Gocompare News' 2011 in review – Part Four

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  • | by Kristian Dando


Having a poor credit rating isn’t the financial life sentence that you might think it is, learned Kristian Dando. While he was at it, he rounded up a few tips to get on the straight and narrow.

We got sent a Citroen DS3 DSport to test, which had a none-more-butch baby blue paint job with zebra patterned roof.

Dave Jenkins rode shotgun with a roadside recovery driver, to get a flavour of what a 'normal' day is like for these unsung heroes of the highway.

Creating a website for a small business is an expensive enterprise, right? Not necessarily, as Maxine Frances Roper found out.

Rachel England provided the recipe for a trauma-free landlord and tenant relationship.


November saw the launch of junior ISAs. We had the low-down on this new financial product here. Is the new Nissan Micra much cop? Kristian Dando took it upon himself to find out…

Ever bought anything which seemed like a good deal, but turned out being a waste of money? Us too. Here’s a list of classic cases of false economy….

More people than you’d imagine would sell their partner for a million quid.

If you’ve got pets and are planning a firework display on New Years Eve, then you’d do well to have a read of this. Plus, it’s got a picture of a cute cat on it.

As the temperature dropped, we published this guide to driving safely in the winter months. If that wasn’t enough cold weather advice, then we also had this guide to making sure your pipes don’t burst.

With his finest travelling trousers flapping in the breeze, Dave Jenkins delivered this must-read guide for all backpackers.

Could a new driving license system be the answer to the skyrocketing cost of insurance for new drivers? The Association of British Insurers thought so.

And just before the festive shopping season kicked off in earnest, we delivered this essential guide on knowing your consumer rights.

December…so far

Kristian Dando got his hands on the Skoda Yeti Greenline II. Here’s what he thought about it.

We had a look at eight destinations for the 2011/2012 ski season.

We skid you not! Here’s a guide to driving with maximum traction this winter.

Talking about driving appropriately in adverse weather conditions, here’s how to stay safe in high winds.

We went Christmas crackers – there was Jon Severs’ run-down of ten lousy Christmas presents, Rachel England’s indispensible guide to buying Christmas presents (especially for blokes) and Dave Jenkins’ guide to cutting the cost of festive entertaining.

Check out Part One, Two and Three of our 2011 review.