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Car buying advice

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

10 tips for buying a used car

(sponsored) When buying a used car, there’s a lot to consider. Follow these 10 tips to make sure you pick the right second-hand car at the right price.

What to look for in a student car

(sponsored) For many young people, owning a car is a rite of passage. But selecting the right student car can be tricky.

The return of Vauxhall

The trials and tribulations of Vauxhall have been well documented, but its first 12 months under new ownership has seen a stunning turnaround.

A guide to getting the best car upgrade

(sponsored) Be sure you’re getting the best deal and not left out of pocket when buying your next car. Read our guide on getting a swankier car, for less.

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.

The September number plate change

Ahead of the September 68-plate change, we look at what you can expect and why the numbers on your number plate are so important to some drivers.

Key factors to consider for new drivers

(sponsored) To guide you through the complex world of car-buying, Warranty Direct has some advice on essential considerations for first-time buyers.

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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.

Car finance: Voluntary termination of a PCP or HP

Voluntary termination is your legal right to cancel your PCP or HP car finance agreement in certain circumstances. The Car Expert explains how it works.

PCP (personal contract purchase) car finance 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.

Car finance: How do I settle a PCP early?

Today we answer one of the most common questions about PCP car finance: What if I want to end my agreement and settle a PCP early?

How to avoid finance and leasing penalty charges

With most new cars funded through either PCP or contract hire, it's important that your car is in good condition when you want to hand it back.

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…

The Car Expert presents a few simple car finance tips that you should follow before you sign your life away on that new or used car finance application.

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

Hidden reasons for MOT failures and how to avoid them

(sponsored) Earlier this year, major changes to the MOT test regarding the way faults and problems are classified were made.

Latest crash tests: top marks for Audi and VW, poor score for Suzuki Jimny

The Euro NCAP crash test results have seen five-star results for the new Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg, but a poor three stars for the Suzuki Jimny.

All in a day’s work – breaking down the UK commute

(sponsored) For most people, the daily commute is an inevitable part of life. It can range from an easy two-minute walk to a gruelling two-hour journey.

Volkswagen plans for 10 million EVs

Volkswagen Group has unveiled the 'modular electric drive matrix' that will create the platforms for an eventual 10 million electric vehicles.

Driving performance vs economy

(sponsored) With environmental concerns at the forefront of news stories, it’s not surprising many people want to ‘go green’ with their next vehicle.

Redex fuel additive trial: the verdict

I’ve just finished a three-month trial of Redex fuel system additives to see if I could feel any increase in my car’s performance or fuel economy (sponsored).

Top tips for handling stress behind the wheel

Stress can impair our judgement and reactions, which is not what you need when you are behind the wheel of a motor car. Here are some tips to help.

I’ve been caught speeding by a speed camera – what happens now?

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.

The five best weekend road trips in the UK

(sponsored) To give you a taste of what the UK has to offer, Warranty Direct shares its top picks for a memorable road trip.

Road Rage Britain

(sponsored) Road rage is a strange behaviour – even th emost laid-back people can have a Jekyll and Hyde transformation once they get in a car.

Latest car subscription service offerings

Car ownership is morphing into usership, and car manufacturers are introducing subscription service plans to keep new car sales flowing.

Redex trial progress report

I'm running a three-month trial of Redex fuel system additives to see if I can notice any improvements in my car's performance or fuel economy (sponsored).
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