Signature Hardwood Furniture

Benefits of Buying Solid Wood Furniture
Adding some classic hardwood furniture to your home is an excellent way to add a classy and homely touch instantly and can really help to finish a newly decorated room by adding the perfect finishing touch to any design. At Signature Hardwood they have a wide range of solid wood furniture available for every room in a wide range of styles that are sure to appeal to almost every taste, all made using the highest quality hardwood and the best manufacturing processes available so you can be sure that they are built to last.

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With so many different products available at Signature Hardwood regardless of whether you are looking for a bed frame, a dining table, a cabinet or even a desk for your home office you will be surprised how many options they have on offer that will be perfect for your needs and with many items available as part of a complementing range you can even create a totally coordinated look through your home. With a wide range of clever storage solutions available to fit almost any space and many unusual designs available that you are not likely to find anywhere else no matter what kind of home you have you are certain to find something that suits it perfectly.

Buying a well designed and manufactured piece of solid wood furniture that you absolutely love is a really worthwhile investment, especially if it is for a hard to fit space of something that you will use a lot as you can be certain that it will last for years to come, and with the right care stay looking as good as new for just as long, so you can be certain that anything you may purchase from Signature Hardwood is likely to last a lifetime, and with an excellent customer service policy you can be certain that they will do everything they can to put things right in the unlikely event you are not totally satisfied.

With an aim to have all pieces made and delivered directly to you within fourteen days and a commitment to ensuring all goods arrive in perfect condition at Signature Hardwood they always do everything they can to ensure every customer is left completely satisfied, with a simple ordering process a straight forward pricing policy and free delivery on orders over sixty pounds you can be sure of a really high level of customer service every step of the way. They even offer the opportunity to see what they can do for you if you can’t find something within the available range to meet your specific requirements all for a very competitive price.

With ranges including some beautiful products created from oak, ash elm and mahogany so no matter what colour theme you have within your home you can be certain to find some really lovely pieces that will complement your home perfectly and really make the most of the space that you have no matter how large or small. So if you are looking for some really individual and well-made hardwood furniture for any room within your home that is sure to last for years make sure your take a look at the great range available at Signature Hardwood where you are sure to find plenty of great ideas as really good prices.

Contact Signature Hardwood Furniture
Signature Hardwood was developed out of a passion for quality solid wood furniture. All of their furniture pieces are made from the finest hardwoods from around the World. They work tirelessly to ensure excellent customer focus and satisfaction and source only the finest hardwood furniture from established and reputable Suppliers and Manufacturers with a proven track record. If you would like further information about the range of hardwood furniture available from Signature then you can contact them via the Signature Hardwood Furniture website.

 

Synergy Double Glazed Windows and Doors

Synergy Windows and Doors

We all know the benefits of double glazed windows. They can lock in heat and retain an excellent temperature within your home. They can lock out cold gusts from coming in, and do a wonderful job at keeping your home cosy and warm.

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However, did you know that our series of double glazed windows and doors aren’t just practical, but beautiful too? Whenever you think of double-glazed windows, you’re probably thinking of white-framed square windows. While these are practical, they mightn’t suit your home’s design. With our extensive range of windows and doors on offer, the practicality of double glazing meets the beauty of design. By combining aesthetics with practicality, you can get double-glazed windows that retain heat and look beautiful too. We have Georgian windows with traditional beauty, colored frame windows, and contemporary French doors.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at four types which encompass double glazing and beautiful design.

1. Georgian Windows: Traditional, yet Beautiful

If you’re looking for something more traditional, these windows are perfect for you. If you adore elegance and want a stylish look, the Georgian bars add a touch of newfound beauty.

These windows retain traditional aesthetics that have been a part of many British homes for centuries, and carry that into the future with their heat-retaining technology. They take the best from the past and fuse that tradition with modern technology, to create a type of window that will last for decades.

While adoring these windows’ traditional beauty, we mustn’t forget that they are also double-glazed. They also have an A-rating in the windows energy ratings scheme.

We can manufacture the windows to fit any shape or size, and the Georgian bars will fit wonderfully with most house designs.

