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100 years of Aston Martin: five reasons why we love them

Here at UK Fuel Cards we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most beloved and successful brands of the century – that’s right, Aston Martin is 100 years old this year. The British sports car firm has for years been an aspiration, a fantasy and a hobby, which is why it seemed only fitting to put together a list of five reasons why we love Aston Martin. In no particular order…

The Aston Martin DB2/4 (1953) - Believe it or not, Aston Martin has been making cars for forty years before the DB2/4 appeared in 1953. We know that there are countless super cars that preceded the DB2/4, but its beautiful curves, long bonnet and, of course, its iconic grille shape achieved aesthetic perfection – and not only in our eyes, as this look was then on adopted in all subsequent models. A legacy was born.

The Aston Martin DBR1 (1956) - A mere three years later, the unforgettable DBR1 merged – Aston Martin had no intention to stick to only making desirable grand tourers like the DB2/4. This incredible race car went on to win the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in 1959 – few have been able to compare to a vehicle that could take on the most demanding of circuits as well as turn heads with its beauty.

The Aston Martin DB5 (1963) - The release of the DB5 in 1963 in Aston Martin’s 50th year was their finest hour. Fast, pretty, filled with toys – this breathtaking vehicle was born to become an icon, with or without the help of a certain British agent. When Goldfinger was released in ‘64, the DB5 became immortalised. It still remains our dream car.

The Aston Martin DB7 (1994) - We’ll ignore the 80s (who remembers the 80s anyway?), and head straight to the 90s, when Ford took the reins and allowed the company to eventually produce the magnificent DB7. During this time, cars were boxy, angular and unappealing – all except one, that is. The DB7 boasted those infamous curves, set light with a ferocious elegance. Almost 20 years on, we’re still in love with this car, and with more than 7,000 manufactured over ten years of production, our Fuel Card customers have got more chance of encountering a DB& on the road than any other Aston.

The Aston Martin CC 100 (2013) - As Lamborghini brought out the Veveno to celebrate their 50th birthday, Aston Martin also stuck to what they know best and produced a car to sum up their 100 years of motoring. Unsurprisingly, the CC100 is a graceful, beautiful, track-inspired concept with no roof, panelless doors and a top speed of 180mph. Bliss.

These are our top five – can you add to the list? Whether or not you are lucky enough to drive your own Aston Martin, you and your fleet can at least experience some special Bond-worthy treatment with our competitive wholesale fuel prices and security features, courtesy of our flexible fuel cards.

August 27th, 2013
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Motorcycle Buying Guide

You’ve decided to invest in a motorcycle. That is really cool for a lot of reasons. The fuel economy translates into a comparatively green form of transit when compared to a car or truck. You can enjoy a more intense travel experience that brings you into closer contact with the sights and sounds that you pass through. It’s far more manoeuvrable than a car.

But remember that like driving an auto-mobile, one little slip-up on your part can cause serious injuries to yourself and to others. Except that on a motorcycle, because your own ability to maintain balance is all that keeps you in a vertical position, your chances of being in an accident are multiplied.

That is just the beginning of the many pros and cons to buying a motorcycle. This short post can only scratch the surface of the things that a prospective motorcycle buyer needs to know and do. So be sure to get online and to use your Internet search engine to find and peruse as much data on the subject as you can.

By educating yourself on as many such details before you make your motorcycle purchase, you will save innumerable headaches after the sale. Ensure that you have a current motorcycle operator’s license. An auto-mobile license is not sufficient. It can be a Catch-22 if you don’t have an available motorcycle to take your driver’s test. But at least study the written part until you have one for the purpose.

While you are in the study mode, research the numerous types of motorcycle insurance that is offered in your area. Asking your current life, health, burglar, home or auto insurance provider is a good place to start. Often when you contract for several types of insurance with a single company you can qualify for a blanket discount package.

Consider the size of the motorcycle that you can handle. A bigger machine may win you more dates but if it’s too big for you to comfortably control then you both may be licking your wounds instead of snuggling in the theatre.

It’s usually better to buy a new motorcycle that includes a warranty. Though many rail against such things, invest in any service warranty that may be offered. That’s because there is always a need for maintenance.

If you experience problems with your new motorcycle, may be you are driving a lemon. Learn what you are entitled to under the California Lemon Law.

August 21st, 2013
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