Living in today’s world is becoming more and more expensive, and because of that more people are looking at the used car market rather than buying new. The main problem with this, is that a second hand car can have problems which may not be apparent at the time of buying it, and these can be costly to repair.

Did you know, you can protect yourself against some, or all of the cost of car repairs by taking out a car warranty?

Buying a car warranty will cover you should you have any unforeseen issues with your car, but it will not make your car unbreakable, issues can, and do still occur, it just means that when they do occur, you won’t be landed with an unmanageable repair bill.

A car warranty will cover issues with your engine, drive system and any agreed extras you have covered by your policy, but generally you will still be responsible for having your car serviced (such as oil changes, new filters, brakes and tyres) however some types of warranty may cover some of these items – it’s good to check before purchasing.

Think about what you need from a warranty – the primary purpose is to keep your car repaired should anything break, which is great, but what if your engine blows up – whilst the warranty may well cover the costs of a new engine, and fitting of the engine, your car is likely to be in the garage for some time, weeks, possibly months if they are waiting to source a replacement engine.

During the time your car is in the garage, you’re effectively left without a car, unless your warranty specifically covers a courtesy or rental car whilst yours is in for repair, this is something we would recommend you add onto your “must have” list when looking for a potential warranty supplier, you are taking out a warranty on your car to ensure it can be repaired and remain on the road, so doing without it for a month or more at a time is likely not a viable option for you.

Other extras which may be included are things such as breakdown cover, if you already pay for this separately you may be able to save some money by cancelling it and having it included with your warranty. If you’re doing this, make sure you are getting a suitable level of cover, you don’t want to break down late at night and be towed to the nearest garage and left there, breakdown cover which includes forward journey cover is best (this means that the recovery company will take you to wherever you were going as part of the service).

If your car has a lot of extra gadgets such as cruise control, satnav and reverse parking sensors, make sure these are covered under your warranty if they are important to you, otherwise these components may not be included in any warranty cover you take out, and you’ll have to foot the bill yourself.

Much like car insurance, do your research first before you decide on the right car warranty company for you.

Thinking about calling an emergency plumber? Well stop and think, do you really need an emergency plumber or will a normal plumber do?

If you’re planning to have a new bathroom fitted, or want to upgrade your shower, then you really don’t need an emergency plumber.

There are many jobs which would require you to call out a plumber, if you need an outdoor tap, or your toilet is blocked or flushing slowly. None of these are emergencies, you can call out a normal plumber to handle this type of issue, but if a pipe has burst or your tap is overflowing your sink and won’t turn off, in turn flooding your home, then it really is an emergency and you’re going to need to call out an emergency plumber.
So is an Emergency Plumber really required?

Before you make the decision to contact a plumber, you need to decide whether or not it is an emergency, if you decide it is, then you first need to turn off your water supply via the stop-cock/stop-valve, this is generally somewhere near your kitchen sink, although may be elsewhere – familiarise yourself with this so that if you do have an emergency you know where it is. Turning this valve will stop the mains water from coming into your property and will prevent any additional damage being caused by the water.

Calling out an Emergency Plumber

If you’ve turned your water supply off, and turning it back on would cause further flooding or damage to your property, chances are, it’s time to call in the professionals – you’ll need them quick, and this is what companies such as Bristol Emergency Plumber services specialise in. An emergency plumber will come out to your property as soon as possible, without having to book an appointment days or even weeks in advance. As you can imagine, calling out a plumber in an emergency situation will cost you more than using a regular plumber.

When you call the plumber, it’s best to give them as much information as possible, plumbers will carry a large range of plumbing supplies in their van, but you may require something more specialist and if the plumber knows this in advance, they will be able to bring it along.

Before you let a plumber start work on your property, ask for an estimate – you will have to pay the emergency call-out charge whether you decide to give the required work the go-ahead or not, but you should always have an idea of how much the full work will cost when completed.

So, if you’ve woken up in the night to water pouring through your ceiling, or got out of bed and stepped into a puddle, switch off your mains supply and call in the specialists.

A domain name goes through a life cycle, this life cycle can be reset if the owner chooses to renew it, however, what happens if the owner forgets to renew, doesn’t have the money to renew, or has quite simply lost interest in the domain name and does not want to renew it?

1. A domain name is registered and is considered active, or registered – this domain name is owned by an individual or company and can not be registered by anyone else at the moment – it will remain property of the registered owner until the registration time runs out – the minimum time a domain name will be registered for is 1 year.

2. Once the registration period expires, the domain name will be placed on hold for a period of time, this varies depending on the company which was used to register the domain name, and also the type of domain name (.com, .net, .org etc). The on-hold period can last anything up to around 45 days, and during the on-hold period, the person who owns the domain name can come along, re-register the domain name and continue to use it. This domain will not count as having expired, and will carry on as having been registered for the full period. If the owner decides not to renew the domain name, or forgets, it will then move to a redemption period.

3. Redemption periods in terms of domain names last for 30 days, and allows the owner to extend their registration, but as they chose not to renew at renewal time, or during the on-hold period, they will have to pay a penalty fee. The fee varies between registrars and can be up to several hundred dollars, so as you can see, keeping your domain name renewed on time makes a lot more sense than leaving it until the last minute and paying expensive fees.

4. If the domain name is not renewed during the on-hold or redemption periods, it will go into the pending delete phase, this is a 5 day period where the domain name will be in limbo, it can’t be registered by the previous owner and it can’t be registered by a new owner. This period lasts for 5 days and then the domain name will “drop” and be registerable by anyone – if the old owner chose to register it then they could try to register it before anyone else, but there is a strong market for expired domain names, so if the domain name has good metrics or is a valuable name then there will be many people looking to register it.

The exception to this 4th rule is, that some more valuable domain names may be made available for backorder/pre-order before they expire, this often means the domain name will go to auction and interested buyers will bid on the domain. Domain auctions can be an expensive way of purchasing a domain name, especially if the domain name is useful to more than one person.

If you’re interested in registering an expired domain or want to see what is coming up for auction, there are many different websites which are created specifically for this, such as http://the.domain.name or snapnames – so if you really can’t find a domain name you want which is available to register, why not check out expired or up coming expiring domain names?