A look at the Nextbase 402 Professional DashCam

Its only a couple of years since the dashboard camera made itself noticed as a genuine motoring accessory, with limited models to choose from and like all new technology… high prices. As the cameras have become more popular though, manufacturing costs have dropped and more and more of these interesting little devices can be spotted on peoples dashboards and windsreens.

Today I am going to take a look at the Nextbase 402 Professional which you can pick up for just under £150 here in the UK. The device is simple to use straight out of the box without any major technical knowledge being needed and once set up it will automatically record whenever the vehicle is being used.

The camera is attached to the windsreen via a suction cup and can be easily released to make any adjustments quite easy for the driver without them having to bend over the dashboard. Another nice feature is a lengthy cable so you can easily trail the cable behind the dash without having to have ugly wires hanging down infront of other instruments.

The camera utilisies full HD recording in 1080p quality meaning images are crystal clear during daylight hours, with number plates on cars ahead clearly visible should you be unlucky enough to need evidence of such a thing. Night time recording obviously isnt going to be quite as good but is still impressive and easily recognisable.

Other functions on the device include –

  • GPS Logging – This will log the location along with the date and time of recording
  • Automatic Motion Detection Recording – The system will automatically record any incidents where there are large motion forces involved (ie a collision) and will also mark the recording as protected so it will not be erased later.
  • Up to 32GB SD Media card recording – SD cards are used for storage and with automatic rewrite the system wont require you to manually delete footage each time the card is full.
  • HDMI – With the included HDMI lead you can quickly attach the device to a TV for large screen playback.


A great piece of kit for the money that wipes the floor with the cheaper alternatives that can be found on the likes of amazon. Great features and good quality.

Tips For Buying Your First Ever Car

Okay so you’ve just passed your driving test and simply cannot wait to get behind the wheel of your own car… stick to the speed limit and slow down before rushing into something you might regret.

Buying a new car wether it be brand new or second hand isnt something you want to go rushing into. Going off and buying the first car you come across isnt most certainly not a great idea. Buying a car is something that should be done with pacience if you are going to make sure you get the best deal you can for your money and today im going to give you some of my own personal tips from my experiences when buying vehicles over the years. I have only ever purchased cars from dealers and I have always been too scared to buy something as expensive as a car without having some peace of mind in the way of comeback and warranty so all my tips are in relation to buying from a car dealer.

Now the first thing you want to do here is some research. Have a look on websites such as autotrader and whatcar to get an idea of the sort of car you might like. Now as its your first car things like insurance are going to be something you are certainly going to have to take into account when narrowing down your selection of would-be contenders.

Once you have an idea or a shortlist of the vehicles you are interested in, and no doubt you have a budget in mind, its time to find a car dealer with a good repuatation.

Dealers buy their stock from a number of different sources. Some will be buying from auction houses such as BCA or Manheim with others buying from car buying websites or simply retailing their part exchange vehicles and topping up with right out purchases occassionally as required.


One tip I can give you here that i have used in the past to help get a slightly better deal was to find a car a private seller was trying to sell on autotrader or a buy my car website like dealerbid. If the vehicle was of serious interest I would then contact a local dealer and explain that I am interested in this car (give them the link to the vehicle listing) but would prefer to buy from a dealer as I wanted a warranty and reassurrance.


What you will usually find is they will be happy to do a slightly better deal as the car will be coming in and going straight out again without them having to pay money to advertise it etc.

Assuming you’ve found a car and are happy with who you are buying from, we need to look at some other areas just to try and make sure there arent going to be any nasty surprises.


The obvious way to check how a car seems to be mechanically without having any major techincal knowledge of mechanics is to take it for a test drive. All dealers should be happy for you to do this and if they arent they simply walk away…. theres plenty more cars out there.


When testdriving try to make sure you are driving the car from cold and take it for a decent run, lets say at least 10 or 15 minutes. This should provide you with enough time to notice and obvious issues.


Ensuring paperwork is all in order is absolutely vital. Always make sure you have seen the original logbook (V5) or at least the green slip of the logbook if this has been sent off for change of ownership, and you have gone through all the service history for the car before agreeing to purchase.


Things like MOT’s are also great to look at for things like mileage descrepancies between service history and MOT mileages that might indicate the mileage has been tampered with. There is more information on mileage adjustments scams here but common sense should alert you if a 15 year old car has only done 2k per year and looks like its on its last legs.

Dont be afraid to walk away

You have to remember that dealers or sales staff make money by making sure they sell as many cars as possible and will have lots of little tricks to try and get you to put pen to paper and agree a sale. Things like “There has been a lot of interest in this car” or “Ive got someone coming to look at it in a couple of hours” shouldnt put you off and make you rush into buying.

Take your time, maybe get a friend or family member to come back for a second look, above all make sure you are happy and you arent simply buying because you fear you might lose out.

At the end of the day everybody is different but these are some of the things that I have come across and dealt with over the last 15 years of driving and touch wood…. ive not had too many issues so I hope you can take something useful from this post.