Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-on: Why this camera could start a revolution

Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-on: This camera could be a big deal

Samsung had the best phone of 2017 with the Galaxy S8, but will the Galaxy S9 follow in its footsteps and recreate that magic again?

Samsung Galaxy S9 release date and price

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now open.

Those who pre-order before March 7 will receive their shiny new Galaxy phone ahead of schedule on March 9. Otherwise, the Galaxy S9 will begin to hit shelves on March 16.


Pricing starts as follows.

  • Galaxy S9 – £739/$719
  • Galaxy S9+ – £869/ $839


Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 that’s just been announced at MWC 2018 is a tweaked and tuned S8, with Dolby Atmos-enhanced front-facing speakers and a camera that has the potential to beat the excellent Google Pixel 2.

This is an evolution, yes, but one that could still be the best phone of 2018.

With the Galaxy S8, Samsung started a shift that saw phone design change drastically last year. A big bezel was out, replaced by a larger screen that’s pushed right to the edges.

The Galaxy S9 retains this overall look – hardly something to complain about, considering a year on it’s still one of slickest phones around. However, it further reduces the bezel thickness above and below the display, and moves the fingerprint to a more suitable location.

The scanner now sits beneath the camera, rather than being tucked tightly beside it; but its surface still feels a tad on the small side. There’s iris scanning and facial recognition, too.

The metal and glass body retains its curved display, IP68 water-resistance rating and microSD card slot. There’s even a headphone jack, which is almost a novelty in 2018. Basically, if it was on the S8 then it’s present on the S9.

For years, my biggest complaint levelled at Samsung phones has been their terrible speakers. The tinny, down-firing mono speaker that sat on the bottom of the Galaxy S8 was awful – but that’s all changed here. The audio has been tuned by AKG and supports a form of Dolby Atmos. It’s loud, surprisingly detailed and a big step forward. The speaker at the bottom remains, but there’s now one at the top too.

Related: What is Dolby Atmos?

The other big area of improvement is to the camera. It’s the only feature of the Galaxy S9 that genuinely feels new and unique. Considering how important this part of a phone is, though, it could make all the difference.

Instead of having a fixed aperture on the lens, the S9 can shift between f/2.4 and f/1.5, providing ideal optics for both day and night photography. If it’s bright outside, it will shoot at f/2.4; but when there’s less light available then the lens will widen and utilise f/1.5 to let in more light.

The camera itself still has a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS, fast autofocus and is accompanied by an app that’s easy to use. Video can now be recorded at 4k 60fps – as is possible on the iPhone X – or at 960fps for a short burst.

There’s also a new AR Emoji feature that appears to be in response to Apple’s Animoji. These AR faces look a little more like Bitmoji than typical emoji, with a human touch, but like Apple’s variant they map your face with the 5-megapixel selfie camera and replicate your movements on-screen. I spent a bit of time creating an AR Emoji, and while it’s fun, it feels like a gimmicky software addition from Samsung’s bloated past.

Related: Best smartphones

The one slight disappointment about the camera is that the Galaxy S9+ is the only one of the duo to receive the secondary telephoto lens first seen on the Note 8. It would have been nice to see this, along with the Live Focus capabilities and portrait modes it brings, on the smaller device too.

I can see the thinking here, however: Apple restricted its dual sensors to the Plus versions of the iPhone. But that changed with the iPhone X, and the Galaxy S9 needs to compete with that.

Like all of Samsung’s recent flagships, the S9’s display instantly draws you in with its rich colours and fantastic contrast. It’s still a 5.7-inch OLED, quad-HD+ panel with support for HDR10, but even though little has changed, it’s still one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Keeping the phone going is either a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 (which will change depending on your region; us Brits getting the latter) alongside 4GB of RAM. You can choose between 64GB or 256GB of storage, both expandable via microSD, and there’s a 3000mAh battery inside that can be charged wirelessly or via the USB-C port.

Not upping the RAM to 6GB seems a bit odd, especially since my Galaxy S8 has suffered severe slow-down barely a year after launch. Hopefully, the extra power in the new processors will avoid such a situation this time round.

There might also be updates to the Samsung skin sitting atop Android 8, although very little seems to have visibly changed in this area. It’s still unmistakably Samsung’s take on Android, and requires some adjustment if you’re  used to cleaner skins of the OS.

Related: Best Samsung Galaxy S9 deals

First impressions

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is a gorgeous device, with a camera that could seriously take mobile photography to the next level. It also fixes some of the biggest issues I had with the S8 – namely, the fingerprint scanner’s position and the poor speaker. In reality, this should be the ultimate Android phone.

