Tax Disc Changes – A guide

14717956010_315b88b10c_z ()Some changes to Vehicle Exercise Duty are coming into force from October 1st 2014. We detail how these tax disk it might affect you.

The change

All vehicles from the family car, to motorbikes and buses will no longer receive a paper tax disk to display in the windscreen to show that Vehicle Excise Duty has been paid.

What will replace the disk?

Instead of the paper disk the system will be wholly online, the police will use the ANPR system (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) to check the DVLA database to find out if a vehicle is correctly taxed. These system have been in use for a number of years with police forces across the country and have been seen in use on television programmes such as Traffic Cops.

What changes will you need to make?

The same payment options are still available, either online or at the post office. The only difference is that now you won’t be given a tax disk to display in your car window. The VED database will automatically update with your details.

What about buying or selling a car?

These new rules restrict selling a car with outstanding tax on the vehicle. Therefore it is important that when you sell a car you inform the DVLA to let them know that you are no longer responsible for the tax status of the vehicle. The same applies to if you buy a car, before driving away you must tax it before using it.

At Ryan Vehicles we can assist you with any of your motoring needs. From buying to selling your car, to body repairs and servicing. Contact us on 0870 410 4110 or visit the website.

Motorists changing their habits

winding roadSince careless driving fines were introduced almost 12 months ago, a third of motorists have changed their driving habits. However, despite a third changing their habits, as many as 74% have not noticed a change in other drivers habits.

The survey involving 16,606 drivers questioned motorist on the new measures that have been introduced to allow police to issue fixed penalty notices for less serious driving offences including tailgating and hogging the middle lane.

Only 12% had seen fewer examples of tailgating and 11% seeing less lane-hogging. As a whole those surveyed agreed that as many as 82% said visible policing was the only way to stop this sort of offence occurring.

AA roads policy head Paul Watters said: “Careless driving has been an offence since the 1980s, but it was hoped that giving police the power to fine people for less serious examples of it would encourage drivers to change their behaviour, without clogging up the courts.”

Ryan Vehicles based in Partridge Green from our custom built garages provide a range of services including sourcing new and used cars, leasing as well as maintenance and repairs. We also sell DFSK minivans, this small van can carry bigger than average loads and comes in a range of body styles to fit a range of business needs.

Visit our website or call us on 0870 410 4110 for more details.

Van Maintenance Tips

train repairAt Ryan Vehicles we know you love to keep your DFSK van well maintained. All our DFSK vans come with a 3 year warranty – the first two years unlimited mileage with a further one year or 60,000 miles, whichever comes soonest. Plus a three year Anti Corrosion Perforation Warranty as standard and one year’s DFSK UK roadside assistance. Read some DFSK maintenance tips below:

- Fluid levels: Check the engine, oil and brake fluids and top up as appropriate. Too much or too little can damage an engine.

- Keep it clean: Make sure your windows lights and door mirrors are all clean to ensure maximum visibility.

- Tyres: It is important to check tyre pressures regularly especially if you are likely to travel long distances. Recommended tyre pressures for a DFSK can be found in the vehicle documentation. Or give us a call on: 0870 410 4110

Ryan Vehicles are an official dealer of the DFSK van range. For more details on the range and to book a test drive visit our website.


DFSK 4×4 Big Cab

big-cab-4wd-bannerThe latest edition to the DFSK van range the 4×4 Big Cab has been test driven at the DRIVEit event 2014. The 4×4 system on display has been used for a number of years in counties on the continent but this is the first time that the new drive train has been on display in the UK.

Developed specifically for DFSK models the 4×4 system can be found on pickup, heavy-duty Cucini-bodied Dropside, Tipper and a chassis cab ready for a bespoke body. The user can easily switch from 2 to 4 wheel drive via an electronically mounted switch on the dashboard.

As can be seen in the video below from VansA2Z the DFSK van coped well with difficult off road terrain that is likely to be far more treacherous than most users will ever experience. The 4×4 system does provide extra traction and stability on difficult tracks. Where the van reall shined wass on narrow, twisty, muddy tracks where its compact dimensions and tight turning circle meant the DFSK 4×4 Big Cab meant that it could keep going when other 4×4 vehicles were too big for the course.

To read more on this story visit the VansA2Z website or watch the video below.

Most Expensive Regions for Garage Labour

Information from a new survey has found that garage labour rates have reached a record high peaking at £215 per hour. Main dealers were found to be the main culprits of high prices, charging on average 44.9% more than independent garages like Ryan Vehicles.

car serviceFrom the 10,000 cases analysed, it was found that the average main dealer hourly rate is £92.11, compared to the non-franchised rate of £63.56.

However, it isn’t just the type of garage that you visit it could be the the location. The survey found that the top 3 places for expensive garage labour rates were, London, Surrey and Middlesex. Our garage located in Partridge Green in West Sussex was not one of the areas listed with high servicing and labour costs. We have always strived to keep our prices low for our customers and this location based survey only emphasises that fact.

For more information from the survey visit the MSN Cars UK website.

At our own workshop in Partridge Green, West Sussex we can provide MoTs, on-site repairs and services and body panel repairs. Want more information?

Visit our website. Or call us on: 0870 410 4110.

