How To Apply U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray

How To Apply U-POL Raptor Truck Bed

Liner Spray.

More than just a Bed Liner: U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray makes an excellent sound deadener under or inside vehicles. Waterproof material stays flexible and reduces road noise and vibration plus looks great.
It can be used over a multitude of surfaces and tintable RAPTOR can be tinted to any color of your choice, with the ability to create both smooth and textured finishes. RAPTOR is used for 4×4, automotive restoration, off-road, marine, agricultural machinery and general industry.

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U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray:

A 2-component urethane system designed for application directly to most original manufacturers’ paint finishes or any self-etching primer surface. Dries rapidly and protects against rust corrosion UV damage and extreme temperatures while resisting stains and abrasion.

U-POL Raptor Truck Bed liner

 

Durable

Provides tough mechanical damage and stain resistant surface.
Protects against rust, corrosion and extreme temperatures.

UV Resistant

Delivers the highest level of fade protection. 

Waterproof

Provides a water tight seal, keeping moisture out and eliminating the chance for rust.

Sound Deadener

Flexible and reduces noise and vibrations. 

Resistant

Resistant against fuels, hydraulic oils, animal urine, salt water and more.

QUICK & EASY TO USE

Easy as Fill-Shake-Shoot.

No spray booth required.

Dries quickly.

Can be applied with excellent adhesion across many substrates.

Can be applied with Schutz Gun, HVLP gun, roller or brush.

(The higher the pressure the smoother the finished texture will be.)

Equipment You Will Need For Application.

  • Latex or Nitrile gloves,
  • Safety glasses,
  • Particle mask or respirator,
  • Masking Tape and polythene or newspaper,
  • Tack rags,
  • Gun wash or something similar,
  • An air compressor,
  • DA (Dual action sander) or wet and dry paper.

How To Apply U-POL Raptor Bed Liner.

Surface Preparation:

  • Remove dirt and debris.
  • Clean and degrease the surface with the tack rags and gun wash.
  • Sand down the surface using 120 grit paper, until there are no more shiny parts.
  • Clean the surface once more.

Applying the U-POL Raptor Bed Liner.

  • Mix the liquids as per instructions on the box.
  • Shake the product for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and attach the Schutz gun.
  • Adjust the inlet pressure to get the desired texture.
  • Hold the gun approximately 24 inches from the surface.
  • Apply the Raptor in a sweeping motion, to obtain the build and texture that you are looking for.
  • If you are wanting to add an extra coat to add build, wait at least 60 minutes.

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Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on a vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local paint shop or body work repair.
Always follow U-Pol’s health and safety guidelines and instructions.

 

How To Use Tec4 Diesel Fuel Saver Service Kit

TEC4 Diesel Fuel Saver

Cleaning your vehicles diesel system no longer has to cost you a fortune and a trip to your local garage. Find out How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner below.

If you’ve never cleaned your diesel system before, it can be quite daunting.

That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil and clean your vehicles diesel system.

Diesel Fuel Saver Kit

How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner

Cleaning your diesel system & changing your oil is much simpler than many think.
Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 5 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil

How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner

First And Foremost, Preparation:

  • A Full Tank of Fuel
  • Buy Morris oil from Milner’s 
  • Buy Quality oil filter, sump plug and sump plug washer from Milner’s
  • Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner
  • Have the suitable tools & equipment: Socket set, Jack, axle stands,  Funnel & a drain pan to catch your old oil in.
  • Jack up your vehicle so you have enough access to the sump. Resting them onto the axle stands (Jacking points can be found in your owners manual)

Adding The Tec4 Oil System Cleaner:

  • Remove the oil cap from the top of your engine and add the 400ml Oil system cleaner.
  • Idle the engine for 10-15 minutes, then turn off engine.
  • Now you can start the oil drain.

Starting The Oil Drain:

  • Locate the drain plug.
  • Put drain pan under located drain plug.
  • Get your socket hook onto drain plug and turn anticlockwise (Lefty loosey and righty tighty).
  • Wait for all the oil to drain from the sump.
  • Screw in your new sump plug and sump plug washer and tighten it with your socket wrench. (remember not to over tighten)

Changing The Oil Filter:

  • Locate your oil filter and unscrew. (ensure drain pan is under the oil filter as oil may leak)
  • Where possible pre-oil the filter, use your funnel and fill with your new oil.
  • Screw on the new filter and tighten by hand.
  • Wipe down the filter and the oil sump, this way you can see if there may have been any leaks or where it is leaking from.