The changes appear minor in some areas, but maybe it’s just that we’ve come to expect too much from annual updates to these super-powerful phones. Is there anything else Samsung could have added? A 4K screen would have been nice, if unnecessary, and proper 10-bit HDR video recording could have added another skill to the camera. I’m probably most surprised that Samsung didn’t try to take on Face ID with an updated iris scanner or improved facial recognition – both of which I’ve found very hit-and-miss in the past.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the best phone of 2017, and I’m confident that the S9 will follow up as one of the most desirable and exciting phones of 2018.

Rainbow Six: Siege

Key Features

  • Review Price: £42.00

Available on Xbox One (tested), PS4 and PC

It’s fair to say that Rainbow Six Siege had an inauspicious launch back in December 2015, with mixed reviews and lacklustre sales. Common complaints were its lack of content and a host of technical issues which plagued its early days, while the poor sales can largely be attributed to its December launch date – released not long after Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and Star Wars Battlefront.

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Two years on, Rainbow Six Siege’s player base dwarfs both of those titles combined. Instead of giving up, Ubisoft redoubled its efforts and stayed committed to the idea of Siege, transforming it into one of the most popular shooters on the market. It’s had its issues along the way, but if ever there was a poster child for the benefits of the GaaS (games as a service) model, it would be Rainbow Six Siege.

A large reason for this success is Siege’s rock-solid foundation. Two teams of five operators face off in round-based matches, first to win three rounds takes the match (best of five). There are no respawns and the teams alternate between attacker and defender. The first team to eliminate the opposition or complete the game mode objective wins.

Related: Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Each of the game modes – Secure Area, Hostage and Bomb Defusal – all offer a variation on the core concept, whether that be planting a disarming device next to a bomb and then defending it or extracting a live hostage. Before each round starts properly, each team gets 45 seconds to prepare: the defending team reinforces walls and sets up traps while the attackers use their remote-controlled drones to scout out the map and find the defenders.

These clashes take place on intricately designed maps with a great deal of variation in locale and playstyle. Maps like Hereford Base and Consulate are multi-level labyrinths which offer a ton of options for outflanking manoeuvres for both sides, while Skyscraper sees the attackers swarming the exterior windows looking for an opportunity to breach. The maps are all highly destructible, allowing players to shoot through floors and walls, or even destroy them outright. This leads to a dramatic shift in battlefield conditions as new firing lanes open up, turning previously safe areas into death traps.

Rainbow Six Siege’s focus on tactical gameplay and information-gathering are what set it apart from the competition. Running in with guns blazing à la Rambo will result in a one-way trip to Deadsville, and the single-life-per-round system encourages players to value it. If you get killed early on, you’ll have to wait until the next round to re-join the action.

This punishing style of gameplay can make Siege seem inaccessible to newcomers, and you’re likely to spend your first few days in multiplayer being stomped and bullied by vastly more experienced competitors. But every death is a lesson, and those who can stick with Siege long enough to learn its complexities will find that it has so much to offer.

Related: Best PS4 Games

It might be infuriating to get shot through a wall by an enemy you couldn’t see, but if you can resist the urge to rend your controller in half and learn from that mistake, you’ll be the better player for it. Learning to peek around corners to get the drop on your opponent, knocking holes in walls to spy through and identifying the various sound cues will all take time, but it’s worth the effort. Siege offers a deeply cerebral progression curve – you don’t gain new skills or better guns, you just ‘git gud’.

It doesn’t wear the label in public thanks to its realistic styling, but Rainbow Six Siege is, at its core, a hero shooter not too dissimilar from the likes of Overwatch. Each operator has their own unique gadgets, weapons and stats. There are slow but tough operators like Rook who can absorb an obscene amount of damage without going down, while buffing the team’s defences with his deployable armour vests. These walking tanks are counterbalanced by nimble rush specialists like Ash, who uses her grenade launcher to blow out doors and walls, pouncing on the defenders before they’ve even finished tying their shoelaces.

As with all hero shooters, Ubisoft has had to perform a careful balancing act to keep each member in line with each other, and has done an admirable job. Some operators are more popular than others due to their general utility, but even the most specialised of operators has a use – except for Tachanka, who’s just a meme at this point.

The starting roster of 20 operators has been bolstered by a further 16. With the exception of the aforementioned Tachanka – who seems more fundamentally outclassed due to the static nature of his turret – the operators are all on a remarkably even footing. Even more impressively, none of the new operators have stolen the thunder of the existing cast. Some share similar abilities, such as Thermite and Hibana’s gadgets both being used to blow holes in reinforced walls, but in practice both fill their own situational niches.

