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  • If your car is over three years old, you’ll already know that it must be taken for an MOT test each year. But what do testers look for during an MOT, and what are the most common reasons for failing one? Read on to find out. What is an MOT? ‘MOT’ stands for ‘Ministry of The post Understanding your car MOT test appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Whether you are living in a campervan or travelling in it you are still at risk of being target of thieves or potential safety hazards so it’s good to minimise risk where possible. So here are just a few things you can do to make you feel more safe and secure whilst travelling in your The post Campervan Safety Tips appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Many jobs require employees to drive a company vehicle. While most drivers are cautious and attentive, accidents can occur without warning—even if the operator has years of experience. When accidents happen, it can be incredibly costly for employers. What’s more, just one accident can cost employees their job or lead to serious, debilitating injuries. One The post Defensive driving tips that could...

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  • Being a first-time home buyer is one of the most exciting milestones of adult life, but with so many things to consider, it can also be one of the most stressful. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist to help first-time home buyers make the most of the time they spend viewing houses. General As The post First-time home buyers’ checklist appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • In February, nearly two-thirds of KFCs across the United Kingdom were closed or offered a limited menu after its new distributor failed to deliver enough chicken on time. With no backup plan for how to get more chicken, customers took to social media to vent their frustrations at the fast-food restaurant chain. While KFC tried The post What can you learn from KFC? appeared first on The A-Plan Blog...

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  • With a bewildering array of makes and models, it’s little wonder that many people find the idea of buying a car a little daunting. But with a methodical approach, it needn’t be. Assuming you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, use this checklist when you view the car to be sure you’re making the right The post Checklist for Buying a Car appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  •   On 13 March, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Spring Statement 2018 to Parliament. Highlights for Businesses The National Living Wage will rise from £50 to £7.83, and the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as well in April. The government’s plan of increasing the amount of homes by an average of The post Spring Statement 2018 Highlights appeared first on The A-Pl...

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  • Escape of water is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims and can cause a huge inconvenience to tenants and home owners. According to the Association of British Insurers, one in five home insurance claims are as a result of escape of water, with insurers paying out £483 million to help customers in The post Preventing Escape of Water Claims appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Accidents do happen, from time to time. Having public liability insurance in place helps set your mind at rest, keeping you covered if a customer or member of the public suffers a loss or injury because of your business. What does public liability insurance cover? A comprehensive public and product liability policy provides cover for The post Public Liability Insurance – Why essential for business...

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  • What is classic car insurance? Classic car insurance is specialist insurance designed for vehicles generally over 20 years old and driven as a second vehicle (although we can do modern classics depending on the model and mileage), these cars are usually treasured by their owners and are collectible. Classic vehicle insurance differs from normal insurance The post Classic Car Insurance: FAQs appear...

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  • To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, it is recommended that your car receives a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes sooner. Here are some tips to help: How much does a car service cost? The average cost of a basic car service is around £125. But, The post Tips on servicing and maintaining your car appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • There were an estimated 261,965 domestic burglaries last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is an increase of 32 per cent over 2016 and highlights the continued importance of home security. To ensure that your home is adequately protected, follow these six tips: Invest in stronger locks fitted on your windows and The post 2017 Saw Home Burglaries Rise by a Third appeared f...

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  • Accountancy firm RSM has warned that many businesses and drivers could face heavy tax bills on company cars they thought were vans. A tribunal case from late last year ruled that although two modified Volkswagen Kombi T5 vehicles operated by Coca-Cola were originally classed as vans for tax purposes, once it considered the characteristics of The post When are vans company cars? appeared first on T...

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  • Spring time is often a catalyst for getting the house decluttered and spruced up for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your spring clean: Be realistic: don’t try to tackle the whole house in a day. Make a list of the areas you want to concentrate on and the cleaning products you’ll The post Spring clean – A time to cleanse appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Entries are now open for the Oxfordshire Local Business Charity Awards, sponsored by A-Plan and the risk manager & insurance broker, Jelf. The awards, which have been held annually in neighbouring Gloucestershire since 2014, recognise the support given to local charities by Oxfordshire businesses. There are three awards to enter: The A-Plan Award  – entries The post Entries Open for A-Plan’s Local...

