Motoring


Please see our regular Motoring Publication below featuring only the best of Yorkshire motoring.

Cavendish Motors Limited

Cavendish Motor Workshop was established in 2009, ever since then the company is still growing. First step was to move the workshop to a bigger environment to expand the business. Now situated in 56-57a Storforth Lane Trading Estate. Since 2014 we have taken over the ownership of the Cavendish Motors Part Department. In 2016 we have changed the name back to original to Cavendish Motors Limited. As well as the service we bring forward with Cavendish Motors Limited we also bring the history. As of 2016 we can now carry out Air Con Re-Gas, Air-Con Services, Automatic Gearbox Flush & Fill’s and smoke tests all in house.

If you’re looking for a reliable Land Rover or Range Rover specialist in Chesterfield, look no further than Cavendish Motors Limited.  At Cavendish Motors, we have worked hard to build a reputation for offering a trusted and “value for money” service to all our customers in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield etc. We understand the importance of good customer service, with the majority of our work gained through positive word of mouth and repeat custom.

Since first starting our Land Rover and Range Rover repairs business, we have always worked hard to provide a quality-focused service to each of our customers. Our services include engine diagnostics, servicing, repairs and rebuilds, fitting new exhausts, brakes and gearboxes as well as cam-belt repairs and MOT.

We now stock a large number of Land Rover and Range Rover parts, we can complete the majority of repairs using original components. We supply and fit a large choice of vehicle accessories including tow bars, side steps, fog light kits and roof racks.

Using state if the art equipment we carry out wheel alignments for all makes and models of Range Rovers, Land Rovers and all types of performance sports car. This is a service we are particularly proud to offer, as many garages find it difficult to correctly align the wheels of Land Rovers due to their adjustable air suspension systems.

Whether you own a classic Land Rover or a brand new Ranger Rover, the team at Cavendish Motors will meet your needs with confidence.

Diesel vs Petrol

Which is right for you?

One of your first choices when changing a car is deciding whether to go for a petrol or diesel model. We weigh up the pros and cons of both types of fuel.

If you are thinking about purchasing a new car, even the most basic research will reveal that on average, a diesel car can cost around £1,400 more than its petrol equivalent. The initial cost of choosing diesel over petrol can eventually be recouped due to diesel engine’s better fuel efficiency. However, latest figures suggest that it could take driving as many as 45,000 miles before your diesel car would begin to save you money. But diesel cars do hold more value than there predecessor. Second-hand diesels tend to be more in demand due to their reputation for providing better economy. Diesels also have lower tax rates thanks to their lower CO2 emissions which are in fact 20% lower than petrol.

Something else to consider when purchasing a car is the period between services. The length of time in-between each service tends to be longer for diesel engines but the cost of parts are often higher,  whereas petrol engines need to be serviced at shorter intervals, but the parts are cheaper.

When it comes down to driving and the old perception that diesel engines are noisier, slower and dirtier than their petrol equivalents no longer holds quite as true. A new generation of turbo engines from car manufacturers are proving to be more than a match for their petrol equivalents; matching them in terms of performance, smoothness and noise levels. Diesel engines are also able to produce high torque at low speeds and so are good for overtaking.

And at the pump the days of diesel being far cheaper are long gone. The difference in price these days between petrol and diesel are very narrow.

When it comes down to mileage, diesel engines will in general get you an average of 15 to 20% more miles per gallon than petrol, but that does depend on how they are driven. But be aware that petrol engines are catching up in terms of mileage by using smaller, more efficient, turbo-charged engines, but that said, new diesel powered cars are improving too.

Diesels carbon footprint may be good, but, it does still produce a harmful by product in the form of tiny particles which have been linked to asthma. Petrol vehicles are closing the gap in terms of their environmental impact by using hybrid engines. The introduction of sulphur-free petrol in the near future will help further reduce the environmental impact of petrol.

So what are the alternative forms of fuel? Well there’s Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG. LPG costs half the price of diesel or petrol but has lower fuel economy. LPG does however have significantly lower CO2 emissions. Most petrol engines can be converted to run on LPG and petrol which involves a one-off conversion cost of around £1,600. It is not currently possible to convert a diesel engine to run with LPG. The major drawbacks for LPG are its limited availability (only 1,400 refuelling stations in the UK). What LPG is to petrol, Biodiesels are to diesel and can be used with little modification needed to the engine. Like LPG the advantages of biodiesel is that it has very low carbon emissions (pure biodiesel is 100% carbon neutral), but again suffers from a lack of availability.

Both diesel and petrol offer their own unique advantages to the motorist. Diesel’s superior fuel consumption is a big selling point, but because of the higher cost of diesel cars it only really makes sense to drivers who are clocking up over 15,000 miles a year. Any gap between diesel and petrol in terms of performance, efficiency and environmental impact is narrowing all the time.

Mercedes-Benz-S-500-Intelligent-Drive-self-driving-carThe future for self-driven cars Mercedes-Benz Self-driving car is unveiled. It is expected to be ready within seven years. And after already successfully demonstrating autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic, there is no reason to doubt the company’s expectations. It wasn’t that long ago that the Mercedes Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle, drove autonomously for 62 miles through a 100-kilometre-long route from Mannheim to Pforzheim in Germany. It was there that it overcame some difficult situations involving traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrians, cyclists and trams.

There will of course be situations where the driver needs to be in control of the vehicle. In these circumstances the car hands control back over to the driver. This all fine and well, but the difficulty comes in the way autonomous vehicles will need to communicate and interact with other cars.

‘Where a human driver might boldly move forward into a gap, our autonomous vehicle tends to adopt a more cautious approach,’ said Prof Ralf Herrtwich, head of driver assistance and suspension systems at Daimler.

‘This sometimes results in comical situations, such as when, having stopped at a zebra crossing, the vehicle gets waved through by the pedestrian – yet our car stoically continues to wait, because we failed to anticipate such politeness when we programmed the system.’

There is obviously still a lot of work that needs be carried out to get this car to market, but I’m sure as many of you will agree, the technology used to create a car such as this is quite simply remarkable.  The move could help Daimler regain its position as the leading luxury car market from its rival BMW, but there not the only ones who plan to open up a whole new way of driving. They are joined with the likes of Sweden’s Volvo, Vauxhall’s U.S. parent General Motors and Germany’s Volkswagen, who are all working on the same technology too.

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