Related: E3 2018

The updates haven’t just brought new people to shoot at; there are new and exciting places in which to shoot people, thanks to the addition of eight maps on top of the 11 that arrived at launch. It’s fair to say that the quality of DLC maps wasn’t exemplary from the outset. Early entries Yacht and Favela were so unbalanced that they’ve since been removed from public servers. With that said, the most recent maps like Theme Park and Skyscraper are stellar entries into the rotation. Existing maps are constantly being tweaked too, with Ubisoft recently announcing that both Clubhouse and Hereford Base will be receiving overhauls in the near future.

There’s also a single-player mode caller Terrorist Hunt, which sees you take on a horde of AI-controlled terrorists on one of the game’s multiplayer maps. You can play these lone wolf or take a team of friends in with you to rail on some bots. It’s perfectly functional and a fantastic way to learn the maps, but Terrorist Hunt is unlikely to engage you for long. Siege is unashamedly all about its multiplayer.

It’s also worth mentioning that nothing ruins a game like the people playing it, and the Rainbow Six community has its fair share of people spoiling the fun. Team killing and rage quitting are prevalent, especially in the Casual game mode, where players don’t suffer any rank penalty for such behaviour. Playing with a team of friends can nullify this issue, but if you’re going into Siege alone then you can expect prats to ruin things on occasion. Just keep your wits about you and hope you didn’t choose a character that someone else wanted to play as.

Oh, and there are loot boxes now, but in all honesty, this is the least egregious implementation of loot boxes I’ve seen to date. This is largely because they were introduced a year and half after Siege’s launch, only feature cosmetics, and almost all the items in the packs can be bought outright instead with the game’s earnable currency, Renown.

Related: Upcoming PS4 Games


Despite a few tiny blemishes on its record, Rainbow Six Siege is the most satisfying shooter experience of this generation, and few titles can boast its depth and longevity. By bucking market trends and offering a unique experience, Ubisoft has carved out a sizeable niche with a focus on methodical gameplay and teamwork over the run-and-gun style of the other big shooters.

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With a flourishing player base, a successful eSports community and another update just around the corner, Siege is the best it’s ever been. Just don’t expect to be any good for your first hundred matches. I’m not even exaggerating there.


Castle Clash Hack Tips

Castle Clash is a free-to-play mobile iOS and Android in which live an exciting adventure in a colorful fantasy world. As in all good strategy game, a small area of the map you receive at the beginning of this, what will be your home and that you must protect at all costs. Because of this, why our new website starts today same with the launch of this new Castle Clash Hack tool which will make it easier to have all the resources you need for this mobile game. Our team of programmers has focused on providing options needed so you keep not giving advantages in this game and be the best among your friends or against your opponents, so if you continue to use this hack tool you can among other things add mana, get unlimited gold, and get free gems that will be very necessary for this game.

We remind you that it is very easy to use and you have the instructions below. We hope that you have to try our Castle Clash Hack tool and get some resources as you need and send it to your personal account. It is easy and very helpful for you to win the game. All you need to do is just filling out your username ID. So, what are you waiting for?

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This Castle Clash Hack apk is actually a mini-site which will help you to hack the game and get the resources, such as mana, gold, and gems for your account for free. This hack site is in form of online application which you just need to fill out. It is very simple and easy to use. Besides, because of this fact, this Castle Clash Cheats is very safe to be used because you do not have to download anything from the site for generating resources. This way, you do not have to worry about whether the virus is going to be transferred into your device. Another reason why you should use this hack tool is because it is free. It means that you do not have to pay for getting the game resources that you have ordered!


The steps are very easy and simple. Besides, the good news is that Castle Clash Hack Android is now available for android user. Visit to our hack tool page by clicking the “ONLINE HACK” button above and you just have to fill out the first column with your Castle Clash username ID. You may also be able to generate resources for your friend if you know their username ID. After you have finished typing your username ID, now you can start typing the amount of mana, gold, and gems that you want to hack. Remember, the limit in each day for each resources is 1000. Because of that fact, you have to be careful in determining the resources. However, that is not a big problem because you can generate more resources the next day. Finally, you can click the generate button and wait for the resources to send to your personal account.












Getting tasked with leading the line of an English Premier League title contender is no easy feat, and even if his season has had its ups and downs, Aguero was absolutely sensational in January as he helped his club widen the gap at the top of the table. Not only did City have a great run of form in the league during January, Aguero scored five goals along the way. The Argentine is near the top of the league scoring charts, with a real shot at nabbing the Golden Boot if his brilliant form continues.

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FUTmas is Back in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team

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The most wonderful time of the year in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) is back! Whether you have been naughty or nice, enjoy FUTmas this holiday season with a variety of SBCs, themed Weekly Objectives, special holiday offers, and much more.

