Five things we learned about cars in 2015

2015 has been yet another great year for the automobile industry, with the UK “certain” to break the sales records, according to experts.

There are a number of things that we have learned about cars this year, which will surely follow us into 2016 and beyond. We have taken a look at some of these below:

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Electric cars are in!

More car companies are now changing their line ups to include eco-friendly electric cars, as a more sustainable direction for the future. Aston Martin are even getting involved, with the announcement of the RapidE, whilst Porsche have the forthcoming Mission E to rival it. Many big car manufactures announced new electric cars, and we look forward to seeing what they produce.

The car tax system is changing

As of April 2017, the amount of road tax you pay on vehicles registered after that date will change, depending on the emissions of your vehicle. This occurs for the first year, where you will have to pay a fee ranging between £10 and £2,000, before it reverts to a standard rate of £140 a year. However, if the car is valued at over £40,000, you will have to pay a £310 excess on top of the standard rate for the first five years.

Cars registered before April 2017 will remain on the current tax system.

The national speed limit confuses some people

A poll of drivers from August found that many people were confused by the national speed limit. Apparently, 36 per cent of drivers thought that the national speed limit sign on a dual carriageway meant 60mph, where it is in fact 70mph. There was even more confusion surrounding the limits for cars towing trailers and vans!

Volkswagen scandal

Arguably one of the biggest stories of the year is the VW emissions scandal in USA, where it was found that Volkswagen had been cheating their emissions tests, which resulted in a hugely expensive recall for the company. There are still many unanswered questions surrounding this, so expect the story to continue for a while yet.

Jaguar Land Rover could buy Silverstone

Jaguar Land Rover have reportedly enquired about the cost of purchasing the home of racing sports in the UK, Silverstone. The development would become the headquarters for the car giants in the UK, whilst a heritage centre, museum display, design workshop and hotel would all be part of the proposal, as well as offices for around 1000 staff. Currently, the value of Silverstone is said to be around £22.7 million, so developments within this area would be interesting!

As you can see, 2016 and beyond are years which are set to be very exciting indeed, if their predecessors are anything to go on. If you are looking to make a change of car in 2016 and looking for a car buying service where you can get the most money for your vehicle, why not take a look at Wizzle?

We do things slightly differently here, and aim to get you the best value for your car from a range of thousands of buyers across the country, so why not take a look at our website for more details?