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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?
Follow The Car Expert's Ten Golden Rules for Buying a Car

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 right car at the right price.
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.
Ford Mustang two-star Euro NCAP rating

Safety experts slam Ford Mustang over poor crash results

The Ford Mustang has drawn heavy criticism from Thatcham Research after scoring the worst crash test rating for a top 10 car brand in nearly a decade.
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?

Why are most street lights orange and not white?

Here’s a question you may have asked yourself many times but never found the answer. Why are most street lights orange rather than white?
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?
Jaguar XF-R leasing options

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 (sponsored post).
The Volkswagen Tiguan, named alongside two hybrids as the best performers in crash tests

Crash testers name their best-performing cars of 2016

Crash-test body Euro NCAP has named cars from Toyota, Hyundai and Volkswagen as the best-in-class performers of 16 cars it tested in 2016.
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?
The car dealership experience is not a lot of fun for most people

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
Car finance glossary (The Car Expert) 2016

Car finance glossary

The Car Expert has put together this comprehensive glossary of car finance terms to help you understand exactly what all the jargon means.
Christmas new and used car bargains for clever car buyers

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 buy a car, you are in a strong position to get a deal on your perfect new set of wheels this Christmas.
Diesel car exhaust

Has the High Court killed diesel cars in the UK?

This week's high court ruling that the government's air pollution policies are inadequate could have major ramifications for the UK automotive landscape.
Nissan Versa vs Nissan Tsuru in a car-to-car crash test arranged by Global NCAP

Nissan cancels zero-star car after graphic crash test

Amid ongoing publicity about poor safety standards provided by car makers for vehicles sold in developing countries, Nissan has announced it will cease production of its "zero-star" Tsuru model in six months' time.
Fiat Tipo Euro NCAP crash test

Thatcham slams Fiat Tipo Euro NCAP result

UK safety research experts Thatcham Research have described the Fiat Tipo's three-star performance in recent Euro NCAP crash tests as "disappointing".
Road tax disc DVLA UK

What happens to the road tax when you sell your car?

The rules for paying road tax when buying or selling a car changed two years ago, yet it still causes confusion and has potentially cost the UK hundreds of millions of pounds.
UK road accident statistics

UK road accident statistics: Safe, but could be better

While the UK has strict road safety laws, there were still 1,780 road deaths in the last year. That's just under five people dying every day on UK roads (sponsored post).
Euro NCAP

More five-star crash tests – but at a price?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Peugeot 3008 have both scored top five-star ratings in the latest series of Euro NCAP crash tests.
Rejecting a car under the Consumer Rights Act | The Car Expert

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.
Giving way to emergency vehicles – what should you do?

Giving way to emergency vehicles

Dealing with an emergency vehicle can panic drivers. What are you supposed to do? Should you cross into an intersection or mount a kerb to get out of the way?
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.

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