Monday 24 November 2014

Maserati Wins a National Car Award and the Hearts and Minds of British Motorists

Maserati - Winner - Great To Drive - National Car Awards

Maserati has won its first major National Car Award in one of the hardest categories there is: 'Great to Drive' beating Porsche to the wining post.

Unlike more objective categories in the National Car Awards such as 'Reliability' and 'Economy,' the 'Great to Drive' vote shows how the winner has won the hearts as well as the heads of Maserati owners.

Picture of National Car Awards winner Maserati

Maserati Makes You Smile asked Maserati owners what they thought of their cars and the comments are almost universal in their praise for the thrill of the drive.  One owner said, "puts a smile on your face each morning as you get into it" 

Another Maserati owner's comments give an insight to the reason behind the Maserati resurgence and maybe even a warning the brand's bigger competitors: 

"Done Porsche to death. This is more practical than a Ferrari, goes like stink and gives a better exhaust sound than any Ferrari or Aston"

The Maserati SUV - Rocking the Market in 2015

In 2015 Maserati will launch its SUV - The Maserati Levanti - following the success brands like Porsche have had in this sector. 

The Modena based Maserati will be launching its SUV at a similar time to other premium marques including Jaguar, so choice has never been so good for the Chelsea Yummy Mummies and Cheshire Set.

Little Orphan Anne Finally Grows Up

Since 1926 Maserati has gone through four changes of ownership and its course has taken many a hairpin curve.

Whilst the Maserati name has remained in the minds of car enthusiasts for years, the brand's troubled relationship with its many parents led to poor decisions and underinvestment.

Harald J. Wester, a veteran car man with a motoring pedigree that could win him first prize at Britain's top dog show Crufts, seems to be the main reason why Maserati now seems to have a very bright future.

Wester took over the Maserati driver seat in 2008 and concentrated on the main strengths of the brand and sourced the investment he needed from the current owner, Fiat.

Maserati recently broke into profit for the first time in 17 years because its Ghibli model - competing against the Mercedes E Class and Audi A6.

Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Abarth Group/Partnership

Something spectacular is happening in Modena, Italy.  Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Abarth are now grouped together as a partnership and the results would justify Fiat's decision to let the brands drive their own course.

The Abarth not only won 3rd position in the National Car Award's 'Great to Drive' category, it has also won 'Rising Star' which shows the brand has the greatest potential of any car manufacturer in the eyes of their owners.

The UK's Biggest Car Review Site now has over 663,199 car owner reviews and covers virtually every model on UK roads.  

Each motorist is first verified as the owner of the car and then asked to rate a number of factors including "is your car Great to Drive?" Owners rate from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Maserati received the highest rating overall when all scores were combined.

Sunday 9 November 2014

National Car Awards - Ford Wins Two Major Prizes For MPVs

The Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy - Top MPVs

Ford may have surprised a few of the motoring press by claiming two of the top positions in the National Car Awards in Britain's biggest car review site.

The National Car Awards - Based on 663,199 Car Reviews

The National Car Awards gather owner car reviews - more than any other car awards meaning they are more accurate and more helpful when motorists come to buy a new car. 

All MPV owners of virtually every model on UK roads have submitted their car reviews and the Ford S-Max came 1st.  

Although the Volkswagen Touran came 2nd, the Ford Galaxy beat other MPV makes giving Ford a double victory in the sector which focuses on practicality and lifestyle needs.

Sue Baker, noted motoring journalist and Editor In Chief of the National Car Awards, said of the S-Max:

"Space and pace endear the S-Max to owners, and their views have propelled it into the number one position as Best MPV."
Fantastic value for money, cheap to run. Surprising agile and nippy, fun to drive” is a typical view.
“I have carried double bed mattresses and a three-seater settee at different times,” enthuses another owner. now has over 663,199 car owner reviews and cover virtually every model on UK roads. The car reviews collected from car owners over the UK give a real life insight into what it is like to own any car on the UK roads.  Car owners review economy, reliability and highlight how they feel the car drives - and give a view on whether they would recommend a car to a friend. 

ford galaxy - editorial use - parked up by the sea - car review site favoouite
Ford Galaxy - Long Time Friend of The Family 

Ford Can't Be Ignored

Ford sells more cars in the UK than any other manufacturer.  For many years the Grand Statesman of the car world was seen as staid, steady and predictable.

This year, Ford, by reaching top spot in the MPV category, has received a major accolade from their customers and signalled to motorists and journalists alike that their cars must never be ignored.

