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Cougar Vehicle Hospital
Here at Cougar Accident Repair Centre we are pleased to announce we have just finished filming a spoof animal hospital video, called 'Cougar Vehicle Hospital'.
Our video is a comedy spoof of many popular animal hospital shows in which peoples' cherished pets are brought back to health with the help of doctors, vets and RSPCA.
However, in our video, the pets aren't cats or dogs, they're the most beloved family pet of all - your car! We understand that your car can often be one of the most important parts of your life, and we heavily rely on them. When you are involved in an accident, it can be a particularly stressful time for not only the owner, but the whole family.
Virgil explains the purpose of this video: "We are trying to show customers that we treat cars just as carefully and lovingly as a pet would be treated. We wanted to do it in a fun way. Having an accident can be a stressful time, so we thought using a bit of humour might help to show that the situation is not always as bad as it seems at first."
The similarities between our cars and pets are astonishing: we take them out, feed them, clean them and pay for their bills! Therefore we've made this video to show you that not only do we care, but we also provide the best service for your car, to ensure it is repaired to the best possible condition, in the quickest time possible.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlnIL9ZTH6k
Award Nominations for Cougar and Virgil
We are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for two awards at the Bodyshop Events and Awards 2014!
The first category we have been nominated for is 'Large Bodyshop of the Year' where we are up against some tough competition, however we keep our fingers crossed for a win.
Then we have our fantastic, determined and hardworking Virgil Blennerhassett as a finalist for 'Bodyshop Manager of the Year', which we are all delighted about and know our manager deserves it. Once again, we are up against some other great finalists including Chris Browne from Pertwee & Back; Brendan Elston from Sytner Oldbury and Keith Embleton from Cooper Car Clinic.
The competition may be tough, but we are hopeful on winning both categories.
You'll be able to see a preview of Virgil in the Bodyshop Magazine Event Preview 2014!
The event will take place on the 3rd of October at the Celtic Manor Resort. You can find out more information on the event, awards finalists and how to book tickets here: http://www.bodyshopevent.co.uk/default.aspx
The Rise of the Classic Car
The ever-growing popularity of vintage has dawned upon us, with boutique shops growing and more people wearing their grandparentís clothes than ever. But the new trend hasn't stopped at the wardrobe, it's continued to another visual expression, our motors.
Admittedly, classic cars have always been about and there are many avid lovers and collectors of them, but now it's moving towards the mainstream. The first car that seemed to get everyone in the vintage mood was the Mini. One of the most iconic British cars - the old-style Mini topped the ranks, pulling in various car owners, although mainly bringing in young people who never had the chance to experience the classic car.
Most people are put off the idea of owning a classic car as there is a lot of misconception surrounding the cost of the car itself and also the insurance. Although this can be true, it's not a contingency, as there are many vintage cars on sale for affordable prices, and insurance companies that will quote you a reasonable price. You just need to do some research before you commit to anything.
We've compiled seven classic cars which we not only think are aesthetically pleasing, but won't (maybe a couple will) set you back too much, if you spend enough time finding the right one.
1. CitroŽn CX
This car was first introduced in 1974 and was produced until 1991. Although it's maybe one of the not-so-pretty cars, it has received much praise and even won European Car of the Year in 1975. Owners have often said it was the last real CitroŽn before Peugeot took over.
Body-type: Four-door fastback, station wagon or long-wheel base
Engine: 2L petrol or 2.5L diesel
Transmission: 4 or 5 speed manual and 3 speed automatic/semi-automatic
Price: Working condition starts from £1,500+, but cheaper ones can be found if you're looking for a restoration projection.
2. Jaguar E-Type
This is certainly one of the sexiest looking cars on this list, first introduced in 1961, continuing until 1975 with three different series of the car. It's no surprise that it is currently the UK's favourite car as it was previously voted in 2008 by The Daily Telegraph as number one out of the worlds '100 Most Beautiful Cars'.
Body-type: 2 door coupe, 2 door 2+2 coupe or roadster
Engine: 3.8L, 4.2 and 5.3L
Transmission: 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
Price: For a non-working one you can get one for £6,800, but for working condition they start at £12,000 but the average is around the £40,000 mark.
3. Aston Martin DB5
This car was manufactured from 1963 until 1965, which is a very short period, but this car became a well-known movie star. Starring as James Bond's car in the film Goldfinger - we would all love to own our own Bond car, either re-enacting Bond himself or one of the incredible Bond girls.
Body-type: 2 door 2+2 coupe, convertible or shooting brake.
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Price: Finding a definitive price on these is hard, but they aren't cheap. Prices are around £895,000 but there are many available for trade, at auction or for parts or repairs - so maybe it might be better to make it into a project.
