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Coronavirus and your car: our latest advice

Coronavirus: Can I cancel my car insurance?

Should you cancel your car insurance if your can't drive your car during the coronavirus lockdown. Here's what you need to consider.

Coronavirus: Can I cancel my car finance?

Lost your job or furloughed thanks to the coronavirus and need to urgently save money? Here’s a guide to whether you can do anything about your car finance.

Coronavirus and your car: Your questions answered

Updated car ownership, car maintenance and car finance guidance related to the coronavirus pandemic, provided by The Motor Ombudsman and The Car Expert.

Coronavirus: What precautions should I take if I need to fill up with fuel?

Although travel is discouraged, you may still need to fill up your car with fuel at some point. So how do you make sure you’re as safe as possible?

Coronavirus: Can I drive during the lockdown?

With the coronavirus lockdown in effect, when are you allowed and not allowed to drive your car?

Coronavirus: How to keep your car in roadworthy condition

Although cars will get a six-month exemption from MOT testing as a result of the coronavirus, they still need to be kept in a roadworthy state. Here’s how.

All cars to get six-month MOT exemption

The government has announced that all cars, motorcycles and vans will get a six-month exemption from MOT testing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Can I still hire a car?

Car rental companies have told us they are still allowing people to hire a car, although they have more stringent safety and hygiene measures in place.

Coronavirus: My car’s broken down. Can I still get roadside assistance?

We spoke to leading breakdown firms to see how roadside assistance services will be affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's what they had to say.

Coronavirus: I’m self-isolating but my car’s MOT is due. What can I do?

We spoke to the DVSA to see how upcoming vehicle MOT testing will be affected by the current coronavirus situation. Here's our advice for car owners.

Coronavirus: Can I still buy a car?

With many unable to leave the house, online vehicle shopping could be a welcome relief. Here's our top tips for buying a car from your sofa.

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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?"

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Britain’s best-selling cars, March 2020

March was a terrible month for the car industry, but there was still plenty of interesting stuff going on among the ten best-selling models.

Personal Contract Purchase: the PCP explained

The PCP (personal contract purchase) is the most popular type of car finance. This guide tells you everything you need to know about PCP car finance.

Britain’s best-selling cars, February 2020

The Volkswagen Golf ruled the roost for new car sales in February, edging out the Ford Fiesta and the rest of a jumbled-up top ten.

How does the British number plate system work?

Many people find the British number plate system bewildering. The Car Expert explains how it all works and what all the letters and numbers really mean.

Central London speed limit to be cut to 20mph next week

Roads in central London will see new 20mph speed limits imposed from next week, the Mayor of London has confirmed.

Can I take out car finance for someone else?

Can you take out car finance in your name if the car is for someone else? This is called an accommodation deal, and it causes considerable confusion.

Our latest Expert Ratings

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 has received very good media reviews, with our Expert Rating putting it in a tie for best-in-class with the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery.

Dacia Sandero

The Dacia Sandero has received generally positive media reviews. It performs poorly in most areas but, when price is considered, it is more competitive.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received universal praise and is one of the highest-rated cars we've analysed with The Car Expert's unique Expert Rating scale.

Aston Martin Vantage

The Aston Martin Vantage has received positive media reviews and much praise, although not quite to the same rapturous degree as the latest Porsche 911.

Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace holds an Expert Rating of 78%, which is not quite the best in its class but still competitive, and has received positive media reviews.

Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 has received positive media reviews, with praise for its driving dynamics and interior quality but criticism for its small boot and cabin.

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New car sales fall more than 40% as coronavirus takes hold

Private new car registrations tumbled in March, with numbers down by 40% as dealerships closed around the country in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mazda celebrates centenary with special edition models

Mazda is marking its centenary with the introduction of a range of special edition models over the course of this year.

New car sales collapse across Europe

New car sales have collapsed across Europe as a result of the coronavirus, with the UK expected to suffer similarly when March results are published.

BMW rolls out mild hybrid 3 Series, X3 and X4 models

BMW is expanding its range of mild hybrid-equipped vehicles to include the 3 Series saloon and estate, X3 SUV and X4 SUV models.

UK demand drives Lexus to 250,000 hybrid SUV sales in Europe

Lexus has now sold more than a quarter of a million hybrid SUVs, and says demand has been driven from the UK, which takes more than 25% of sales.

First Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary models completed

The first four examples of the Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary model have been completed before the factory closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Our latest Expert Reviews

Abarth 595 Esseesse test drive

As something to give you a bit of a laugh, the Abarth 595 Esseesse is a compelling thing. If we’re honest though, it’s a bit rubbish as a serious hot hatch.

Renault Clio test drive

The 2020 Renault Clio is a big step forward compared to its predecessor and makes key improvements to the interior and driving experience.

Toyota C-HR test drive

The Toyota C-HR is one of the more expensive cars in its class, but it makes up for it with low running costs. It's easy to live with and boldly styled.

Porsche Macan Turbo test drive

The Porsche Macan Turbo has a lot going for it, managing to be fast and fun to drive. It sounds great when you’re pushing it and it’s rewarding in corners.

Renault Captur test drive

It’s rare for a car to absolutely nail its brief, but the Renault Captur manages it and feels far more well-rounded than just about all of its rivals.

Lexus RC F test drive

The Lexus RC F is very much an old-school machine, with a 5.0-litre V8 engine that is something to behold in an era of turbocharging and electrification.

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