Adding New Oil:

  • Locate and unscrew the oil cap.
  • Place your funnel into the hole.
  • Pour in the recommended quantity of oil.
  • Screw the oil cap back on.
  • Lower the car back down off the jack stands and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Pull out the dipstick, clean it off with a rag or paper towel. Re insert dipstick and pull back out.
  • The oil should now be reading between low and high on the dipstick.

**Please make sure you dispose of your old oil responsibly, not sure where to take it? Here is a handy link, just enter your postcode: Where To Take Old Oil <—

Now For The Diesel System Cleaner:

All you need to do here is add the 400ml bottle of Diesel System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank. Simple.

How Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner Works

  • Once injected into the fuel tank, the Tec4 Diesel system cleaner gets straight to work cleaning your fuel pump.
  • As the diesel system cleaner makes its way through the fuel injector, it begins to clean and remove any contamination that has built up.
  • When it enters the chamber it atomizes into a fine gas cleaning the Inlet valves, exhaust valves & piston rings.
  • Then the product exits the combustion chamber, it cleans and removes the contamination that has built up on the lambda sensor and EGR valve.
  • All the contamination is then safely removed through the exhaust.
  • The result is a clean fuel system that is 100% efficient.

 

The Benefits Of Using Fuel Saver Service Kit:

  • The improvement in fuel economy is between 10% – 15% A saving for the average motorist of between £200 to £300 per year.
  • Cleans internal engine components and provided anti-wear protection.
  • Neutralizes harmful acid build up
  • Frees sticking valves, hydraulic valve lifters and piston rings.
  • Stabilizes cylinder compression and restores lost power.
  • Restores injector spray pattern
  • Reduces exhaust emissions
  • Promotes efficient combustion – resulting in improved fuel economy.
  • Comes with a 21-day satisfaction guarantee.

Also available for Petrol Vehicles.  Tec4 Petrol Fuel Saver Kit 

  • TEC4 Recommend to use the product on a yearly basis.

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

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How To Reset Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

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Shop Nissan Qashqai Parts[/button]Own a Nissan Qashqai and need to reset your service light? If yes, you’re in the right place – Milner Off Road has got you covered.

In this post, we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can reset your service light in just a matter of seconds.

Reset Your Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

  • If your ignition is on, turn it off and then back on
  • Press the right button next to your speedometer until you reach the settings section
  • Once you reach the settings section, keep the button pressed until a new menu appears
  • Twist the button to scroll to the “maintenance” category
  • Press the button, and scroll down to the “Service” category
  • Press the button again and scroll down to the “Reset” option
  • Once on the “Reset” option, press the button
  • Turn the ignition off, then on and your service indicator light should now be turned off.

This should turn off your service indicator.

Or you can watch the video below by Christopher Thomas.

Please note, we only advise you do this after your Nissan Qashqai has been for a service.

Why Do I Need To Reset Nissan Qashqai Service Indicator

If you have had your Nissan Qashqai serviced, then you shouldn’t need to reset your Nissan Qashqai service indicator.

However, even after you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, sometimes the light won’t always go off, often leaving you confused and debating whether or not the people you paid to service your vehicle, have actually done anything.

Well, sometimes the light can take a couple of attempts to turn it off.

So, if you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, and the light hasn’t turned off, simply follow the guide above.

Nissan Qashqai Service Intervals

We recommend you give your Nissan Qashqai a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first.

Why do we recommend giving your vehicle a full service every year?

A full service every year helps reduce the risk of your vehicle breaking down and can help maintain the value of your car.

Servicing your car regularly can also save you money at the petrol station. New air and oil filters ensure a smoother running engine – therefore giving you a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

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Find a reputable garage to have your Qashqai serviced today, here – https://www.nissan-aftersales.co.uk/services/book-a-service

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4×4 Driving Tips

4x4 Driving Tips

4×4 Driving Tips: The Ultimate Guide

As some of you may be new to off roading and driving a 4×4 in general, we have put together this list of 4×4 driving tips to help get you started. We have also listed some essentials to take with you when off-roading at the bottom of the page.

4×4 enthusiasts all over the world know there are few better ways of having adrenaline packed and fun times than when you’re out off roading, this is also down to the fact that 4×4’s can take you most places other vehicles can’t. So, let’s see what types of terrain you can come up against and how you should take them on.

