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The A-Z Jargon buster section: The classified ads are full of abbreviations and jargon and sometimes it feels like you need to speak a completely different language to make sense of them. Here are a few of the most common (and most unusual) that you may see. And remember when it comes to writing your perfect ad avoid the jargon and keep the abbreviations to a minimum!

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Jargon Buster



ABS – anti lock braking system, prevents the wheels from locking in an emergency braking situation, thus retaining directional control

A/C – air conditioning

Adaptive cruise – Intelligent radar cruise control that will maintain the cars speed but also apply the brakes if you get to close to the car in front.

ASR – anti-slip regulation (traction control)

A drink – a back hander, unofficial commission paid on the sale of a car, about £50

A big drink – as above but normally near £500

A dipper – a deposit

A Gorilla - £500

Alcantara – suede like leather

Ambla – fake leather

AW – automatic windscreen wipers

18AW – 18-inch Alloy wheels



Bidet – rear wash wipe usually on a hatch back

Big music – loud and expensive stereo

Billy – Billy Bunter rhymes with Punter meaning customer

Blower - supercharger

Bose – top quality stereo system



CAN – controller Area Network, a multiplex wiring network

CBC – cornering brake control (BMW’s EBD)

CC – either climate control or cruise control… big difference so be sure to check

Chucky man – the person that can arrange car finance

C/L – central locking

Climate – more sophisticated form of air conditioning

Clifford – make of alarm

Cut and shut – a car that has been constructed out of more than one vehicle



Declined (finance) – refused credit

Double Vanos – variable inlet and exhaust valve timing (BMW)

Duel Fuel – a car that will run on more than one fuel, usually LPG/petrol or electric/petrol

Drip – finance agreement (‘would you like to out it on the drip?’)

DSC – (Dynamic Stability Control) a BMW traction control system

Duvet boy – rich customer



EBD – electronic brakeforce distribution, distributes braking force appropriately according to the level of grip each wheel has.

EDM - electric door mirrors

EFM – electric folding mirrors

EFS – electric front seats 

EFW – electric front windows

EGSR – electric glass sunroof

EMFS – electric memory front seats

ERRB – electric rear roller blind

ERW – electric rear windows

ESC – electric steering column adjustment

ESP – electronic stability programme (same as DSC)

ESR – electric Sunroof

Ever so gently - Bentley



FAR – front arm rest

FBMWSH – full BMW service history

FRRSH – full Rolls Royce service history

FSH – full service history

FSR – factory sunroof

FTVRSH – full TVR service history

TDI – turbo direct injection

FDSH – full dealer service history



GT – Grand Tourer



Harman Kardon – top spec stereo manufacturer

HFS – heated front seats or heated front screen

History – service history

Hybrid – vehicle powered by a combustion engine and an electric motor



ICE – In car entertainment, anything from a CD player to a TV and video!

Intercooler – radiator to cool the air being pumped back into the engine by a turbo or supercharger

ISOFIX – dedicated child seat anchorage system



Leakey – distinguished gentleman customer who is accompanied by young attractive women

Left hooker – left hand drive vehicle

Leggy – high mileage

LOTUS – loads of trouble, usually serious

LPG – liquid petroleum gas (cheaper fuel alternative)

LWB – long wheel base, in off road vehicles normally a 5 door. Also additional rear legroom in a luxury saloon e.g. Mercedes Benz S-class or Jaguar XJ.



Magic feet – cruise control

MB Tex – a synthetic plastic like trim found in Mercedes Benz, very hard wearing and easily mistaken for leather

Mickey – coming from Disney land means it is a work of fiction ‘the car has Mickey history’

Monster spec – a car with lots of equipment

MSR – manual sunroof

Multiplex wiring – state of the art wiring system that does away with massive, heavy wiring looms and uses a number of controller units networked by simple low voltage wiring



Nosebleed – accident damage to the front end of the car

Norman – as in ‘1996 on a Norman’ – meaning an ‘N’ registered car



OBC – on-board computer

OBD – on-board diagnostics

OTG – outside temperature gauge



Park/Park aid - system of sensors fitted in the cars bumpers that signal when you are nearing an object

PAS – power assisted steering

Pitch – dealer forecourt (As in there’s a Billy on the Pitch)

Pipe - exhaust

Privacy glass – dark tinted windows

Poverty spec – low specification

Porker - Porsche

PSM – Porsche stability management



Ragged – driven hard

Rain Sensors – automatically activate windscreen wipers when rain falls on the windscreen

Rari - Ferrari

Rent – road fund license

Rims – alloy wheels

RCL – remote central locking



Sat Nav – satellite navigation

Scuttle shake – body flex on a poorly made convertible that translates into a very un-connected feeling with the road as the suspension struggles to do its job

Smoking – ‘What are you smoking at the moment?’ – What are you driving?

Skin and wind – air conditioning and leather upholstery

Scooby – Scooby do/Subaru

Space saver – skinny spare tyre usually found on high performance cars that will ‘get you home’ and saves valuable boot space

SRS – supplementary restraint system (airbag)

STI – Subaru Technical International



Ticket – MOT

Tip or Tiptronic – automatic gearbox that also offers clutch less manual gear changes

Tracker – security system that will locate the car for police if the vehicle is stolen

T/T or T&T – taxed and tested (MOT test)

Three-legger – a three wheeled car

Tin top – a coupe as opposed to a convertible



Vanos – variable inlet valve timing (BMW)

VSC – vehicle stability control (Toyota/Lexus DSC)

VVT – variable valve timing

Vette - Corvette



WRX – world rally cross

WV – walnut veneer



Xenons – high powered headlamps



Web links (according to episode numbers)


Series 3 - Episode 11

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:


Series 3 - Episode 10

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Featured Cars:

Hot Tip:


Series 3 - Episode 9

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:


Series 3 - Episode 8

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Where's the Jack? 

Please check Pipes' Top Tips section

Featured Cars:

Vehicle recycling:


Series 3 - Episode 7

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Where's the Jack? 

Please check Pipes' Top Tips section

Featured Cars:


Series 3 - Episode 6

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Featured Cars:


Series 3 - Episode 5

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:


Series 3 - Episode 4

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Hot Tip:  

Where's the Jack?


Series 3 - Episode 3

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Hot Tip:  

Where's the Jack? Windscreen wipers feature:


Series 3 - Episode 2

Auction Fever:

Hot Tip:  

Where's the Jack? Car Battery feature:


Series 3 - Episode 1

Auction Fever:

Cars for the Buyer of the week:

Penny's hot tip

Teenage Kicks - Porsche 924:

Where's the Jack? Tyre feature:



Top Tips articles:

Negotiating Techniques

Reading & Writing car advertisements

Calling the car seller

Taking the Test Drive

The Rules of Warranty and Warranty Cover

Jason's Auction Tips


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