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    An MOT test is something that all motorists have to put their vehicle through each year once the car is 3 years old. It thoroughly tests the road safety and environmental standards of the vehicle. However, a lot of people are left asking if a vehicle fails it's MOT, can they still drive it?
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    Have you ever been in the situation where you have broken down whilst driving on a busy road? Panic is normally the first feeling that sets in. So what do you do if you breakdown? The main thing to remember is to stay calm and follow these useful steps.
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    As you may know the new James Bond film is due to be released next week and we have produced lots of interesting things for you. So, to stay in theme we thought it would be a great idea to put together a guide on how to avoid ‘villains’ on the road, as we all know there can be motorists who put others in danger.
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    Insurance premiums are always up and down and can sometimes cost more than you want to pay. There are a few things you can do to ensure you have the correct van insurance and keep the cost down by checking out our latest guide.
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    Anyone driving a commercial vehicle needs to look for appropriate van insurance before it can be used for business purposes. Being on the road without suitable protection not only means you’re breaking the law but it also puts your financial interests on the line, and if you’re driving for a living, your whole business could be put in jeopardy. You need to find a policy that meets your specific requirements, but it also needs to match your budget of course, so just how can you identify the right quote to suit? Comparing the various options and types of cover is often a good place to start.
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    Many businesses provide company vehicles for their staff to carry out their duties. However, the recession saw some companies cut the size of their fleets over time, or even remove the provision altogether in some cases, forcing employees to use their own vehicles and get reimbursed in related expenses instead. While reducing or removing a fleet of cars or vans clearly cuts out the expense of buying the vehicles in the first place, it can actually lead to higher costs in the long term for some. Depending on the type of business you run and the type of vehicles needed, your employees may not even have a suitable vehicle of their own to use, as most employees won’t already have a van, or be able to buy one if necessary for the job.
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    There are a number of ways you’ll be able to reduce your premiums for quality cover and here are just a few things you might want to try:
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    As you may know the Tour of Britain has now begun and will be passing through areas of Staffordshire this Thursday. So, to keep with the theme of biking we have put together a safety guide for bikes to ensure you stay safe on the roads.
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    Van drivers were recently advised of the importance of regular eye tests, after a survey from one commercial insurance broker found that nearly a fifth of van drivers who responded claimed they had not had their vision tested within the last three years.
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    There are all sorts of factors that are taken into account when you apply for a van insurance policy: the year of make, mileage and claim history, for example. There are many more factors that simply won't affect insurance premiums. It's important to explode some of these myths because they can put people off considering certain policies.
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    Every month is busy for the charity committee here at Autonet with several charity requests that are local and national. This month we have taken requests from our employees for charities they feel can benefit from a donation. Check out the update below.
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    You may remember last month that here at Autonet we announced that we will be the official sponsors for the Autonet Staffordshire Classic Open Invitation Darts Competition.
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    It’s been a busy month here at Autonet with fundraising events happening for local charities and local people. The charity committee and staff at Autonet have been selling cakes and dressing down for worthy causes. See below for the latest charity news and look out for events that are coming up.
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    Summer is finally here, for a few days at least! So you may start to think about going on a long journey to the seaside or you may just be going about your daily routine. The heat can make your vehicle work differently so we have put together a guide so you can be prepared for summer.
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    Water bills can sometimes be a little more expensive than you estimate them to be. We have produced guides on how you can save water making small changes to everyday tasks. This time we are showing you how to harvest your rainfall (we’ve had a lot lately) to save even more on your bills.
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    Applying for a mortgage can be daunting, how do you know what documents you need? Or how do you apply for a mortgage? We have put together a useful guide on how to get a mortgage. We have researched into this and found some tips that could help you if you are looking for a mortgage or are thinking about it in the future.
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    Here at Autonet the charity committee and staff have been busy making donations and supporting local and national charities for all types of events. With Summer officially here (even though it may not look it) lots of fun runs and marathons have been taking place which Autonet have sponsored. Here is an update.