Car Ownership

The Car Expert keeps you up to speed with loads of car ownership articles. How to care for your car, what you need to know about car maintenance, car insurance and much more.

How does the UK 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.

Motorway safety

Highways England plans to install additional emergency refuge areas at smart motorway locations where drivers are most likely to stop in live lanes.

Tracking tech to get you out of a jam

The rising threat of criminals using GPS/GSM jamming technology to block systems designed to track stolen cars has become an issue for car owners when making security system choices.

Private number plates can affect your car insurance

Drivers with a personalised plate are being urged to consider their insurance. If the vehicle is stolen or written off, the private plate may be at risk.

New Car Warranty – Do I have to have my car serviced by a dealership?

Despite the law being very clear for many years now, there is still confusion about whether car owners must take their cars to franchised dealerships for servicing to protect new car warranty.

How to fight the keyless entry thieves

Security experts are offering advice to motorists as fears grow of thieves targeting keyless entry systems to steal cars from driveways. And remarkably in an age where cars have never been so technologically advanced, the advice includes fitting old-style security locks that physically attach to the car’s steering wheel. The move follows national tabloid newspapers highlighting what they des...

Oxford plans to start banning petrol and diesel cars from 2020

Oxford city centre could be closed to all conventional petrol and diesel cars from 2020, under plans about to go out for public consultation.

New driving test brings changes for learners

The new driving test will come into force on 4 December. Will you be ready for the changes that are about to be deployed for learner drivers from the DVSA?

43% of drivers ignorant of harsher penalties for phone use

A new study has shown that 43% of drivers are still unaware of the new harsher penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phones at the wheel.

What happens when you get caught by a speed camera?

Have you recently been caught out by a speed camera? Guest blogger James Sheehan has written an easy-to-understand guide on what to expect, what to do and when to do it.

Mercedes and Audi announce massive diesel car recalls

Mercedes-Benz and Audi have announced recalls for nearly four million diesel cars across Europe in a bid to avoid fines and vehicle bans in European cities.

Petrol stations to adopt Uber-style surge pricing?

UK petrol stations will introduce demand-based surge pricing within months, similar to the model used by taxi company Uber, according to media reports.

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