2. PVC-U Coloured Windows: PVC Windows With A Twist

Whenever you think of PVC-U windows, you probably think of white-framed windows. It’s certainly true that in the past, PVC window frames couldn’t have wood finishes, for example. The only finishes available were white, and that greatly limited freedom in choosing new designs.

Many people turned to wooden frames for colourful frames. Wooden frames aren’t as durable and long-lasting as PVC frames, so they didn’t last as long as PVC-U frames.

However, today, our PVC-U window frames are available in 13 colours. This gives you flexibility and choice. You can choose from several colours and finishes, from oak shades to cream varieties.

3. French Doors: Practicality With Beauty

These doors might be double-glazed, but they come in a variety of beautiful designs. Capturing the essence of traditional design with modern vibes, these doors bring a wave of new energy to any home. The doors are specially designed so that they let in the most light possible. Their brilliant functionality makes it simple to open and close these doors, so they’re perfect for families. By placing a set of French doors in your kitchen, you can bring some fresh outdoor scenery into your kitchen, while also making it easy to step outside.

There’s no need to worry about losing any heat, either! These doors are specially double-glazed to ensure that all the home’s heat is locked in and that none escapes outside.

Perhaps, what is greatest of all about these doors is the freedom of choice. You can choose from so many designs and each design is as unique as the next. If you like doors with thin horizontal bars, or doors with a special frame finish, we have a set of French doors to suit your needs.

4. Stable Doors: Refreshingly Unique

These doors can breathe a wave of fresh air into your house. Even just looking at the bright colour and the unique design is an experience in itself.

These doors are becoming increasingly popular, not just with countryside cottages, but with townhouses. Their country house charm have allured thousands of homeowners across North Yorkshire, and this design is continuing to make waves across the UK.

You have plenty of choice when selecting colour. You can choose from red, blue, or green. If you’re looking for a unique finish, we also have Golden Oak and Rosewood available.

You can also choose which slab design you’d like. In the door’s middle, you can have a square, rectangle, or diamond-shaped piece of glass. This piece of glass helps focus the visitor’s energy on the door and on what lies within. The glass also refreshes the eye and stands out within the traditional wood finish.

Final Thoughts

Double-glazed windows and doors have finally become a staple product in the UK, but homeowners have the perception that they can’t have freedom when it comes to a window frame’s colour, finish or texture. We hope that this article has helped you take a look at our windows and doors which are as alluring as they are practical. All of the windows and doors we sell are double-glazed, but we also sell triple-glazed windows too.

Contact Synergy Windows

So if you are looking for ways to improve your home why not think about getting in touch with Synergy Windows to find out more about what they have to offer their customers in the North East. Call today on 01325 527538 or visit the Synergy Windows website and check out the great range of double glazed windows, doors and conservatories they have on offer.

Searching for Crane Hire in the North East

Searching for Crane Hire In Newcastle & the North East
If you require the use of a crane to complete extensive building works, move heavy machinery, carry out recovery works or for any other reason at all it is definitely worth considering contacting Synergy Lifting one of the most reliable and flexible crane hire services in Newcastle.

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With a great twenty four hour service which operates every single day of the year, a rapid response service if you require emergency assistance and many conveniently placed offices they are guaranteed to reach you no matter where you are, regardless of the time of day or night.

So why use Synergy Lifting Crane Hire Service?

◾ Experience – highly experienced directors and management who understand the expectations and requirements involved in the construction and industrial sector.
◾ Qualifications – fully qualified site operatives including appointed persons, crane supervisors, slinger signallers and riggers.
◾ Rapid Response – enquiries and requests for site visits/surveys dealt with immediately, with quotations on the same day if required.
◾ Areas Covered – United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide if required.
◾ Availability – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year service.
◾ Multi-disciplined Services – in house project management team and a skilled, multi-disciplined workforce capable of carrying out complete turnkey projects for the construction and industrial sector

Certification and Standards:

◾ ISO 9001 – covers continuous improvement of service quality to meet customer requirements.
◾ ISO 14001 – covers control of environmental impact and improvement of environmental performance.
◾ OHSAS 18001 – covers the policies, procedures and controls needed for health and safety best practice.

