorgeous” on the dash and the center makeup holder! God I would love to go on a road trip with my girlies in this car…. There is diamond mirror for crying out loud. To be honest this limited edition interior probably wouldn’t be great for me, I would constantly be distracted! Oh well, at least if I crashed I would look good ;P

For some terrible reason Citroen are no longer doing the pink edition there are a fair few pink second hand Citroen DS3 models online for around 10 grand, and that includes both the black and white variations. Unfortunately I am yet to find one for sale with the “hello gorgeous” interior.

 

 

My First Used Supermini Car

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Right so I’m in the market looking to buy a Supermini car, the reason being is I’m still young and it makes perfect sense due the fact they’re affordable, cheap to run and fun to drive. I have looked into 8 potential Superminis that I’m looking at buying, as finding the perfect one has become very tough due to the amount of new models which are coming out which are better than ever.

The first Supermini I looked at was a Used Toyota Aygo. The main reason being is that for my age it’s relatively cheap to buy and also cheap to insure which forms the main part of my criteria. It also seems to drive very well and has the Go-Kart feel which makes it fun and enjoyable to drive especially driving around the city. The only pitfall for me is that I’m at university so I do a fair bit of motorway driving to and from home so often have lots of things to bring home and the boot space is minuscule and awkward to load. The second supermini I’ve considered is a Used Seat Ibiza the main reason being is its style and its enjoyment to drive which make its one of the best driving superminis available, a potential negative is the lack of space in the rear but that’s irrelevant for me but can imagine it’s not ideal if you have a family, unlike the Aygo the boot space is an adequate size and similar to its rivals. Next up is the Used Peugeot 1007, this is very similar in looks to a vast amount of superminis these days but it does have sliding doors which is a rare touch and does make it easier to get out especially in those tight parking spaces. The problem I feel with this car is the weight is heavy meaning that the performance and the drive does suffer. Used Hyundai i20  is the next supermini I considered and matches my criteria like the Aygo in terms of being good value for money and low running costs and has plenty of kit on the inside. The downside of this vehicle is that it’s not as much fun to drive as some of the other superminis I’ve deliberated. The Second Hand Mazda 2 is a worthy contender to be my first supermini as the car is fun, reliable and most practical on the market and definitely one of the most spacious in this category with plenty of head and legroom in the rear and a large boot compared to its rivals. The bad points with this vehicle are that I don’t necessarily need a family sized car and there is not enough equipment in the car and the interior isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing. Second Hand Nissan Note  is the next option and is definitely something different compared to the other cars in this market.  The car has a quirky design and is very spacious compared to its competitors although when doing long distances the engine noise can get irritating and the ride can be quite firm and unsettling which isn’t exactly ideal for me. Second Hand Kia Picanto is another car I’ve considered purely for the fact that you get lots of car for the money, spacious and well equipped which matches what I need but unfortunately it’s got a small boot and sluggish performance which won’t be ideal during my motorway drives. A different type of supermini all together is the Second Hand Used Mitsubishi i-MiEV its super low running cost are a no brainer and its completely silent as well as being narrow in shape which makes it easy to nip in and out of small gaps. The car is too expensive to buy unfortunately, which is the case with most electric cars at the moment and the limited range means my trips to and from university will prove difficult.

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Moreover, after carefully considering the superminis on offer I think they one which suits me best is the Seat Ibiza down to the fact its stylish, fun to drive, fairly cheap to drive and has adequate boot space for my university travels.

 

My Favorite Convertible

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Although we may not have the warmest climate here in the UK the British buyers love convertibles.  Maybe the lack of sun means that we take full advantages of the rare days when it’s hot. If you’re in the market for a convertible there is plenty of choice ranging from affordable and run options to luxury offerings. I have decided to compile a list of the various convertibles I would recommend.