Starting on Friday, December 15, log in to FIFA 18 Ultimate Team on PlayStation 4 to discover new FUT content, available for a limited time.

New and fan favorite Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) will be released throughout the event, including FUTmas Countdown SBCs. As part of the Countdown, three player challenges will be released every day from December 15 until December 24, only available for 24 hours.

Spread FUTmas cheer throughout the week by completing a variety of themed weekly objectives to unwrap great rewards. And check your FUTmas stockings throughout the week for exclusive, limited-time holiday offers sure to make you jolly.

Finally, don’t miss another chance to get your FUT squad in the holiday spirit by picking up three unique FUTmas kits that can be earned using different methods–be sure to log in to FUT all week to find out how.

What is FUT?

FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) is the most popular mode in FIFA, played by millions all over the world every day. FUT lets you build your dream FIFA squad from scratch and compete with it in a variety of single player and online modes.

How Do I Get Started in FUT?

When you go to the Ultimate Team tab in FIFA 18, you’ll begin your FUT journey by receiving a starter pack containing enough player items to fill out your starting XI, followed by your choice of a loan player item that can only be used in a limited number of matches. To help customize your squad, you’ll also choose from a selection of real-world home and away kits and club badges.

How Do I Improve My FUT Squad?

If your team isn’t full of stars right out of the gate, Ultimate Team provides plenty of ways to improve it — some easy and quick, others that challenge you in exchange for better rewards. Completing a variety of in-game objectives*, as well as playing in matches, are the best ways to earn these rewards. Rewards can be FUT Coins, digital packs filled with player and consumable items, or a combination of both. Once you earn enough Coins, you can use them to buy more packs from the store or bid on players on the FUT transfer market.

REQUIRES FIFA 18 ON PLAYSTATION 4 (SOLD SEPARATELY), ALL GAME UPDATES, INTERNET CONNECTION, AND EA ACCOUNT TO PLAY. NOT ALL FEATURES AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS. PLEASE VISIT FOR DETAILS. © 2017 Electronic Arts Inc. EA, EA SPORTS, the EA SPORTS logo and Ultimate Team are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Official FIFA licensed product. © FIFA and FIFA’s Official Licensed Product Logo are copyrights and/or trademarks of FIFA. All rights reserved. Manufactured under license by Electronic Arts Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! Bitcoin can be used to book hotels on Expedia, shop for furniture on Overstock and buy Xbox games. But much of the hype is about getting rich by trading it. The price of bitcoin skyrocketed into the thousands in 2017.

Why Bitcoins?

Bitcoins can be used to buy merchandise anonymously. In addition, international payments are easy and cheap because bitcoins are not tied to any country or subject to regulation. Small businesses may like them because there are no credit card fees. Some people just buy bitcoins as an investment, hoping that they’ll go up in value.

Acquiring Bitcoins

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Many marketplaces called “bitcoin exchanges” allow people to buy or sell bitcoins using different currencies. Coinbase is a leading exchange, along with Bitstamp and Bitfinex. But security can be a concern: bitcoins worth tens of millions of dollars were stolen from Bitfinex when it was hacked in 2016.

People can send bitcoins to each other using mobile apps or their computers. It’s similar to sending cash digitally.

People compete to “mine” bitcoins using computers to solve complex math puzzles. This is how bitcoins are created. Currently, a winner is rewarded with 12.5 bitcoins roughly every 10 minutes.

Owning Bitcoins

Bitcoins are stored in a “digital wallet,” which exists either in the cloud or on a user’s computer. The wallet is a kind of virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins, pay for goods or save their money. Unlike bank accounts, bitcoin wallets are not insured by the FDIC.

Wallet in cloud: Servers have been hacked. Companies have fled with clients’ Bitcoins.

Wallet on computer: You can accidentally delete them. Viruses could destroy them.


Though each bitcoin transaction is recorded in a public log, names of buyers and sellers are never revealed – only their wallet IDs. While that keeps bitcoin users’ transactions private, it also lets them buy or sell anything without easily tracing it back to them. That’s why it has become the currency of choice for people online buying drugs or other illicit activities.

Future in question

No one knows what will become of bitcoin. It is mostly unregulated, but some countries like Japan, China and Australia have begun weighing regulations. Governments are concerned about taxation and their lack of control over the currency.

10+ Tips on Buying a Used Car

1.Year old cars are MUCH cheaper than new cars

The average new vehicle has a list charge of round £28,500. but by the time it’s three hundred and sixty five days old with 10,000 miles on the clock it fees simply £21,000 – a discount of greater than 27% inside the first one year. inside the second yr the depreciation price is in all likelihood to sluggish via roughly half (so the second one year, this common automobile might lose round £3,750 in value).