Synergy Lifting aims to deliver a top quality level of service to every customer for a competitive price, they manage to achieve this by offering a wide range of services that can accommodate all lifting needs including crane hire, contract lifting, steelwork solutions and asset recovery among many others. Combined with the hands-on approach to work taken by managers and directors so they really understand the needs of their business they are able to achieve really high levels of customer satisfaction, along with building a successful business.

With a friendly and professional team of fully qualified expert staff, no matter what your needs are you can be certain that you will receive a great service from beginning to end even if you are just planning to hire a crane itself. If you want to hire a team to carry out work for you at Synergy Lifting they are more than happy to supply you with any help you need with a range of fully trained riggers, appointed persons, crane supervisors and slinger signallers and a strong in house project management team they will be able to ensure that your job will be completed to a very high standard with the minimum of fuss.

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At Synergy Lifting they take looking after the environment seriously and are constantly finding ways to minimise the impact that the work they carry out has. With waste reduction initiatives along with responsible disposal, ongoing training and investment into improving practises they do everything they can to go above and beyond legal expectations, so you can be sure they are a responsible choice.

With a high level of certification and a great range of multi-disciplined services on offer why not contact Synergy Lifting for a free, no obligation quote if you require mobile crane hire in or around the Newcastle area, no matter how large or small you job may be let them take the weight from you mind with their excellent lifting services, you may be surprised to find how simple and affordable it can be. For further information call today on 01325 527 888 or visit our Synergy Lifting Crane Hire website.

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation
If you are a new business and you want to make sure that you website is a success it may be a good idea to consider using the services of a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you.

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Making sure that your website gets seen by potential customers or investors that will be interested in the goods or services that your business provides is a potential hurdle that every business faces regardless of their size or length of time within their industry, however with the correct skills and knowledge any website can really improve its chances of considerably raising its online profile.

By employing techniques such as search engine optimisation (SEO) Direct Submit can help you to reach the top pages of results produced by search engines such as Google, so people who are looking for the products or services that you provide are likely to find your page quickly and easily.  This is a particularly effective method and popular of internet marketing because not only does it send more traffic to your website, the traffic that is generated is much more likely to be well targeted to your business and doesn’t require the use of any expensive and time consuming advertising campaigns. As SEO can be a time consuming process that requires a lot of research, maintenance and adjustments to your website to be truly worthwhile so using the service of internet marketing company can be a really sensible investment.

Any new business takes up a lot of time and requires a lot of work so why not let a professional with all the required knowledge and expert skills required to do a to quality job do it for you so you can pay your attention to other, more immediate aspects of your business.  At Direct Submit they offer all service with very flexible terms giving you the option to simply hire them to set the initial process up or to continue to benefit from their support by taking advantage of the excellent maintenance and performance review services that are on offer as well.

At Direct Submit they are happy to offer help, advice and services to any businesses that are just starting out, no matter how large or small, with the skills and expertise to help any website become a success they will be able to offer you an effective internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to your businesses individual needs by taking in to account other details such as location, customer target group, special offers, awards or achievements and many other factors.

With a friendly, efficient and flexible approach to all their customers you will be definitely be pleased with the results that Direct Submit can create for you. So if you want your new business to be seen online and have the best possible start why not talk to one of the friendly and fully trained team at Direct Submit to find out how they could help your company’s website boost its online profile?

No matter what products or services you sell you can be certain that they will be able to offer your service and excellent service that generates real results, check out their great past customer testimonials to see how many people have been left satisfied with the service they provide.

Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the North East and the UK. Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success. To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or email us on mail@directsubmit.co.uk. We look forward to your call.

Is your website Optimised or are you just being Optimistic?

