Stuart Masson

Stuart Masson
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Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

Car finance debt still at record levels in latest results

The latest figures show that car finance debt remained at record levels in June, with a fall in new car volumes balanced by an increase in used cars. 
Peugeot 108 Collection

Peugeot 108 gets new trims and finance offers

Peugeot has launched a pair of special-edition 108 models alongside a new finance offer as the market revs up ahead of the September rush.
What happens to your car finance debt after you die?

What happens to your car finance agreement if you die?

When taking out car finance, almost no-one thinks: "What would happen to this car finance agreement if I should die before it's paid off?"
BMW announces part-exchange allowance for old diesels

BMW and MINI announce part-exchange allowance for older diesels

The BMW Group has announced a new £2,000 part-exchange allowance for customers trading in an older diesel car on a new low emissions BMW or MINI model.
New Peugeot 208 finance offers

Peugeot announces new finance offers for 208 range

Peugeot has launched new car finance offers for its 208 hatchback, with both PCP and leasing options. We critique the offers to see if they're worthwhile.
FCA probing car finance sales practices

FCA car finance probe puts a priority on customer welfare

The Financial Conduct Authority has published an update on its investigation into the car finance sector and identified the key questions it wants answered.
The Ford Focus was the best-selling car in July 2017

New car sales continue falling in July

UK new car registrations fell by more than 9% in July, with demand down across all buying sectors. Once again, it was a disastrous month for diesel sales.
Offers for DS 67-plate vehicles

New finance offers across DS model range

DS Automobiles has announced a range of finance offers, with a range of deposit contributions available on PCP deals for new DS 3, DS 4 and DS 5 models.
Peugeot Instinct hybrid concept car

How will we achieve an electrified car market by 2040?

The UK government has announced that it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. But is that realistic for an electrified car market?
Car buyers are taking on ever-increasing finance debt

Car buyers taking on more and more finance debt

As the issue of car finance mis-selling bounced back into the media this week, latest car finance results show that buyers are taking on increasing debt.
Mercedes-Benz recalls more than three million diesel cars

Mercedes and Audi announce massive diesel car recalls

Mercedes-Benz and Audi have announced recalls for nearly four million diesel cars across Europe in a bid to avoid fines and vehicle bans in European cities.
Aston Martin Rapide wheel

Car companies’ half-year report card

With new car registration data now available for the first half of 2017, we take a look at which brands are having a good year and which are struggling.
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen looks to keep Golf on top with new offer

Volkswagen is hoping to keep the Golf at the top of the UK sales charts for another month or two with a new PCP finance offer from Volkswagen Finance.
Ford Fiesta Titanium review 2017 (The Car Expert)

Ford Fiesta Titanium review

The new Ford Fiesta range is a big step forward, but will it be enough to keep the Fiesta atop the sales tables for another eight years?
Volkswagen Golf, best-selling car in the UK June 2017

More bad news for diesel in June sales results

Sales of new diesel cars have continued to fall, as highlighted by June's official registration results released today, with no end to the slump in sight.
Shock! Horror! Car dealers are dodgy!

Shock – car dealers found to be dodgy!

There was shock and amazement today as a front-page story in a national newspaper accused car dealers of being less than honest with their customers.

The safest used first cars for 2017

The safest used first cars have been announced this morning, as part of a targeted campaign that aims to reduce the accident rate for new drivers.
UK petrol retailers look to introduce Uber-style surge pricing

Petrol stations to adopt Uber-style surge pricing?

UK petrol stations will introduce demand-based surge pricing within months, similar to the model used by taxi company Uber, according to media reports.
Kia Stonic unveiled (The Car Expert)

Kia Stonic crossover unveiled

The new Kia Stonic is the company's entry into the highly competitive compact crossover market. But how will it stack up against the Nissan Juke and others?
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Steve McQueen in Le Mans – the graphic novel

"Steve McQueen in Le Mans" is a stunning new graphic novel interpretation of the cult racing movie, released with the blessing of McQueen's estate.
Suzuki new Swift PCP finance offer June 2017

Suzuki announces finance and loyalty offers on new Swift

Suzuki has announced new personal finance and loyalty offers to support the launch of the all-new Swift range, which went on sale in the UK this week.
Car finance borrowing results for April 2017

Volumes down but values up for car finance borrowing

Latest car finance results show that buyers continue to borrow more money on their cars, although the number of loan agreements fell in line with car sales.
MG MG3 low deposit finance offer (The Car Expert)

MG offers 0% finance on MG3 range

MG Motor UK is currently offering 0% finance on selected finance agreements for the MG3 range until the end of June.
Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R

Final edition Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R to launch at Goodwood

The end is approaching for the Vauxhall VXR8, and a final edition of the super-saloon known as the VXR8 GTS-R will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Array of electric vehicles

Diesel sales slump dramatically in May

There has been a significant fall in the registrations of new diesel cars during May, down 20% on last year. Is this the beginning of the end for diesel?