So choosing a year-antique version will dramatically scale back the in advance price. There are exceptions if you’re picking a plush model. brands that maintain their cost nice generally tend to consist of Mercedes and Porsche – so you may not see too many yr vintage luxury vehicle deals obtainable.

2.Revealed: The cheapest cars to run

To prevent time and strength trying to work this out, automobile professionals have already performed this research. you can evaluate going for walks charges of different models, inclusive of those you are looking to shop for, on numerous web sites, together with Parkers and What car?. however, observe those regulations to domestic in on the cheapest cars:

  • Smaller engines may be inexpensive. the choice of a 1.0-litre or a 2.0-litre engine isn’t pretty much natural horsepower. A massive engine will commonly burn extra gasoline than a smaller one. So engine size is a vital attention if gasoline economy is an important element in your selection.

Of route, this depends on how you operate the car. A small engine is maximum green while it’s used as supposed, including to pootle round metropolis. If a small engine is used a high                   velocity, it’s going to want to paintings a whole lot harder to preserve the car shifting – burning extra gas.

  • Petrol vehicles have a tendency to be cheaper than diesel. Diesel engines are frequently greater most economical than their petrol opposite numbers. but don’t be fooled into questioning this in reality makes diesel a higher choice. these vehicles are extra expensive, and that they normally price greater on the pump than petrol.
  • Manual cars are inexpensive than computerized. Switching among gears is greater paintings – particularly to the ones folks prone to stalling at traffic lights. yet whilst automatics take a number of the problem out of riding, they come with a better charge tag.

A guide Audi A3 diesel hatchback, as an example, costs £20,801. This compares to the automatic version, at £22,290 – or a upward push of £1,489. but many automatics are more fuel-green than their manual opposite numbers, as they ‘understand’ the excellent tools to be in, so that you should recoup the more price through the years.

  • Hybrid automobiles are cheap to run, however price more to shop for. era is enhancing regular with current hybrids coming in all styles and sizes, from superminis to luxury SUVs. gasoline-economy and reasonably-priced or even zero tax rates make component-electric powered fashions appealing, like the Toyota Prius. they also tend to preserve their cost for resale.

however they commonly cost greater to buy – so weigh up the financial savings.

  • Check CO2 emissions, as it impacts the responsibility you pay. shoppers of the maximum polluting cars pay the most street tax. however pick out a car (inclusive of the emission-unfastened hybrid Toyota Prius) that produces much less than 100g of CO2/km and you may pay not anything in any respect.

a mean circle of relatives-type car, like a Volkswagen golf, will set you again £30 a yr. See a full list of car Excise responsibility fees plus how to calculate yours.

  • Smaller vehicles are less expensive to insure. if you’re seeking to save money, you’ll need a automobile that’s cheap to cowl. The most inexpensive to insure have a tendency to have a lot in common, inclusive of length. placed actually, it’ll value you greater to insure a 4×4 than a small metropolis runaround.
    automobiles are placed in organizations ranked between one and 50, the usage of research by the Motor insurance restore research Centre (Thatchem). this is primarily based of various information which includes overall performance, safety features, price of a new version and value of spare elements. The Hyundai i10, as an example, is one of a handful of cars in group one, and for this reason is cheap to insure.

Test the insurance institution score of the precise model you have got in thoughts earlier than shopping for at Thatcham research. The better the wide variety, the bigger your top class is likely to be. it is also really worth checking our cheap automobile insurance manual to look what the probably fee is.

All of the above’s essential, but if you need to nail absolutely the most inexpensive motors to run, here they are (although do word these are all smaller automobiles):

3.The best time to buy a used car

As soon as you’ve determined what automobile to pick, now you need to know a way to get the high-quality deal. One way to lower costs is to shop for at the right time.

Dealers have objectives to meet, with bonuses up for grabs. commonly, these are based on quarterly income, making the stop of March, June, September and December a terrific time to buy. They need to shift vehicles, so may be extra willing to barter and provide appealing finance packages.

However, if you’re buying from a non-public supplier, there is not likely to be a good or awful time. non-public dealers don’t have objectives to meet, aside from the charge they need to acquire. if you’re shopping for this manner, keep a watch on costs a few months before you truely buy – if they may be heading down, you could need to attend. Heading up, and it’s prudent to buy faster.

For a quiet time, try and keep away from weekends, or the begin of the month, simply after payday. A dealership stuffed with wannabe customers isn’t a terrific region to good buy tough.

In case you’re buying privately, it’s also well worth selecting it slow when other potential customers is probably away. this may be over Christmas, or deep into the summer season vacations. think about the style of vehicle too. summer is when drivers dream of buying convertibles, making winter an amazing time to haggle for a deal on one.


