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Choosing a bike rack for your car

Getting bicycles from A to B often calls for more than just pedal power, as many people carry bikes on their car roof. We asked the experts to explain the differences between strap-mounted, roof-mounted and tow bar-mounted bike racks.
A tap drips

How to fix a leaky tap

Dripping taps leak a surprising amount of water, costing you money. Quite literally, it's money going down the drain. Luckily, fixing the problem can be straightforward.
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Dealing with a bereavement

Nothing can prepare you for losing a loved one, and it will cause huge upheaval. At this emotional time, the practicalities of organising a funeral and managing financial affairs can be overwhelming. Read our article to find out how you can get the support you need at this difficult time.


Jump starting a car

How to jump-start a car

When you turn your key and your car doesn't start, it's easy to get frustrated. To get back up and running quickly, it's handy to know how to jump-start a car. Here is a quick and easy guide.
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How to properly clean inside your car

We spend a lot of time in our cars. Give your car the attention it deserves and discover how to thoroughly clean it inside with our expert tips.
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Are you at risk of relay theft?

Relay theft is a new method used to steal cars. And if your car has keyless entry technology, then you're at risk.
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Accidental damage cover

Carpets ruined by red wine? Coffee spilt on your laptop? Football through a window? Accidental damage cover can provide you with additional cover for any mishaps or DIY disasters.
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Burglar alarms and home security systems

Being a victim of burglary can leave you feeling unsettled for a long time. Luckily, increasingly sophisticated security alarms help to deter potential thieves. Find out about the different types of burglar alarms, how they can secure your home and reduce your insurance costs.
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A home with solar panels.

A guide to green homes

It's more important than ever to think about the environment. We can't just flick a switch and improve things overnight, but we can do our part at home to make things a little better.
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How a baby will change your life

There's no bigger milestone in life than having a baby. You might think you know what's coming, but how does having a baby change your life? We go through the important things you'll quickly realise when a newborn joins your family.
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Financial support for when you lose someone you love

Dealing with money, wills and inheritance tax may be the last thing on your mind when you lose someone. How can you make these practical matters easier to deal with? There's a range of financial support available for people who have lost loved ones.
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Dog theft - how to prevent your dog being stolen

Dogs are stolen more often than you might think. Read our guide to find out how you can help prevent dog theft and what is covered by pet insurance.
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