The first is the Used Audi TT. This car has a good sense of style about it and its extremely fun to drive and has a top quality interior and won’t break the bank to run either. The TT in this class rival the likes of the Second Hand BMW Z4 and it truly is a superb car. The most current model was launched in 2007 after the previous model had been around for 10 years.  Keeping the same iconic shape but making a few changed to keep it looking sport and modern.  The cons with this car are that it doesn’t have any rear seats and the boot is particularly small.

The next convertible to make it is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. The E-Class isn’t just stylish and comfortable but it’s one of the few in its class which is also comfortable to drive with the roof down as it is closed and offers draught-free open top driving. Being a Mercedes this vehicle is a more expensive option in the convertible range. The E-Class unfortunately only comes with a fabric roof instead of some of its rivals folding hard tops and when the roof is up the interior can also feel slightly claustrophobic.

The Second Hand Mazda MX-5 is a definite contender for my favourite convertible and rightly so. It may not be the quickest but it’s a true sports car and is one of the best in its class for driver enjoyment. In all the time it’s been out it’s barely changed in that time and still as popular as ever. The MX-5 has a reasonable price tag and performance of people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it and also a very reliable car too. Like most convertibles the interior is quite cramped and has a small boot.

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Another convertible which I felt needed to be on this list was the Used Volkswagen Golf. The convertible version has the identical interior and excellent build quality as the hatchback version. The Cabriolet version allows you to enjoy the sunshine (when we get it) without having to compromise quality or performance and is fun and a sensible choice. The Golf Cabriolet version is quite expensive but does hold its value better than most rivals and like the other rivals has a small boot.

Used Mini

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The MINI is a very popular choice on the used car market thanks to its retro styling and the excellent driving experience it offers.

Launched back in 2001, the MINI pays homage to Sir Alec Issigonis’s revolutionary 1959 design. The original MINI was such a success for the British car industry that it stayed in production for forty-one years.

Over the past few years, the MINI brand has diversified and the company now offers a range of different models, all of which are popular choices on the used car market.

The MINI Hatch is the car which began the MINI renaissance back in 2001. Available in petrol, diesel and hot Cooper versions, the MINI Hatch is a popular car thanks to its good looks and rock-solid residuals. A facelift in 2007 added extra engines and saw some styling tweaks.

The MINI Convertible is a drop-top version of the Hatch, released in 2006. The MINI Convertible combines the chic looks of the MINI Hatch with open-top thrills, making the MINI Convertible a popular used buy.

The MINI Clubman, launched in 2007, is the estate version of the MINI, providing family car practicality with all of the charm of the standard MINI.

Other popular used MINIs include the MINI Roadster, the MINI Coupe and the MINI Countryman.

There are a huge number of second-hand MINIs on the second hand car market from both dealers and private sellers and CarSite.co.uk will help you find a great deal wherever you are in the UK.

Sarah Loves Cars

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Hello there and welcome to my site!

As you can probably gather my name is Sarah Bird and I’m a self-confessed car fanatic.

Ever since I was a small girl I’ve been mad about cars, particularly sports and supercars. My favourite model is the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, closely followed by the Bugatti Veyron (who in their right minds doesn’t like the Bugatti Veyron?!). I currently drive a Lotus Elise however…I’ve got a whole lot of saving to do before I’ll be able to get my hands on either of the aforementioned beauties!lambo

This blog is primarily directed at girls and women, because in my opinion there aren’t enough sites on the internet for females who are passionate about automobiles. Of course, guys are more than welcome to visit and have their opinions too though!

The purpose of this site will be to provide visitors with fun views about different aspects of the car world, as well as some hard facts and a few tips about how to save money on things like fuel, car parts, road tax, MOT and servicing. I’ve had my fair share of cars, my first was a Nissan Micra and there have been a fair few more between the Micra and the Elise, so I like to think I have a good wealth of experience.

Not everyone will agree with all of my personal views, but at the very least I’m sure that the vast majority will find them an interesting read if nothing else.

Moreover, I will disclose a few of my favourite tips about driving in general as well as how to get the most out of your vehicle.

That’s all for now, hope you enjoy!!