4.’What car do I need?’ checklist

Earlier than you begin browsing for the ‘one’, reflect onconsideration on what you actually need from a car. There’s no point shopping for a -seater convertible in case you’re about to begin a circle of relatives, so workout what is sensible. Ask your self:

  • What are my critical necessities? sufficient room for the own family? A cheap car to run? A sporty variety? reflect onconsideration on what you need…
  • Do I need the auto to do whatever particular? this can encompass towing a trailer or becoming right into a small area.
  • Is it for quick city drives or longer dual carriageway journeys? Does it want so as to cruise at highway speeds with out straining?
  • what is better, petrol or diesel? The fuel you need to use can make a huge distinction within the model you would possibly pick.
  • Do I want a big boot? don’t forget whether or not you need room for matters including sports system or a pushchair – or if you want to fit friendly Fido or your meddling mom-in-law.
  • Do I want to don’t forget an eco-friendly car? if so, a hybrid or electric powered automobile might be an option. The price greater to begin with however a few come with authorities offers,
  • Eg, the BMW i3 has a £five,000 supply.

5.Need to flog your current car? Selling privately can net you 20% more than part-exchanging


In case you need to flog your current wheels, you’ve got two options. you may either component-exchange the automobile at the dealership, in which the provider offers you a fee and knocks it off the entire price of the car you’re shopping for. Or you can sell privately – wherein you listing the automobile and get cash from the person that buys it.

  • Part-change.this could keep numerous trouble, however it’s rather not likely to be MoneySaving. sure, it stops you having to advertise the auto or address potential consumers, however, and that is a massive but, you also received’t get as tons as promoting privately. consider, the supplier can pay less than your automobile’s cost so it is able to circulate it along at a income. So weigh up gives carefully.
  • Selling privately. that is greater time ingesting, however you’re possibly to get extra for the car, if you’re organized to position the effort in. options consist of categorized listings on Gumtree (free), PistonHeads (30-day ad is £11.99), Autotrader* (one-week ad is free for cars underneath £1,000, while automobiles over £1,000 can be listed from £36.ninety five) and vehicles (12-week loose advert). different options consist of promoting the car on eBay or facebook.

We investigated how a good deal greater you would get promoting your automobile privately, and a look for the cost of numerous models on found the fee difference changed into frequently 20% greater selling privately as compared with component-change.

6’How much will it cost me?’ checklist

Before you begin doing your sum you want to determine what automobile you want.

you could take a look at out every model online. What vehicle?, Carbuyer, sincere John and Parkers are among the first-class web sites for research functions – and don’t forget about the top tools web site for lots of on-line reviews.

There are kinds of fees you want to price range for: upfront and ongoing. take a look at you’ve got thought approximately all the following and budgeted for them:

  • Any upfront charges. once you’ve determined to buy a car, you’ll of path should pay for it. you can both pay the complete price prematurely or take out a finance deal. Whichever way you select, count on to at least pay some form of down price before you power off.
  • Finance repayments. if you’ve taken a personal loan, or supplier finance, you may need to aspect in payments – read more on your finance alternatives.
  • Gasoline. To work out the hard cost of walking a brand new automobile, the Gov.united kingdom website has a fuel consumption seek device. Motoring website honest John additionally has a handy ‘real MPG’ segment in which drivers have reported what number of miles in step with gallon they certainly get. See our cheap Petrol manual for the way to cut expenses.Tax. you may take a look at out how tons avenue
  • Tax you may want to pay at the Gov.united kingdom website. you may also look for vehicles in a selected tax band (A-M depending on the auto’s CO2 emissions). The price of tax variety from £zero to over £1,000 in yr one. general quotes then follow, at as much as £500/yr.
  • Vehicle insurance. The value of insurance is based totally on how much of a threat insurers perceive you to be. Eg, in case you are a teen who’s simply passed your test, you’ll pay more for your cowl. Plus, taking breakdown cowl will bump up the price. New automobiles often come with a yr’s worth of breakdown cowl. See our cheap vehicle insurance and Breakdown cover courses for recommendations on the way to reduce prices.
  • MOTs. as soon as the auto’s 3 years vintage, you’ll must pay for an MOT each 12 months, which charges £54.85 (for the take a look at). Use our MOT manual for MoneySaving tips, which includes getting the take a look at at neighborhood council centres, that may prevent £100.
  • Servicing. you’ll need to get your vehicle serviced regularly, typically as soon as a year, even though it varies by version. Servicing guarantees it’s safe to power and maintains the manufacturer’s guarantee valid. A recurring provider commonly starts offevolved round £one hundred twenty.
  • Parking allows and tolls. unless you’ve got free parking in which you stay, or a storage, you may in all likelihood should pay for a resident’s allow. check your council website to look how a lot this prices. don’t forget any prices to park at work in case you power there too, in addition to toll fees you could face alongside the way.
  • Other spending. New tyres, repairs and valet cleans can upload up, so ensure there’s a few breathing room to your budget. So permit multiple £100s greater for additional spending in line with year – simply in case.

