IN BRIEF: Bid for a Bond car, buyers' regret choices and which region has the safest drivers?
PUBLISHED: 11:22 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 25 January 2016
One of the special Aston Martin DB10 cars built for the James Bond film Spectre will be auctioned for charity next month.
The sale, in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières, will take place on February 18 and is expected to raise around £1m.
The DB10 is one of the most beautiful cars created by Aston Martin, and although no road-going models have been produced, the DB10 has a V8 engine and power to match. The next car released by the Gaydon-based manufacturer is expected to feature some of the design elements of the Bond car. Until now, Aston Martin had said that they would keep all the DB10 cars.
Nearly half of car buyers regret their choice of vehicle, according to new research.
Car trading website Autovolo polled 2,000 people and found that 47 per cent admitted regrets, with the most common being down to running costs, mechanical faults and depreciation.
Nearly four in 10 (39pc) of the sample, made up of a mix of people who had bought new and used cars, said they had underestimated running costs, saying that insurance, road tax or fuel costs had been higher than expected.
Some 26pc said their car had suffered mechanical problems, with a quarter of these people also saying that it had happened within the first six months of their ownership. Of this group, nearly 30pc had not taken the car for a test drive before buying.
The East of England has come third a table of careful motorists, according to black box data from Direct Line.
The insurance firm analysed the locations of 10,000 DrivePlus policyholders who scored highest for safety factors such as speed, smooth acceleration and braking.
Once each region’s driving population was taken into account it was found that the North East has the highest proportion of the safest drivers, followed by Scotland and the East of England.
London drivers came sixth, while those in the South East finished at the bottom in 10th spot.
Drivers with telematics devices in their vehicles are given lower renewal prices for insurance.