Claiming car insurance

How does claiming on car insurance affect price?

It’s a legal requirement for drivers to have insurance before they take to the road and we all hope that it’s a provision we are not called upon to use. But if we do, it is likely we will see our premium payments increase as a result. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the Continue Reading »

Electric cars

Is the end nigh for diesel and petrol cars?

Support for electric vehicles is building but there are some substantial barriers to mass adoption. It seems we are driving ever faster towards a future where all diesel and petrol cars will be replaced by electric or hybrid vehicles. Farewell to the internal combustion engine? Another indicator of this shift came earlier this month when Continue Reading »

Reasons people fail driving test

Top 8 reasons people fail their driving test

You are not human if you don’t feel at least a little trepidation before taking your driving test. But knowing the most common reasons why people fail their test can help you better understand what the examiner is looking for and what you should focus on as you practice in the lead up to the Continue Reading »


Five roads that every petrol-head has to drive

The summer is here and many car lovers will be preparing to set off on a road-trip to enjoy new scenery and time behind the wheel. Here at Balgores, we like nothing better than discussing our fantasy driving itineraries. Here’s five roads from around the world we feel any car fanatic should aim to drive Continue Reading »

Dog smell in car

Advice on getting rid of dog smell from your car

Dog smells can dominate a car, so consider having it valeted to remove the odour. Many of us love dogs and like them to travel with us wherever we go. Others might not have a dog but may have bought a car from a previous owner who did. In either situation, the vehicle can end up Continue Reading »

Toxin Tax

How will the so-called toxin tax affect you?

There has been a lot of media speculation about a so-called toxin tax on diesel cars and earlier this month the government published more details on how it intends to curb emissions. Focus on cities The focus of its plans, revealed in a consultation document called Clean Air Zone Framework, are the UK’s major cities Continue Reading »

Changes to new speeding fines explained

Car drivers found guilty of the most serious speeding offences face tougher penalties under new rules that come into force in England and Wales last week. 150% of weekly income This means fines for motorists who commit so-called Band C speeding offences will have a starting point of 150% of weekly income rather than the Continue Reading »

New law on mobile phone use and driving – what you need to know

This month saw the introduction of new rules designed to crack down on drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel: From 1st March penalties for using a phone at the wheel doubled to six points and a £200 fine. Drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their Continue Reading »


How to practice for the hazard perception test

Practising using sample video clips is the best way of preparing for the hazard perception test. Having good awareness of potential hazards on the road is an essential part of being a safe and responsible driver. That is why the theory test element of the DVLA driving test contains two parts – a multiple-choice part Continue Reading »

tesla service centre

Balgores Motors becomes an approved Tesla Service Centre

Balgores Motors is now an approved Tesla Service Centre. The endorsement covers repairs to Tesla’s electric motors and autonomous driving systems, as well as their aluminium bodywork.  Rigorous standards At present two technicians working at Balgores’ Romford centre have achieved accreditation. To gain approval they attended an electronics course in the Netherlands before going to Continue Reading »

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