7.Check as many dealerships as possible and pit them against each other

Ask all the sellers in your area for their excellent deal in your 2d-hand vehicle of preference. in case you’re prepared to tour some distance and wide to discover a rock-backside charge, increase your radius. Make a word of the pleasant rate, and ask others to overcome it.

You can constantly pass lower back for your neighborhood provider to invite if they’ll match the high-quality provide. They might be keen in your coins, and glad to offer the same deal.

8.Always haggle!

Haggling isn’t reserved just for backstreet bazaars, it is a provider’s traditional ability – and it’s expected of you, too – so good buy difficult, and play Arthur Daley at his personal recreation. the first rule is that you should by no means pay the list rate of the auto – you’ll be a fool at hand over the entire price (until shopping for online, where your haggle possibilities are restrained!).

Arm your self with the cheapest internet costs and make dealers compete for your custom – What automobile? lists a reachable ‘target’ rate for all modern vehicles. Print this out and persist with it all through negotiations.

Haggling may be daunting, even for hardened MoneySavers, but there’s nothing to be terrified of. right here are some of Martin’s top processes (more in our Haggling guide).

  • The novice’s haggle – get them to chuck some thing in for free. sellers frequently say they’re not allowed to offer reductions but in case you’re new to haggling, an easy begin factor is calling them to throw something in on top. whether it is unfastened sat-nav or ground mats, if you need an upload-on, try no longer to pay extra for it.
  • Look for already-discounted automobiles. If the charge is already decreased, there is regularly greater flexibility. the limits have already been flexed and the psychological loss for the salesclerk is reduced as they have already given up on the concept of having complete fee.
  • Don’t fill the silence. As negotiations come to a near, a traditional income approach is staying silent. They need you to just accept the fee simply to fill the awkward silence. lead them to fill it with a inexpensive provide.
  • Stroll away – get them to call you back. Psychologically, in the event that they need to chase you, as opposed to you being first-rate keen, is much more likely to result in a higher deal.
  • Flaws imply discounts. look for the tiniest of dents or scratches. This makes them more hard to flog, however nonetheless flawlessly pleasant to force. Keeerching!
  • Play them off towards every other. this is covered in the point above but well worth mentioning again. To honestly up the haggling, do not target dealers in isolation. try to play off a range of towards every different. This has two blessings: it gives you a strong basis and it prods their competitive instincts for your favour, as they need to show they are better than the opposition.
  • Be pleasant, but company. you are more likely to get a end result if the body of workers member empathises with you. in case you’re well mannered, captivating and treat the complete system with humour, you’ll get in addition.
  • Watch for the “whack-a-mole” effect. Haggle at the charge of the automobile, and the provider might then price extra for the finance. Haggle at the finance, and there is probably no wiggle room on the price of the automobile. it is really worth doing your sums to peer how plenty each saving from haggling could be – and taking the most valuable.
  • Ask for the solar and you can just get the moon. don’t forget, do it with humour, do it with style and there’s no charge or proposal too outrageous. you may haggle truly everywhere for whatever.

MoneySaving fulfillment testimonies

“By no means sign up the day – walk away. you may begin getting smartphone calls/emails the following days with better offers… i finished up with my target change in, £2,000 off listing fee and a pair of.nine% APR on a Ford Fiesta. It turned into four.nine% APR however they dropped to two.9% after I walked away.”

if you’re buying privately, it in no way hurts to make a suggestion. The worst they are able to say is no. or even if you walk away then, the vendor ought to call you back if there’s been little further hobby.


9.Buying a used car checklist: What to look for?

It is no longer pretty much rocking up and liking the look of the auto – rather you need to take a look at the entirety, from the paintwork to the tyres, seatbelts and headlights. ensure you follow our 9 matters to test:

  • Take a look at the car’s mileage. The common included is around 10,000 miles a year, so if the odometer’s discern seems wildly out for its age, ask why. If the solution doesn’t stack up, be suspicious. Crooks can also have ‘clocked’ the odometer. you could additionally check the remaining service for the mileage to peer if this is in step with the parent.

An HPI check (see factor 12) will also check this, as well as inform you if the car’s previously been written off, or reduce-and-shut (elements from two automobiles welded together). watch out for category D motors too. these had been in crashes formerly, and often value £1,000s less than you would assume. here’s the category D lowdown.