4. Toyota 2000 GT
Admittedly, this car will probably be the one car you'll never own, but it's on here for its shear beauty and impressiveness. Available for three years from 1967 until 1970, this car was the very first supercar that the Japanese made. It was also the first collectible Japanese car, which unfortunately deems it as rare.
Body-type: 2 door fastback
Engine: 2 or 2.3L
Transmission: 5 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
Price: One was recently sold at auction for $935,000, which is £563,134, although some reach up to over £1m. This could be one to think about after winning the lottery or in your dreams.
5. Ford Mustang Mach 1
We've all heard of a Mustang, and the Mach 1 is the performance orientated one, which was so popular Ford Heritage Program even bought it back in 2003 to 2004. But the one we're looking at was first introduced in 1969 and retired in 1978. This muscle car would make anyone look suave and sophisticated.
Body-type: 2 door coupe or 2 door sportsroof
Engine: 2.8L, 4.9L, 5.8L, 6.4L or 7L
Transmission: 3 or 4 speed manual or C4/C6/FMX automatic
Price: This stunning model is available in working condition for around £22,500 which is a very fair price. If you want a project, you can get them far cheaper.
6. Ford Cortina MK3
The MK 3 is the third generation version of the Ford Cortina, but out of the five generations, it is by far the sleekest and smartest looking one. This car was around from 1970 until 1976 and was the UK's best selling car of the 1970s.
Body-type: 2 or 4 door saloon, 5 door estate or 2 door coupe utility
Engine: 1.3L, 1.6L, 2L, 2.5L, 3L, 3.3L OR 4.1L
Transmission: 3 or 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
Price: Fortunately these are reasonably priced, for a completely working unrestored model, they start from around £4,000.
7. Land Rover series
All three generations, which ran from 1948 to 1985, of the Land Rover series are equally visually pleasing and were inspired by US Built Willy Jeeps, hence their army style. Modern Land Rovers are very popular at the moment, but having a classic one would provide you with a lot more style.
Body-type: 2 or 4 door off road vehicle or 2 door pickup.
Engine: 1.6L, 2L, 2.25L, 2.6L, 3.6L, 2L diesel or 2.25L diesel
Transmission: 4 speed manual or 2 speed manual
Price: You can get these for an absolutely ludicrous price, starting at around £2,000 upwards for a fully working one.
Obviously, some of these cars are far too expensive for any of us to buy, but we can all dream. Buying a classic car can be a cheap endeavour, but you just need to put in a little time and effort to find something suitable. Auctions can be a great way to find classic cars at a reasonable price, so look for your local auction rooms. There are also some great websites that specialise in vintage cars, and there are many that have private sellers.
If you do buy a classic car, here are a few tips to keep in mind when buying:
- Check insurance! Go to a specialist classic car insurer to get the best price possible, other insurers might charge you extortionate prices.
- Look at the paperwork and documents to ensure it is what they've said it is and you are buying a genuine classic car.
- Make sure you take it for a test drive to check the engine is working and everything else is fine.
- Check the essentials on the car, otherwise you might find something the lights or indicators don't work.
- Rust and wear and tear can be an issue for vintage cars, so vigorously check for both, especially rust.
Can I Have a Pizza Your Car Please?
We all get exceptionally hungry sometimes, and might feel like we could smash down a shop just for some food, but one elderly gentleman took it a little further than that.
The man was driving a Honda fit and it happened to be the perfect size to fit straight through the front door of Valentino's pizza shop in Lincoln, USA. Concerned customers began dialling 911, but the man just began ordering a pizza from his car. Bystanders described the man as "calm and collected." and he was taken to hospital, but no one had suffered any injuries. Sometimes hunger gets the better of all of us...
Did You Know About Tax Disc Abolishment?
From the beginning of October 1st 2014, it will no longer be a mandatory requirement to display a tax disc in your window. The DVLA and Police now have electronic ways to monitor which cars are taxed and which are not, without having to check the tax disc.
But an astonishing survey by the AA revealed that more than 42 percent of drivers were unaware that from this date they would no longer need to have a tax disc in their window. Drivers will still have to have tax, but it will all be done online and the database will hold all your details. The AA said they hope that the DVLA will send out more information on the abolishment and the rules surrounding the change.
If you didn't know about the change, it's no surprise as there hasn't been much information issued at all. As for now though, you must display a tax disc until October, although be warned; if you are purchasing one between now and October they will be home printed by the DVLA. Therefore there will be no perforated edge, as they are being printed on normal paper - so yes, they will look like a counterfeit tax disc, but they're just the DVLA's fake-but-real ones.
If you're not sure about the new changes and how they are going to affect you, you can go to the Gov website, which will tell you more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes