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How to buy a car online

Online car sales are taking off. The Car Expert has brought you this guide to what to consider if you want to buy a car online.

Collapsing car sales – is the car industry in crisis?

UK new car sales have slumped over the last six months Is an over-reliance on PCP car finance coming back to haunt us?

Car makers struggle to predict diesel future

Car manufacturers have very different views as to which direction the sliding market for diesel-engined cars might go in coming months.

Porsche tops growing hybrid resale values

The £80,000 Porsche Panamera will retain the most value amongst hybrid cars when a buyer sells it after three years, according to data specialist hpi.

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".

Used car warranty– the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when some...

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?

The 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 ri...

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 ...

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?

Buying a car or leasing: which one is for you?

Should you buy or lease a car? We’ve summarised the top reasons for both buying and leasing a car – hopefully it will help you decide what's best for you (spons...

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...

Why does buying a car have to be so unfriendly?

If you’ve ever walked into a car showroom, you'll know that buying a car is quite different from shopping in any other retail environment #AskTCE

Christmas bargains for clever car buyers

As another year draws to a close, car dealers start looking at their sales numbers and many of them will be getting quite nervous. If you are in the market to b...

Rejecting a car – your consumer rights

Have you bought a new or used car that is faulty or not fit for purpose? Read The Car Expert's comprehensive guide to your consumer rights when rejecting a car.

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?

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.

Is my deposit refundable?

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.

Volvo V40 ranked safest used family car for 2016

The Volvo V40 hatchback has been rated as the Safest Used Family Car 2016, in a new initiative aimed at raising the importance of safety for used car buyers.

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 U...

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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.

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