  • General circumstance. cast a beady eye over the automobile’s condition, crouching right down to look for scratches and dents.
  • Take a look at upkeep. See if there are any signs and symptoms of terrible restore, inclusive of gaps among body panels after crash damage.
  • Check the oil. try this by using lifting out the dipstick to peer if the level’s correct.
  • The engine. have a look at the engine for symptoms of oil or water leaks, in addition to the encircling components – and look below the automobile for any signs of leaks too.
  • Take a look at the radio. Plus all other gadgets to make sure they work.
  • Turn on the lights! check these work, and that you may open and near the windows easily.
  • Is it safe? Vitally, does the car seem in safe condition to power. believe your intestine – if the seats are sagging and the car looks like it’s geared up for the scrap heap, hold your search somewhere else.
  • What about the tyres? test for tread and inflation.

10.Diesel cars are more fuel efficient – but won’t be worth it for most…

Diesel engines are frequently greater fuel-efficient than their petrol counterparts. however don’t be fooled into questioning this really makes diesel a better option.

It is feasible to pay nearly something you want for a used vehicle, though you generally tend to locate that diesel cars – even used – are slightly greater high priced than petrol. however, where people suppose diesel is plenty better price is on the petrol station forecourt. And this has a tendency to be authentic – even in latest environment in which petrol and diesel charges are tons of a muchness,

Allow’s take an example. A diesel Ford Fiesta can supply 59mpg as compared with the petrol version’s 39mpg (each in step with What automobile’s proper mpg calculator) this means that that on a 10,000 miles in line with yr basis, you’ll spend £six hundred extra filling up the petrol automobile than you’ll at the diesel (this assumes diesel and petrol are each approximately 120p according to litre, as at 25 Jan 2017).

But, you want to remember that now not every body will attain these mpgs. in case you’re now not doing everyday, long trips where the engine’s most green, then it’s not likely you’ll genuinely make any financial savings from going for the diesel model. in case you simply want a car for pootling around city, it’s probably a small petrol or electric car can be your satisfactory wager.

Both offer their personal benefits – and understand that gasoline charges range, so test those at the time of purchasing.

✔ Greater most economical – better mpg
✔ Engines generally extra robust – closing longer
✔ Ideal for long journeys
✕Automobiles fee greater to shop for
✕Automobile excise obligation is inexpensive on diesel motors
✕Pricier parts if repair wished
✕Commands better resale values than equivalent petrol fashions
✕Gasoline is oftenmore luxurious inside the united kingdom

✔ Petrol is usually less expensive within the uk
✔ Right for brief trip
✔ Engines are greater responsive – suit ‘performance’ motors
✕Often less dependable than diesel motors
✕Automobile excise duty is greater high-priced
✕Vehicles lose price barely faster
✕Engines much less efficient and use more gas
✕So earlier than you choose one or the other, check real MPG values from What car? and honest John. they may give you a far more accurate picture than the producer’s ‘professional’ MPG stats.

Tom Brady reflects on New England Patriots’ defeat in remarkable Bowl

Tom Brady has taken to Instagram to specific his thanks to the ones linked with New England Patriots, who suffered a surprise defeat to Philadelphia Eagles in remaining Sunday’s terrific Bowl in Minnesota.

The quarterback has contested 8 wonderful Bowls in 17 seasons, five of that have ended in achievement.

searching back on his crew’s forty one-33 defeat by way of the Eagles, Brady said: “It has taken me a few days to mirror on our SB loss as well as the notable season our crew had.

“there are numerous emotions whilst you arise quick of your aim. And they may be all part of studying and growing on this adventure of existence.

“studying turns the whole lot into a effective. And the primary feeling i have had the beyond 4 days is gratitude.

“Gratitude to my team-friends for the exceptional effort given all season. Gratitude closer to my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make. Gratitude to the NEP organization for helping us on our very difficult and difficult adventure.


“Gratitude to Philadelphia Eagles for bringing out the quality in us and being gracious winners. Gratitude towards our fanatics who showed up each week to cheer us on and devote their time and strength and love and help to what our desires are.

“And gratitude to my family and pals who maintain to love and guide my dreams.”

Brady, who won the NFL’s maximum precious player award for a 3rd time, intends to retain in 2018, having reached his 40th birthday in August of final yr.

Brady’s Instagram post got here the morning after the Boston usher in published a tale by way of columnist Ron Borges which claimed Brady became seeking a settlement similar to Jimmy Garoppolo’s, and that he would pass organised team activities if it was now not forthcoming. The usher in later took the tale down from its website.

Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers granted Garoppolo a five-yr $137.5m deal that consists of $74m in ensures.

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