A detailed analysis of Ford rankings on the car review site overall has seen a steady increase in positions and 2015 could see Ford being highly placed in other car categories for the National Car Awards.

New Ford S-Max

In 2015 Ford will launch the new S-Max.  The new model is sleek, more refined and even more adaptable so it is expected that S-Max will feature in next year's National Car Awards.

Ford Galaxy and Ford S-Max Editorial by

Tuesday 4 November 2014

National Car Awards - 663,218 Owners Vote In Britain's Biggest Car Survey

They celebrate a Great British enthusiasm, our mutual love affair with cars. These awards - now in their second year - are on a very grand scale, decided by the results of Britain’s biggest ever car survey.

Yes, there are lots of other awards handed out every year across the motoring scene: gongs aplenty for the best, most beautiful, fastest, most frugal, most technically accomplished models produced by the car industry. So what is different about these awards?

UK Motorists Make Their Vote Count

The National Car Awards are not chosen by so-called experts, by small panels of professional car writers or technical boffins. They put the people who live with their cars, on a daily basis throughout the year, into the driving seat as judges. All the results are drawn from the experience and views of a vast army of actual owners of the cars reviewed.

Huge Database

The huge database of owner verdicts from which these awards are drawn exceeds any of those on which other motor industry gongs are based. The cars celebrated here have emerged as the best in their categories, resulting from the candid verdicts of over 650,000 actual owners who pay for, drive and live with their cars on a day-to-day basis over collectively millions of miles annually.
That is the acid test that all the winning cars in the WeLoveAnyCar awards have undergone: proving their merit in real world use by owners who have subjected them to the rigours of daily work, trial by family and all the punishing variety of driving in urban, rural and motorway conditions on roads throughout Britain.

Our Judges... YOU

Our judges – all 663,218 of them – are generous in their praise of cars that meet and exceed expectations, and just as candid in criticizing makes and models that fall below par.
So here we celebrate the winners of these exceptional car awards. This is the heartland of owner satisfaction, where collective weight of opinion matters. Drive the best.

Sue Baker
Editor In Chief

Sue Baker, seasoned Motoring Journalist, is the 'Editor In Chief' of the National Car Awards. Sue has overseen the process of making the Awards and adds her own commentary – helping car drivers decide on their next car - often one of the major financial decisions anyone can make.

Monday 3 November 2014

Scooby Dooby Doo - Subaru is the Most Recommended Car in the UK

Subaru - Most Recommended  -  National Car Awards

Subaru is the most recommended manufacturer in the National Car Awards beating Porsche and even highly rated Skoda to the pole position in the 'recommended by owners' category.

Whilst Skoda gets top prize for best overall car maker in the National Car Awards, Subaru outstrips every other manufacturer when it comes to owner recommendations. 

The UK's Biggest Car Review Site now has over 663,199 car owner reviews and covers virtually every model on UK roads.  

Each motorist is first verified as the owner of the car and then asked to rate a number of factors including "would you recommend your car?" Owners rate from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Subaru received the highest rating overall.

picture of a subaru xv on a road travelling from left to right

Everyone Agrees: Subaru Make Good Cars

What Car, Which Car and most of the motoring press would agree with Subaru owners. The Subaru line up today is impressive and almost universally recommended. The Subaru XV is a great alternative to Ford's C Max and the Nissan Qashqai. 

National Car Awards - Owners Love Their 'Scooby-Doos'

Sue Baker, noted motoring journalist and Editor in Chief of the National Car Awards, commented on Subaru: 
Well done to Subaru for beating all its rivals to be the most recommended manufacturer in the collective verdicts of owners. That is some achievement ahead of so many other well-respected brands. It makes it very obvious how enamoured those who drive them are with their Scooby-doos, and the cars come well up the list for reliability.

Subaru: International Success Story

Fuji Heavy Industries, the company behind Subaru, produced some 647,488 cars to October in 2014, 8.4% higher than last year.  Production is increasing month on month with 83,325 units produced in September alone.

Subaru is a very familiar site on the roads in countries like the USA and Australia.  Subaru has increased exports by over 17% in 2014 and the brand and the highly regarded cars are an international success.

UK Subaru Owners: A Small Group of Happy Owners

In the UK Subaru is less successful and, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, it only sold only 2,271 units in 2013.

Clearly the world loves the rugged, safe and reliable Subaru. The small group of happy owners UK will continue to wither which is a shame for such an admired vehicle. 

According to CarCountUK, the service which gives out how many makes and models are registered to drive on UK roads, there are 87,710 Subaru's on UK roads.  With such low sales in recent years this figure alone is testament to Subaru longevity and reliability.

