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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.

Dream used cars for under £50,000

We’ve plucked an arbitrary budget of £50,000 and found ten of the very best 'dream cars' that you could realistically buy for that money.

What is a diesel particulate filter?

The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a key component of every modern diesel engine, but do you understand what it does or how to maintain it?

Christmas bargains for clever car buyers

As another year draws to a close, car dealers start looking at their sales numbers and many of them will be getting quite nervous. If you are in the market to buy a car, you are in a strong position to get a deal on your perfect new set of wheels this Christmas.

Record number of illegally clocked cars on the road

The number of UK cars with false mileages has hit 2.3 million, leading for calls to ban DIY mileage-correction 'clocking' tools.

Misleading electric vehicle range claims exposed

A new test of ‘real-world’ ranges of electric cars has shown that many don’t deliver on their claims – with some overstating their range by up to 100 miles.

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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.

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?

What documents do I need for car finance?

When applying for finance for a new or used car, you will need to provide various information, documents and proofs of identification to the finance company so they can assess your application.

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.

Car finance: the PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) 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.

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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.

The dangers of distracted driving

Anything that causes you to take your eyes off the road when driving is putting you and others at risk. We look at the dangers of distracted driving.

De-icing laziness could see you slapped with a fine

If you fail to properly clear your car windscreen of ice, you could face a £60 fine if your vision is restricted – plus, of course, it's unsafe.

The pros and cons of winter tyres

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of winter tyres so that you can make the best possible decision this winter.

Christmas traffic hotspots identified as 20 million take to roads

The worst hotspots in England for Christmas traffic jams have been identified, with drivers are being advised to use alternative routes.

Premium diesel and petrol – do they work?

Do premium diesel and premium unleaded petrol give you extra performance and economy, and are they worth it? The Car Expert investigates.

Essential off-road driving accessories

Many 4x4 owners wouldn’t dream of going off-road for fear of breaking down or getting stuck. But as long as you're properly equipped, you should be fine.