Off Road Terrains

Trail off roading. Mainly consisting of Gravel, grass and dry dirt. This is one of the simplest and safest types of off roading and is a good choice for beginners getting used to off roading. It is also a great way of testing your 4×4’s new parts or setup to see how your vehicle handles when it’is taken off of the British roads. We must stress, if you are a beginner please don’t attempt any steep climbs, unless your vehicle has been properly prepared, or you are off roading with an expert.

Sand driving. There aren’t too many places to do this legally in the UK, so please make sure you find somewhere that is legal and safe otherwise you could get in some serious trouble. Getting traction is always one of the main difficulties when driving on sand, so one of the first things you need to do is deflate your tyres to around 15-20psi. The reason for doing this is to allow the tyres to spread more and cover more surface area, this will allow for more grip. Once you get going, make sure you don’t stop. Momentum is key when driving on loose terrain, so make sure if you only stop if you have to.

How To 4×4 in Sand

  • Maintain a steady momentum to keep you moving.
  • When driving in sand, use a low gear.
  • Low tyre pressure often works best when driving on soft and/or stony sand.
  • If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.

Mud! Mud, can be one of the most frustrating terrains to drive on when you get stuck (which you will) the thing people do the most, is hit the loud pedal and just spin the wheels, and in most cases get themselves in more trouble. One way to prevent getting stuck in the mud is to keep moving, and if you feel like you’re beginning to get stuck, turn your wheel left and right and see where the grip is. If you do get stuck, try rocking your 4×4 back and forth, until you get enough momentum to get yourself out. Unfortunately, as many of you know this doesn’t always work, so you might have to get your friends to tow you out – all part of the fun.

How To 4×4 In Mud

  • Maintain a steady momentum to keep moving.
  • Don’t use a low gear, as this increases the chances of your wheels spinning.
  • If your wheels begin to spin, ease off your accelerator, and slow until your tyres begin to regain traction.

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Off-Roading Basics: 4×4 Driving Tips & Techniques

Understanding the basics of off-roading.

  • When driving through rough terrain, drive smoothly.
  • Ensure steering is precise.
  • Keep braking to a minimum – as alien that may sound, it’s the truth when off-roading.
  • When applying the throttle, apply it gently – you aren’t drag racing – and release it slowly. This avoids spinning your tyres.
  • Ensure you’re always in control of your 4×4.

How to overcome obstacles

  • When you’re approaching an obstacle such as a log, rocks or ditches, make sure you always have at least three wheels on the ground at all times.
  • Before taking on an obstacle, check your tyres are fully inflated.
  • When approaching a ridge, take it head on.

How to select the correct gear

ConditionsGear To Use
Sand3rd, 4th or 5th gear is often best on sandy tracks in low range.
Rocky TerrainLow range 1st gear is often best when off-roading on rocky terrain.
Soft TerrainWhen off-roading on soft terrain, low range 2nd or 3rd gear is best.
Climbing ObstaclesWhen climbing obstacles such as slopes, use the highest practical gear.
Descending ObstaclesWhen descending obstacles such as slopes, it’s often best to use low range 1st gear.
Icy TerrainWhen driving on icy terrain such as snow and ice, use the highest gear possible.
WadingWhen you’re wading, use low range 2nd gear for best results.

 

This is a rule of thumb and may depend on your vehicle.

Off Roading Essentials

Below, we have listed some essentials you must have when going out on an off-road adventure;

  1. Full tank of fuel
  2. Tow Rope
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Sat Nav or a Map
  5. Portable Air Compressor
  6. Spare Tyre and wheel changing kit
  7. Mobile Phone
  8. Water
  9. Food
  10. Shovel
  11. LED Light Bars
  12. Winch
  13. Fire Extinguishers

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Tow Bar Buying Guide

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The Ultimate Tow Bar Buying Guide

A tow bar for your car is one of the most essential accessories you could ever attach to your vehicle.

When it comes to off-roading or towing a caravan a tow bar can be extremely useful. However, when it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle there are many different types available, from detachable swan neck towbars to the fixed flange ball tow bar. But, which do you choose? Use this handy guide to help you, and view our range of tow bar accessories here.

What is a Tow Bar?

This is a question we get quite often here at Milner off Road.

A tow bar (tow hitch) is a device you attach to the chassis of your vehicle, allowing you to tow other vehicles, trailers, caravans, horseboxes and so on.

