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The Car Expert provides independent, impartial expert advice on everything you need to know about buying a car, new or used.

Car finance: the early upgrade myth

Have you had a call from the car dealer with the "good news" that you are eligible for an early upgrade on your PCP? It may be good news for the dealer, but not necessarily for you.

The best used estate cars for under £20,000

A decent estate car can be just as practical as an SUV, but is usually more fun to drive. We’ve picked out some of the best used car options for under £20k.

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?

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.

Britain’s best-selling cars – July 2019

Despite private new car sales being down 2% in July, there are still plenty of models flying out of showrooms. Here are the top ten cars for July 2019.

A third of buyers don’t haggle on a used car

More than a third of used car buyers don't haggle over the price, a new survey suggests. So how do you get the best deal? There are other ways...

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.

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Car finance advice

Whether buying or leasing, The Car Expert can give you the right advice and help get you get the best car for your budget.

New car finance rules set to save customers millions

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced stricter new car finance rules, which it says will save car buyers of the UK £165 million each year.

How to understand a PCP car finance quote

Thousands of people look at a PCP car finance quote and are hopelessly confused by all the different numbers. Cut through the confusion with this guide.

Do I have to service my car with the dealer if I have a PCP?

The popularity of PCP car finance has allowed car manufacturers to be sneaky in forcing you to have your car serviced by their dealers.

Before you apply for car finance…

Don't get sucked into a car finance agreement you can't afford. Here are a few simple tips you should follow before you sign your life away.

The car industry needs to be more honest when selling car finance

A story on BBC News has highlighted the public's lack of understanding when it comes to PCP car finance, as well as the futility of debating it on social media.

Car finance: Top 10 PCP myths busted

Based on all the questions about PCP finance we have received here over the last few years, we've listed our Top 10 PCP myths – and then busted them.

Electric car market flat due to long waiting times

Britain’s electric car revolution is being hampered by a "bottleneck" in global battery production, as demand far outstrips supply of zero-emission vehicles.

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How to quickly and effectively demist your car windscreen

Winter is coming, which means demisting your car windscreen in the mornings. Want to know how to clear your windows a little bit quicker? We have a few tips…

How to store a classic car for winter

As winter descends upon us, it’s a good idea to shield a classic car away from the elements. So what steps should you take to protect your pride and joy?

Car insurance ‘ghost brokers’ on the rise

Young drivers are being warned to avoid so-called ‘ghost brokers’ on social media who offer car insurance at too-good-to-be-true prices.

How to stay safe when driving in the dark

Winter is coming, and that means the sun is rising later and the evenings are quickly becoming shorter. For...

Highways England admits smart motorways are too confusing

Smart motorways with a hard shoulder that is only used at busy times are “too complicated for people to use”, the boss...

Back pain caused by car seats has caused more than a third of drivers to take a day off work

Uncomfortable and poor-quality car seats are costing the UK economy billions annually due to burden on the NHS and employees taking sick leave.

3 million vehicles removed from roads due to stricter MOTs

Having introduced new MOT rules in May last year, the DVSA has confirmed that millions of dangerous vehicles have since been removed from the road.

Should drivers be fined for leaving their engines idling?

Improving urban environments is highly important, and many believe action should be taken towards drivers leaving their engine idle – but what should be done?

Smoking can decrease the value of a car by up to £2000

Getting a good price for your car when you sell is everyone's goal. However, mileage and age may not be the only things significantly affecting your car value.

Five-star safety for latest BMWs

The latest BMW 1 Series and 3 Series models have been awarded five-star safety ratings by Euro NCAP, while the Peugeot 208 and Jeep Cherokee scored four stars.

Could more electric cars lead to an 80mph motorway speed limit?

It's been suggested that the speed limit on some motorways and dual carriageways could be raised to 80mph as more motorists buy electric vehicles.

Are you driving on illegal tyres?

Four million cars could be being driven on the road with illegal tyres that are bald or damaged, according to new research published this week.