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Stuart Masson

Stuart Masson
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Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive 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.
Cruise control and how to use it (The Car Expert)

Cruise control and how to use it to your advantage

Cruise control can be intimidating if you have never used it. Once you get used to it, however, you may find it a provides a real benefit to your driving.
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Logbook loans – and why you should avoid them

One of the growing types of sub-prime finance in the UK is what is known as a ‘logbook loan’. The lenders claim that logbook loans are “easy, fast and hassle-free”, but they represent a serious risk of you losing possession of your car.
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Who can and should service my car?

Should a Ford dealer be expected to service or repair a Jaguar? The latest #AskTCE blog looks at the reasons why a dealer may have declined to do the work.
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Best cars of the year – the highlights of 2012

Cars are getting better and better each year, even though the industry itself is struggling. It's easy to take this for granted, but even in such a competitive field, these cars and car makers have stood out from the pack...
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Worst cars of the year? 2012’s least-inspiring efforts

Like the Razzies before the Oscars, it's time to look at the automotive lowlights of 2012 and hope that the car industry learns from these experiences to make a better motoring future for us all, before we move on later this week to celebrate the best that the year had to offer...
The Car Expert's 5 Worst Driving Habits in the UK

The five worst driving habits in the UK

Do you have any bad driving habits? Most people will tell you that they are good drivers. In fact, some sources suggest that up to 90% of drivers think they are a ‘good’ driver. So why do I always seem to be sharing the road with the rubbish 10%?
The Car Expert can help you find the perfect first car and get you a great deal

Testimonial – Finding the perfect first car

The Car Expert helped a new driver to find his perfect first car, but it wasn't an easy task. Dodgy dealers, written-off cars offered for sale and misleading adverts - it was an adventure from start to finish.
Car buying hub | The Car Expert

Used car pricing: Why are cars sometimes advertised at two different prices?

It's not unusual for dealers to advertise the same used car at different prices on different websites, or to have a higher price on the car window and a lower price advertised on the web. The Car Expert advises buyers how to deal with this in this week's #AskTCE.
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How accurate is your car speedometer?

Have you noticed that your car speedometer sometimes reads faster than your satnav says? Find out why this happens in this week's #AskTCE
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Testimonial – I need to buy a car and I need HELP!

Changing personal circumstances meant that Tabitha needed to buy a car, so she contacted The Car Expert to help her find the perfect car at the best price.
Can you give a car dealer cash?

Can you give a car dealer cash?

What is the best way to pay cash for your car when buying from a car dealer? Stuart at TheCarExpert.co.uk answers your car buying questions
Do big alloy wheels crack more easily?

Do big alloy wheels crack more easily?

Do big alloy wheels crack on potholes or kerbs more easily than small wheels? It's a good question, so let's ask The Car Expert #AskTCE
Car finance is how most people buy their vehicle

Car finance: What you should know

Many new and used car buyers in the UK are making their purchase with finance of some sort. But how does car finance work and what are the implications?
The Car Expert helped a client buy this Honda CR-V

Testimonial – I moved house and now I need a car!

Iju and his family had just moved house and needed a car. Deciding that he should get some specialist assistance, Iju called The Car Expert.
Are diesel cars suitable for city driving? The Car Expert #AskTCE

Are diesel cars suitable for city driving?

One of the most frequent questions submitted to TheCarExpert.co.uk is "Are diesel cars suitable for city driving?" Well, find out here...
Are women drivers better than men? Ask The Car Expert!

Are women drivers better than men?

Sharpen those knives, people! Are women drivers better than men, or vice versa? Ooh, controversy! Find out what The Car Expert has to say about it here.
The Car Expert can advise if an electric car is a good choice for you

The electric car is finally here, but is it worth it?

The electric car is finally starting to hit the road, but how does it compare with a regular hybrid, and what's a plug-in hybrid? The Car Expert explains.
The Car Expert helps a car buyer on the other side of the world!

Testimonial – Rachel’s New Car

Rachel really needed a new car to replace her ageing Toyota Corolla. She had been looking around at a few different vehicles, but was not especially inspired and didn’t really have a lot of time to research the marketplace more thoroughly.
The Car Expert offers car advice on downsizing your car

Downsizing your car – things to consider

There are a few important things to consider when downsizing your car. The Car Expert offers some useful advice for those looking for a smaller car.
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Fuel Economy – petrol or diesel?

One of the most common questions UK car buyers ask is "Should I buy a Petrol or Diesel car?" Well, there's no easy answer, and fuel economy is only part of it.
Alloy wheels - are they the real deal? The Car Expert explains

Alloy wheels – the wheel deal

Why do some drivers spend thousands changing the alloy wheels on their cars? Is it about looks, or are there technical reasons behind it?
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Depreciation – Why do new cars lose so much money?

Cars lose money the moment you drive them away from the showroom, but why? The Car Expert gives you a crash course in new car depreciation.
Kate's new Mini Cooper, with the help of The Car Expert

Testimonial – Kate’s new car

Kate, from SW London, was in the market for a new car. She had an idea of how much she could afford to spend, but very little idea about what sort of car she wanted other than "something small and a bit funky". So she turned to The Car Expert for help.
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How to sell your car for cash

Are you trying to sell your car privately? Are you concerned about money laundering and counterfeiting? You should be, so here's some advice from The Car Expert.

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