When to Repair Your Old Car and When to Upgrade to a New One


Whether to continue repairing an old car or just buy a new one – that’s every car owner’s dilemma. The smartest way to solve such a puzzle is to have the financial wisdom to know when it’s time to replace your old car. Continue Reading →

3 Best Caravan Towing Cars of 2015


If you own a caravan there are a lot of things to consider when purchasing your next car. So how do you go about picking your touring tow car?

The first thing to consider is what you want from a car when it won’t be towing your caravan. Will it be used for quick trips to the shops and the school run? A 4×4 is great for loading up with kids and shopping but it is not an economical day-to-day car. Do you want something easy to park or do you want something that can effortlessly tow heavy loads?

Always make sure that you have a good estimate of what you caravan weighs, not empty but when loaded up with suitcases, BBQs and whatever else you’ll be carrying around with you. All manufacturers publish the towing abilities of their cars, so make sure that they match up. You may find that you don’t need a 4×4. Check the nose weight and the tow bar options available to the vehicle but most of all make sure that the car has a diesel engine. Even with huge advances in petrol engines, towing a large caravan over long distances is always more economical with a diesel engine. There are a few cars like the Volvo V60 Hybrid model that are perfectly capable of towing a medium sized caravan and will save a fortune in petrol in traffic jams, but over long motorway drives diesel will always save you money.

Finally, remember your caravan is not covered by your car insurance; you will need a separate caravan insurance policy so you can keep your costs down by not going overboard on the size of your vehicle if you are towing a small caravan. Caravan and leisure vehicle insurers like Shield Total Insurance offer a range of specialist cover options to suit your caravanning needs.

So, what are some of the best towing cars on the market at the moment?

1. SEAT Leon ST 2.0 TDI 184 FR

Spacious for its size and a brilliant family car, the Leon ST has a host of add-ons available that allow this car to strike the balance between being a mighty towing vehicle and a dainty family car. With a detachable tow bar and an alarm that has tow-away protection through its perimeter monitoring, this car must be seriously considered for anyone who wants an excellent and well-priced towing vehicle.

Essential towing statistics

  • Kerb weight [with driver]:1415 kg
  • Permissible gross weight:1970 kg
  • Max. towing weight without brake: 700 kg
  • Max. towing weight with brake 12%: 1600 kg

2. Volkswagen Touareg

A comfortable and smooth SUV that has all the power you will need to tow the vast majority of caravans, the Touareg was introduced in 2010. While its update in 2014 was not significant, VW has managed to improve what was already a brilliant machine. Alongside a solid 3.5 tonne towing capacity the Touareg boasts four wheel drive, six airbags, hill descent control, ABS, fatigue alarm and an incredibly strong build, making this a very safe family towing car. Where it really impresses is not only its low price compared to other SUVs in the same class, but also with its diesel fuel consumption clocking in at an excellent 42.8mpg (3.0 TDI V6 262bhp model).

Essential towing statistics

  • Kerbweight 1541kg
  • Maximum towing weight 2000kg
  • Towball limit 90k


Twelve years after the success of the original Volvo XC90, the 2014 release of the Swedish manufacturer’s landmark 4×4 model was one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the last few years, and it did not disappoint. Luxurious interior design, built in WIFI hotspot, full iPhone command compatibility, Volvo’s high-end safety features, seven seats… the list goes on. This car has a lot of amazing features. The first generation of the Volvo XC90 was one of Volvo’s most successful cars ever and the second generation model is sure to follow in its footsteps with improvements made in almost every department. Lighter, stronger, safer, faster and more powerful than its predecessor, with a four cylinder twin turbo charged diesel engine and hybrid options, the new XC90 really is one of the best tow cars out there.

Essential towing statistics

  • Min. Kerb Weight 2130 kg
  • Max Roof Load 100 kg
  • Max Poss Towing Weight, braked 2700 kg

TMS and Titanium Benefit the Auto Racing Industry

TMS Titanium has a special place in its heart for the racing industry. After receiving quality assurance certifications in 2009, they reached out to those industries that could benefit from a true and stable titanium supplier. The auto racing industry was one of those and neither has looked back since.

Titanium has many properties that make it valuable to industries such as racing, aerospace and even the medical industry.

Used alone or with other materials, titanium can make strong, corrosion resistant parts that are durable under pressure and of lighter weight than before. These properties lead to new designs because what was considered unfeasible no longer poses a problem. Continue Reading →