Round-Up: Cost of pothole repairs to cars hits £1.2bn, Cap HPI launches TCO tool, Model 3 named as best-selling EV

Overall cost of pothole repairs hits £1.2bn

Ford Focus pothole

The overall cost of repairing damage to vehicles caused by potholes has increased by a third in the last year, fast-fitter Kwik Fit has claimed.

It said with 11 million drivers damaging their vehicles in the last year due to poor road conditions, the overall cost has hit £1.2bn in the last year – an increase of 32% compared with figures from the previous year.

In the year ending March 2016, the equivalent total bill was £684million, meaning that the cost of damage reported by motorists has risen by 77% in the last three year, Kwik Fit added.

Cap HPI launches TCO tool

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Cap HPI has launched a total cost of ownership calculator aimed towards used car buyers and grey fleet drivers.

Called TCO Check, the online tool allows drivers to take costs into account and tells them how much they can expect to spend over the next three years of ownership when selecting vehicles.

The tool also breaks down what the costs are for and when they are due. Using the tool, motorists can find out the cars that hold their values well, the cheapest models to run, best fuel economy and the makes and models with the lowest maintenance and service costs, while it also allows potential buyers to check if the car makes economic sense by calculating factors ranging from depreciation, fuel costs and road tax to tyre and brake pad replacement costs.

Tesla Model 3 named as best-selling EV in Europe last month

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The Tesla Model 3 became the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe last month in its first month of going on sale.

Although not yet available in the UK, the brand’s hotly anticipated BMW 3-series rival clocked up 3,630 registrations last month, compared with the Renault Zoe’s figure of 2,888 registrations, vehicle data company Jato Dynamics said.

In isolation, these figures sound impressive, however, it is worth noting that pure electric vehicles made up just 1.9% of all cars registered in Europe last month and the Tesla did not break into the top 25 most registered car list.