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Award-winning, independent, impartial advice on buying and owning a car

Car buying advice

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

Used car warranty – the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when something goes wrong.

The best used V6 cars for under £10,000

The V6 engine has featured in all manner of cars over the years, but which are the ones can you now buy for under £10,000?

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.

What’s an electric car like to drive?

More people than ever are considering a switch from fossil fuels to electricity for their next car. But what is an electric car actually like to drive and live with?

The ten golden rules for buying a car

Buying a new or used car? Follow these pearls of wisdom from The Car Expert and make sure you get the right car for the right price.

The ten safest new cars for 2019

The UK's independent safety research body, Thatcham Research, has announced its collection of the ten safest new cars for 2019.

2018 new car sales: winners and losers

With the 2018 new car sales figures being reported this week, we can now see which car companies are celebrating and which are drowning their sorrows.

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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.

What are your options at the end of a PCP?

Many car buyers are confused about what their choices at the end of a PCP car finance agreement. We explain your options to help you make the best choice.

Car finance: Negative equity and why it’s a problem

One of the big problems in car finance is negative equity, and it can get you into financial trouble. But what is negative equity and why is it a problem?

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.

Financial watchdog to crack down on rip-off car dealers

Car dealers are ripping off buyers on their car finance by more than £1,000 to pocket higher commissions, Britain’s financial watchdog has found.

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.

Reality check: Is Brexit making car finance more expensive?

Media reports in the last few days claim that Brexit is responsible for driving up the price of cars and the cost of PCP car finance. But is that actually true?

The biggest motoring trends to look out for in 2019

Warranty Direct looks at the car trends set to hit the automotive industry in 2019. What will be the things that drivers are looking for this year?

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More expert advice

Car insurance, servicing and maintenance, car care, driving tips and much more.

Audi and Suzuki dealers lead the way for customer service

The annual J.D. Power Customer Service Index has been published today, which rates customer satisfaction with their service experience at a franchised dealership.

Range Rover Evoque takes five-star safety honours

The new Range Rover Evoque has earned a top five-star rating from safety body Euro NCAP.

Explained: London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone

A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force in central London. We take a look at everything you need to know about the new zone.

All new cars from 2022 to be fitted with speed limiters

New cars sold in the UK from 2022 are set to have devices fitted to stop the driver breaking the speed limit.

Volvo to limit top speed on all new cars

Volvo Cars has used this week's Geneva motor show to announce that it will limit the top speed of its new cars at 180km/h (112mph) from next year.

Five-star safety ratings for Mercedes, Honda and SEAT

Three of the latest new SUVs have all achieved a five-star safety rating from crash testing organisation Euro NCAP.

Drink-driving remains a problem that needs stamping out

There has been no significant improvement in drink-driving behaviour for the last 30 years, according to latest government figures.

Parents committing car insurance fraud to save money

One in ten parents of young drivers risk a criminal record for pretending to be the main driver on the car insurance policy, new research has uncovered.

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

We clear up the confusion about whether car owners must have their cars serviced by a franchised dealership to protect their new car warranty.

Car theft in the UK hits new heights

Car theft within the UK has risen by almost 50% in the last five years, with the blame pointed at modern car keys and falling police numbers.

Is car insurance cheaper in February?

Drivers who take out fully comprehensive car insurance in December are supposedly paying a lot more than those who insure their vehicle in February.

UK motorists driving in EU may need insurance ‘Green Card’

Millions of UK motorists wanting to drive in the EU will need to arrange extra documentation in the event of a no-deal Brexit, insurers have warned.