Is your website Optimised or are you just being Optimistic?
For many businesses the focus when starting out on their Internet campaign is the design of a great looking website, a website that not only looks good but also reflects the right image for the business.

directsubmitlogoHowever, it is also very important that the company website lists well in the major search engines and many businesses quickly move to measuring the value of their website in terms of the number of visitors to the website. Why, because what is the point of having a great looking website if no one can find it and it attracts only minimal traffic.

 

Businesses quickly become aware that increased levels of traffic can potentially lead to potential for increased sales and market profile.

One thing to consider is that over 80% of all Internet traffic comes from the major search engines with Google, Yahoo and MSN currently responsible for the vast majority of all Internet traffic. With such an overwhelming amount of traffic coming from the search engines, it makes sense to put a lot of effort getting your website noticed.

Regardless of how you measure the success of your website, the bottom line is that to succeed on the Internet you are going to have to bring more visitors that are looking for the information, content and/or products that you are providing.

For further information on how we can make your website work harder for you, call us today on 0845 27272350 or visit the Direct Submit Internet Marketing website.

Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Gown

Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Gown
One of the most frustrating things a plus-size bride-to-be regularly faces when planning her wedding is the suggestion that she should be, well, thinner. The sample size dress in a typical bridal shop is more likely to be an 8 or 10 than a 14 or 16, which complicates the selection and fitting process.

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It’s common for brides-to-be of any size to bemoan their prenuptial weight and to go on a crash diet and exercise binge in order to lose as much weight as possible so that they can be slim and svelte in their wedding gown – and to have some room for error when the eating and drinking on their honeymoon begins. Before you invest an exorbitant amount of money in a personal trainer, remember that he asked you to marry him with you looking just the way you do now. Instead of trying too hard to be someone you’re not on your wedding day, resolve to find the wedding dress that will show everyone just how beautiful you are right now!

For a beautiful look on your wedding day – and photos to prove it – keep these tips in mind for buying plus-size wedding dresses:

Choose your salesperson Plus-size women the world over have horror stories about going into a bridal shop to look at wedding dresses and suffering the humiliation of a salesperson asking the bride if she plans to lose weight before the wedding. Make no mistake: salespeople who take the Panglossian view – that you should reshape yourself to fit the dress rather than vice-versa – has no place in the bridal wear industry. Think of your wedding dress purchase as you would the purchase of a new car: it’s a major investment, and you need and deserve a competent and agreeable salesperson who understands your needs and will guide you toward the dress that it is a perfect fit for you.

Wear wedding day undergarments to the dress fitting
Now that you’ve found the right shop and salesperson to guide you through the process of choosing a dress and having it fitted, make sure to make the most of the fitting experience so that your dress will look absolutely perfect on your wedding day. If you are planning to wear a strapless bra, any type of bra for extra support or a girdle on your wedding day, wear them to the fitting so that all the measurements for your dress will take them into account and so that the fit will be just right.

Take a friend to the Bridal Wear Fitting
Similar to making a car purchase, it is often helpful to bring a knowledgeable and trusted friend with you to the bridal shop. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend as honest as the ladies from What Not to Wear, bring her with you by all means. The only worse experience than having a negative, body-shaming salesperson is one who is so eager to make a sale that she will tell you whatever she thinks you want to hear about a dress that doesn’t necessarily suit you. Your friend knows you as well as the salesperson knows the selection of available wedding gowns, so let her feedback help you with the decision-making process.

For plus-size brides-to-be in the UK, shopping for bridal wear has just gotten a whole lot easier. Just the Way You Are is located in Newcastle and specialises in plus-size wedding dresses and bridal wear. Let our friendly staff assist you in choosing from our range of dresses designed to flatter plus-size women and guide you through the fitting process so that you can look and feel more beautiful and confident on your wedding day than you have ever felt in your life.

For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect wedding dress for you, visit the Just the Way You Are bridal Store website today.

Improve Your New Home with Plantation Shutters

Improve Your New Home with Plantation Shutters
So you’ve just bought and moved into your new home. Congratulations! Now that all the headaches leading up to closing are behind you, it’s time to begin your new life in a home that you can now call your own.

