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CVSL Client Preview – Rothwell Plumbing Services Ltd

We are always happy to feature and share our clients services and one of our long standing customers Rothwell Plumbing Services Ltd have been growing their business in recent months and needed us to supply them with some suitable vehicles.

After discussing  their needs, CVSL supplied them with a number of Ford Transit Vans which have been jazzed up in order to advertise their expanding business in the installation of  Free “A” rated condensing gas boilers for qualifying customers.

Below are some of the key features to qualify; customers must be in receipt of certain benefits (listed below) and their existing gas boiler must be a non-condensing boiler.

Some of the qualifying benefits are:

  • People in receipt of State Pension Credits.
  • People in receipt of Child Tax Credits with an income below £15,860.00.
  • A number of other benefit combinations  which must be verified by our staff.

If the customer qualifies on benefits and boiler, Rothwell Plumbing Services will be able to install a brand new energy efficient boiler totally free of charge.

Customers who think they may qualify can contact Rothwell on Tel: 0800 160 1150 or via their dedicated website at www.freeboiler.org.

BMW 520d M Sport car review – so fast and frugal it killed off EfficientDynamics

The BMW 520d M Sport is the fastest tax-buster model of the newly revised BMW 5 Series.

That means that it is significantly faster than the entry-level 518d, yet equals that model for emissions and fuel efficiency.

Both the 518d and 520d boast combined mpg of 62.8 and emissions of 119 grams of CO2 per kilometre driven, yet the 520d has 41 more horses, a significantly faster 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds (versus 9.7 for the 518d) and a top speed of 145mph instead of 132mph.

With figures like that BMW saw that there was no need to have a special EfficientDynamics model any more, and killed it off earlier this year.

Dressed to look the part in M Sport guise – always the most popular 5 Series trim – and given some subtle styling tweaks and additional equipment, the BMW 520d within the face-lifted, sixth generation 5 Series range is set to be a big seller with business users and company car drivers.

Company car tax is down to 18% – hence BMW’s decision to discontinue the EfficientDynamics label. Why draw attention to it when it’s become the norm?

What’s hot?

  • EfficientDynamics emissions of 119g/km without the eco/budget stigma…
  • …and the corresponding benefit of a company car tax rate of just 18% and £30 (Group C) vehicle excise duty.
  • Those benefits are shared even by the automatic transmission version of this car.
  • More than adequate real world performance backed up by 184hp and an 8.1 second 0-62mph sprint time.
  • And you can have all this performance and company car tax-busting emissions in desirable M Sport trim…
  • …now enhanced further by range updates in the styling department such as door mirror indicator repeaters, a lower air intake, LED light strips in the rear lights and more wheel and paint options.
  • Plus interior tweaks such as chrome highlights, better storage and better cup holders.
  • The previously optional Business Navigation is now standard, even for the 520d…
  • …while every model gets BMW Emergency call for the duration of its life, a nice backup in the event of mishap.
  • The suspension has been smoothed slightly over the previous 520d, making it more compliant onUKroads.

 We have some great deals on all the BMW 5 Series range take a look on the website at  www.cvsl.co.uk

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SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT TRANSPORT AND WORK-RELATED ROAD SAFETY

Below are some statistics from the Department for Transport related to  transport and road safety at work some  may surprise and shock you !

About a quarter of all vehicle miles traveled annually on Britain’s roads are for work purposes (excluding commuting)

  • There are an estimated three million company cars on the roads and roughly one in three will be involved in an accident each year.
  • Company drivers who drive more than 80 per cent of their annual mileage on work related journeys have more than 50 per cent more injury accidents than similar drivers who do no work related mileage.
  • The annual risk of dying in a road accident while driving for business reasons is significantly greater than the risk of dying as a result of all other workplace accidents.
  • Every week around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involves someone at work.
  • About 300 people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. About four in ten tiredness-related crashes involve someone driving a commercial vehicle.
  • Work-related road accidents are the biggest cause of work-related accidental death. Between 800 and 1000 people are killed annually in work-related road traffic accidents compared to approximately 250 fatalities due to accidents notified annually under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

Business drivers have collision rates that are 30–40 per cent higher than those of private drivers.

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September delivery on the Audi TT

We have fantastic offers on the Audi TT, with four great specifications CVSL will deliver the Audi experience with superb specification TT models to choose from

Check out Top Gear's verdict on the TT “….the Soft-top TT is no soft touch. This is a genuinely well engineered car with real substance.”