How To Choose The Right Tow Bar For Your Car?

When it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle, there are many things you need to bear in mind, such as knowing the make, model, year of your vehicle, and your driver’s licence.

You also need to know where the tow points are located on your car (usually found in your cars owners manual). Once you have all this information, you need to know the different types of tow bars available to buy.


Different Types of Tow Bars For Cars Available

Towbars come in various types and have several uses, Tow bars can be used to tow a non-functioning vehicle to a mechanic or back home. The most popular tow bars in the UK and Europe can be seen below. There are other tow bars not mentioned in the list below.

Car-Mounted Tow Bars

Car-mounted tow bars used to be the motoring industry standard for a long time. Car-mounted tow bars were the first self-aligning, foldable bars, and the majority of them have a quick release system making them easy and fast to setup.

Rigid Tow Bars

Also known as A-frame tow bars because of their triangular shape, are a removable, welded, inexpensive, lightweight and solid tow bar solution. Rigid tow bars are a good option if the use is not for more than a few times a year. This is because this type of tow hitch is hard for the driver to align the vehicle properly for towing as it is supposed to be at a precise location.

Flange Ball Tow Bars

The flange ball tow bar is an inexpensive tow bar that can function with ease with most tow bar accessories. This type of towbar has a tow ball mounted on a tow bar and is attached to the towing vehicle with bolts.

Self-Aligning Tow Bars

Just like rigid tow bars, self-aligning tow bars require manual hooking up, but as they are self-aligning they easily adjust to the position of the vehicle. These tow bars are a good option for frequent towing connection, disconnection, and reconnection.

Please note that not all styles of towbar are available for every vehicle. Visit our online shop to select your vehicle to see tow bars available.



Know How Much Your Vehicle(s) Towing Capacity

We often get asked here at Milner Off Road how much weight a specific vehicle can tow?

Knowing how much your vehicle can tow is essential for your vehicle, safety, and for legal and insurance purposes.

How Much Can My Vehicle Tow?

To find out how much your car can tow, locate your owner’s handbook or go to your cars manufacturers website, however, only take these as a guide.

To know your vehicles true towing capacity, locate your vehicles VIN Plate (Vehicle Identification Number Plate) which will have the exact towing capacity figure stamped on it.

Your VIN Plate can often be found under the bonnet or on a door pillar of your vehicle. The location of your VIN Plate will be in your owners manual.

Once you have located your VIN Plate, you will see either 3 or 4 sets of weight, these numbers determine to authorities whether your vehicle is over-laden. See the example image below.

VIN Plate
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As you can see from the example above, this VIN Plate has 4 lines of numbers.

Top Line – 2505kg = Gross vehicle weight – the maximum allowable mass (MAM) of the vehicle including occupants, fuel and payload.

Second Line – 4200kg = Gross train weight – the combined maximum allowable mass of your vehicle and trailer.

The Bottom Two Lines – 1250kg & 1350kg = Maximum axle loads front and rear respectively.

To figure out the manufacturer’s recommended maximum towing capacity for your vehicle. You have to subtract the gross vehicle weight from the gross train weight. In this example, it will be

4200kg – 2505kg1695kg maximum towing capacity.



Tow Bar Uses

There are many uses for a tow bar. Some of the most common tow bar uses are to tow caravans, boats, trailers, and other cars. A good tow bar is an extremely versatile tool to have.



EU Tow Bar Requirements

On the 1st August 1998, the European Union set laws requiring all car tow bars and tow hitches to meet standards set in their 94/20/EC directive.

This directive states the ISO standard tow ball must have a 50-millimetre (5-centimetre) diameter and complies with the BS AU 113b standard. These are the same standards that exist throughout the world, with the exception of North America.

There are two categories of ISO tow balls within this standard.

  1. Flange Fitting.
  2. Swan-neck fitting.

The swan-neck has an extended neck which fits into the tow bracket and is a removable device. The swan-neck eliminates the inconvenience of a tow ball which protrudes from the rear of the vehicle when not in use.

This directive leads to manufacturers developing retractable two balls which can be stored underneath the vehicle when it is not in use.

If your car was first used before 1 August 1998, your tow bar doesn’t need to be type-approved.