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Since most homes do not come with window treatments of any kind, this is one of many design decisions that you will have to make. While blinds are standard in bedrooms, you may find it worthwhile to dress up the windows in the main living space a bit more, particularly if you expect to do a lot of entertaining. In living rooms and perhaps even the dining room and kitchen, you can create an elegant yet homey look by installing plantation shutters.

For every home and every homeowner, there are suitable plantation shutters. If your new neighbours seem to be all of two metres away when you look out the window, consider café-style plantation shutters. The great thing about café-style shutters is that they allow you to keep the bottom windows covered and the upper ones open, allowing light to come in without sacrificing privacy.

If you work a late-night job, on the other hand, you might do better to install full-height or solid-style plantation shutters so that you can block out the most light possible during daylight hours so that you can have adequate rest. These are just two ways you can make your new home look fabulous by adding texture and depth with the added practicality of not having to worry about nosy neighbours or air leaks around windows.

The Beautiful Shutter Company has been producing and installing plantation shutters in homes across the UK for years. Our years of experience and commitment to providing a high-quality product will ensure that your home is outfitted with plantation shutters that suit your exact requirements.

For more information or to book your home appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit www.thebeautifulshuttercompany.com

Synergy Windows Double Glazed Windows

Five Types of Windows We Sell At Synergy Windows
Here at Synergy Windows, we sell and fit a variety of windows, conservatories and doors, based in Darlington. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of our most popular windows available at Synergy Windows. Whether you’re looking for windows with a grand and long-lasting design, or windows which focus on energy ratings – we’ve definitely got windows which will suit your current needs.

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1. Aluminum Windows

If you’re looking for windows that are resistant to corrosion and rusting, these windows are for you! Aluminium windows are great for those that want to focus on aesthetics. The aluminium lines the windows in thin strips, so this means that less of the frame is visible, and more glass can be shown. If you’re not a huge fan of thick frames which obscure glass, you’ve found your perfect window match here.

Again, these windows have another aesthetic benefit. You can choose from a variety of colours, over 200 colours, to be precise! The frame is coated with a special polyester powder coat finish, giving it that extra edge over other window frames. The finish ensures that the colour will endure for decades and survive even the harshest of weathers.

2. Artisan Colour Range

Whilst most of the windows we see in Britain are white, you can definitely start taking a look at our artisan colour range. We have a variety of colours and finishes, from beautiful woodgrain to coloured woodgrain finishes also. These are exciting new frames which can match your furniture or kitchen countertops, for example.

If you have a blue countertop, perhaps a blue window frame would match well with it. You can really mix and match with your house furniture, and with the colour of the window frames. They can add a personalized and unique touch to both your house’s exterior and interior.

3. PVC-U Casement Windows

Casement windows are the latest windows to use pioneering technological and engineering design, to help make your home more energy friendly. These windows are “A-Rated” meaning that they can help to retain heat within the home and prevent cold air from getting into your home. These windows are designed for the practical homeowner, who is conscious of windows which don’t just look stylish, but also help to retain heat within the home. They are extremely secure and have a “Secured By Design” certification. No burglar can get in through your windows, that’s for sure!

However, it’s not just the practicality and security that these windows provide. They also can please those that love aesthetics, as they come in a wide variety of colour finishes.

4. PVC-U Vertical Slash Windows

These windows are unique in design as they provide a different take on traditional window design. These windows are compact and are of an excellent shape, for those who want compact but practical windows. Usually, with wood or other PVC windows, it is difficult to maintain vertical slash windows because of their shape and because of friction. However, our windows use PVC-U which makes them easy to slide in and out and this means they are super easy to maintain and keep in the same functioning shape as they always were.

We also provide a wide variety of colour finishes for these windows. You may like a traditional woodgrain-style finish or a more modern and smooth “Cream” finish. Whatever your preferences, we have got seven finishes, giving you lots of flexibility and choice.

These windows are A-Rated, meaning they provide superb energy ratings and can help to reduce heat loss in the home, or almost eliminate it entirely. They use pioneering engineering design to achieve this, and this means that they can cut down your energy bills, or at least, keep them down!