Subaru Exclusivity

Perhaps part of the appeal of owning a Subaru is its exclusivity.  One Subaru Legacy owner on the car review site said:

"Great car that stands out from the crowd because it is so rare. Fun to drive." ranks all cars sold and the Subaru is one of the best. Hopefully Britain will soon wake up to the advantages of owning Subaru once again.

For full information on all the winners of the National Car Awards please click here.

Sunday 19 October 2014

The New Penguin from Google

Looking For A Car Review - Will Google's New Penguin Help You?

Google Shows Respect to the 655,000 Car Reviewers

Google has recognised the contribution our 655,000+ car reviewers have made and now, when a car buyer uses Google for a specific car review, they are likely to find car reviews with Google on their 'first' page of results. 

Of course this makes us happy.  It also shows respect to the hundreds of thousands of motorists who have spent their time and energy trying to help other car buyers by submitting a car review to the site.

Picture of the Pennine Way for
Without Google, Would We Find The Way?

We invite people we know who own specific cars to say what they think. Our car reviewers tell us about the things people buying cars want to know:  Is that car reliable, is it economical, fun to drive, practical for the kids, easy to park and so on?

Google Penguin Update

Every so often Google will look at the way it generates results.  When Google does this in a major way they have called the change 'Panda', 'Hummingbird', 'Penguin' and so on.

Apparently, this weekend, Google updated their 'Penguin' which tries to do an even better job at giving people, who use Google to search for information, better results. and the Penguin

Unlike many car sites we don't have clever scientists to work out what Google is doing.  We certainly don't know what their new 'Penguin' will mean to people looking for honest and independent car reviews.  

Our focus, here at, will therefore be to carry on asking more drivers to submit more car reviews. 

If we stick to our aim of enabling car owners to help each other - we think Google will respect this and especially the hundreds of thousands of car reviewers who have built the biggest car review site in the UK and beyond. 

We ask motorists what they think about their cars - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly cars. 

Our free online site allows anyone to look see what owning a specific car is like.  With over 655,000 car reviews gives prospective buyers the inside track on car ownership.

We invite people we know who own specific cars to say what they think. Our car reviewers tell us about the things people buying cars want to know:  Is that car reliable, is it economical, fun to drive, practical for the kids, easy to park and so on?

Tuesday 26 August 2014

The End of the Tax Disc - Driver's Beware!

No more paper tax discs from the 1st of October!

The DVLA has just asked us to tell you that tax discs won't be needed after 1st October 2014. 

You will still pay for car tax. A reminder will be sent to you when the road tax is about to expire, even if your car is exempted from paying it.

How do I pay for the road tax?

DVLA are doing away with the paper tax disc.  This picture shows a tax disc with a red line through it from bloggFrom the 1st October 2014, you will be able to pay the road tax annually, twice a year or monthly by direct debit. 

If you decide to pay every six months or every month, it will be 5% more expensive. Payments will be continued until cancelled.

What if I am selling my car?

Once you have sold your car privately, you should notify the DVLA to get a refund on remaining months.

Tax discs WILL NOT carry over to the new owner.  You can no longer sell a car with remaining months valid tax after 1st November 2014.

If you sell your car to or a car dealer, they will sort it out for you. You can get a car valuation here .

94 Years Ago the First Road Tax Disc was issued 

Road tax was introduced in the 1888 budget and the current system of excise duty applying specifically to motor vehicles was introduced in 1920.

Thinking about buying a new car?

A new car with lower CO2 emissions means a cheaper road tax. New cars with less than 100g/km CO2 emission don't pay road tax.

Search for any make and model, new or used here (the road tax information and mpg figures are included to help.

Our Top 10 cars with no road tax

  1. VOLKSWAGEN UP 1.0 BlueMotion Tech Move Up 3dr
  2. SKODA CITIGO 1.0 MPI GreenTech SE 3dr
  3. CITROEN C1 1.0 VTi Touch 3dr
  4. FIAT PANDA 0.9 TwinAir [85] Easy 5dr
  5. HYUNDAI I10 1.0 SE Blue Drive [4 Seat] 5dr
  6. KIA PICANTO 1.0 1 3dr
  7. TOYOTA AYGO 1.0 VVT-i X-Play 5dr
  8. SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SZ3 5dr
  9. DACIA SANDERO 1.5 dCi Ambiance 5dr

Have a look at the UK’s biggest car review database to see what others think about their cars and which are the most economical run and maintain.

For more information, visit our special information page on the changes taking place, just click here.