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UK motorists could save £6.7bn by DIY

Top 50 Car Manuals available anytime, anywhere, on any internet or mobile device

Renowned motoring experts Haynes have announced 5 top tips that if followed could save UK motorists £6.7bn, encouraging road users to carry out simple maintenance jobs themselves. The announcement comes as Haynes launch their Online Manuals in the UK. From today (18 June) the top 50 Haynes Car Manuals are available anytime, anywhere and on any internet or mobile device.

A further 50 titles will be added at regular intervals throughout 2012-13, and the electronic manuals will also be available for purchase via trade customer websites as the programme rolls out. Car maintenance is often seen as something too complex and challenging for anyone other than an experienced mechanic, but following these simple tips from Haynes could save Britain's 31 million motorists over £200 each.

  1. Fit your own windscreen wiper blades. A garage could charge you £40 plus to fit new windscreen wiper blades, but they can be bought for just £10 and are very simple to fit, it'll take less than a minute. Potential saving: £30
  2. Fit new front brake pads. Having reliable brakes is essential to keeping you and your family safe on the road. Fitting new brake pads is not difficult providing you are patient and follow instructions to the letter. Potential saving: £49.95
  3. Fit new direction indicator bulb. You wouldn't call an electrician to your house to change a light bulb - why get a garage to fit a new bulb to your car? How to change the light depends on the make and model, but most exterior light bulbs are easy to replace once you know how. Potential saving: £88.50
  4. Change engine oil and filter at least once a year. The engine is the heart of your car, and it's essential that you look after it. Changing the engine oil is the single most important thing you can do to prolong engine life, and is easy enough to be done by anyone. Potential saving: £20
  5. Use a proper screen wash additive. People often try and save money on screen wash by using water, and although this will work pretty well during the summer months, that is not the case in the winter. Plummeting temperatures could cause the water in the washer reservoir to freeze and split the reservoir, so it is essential to buy a screen wash additive with antifreeze. Potential saving: New reservoir and pump, £30+.

Total saving: £218.45

Haynes manuals have been helping motorists perform these simple tasks and much more for over 50 years, and the new Manuals Online include all the content from the printed manuals with the additional benefits of a glossary of terms, searchable menus, quick links and 'how to?' videos. Haynes have sold more than 150 million manuals worldwide. This new digital platform will make Haynes Manuals available to a much wider international audience.

The UK launch comes after a highly successful release in the United States, where evidence shows that rather than replacing the printed manual many motorists are buying the online version as well as the book. This is thanks to the speed, searchability and the fact that it can be accessed anywhere. Jeremy Yates-Round, Managing Director at Haynes says;

"Haynes Manuals Online are incredibly easy to use and make car maintenance more accessible than ever before. The 'how to' videos clearly demonstrate a range of repairs and the quick links and search facility make identifying and fixing faults very straightforward.

"There is a widespread misconception that modern cars are too complicated to do your own maintenance. That is simply not true and our research shows the huge savings that can be made by taking on simple tasks, like replacing windscreen wipers or changing a light bulb, can save you over £200 a year.

"Our experience in the United States, where online manuals are already available, shows that Haynes Manuals Online become an extension to your toolbox, available at home or on the road. "This is a world where our natural instinct is to 'Google' how to fix something. Haynes Manuals Online will put the answer at your fingertips."

The new Haynes Manuals Online cost just £25.00 per manual for a year, or £30.00 for a lifetime subscription and are available from www.haynes.co.uk

Haynes Top 50 selling manuals

Below is a list of the top selling manuals over 12 months from Feb 2011- Feb 2012:

  1. FORD FIESTA PETROL & DIESEL 02 - 08
  2. PEUGEOT 307 PETROL & DIESEL (01-08)
  3. PEUGEOT 206 PETROL & DIESEL 02-06
  4. VAUXHALL/OPEL ASTRA & ZAFIRA PETROL
  5. LAND ROVER 90,110 & DEFENDER DIE 83
  6. FORD FIESTA PETROL & DIESEL (08-11)
  7. FORD MONDEO (03 - 56)
  8. VAUXHALL CORSA 2000/2003
  9. RENAULT CLIO PETROL & DIESEL
  10. FORD FIESTA PETROL & DIESEL (95-02)
  11. FORD FOCUS PETROL & DIESEL
  12. VW GOLF & BORA PETROL & DIESEL (01-
  13. FORD TRANSIT DIESEL 00 - 06
  14. BMW 1 SERIES PET & DIESL (04-AUG11)
  15. FORD TRANSIT CONNECT DIESEL (02-11)
  16. FORD MONDEO 2000-2003
  17. VAUXHALL/OPEL CORSA 03-06
  18. CITROEN BERLINGO/PEUGEOT PARTNER
  19. ROVER 75/MG ZT PETROL & DIESEL (99-
  20. RENAULT MEGANE & SCENIC PET&DIE 99-
  21. VW GOLF (04 - 07)
  22. LAND ROVER FREELANDER PETROL DIESL
  23. PEUGEOT 107 (05-11) 05 TO 11
  24. FORD FOCUS
  25. FORD FOCUS PETROL (05-09) 54 to 09
  26. LAND ROVER DISCOVERY DIESEL 98-04 S
  27. FORD FOCUS DIESEL (05-09) 54-09
  28. BMW 3-SERIES PETRO (SEP 98-06) S-56
  29. ROVER 25 (OCT 99 - 06) V TO 06
  30. MERCEDES BENZ C CLASS 00 - 07
  31. FORD C-MAX (03-10) 53 TO 10
  32. VOLVO V70/S80 PETROL & DIESEL 98-07
  33. VAUXHALL/OPEL VECTRA (05 - 08)
  34. MINI UPDATE (69-01)
  35. RENAULT MEGANE (OCT 02 - OCT 08)
  36. VW PASSAT DIESEL (JUN 05-10) 05-60
  37. VW POLO HATCHBACK P & D 94-99, M T
  38. CITROEN C5 - 01 TO 08
  39. MINI PETROL (01-06)
  40. VAUXHALL/OPEL ASTRA & ZAFIRA(DIE)98
  41. RENAULT LAGUNA FEB 01-MAY 07 (X-07)
  42. MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS P & D '93-AUG
  43. VOLVO S70, V70, C70 96-99
  44. PEUGEOT 306 PETROL & DIESEL (93-02)
  45. RENAULT CLIO PETROL & DIESEL 98-01
  46. RENAULT SCENIC 2003-2005
  47. FORD KA 03 - 07
  48. VAUX/OPEL ZAFIRA PETROL & DSL 05-09
  49. VAUXHALL OPEL ASTRA PETROL 04 ON
  50. BMW 5 SERIES DIESEL (03-10) 53 - 10

The information on this page is supplied courtesy of Haynes Publishing, please credit accordingly if you intend to use it. For more information or to request a review copy please contact Spirit PR on 0117 944 1415 or email Haynes PR

Haynes Manuals is the world's leading publisher of illustrated workshop car and motorcycle manuals, as well as producing manuals on a wide range of DIY, leisure and lifestyle subjects. These will continue to include motoring and motorsport related subjects.

www.haynes.co.uk. Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. Telephone: 01963 440635 Fax: 01963 440001 E-mail: sales@haynes.co.uk.