So don't delay make sure you call YOUR team at CVSL to take advantage of these great Audi offers for September delivery……

Audi TT Roadster Sport 1.8 TFSI 160PS 6 Speed
Ibis White, Black Hood, Standard Interior
£254.99 per month

Audi TT Roadster S Line 1.8 TFSI 160PS 6 Speed
Ibis White, Black Hood, QZ Standard Interior
£274.99 per month

Audi TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI Quattro 170PS 6 Speed
Brilliant Black, Black Hood, JN Standard Interior
£284.99 per month

Audi TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI Quattro 170PS 6 Speed
Brilliant Black, Black Hood, QZ Standard Interior

Great deals on the Audi range from CVSL

£309.99 per month

All deals are 6 + 35 based on 5,000 Miles Per Year and are plus VAT.

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10 ways to cut fuel consumption and improve safety

Everyone is always looking for ways to cut there fuel costs so we have put together  a few little tips which  can help cut your fuel consumption and also increase your road safety ! 

1.  Think economy – drivers need to be less aggressive in the way they gain and lose speed – be smoother with the car’s controls and take more time to change gear and, taken over a period of time, to use a higher gear than at present.

Acceleration uses fuel and the more aggressively you accelerate, the more fuel is used.  It’s easy to understand in principle but important to remember when actually driving.  Allow more time to accelerate up to any given speed.

And it needn’t cost time! So often drivers accelerate hard only to have to brake hard seconds later because of some obstruction they haven’t seen or haven’t considered. It’s not because they’re in a legitimate hurry, it’s because this is their driving style. That brings us to:

2.  Braking:  the fuel saving equation also includes braking.  Losing speed by braking means that all the gas you used to accelerate is wasted. So its easy to save fuel by ensuring you gain speed gradually and ease off the throttle when you see something ahead rather than just brake automatically.  Use less braking than usual – by releasing the throttle earlier, over a longer period of time, so the need for braking is reduced.

And when braking is actually required (because your observation and planning have recognised that) then brake progressively and smoothly.

3.  Opening up your separation / following distances will allow you to use throttle sense much more often, rather than constantly braking every time you need to lose speed.  Don’t be a ‘comfort braker’ and touch the brakes every time something changes ahead – you need to predict when you need to lose speed so it’s calculated and planned.Paying more attention to when you change up, and when you change down, will stop over-revving or ‘labouring’, and both cost fuel

4.  Pay attention to your gear changes. Neither over-rev the engine by changing up too late nor allow the engine to labour by changing down too late.  Keep engine revs lower when driving away from cold and allow the engine time to warm up.

Use ‘block changes’ when you can, say when driving down a slight gradient – by missing out a gear. For example change from 1st to 3rd, or from 2nd to 4th. This is even more relevant now that cars increasingly have six gears.

Changing down through the gears is out-dated and unnecessary – use your ‘brakes to slow and gears to go’! Use the advanced driving rule of ‘One Brake and One Gear’ for each hazard.  

5. Reduce throttle when driving down hill. Often drivers unwittingly increase speed going down hills. Instead, use less throttle and allow the car’s own momentum to allow it to maintain speed and lessen the need to brake too.

6.  Reduce weight; take things you don’t need out of the car as the less weight you’re carrying the less fuel you’ll use. 

7.  Check tyre pressures regularly as under-inflated tyres use more fuel. Always check tyre pressures when the tyres are cold.

8.  Minimise the  use of air-conditioning and keep windows closed to reduce drag.

9.  Observation and planning – this is really important. Spotting hazards earlier creates more time to deal with them so you’ll be both safer and more economical in the way you drive. Start by looking much further ahead and keep your eyes moving, in effect like a radar scanning for potential and actual road hazards. 

Advanced observation and advanced planning will ensure you drive more safely, be more in control of any potential or actual outcomes, and save fuel at the same time.  Overall what drivers need to do is create ‘more time and more space’. 

Remember that a crash only happens when a driver runs out of time or space!  

10.  Increase separation distances – use less braking – develop throttle sense – gain and lose speed progressively – keep to posted speed limits as nobody expects you to break road traffic laws when driving on business.

Even if you just take on board a couple of these suggestions you may be suprised by how much it saves you in fuel and you will definatly be a safer driver.

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