• The 5 Best Movie Car Chases Ever

    The subject of ‘the best movie car chase ever’ tends to be a very divisive one amongst movie-goers and movie critics alike. Here we take a look at 5 of the best.

    Bullitt (1968, Peter Yates)

    Most movie critics are agreed that Bullitt sets the car chase standard. A little over half-way into this slick thriller we find Steve McQueen’s police officer being tailed by a pair of hit-men. McQueen soon loses them only to emerge behind them, the hunted becoming the hunter. What follows is nine minutes of the most thrillingly visceral cinema ever made.

    Director Yates needed three weeks to perfect the chase, working closely with Carey Loftin, the film’s stunt co-ordinator to capture a stunning, city-wide 110mph rollercoaster ride that has (arguably) never been matched since.

    Duel (1971, Steven Spielberg)

    Spielberg was more or less unknown when he made this superior TV movie. In it, Dennis Weaver, a travelling salesman, is pursued by a murderous petrol-tanker driver for pretty much the entire film. As we never see the face of the tanker-driver, the truck itself takes on a life force and develops its own personality until, finally vanquished, it lies groaning and belching fumes following the movie’s thrilling climax.

    The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)

    Gene Hackman’s unhinged cop, Popeye Doyle pursues a criminal across New York City. What makes this car chase really stand out is the sheer recklessness with which Doyle goes about the chase, taking risk after risk in one of the most pulse-quickening chases ever. It is a brilliantly directed and edited sequence that will leave you gripping the arms of your chair in fear and excitement.

    To Live and Die in LA (1985, William Friedkin)

    Fourteen years after he made The French Connection, Friedkin created this even more elaborate car chase for a fantastic thriller about money laundering. Cops John Pankow and William Petersen are chased through LA’s back streets, initially by two gunmen but then by a whole stream of other vehicles that seem to appear from nowhere. Friedkin mounts his camera low to the road which increases the sense of speed and exhilaration. The scene is one of the most carefully and ingeniously choreographed in all of cinema and – say it quietly – it may even rival Bullitt for the title of best movie car chase ever.

    Ronin (1998, John Frankenheimer)

    The late-Nineties saw something of a renaissance for the car chase and this heist flick was at its forefront. Ronin prepared the way for many inferior films such as The Fast and the Furious and Gone in 60 Seconds. The film features two chases, the first of which is impressive but merely very good. The second is a breath-taking, bare knuckle ride through the streets of Paris. Eighty vehicles were destroyed in its making as Jean Reno and Robert de Niro hare after their erstwhile partners-in-crime. Much of the chase takes place at full speed and the wrong way along real dual-carriageways leaving you wondering how this punishing scene was ever made.

    We hope you enjoyed these five car chases. For more motoring news, stories etc, the news section of Car Finance 247 is a good place to start. We look forward to bringing you more cool car features, articles, news, videos and features in 2014.

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  • 5 Most Desirable Lease Cars In The UK

    The roads in the UK seem to be busier than ever and you may be surprised to find out that almost ¼ of the cars out there are not bought in the traditional manner. Whatever the reason why you are looking into leasing a car, you may be curious as to what kind of cars other people are choosing. In the following article we look at 5 of the most popular cars for leasing in the UK.
    The popularity of leasing has increased over the last few years. Why? It is likely that it is often because of either people do not have enough money to buy outright and therefore need to look to bad credit car leasing or do not want to lock in to a long contract on a car that will be outdated in a few years time.
    The constant demand for the latest models, and most up to date technology is also driving consumers away from being tied to a single vehicle for 10 years with the hassle of resale at the end of it.
    Unsurprisingly, in many parts of the UK people are choosing to take out leases for cars with the latest technology, that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.
    Mercedes Benz A Class (Throughout UK)
    Overall in the UK it would appear, based on internet search data, that Mercedes-Benz A Class is the most popular and desired lease car. Around 24% of all searches are this particular car and when you take into consideration the quality of the interior, manufacturing and technology used under the bonnet as well on the dash, it is not hard to understand why.

