VAT Increase Makes Green Cars a More Viable Option for Many

While many urban drivers in the UK have been swayed by the benefits of buying low-emission new cars, it may take measures such as the VAT increase imposed in the recent Budget to help spread the word of their benefits further afield. One area in the car-buying market where there is scope for ‘downsizing’ and choosing smaller engines producing fewer emissions is among families whose now grown-up children have flown the family nest.

The recent Budget’s increase in the rate of VAT from 17.5 to 20 per cent is also likely to feed through to fuel prices in time, adding to the appeal of more economical, fuel-efficient, and even hybrid-powered cars. Immediately after the budget, motoring pundits were forecasting that car dealerships would see more people coming through their doors as buyers look to beat the VAT rise by securing their new car before the higher rate is imposed at the start of 2011.

In many instances, people trading up will also be part-exchanging an old car in order to partly fund their new purchase. So there should be benefits too for those looking for a quality used car, as the number and range available increases. An upswing in car sales ahead of the imposition of the VAT rise has been predicted by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and this is as likely to apply to more economical cars as to bigger family vehicles and 4x4s.

This may mean some buyers are able to snap up a pre-owned first-generation hybrid car, such as a Toyota Prius, Honda Civic or Insight, or even a luxurious Lexus saloon, hatchback and 4×4 model. Owners of these cars will have had a number of years’ good use from their cars, and they may see now as a good time to see what the latest models have to offer.

Company car buyers were among the first to see real benefits from driving a hybrid car, because of the lower tax levels which they attracted, and the ongoing benefits of cheaper fuel costs. So if they are trading up, the cars they will be relinquishing are likely to have been well maintained and regularly serviced.

So all major components will have been regularly checked, and items subject to the greatest wear and tear, such as tyres, exhaust, battery and brakes, likely to have been replaced when needed. In the case of a hybrid car, its combination of petrol or diesel and electric motors means that engines are less likely to have been harshly treated.

So the reasons for choosing a quality hybrid car look even more compelling for buyers concerned about the rising cost of fuel, and their overall motoring costs, especially if they cover high mileages.

The 3 Types of Radio Control Cars

Radio control cars have come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years. Gone are the days of the springy metal aerial and the wheels that only turn when you are moving. Modern radio control cars are every bit as exciting as full sized racing always has been and technology has been poured into scale model racing. The three main radio control models are listed below.

Electric motors

The very first RC cars were powered by electric motors and were simple devices. Electric radio controlled cars are still extremely popular and are relatively cheap. A major problem with electric vehicles has always been battery life however advances in motor and battery technology have increased run times to reasonable levels. Motor driven cars can be very fast but they don’t offer anywhere near the performance of a nitro powered car.

Nitro engines

Modern nitro engine driven cars are engineering masterpieces. Containing nitro powerered engines, nitro scale models are extremely fast, reaching speeds of up to 80mph. Acceleration is comparable to full scale super cars and the engines can rotate at 30,000 RPM. A nitro powered radio control car is usually the next step up from an electric vehicle and they are often physically bigger and much better made.

Petrol power

The largest radio control cars of all are the recent development of petrol powered RC Cars. That is ordinary, every-day petroleum that is available at any garage across the country. Petrol powered radio control cars are usually 1/5th scale, mainly to accommodate the larger engine but also for a more lifelike appearance. Petrol powered RC cars are large and not really for the beginner.

Radio controlled cars are a hobby like no other and racing them is every bit as exciting as their full sized counterpart.