Buying a car - Independent and impartial advice on buying the right car at the right price

Buying a car

Independent and impartial advice on buying the right car at the right price

Buying a car can be a stressful and confusing time for many people. Fortunately, The Car Expert has a wide range of articles covering every aspect of buying a new or used car.

If you have any questions, you can either ask them in the comments of each article or head over to The Car Expert forum to get some independent and impartial advice.

KEY ARTICLES TO READ BEFORE BUYING A CAR

The ten golden rules for buying a car

Follow The Car Expert's Ten Golden Rules for Buying a Car
After much requesting, here are The Car Expert’s Ten Golden Rules on buying a new or used car. Follow these pearls of wisdom and you are will end up with the right car at the right price.

Shock – car dealers found to be dodgy!

Shock! Horror! Car dealers are 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 ten safest new cars of 2017 revealed

Thatcham Research ten safest new cars of 2017
The UK's independent car safety experts have put together their list of the ten safest new cars of 2017. We look at all of the top ten choices.

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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.
Spares or repair - dodgy car dealers use all sorts of tricks

Spares or repair – and other dodgy trader tricks

There are various tricks employed by dodgy traders to try and get around the laws that apply when selling cars, using phrases like "spares or repair only".
Should I buy a pre-registered car? (The Car Expert)

Should I buy a pre-registered car?

Pre-registered cars are on the increase again. The salesman says it's a great deal on what is basically a 'brand new car', but what's the real story?
Euro NCAP celebrates 20 years of saving lives (The Car Expert)

Euro NCAP marks 20 years of saving lives

Safety body Euro NCAP is celebrating 20 years of its crash tests, which have helped cut road deaths and serious injuries by more than half.
VED road tax rules change in April 2017

Many lose but some win with new road tax rules

Most car owners will pay more under new road tax rules from 1st April. Some, however, will pay less, and they are not who you might think...
What to consider before buying a car

What to think about before buying a car

There are about two million people in the UK who are currently thinking about buying a new or used car of some sort. If you're one of them, what sort of things should you really be considering?
Thatcham Research ten safest new cars of 2017

The ten safest new cars of 2017 revealed

The UK's independent car safety experts have put together their list of the ten safest new cars of 2017. We look at all of the top ten choices.
Audi A3 Sportback is available on Motability

Motability: What is it and how does it work?

The Motability scheme has helped millions of disabled people across the UK become more mobile. but how does it actually work and who is eligible?
Car dealership with balloons

Five ways to avoid buying a lemon

Sales in the used car market have been growing for a number of years, and 2016 is set to be the biggest on record. However, with more cars to choose from, there is inevitably a larger number of bad ones. So how do you avoid buying a lemon?
Autonomous car with Harman technology

British drivers still uncomfortable with autonomous vehicles

More than half of British drivers are not comfortable with the idea of autonomous cars, according to new research by the London School of Economics.

Insight – the 90 cars transforming Volvo

Volvo sees the imminent arrival on UK roads of its S90 and V90 models as the culmination of a transformation of the Swedish brand.
SsangYong Tivoli SUV 4x4 4WD badge

When is a 4×4 not a 4×4?

What is the difference between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive? What exactly is a 'faux-by-four'? And how good will your SUV really be in the mud and snow?
London pollution will theoretically be reduced when the ULEZ arrives in 2019

How will London’s new pollution laws affect you?

The introduction of London's new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) could be brought forward to 2019, which may affect used car buyers right now.
A deposit on a vehicle purchase from a car dealer is not normally refundable

Is my deposit refundable? #AskTCE

We get a lot of questions from car buyers who have given a car dealer a deposit for a car and now – for whatever reason – want it back. So let's #AskTCE
Tesla Model 3, due in 2018

Can Tesla really change the world?

Could the Tesla Model 3 transform the electric vehicle (EV) industry the same way that the Ford Model T transformed motoring 100 years ago?

Used car safety in the spotlight

When it comes to buying a used car, safety ranks well down the list for most buyers. However, a new campaign to change that attitude has been launched in the UK.
BMW Vision future concept car

The future of the car – how will it look?

"There will be more disruption to the car industry in the next ten years than...
Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car

The latest automotive innovations for your car

2016 is shaping up to be a landmark year for automotive innovation. Huge advancements in car technology that seemed like distant dreams are now starting to appear on prototype and even production vehicles, and they are set to change the way we drive and use our roads forever.
How to resolve a dispute with a car dealer

How to handle a dispute with a car dealer

I regularly get readers asking for help in resolving their dispute with a car dealer. So let's look at the steps you should take to get your problem sorted.
car thieves

Stay one step ahead of car thieves

Your car may have the latest anti-theft technology, but there are more ways you can protect your pride and joy from car thieves (sponsored).
euroncap_autonomous emergency braking

Automatic braking – the next big car safety innovation?

There is a big push at the moment to have all new cars fitted with autonomous emergency braking systems. But what exactly is AEB and why is it so important?
The connected car will revolutionise transport systems

How the connected car will change everything

The relationships we have with our cars is going to change significantly in coming years. It has already been changing for a while, but it's about to alter a lot more dramatically.
Stuart from The Car Expert will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A for NatWest

Buying a car? Join our live Twitter Q&A

Do you have questions about buying a car? Stuart from The Car Expert will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A for NatWest this Thursday evening.
Volkswagen Jetta TDI 'clean' diesel

Fuel economy: real-world vs. official figures

One of the biggest complaints drivers have about their cars is poor fuel economy, or more specifically that the car uses a lot more petrol or diesel than the manufacturer advertises. We explore why drivers can't match laboratory fuel consumption figures.

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