UK Legal Requirements For Towing

As long as you comply with the rules and regulations set in place to maintain safety standards, it is perfectly legal to tow trailers, caravans, vehicles, horse boxes and so on in the UK. When it comes to buying your tow bar, there are several checks to make regarding your vehicle, the tow bar, and your own driving license.

Tow Bar Design

When purchasing your tow bar, you must make sure your potential tow bar complies with EU regulations.

If you choose to use a tow bar which is not designed to meet with EU regulations, then you could a face a fine and may even render your insurance invalid in the event of an accident.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

Towing Mirrors

When towing, if your mirror visibility is blocked by your trailer or caravan, this puts both you and other road users in danger. Therefore, it is illegal to drive without proper towing mirrors when towing on British roads.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get 3 penalty points for towing without proper towing mirrors.

Brakes – Trailer or Caravan

When towing your trailer or caravan, it must have a working braking system if it weighs over 750kg when it’s loaded.

All brake systems on trailers and caravans must be fully functional.

When towing a trailer or caravan, you must use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling in case the trailer becomes detached from your vehicle.

Number Plates

When towing, you must display the same number plate on your trailer as on your towing vehicle.

If you’re towing more than one trailer at a time, fix the number plate to the trailer at the back.

Width Restrictions

The maximum width for any trailer or caravan that is being towed in the UK is 2.55 metres.

The maximum length for a trailer is 7 metres.

If you purchase a trailer larger than 7 metres – and tow it using your vehicle – you will be liable for any fines or punishments incurred.

Always check the length of your trailer before purchasing.

Driving License

In the UK, any driver who wishes to tow a vehicle must hold a full and valid driving license (Learners are not permitted to drive vehicles towing trailers or caravans).

There are three different classes of driving licenses which will affect your eligibility to tow a trailer or caravan.

If your driving licence has been issued after 19th January 2013 and is for category b vehicles only, you will only be able to tow small trailers which weigh less than 750 kilogrammes as long as the total weights of the trailer and the vehicle used to tow do not exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.

If you acquired your driving license between 1st January 1997 and 19th January 2013 you are legally able to drive a towing vehicle weighing 3,500 kilogrammes towing a trailer of up to 750 kilogrammes. You must also tow a trailer weighing more than 750 kilogrammes if the towing vehicle and trailer combined don’t exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.

If you acquired your driving license before 1st January 1997, you may be permitted to drive towing vehicles with a combined weight of vehicle and trailer of up to 8.25 tonnes.

If you gained your drivers license after the 19th January 2013 you have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.


Milner Off Road Disclaimer

The information in this guide is intended as a guide. It is as accurate at the time of publication as the editor is able to make it. Neither the Editor nor Milner Off Road nor any other person or company associated with the production of this guide accepts any responsibility for any inaccuracies which may be in the text.

It is the responsibility of any person wishing to depend on the facts contained in the Milner Off Road’s website to check for themselves with original documentation or any updating regulations, instruments or changes in the law.

Purchased your tow bar? Make sure you give our ultimate list of caravan towing tips a read before you set off.

6 Simple Tricks To Save Over £200 On Your Car Insurance Premium

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How To Make Car Insurance Cheaper

Without doubt, car insurance is one of the biggest costs any motorist will ever face.

Initial premiums can financially cripple new drivers, and although it tends to drop with age, we all still usually recoil in horror when we see that yearly renewal figure.

This leaves millions of motorists all across the country asking the same question.

Why Is My Car Insurance So High?

There are a wide range of reasons why your car insurance may be higher than you would think reasonable.

If you’re young or a new driver, then it’s likely due to inexperience – insurance companies think you’re more likely to crash, and therefore demand higher prices.

Meanwhile, more experienced drivers can see premiums rise for a wide range of reasons, including changing car, and general price rises from increased numbers on the road.

Unfortunately, this is only going to get worse too.

A recent Government ruling means that from 20th March 2017, the average insurance premium is set to rise by around £75 for all drivers. This is to cover the increasing amounts paid out to those who are injured in road incidents.

This is expected to hit 36 million UK motorists, with under 22’s facing the worst potential damage, with premium rises of as much as £1,000.

As much as many loathe to pay it, it has to be said though that car insurance is incredibly useful – and also a requirement of UK law, and therefore has to be paid for.

That doesn’t mean that you have to pay through the nose every year, though – there are ways to bring the costs down.

How To Get Car Insurance Cheaper – 6 Simple Tricks That Can Save You over £200

Using our own experiences, and those of others we have spoken to, we have compiled a collection of simple ways that you can significantly reduce the cost of your next insurance premium for your car or 4×4.