Fast response key to repeat MoT business

A new survey has revealed a link between car servicethe length of time it takes a service or MoT centre to respond to after sales enquiries and how likely the customer is to use that business again.

Research has found that of the sample of 2000 motorists asked; 2 hours is the longest amount of time they are prepared to wait before taking their business elsewhere. Only 16% of respondents say they would wait for 24 hours of more.

The survey also revealed some interesting statistics about who has the most patience. With women having more patience than men, people in the north east had the least patience of those surveyed, under a third saying that they would expect a response within 2 hours.

At Ryan Vehicles our on-site MoT centre in Partridge Green, West Sussex. Our own workshops can cater for class 3, 5 and 7 vehicles. Our mechanics have many years experience with a wide variety of vehicles; for an enquiries call us on 0870 410 4110 or visit our website for more details.

DFSK To Launch 4×4 Big Cab At DRIVEit Show 2014

DFSK the importers of Chinese built DFSK Loadhopper minivans and mini trucks are introducing a 4×4 DFSK variant to the market.

dfsk big cab 4x4
DFSK UK will be debuting the new two-seater 4×4 Big Cab drop side and tipper — with heavy duty alloy bodywork by Italian specialist Cucini — featuring additional storage space behind the seats. In essence an extended cab minus the additional rear side doors. The system which has been developed specifically for DFSK models and has been used successfully in Europe for a number of years.

For users to be able to engage 4×4, they use an electronic dash-mounted button and to enable the low-range option on the van this is engaged manually using a shorter gear stick which is adjacent to the orignal one.

These added features to the van should provide DFSK drivers with even more flexibility to go where they need to get to.

Read more on the launch at the VansA2Z website; reviewers of light commercial vehicles.

DRIVEit 2014 is taking part at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on the 10th – 12 July. For more detail on DFSK vans from Ryan Vehicles please visit our website or call us on 0870 410 4110.

What type of driver are you?

A study by the automotive group the AA has been able to identify the drivers of the UK into 6 separate profiles that define us all. The study interview 20,000 motorists every month in the UK and can get a strong idea of the majority of UK drivers.

  1. Reluctant Drivers (16% of the sample). These drivers average 6,800 miles a year and 72% of this category drive most days. The people are least likely to use their car for business.
  2. Way of Life (14% of the sample). Way of Life drivers average 9,600 miles a year. 99% of this category drive most days, many of whom regularly go for recreational drives.
  3. Rogue Drivers (13% of the sample). This category averages 8,700 miles a year and 82% of these motorists drive most days. These drivers are most willing to bend the rules of the road and also have a bit of a short fuse with other drivers.
  4. More than Motoring (18% of the sample). These drivers average 6,700 miles a year but only 25% of this category drive most days. These people are unlikely to perform maintenance to their car themselves.
  5. Motorheads (21% of the sample). Motorheads average 10,500 miles a year with 99% of them driving most days. These motorists drive for the sheer joy of it.
  6. Driving to Live (18% of the sample). This category averages the highest yearly mileage of 10,800 miles a year with 100% of drivers in this category stating they drive most days. These drivers are dependent on their vehicle for their work.

The driving because they enjoy it and driving for work groups represented the bulk of motorists in the UK. We suspect lots of DFSK van drivers make up the ‘driving to live’ categories as the DFSK range makes great commercial sense as a small van for use around town for a wide range of organisations. However, we hope that whilst driving their DFSK van they are also getting some enjoyment from driving the van.

Young women in car, laughingWe’d love to hear which driving category you believe you fall into. Let us know by connecting with us on Twitter – @RyanVehicles

Why not arrange a test drive of a DFSK van, based in Partridge Green, West Sussex. We can arrange test drives for fleet and business customers as well as sole traders around the South East of England. Visit our website for more details, or call us on: 0870 410 4110.

Fraudsters target ‘white van man’

Man in delivery vanA new study has revealed that crash for cash fraudsters are specifically targeting drivers of white vans. The survey revealed that 31% of the victims of this type of crime were drivers of light commercial vehicles.

Experts at anti-fraud firm APU believe the trend is fuelled by a belief that commercial vehicles are more likely to have full insurance cover, and their pushed-for-time drivers less likely to dispute liability. Each year crash for cash insurance scams cost around £392 million to the insurance industry and the motorist as a general and linked to around 70,000 personal insurance claims.

Ryan Vehicles sell the popular small commercial vehicles the DFSK minivan. The DFSK minivan range comes with a wide choice of different body styles to fit a range of commercial uses. To find out more about the DFSK range visit our website.







DFSK at Driveit Show

DFSK will be attending the DRIVEit Van Swindon deliveriesShow in Leicestershire on the 10 – 12 July. The show gives customers and prospects the opportunity to drive vehicles rather than view them on an exhibition stand. The DFSK team will be taking along the following vehicles to the event:


  • Big Cab Dropside with heavy duty body
  • Big Cab Tipper
  • V Series Tipper
  • Big Cab 4WD Tipper for the rough terrain centre
  • Minibus for ferrying drivers to the rough terrain centre

The V Series is being shown to gauge visitor response as we intend to bring this vehicle to market early 2015.

This is a great opportunity for potential customers such as local authorities, utility companies and other potential users of the minivan come along to experience the vehicles for themselves. Tickets to the event are free, visit the Driveit website for more details.