Monday, 22nd April 2019
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Various News and some sites of interest.

Various News and some sites of interest.

Some surfing results.

Over the last few months, almost  all  newspapers in the UK have reported and bitterly complained about the car price differences between the UK and other European Countries. Substantial differences too, ranging from15% to 40%, depending on the model and make of individual vehicles. Well that is not new anymore, it seems to be an accepted fact because, despite all of the adverse publicity and protests made, it does not seem to have altered the situation very much.

What may be newer is the fact  that  an increasing number of consumers are now buying their new cars from abroad via the Internet while saving themselves a lot of money in the process. Over the last few months, almost  all  newspapers in the UK have reported and bitterly complained about the car price differences between the UK and other European Countries. Substantial differences too, ranging from15% to 40%, depending on the model and make of individual vehicles.

Well that is not new anymore, it seems to be an accepted fact because, despite all of the adverse publicity and protests made, it does not seem to have altered the situation very much. What may be newer is the fact  that  an increasing number of consumers are now buying their new cars from abroad via the Internet while saving themselves a lot of money in the process.

For some reason, Spain would seem to be the country where the most competitive prices are found, however, knowing where in Spain, could make a further difference to the amount saved. Bearing in mind that a car purchased in Spain by a foreign person can present a problem and hidden costs, instead of savings, it is important to locate a supplier that is familiar with the legislation involved and truly offer a good bargain while making  full use of the opportunities that are available.

The news are that, in the course of our usual explorations, we have come across www.Motorenmano.com/Tiendas2002. Intrigued by the offer of new motor cars of different makes, we contacted the company, Tiendas 2002 S.L. in Malaga, to discover that they seem to specialise in obtaining any type of new car for all their clients at very competitive prices. They quoted us an example of a new Rover 45 - 2.0 TDI at 2.755.000 pesetas on the road, with full manufacturer’s guarantee, compared to the 3.076.000 pesetas, the current recommended retail price in Spain. This is the equivalent of £st.10,204 compared to the average £st.14,895 in the  UK, at the rate of exchange at the time of writing. Other examples were given, some with less prominent differences, but many others with a similar difference.

We wondered why most of the cars quoted happened to be “Diesel”, believing that the company perhaps specialized in such engine driven cars, but apparently that is not the case, it would seem that because of the higher petrol costs, though diesel cars are more expensive, clients prefer to buy them taking advantage of the price saving when purchasing their cars. Normal petrol models, if preferred, apparently present no problem either.

The Managing Director, Mr. Jaap, of Dutch origin, explained that he established his company in Malaga in ‘98, he spoke fluent English and he seemed to be very familiar with the “international” aspect of buying a car. They are well worth contacting, in addition to new motor cars, they also have a selection of second hand vehicles.  Their competitive prices would seem to extend to new commercial vehicles, though we have not made any comparison.


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The Costa del Sol is an ideal location for building your own fish tank, even salt water creatures are so much easier to keep. The other advantage is the nearness to the Mediterranean making it so much easier to find the live stock. If this is a hobby that interests you, you will find a lot of help at: www.actwin.com/fish/reefkeepers/index.html Lots of information about building a tank and species.
If you do not like fish, perhaps you are a gardener, in which case, there are so many varieties of “Geraniums”,, and so different, that you could plant the whole garden with them. The advantage is that they are very hardy plants and we live in a perfect climate for them. At www.shared-vision.com/explore/garden/geranidx.htm you will find all you need to know about this pretty plant
On the other hand Parrots can be good fun and even company. Try www.parrotparrot.com and you will learn all about this type of pet. How to buy a parrot: Lovebirds, Budgies, and even other parrots. Avian health, basic care, movies, graphics and even an extensive library listing, describing and imparting information on many avian diseases.  It really is very good.
Living so close to the coastline can mean that you have or would like to have a boat. In either case, it is do pay a visit to:  www.boatsafe.com. The site is very comprehensive and covers many aspects of sailing, bating tips, Navigation lights, how to prevent a tragedy. The most interesting part are the “Boating Courses on Line”. There is also a section dedicated to “Boating for Kids”.
Living in Spain means that many drivers do use Landrovers. A tough hardy “four-wheel-drive” that lasts many years.  But what happens when you need some spares?   These can be difficult to find or can be very expensive. Possibly the best way is to be in contact with a
British firm that specialises in this field:  www.bearmach.com. Very useful, they do export.



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