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Electric, Hybrid or PHEV?

When it comes to buying an electric car, there are currently three main types available: Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Electric Vehicles, commonly known as PHEVs.

Car Finance – Are You Able to Upgrade Your Car Right Now?

Many people who have bought a car with car finance wonder when they can upgrade or change their car. If you financed your current vehicle and have owned that vehicle for in excess of 2½ years it is likely that you could now be in a position to upgrade to a far newer car with far less mileage for a similar monthly payment.

Quality Used Mercedes-Benz at Imperial Car Supermarkets

With a range of models, Mercedes have a car for everyone. The mid sized A Class is a great family hatchback, extremely economical (especially the diesels), yet remaining sporty and stylish. For a sleeker more executive saloon there is the C Class with a wide range of engines to choose from. For ultimate comfort and luxury the E Class has space, practicality and a particularly impressive level of equipment.

Bright Sunshine Yellow Cars for sale Southampton & Northampton

With the Summery weather, many people are actively looking to replace their old car, actively seeking out quality used vehicles. What better colour for Summer than bright yellow? This feel good colour can lift your spirits all year round whatever the weather, and Imperial Car Supermarkets has some great yellow city cars and hot hatches for sale at low prices and mileage. Reasons to buy a yellow car:-       A recent study by iSeeCars.com found that yellow cars depreciate...

Buy Nearly New Used Cars Southampton & Northampton

When it comes to buying a quality used car, it really does make sense to buy from Imperial Car Supermarkets. At our Southampton, Northampton, Portsmouth and Fleet showrooms we sell many ‘nearly new’ cars. All under 18 months of being on the road; these cars offer completely amazing value. Every car at Imperial car Supermarkets is thoroughly checked over by the RAC, and all can be viewed with their documents on our website and in branch. To find our range of ‘Nearly New’ cars...

Baffled by BMW? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, X, Z, M)

If we say 'Five Thirty', do you think three-litre German saloon or home time?

With so many cars in the BMW line up, it's easy to be baffled by the badges on Beemers... But never fear! Imperial Car Supermarkets are here, and we're going to show you that understanding the BMW range is as easy as One Two Three.

 

1 Series

The BMW 1 Series first arrived in 2004, and was initially available only as a five-door hatchback. A...

Tips for driving in winter conditions

Here’s the Imperial Car Supermarket’s top tips for driving in cold weather.

Keep yourself warm, all of these could be life savers if you get stuck in a Winter traffic jam

Wear (or take) a thick coat, scarf, gloves and a hatLadies, you might consider popping a jumper & trousers in the boot – imagine being at a stand still for hours wearing a dress!Sensible shoes or boots – handy if you have to get out and walkA warm blanket

Don’t forget your...

Jargon Buster

Our friends over at Sunday Times Driving have compiled a great list to attack the car acronyms and jargon! 

So don't get all confused about the ACC and RPM's - check out this great guide to help you through it!

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A-pillar: The two vertical struts sitting either side of and supporting the windscreen. The A-pillars are a critical part of the crash structure and increasingly house a side airbags, so have widened over the years. Some A-pillars are split in...

Imperial Car Supermarkets - genuine, open and transparent

Our aim is to help our customers find, pick, compare and fully evaluate quality used cars before making a visit to one of our showrooms.Genuine Used CarsIt can sometimes be hard to compare one carshop, car dealership or car supermarket with another. At Imperial Cars we are proud to say that all of our cars are genuine, all have been independently RAC Inspected and put through extensive evaluation at our new preparation centre before being made available for sale. How do we differ from our...

Buy A Premium Quality Used Car from Imperial Car Supermarkets

Many people know that new cars depreciate rapidly, indeed it’s been estimated that you could lose as much as £5,000 just by driving off in a brand new car – that’s before even clocking a mile on the odometer! With an Imperial Car Supermarkets quality used car you can be assured the majority of their depreciation has taken place already. All of the cars we sell are between 2 – 5 years old, priced nationally and independently checked by the RAC onsite. This ensures that we are...

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