5. Georgian PVC-U Windows

These windows combine aesthetics and traditional style, with practicality and excellent energy ratings. You may have seen Georgian windows in many soaps and even, houses across the country and it’s no wonder that they are the nation’s favourite choice of window. They echo a sentiment of nostalgia, as many houses from our childhood have incorporated Georgian windows into their design.

These windows give you lots of flexibility and choice, because the Georgian bars can fit into many window shapes and their elegance and beauty will stand the test of time. The universal design is not only ethereal, it will also last you for decades, and still remain as fresh and beautiful as the day you bought them.

Not only that, but these windows have excellent energy ratings, as they are “A-Rated”, making sure that your home will remain energy friendly for decades to come.

Final Thoughts

Choosing which windows to purchase can be a hard decision, but this article will have provided you with a few of our more popular window designs. If you’d like a quote, make sure to check out our Instant Online Quote wizard, which will help you gauge pricing. We are always here to support you in your decision and in the purchasing process, so make sure to give us a call on 01325 527538 or visit the Synergy Windows website and we will be more than happy to help you.

A Designer Bathroom from PT Ranson

Modernise Your Home with a Designer Bathroom
If it has been a good few years since you moved into your current property and you are about ready to consider the various options for a bathroom remodel. The current options and trends may seem a little bit overwhelming – especially if your taste is very traditional. The good news, though, is that the décor of the newly remodelled bathroom need not match the rest of the house, so if you are planning a bathroom remodel, don’t feel compelled to also bring in an interior designer who can make the rest of your home look as modern as your new designer bathroom.

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Designer bathroom suppliers such as PT Ranson can supply luxurious bathrooms and showers by manufacturers including Crosswater Bathrooms and Hansgrohe Bathrooms.

It’s an accepted fact that bathrooms and kitchens are the most worthwhile investments for increasing your home’s value and increase the odds of a sale should you ever decide to put your property onto the housing market.

Consider Simple colour Schemes with optional contrast
While many 2016 home makeovers have been all about bright colours, kitchens and bathrooms are both lighter and more austere in terms of colour scheme. Not sure you like the idea of a mostly white and grey bathroom? Then simply add a few bold black accents – perhaps even a whirlpool bath! Intermittent black floor tiles and black fixtures will also stand out boldly against a white or off-white wall, as will any bright chrome fixtures or trim. The current trend is modern chic, maybe driven by the number of TV Home Improvement shows using this approach, so play around with contrast if that’s your preference.

Modern technology
One feature of today’s more modern ‘designer bathroom’ which may take some of the more traditional minded property owners by surprise is the incorporation of modern technology, including Bluetooth for wireless sound systems, LED lighting and more. LED lighting is becoming commonplace in new buildings and homes due to the drop in price over the last several years as well as the consumer expectation that conventional builders make an effort to increase the sustainability of their products.

The wireless sound system is a sign that Generation Y has arrived and made the incorporation of technology into all aspects of daily life a given rather than an extravagance. Don’t shrug it off as a fad; with future generations taking the latest technology for granted, it’s well worth your while now to begin outfitting your bathroom and other parts of your home to meet the audio-visual standards of today’s twenty-something who, in another ten years or so, might come around with a realtor helping her to find her future home.

Planning your Bathroom Remodel
When planning your bathroom remodel, be sure to find a reputable UK-based retailer that can provide the parts and installation to make the designer bathroom of your dreams a reality.

PT Ranson offers complete planning, delivery and installation services and will work with you from start to finish to provide you with the designer bathroom that meets your exact specifications at a reasonable price. A bathroom remodel is a major investment in your home, after all, and we want you to be certain that the sum you  invest today will result in a new look for your bathroom that you will love for years to come and that will leave you in a good position to sell if you ever decide to do so.

For more information or to request an initial consultation, call us today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Designer Bathrooms website.