Read on to find out more.

1) Use Occupations For Cheap Car Insurance

Car insurance companies ask for so many details – from what car you have to how far you drive it and where you’re going to park it – that you may not realise the importance of some of the “lesser” fields on the form, and occupation is one of these.

The truth is, though, that “Occupation” can impact your premium by up to £100.

A study by Go Compare showed that those who chose “Chef” as their occupation saw their costs soar by £98 compared to those who instead chose “Kitchen Staff”.

The same is true for music teachers, who pay £86 more than regular teachers, and this is consistent throughout a range of different job titles.

Next time you’re browsing car insurance quotes, take your time to look through all of the occupations listed and see if there are multiple that could be applied to what it is that you do. You may be shocked by the variation in prices that you find.

Please note, it classes as fraud if you outright lie about your occupation on an insurance form, so please do not put Builder if you’re a Doctor or anything along those lines.

2) Pay Annually, Not Monthly

Understandably, not everyone can afford to pay for their insurance up front, however, if you can then it is definitely recommended.

By paying the whole amount for the year, rather than breaking it down to monthly payments, you remove the need to pay interest on each instalment.

This could save up to £62 per premium according to a study by Money Supermarket.

3) Haggle

You may think that the idea of haggling with a salesperson from a multi-million-pound company may sound crazy, but it can actually work.

Just because your insurance company has sent you a certain figure in your renewal, this doesn’t mean that this is the price that you have to pay.

Do a little bit of research on price comparison websites, find some cheaper quotes, and give your existing provider a call.

Once they hear that you’ve considering joining a competitor for less, you’ll be surprised at the amount of “Loyalty discounts” they can offer you to match the price.

We’ve all had success with this in the past, but even if it doesn’t work, simply cancel with them and go for the cheaper quote that you have found.

On average, a quick phone call to your provider can save you as much as £113 compared to the automatic renewal price.

4) Secure Your Vehicle

Car insurance is all about protecting yourself from an accident or theft, so if you can provide to insurance companies that you’re a low-risk customer, then you’ll be rewarded with cheaper premiums.

Generally, the more secure you can make things sound the better.

For example, fitting an approved alarm, immobiliser, and tracker to your vehicle will reduce the amount that you have to pay – and also reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen, win win!

Similarly, parking on driveways at night time and in secure, private car parks in the day will also have a positive effect as opposed to parking on the street or in public spaces.

5) Increase Your Voluntary Excess

The voluntary excess on an insurance policy is the amount you’re willing to personally pay towards damage in the case of an accident. This is usually on top of a mandatory amount that the insurer will specify.

The more that you say that you’re willing to pay towards an accident, the less that the insurer has to pay, and the less risk they face.

Generally, this means that they will reduce your overall premium, as they have less to lose should you end up in a crash.

Of course, though, only raise your voluntary excess to a level that you can afford, and always take into account the value of your vehicle. If your excess is high and your vehicle isn’t worth much, you could end up paying for all of the damage yourself

6) Remove Hidden Extras and Add-Ons

When retrieving car insurance quotes, especially on comparison websites, most people simply focus on just a few aspects of the page.

Insurer, premium, excess.

But there’s much more that you should be taking notice of if you want to get the best deal.

The list of different policies that you get served with will include a range of different extras and add-ons, all of which can affect the price that you pay.

These policy extras include breakdown cover, windscreen cover, contents cover, driving abroad, courtesy car and much more.

These may all sound like great things to have, but consider this, how many of them do you need?

Do you have breakdown cover already? Do you have any contents in your car worth covering? Do you plan on driving abroad within the next year?

Ask yourself how many, if any, of the included extras you need from your policy, and then remove the ones you don’t need. This can go a long way to cutting a significant chunk off of your premium.

Extra Point – Named Driver Insurance Rules

One of the most popular and well-known methods people tend to use to bring down their car insurance premium is to add extra named drivers.

But what exactly are the rules on this? and does it work?

Well, it is a completely acceptable practice to add extra drivers to your policy, so long as you are completely honest about the role of each driver.

Claiming that someone else is the main driver of a car, and then adding the true owner as a named driver is a crime and can get you in real trouble.

As far as saving money goes, this tactic used to work a treat, however, it is questionable whether it still has the same effect.