    Range Rover Evoque (In London)
    Although the most popular car throughout the UK is the Mercedes-Benz mentioned above; it is a different story when you look at the data for particularly areas. In London, for example, the Range Rover Evoque is very popular. It is not only a bit of a head turner,but it is available in both 3 door and 5 door versions. Despite it costing a bit more than most, the luxury you get for the price tag is second to none and as it is fitted with a 2 litre turbo engine and 9 speed automatic transmission, it is one very powerful car.
    BMW X5 (In Cardiff)
    In Cardiff, the most desired car is the BMW X5. As well as being in its third generation it also said to offer a more car-like driving experience than a lot of other SUVs and has a powerful engine and offers great handling and control on the road. BMW cars are also synonymous when it comes to luxury. BMW also appear to have done something a lot of other SUV manufacturers haven’t and prioritised on road performance rather than off road performance.
    Toyota Yaris (In Belfast)
    Compared to London and Cardiff, in Northern Ireland and Belfast, interest in leased cars is more toned down and the Toyota Yaris is the most sought after. Although the Yaris is not as flashy as the other cars mentioned above, it is extremely reliable and has comfortably roomy interior. It is also best suited to urban driving as it is nippy and able to manoeuvre in and out of tight spaces.
    Audi A3 (In Edinburgh)
    In Edinburgh the number one car leased out is the Audi A3. This particular car is distinguished by great handling and has a collection of value-enhancing luxury interiors and a very pleasing on the eye interior. With a front wheel drive, a 6 speed automatic transmission and a 1.8 litre turbo engine capable of 170 break horsepower; there is no question why such a powerful car is sought after.

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  • Personalised License Plates & What To Do With Your Old Numbers

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    Personalised license plates are everywhere. From street to street and city to city, anywhere there are cars there are those willing to take their love of automobiles to a new level. No doubt you will have spotted a number in your daily life, and even more online, reacting with chuckles or admiration.

    The custom license plate is seen as something of a statement item. Your choice of letters and numbers is as individual as your haircut, giving passers by a window into who you are. Unique plates, like car mods, are treats for car enthusiasts. But how to do you pick a plate that doesn’t make someone cringe and what do you do with your old one once you upgrade?
    Pick a vanity plate that doesn’t look tacky

    There are three different kinds of custom plates: name, car make/model and dateless. For the average motorist the license plate means little more than how you car is identified. However, they’ll have an idea of how each license plate shows its own time of creation – the third and fourth number being the age of the vehicle.

    Car enthusiasts, however, appreciate the more intricate details of their cars. The license plate may be a tool for the DVLA to identify your vehicle, but its also a potential place to put your personal stamp. Unfortunately, not everyone who decides to upgrade their number plate knows the difference between a cool and a tacky custom plate.

    You’ll have seen them on the internet, the horrid “DA B3ST” number plates, which elicit groans from onlookers and costs more than a pretty penny. Avoid these at all costs by looking instead for a plate more in tune with who you are, such as initials or favourite numbers.

    Look for matching make or model license plates

    Personal registration specialists, Click4Reg suggest that “for those who love their cars but prefer to avoid using their names or initials we suggest checking out some of the affordable make or model plates, ones that end in SLK or BMW are desirable but not extortionate”.

    If you have multiple cars or a higher end collection, co-ordinating your vanity plates with your vehicles could be a great finishing touch.

    Alternatively, if you’re really keen to get your initials on your pride and joy then its worth doing some research or speaking to a specialist about the popularity of your initials. Chances are that, in the UK, there won’t be someone else with the same initials as you wanting custom plates.

    If your initials are popular then the cost of the plate can rise considerably. In this instance, you might want to mix in your initials with numbers, like your year of birth. If you do this though, watch out for misrepresenting the age of your car should you be planning to sell one day. Remember the age of your car is typically in the 3rd and 4th number position and you don’t want to make your car look older than it is.

    Sell on your old plate to make money

    Once you have your personalised license, what do you do with your old number plate? One of the simplest solutions is to transfer it to another vehicle that you own. But if you just want to get rid of the extra plate, consider selling it on.

    License plates, notably personalised ones, come with a value and can be sold on. You license plate might not mean anything to you but the combination of letters and number may be significant to someone else. Something they are willing to pay for.

    This is also something to bear in mind when purchasing your personalised license plates. Going for a more desirable plate is an investment and there are many people around the world who collect the most wanted plate. For example, in November 2014, a registration plate sold for £500,000 in Wales.

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