Get a Great Deal with Northumbria Motors

Get a Great Deal with Northumbria Motors
Due to the on-going recession, more and more people are looking to buy used cars instead of new ones, with this type of ‘used car purchase’ becoming more popular than ever. Buying a car of any age is a major commitment, and for most of us, buying a used car will probably be the most expensive transaction we are ever likely to be involved in (apart from sorting a mortgage if you need one). With so many used car choices and dealers in the used car market it can be hard to pick the deal that will work best for you.

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Cars provoke emotional responses and buying a car, whether new or used, can be exciting. So choosing the right type of car is the first step towards easy and fulfilling car ownership. So put your rational head on and think carefully about what type of car you want, how much you can afford, and where you want to buy the used car from?

There are a number of things to consider when buying a used car: fuel economy, reliability of the vehicle, cost of ownership, features you need, how well the car will hold its value and how expensive will it be to insure it?

So what to look for when buying a used car?
Look for a car or model of vehicle that has good reputation for reliability and won’t lose its value too quickly. If you are buying a well-used second hand car this may not be that relevant. Check the cars overall condition and mileage and if you are on a budget, consider avoiding used luxury cars, as they could be very expensive to maintain.

A car with only one previous owner is probably the ideal, although as a car ages then it is likely to have had a few owners in its time. It’s great if the seller or dealer can show you the service records to verify that the car has been looked after and a low mileage would be a bonus. However, don’t put too much value on the mileage alone; as we are discussing buying a used car then the mechanical condition of the vehicle is more important.

When buying a used car don’t be put off by too much by minor cosmetic issues, such as dents or scratches, unless it really matters for you (although, obviously, it is best to avoid badly rusted cars). It’s more important for a car to be in a good mechanical shape, and if it has some minor blemishes, you may be able to use them to negotiate a reduction in the price. The condition of the interior usually says a lot about how a car has been looked after, look for excessive wear of the driver’s seat, steering wheel, driver’s door, carpets, controls and switches.

When it comes to buying a used car, the “best deal” doesn’t necessarily mean the cheapest deal! Identify a well maintained used car in good condition for a reasonable price that you can afford. You will almost certainly save on maintenance and repairs and enjoy the ownership experience. Like most things in life, if the car seems to be priced too low, there is probably something wrong with it.

How to know the ‘right’ price for a certain vehicle?
You can check the various guides available or the Internet value as a reference, but remember that these guides simply provide you an average price. The actual value of any used vehicle depends on its condition, options and many of the other factors listed previously.

For example, two cars of the same make and model may only look the same. However, one may have been poorly maintained and have no service history, with noisy engine that consumes oil, worn tyres and corrosion underneath. The owner of another vehicle might have been maintained to a much higher standard, have some service history and the bodywork and interior looked after. In this case, you would be right to pay more for the second car.

Buying a Used Car from a Dealer
It’s probably as important to “test-drive the sellers” as much as it is to test-drive the cars you’re interested in buying. Do you get any warranty with the vehicle? Does it come with an MOT? How long have the dealers been in business? Used car dealers come and go, so it stands to reason that if a card dealership has lasted for many years then they must be offering a good product and providing good back up to the customers.

One such dealer in the North East of the UK is Northumbria Motors. When buying a used car it’s important you can trust the garage you’re buying it from. At Northumbria Car Sales they are a family run business, serving the Newcastle, Gateshead and North East regions, and have been established in the same location for over 20 years. All of the used cars on offer for sale are fully serviced by a trained team of professional mechanics, giving you the peace of mind that you’re making an investment which you can rely on.

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A Guaranteed Car Finance Scheme
Also, if you can’t get finance but need a car to get around, why not ask about our ‘promtpay’ unique guaranteed car finance scheme? It’s a “pay to drive system” available on lower priced cars (T&C apply). This has helped many people to get back on the road where previously they had been refused car finance.

So now that you have a good idea of what kind of car best fits your needs and budget, and where to look, you can start the search for your perfect used car. And remember, successful used car buyers can be equally as happy with their used car purchase as new car buyers are with a new vehicle.

For more information on how you could drive away a new car today, please call 0191 488 3176 or visit the Northumbria Cars Website who have been supplying quality used cars throughout the North East for over a decade now. You won’t be disappointed.