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  • Cyber security researchers recently announced the discovery of two major security flaws that could allow hackers to bypass regular security measures and obtain normally inaccessible data. They’re called Meltdown and Spectre, and they’re both caused by design flaws found in nearly all modern processors. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access all of the data The post How to Prevent a Cy...

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  • A-Plan Marine’s top tips for securing your boat from thieves: Theft of boats and equipment causes heartache and financial loss to thousands of marine enthusiasts every year, regardless of size or value. Common items stolen from boats tend to be those easily picked up and carried away by opportunists. Outboard motors and generators; marine communication The post How to Protect your Boat from Theft....

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  • 7 ways to reignite that spark: Our cars are often the unloved, unappreciated heroes in our lives. They’re dependable, sturdy and selfless; dutifully ferrying us in safety, comfort and warmth to whichever destination we desire. Yet, it’s the one relationship in our lives which requires a little more love, after all, it slays distances without The post Show your Car Some Love this Valentine’s. appea...

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  • Beginning on 5 March, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) traffic examiners will begin issuing on-the-spot fines to any lorry, bus or coach drivers for drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days, such as exceeding daily driving limits or not taking enough breaks. Previously DVSA examiners could only fine drivers for offences committed The post Lorry, Coach and Bus Drivers Face DV...

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  • Van drivers are not known for their healthiness and clean eating! However, things are changing. A recent study, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, has found that Britain’s van drivers are ditching their stereotypical lifestyle in favour of healthy eating and regular trips to the gym. According to the research, the average van driver now works The post Van Drivers Shape Up! appeared fir...

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  • Bone-chilling temperatures, freezing arctic winds and up to 12 inches of snow will sweep across the UK this week. With yellow weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England, Wales and north-west Midlands, driving conditions could be treacherous. Be prepared for the worst and ensure you carry a winter survival kit in your The post Winter Car Kit Essentials appeared first...

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  • A survey of shoppers in Surrey, conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, with branches in Guildford, Woking, Farnham and Camberley, reveals that the majority of residents (82%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 58% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With the The post 82% of Surrey Shoppers Fav...

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  • A-Plan Northampton has been praised for their ‘outstanding customer service’ in the town’s inaugural Mystery Shopping Awards. Founded by Northampton’s Business Improvement District (BID), the accolades recognise excellence demonstrated by local businesses in a number of areas including service, sales, appearance and local knowledge. The team at A-Plan Northampton scored an outstanding 100% across ...

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  • A survey of shoppers in Oxfordshire, conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, with branches in Abingdon, Witney, Bicester, Carterton and Oxford, reveals that the majority of residents (80%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 56% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With The post 80% of Oxfordshir...

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  • A survey of shoppers across the south of England* conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, reveals that the majority of respondents (81%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 54% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With a majority of shoppers spending up The post 81% of High Street Shoppers Trust ...

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  • Since 2012, the A-Plan Thatcham Schemes office have been proudly supporting Volkswagen themed shows and events from the humble family show T-Fest to Europe’s biggest van show Busfest. Our adventures started when we joined the Volkswagen T4/T5 forum as a sponsor and we noticed the owners of the club held a small show called T-Fest The post A-Plan Thatcham Schemes and VW Shows appeared first on The ...

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  • As we wave goodbye to a very gloomy January, it’s time to start thinking about summer holidays and looking forward to brighter, warmer climes. And whilst the most exciting part of planning your summer adventures probably won’t be evaluating and purchasing your travel insurance, it’s one holiday essential you shouldn’t travel without. Travel insurance covers The post What Travel Insurance Cover do ...

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  • If buying a house is on your wish list for 2018, the revised stamp duty fee could affect your purchase. Following the budget announcement in Autumn 2017, first time buyers can enjoy a saving of up to £5,000 on stamp duty on first time purchases up to a value of £300,000 which will help first The post Stamp duty and first time buyers appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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