A member of our team was told over the phone by a customer service adviser at a major insurance provider that this method no longer works, and we have seen occasions ourselves where named drivers have had to be removed from policies they were on to bring the price down.

It may still work for some, but we would definitely recommend checking how it affects things by getting a fresh quote with your named drivers removed – especially if they never drive the vehicle.

So, there are our top 6 simple tips on how to make car insurance cheaper.

We hope that you get some user out of them and can cut a good few hundred quid from your price next time renewal rolls around.

Lets Help Each Other Out

Do you have any tips and methods of your own that you use to bring the insurance down for your car or 4×4? Please share it with us on social media or in the comments below and lets save everyone a bit of money!

Complete List Of The Most Popular Cars In The EU

Europe's most popular cars

What’s Are The Most Popular Cars In Each EU Country?

It seems that the EU is never out of the news lately, and whilst the UK will soon be leaving the Union, we will always have a shared bond with the continent. A love of all things automotive.

Cars seem to be a universal language. We all have our opinions on then. We all have the vehicles we love, and those which we loath so much that being stuck behind one on the M25 causes unbridled waves of rage.

Just how popular and commonplace are your opinions though? Do the Germans agree with your disdain for the Honda CR-V? Do the Italians share your love for the Mazda Pickup?

We’ve done a little bit of research here at Milner Off Road and compiled the complete list of the most popular cars in the EU for you to digest.

See below for the full list, and find out what people in the UK love to drive, how that compares to the continent, and which 2 countries have one of our favourite 4×4’s as their most popular vehicle.

most popular cars in the eu

So, which EU nation has the best motoring tastes? Are you from one of the countries listed? Are you proud of your native motoring choices, or ashamed of what your fellow countrymen and women are driving? Let us know in the comments below.

Could Your Nissan Navara Be Recalled?

could your nissan navara be recalled

Nissan has been urged to recall the UK’s best selling 4×4 pickup.

Nissan has been urged to recall their Navara’s after it emerges that a major fault in the vehicles could see them snap in half.

Navara owners – many of whom are part of the Milner family – have found their vehicles have severe rust issues which can cause cracks in the chassis.

could your nissan navara be recalled?
Example of split Nissan Navara Pickup

Nissan – one of the world’s largest car manufacturers – has already bought back Navara’s from owners following inspections, but as of yet, no official recall of the D40 model has been made.

Are other 4×4 Nissan’s affected?

At the moment, the same issue is said to also effect some Nissan Pathfinder R51s – also known as the seven-seater family car of the popular Navara.

Nissan is said to have known about the problem for a year and has been keeping it “under wraps”.

The rust problem affects Nissan Navara D40s manufactured in Spain between 2005 to 2008.

However, some drivers of newer Navara’s say they have also been affected.

What’s being done?

Huw Merriman, a Tory MP, plans to raise this issue at The Transport Select Committee on Monday.

Huw has had the following to say: ‘To reassure the public, Nissan would be well advised to recall all affected vehicles.’

‘If, as they say, there are only a small amount impacted then it shouldn’t be a costly exercise in ensuring that these vehicles really are safe to be on the road.’

Attwood Solicitors are working on behalf of hundreds of owners in the UK.

According to the law firm, up to 35,000 Navaras are affected in the UK and 193,500 worldwide – Nissan ‘strongly disputes’ these figures.

What is Nissan doing about the rust problem?

Nissan has stated they were aware of the issue in a “relatively small number” of D40 Navaras and has put measures in place to “quickly resolve the concerns of any customers”.

‘Nissan is backing customers even though the affected vehicles are up to 12 years old.’

‘Depending on the age of the vehicle, these measures include a free and independent inspection of the vehicle where appropriate on older vehicles, if that inspection shows there’s an issue, we’ll do the right thing by the customer under our warranty and customer service policies.’

Nissan is offering a free inspection of their vehicles if drivers are concerned.

What can you do?

Richy Holmes set up the online group after his Navara broke with his pregnant wife and daughter inside as it was towing a caravan.

The 50-year-old mechanic, told the Sun: “I was only going a few miles an hour. I dread to think what could’ve happened if I’d been going faster.”

More than 15,000 Navara owners have joined a Facebook group urging Nissan to take action after motorists found rust around their chassis, which can cause it to crack and break.

We recommend any concerned Navara owners to telephone Nissan on 0330 123 1231.

Please share this post with anyone you know who may be affected by this issue.