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Spare me the undertaker

Whether driving for business or pleasure I try to get any weekend motoring out of the way in the morning – the earlier the better.

Living in south west London means a high density of traffic. And aside from the increased journey times of a later departure I’m also only likely to find out what the car I’m driving is like at low speeds, a useful component of a road test but not the full picture.

And besides, for pure enjoyment clearer roads are better.

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Exclusive peek at our New Car TV ad!

Auto Trader is no longer just the number one destination for used cars. With the launch of our New Cars website, it’s now easier than ever to find everything you need to buy a brand new car, from expert and owner reviews to ordering brochures and booking a test drive – all in the one place!

You can easily search by body type, make, model and price or use the galleries and new menus to find a car that suits your needs. Say you’re interested in the new BMW we now have new make/model pages where you’ll find all the latest models with links to expert reviews and owner ratings. Then you just select the car you’re interested in, e.g. the new BMW 3 Series and there you’ll find everything from the MPG and CO2 emissions to the available trim packages and specifications.

You can also compare up to four different cars at a time, side by side, which allows you to easily compare value and available packages. Then it’s up to you to chose a local dealer to get more information and brook a test drive.

Our new TV advert is due to hit your television screens tonight but if you miss it, check it out below and discover the greatest new car showroom in the www!

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Car tech: Study emphases whole-life environmental costs

Lexus CT 200hHybrids and electric vehicles have a greater environmental impact than conventional cars, but are still greener overall. Stuart Milne reports.

A new study by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has recognised the increased carbon emissions during production of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids, but says their lower operating emissions means they’re still greener overall.

The report, commissioned for Ricardo, highlights the increasing importance of accounting for whole-life carbon emissions to compare low carbon vehicles. To date, critics have cited often modest CO2 savings while driving low carbon vehicle fails to off-set the emissions for production and disposal. Continue reading

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Win a driving experience at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed

Festival of Speed Assembly Area credit Paul Melbert

Fancy taking a ride in a super car or being driven by a professional rally driver at The Goodwood Festival of Speed? Well, Auto Trader are giving you the chance to win 1 of 4 once-in-a-lifetime driving experiences at The Goodwood Estate during the Festival of Speed weekend from 1st – 3rd July 2011.

The ‘Super Car Run’ will see you sprint your way up the infamous Goodwood Hill climb. Your experience will include tickets to the Festival of Speed on Sunday 3rd July, but you’ll have to get up bright and early as you’ll be the very first to make the ascent that morning.

The ‘Rally Experience’ offers you the chance to be driven by a professional rally driver around the Goodwood Forest stage. Once again we’re throwing in a pair of one day tickets to the Festival of Speed on either the Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd July so you’ll be able to make the most of your day.

To enter, simply email with your name, age and contact details with the name of the driving experience you’re hoping to win. COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

NOTE: Winners of the ‘Super Car Run’ must be available on SUNDAY 3rd July 2011. Winners must be in the car by 9.30am as it is the first run up the hill and they WILL NOT be able to substitute this for another run. They should be at the event from around 8.30am to prepare and should be aware of the inevitable traffic getting to Goodwood etc.

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Coast to Coast Challenge: Day One

Day one of the challenge, and it’s been tough going! We set off from a rather wet and windy Workington but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits too much. The team powered through until eventually the sun came out to brighten things up.

The hills were eventually pretty grueling though and unfortunately we all have to get up at the crack of dawn and do it all over again tomorrow! 58 miles down…only 114 to go!

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Coast to Coast Challenge: Get Set!

One day to go until the challenge begins and Auto Trader employees from across the UK & Ireland prepare to pack their bikes, leave their respective offices and get themselves to the starting line.

Team Ireland set off in style to catch the ferry and coach it over to Workington, with a fond farwell from their colleagues!

Meanwhile, team London try and figure out how on earth to fit all those bikes in to the mini-bus!

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Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

Auto Trader has been working to support Help The Hospices for over 2 years now. Last year some of our more adventurous fundraisers climbed the height of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity and this year is no different. Check out the video from last year of the team in action.

This year, approximately forty Auto Trader employees from across the UK will be attempting to travel the breadth of Britain starting the 16th June. With petrol prices being as high as they are, we’ve decided to do it on pedal power alone. Starting with our wheels in the Irish Sea, we’ll be travelling from Workington on the West Coast of England via the Lake District and Yorkshire Moors. The Auto Trader team will cycle the treacherous journey to Whitby Bay on the North – East coast three days later on the 18th June.

Follow team TMG’s progress here or follow us on Twitter and search for #ATc2c

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Win tickets to the Goodwood Moving Motor Show presented by Auto Trader

With just 40 days left to go until the Goodwood Moving Motor Show sponsored by Auto Trader we thought we’d provide our Facebook and Twitter fans with an exclusive treat ahead of our official promotions next month.

Be the first to email with your name, address and telephone number and you could win one of 100 pairs of tickets to the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 30th June 2011.

This competition is now closed but visit our Goodwood site for more opportunities to win!

So don’t wait, simply email us today if you want to be at the most exciting event in the British motoring calendar.

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Win tickets to The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod

The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball takes place on Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April 2011 at Santa Pod the home of European drag racing.

The Easter Thunderball opens the drag racing season but alongside the racing action comes a whole host of other exciting attractions. A huge variety of cars and bikes will be racing down the quarter mile including spectacular 300mph Top Fuel dragsters, wheelie cars and jet powered vehicles. 

Today we’re giving away 15 pairs of tickets in a Facebook fan free-for-all, so it’s first come first served. So don’t miss out and like us on Facebook today! We’ve given away all our free tickets but if you’re not one of our lucky winners you can still book tickets for this event at or call 01234 782828.

Our winners can expect monster trucks, stunt displays, freestyle motocross and street riders amongst other high octane entertainment.

For 2011 the first world tour of Evel Knievel’s most iconic memorabilia comes to The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball. Evel’s original motorcycles, famous jump leathers, personal memorabilia, unseen photos and untold stories will be exhibited. 

The event promises to be a true “motorsport extravaganza” both on and off the track.

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Win VIP tickets to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is one of the UK’s most exciting motor racing spectacles, with grids of mouth-watering sportscars such as the Mercedes SLS, Ferrari 458 and Audi R8.

On April 23 and 25, Britain’s premier endurance racing championship rumbles into Oulton Park for the first round of 2011 and you could be there to see a field of flame-spitting musclecars use all their 500bhp.

We’re giving away a pair of weekend tickets including the full VIP treatment from Avon Tyres; with free food and drink in the official championship hospitality unit on Sunday, and the chance to walk the grid before the British GT Championship race.

You’ll also get to see Formula 1 stars of the future battle it out in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, with drivers running wheel-to-wheel in what is acknowledged as the world’s toughest domestic single-seater championship.

Famous names including Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Jenson Button and Mark Webber all raced in the series on their way to the top of motorsport’s global ladder.

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply email with your contact details and the answer to the following question.

In which county is Oulton Park?

a) Cheshire

b) Cumbria

c) Cambridgeshire

Competition closes midday Friday 18th March 2011, and if you’re not our winner you can book tickets for this event at or call 0870 950 9000. Weekend tickets cost as little as £21 if booked in advance and children aged 12 and under get in free.

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